Cofresi

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Coming out of Chicago, Cofresi brings a whole new sound to the the streets with mellow synths progressions and fresh beat work to put you in the zone. With an original take on music comes a unique musical outlet and when Cofresi performs live he brings to the table live drumming back to back with with live midi controller where he controls samples, melodies basslines and the works. A live show that can really control the energy of the room. Since experiencing Cofresi live during a show on a tour with Probcause I myself have been an avid follower keeping up with his new tunes.

The talent coming out of this man comes from some many years of dedication to his craft. At the age of just 4 years he grew a love for drumming and later after he took to learn and practice piano. Eventually learning to produce electronically to combine his live drumming, piano work and knowledge of music till then to create future bass style music with his own creative edge. Now he is performing live and working alongside artists like Cherub, Gramatik, Earphunk and fellow Chicagoan Probcause who collabs with Cofresi frequently; as recently as featuring him on his lastest album Drifters. Working with artist like these is helping him take off with his music and all the experience is helping his sound get even better as he continues to produce newer work.

Bellenova and Fuk’M are recent tracks, however not the point of emphasis of this post. I just want you to get a feel of the artist, really feel where he is coming from. His most recent body of work is as fresh as is gets. Starting with a track called Flute, Nuveau this 5 track ep takes off into a whirlwind of mellow synth patterns and basslines with flawless beatwork. Flute is the base of the ep right off the bat starting with unique sounds and patterns with the woodwind and leading into future bass break down and the energy continues into Smoke’N. Mode has to be the body of the ep, the backbone, the heavy hittin track ringin through your head. Idigo breaths calmness into you after that boost of energy with melodic tones. Finally Kodo with high energy with bass synths and unique instruments blaring throughout to not bring an end to the EP but a beginning to a continuation to Cofresi’s future work that will surely be breathtaking while listening to! Connect with him on soundcloud to find out how you can get this work for free and make sure to follow our local homie.

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A Warfare for a Cause

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October 10th at Subterranean, Ever Evolved will teaming up with J. Norm and Varie Magazine to be hosting the third Verbal Warfare. We are not holding Verbal Warfare 3 (VW3) for us, but to give back to our community. From the founding of this label, we have been striving to make a difference on how Chicago is viewed to outsiders; from the music we create that’s anti-drill, to supporting art fulfilled charities.Verbal Warfare 3 allows rappers to battle in front of a live audience, and an online presence through gigity.tv livestream. Audience members can purchase raffle tickets for prizes. These include but are not limited to a photo shoot, studio time, free original instrumentals, a design voucher, and an art piece donated by The Black Couch Studio. But here’s the best part: 100% of all raffle ticket purchases go to Sacred Transformations.

Sacred Transformations strives to make the lives of others better through art. Described in their mission statement, Sacred Transformations is dedicated to helping people who are tattooed, scarred, branded and or burnt from negative experiences to transform those marks into art pieces that celebrate one’s individuality. The experience empowers the individual to express in their own terms who they are inside. It is our goal for those marks to be converted into a source of daily inspiration to maintain sobriety, to be committed to the welfare and betterment of children, family, community and self. Our organization believes that transformative tattoos will provide a historically qualified link to spirituality and culture and deliver the individual a new rite of passage – a symbol of evolving consciousness and personal evolution.”

Ever Evolved chose this organization specifically because of its dedication to the arts. It brings upon the idea of providing positive energy to its clients, helping them feel clean and happy with their soul from the inside out.

                In other aspects of this event, VW3 is the first tag team rap battle. Sign up begins immediately at 10:30pm for teams, so make sure to get there early to get a slot in the competition. If there are slots left, solo rappers can be listed and paired up randomly with others.  First, second, and third place prizes will be given out. Winners will be decided by the crowd decision. We hope to see you there!

Rising Artist: L.x.

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Young MC from Chi-town is putting in some hard work. With that and a good attitude L.x is on his way to every artists dream. Also known as Alexander Hoffman, this MC has been making major moves to get his music and name known; Collaborating with artists, performing locally, networking. Recently L.x has released a 12 track mixtape and I got to steal some time from him to talk about it and what he has planned.

What can you tell us about your new mixtape?
L.x:  My Lyfe mixtape is a variation of genres but aslo keeping my life portrayed in melodic fashion.  Everything from mixing to the artwork cover was all crafted 100% from my hands & ideas with instrumentals from around the world including Poland & Moscow With features from friends to hooks accompanied by artists from Uk & America.

Any specific instruments or style you are using?
L.x: 
A lot of old school classic piano & some new school synthesizers. Keeping the boom bap.

Right off the bat L.x knocks it out. You know, tells us whats its all about, all you gotta do is listen.  You can see he is getting very creative and going all out with this project and when you listen to it you can hear it. But wait, here this; Me n L.x keep sharing words and he fills me in on another project in the works that he says he cannot wait to bring to Chicago called VibeMusic.

What significance does this project hold to you?
L.x: Almost Everything holds significant meaning but vibemusic is definitely my food for constant thought cause the tracks made were in the moment and very heart felt. I also started it with a best friend who used to be in my band and since we where young we made music that held such vibe and when me and him get together it’s definitely a clash of cultures but so well mixed I would love to say the vibe music vol 1 collection changed and grew both of us in to better people& artists.

Are you and your friend continuing on with the VibeMusic collection?
L.x: Yes and soon the next vibe music vol. 2 will have more artists but the first one is me and him. We have shirts comming out too.

What does Vibe Music represent?
L.x: Chill hop anything thing that can that has soul, in the rap hip-hop category.

So L.x is trying to highlight some of the fresh, more creative talent of Hip Hop. As we continue chatting he reveals more details about his project with his friend. L.x really likes planning for the future it seems he is already looking forward to releasing vibe music and going on to vol. 2 to connect with more artists. He also plans to host monthly cyphers and filming videos to connect artist and really bring vibe music to a global medium.

Taking over the world does not come over night as most successful people surely know and cannot stress enough. Its all about the effort in between and taking golden opportunities at the right time. Speaking of opportunities L.x has had an invite to perform live in front of an audience at a hip hop music award show you are more familiar with; BET. When you work hard have a good attitude and take opportunities when doors open will get you far and L.x got his foot in the door! Listen out for the name and check out his mixtape My Lyfe.

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5heriff X CEO Beatz

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Chicago hip hop producers 5HERiFF and CEO Beatz came out of the wood work to make a track D I S N E Y together. The two individually have quite the impressive collection of music. 5HERiFF starting to play with sounds and music at a relatively young age and has become very skilled at intricate beat work and harmonizing over time. CEO also a long time producer gets more in depth with every track he makes. Both great credits to the hip hop and trap music genres making real vibin tunes like this one here.

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Lowtemp and Probcause

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Lowtemp artists and Probcause are making quite the buzz since linking up with each other to make singles like Tilt Mode and Monster Stomp. Their vibe and taste in music is quite similar so they are making the most out of this connection pumping out plenty of music. Branx recently took a liking to the Chicago rapper and collaborated. That unification formed the single Roman Columns featuring Adrian Lau with some help on production from Exmag, another great Lowtemp artist that has collabed with Probcause on more than one occasion.

Exmag has produced at least one track as well on Probcause’s recent album Drifters. That album alone has a few Lowtemp Artists sprinkled all over; which would make sense knowing it was released off the very same label. The Geek & VRV, Gibbz and of course Gramatik make their sound known in the project. In between you will see credit to a few go to Chicago producers of Prob; Cofresi and Drew Mantia. Both excellent and talented beat makers who work using live midi controllers or drum pads. Talent and creativity altogether this album is one addicting collection.

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Mat Zo Remixes Everything

If you have been following Mat Zo as you should, the man comes up with some pretty intricate pieces of audio pretty much all the time. He has been rustling up the sound wave vibrations lately, you know, making some noise. Since his last string of original releases and of course fiddling with tech house and jungle sound ideas, Mat has just been out remixing everything.  You go Mat, show ’em how it’s done.

We start off with his remix of Porter Robinson’s track Flicker. Reuniting the two like minded producers who have collaborated before. Porter Robinson praising this track as one of the best remixes he has ever received in his entire life; and rightly so. Everytime Mat Zo makes music it seems as if it is second nature to him, constantly pushing the limits and genre barriers, learning and growing better everyday!

The Knocks dance track Collect My Love featuring Alex Lowell gets a redesign by Mat. Giving it a more moodier and euphoric over tone on the build ups and break downs and that Electro Zo vibe, this remix is still one to move your feet too; he mixes it up perfectly. The Knocks and Zo collabed before as well on Get Down 2 Get Up and the trio plan to make much more music together as they told Billboard. In a quick interview on the release Zo stated that he loved working with them and they said Zo was “freakishly talented” and they already have a handful of songs they are all working on together. Expect more from them.

Mat revisits old buddy Arty as well on his remix of Stronger featuring Ray Dalton.  Zo and Arty worked together previously on tracks like Rebound and Mozart. A couple of progressive house tracks early in their career that showcased their early talents. Would love to see another collaboration between the two now that they are both older and wiser! We will have to wait and see if that happens.

We cannot say much on what antics Mat Zo is up to next. His label Mad Zoo is working great and he continues to release free tracks like his Stronger Remix for simple reasons. We do know for sure though that he is working on new music. He did release a real cool new Mat Zo logo, but that is not how we found out. The man himself celebrated on Twitter that he started the first song of his 3rd album. So new logo, new music, new chapter in Mat Zo. If his new album is anything like his last LP Damage Control then you are going to want to stay tuned for this. Zo has got some real talent up his sleeves and he can take over if he wants to.

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Be Right There -Diplo & Sleepy Tom

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Diplo is known for his booty shaking music but he surprises us with partnering up with Sleepy Tom and releasing Be Right There. “He has all this love for us” to give us more favorites to add to our playlist. According to the Maddecent website, Diplo and Sleepy Tom are Reinvigorating together a classic, Be Right There, and putting they’re own touch to it. “Bouncy, addictive synths contrast against the longing lyrics to create a feel-good dance track” We must agree with Maddecent’s statements!

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Felix Jaehn- Book Of Love

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What does Felix Jaehn really know about the Book Of Love? Well, he is giving us the blank pages to write our own chapter, on our own book of love. His newest single has us looking for a companionship, specially now, since it is officially fall (cuddle season). Book of Love was recently released in the begging of September and has already over 500k views on youtube.

At the age of 21 and a few singles released, Felix Jaehn has achieved a lot of success in a short matter of time. This German Native, has been signed by a billion dollar company, Universal Music Group (UMG). UMG has artist like Kanye WestBenny Bennasi, Celion Dion, Madonna, and Deadmau5.  Felix Jaehn is known for producing and to DJ Tech House, Deep House, and Sunny Chill house, according to his personal website. Given his short time of success his already touring and playing in major cities like Dubai, Las Vegas, Stockholm, and Los Angeles.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY!

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Ever Evolved writers Will, Shelley and Lizzethe will now be kicking off our Throwback Thursday journey. We will be posting Throwback’s that will definitely bring nostalgia to Everyone. First up is Me  Shelley and my Throwback is Blur “Song 2”

I got my head checked… By a jumbo jet…. It wasn’t easy… But nothing is…

Song 2” is a song by England rock band Blur, The hook starts with lead singer Damon Albarn yelling “woo-hoo!” as the distorted bass comes in. It was Released in April 1997, “Song 2” and climbed all the way to #6 on US Billboard Alternative Songs.

At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, “Song 2” was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video. Blur wanted the theme of the song to be Grunge which was very popular in the 90’s. In 2002 one of the members left the band and all the members decided to work on other projects. Blur reunited in 2009 releasing several singles, retrospective compilations, and toured internationally. To this day “Song 2”  was nonetheless their biggest hit in the United States. The song has often been featured in pop culture.

Hope you guys enjoy our post WHOO HOO!

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MUSICIAN: SEBASTIAN KOLE

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So remember when I wrote about  an upcoming new artist Alessia Cara a few months ago? Well I had a chance to personally facebook chat with Recording artist, Singer-songwriter and music producer Sebastian Kole. Sebastian Kole used his talents and made a colleague with his label-mate Alessia by piecing together with producer Pop and Oak, her current EP “Four Pink Walls”  and her hit song “Here” just click on her name above  to view.

Might I add, Alessia just won a Streamy Award for the song “Here”. Tune in to VH1 on September 17th, Congratulations to Alessia and her team!

Not only has he worked with Cara, he has also worked with Jennifer Lopez and Flo Rida. This southern guy is a musical “Genius” and is making his debut to let people hear his soulful rock voice. Sebastian is from Birmingham, Alabama and currently working at EP Entertainment/Universal Motown Records.

London was a blast!!!! Thank you all so much!!!

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Sebastian just left London town where he performed in front of a crowd, Turn up the speakers and get ready to enjoy a small cover of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Acoustically just listen to when he says, Crazyyyyy, anybody got goosebumps?

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What’s Up Next for Sebastian Kole

Sebastian is pure R&B/Soul/Rock all mixed up. His major influences come from artist such as Freddy Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. He’s an music artist who plays instruments, writes, produces and performs.

On September 27th he will be performing at the Soho house in West Hollywood. If your on the West Coast show him some love and check out the show. Also keep up with his expedition in music and follow him on all his social media pages below you just never know when he will be writing one of your favorite artist next Hit! 

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