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.
Adding some soul to Chicago with a strong voice. When Lili K sings she makes you feel nostalgic for an era you never lived in. Classic style with a city attitude this girl should fill opera houses music theaters someday soon. Recently adding new song to her playlist laced with a music video that is filled with nothing but soul and colorful imager. Lili K’s band doing a flawless job on brass, synth keys, drums and the guitar and bass. They add a wonderful diversity to our city’s spectrum of genres, keeping Jazz alive in these streets.
Jean Deaux is another female artist making big moves, collaborating with local artists, releasing singles, making Chicago look good; The works. Being apart of many artists projects in including Sabas Bucket List, a music video with Mykki Blanco, more singles with Smino, theMIND music. This girl knows her way around Chicago. Connecting with 119 Productions on her latest single she gets back together with Phoelix for Stranger Things. An endless flow of artistic expression over an eerie beat, makes for a relaxing tune. This follows an energetic beat by Tim Suby, Pressure makes you wanna get up on your feet and move. Jean can do it all. Follow her for more amazing music!
Melo Makes Music is what the man goes by and through rhymes is how he expresses his explicit content. Most recently he spills his mind over a trip hop beat produced by Martin $ky. The Chicago local Ravyn Lenae is featured on the track for a few verses, adding a graceful ambience to the the track. Speaking of Grace, Sylvie marks her sound with the stroke of a cello. Drain U is a dope collaboration of Chicago talent coming together to make a track to vibe to.