Tag Archives: Soul

Artist Rising: Chai Tulani [Music Video]

It would be hard to say you have not heard of Chai Tulani if you frequent local music acts in Chicago. The man has been making moves left and right and making his music known. Born in Kenya and raised in Chicago, he started releasing mixtapes in 2013 with Visions of Zion, joining this burst of artists from the local areas. Tulani introduces his brand of Soul Hop music for Chicago to indulge in, creating more diversity in the music renaissance.

This year has been especially significant as he brings more audiences to his shows with newer music to perform! Between shows at Sub T, Emporium, the Metro and local festivals like Pilsen and TIP, fans flock to the stage to hear tracks like All The Way which is coupled with a music video feauture Ridley Victoriaand his most recent release Pulse. Locals Gifted Keys and John Renaissance join Tulani on the track for that added ambiance. If this music gets you excited enough Tulani is gearing up to release another project so sit put and catch some new ones at his next show while more music cooks up!

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Sylvies Graceful Timelessness

Its always good to hear new music from Sylvie Grace. Although she has been sitting on this particular piece of work her music sounds timeless. Produced by Letsuo, the beat is smooth as Sylvie’s vocals dances across the melody. She uploads Pumpkins following Lately and collaborations like You Aint Shit (Shine On) with Kweku Collins. You can catch this Chi-town singer songwriter and cello artist performing downtown Michigan Ave or apart of shows if you are lucky; appropriately at Untitled recently where Soul, Classical, Jazz and Swing fill the atmosphere. Follow us as we await more new music and ways to use her name with wordplay!

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Late Night Radio Gets Manic

Alex Medellin of Late Night Radio from Denver makes funky instrumentals crossing electro and soul genres. Reflective Tangents is his most recent jazz filled project. The 8 track playlist includes features by Kevin Donohue, Clark Smith, Def3, Boraham Lee, and WildaBeats. Most notable our hometown electro soul igniter Manic Focus hits us with that collab amongst the project along with Donohue on All My Troubles. Adding some additional electronic bass influence to the LP, it is balanced well amongst the intro tracks leading to NoGrave with guitar licks and groovy basslines. Listen to the full playlist on Late Night Radio’s soundcloud.

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Lili K Makes Magic

Adding some soul to Chicago with a strong voice. When Lili K sings she makes you feel nostalgic for an era you never lived in. Classic style with a city attitude this girl should fill opera houses music theaters someday soon. Recently adding new song to her playlist laced with a music video that is filled with nothing but soul and colorful imager. Lili K’s band doing a flawless job on brass, synth keys, drums and the guitar and bass. They add a wonderful diversity to our city’s spectrum of genres, keeping Jazz alive in these streets.



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Melo Makes Music with Ravyn Lenae

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.

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Sylvie Rise To Grace

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.



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Brown Girls Theme – Jamila Woods

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.

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Get Liberated with the new oddCouple LP

oddCouple pulled off a beast of an album. End to end filled with rising Chicago artist. We have Kweku Collins featuring. Jamila Woods adds a piece of her soul to it. Mick Jenkins makes a show and of course gotta have Joey Purp, Mike Golden in on the fun amongst many others. Right off the bat you get hooked on Slept on. Its Golden that gets you with the chorus but its that sax that makes you stay. The soulful vibes continue throughout the album finishing off with a instrumental. A beautiful way to kill time if you ask me

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Probcause Spreading the Good Vibes

A modern day Hip Hop and Rap artist with an old soul is a great way to describe this Chicago talent. Probably why he does not look out of place in a speak easy for his Pale Moonlight music videoProbcause has such a good ear for smooth rhythm its as if he was born with Jazz and Soul running through his veins. So when he hears about one of his own favorite artists, Big Gigantic making a new album he picks out one of his favorite tracks to remix in honor. Pumped with horns, bass, synths and vocals by Angela McCluskey, Probcause adds his own verses to Little Things it and gives the soulful tune some more energy and attitude.

This old soul also, however, rocks  with a millennial fan base too and he got all our attention workin with Griz. Spittin verses over dubstep and sub bass genres splicing in with live instruments. Cannot get too far away from that soulful sound be they turn it into a party. Nothing but good vibes and a good message coming out of Griz’s new project Good Will Prevail. My Friends and I just spreads that good word of love friend ship and good times. Spread the vibes.

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Mick Jenkins Spreads the Love

Mick Jenkins is spreading that love and good music. Coming out of the studio with a positive message much needed for Chicago. Despite all the negativity being thrown your way you just have to keep your head up. The Universe does not throw anything your way that you cannot handle and everyone fighting a battle. If you are holding onto hate don’t. Live in the moment and Spread Love. Good to see a see a popular artist use his platform to spread a good message.

After all that positivity Mick Jenkins went for a trip to Toronto, Canada to record a song for Red Bull. Meeting up with BADBADNOTGOOD on the production they combine an indie jazzy beat with the hip hop heads lyrics and come up with more of a performance piece than a song. Starting out real slow like the morning and the then hits you with an energetic verse. Red Bull can certainly pick the artists to some up with something creative and unheard of.

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