It always slips my mind that Kaskade is from Chicago. One of the few and growing number of artists that built a name for themselves coming out of this beautiful city. Giving himself opportunities to work with artists like Alicia Keys as he did with his lastest hit In Common. Putting her in a different element from her usual soul and R&B selection. The two artist work on beautiful dance track with somewhat of a Latino vibe to get your hips shaking on the dance floor.
Then one after another Kaskade releases another collab this time with Too Many Zoos; A trio famous for the subway jams on Youtube. With a combination of horns and house music the artists pull together Jorts, a wild track filled with energy that you cannot help but jump around too. Building up with pumps on the saxophone, it leads to a trumpet blaring drop and holds that energy throughout over an ambient lead by Kaskade.
With beautiful melody on strings and synths to begin, Autograf‘s latest song brings in a feeling of thoughtless bliss. Not a care in the world as the Violins chime in and and make you feel weightless. All the while a voice utters Don’t Worry and you listen naturally. A beautiful feel good track, a breath of fresh air in between all the heavy hitting beats and stress of everyday activities. Take a moment and hear this tune offered to you for free!
Monte Booker has gifted his fans with a package of new tracks jumping between chill and soulful to abstract and future bass heavy and mostly instrumental. Following the 3 singles Monte joins Smino with other Chicago artists Jean Deux and Phoelix on a hip hop track about love and kajun wings, “because we can all use some good ass wings in times like these…”. Another track for the love and support from the fans! As Monte hits stages in London and Festivals like Mamby on the Beach in Chicago he has gained about 15k more followers since we last updated on him, the anticipation grows for what he comes up with in his upcoming EP.
Releasing her Debut album earlier this month HEAVN is jam packed with some of the more notable artists rising out of Chicago. From Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment to Saba, Noname and Odd Couple to Kweku Collins; Jamila Woods really knows how to bring it back to her city, as she has set forth to do. Being the associate director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists, which helped manifest talents and careers for artists like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Saba, she gets to hear and experience the stories and struggles of the youth on the south side empathically, being raised in Beverly Hills, Chicago herself. She is working on a strong platform making her voice heard not for herself but for the voices unheard in his beautifully diverse city that fills her with complicated love.
HEAVN is Jamila’s debut album joining the ranks of the many independent Chicago artists after first making herself known through collaborations with Chance on Sunday Candy and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’White Privilege II. HEAVN holds powerful messages of love, awareness and resilience for the masses to hear as well. Songs like VRY BLK with NoName echoes the struggle of police brutality taking on the rhythm of the nursery rhyme Miss Mary Mack metaphorically singing serving and protecting is stealing babies lives. Then you have Blk Girl Soldier a strong vocally passionate song that brings to light the silent struggle of young black women.”Look at what they did to my sisters, last century last week, put her in a jar and forget her, they love how it repeats” Jamila sings as her video focuses on protesters holding signs saying Say Her Name, an organization bringing awareness to black women who have been murdered, beaten or go missing and never get reported on. The combination of the lyrics and video message highlights the strength of black women then and now who endure so much more and still rise to the top because they have to.
Jamila in the end carries the torch of love and empowerment among many strong female artists that hold the same message. When it gets down to it though she is an artist, with a heavy soul. A mere human as humbly reminded in Lonely Lonely, filled with doubts and concerns with the real issues internal and external. Here to remind you that even the strongest minds have their dark days and in the end you are all that you got and need. Just love and appreciate your blessings as she sings “My cup is full, what I got is enough, nobody completes me, don’t mess with my love” in her song Holy. Just wake up in the morning with your mind set on loving yourself, that in itself is a revolutionary act. Get inspired and download this album for free.
Check out one of the hotter female hip hop and rap artists of Chi Town. There is no lack of diversity in Chicagos music scene in any genre. Miss Chiff brings out JXL on the mic to pack Movin Up with more talent and energy. The second single released off an upcoming album project. Keep your eyes peeled for a music video. Just one of many collab projects these two artists have worked on together. The two flow smoothly. Miss Chiff on a few verses and the chorus back and forth between JXL, another lightning quick rapper that can probably rival Twista dare I say. There is just something about Chicago that breeds expert wordsmiths.
Benasis from Chicago unleashes a couple heavy Dubstep and Trap originals promising to release some more as he hits the studio this week to produce some heavy hitters. If you have not heard his name you definitely heard some of his tracks like RAXX with Cherney dropping at any bass heavy tent at festivals all across the board. With artists like Eptic throwing down his beats in their sets and a following of over 90k on Soundcloud Benasis is easily one of the more popular dubstep artist coming out of Chicago. So you can bet your lucky stripes these free tracks will rock a crowd.
The Remix masters and the latest signees to Rogue Angecy in ChicagoPHNM and Zebo come together as Light Em Up in the studio and the stage. Together the bring the best beats for the dance floor. This last month brought in their latest remix to get the hips shakin. Big Kuntry Kings Peach Crush gets the house beat treatment to the hip hop beat blending in two different worlds. These guys can really think outside and they so again by gifting this to their fans for the free!
Willy Joy is fired up and turbo charged with this riddim. Inviting the Kemist to the studio to add his Jamaican style for the perfect touch to this adrenaline packed track. Kemists breakdown provides a catchy sing-along anthem over a trap beat and horns while leading to a fast paced drop throwing your feet into a frenzy, perfect for a festival crowd. Catching the beat mid way Kemist whips it around one more time building up for a bass heavy trap drop that Willy Joy is known for.
Since reporting on his debut EP Bitten,Bite Me has released countless remixes, gaining more skill and creativity with each project. Now he comes back with an original single Purge following Caution a couple months prior, both released to fans for free! Purge hits you with a nitty gritty trap and dubstep drop that will laugh maniacally, to really get the blood goin. Bite Me always changes it up a bit where it counts, getting heavier every time. Excited to see what this Chicago artist comes out with next.
Creation can come from anywhere and can happen in any moment. For A Billion Young creation just needed a bedroom and the time to create was now, in their perspective at that moment. Collaborating with wonderful Chicago talent by the likes of Jac Stovler, Rich Jones, and Sylvie Grace with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting while she performed with her cello on Mag Mile Downtown, the artists create a 6 track mix tape that transcends genres. From soulful to future bass to trap, juke and footwork styles with the use of live instruments, guitars, cellos, vocals and midi controllers Chicago look no further for talent and good music than your own backyard. I recommend listening this in order and loudly.