Category Archives: Rock & Metal

Jamila Woods & NE-HI Surprise

It is not often occurrence when hip hop and soul meets rock and roll but when its done right it is an extraordinary combination of sound and style. Not surprisingly the endlessly talented Jamila Woods involved herself with the Chicago rock group NE-HI to recreate The Times I’m Not There. Previously never working together before Jamila and NE-HI had a mutual interest in each others music. There is more significance to this work than ears can hear.

This song chosen is from NE-HI’s first LP. The two being from Chicago they agreed upon giving the money raised from the song to charity that empowers youth through creative means created by Chance the Rapper named SocialWorks. They all got to talking with Sterogum about the collaboration and shared some words on their experiences. Jamila, coming back from BLK Wednesday & John Walt Day, gave outstanding performances over Thanksgiving weekend that may have topped her LSD video release viewing, treating the crowds to unreleased music. Keep ears open from new music from both these locals.

James Weird of NE-HI On collaborating with Jamila:

We spent some time this summer reimagining the arrangement and rhythmic approach to “The Times I’m Not There”, a song from our first record. The idea was to explore new melodies and textures to shape around the guitar hook and find a different voice to take the song somewhere else. Jamila Woods, being the amazing vocalist that she is, came on and completely led the song into a new life. After tampering around with the edit for a while, what started as an experiment turned out to be a memorable song and recording process. Shout out to Jamila Woods, Dave Vettraino on production, and Dee Lilly on the keys! This being a project between two Chicago artists, we wanted to give all the proceeds back to young people in the city through the arts empowerment charity, SocialWorks

Jamila on NE-HI:

I had a great time working on the song with NE-HI, we had never worked together before but I really like their sound and it was fun to collaborate during the process. I think it’s dope that they chose to partner with SocialWorks for the release

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White Mystery Played My Hand [Music Video]

White Mystery is quite the talented duo from Chicago. The siblings Alex and Francis White Recently released a stop motion music video for their track Played My Hand. For those of you not too familiar with stop motion, this method requires a lot of time and patience. The track comes from their recent album Fuck Your Mouth Shut. Marking their 8th studio album the two make it a goal to release one once a year on April 20th – 4/20. This only highlights one aspect of White Mystery.

Priding themselves on DIY projects these couple of artists take on every aspect of their music career on their own. From self management, booking shows, press and marketing. Chicago’s Rock n’ Roll has a pair of creative titans in their midst. Even more some, Alex and Francis been running a podcast interviewing local Chicago artists playing video games, music and talking about whats important. All this on top of creating new music every year. If you are looking for any inspiration, you gotta take some notes from these indie rock experimentalists.

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My Gold Mask – Dissipate [Music Video]

My Gold Mask releases a this colorful piece of visual media for track off their forthcoming album Anxious Utopia. Dissipate is their second video release and preview of their forthcoming album generating a lot of anticipation here in Chicago. And industrial pop rock track with a dark breakdown building the anticipation for Anxious Utopia Filming and editing the video must have been fun; who doesn’t like tossing paint at anyone in reverse. My Gold Mask had released another abstract music video for Battles, earlier in September, also to be released on the new LP. These guys are on the rise, so keep your tabs on them!

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DualStyles – Dispute the Difference

Straight out of Chicago Dualstyles comes loaded with the 12 track album Dispute the Difference. True to their name they express their creativity through a fusion of genres. Combining heavy metal, rap and electronic music production, tracks like More Power, End of an Empire, War Machine and Below the Line really stand out in terms of genre bending. While tracks like Impulse represents the metal genre in its fullness. This band definitely has some extraordinary talent that brings something new to the table. You can catch more of their experimental sound live as they perform around Chicago and are currently participating in Battle of the Bands; heading into the second round.

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