Notorious for weekend anthems Louis the Child does it again. This time picking out a beat to remix, the laid-back Chicago duo keep it local with Chance the Rapper. From the Coloring Book LP the duo choose All Night to revive with its lyrics that emphasize exclusivity and the good life. Slowing down the dance beat to a hip wavin raggaeton bpm, changed up the bassline and threw in that wavy synth bass giving that signature sensational vibe. After a string of shows and festival runs that had fans coming in massive crowds to hear their feel good music, this song has turned summer into great memories for many. Now you get to relive the moment with a free download!
Bringing some love to his hometown fans with a couple of performances during North Coast Music Festival weekend in Chicagos Union Park JmaC treated them to some new music and surprise guest Pretty Lights. Recently releasing a full length album at the start of Summer 17′ Minds Rising contains a mixture of hip hop, funk and bass beats paired with some live instrumentation. Within the album you have Chicago locals Probcause, Psalm One and the Rapper Chicks alongside Russ Liquid, Exmag and Late Night Radio to name a few.
Furthurmore we also get new music for the end of summer madness. Manic Focus redesigns Liquid Strangers dubstep track Frankenskank adding trippy layers of free form bass as apart of a remix EP alongside Yheti, Shlump, LUSZID and Protohype. JmaC will also be joining Liquid on tour dates. Shifting his cross hairs to fellow musicians Big Gigantic Miss Primetime featuring word connoisseur Pell. He turns the seductive electronic jazz beat into his own blended style of electro funk and bass. Bringing the perfect energy to bring in the new season!
Ill-Esha continues to make some noise with some collaborations and remixes. The multi talented artist bounces between genres on After School with Slicarus from Australia and Almost There by Aceyalone. You just cannot define her to one sound or label. Her remix leaning on the trap bass side as opposed to electronica, more familiar to Slic. The tracks come following her Open The Vault EP showcasing previous undeniably dope work and reaching 40k followers on the cloud.
Recently featured in a Boiler Room Denver set sponsored by Budweiser. A live set displaying her vocals and beat work. A performance I got to witness back in Chicago during the Taste with local trio the Rapper Chicks. Again emphasizing her various talents and interests in an interview with my self, Ill-Esha, Angel(ee-nuh) and Hologram Kizzie after their performance. Continuing to push the boundaries musically, whatever Ill-Esha creates next should be exciting!
Claiming to have the “Hardest Music in Chicago”, we would like to see anyone step up to the plate. You cannot go harder than Hardstyle, and RAAKMO is credited with some the best to come out of the city. Invited to some of the most wild parties such as Porn and Chicken Monday Night Dance Party, why? Just take a listen to his recent series of remixes.
Now RAAKMO typically leans towards Hardstyle but what makes any good artist is to blend style and make your own. His Rich Chigga remix has a trap bass foundation to it but you can clearly hear his hardstyle influence. Just as well with his Turn Day Turn Night remix with VOVIII. RAAKMO has an interesting Hardstyle infused trap formula and it works well with his collaborators. With Keku however they two stuck to hardstyle with they remix of Chupacabra by Carnage.
Porn and Chicken Dance Party continues to gain popularity in Chicago. Remaining the #1 weekly Monday night dance party in the city with continuously changing costume themes, headliner DJ’s, special guest hosts and all the crazy antics of the PnC crew. MTV host Eric Andre and Adult Swims Tim and Eric had the pleasure of experiencing Porn and Chicken as well as popular artists like LOUDPVCK, BARE, 12th planet, Yookie, 2Faced and more.
Over the last months PnC has made some big moves. One being a change in venue from the long standing evilOlive in Wicker Park to their new home at theMID in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. To celebrate the move the trio release a couple singles for the fans to rage to. Each release improving in quality the trio certainly outdo themselves everytime.
Also within the last month the group uploaded 2 tracks to the cloud. Following two original releases after All Hell Breaks Loose, 2017 is on a progressive year for them. Most recently a couple more collaborations under their belt. KTRL puts in some work makin’ Bread and straight following that they drop Zipper with Stellar. Both of which frequent the decks at the dance party, you better believe these tracks been tried and tested successfully in turnin up the dance floor.
Coming from Illinois Graham Gawthorpe aka GAWTBASS grew up involved in music from the start. Becoming proficient in percussive instruments, guitar and the cello by 18 yrs of age before hitting that expert level and decided to teach guitar. Gawthorpe has also been apart of bands before deciding to take things a different direction. Once he got hold of electronic music he took off.
In just 3 years of producing he has hundreds of thousands of plays on his soundcloud and major record labels in his pocket. Getting much popularity remixing popular artists alongside his heavy trap singles. Early July saw the release of his debut EP To The Top. The 3 track project packs a punch but it seems like light work for this producer. The bass will rock your head off and this guy is offering what he knows. I would say take advantage of this EP and his tutoring!
Nelly Furtado, a pop icon in mid 2000’s has many hits rolling off the tongues of reminiscent fans till this day. Put her songs on a throwback playlist and you will set off any party. As many other artists have, Solstis take a shot at remixing Say It Right and they revive it. Beautifully adding synths smoothly over a bass line without drawing too much away from the original melody.
An uplifting beat following their remix of Cry Wolf by Luna Shadows and a move to Seattle from their hometown Chicago. In the wake of a decision to commit to music the duo are following up with an EP soon to come. A 9to5 can be very distracting. Meanwhile you can sit back relax and dance to this.
Over the summer we got to hear M.O.B. release her track Can’t Break. A vibrant electro bass track for those chill summer nights. But with the warm seasons over we need newer music to keep us warm. In comes Zach Tha Rippa, Papa Skunk and Shadow The Machine Angel. With their support Can’t Break is revived for the winter and the coming new year with this remix album.
Zach The Rippa kept it chill on his approach adding a little trip to it with a psy-trance influence on the breakdown. Papa Skunk on the other hand goes in and heavy with his dubstep remix, keeping it live all the way through. Shadow all the while takes the minimalistic approach, keeping you on on your toes and dazed. Three incredible tracks just in time for a mini tour while as fans indulge on New Years mischief.
Kicking things off on NYE, M.O.B. unleashes new music for the new year. Mutually the first show of 2017 for the artist and Ever Evolved at the Cold Front in SubT right off Damen Blue Line Wicker Park. Showcasing local talent, after she procedes onwards. Opening up for RUN DMT on the short run and capping off Groundhogs Day. What a way to end and start a year!
Alex Medellin of Late Night Radio from Denver makes funky instrumentals crossing electro and soul genres. Reflective Tangents is his most recent jazz filled project. The 8 track playlist includes features by Kevin Donohue, Clark Smith, Def3, Boraham Lee, and WildaBeats. Most notable our hometown electro soul igniter Manic Focus hits us with that collab amongst the project along with Donohue on All My Troubles. Adding some additional electronic bass influence to the LP, it is balanced well amongst the intro tracks leading to NoGrave with guitar licks and groovy basslines. Listen to the full playlist on Late Night Radio’s soundcloud.
Ben Cofresi continues to challenge his creativity with his remixes. With a pattern of picking very popular and talented artists to recreate music from. Following Imogen Heap among the list of artists, Cofresi looked to more similar talents like James Blake and Bon Iver, who created the deeply beautiful tune I Need A Forest Fire. A track beautiful composed and yet Cofresi was able to redesign it and create a future bass track without hurting the quality of the original.
Turning to more familiar tunes. You may have heard this song serenading many playlists and radio stations. Alina Baraz seductive voice floating along Galimatias graceful melody Fantasy. Cofresi joins the many to remix the song but Ben has a talent on the drums that sticks out amongst others and he handles it well. If you are in Chicago this December 17th you can check out Cofresi work the drum pads and midi keys at the Bottom Lounge opening up for the Main Squeeze. In the meantime grab these tracks for free and play them loud.