Feelin’ Free With Louis the Child at Aragon Ballroom

It was quite unexpected. Ending up in the middle of the dance floor at Aragon Ballroom bouncing to Louis the Child‘s endless anthems. Without even realizing they were back in Chicago for another Friendsgiving event, fate has brought us to the Sold Out Saturday night show. With the help of who can only be referred to as Alex, an eccentric looking character with a patched up pink leather long coat and tattoos on his shaved head, at this point in time with the amount of information there is.

The Aragon Ballroom marquee is lit as well as their big title light that can be seen from blocks away. The fans are making their way off the train and packing up next to the taco vendors under the train at the end of the line. We make our way to the alley where Alex makes his appearance with a big smile to the two familiar girls in the group. Guiding us back and forth to grab tickets for us, all the while security is hassling and giving orders, like a great host Alex readies our group for grand entrance in no time.

Making way to the dancefloor and Louis the Child has their openers rocking the nearly packed (at this point) ballroom. As one act ends we see a familiar pink character make his way onto stage. It is none other than Alex, getting behind the DJ booth as KAMI flashes on the LCD monitors. Turns out he is the DJ for the SAVEMONEY Chicago artist out and as a music reporter for Ever Evolved, the only one to realize the significance of the experience. KAMI in natural fashion, takes over and hypes everyone up. Spitting bar after bar over raw beats, getting everyone jumping.

Louis the Child always has these Friendsgiving events it seems and every time they brings out deserving talented Chicago locals to perform with them. With a massive following of their own, it is like a show of thanks to the city to put everyone on. Well deserving fan base as well as Louis the Child have a talent in creating such an euphoric atmosphere with their music! KAMI may have hyped up the crowd, but the show belongs to the hit makers and they lit up the crowd as soon as they walked out!

A great part of their success is their ability to read and connect with their crowds and their fan base in general. Their music is trendsetting to put it plain and simply. They switch up the vibe with the crowd accordingly from their energetic tracks like LOVE ft Elohim, SPACE JAM, OHHH BABY and of course BETTER NOT with Wafia. They then bring in down in between like a roller coaster with more laid back tracks like their Death Cab remix, Slow Down Love and even throwbacks from releases way back. Unfortunately unable to finish their full set, surely they played strongly into closing off Saturday night Thanksgiving weekend in great fashion. Having everyone feeling FREE for the night, like their latest single with Drew Love

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Autograf Goes Deeper With Jared Lee

Getting deep into the cold months for Chicago but Autograf turns up the heat with a new release! AINT DEEP ENOUGH lights that fire, that passion, in your body to make you want to dance like it is the middle of summer. The chorus repeats, “You got me going deeper, deeper, deeper, but it ain’t deep enough,” as if you must reach further into your soul than ever for that pure love, that energy. Jared Lee perfectly compliments the piano chord progressions and melody, leaving Autograf with another addictive track.

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Kaskade & Lipless Team Up To Create My Light

Consistenly bouncing back and forth between his old and new style of dance music, Kaskade has the ear to satisfy just about anyone. Following his REDUX 003 DELUXE release, the Chicago native is back with a deep house beat. Teaming up with Lipless, MY LIGHT starts dark in tone with feminine vocals, brandishing “You are my light” into your head, up the the climax. The main body of the track is a gentle but dark bassline humming under melodic synth work, giving off a very sensual and mysterious energy!

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Artist of the Week: DJ Heily B Debuts His EDM EP

There are not much milestones like the first and for an artist they can be significant. This month DJ Heily B hits a big one as he debuts his first ep. Not out of no where however, Heily B has been working on single releases for the longer end of the year, practicing, getting better and more creative each time. More known as an electronic dance music DJ, spinning for events and venues around Chicago and event a couple of times for Ever Evolved events as well, Heily B has picked up producing along the way.

From his first release BREAD BOWL to ELECTRONIC DANCING MUSIC EP, there is quite a difference that can represent his growth as a producer, but the quality was present from the start. The EP itself is a quick 4 song package packed with energy reaching into diverse genres. Heily never seemed to stick with a single genre from the start and from beginning to end the EDM EP takes you on a audio trip. From the future bass track FORGET A DAY bearing feminine vocals, the hispanic lingo over a dubstep beat in DIVIDE, to the bass and riddim style ending out the EP. Heily B really puts Respect on his name with this release. If you missed his ep release party at The Auxillary Art Center, press play and live through it vicariously.

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Louis The Child Remixes Skrillex, Ty Dolla $ign & Boys Noize

Many songs, to the untrained ear and regular fans, may seem final and complete once released. Seasoned artists however know that any song or creation can be added onto or restructured completely, to create a similar work of art or new one altogether, from the foundation of original. This yea, remixes have played a significant role in Louis the Child‘s playlist. From a remix EP of the KIDS AT PLAY project, to remixing Elohim and Death Cab For A Cutie, Louis the Child now picks another catchy tune to remake.

This time around the Chicago duo picks a song from a couple of EDM legend to rework. The former Dog Blood duo, Skrillex and Boys Noize, have teamed up again and this time with Ty Dolla $ign to make a bass house beat. Now remixing artists as complex and established as Skrillex may be a bit of a challenge, but none too much for Louis the Child too handle. Known for the consistency with producing anthems, the two take the MIDNIGHT HOUR and flip it into a more hip hop & R&B influenced down tempo tune. An interesting remake to add to your playlist, Louis the Child is no stranger to unusually catchy sounds. An acquired taste to add to your playlist, let it grow on you.

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As The Sun Hits The Solstis

Solstis is back making noise as they prepare for the release of another project. Following a few drops of single and collab pieces, the Chicago duo is ready to drop their next EP. AS THE SUN HITS, officially releasing on Oct. 11, gets the hype dialed up with the release of ABOUT YOU and MISS YOU. Both very ambient down tempo synth pop tunes to really relax to, giving you an idea of the full EP to come! This follows their collabs with Emay Holmes and most recently HIGHER with Simona Shao. Stay tuned for the full EP!

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Kaskade With Redux 003 Deluxe Exclusives

Having released REDUX 003 early in the summer, Kaskade comes back with a little surprise. With the EP already being jam packed with 18 songs, Kaskade adds 5 more to the package of the already diverse playlist. REDUX 003 DELUXE adds on three more exclusive originals and two remixes, ranging from bass house, deep house, future bass and down-tempo influenced styles. With Diplo & LöKii jumping on the project these exclusive tracks are a do doubt must have in your playlist for a good dance party.

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Ayoo, A Couple of True G’s

TRUE G‘s stay true to their closest people and their city. They stay consistent with who they are and what they represent! Ayoo show their true colors with this their latest tune. Not only are they consistent with their excellent content but they rep Chicago hard, sticking to the local artist on this remix. Ayoo rocks the house music, rocks with the local artists and the city flag. Can you get more chi town than that?

If you love house music you would know Chicago is home to some of the best artists in the game like Saladin. Ayoo comes in and takes TRUE G‘s from his playlist, brings down the tempo a bit gives it a whole new attitude. Their sound gets more crisp as they go, they continue to improve with each release. Following their Lauryn Hill, Groove Delight remixes and having signed their single TIMELINE featuring RhymSter, another Chicago artist, to Artist Intellegence Agency; they have been riding that wave of momentum smoothly.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: DJ Squadooble

What is a party without the DJ? Even the live performing artist needs their go to DJ in between setups and songs to keep an audience amused. The radio DJ can make or break an artist. The best of them can traverse genres, no matter who is listening and make their body move. Some can even influence music cultures with their sound and style.

Many times in our publications we recognize the vocal or spotlight artist. Tonight however we highlight the DJ’s role in music through DJ Squadooble. Albeit a young artist she made her way into the nightlife industry with ease. To personal friends and acquaintances she is the life of the party, to her associates in music she is the controller of the party.

Introduced into house parties, she quickly becomes popular with local promoters. Her diverse genre base welcomed her to spin at popular local clubs and lounges such as Debonair, Lokal, Simones, Harbees and even made her way to local neighborhood festivals over a short period of time. With a variety of genres from latin influences to hip hop and dance music, if you are in the vicinity of her sound she will make your body move! Making a return to Simones in Pilsen this third weekend of September she will be a judge for a twerk contest under the Ever Evolved banner spinning alongside DJ Hunt, rocking the crowd and backing up features artists like ESSSE, T.Z. Duhh, I C Y and more.

The mix below is old news but the magic is in the present. Follow her pages below and get in tune with DJ Squadooble and catcher her spinnin live.

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Artist of the Week: Tyler James Logsdon with New Policy

Chicago’s Sonic Illusionist, the elusive traveler of recording artists. A jester of mystery, formerly known to some as Flynn. Tyler James Logsdon has re-branded himself and dropped a record reminiscent of 80’s super synth pop. There are a lot on this record that can remind you of, depending on which track we look at from his 14 song LP New Policy, artists such as A-Ha, Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Robert Smith from The Cure, Interpol, Pulp, Chrome Sparks, Explosions in the Sky, Chicago’s The Drum, Royksopp, TRVST, Chris Isaak, Nick Cave, Kavinsky, Imogen Heap, and even one of my personal favorites, Brian Molko of Placebo.

Now that’s a lot of artists to compare the likes of him to but I guarantee that if you listen to this record from front to back it will feel like a lush bright mixture of all of those sounds, feelings, voices and progressions creating this all new, all too unique experience from Tyler James Logsdon. What I appreciate the most about this album is that its not only conceptual but its made to be listened to from top to bottom. It is an experience to be absorbed, not to just pick a couple songs from the record that were more popular or did better as singles.

That being said, TJL does have major single power potential on a lot of the songs on the record such as my personal favorite PLASTIC, and then STARDUST, REQUISITE, BLIND, BY MYSELF, and REFLECTION definitely can stand alone, but paired with each other on a full length project they do even better. Not every track has vocals, a few of the numbers on the record are just a great composition of instrumental. These instrumental numbers offer a dynamic texture to the album. You get 2-3 songs of TJL smooth crooning’s and falsettos for every one uptempo 80’s instrumental.

You can hear and feel so many different influences when consuming this project and what is more impressive is that everything is entirely produced and engineered by Tyler James Logsdon himself! He seems to channel Kavinsky, Daft Punk, and TRVST on the record STARDUST. STARDUST is a roller coaster ride of a song that makes you feel like you are playing the Rainbow Road level of Mario Kart or you are Garrett Hedlund driving a futuristic motorcycle in the film Tron: Legacy. The song Plastic sounds as though the Norwegian pop band A-Ha and the Swedish artist Royksopp fused into one for that record to come to life.

TJL uses strong memorable sounds for his melodies that bring you back to that 80’s era while also progressively bringing you further into our time with epic electronic dance pop. It cannot be quite explain it; but his sound is both new and old, progressive and retro, archaic and cutting edge. It is as though he is taken the timelessness of what we miss and loved about the 80’s and combined that with new pop composing techniques of today. Back to the Future, or Forward to the Past? Nostalgia and hope seem to be these ethereal feelings he exudes in his album. That is how I interpret the name, New Policy. TJL has created a newer type of sound by pulling from esteemed golden eras of music history.

Epic: A humble word to describe the music by Tyler James Logsdon. He can program drums in the manner that I have seen Chrome Sparks play live and sing deeply in the style Nick Cave or Leonard Cohen on the record Reflection. He sounds like Robert Smith from The Cure on the record Blind. And some records Tyler’s layering of his vocals remind me of James Blake or Lana Del Rey songs. The talented Mr. Logsdon capable of palpable tunes that present themselves as a blend of some of your favorite most inspiring Swedish dance pop records.

The replay value of this LP, NEW POLICY by Tyler James Logsdon is extremely high for a few reasons. It is a sonic and compositional variety that seems to draw from a plethora of artists. Its production value is pioneering what you remember and love about 80s synth pop. It’s genuinely a record that will have you singing, dancing, laughing and even crying (just wait till you get to song number 13 with Take My Hand)!

Tyler James Logsdon is chosen as Artist of the Week because I believe what he has done with his full length record, NEW POLICY, deserves spotlight and praise. His fused style of progressive and retro offers a listener an amazing sonic time. Tyler James Logsdon will be playing shows in the near future around the city of Chicago. I hope you are lucky enough to see his records performed live. Here is to growth and better futures, here is to A NEW POLICY.

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