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.
Inspired by music at a young age through singing, this Chicago artist has transformed herself into the genre bending cello playing vocalist she is today. With a passion for her art and talent Sylvie Grace takes to the streets of Chicago on Michigan Ave and performs for the public. If you had the chance to greet her she is quite friendly! She frequents the studio when not street performing and has gained quite the reputation in the Chicago music community.
Collaborating with many locals from A Billion Young to Palmer Squares and many others, she assists with either with her cello or her vocals. Leaving her mark in sound around Chicago. On her own she works with a loop station a cello and sometimes a drummer. The combination results in soulful pop and R&B tunes with deep lyrics. Another beautiful example of Chicago’s many talents. Keep on the lookout for her single this coming February, a preview to her project Bloom coming in March.
Since releasing her debut album HEAVN Jamila Woods has been working and collaborating on big projects with local artists. Featuring in few different releases from Malcolm London‘s Opia, Saba‘s Bucket List and oddCouple‘s LP. Impressive list to add to an already amazing music resume. She is back with a new single. Brown Girls Theme, with a beautiful melody she expresses herself gracefully.
You can always count on Jamilas voice to make you feel dreamy, relaxed and to project a message clear. A perfect voice to speak for what she is passionate about. Recently she featured in a documentary Saving Chicago on Billboard that features Rhymefest, Malcolm London, Common and other passionate Chicago artists and students. As a clip of her teaching and singing with her class plays Jamila voices her opinion on Chicago violence and Police Brutality while at the same time promoting the positive qualities of the black community. Reshaping Chicago through music.
Win and Woo catches the attention of PRMD label. Releasing their remix track for Violet Days who gained popularity with Hotel Garuda on their collab Fixed On You. Your Girl originally was an independent release until massive success brought them to PRMD. The Chicago duo did justice for the original with their rework.
November saw the release of another remix. LA duo Cosmos and Creature get the remix treatment, another couple of rising artist in the mainstream pop music spotlight. Getting a lot of attention from their hit single Young, Win and Woo swoop in and add the final touch. Perfectly maintaining the youthful exuberance of the original track, and creating a dance music anthem that can match the energy of Louis the Child & Icona Pops Weekend track. A combination of talents made timeless.
Ben Cofresi continues to challenge his creativity with his remixes. With a pattern of picking very popular and talented artists to recreate music from. Following Imogen Heap among the list of artists, Cofresi looked to more similar talents like James Blake and Bon Iver, who created the deeply beautiful tune I Need A Forest Fire. A track beautiful composed and yet Cofresi was able to redesign it and create a future bass track without hurting the quality of the original.
Turning to more familiar tunes. You may have heard this song serenading many playlists and radio stations. Alina Baraz seductive voice floating along Galimatias graceful melody Fantasy. Cofresi joins the many to remix the song but Ben has a talent on the drums that sticks out amongst others and he handles it well. If you are in Chicago this December 17th you can check out Cofresi work the drum pads and midi keys at the Bottom Lounge opening up for the Main Squeeze. In the meantime grab these tracks for free and play them loud.
Doin it just for fun Solstis pulls out another remix from their new music playlist. SANDS joins the Chicago duo to add his creative touch. Together they create a vibrant future bass track from the original pop tune Cry Wolf by Luna Shadows. This follows their Hiding From The Rain remix in the fall and festival tour schedule. Looking into 2017 they plan on releasing much more new music and hit much more cities nationwide. SANDS looks to have a strong foundation being one half of Blind Prism. Watch out for the up and coming artists in the next year and enjoy this remix for free!
Sifting through Chicago artist on soundcloud I run into NversivE. Has an interesting encapturing sound and style much like Monte Booker. One smooth beat maker at that and he just recently released 3 tracks that calm you down. Follow NversivE n get lost in some trance to his beats. Most of his beats are free as well so take advantage, the playlist looking back is ambient and quality.
Umbertron from Chicago coming back heavy with a remix this time around. This follows a music video for UME, a very smooth juke track he released during a visit in Tokyo, Japan. This new remix is a turn around from that vibe. Unleashing BoyzzDontCry onto the world, a wild hardstyle beat originally created by Kurama to be released on Nest HQ. You can grab it for free as well as gift from the artist. Stay up to date with Umbertrons happenins on his soundcloud linked below.
Mykele Deville another up and coming hip hop artist, poet and actor from Chicago is making some noise this year. Actors definitely need a cool name like that. Coming out with an LP not too long ago entitled Each One, Teach One and Super Predator earlier in the year. In More reacent releases he has collaborated with Jordanna in Memory Card (Back Me Up) and Mute Feelings a solo single released at the end of October. Being a poet this man lyrics can be thought provoking. Keep up with Mykele with us as we learn more of him through music it looks like he stays busy in it. You can catch him performing at Subterranean in Wicker Park the 18th of December.
Monte Booker is reminding us of our history with some remakes of popular hip hop and R&B tracks of the late 2000’s. Starting out with a remake of Busta Rhymes track with Mariah Carey, repeating the chorus over ambient synths and piano melody and raw beats. Next you will recognize Justin Timberlake reimagined in Monte’s peculiar style. His 2 most recent tracks cover Kanye collaborations from the late 2000’s with Estelle and Syleena Johnson. These tracks follow Montes 3 track release announcing a new ep on the way. So plenty more future classic hip hop beats on the way from this beat smith stay tuned