Kyral x Banko Pull Up hot to the scene with a few collabs and remixes. Following the mind blowing EP Focus the duo took on tours, shows and festivals promoting new music. K&B then come back with a nasty remix of Bad Boy Sound, by Jantsen a favorite among the dub and bass community. They would then team up with a producer debuting as Holly on the track I Don’t Need You, to premiere on FUXWITHIT. Most recently the two link up with DJ Ride to release Pull Up on MMXVAC. Each one of these tracks made for you to get wild to so turn up those speakers!
Milestones are something to look forward to for anyone out there setting goals as an artist or individual. Musically Solstis has been surpassing many feats within the last year alone! Every release they published not only sounds amazing but has some connotation to them. Following this duo for a couple years now it has been inspiring to seeing how they have been evolving through sound and technique.
Recently taking Luna Shadows music another go, already giving her track Cry Wolf a remix with SANDS, the two found a greater idea to incorporate into a remix. The plan is use more live music instrumentation into their sets and they nailed it. Exploring different styles they landed on indie rock marking their first time to include a guitar solo. This track in particular is meant to be played in a live format. Making their music exclusive to their live sets now this sets them apart from many EDM artists, thinking outside the box in terms of technique and range of sounds for their performances.
This remix follows yet another milestone in their career with the release of their debut album Nowhere. This project is a collection of the finest sounds and a wide range of emotion. Over a years worth of work and imagination put into this LP the opening track, inspired by Smashing Pumpings and 90’s Rock, sets the mood for the LP with a epic buildup. Acquiring the melody from ODDEEO before the inception of the idea of an LP, who also collabed on Robot Daydream years back, Dreaming in Reverse is a climactic build leading to a Euphoric melody that gives a breath of fresh air before the next beat Open Your Eyes blows you away. This kind of production has been pivitol in their position with music and something to be excited about as far as newer music if you have not followed them it is about time!
Some can use it to their advantage, some people give it away, lying is not for everyone. Krewella plays on that idea with a vocal performance in Bad Liar, a smooth synth and bass beat that flows flawlessly between the lyrics. This follows Gold Wings a collaborative production with Shaun Frank, another future bass beat topped with a beautiful vocalization by Krewella. Steady releasing tunes this year we expect to hear some more from this Chicago Krew.
Is it possible to go Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger than Daft Punk? Few dare try and succeed but Cofresi decides to takes up the challenge for himself. With a live midi drum-set setup, he certainly has the resources to match the virtuosity of the legends! Armed with a camera he proves with a live performance that he can indeed pull off a Daft Punk remix with ease and style. Not only unique with his production and execution the man thinks outside the box when it comes to his originals and remixes.
Maybe its to keep challenging himself to other genres or it could be boredom but Cofresi has become a master at these revisions. Not only perfecting a Daft Punk remix, he takes it one step further and challenges some of the gods of Rock N’ Roll, Led Zeppelin, to remix Black Dog. Then upon listening to the beat it was deemed holy for it sounds sanctimonious! After remixing James Black & Bon Iver, Alina Barz & Galimatias,DNMO & Sub Urban, Imogen Heap, Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE and way more, Cofresi has shown time and time again that his passion is unparalleled.
Performed my new Led Zeppelin remix @ Sonic Bloom🥁📹 Wayne Schultheis
Posted by COFRESI on Sunday, June 17, 2018
An impressive progression following the release of his EP Faces. Knowing just how to keep his playlist fresh with new music. His EP consisting of 5 tracks is in diligence with vocalists. Each track works with vocalists of different styles from Probcause, Marcus Allen, Jofred, Cathy P & Riles and Ehiorobo. Cofresi works around hip hop, experimental, soul and pop vocal styles and lays down a foundation of live future bass production that hits the speakers hard and gracefully. A true mastery in both originals and remixes, this is one act you have to follow.
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.