After a few successes, depending on your definition of success, one is bound to speak with confidence and be urged to motivate; it is an energy and idea you cannot keep to yourself. Following his last few public releases, StankNasty reveals ABOUT THAT TIME, following his songs PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, I KNOW I’VE WON, SCATTER BRAINED and CARNAGE, this year. Feeling comfortable in his lyrical talents by now, StankNasty exclaims, “anything I touch gonna turn to gold, success gonna favor the bold, a young gunner bringing new flavor to old, get a little taste you gonna savor the flow.” With an upbeat, edm influenced beat, you can really feel StankNasty’s motivated energy, and it may be infectious to anyone that may be facing hesitation, once you pay attention to the wisdom in the lyrics.
Only a few have dawned a black cover to success like Metallica and Jay-Z. Axilon‘s UNTITLED project is sounding like it can stand up to greatness in its own respective genre as well! UNTITLED with four tracks that bear dark titles as well, you can expect a certain level of darkness in their tunes. This EP balances it well too, letting the beat breathe in between bass breakdowns and rhythmic and melodic bridges. A great follow up to their NO HANDLEBARS EP out on Buygore.
Creeping into your head with DARK WORLD, its ominous intro sets the tone for the whole EP. Preparing you for DARKNESS, which gets a little heavier with its build up and drop! Easily, the highlight of the UNTITLED is the following track rightfully titled POWER, with a calming piano intro that quickly gets over powered by the drop of dark bass synths, that ring and stomp through the track. As stated earlier, the duo does a great job letting the tracks breat, not over saturating each song with bass, letting you get into a rhythm.
Artists may tend to change up their original style and approach to their creative expression. It is how they survive, It is in an artists nature; they are not one single idea but many out of the box projections. Manic Focus, also known as Jmac, is known to change up styles constatantly. Between hip hop, bass, and some electro funk, even a mixture of all of em may occur, Jmac got plenty of room to express himself any which way he likes. His last two releases are a good example of experimentation between songs!
The older of the two, Never Grew Up, may be what you typically hear come out of Manic sets. Some live instrument samples followed by wonky bass lines, choppy synth work and a dynamic beat pattern to a slow bpm. All creating a groovy and tranquil energy as “we never grew up” echoes repeatedly reminding us, we are in this for the fun! A sound so familiar with Manic it can probably land under its own genre.
Fans of Manic might find his latest release All This Is hard to swallow, with an introduction throwing them off to more of a house bpm structure. Following the build up however Jmac brings it back with dark metallic bass lines and chops exuding a menacing energy that would throw a crowd into a frenzy. Living an industry surrounded by all types of genres it is only right for an artist like Manic Focus to experiment and inject his madness into it all.
Benasis from Chicago unleashes a couple heavy Dubstep and Trap originals promising to release some more as he hits the studio this week to produce some heavy hitters. If you have not heard his name you definitely heard some of his tracks like RAXX with Cherney dropping at any bass heavy tent at festivals all across the board. With artists like Eptic throwing down his beats in their sets and a following of over 90k on Soundcloud Benasis is easily one of the more popular dubstep artist coming out of Chicago. So you can bet your lucky stripes these free tracks will rock a crowd.
Since reporting on his debut EP Bitten, Bite Me has released countless remixes, gaining more skill and creativity with each project. Now he comes back with an original single Purge following Caution a couple months prior, both released to fans for free! Purge hits you with a nitty gritty trap and dubstep drop that will laugh maniacally, to really get the blood goin. Bite Me always changes it up a bit where it counts, getting heavier every time. Excited to see what this Chicago artist comes out with next.
Straight out of Chicago Dualstyles comes loaded with the 12 track album Dispute the Difference. True to their name they express their creativity through a fusion of genres. Combining heavy metal, rap and electronic music production, tracks like More Power, End of an Empire, War Machine and Below the Line really stand out in terms of genre bending. While tracks like Impulse represents the metal genre in its fullness. This band definitely has some extraordinary talent that brings something new to the table. You can catch more of their experimental sound live as they perform around Chicago and are currently participating in Battle of the Bands; heading into the second round.
Introducing Mojek from Chicago. This versatile artist bring you into his world through sound design with this EP. A mixture of Hip Hop, Future Classic and house beats perfectly designed to get you moving. Premiering on 119 Production the World of Mojek includes many local artists like Dally Austin, Jean Deaux, Ric Wilson and much more talent packed into this project. With a unique style, Mojek is just starting and his music career is looking promising.
The late Nate Dogg will always be remembered for his contributions and the incredible talent he provided for Hip Hop music, its history and how he helped shape the genre. SNBRN takes notice at this face and honors the Nate Dogg by giving an up beat garage house spin on Gangsta Walk to bring it from the streets to the dance floor. In one remix you get a major dose of nostalgia as this track with most definitely raise glasses in the dead of night while party goes dance and reminisce.
Grab the track through SNBRNS soundcloud linked below.
From the city of Chi, Manic Focus pumps out yet another original tune. But not before hitting up Break Science to collab and give their fans another treat as Manic Science. Sandy Speaks is a chill vibe track that will encourage and motivate you from the start with a message of self empowerment. Wavy synths, catchy beat patterns and heavy bass and chopped vocals delicately carry throught the rest of the track.
Manic Focus consistently releases some of the most funky electronic beats coming out of Chicago. Proving he got some real funky swag with Lettuce from New York on their collab track dubbed Funky Style. His most recent release Sowing My Zone, Manic has some adds some hip hop style influence accompanied with melodic synths and vocals repeatin I’m so in my zone. You can guess Manic was just that in the making of this track. In that state of mind like that the man is unstoppable. Play this on a good day to get your mind right, its a free download.