Every once in a while an artist emcee comes out with words faster than you can comprehend. Lyricism as quick as Twista, Bizzy Bone or Busta Rhymes will make you wonder when these artists have time to breathe or even remember all these words! Safi G from Palestine, reppin’ Chicago, recently releases a piston of a track produced by Al Grand with deadly words back to back to back and a flow so exclusive. Better Safe Than Safi comes with visuals credited to MikeMakesMovies, with anime scenes from Dragon Ball Z representing his lyrical power metaphorically. If you think this track is hype you should see him live in the act, or you can check out his more relaxed tracks if you cannot handle this heat!
Time reveals all that is true and great, and this duo from Chicago demonstrate their significance with fresh new music. Ayoo has been energizing dance floors from local clubs to festival stages with heavy hitting house & bass beats joining a growing number of electronic music artists from Chicago takin over the scene. Apart of the Be Nice collective brothers James and Eric Estrada have been growing together, planning and making music based around their love for Chicago house. From Spring Awakening stages, to hosting events by the lakefront and in local venues to original music content, Ayoo have only just begun unraveling their potential and in just a short period of time.
Recently the two have debuted their sound with Orijinal featuring Jei earlier in the year and they come to follow up with a new track for the summer. Taking their brand of electro house music and inviting hip hop emcee and long time friend Rhymster from Ever Evolved on the mic to add some flavor to the track. Reviving an older idea with Rhymster, Timeline stands the test of time to represent a period of growth and emergence for Ayoo and their music. With great reactions from crowds at the festival stages all there was left to do was to slap on some cover art from Tim Emini to make an official track. With talent flowing like a dam, you better know, they plan to take over so dont get left out in the stands. Grab this beat and dance and support our Chicago fam.
THC is back with This Is For Me following their LP release MHX about over a year ago. You would think they would be rusty but they maintained with live shows and of course taking hits constantly. Accompanied with the release is a music video directed by Kenzo showing off how the boys were living while in hiding. A pair of skilled lyricists in Chicago quickly gained a good following and some groupies by the looks of it. But looks like they are back at work lets see what they got next.
Chicagos’ Marko Stat$ gets on the mic and spits off the top. Hopping on an old school boom bap styled beat Stat$ reminds us of his skills on the mic. We get a little hint of his politics in the tracks cover art. Following his Power music video release Marko has been having a good month to start off 2018. Ending and starting a year on stage at Subterranean in Wicker Park at the Cold Front presented by Ever Evolved, we will be also be seeing a cypher upcoming with Outta Sight Clothing and more music in the works. Just to start out , this is one artist to keep an eye out for this year!
Celine Neon are a couple of bad-ass chicks running around Chicagos rock underground. Mid Summer they dropped a tune dubbed Keys. The lyrics play on an reversal in gender roles where as these women take over take over the alpha roles and vice versa, noting obvious social inequalities. These artists have a voice to be heard and it is as loud as anyone elses. They will be heard clearly as they prepare a full length project with Keys as their first single. Catch them hitting local venues, like the empty bottle the 2nd of October playing this tune and more!
Apart of an EP release on Manifest alongside Zooey Glass, Dagō & Zooey Glass are apart of a collective promoting conscious collective through artistic expression. Others Over Self, the first track introduces the EP in a trance with sustained synths making a zen deep house beat adding some bass beat and piano work. Altruism (75 Degrees) captures the underground deep house sound of Chicago. Both evoking a hypnotic peaceful vibes, this chicago collective is very in tune with our own mission. Own this EP for free or donate.
Towkio is back again with more visuals and a new single. Awaiting his upcoming tour with Amine, Hot Shit gets the drop on youtube following his release of Drift that hit about three quarter million views. The video follows a group of people dubbed 3doubleU. The camera gets familiar with their characters as synths pulse under Towkios prelude of verses. Just press play and you will get hypnotypized by this Hot Shit.
Futura Bloom cements their sound with the release of their debut EP Honey! Going back and forth with single releases as duo and individual Ali and Sly Luke present a dynamic body of work. Swaying the mind with R&B, Hip Hop and skillfull lyricism, leveling up and joining many other up and coming Chicago artists releases work this summer.
Futura burn through 6 tracks with ease over production by Dougy. NversivE, another local assists on production on a couple beats as well a Kidwin. Starting off with Rare Candy and into BeenUp bleeding attitude from Chicago streets, highlighting their ambition. Simplifying the project with Cakewalk to clear headspace, a soulful track that spaces out the tracks for smooth transition into the sensual Body Type. Butterflies vocally melds the two artists in an R&B album probiving a safe landing for Pt 2 outro. The duo certainly made some noise with this EP, marking only the beginning of their story.
Over the summer we got to hear M.O.B. release her track Can’t Break. A vibrant electro bass track for those chill summer nights. But with the warm seasons over we need newer music to keep us warm. In comes Zach Tha Rippa, Papa Skunk and Shadow The Machine Angel. With their support Can’t Break is revived for the winter and the coming new year with this remix album.
Zach The Rippa kept it chill on his approach adding a little trip to it with a psy-trance influence on the breakdown. Papa Skunk on the other hand goes in and heavy with his dubstep remix, keeping it live all the way through. Shadow all the while takes the minimalistic approach, keeping you on on your toes and dazed. Three incredible tracks just in time for a mini tour while as fans indulge on New Years mischief.
Kicking things off on NYE, M.O.B. unleashes new music for the new year. Mutually the first show of 2017 for the artist and Ever Evolved at the Cold Front in SubT right off Damen Blue Line Wicker Park. Showcasing local talent, after she procedes onwards. Opening up for RUN DMT on the short run and capping off Groundhogs Day. What a way to end and start a year!
Alex Medellin of Late Night Radio from Denver makes funky instrumentals crossing electro and soul genres. Reflective Tangents is his most recent jazz filled project. The 8 track playlist includes features by Kevin Donohue, Clark Smith, Def3, Boraham Lee, and WildaBeats. Most notable our hometown electro soul igniter Manic Focus hits us with that collab amongst the project along with Donohue on All My Troubles. Adding some additional electronic bass influence to the LP, it is balanced well amongst the intro tracks leading to NoGrave with guitar licks and groovy basslines. Listen to the full playlist on Late Night Radio’s soundcloud.