Not forgetting about the producers this year. They are getting the right recognition and starting with Aced Spade, he is doin it right. Equiped as a producer, DJ and dancer and maybe some other hidden talents we have yet to find. Someone give him a mic lets see. Ringing in the new year with Marko Stat$ at Subterranean in Wicker Park at Ever Evolveds Cold Front stage with the crowd rocking to new music.
Feelin’ the new year vibes he releases a remix that is Not Bad, Just Boujee days following the Cold Front. Afterwards Outta Sight Clothing would announce a cypher beat created by the one and only. Then Aced would just come back and one up himself with another remix. Taking aim at up and coming Chicago artist Simone, whom just recently dropped the Ready EP. Good Girl is the perfect track to meld into Aced Spades dynamic style. Set to perform at the Beat Kitchen you can hear these dope tracks there follow him for the info!
The influx of live music performers in recent years is refreshing. There is something about music fresh off the instruments or a freestyle beat smith that adds some real energy to a performance. Giving the opportunity to improvise on stage can turn a regular show in a unique and memorable event. Artists like Disclosure, Flume, Beats Antique, Griz, Brasstracks, and more have perfected their own styles with live dance music. While DJs and producers like A-Trak, Trentino, Zebo and aarabMUZIK have long mastered scratching or live beat work.
Chicago is becoming a emerging hub for local independent artists and a growing number are getting creative with live instruments and bands. Coming arcross LWKY music I was pleased so see the experimental dance music artists joining others in breaking away from the CDJ norm. Using guitar, synths and midi controllers, with their style and production they can easily bend genres and experiment.
In the most recent releases you can hear many different influences. Combining electro funk and jazz beats reminiscent to Manic Focus and future bass that can match Cofresi and his live work on drum pads and midi controllers. Flux has some glitch hop and funk influence and the Down Low sounds like K-Theory reborn. Just releasing a music video as well for Happy To Be Human coming from their 2014 LP No Sleep, you get a visual idea of how they work in real time.
Yes this group has been mastering their craft a while. Up till now they have few albums, couple EPs, countless singles and remixes and best thing about it is its all free to you. Or you can go out and find one of their shows and see them in action. In Chicago they are opening for Manic Focus early March at the Riv. I can expect to hear a lot more from LWKY this year, excited to see what they got goin on next.
Ever had a natural talent, something that comes 2nd nature to you? It seems Gawtbass from Chicago has this knack with music production. Always releasing fresh beats, you would think he has an army of producers working with him. However there is more skill and talent to this artist than you think. Being apart of bands, becoming a guitar instructor among knowledge of other instruments, he keeping his musical talents a bit diverse.
Keeping his instruments, knowledge and music taste diverse it bleeds into his music production. Going through his playlist you can hear how he switches it up with every song. His recent releases Closer, Agile and Above all vary greatly. You get a switch up from Progressive House to Dubstep bass. Maybe not one for the purist but you cannot deny quality.
Music releases does not seem to be his prime motive though. His mission statement on soundcloud reads “I am here to improve the world and am dedicating my life to evolving the world starting with music”. Recently been releasing music under the name Exalted One, it seems like he is taking the next step in his incorruptible evolution as he describes. Is this a leader you can support?
Personification is used in a countless amount of ways in music, religions and other mediums to express and understand ourselves and the world. Pauzu is not only the latest EP by RAAKMO but the name is also that of an evil spirit of wind that causes famine and protects from other evil spirits ironically. The song reflecting the EP’s title starts off with a familiar melody that generally brings shivers down anyones spine. From the original Exorcist, Pazuzu was though to be the demon possessing poor little Regan MacNeil. For others the name is recognizable as Professor Farnsworth magic dragon in Futurama.
Anyway the 2 track EP holds up to the Hardest Music In Chicago motto RAAKMO has in place. On the second track Carnage,VOVIII hops on production for a collaboration. The two sample the legendary “Blast, Beat, Go” recording by Nari and Milani‘s Atom to lead into heavy hardstyle beat upon a melodic buildup. Pazuzu follows an Avicii remix, Chupacabra, The Galaxy and Rich Chigga. With bass scarier than the demon itself, this EP is a must have for you sets!
Willy Joy is an artist for an artist. Most creatives stick to expressing their work outward for people, while others like to boost their creative counter parts. Willy Joy not only thinks about him self, but other artists that need help too and you. He releases music for you to enjoy and for the artist, he runs a weekly podcast called Back to Back for fellow DJ/producers to talk about advice, passion and experiences. Interviewing and getting support from artists like Jayceeoh, Kaskade, 12th Planet, Destructo, Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner and many more throughout about 35 episodes and counting.
Thats a pretty big schedule and that is not even mentioning the shows he plays! Playin tracks like his latest release I Found You, a remix of Axwell, one of Willy Joy’s favorite classics he notes. Also with the release of the track he announces new music on the way! So more originals like Can U Bounce, Get Down, Forever, Bust It Up, to add onto you trap n bass playlist. Keep track of Willy Joy and not only will you get your bass cravings fulfilled but some industry knowledge as well.
Hip hop, rap and electronic dance music have not always been so harmonious together but over the past decade genres like dubstep, Trap and Bass created a bridge for the styles to be combined. EDM artist like their production to breathe freely while Hip Hop artist need a simple repetitive beat to emphasize the flow of their verses. Artists like Trentino, being a lover of both worlds found a formula working those two together as if the genres were always compatible, made for each other.
Following an R&B EDM remix of Purple Peanuts by Rama Duke Trentino remixes another two popular artists. Derez DeShaun and A$AP Ferg get caught in the crosshairs for a couple of revisions. Hardaway and Plain Jane can now find their way into a club for music lovers do jump around, throw their elbows or just dance to. What will Trentino pick out next, and original or remix and by who? Can only guess what music his library in his head is ready to be revived.
Is having vision a talent or curse? Some would argue. They have changed up their logo and rebranded. Elevatd comes back with new look and new music. Do not be confused though they are familiar through remixes like Rooftops by Vesper, and others if you were lucky enough to have downloaded them. You would get a better chance to get familiar with them and their music at their local and out of city/state events.
Often they would drop unreleased beats at their events. You can catch them in the crowds supporting their favorite artists too. On the decks though they throw some nasty beats. Their most recent release Curse Them All catches you by surprise with popular edm vocalist Micah Martin, flowing over the melody before leading to a heavy drop. Knowing his way around bass production, Martin echoes back and forth between synth and bass like a battle. A kind of production that got us craving for more.
If you are low on bass music we got just the fix. Benasis, one of Chicago’s wildest dubstep, trap and bass producers, gets trigger happy and releases a series of tracks from his library. One week after another his fans got a new release from his Swamp Movement EP. Not stopping there Benasis got together with old friend Rico Act to finish it this release frenzy.
Makin their rounds across the sound board Swamp Movement‘s 3 tracks are perfect to turn a crowd upside down. The trap fans will put their elbows up for Run It with Rico Act, a frequent collaborator that got the media rolling with their Wook track. With support from Cherney, Eptic, Habstrakt, Slander and more, Benasis is inching up to 100k followers on soundcloud. Thought he is kept underground for now you can catch him opening up for some pretty big names and festivals. When he is quiet you can bet he is working on new tunes so keep your eyes and ears open!
Getting lost in music is easy with Option4, his music can take you on a journey or tell you a story. Even literally with his Nest HQ releases a little over a year ago depicting drug lords and legalization of marijuana in his home city Denver, CO. From start to finish To Be Your Baby takes you on an audio adventure, slowly layering on eerie hypnotic sounds that build up to deep basslines and a bouncing beat. Working together with Kid Astronaut on this track this collaboration follows his work with Treasure Fingers and Worthy.
What do you feel when you listen to Win & Woo music? If you cannot remember Fall In Love, their latest track, you can do just that. Their last original release made us feel Gold. Following remixes Jp Saxe & Mokita that share the relaxing vibes of future bass styled synths and basslines at a slow rhythmic tempo, Fall In Love observes a different style. Like the feeling, this tune is vibrant, upbeat and makes you want to reach for the sky and dance.