Flosstradamus, A legendary name to Chicago, and for good reason! Helping bring edm and trap bass to mainstream popularity with remixes like ORIGINAL DON by Diplo in 2012, with former member Josh Young AKA YehMe2. Floss is back with an original release following a collab with Post Malone, Key, Fki1st and graves earlier this year. Simplifying this recent collaboration to one artist, Nonsens, for an upbeat hit for the summer named SO FAR. Kicking it off with a dnb styled intro, chopping up a vocal loop, into a body of bass and alarming synths to wild out to. The piano break in between keeps the uplifting energy going on this dance worthy beat!
After a few successes, depending on your definition of success, one is bound to speak with confidence and be urged to motivate; it is an energy and idea you cannot keep to yourself. Following his last few public releases, StankNasty reveals ABOUT THAT TIME, following his songs PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, I KNOW I’VE WON, SCATTER BRAINED and CARNAGE, this year. Feeling comfortable in his lyrical talents by now, StankNasty exclaims, “anything I touch gonna turn to gold, success gonna favor the bold, a young gunner bringing new flavor to old, get a little taste you gonna savor the flow.” With an upbeat, edm influenced beat, you can really feel StankNasty’s motivated energy, and it may be infectious to anyone that may be facing hesitation, once you pay attention to the wisdom in the lyrics.
Great and iconic music is reflective of the times that it was made in. It is also reflective of things that have been permeating through out history. Both are true when it comes to the hit social-political single, IT’S GOING DOWN, by Keem Singing and Radcliff Music, produced by Keem Singing and RhymSter of Ever Evolved. With imagery (visuals by Hayward of B.B.E. and BTS by Scotty Rocks of the Dog & Pony Show) of Keem portraying Malcolm X, and black freedom individuals holding a vigil in response to police brutality, Keem sings, “There’s a fire burning, spread across the nation.” Radcliff Music raps a verse that pays tribute to fallen black people at the hands of police officers ie. Sandra Bland, George Floyd, Emmet Till.
Whether or not our country is better than it was in the 60’s, there is photographic and video-graphic evidence that suggests that systemic oppression against people of color has largely stayed the same. So far the music video gets rejected by multiple platforms for its supposed edginess. IT’S GOING DOWN is only edgy in that it sheds light on the frustrations that BIPOC have faced in this country for hundreds of years. Platforms will put up and publish images to negatively stereotype the black man. But show something that incites pride, political organization, and intelligence, now its edgy. When it is a music video of black men coming together to demonstrate?
Chicago’s HxLT comes out with his own tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. The short project contains just three tracks but it packs some power. Filled with distorted bass, percussion, raw lyricism and chants depicting the angst of the current social-political atmosphere. It holds more of the Punk genre audio aesthetic, with the anti-authority, anarcho attitude, audio distortion and gutteral vocals, compared to his more hip hop and edm releases. The final track, NO MORE, jumps into the 90’s militant minded, political hip hop that first shed light on police brutality in its peak popularity, and that era’s message is just as relevant today.
Notable Chicago duo, The Hood Internet, just finished their music time machine! The two have embarked on a journey throughout the 80’s, sampling the decades most favored songs and artists in a handful of songs representing each year of the 80’s. Why has this not been done before? – We just needed genius’s like the Hood Internet in Chicago to manifest this concept obviously. Together they mixed together artists like Kool and the Gang, Rick James, Men Without Hats, Daryll Hall & John Oats, Survivors, Michael Jackson, The Clash, Bonnie Tyler, Eurythmics, David Bowie, Corey Hart, Van Halen, Cyndi Lauper, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, RUN DMC and way more, in a seamless progression. A homage to a decade of that forever shaped the culture of music in countless ways, from disco to hip hop, rock n’ roll, synth pop and countless cultural references from hollywood movies to music icons, perfectly represented thanks to The Hood Internet!
Black culture is a dominating foundation to many aspects of social culture and style. If you are an avid lover of house music, especially in Chicago, it is important to know that it evolved from disco, in gay, black clubs and communities, inspiring techno in Detroit. In a day and age where tensions are high, between a growing authoritarian police state in America and the public, particularly taking advantage of minority communities, Louis The Child, in the best way they know they can, releases a mix exclusive to black artists, to the tens of thousands of fans that follow them. Continuing their motto of music that makes you happy.
This mix contains a variety of genres of original mixes and remixes from house to hip hop and R&B. Hearing music from artists like Chicago’s own Green Velvet, Mick Jenkins, Joey Purp, Kanye West and Vic Mensa, they also add in iconic names like the late Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest, B.I.G., Wu-Tang and more. Being electronic music artist from Chicago, it only makes sense to pay homage to Chicago locals especially to its history. Without this evolution of disco in black communities, EDM as we know it could be drastically different, if in existence at all, for all we know.
This mix follows up on their usual flow of ridiculously catchy anthemic tracks and party tunes; Louis the Child does not seem to have an off switch. In their most recent remix, they chose upon Rich the Kid with a Kendrick Lamar feature by the name of NEW FREEZER from 2017. Completely flipping the beat up into wild, bass bumping, house track, that switches up dramatically with that classic Louis the Child, chopped up synth and hip hop beat pattern. They did not have to get that crazy but they made it their business! This follows up an original beat, NOBODY LIKE YOU, another vocal, pop, dance tune perfected by the voice of Vera Blue. If there is an off switch to Louis the Child hiding anywhere, let it be hidden; after hearing collaborations with Foster the People, this Chicago duo is unstoppable!
Chicago basshead Stratus is back to HOLLER. His new track has a very cynical edge to it, with low end bass reverberating or growling throughout. HOLLER follows up on another original, named SHIVER, that balances its heavy bass with light synth breaks, and also his EP EVERYTHING GOES BLACK. HOLLER may even sound like an extenstion to the EP. With its dark quality and heavy basslines to motivate anyone to throw body around, Stratus adds a synth break in between wild drops that sounds as cinematic as a NERO track for a nice balance.
The Chicago duo is back with another original mix and vocal collaboration. They follow up on their series realeases of originals and collaborations, WIGGLE, FIGHT and HOUSE PARTY VIP. This release features vocal artist Libby Dietrix, singing from the intro with confidence and what is no doubt good club etiquette. “Dance so free like a movie scence, and I go all out cause I’m the Trash Queen. Look at me bumpin’ in the club with the system, won’t take a drink from a random mista’, no suga’ daddy if you know what I mean and I go all out…” This track starts out with that abstract Deadmau5 vibe, and onward with a techno beat to just dance and groove too. A great balancing track between their typical bass heavy house beats, with more exaggerated climaxes and drops.
Lucky Iris welcomes you to sounds of electro-indie pop, debuting their music with their first EP, TURNS OUT WE SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME, with the help of Oliver Sekunda on production. A concept project based around a night on the town, and figuring it best to stay home sometimes! Coming from the Leeds music scene in England, they present a fresh perspective through their music. With influence from artists like Alt-J and Laura Mvula, Maeve & Jasper of Lucky Iris come with a unique sound.
At just four tracks, the project is short but full energy, starting out with GET READY WITH ME, an upbeat song about the curious energy of a young girl. Followed up with a more melancholic track over piano chords, TAKE 5 (WHY CAN’T YOU SEE ME) explores the feeling of being surrounded by people, yet being invisible to someone significant. GLITTER VISION is a favorite for its production, the track starts off like an electronic house beat, followed up with pop vocalization, and changes up tempo and ups the bass, flipping the energy around. Their debut gives us enough to see, Lucky Iris is dynamic and full of potential, and we cannot wait to see what they have for us in the future!
The two Chicago brothers, Eric and James Estrada of AYOO, are back again with a new original mix for your playlist. The two were having fun earlier in the month, passing out AYOO masks around the city, helping residents and fans with virus prevention! They follow up on their last hits, two different collaborations with Rico Act and RhymSter, named FREAK OUT and TIMELINE respectively. AYOO this time brings back the idea of an old era; the ROARING 20’s, released through Aural Sex Records, into our present 20’s timeline. With a bouncing house beat, some glitchy lyrics and some rumbling bass, it is enough to make you get up and kick your feet.