Category Archives: Soul

Ever Evolved Synergy

Reminiscing back to Show N Love at Sub T in Wicker Park you have to be reminded of the talent brewing in Ever Evolved Studio. Plenty of recent releases and events coming and going. A couple of independent singles and a wild collab track. We also had our buddy and talented videographer Brandon Holmes put together a highlight video of some successful events and celebrations, holding only a little bit of an idea of whats to come!

The video would be covering bits of footage from up to three events, recorded by Brandon and Canon Montana, showing the vibrant crowds that come to support. Background music is produced and recorded in house as well with the producers and hip hop artists and Ever Evolved members on stage and on screen, Rhymster and Radcliff. Engineers Gridlock Andy and Frekwenzy showing love at the studio with amazing produciton.

Most recently a project packed with Ever Evolved artists and affiliates release a single Check A Bagg produced by DJ Marskiss. Rhymster, Radcliff, Terry Tertiary, Candy Irene, Mike Booth, Safe G and Essse with the huge collaboration and a mouthful ofwords onto a 3 minute beat. A unique blend of styles between all these creatives. Interesting enough all these artists are scheduled to release more independent singles and collaboration projects and singles heading into the warmer seasons so follow for updates!

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Sun Showers Over Burn Twins, Elton & Bedows

Keeping their names separate as a way to isolate their unique talents as indivdual artists the Burn Twins, Elton & Bedows form this band of creatives. They do not commit to a singular brand or name, which can make it interesting keeping track of their work.  Coming in with fresh sound and energy altogether they have pulled off many collabs as a whole or paired off, freely performing with who ever works with eachother best. Artist like theMIND, Nafet, Akenya, KAINA, Thelonious Martin, Omar Apollo and more and worked with one of more of this collaborative group.

All of them are multi talented at some level they all bring their own unique sound together, and work within each other. Finding a perfect balance between their musical influences, instrumentation and vocal work. Never overpowering one another, each individuals talent emphasized to give credit where credit is due, as the collaboration intended. The Burns Twins (Eddie and IZ) and Bedows share music production and instrumentation talent. Elton Aura works the mic as a writer and rapper and there is much jazz and soul influence between them all. The producers are also adding backup vocals to their resume as they cover ins and outs for Elton as they adapt to each other.

Talking to DJ Booth in an interview following their Sun Showers release they highlight some of the ideas that was put into this project. Creating something that personified their feeling for the year in Chicago. “It is the duty of the artist to reflect the times”, Elton explains paraphrasing Nina Simone. Sun Showers is a metaphor reflecting Chicago’s turbulence. “It looks happy, It looks nice, it looks sunny, but its still raining”. A sentiment that can stand the test of time with these songs.

Burns Twins | Soundcloud | Elton Aura | Soundcloud
Bedows | Soundcloud

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theMIND Wants To Rule The World

theMIND may be one of if not the more recognizable names out in the Chicago local music scene working within THEMPeople. He can be found just about every where you look, just about ruling his own world. Working with the likes of Pivot Gang, Zero Fatigue and SAVEMONEY  artists, NoNameStefan PonceMick Jenkins, Knox Fortune, Burns Twins; the influence is every where. When not workin with others his independent work is flawless and you can hear why he is such a pillar in the community. Recently with production by Matty Joynt, EW2RTW soothes with a calming guitar melody and vocals a great song to add to your playlist.

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Emily Blue Empowers With Local Artists

Bringing together a collective of talented artists Emily Blue writes a piece following the Las Vegas tragedy honoring all the victims of any tragedy with a song of peace and love. Collecting all proceeds to Cure Violence Chicago, using her influence to fuel a good cause. Chicago can always use the positivity, bringing together as much as 15 influential local artists really sends a message that there is a community within the city. Following the release was an Empower benefit show at a sold out Shubas with Yomi and Anna Agosta. Below is a list of all the other artist you have to look out for this year that took part of this project.

Yomi – Anna Agosta – Matthew Santos – Olive IV – Nehemiah Harris Joslyn-Marie – Good At Bad – Dan Durley – Raven Byerly – Gem Tree – Carlile – Ric Wilson – Moonrise Nation – JDP – James Moore  Evan Ireland – Evan Opitz – Ben Montalbano – Mariel Fechik – Joseph Meland

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London Lo Shows No Shame In PDA

Usually PDA is underappreciated or downright frowned upon. London Lo turns that around  with her deput EP giving a new definition to the acronym as only an artist can. With her debut EP Public Display of Artistry she affectionately displays sound and emotion with an acapella performance. Immediately putting her in the spotlight for such a distinctive project. The Chi-town raised Texan gets close with her audience with her powerfully soothing vocals.

Introducing the EP with a melody expressing wide vocal range, talent as strong as her passion. She wanted the project to be stripped down and exposed, yet regal and elegant as her cover photo represents, and you can feel it in her voice. Singing about the struggles of an artist but recognizing her place and what life has awaiting her, carrying a very hopeful vibe. The album recorded produced entirely by herself. She had friend Brian Cabanatuan to mix the whole deal as well. Is it just me or would seeing this performed live on a loop station be a dream come true?

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Malcolm London Reacquainted in the Right Away Series

The road to self love and discovery may not always be the brighest path, battling between history, ambitions and self worth. Malcolm London is no stranger to these circumstances and as an artist he creates dramatic imagery of his perspective through words and music with his new album release Right Away Series. Coming back from his pevious project Opia he switches up his intentions with this release. In an interview with DJ Booth Malcolm breaks down the LP.

With this project, I feel like I could do something that’s just authentic to me and not too focused on proving anything.” Malcolm expresses in interview. He references to his previous LP Opia how he was trying more to prove as a poet he can rap dynamically. With Right Away Series he integrates poetry, rap and music allowing himself to express a range of ideas and emotions in his own style. A real representation of being your pure self un-apologetically.

Catching himself in the mix of Chicago local releases yet again like Deem, Mick Jenkins, MfnMelo, Probcause, Rich Jones and others. Like his last project Opia, Right Away Series features a handful of talented artists. Produced fully by BAD CXMPANY, production duo, they are joined by local vocalists Tasha and Marcus Anthony Johnson. So its worth a celebration as London showcases the release at a listening party among friends and artists. Catch the recap below.

A recipe for pure poetic justice. As you are listening you can hear a mix of political commentary, emotional struggle, love poems. You can also hear London challenge general norms in society and hip hop like masculinity and injustice. “I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to be my whole self at all times”, he explains in the interview, referring to him being an educator, activist, poet and rapper. Not leaving any piece of himself out of this LP, he speaks his mind.

In the opening track iSearch, London express doubt though he has made himself and his name recognizable to a great extent especially locally in Chicago.  All too familiar to every independent, artist, entrepreneur at one point or another as Mick Jenkins expresses similarly in his recent release.  His human side gives into to his activst mindset quickly as he starts Talking Too Much and you find he has too much on his mind. This LPs succession of ideas seems to flows as if of the top of his head, thoughts leading to another.

Work While You Sleep stumbles upon the idea of love and relationships. The following Just To Be Clear goes over the idea that love & emotions makes men weak & vulnerable in hip hop and society generally. Interesting perspectives for society to look over as a whole and contemplate; As a poet, rapper and activist should invoke. Ending the beat on a high note with Chicago’s Tasha and some hope as an artist should.

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Ravyn Lenae’s New Song Sticks

Ravyn Lenae staying up and active. Making some noise around Chicago with her most recent release. Sticky follows her music video release of Unknownapart of the much bigger project Midnight Moonlight released in spring. Ravyn’s flow tends to stick to you like an contagious melody. You can bump her LP and it will still sound as fresh as its first release. Doing it again, turning another beat into a timeless piece.

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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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Knox Fortune Paradise

Knox Fortune is ridin high in Paradise with his latest album release. Following up with a short tour around the states that sold out in Chicago in no time at all.  Written and produced entirely by Knox with the help of a well known locals Joey Purp, Cam O’bi, Carter LangNico Segal, theMind, and many other notable artists. KAMI and Joey Purp grab the mic for on Strange Days and Stun. Finally finishing off the 11 track epic with some quality production. Most producers dont get enough attention however this is a rare case and Knox has some real support behind him.

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Ric Wilson the Human

Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.

Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t KnowYou can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.

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