To Smoko Ono he would probably just consider these daily tasks, you however might refer to them as Superstar Moves. Teaming up with KAMI the two Savemoney stars drop a beat that will rattle your speakers heavy. Flowing over a dark bassline like its just a regular day. Does this mean more new music soon? Stick around with us and listen for it.
Any and every artist has felt it before. The doubt, the anxiety, the wonder if your art, your labor, your ideas are good enough. For Mick Jenkins, explaining in an interview to WGN Radio, the more time passes between releases the more gets uneasy he gets, whether it because of the label or timing. What he forgets or does not realize is that time has little to do with relevance. The quality of the work what makes a piece timeless.
Mick Jenkins prepares for more releases, projects and collabs as he sees fit but as he explained to WGN, he has to release music. Or More; The Anxious is that compromise; to release the music without the grandeur for now. Filled with dark vibes and cryptic lyrics, these seven tracks underlines Jenkins position in Chicago hip hop fiercely. Reminding you that he has not gone anywhere.
Yes Jenkins been done made his presence known among the top Chicago hip hop artists and emcees like Probcause, Rich Jones, Saba, Chance, Vic Mensa, Rhymster and everyone within those circles that have made this Chicago music renaissance what it is. Influencing newer music artists like recent collaborators Lowca$e and Tosa Brooks, Jenkins should leave a legacy. Imagine the imprint he will leave when we releases in his imagination a perfect project.
The pineal gland in the center of our minds is thought by many as our third eye. Where all our thoughts questions and answers begin and end. Deem decided to share with us his Lil 3rd Eye project and express as he does best. Following the music his youtube series project 106&Clark aired its first episode, highlighting Chicago artists, new music and kickin it with some ideas.
Doing his part helping Chicago artists grow and get known Deem turns music artist to show host of 106&Clark. Its first episode brought out Chicago’s African Prince Chai Tulani and another rising artist Young Jasper. The artists talked about their music, let their mind speak and topped it off with performance by Jasper. These episodes will be filmed weekly every Tuesday in front of a studio audience so you can join the action.
Deems Lil’ 3rd Eye is like a talk show if you listen you can decipher the topics From dissing time wasters, to dissing fuck-boys and rapists, xannax abuse and you, your ego the third eye can see through it all. Following his Better EP and the music videos accompanied, he also collaborated with Meredith on the Track and E. Oks on a couple tracks with more work coming soon too. You can catch Deem performing over these dope beats too, performing at Coles Bar on the 12th of January. Or follow his social for future dates.
You cannot build an empire on your own. You need supporters and collaborators in your mission. Rhymster is out every day workin with new and senior artists and MC’s. Following up on his single Don’t with Frekwenzy, Rhymster collabs with a couple out of studio artists on some releases. Featuring on Edmur Quinns There’s A Bigger Picture LP and calling up Henrik3000 all the way in Germany for a beat with Viibes. There is a lot more work coming out the studio early this year too so Watch Out for his soundcloud.
The influx of live music performers in recent years is refreshing. There is something about music fresh off the instruments or a freestyle beat smith that adds some real energy to a performance. Giving the opportunity to improvise on stage can turn a regular show in a unique and memorable event. Artists like Disclosure, Flume, Beats Antique, Griz, Brasstracks, and more have perfected their own styles with live dance music. While DJs and producers like A-Trak, Trentino, Zebo and aarabMUZIK have long mastered scratching or live beat work.
Chicago is becoming a emerging hub for local independent artists and a growing number are getting creative with live instruments and bands. Coming arcross LWKY music I was pleased so see the experimental dance music artists joining others in breaking away from the CDJ norm. Using guitar, synths and midi controllers, with their style and production they can easily bend genres and experiment.
In the most recent releases you can hear many different influences. Combining electro funk and jazz beats reminiscent to Manic Focus and future bass that can match Cofresi and his live work on drum pads and midi controllers. Flux has some glitch hop and funk influence and the Down Low sounds like K-Theory reborn. Just releasing a music video as well for Happy To Be Human coming from their 2014 LP No Sleep, you get a visual idea of how they work in real time.
Yes this group has been mastering their craft a while. Up till now they have few albums, couple EPs, countless singles and remixes and best thing about it is its all free to you. Or you can go out and find one of their shows and see them in action. In Chicago they are opening for Manic Focus early March at the Riv. I can expect to hear a lot more from LWKY this year, excited to see what they got goin on next.
Ever had a natural talent, something that comes 2nd nature to you? It seems Gawtbass from Chicago has this knack with music production. Always releasing fresh beats, you would think he has an army of producers working with him. However there is more skill and talent to this artist than you think. Being apart of bands, becoming a guitar instructor among knowledge of other instruments, he keeping his musical talents a bit diverse.
Keeping his instruments, knowledge and music taste diverse it bleeds into his music production. Going through his playlist you can hear how he switches it up with every song. His recent releases Closer, Agile and Above all vary greatly. You get a switch up from Progressive House to Dubstep bass. Maybe not one for the purist but you cannot deny quality.
Music releases does not seem to be his prime motive though. His mission statement on soundcloud reads “I am here to improve the world and am dedicating my life to evolving the world starting with music”. Recently been releasing music under the name Exalted One, it seems like he is taking the next step in his incorruptible evolution as he describes. Is this a leader you can support?
Personification is used in a countless amount of ways in music, religions and other mediums to express and understand ourselves and the world. Pauzu is not only the latest EP by RAAKMO but the name is also that of an evil spirit of wind that causes famine and protects from other evil spirits ironically. The song reflecting the EP’s title starts off with a familiar melody that generally brings shivers down anyones spine. From the original Exorcist, Pazuzu was though to be the demon possessing poor little Regan MacNeil. For others the name is recognizable as Professor Farnsworth magic dragon in Futurama.
Anyway the 2 track EP holds up to the Hardest Music In Chicago motto RAAKMO has in place. On the second track Carnage, VOVIII hops on production for a collaboration. The two sample the legendary “Blast, Beat, Go” recording by Nari and Milani‘s Atom to lead into heavy hardstyle beat upon a melodic buildup. Pazuzu follows an Avicii remix, Chupacabra, The Galaxy and Rich Chigga. With bass scarier than the demon itself, this EP is a must have for you sets!
Willy Joy is an artist for an artist. Most creatives stick to expressing their work outward for people, while others like to boost their creative counter parts. Willy Joy not only thinks about him self, but other artists that need help too and you. He releases music for you to enjoy and for the artist, he runs a weekly podcast called Back to Back for fellow DJ/producers to talk about advice, passion and experiences. Interviewing and getting support from artists like Jayceeoh, Kaskade, 12th Planet, Destructo, Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner and many more throughout about 35 episodes and counting.
Thats a pretty big schedule and that is not even mentioning the shows he plays! Playin tracks like his latest release I Found You, a remix of Axwell, one of Willy Joy’s favorite classics he notes. Also with the release of the track he announces new music on the way! So more originals like Can U Bounce, Get Down, Forever, Bust It Up, to add onto you trap n bass playlist. Keep track of Willy Joy and not only will you get your bass cravings fulfilled but some industry knowledge as well.
Hip hop, rap and electronic dance music have not always been so harmonious together but over the past decade genres like dubstep, Trap and Bass created a bridge for the styles to be combined. EDM artist like their production to breathe freely while Hip Hop artist need a simple repetitive beat to emphasize the flow of their verses. Artists like Trentino, being a lover of both worlds found a formula working those two together as if the genres were always compatible, made for each other.
Following an R&B EDM remix of Purple Peanuts by Rama Duke Trentino remixes another two popular artists. Derez DeShaun and A$AP Ferg get caught in the crosshairs for a couple of revisions. Hardaway and Plain Jane can now find their way into a club for music lovers do jump around, throw their elbows or just dance to. What will Trentino pick out next, and original or remix and by who? Can only guess what music his library in his head is ready to be revived.
Is having vision a talent or curse? Some would argue. They have changed up their logo and rebranded. Elevatd comes back with new look and new music. Do not be confused though they are familiar through remixes like Rooftops by Vesper, and others if you were lucky enough to have downloaded them. You would get a better chance to get familiar with them and their music at their local and out of city/state events.
Often they would drop unreleased beats at their events. You can catch them in the crowds supporting their favorite artists too. On the decks though they throw some nasty beats. Their most recent release Curse Them All catches you by surprise with popular edm vocalist Micah Martin, flowing over the melody before leading to a heavy drop. Knowing his way around bass production, Martin echoes back and forth between synth and bass like a battle. A kind of production that got us craving for more.