Getting deep into the cold months for Chicago but Autograf turns up the heat with a new release! AINT DEEP ENOUGH lights that fire, that passion, in your body to make you want to dance like it is the middle of summer. The chorus repeats, “You got me going deeper, deeper, deeper, but it ain’t deep enough,” as if you must reach further into your soul than ever for that pure love, that energy. Jared Lee perfectly compliments the piano chord progressions and melody, leaving Autograf with another addictive track.
It is not untrue, Love does often have us running around in circles; what is uncertain is the outcome. With a new release Win & Woo go over these woes in HERE U R. “This is not the way that loves supposed to be, a broken record on repeat“, sings Sara Skinner about hopeful feelings in a doubtful situation. Really about going through the emotions in that kind of scenario, the Chicago producers add an uplifting deep house bass line to keep you dancing away from any of those kinds of doubts and negativity. Following the even more uplifting RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, TEA TIME and a couple of impressive remixes, HERE U R is a wonderful addition to their playlist and yours.
Cover Photo: Andrew Glatt
Following his Nest HQ series of releases Option4 kept his brand of tech house alive through podcast sessions with notable names like Prima Lux, Sin Label, The Barber Shop and Caveman Sounds. In between broadcasts his single Big Bang was born. Following, His label Hot Boi Records celebrates its first release. A productive year for the long time Chicago patron.
Coming up on a big collab Option4 gets to Workin with the one and only Worthy with the help of Leela D. on vocals. His most recent work this time collaborating with Treasure Fingers is a disco and tech house so groovy it will have you workin that body all night and day, another track under the Nevous inc. label from New York. This Denver Producer will be popping in and out of cities on tour so catch, do not miss these beats when they roll through your city!
Wild schedule so far up till now for Autograf, I wonder if they for saw all this in their Future Sauce. So much to happen in a years time; Originals have been released, remixed and played on stage for fans to hear. A remix project just last month saw PLS&TY, James Carter and TELYkast , Gianna Kosta and Mynga take on their Simple. Cant forget fellow local Cofresi‘s remix of Nobody Knows either. Autograf has a good arsenal for a the many shows and festivals they have been apart of, over 100 just this year! When do they sleep?
Remaking other artists work as well the Chicagoan’s are showing no signs of stopping, already working on a remix for Halsey ahead of their single release Sleepless in NYC. Post Malone got the deep house treatment just last month following their Lukas Graham remake. Dealing with two differnt styles here Autograf makes it their own like second nature and comes back with an original piece, with their signature ambient synths and hypnotizing vocals.
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.
Rama Duke and Purple Peanut revive an old classic by Ghost Town Dj’s, My Boo, a track saught after many remix artists. This prompting Trentino to come back and put his flavor into this modern age throwback, adding some grinding basslines akin to Zeds Dead. Following his original beat Basis on Brooklyn Fire Records this is another free download and a must have for your playlist!
You can catch Trentino bouncing around the Chicago nightclubs. Those unfamilar should know a Trentino show is a must attend event if you wanna know this cities nightlife. True to the DJ culture, Trentino perfects scratching techniques shared by few artist like Big Once, Zebo, A-Trak to name a few. Always makin new music or performing so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
Amtrac seems to have an endless outlet of creativity. He is on a steady stream releasing EP’s and remixes. Looking way out of the box for musical inspiration. Releasing earlier this month a remix of Sigur Rós’s Heysátan. The musical piece, performed with live instruments such as brass, guitar and piano synth, has some age to it. Amtrac revives the Icelandic bands song into a melancholic house beat. Adding an ambient synth over the original brass melody and splicing in some vocals. A free download Right after releasing a couple of EP’s back to back.
While always working on remixes he always comes back around with the original sound. Releasing Farewell and Renton on Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks following another 2 track EP on Kidnap Kid’s Birds That Fly label. Some of the best tunes to hit a dance floor that can sway audiences between ambient beats an deep basslines, Amtrac does it big. Not even stopping there because while he is not releasing originals he has some more remixes.
With no signs of stopping, his most recent remix, Days Of Lavender. An ambient track leaving you drifting off. From Promises Ltd. EP by Chrome Sparks and Charlie Brand Amtrac targets Days of Lavender. An upbeat electro track off the duos debut EP reimagined. You will instantly hear the difference but both leave you breathless. Amtrac just continues to take his creativity to new levels.
As Autograf sets off on their latest tour with Goldroom after much preparation from their visual setup to their setlist, they continue documenting themselves on their touring experience. To top off the start of their tour they grab straight from their playlist Future Sauce, releasing this ingredient from the tour for their audience at home to enjoy. This Sauce put you on a balance of ambient and night bass vibes with a harmonious piano prelude and a heavy bassline to top it off. A turn from their previous track Don’t Worry, adding variety and energy to their playlist.
Though based in Denver, CO Brennen Bryarly stays close to his Chicago family with roots deeply embedded in deep house and underground. Under the alias Option4 he took the underground Chicago house sound and made his own formula out of it and continues to push his creative limits. His influence has given him opportunities to befriend Chicago artists’ like Autograf and remix a track or collaborate with. He has also been able to take his Chicago influence to his home in Denver and reshape the underground house scene there with his promotional company the Hundred and music festival Cloak & Dagger.
Over the last month Option4 has been releasing a new project little by little through NestHQ releases. Working with Sweat It Out label on this, this project is outside the box than your conventional EP releases. Collaborating with Ashley Jones on art illustrations, Brennen has created a soundtrack for an alternate reality comic book series based upon characters and friends in his music career and home city of Denver, CO. The outcome is quite an entertaining and interactive experience between fans and the artist.
The comic is based upon the legalization of marijuana in Denver, CO and the expectations that came out of it vs the reality. Many believed the legalization of the herb would raise crime rate levels as a consequence. What has happened was quite the opposite, the city thrived economically and everyone was too baked and happy to produce crime. This comic portrays the expectations of the fearful public and as the listener and reader you can listen to and watch as the story unfolds with every release.
After stumbling upon Kartell whilst satisfying a deep rooted crave for heavy metal I could only thank the Universe for this random occurrence. Listening to Pantera on soundcloud, the playlist shuffled and in an instant it switched from music expressing aggression outlet to expressive of love on the opposite spectrum. I can only refer to Kartell’s track Pantera; the name of which happens to also be the name of one of the greatest heavy metal groups of music history! I listened with an open mind and I was more than satisfied.
In an instant I found a remarkable new favorite electronic music artist, who happened to have recently release a new track for me to get excited about it. From RoscheMusique Saje releases Our Story an nostalgic and upbeat dance track. Simultaneously Kartell on the same label unleashes his version turning into a chill ambient future classic track. With a combined sound of Jack LNDN and Flume in one this artist from Paris, France will be making leaps and bounds in the music industry!