theMIND may be one of if not the more recognizable names out in the Chicago local music scene working within THEMPeople. He can be found just about every where you look, just about ruling his own world. Working with the likes of Pivot Gang, Zero Fatigue and SAVEMONEY artists, NoName, Stefan Ponce, Mick Jenkins, Knox Fortune, Burns Twins; the influence is every where. When not workin with others his independent work is flawless and you can hear why he is such a pillar in the community. Recently with production by Matty Joynt, EW2RTW soothes with a calming guitar melody and vocals a great song to add to your playlist.
Ravyn Lenae staying up and active. Making some noise around Chicago with her most recent release. Sticky follows her music video release of Unknown, apart of the much bigger project Midnight Moonlight released in spring. Ravyn’s flow tends to stick to you like an contagious melody. You can bump her LP and it will still sound as fresh as its first release. Doing it again, turning another beat into a timeless piece.
Just cause he can, Ric Wilson releases two tracks randomly. Might mean more new music on the way, might not. This creative soul from the South Side of Chicago just released Negrow Disco EP earlier in the year and he is just following up. Also coming up with a music video for Hangloose from the EP and a collab track with Hurley Mower. Droppin music almost discreetly you just need to keep your eyes and ears open for info like marking down January 4 on your calender.
Every song is different so far as he jumps genres and molds them together, mixing in Hip Hop and Soul, Dance and other elements. You can hear the difference between the two recent releases. What If I Was White, a poem wrote for Sofar Chicago pointing out obvious moral and social injustices in our society compared to We Don’t Know. You can expect his next project to have more hip hop lyrical influence. For now keep posted at the links below for new music and events.
Being honored as one of the many Chicago artists to be presented in Red Bulls 30 days in Chicago Ravyn Lenae is definitely a voice you have to recognize. So talented Chicago is still hooked on her latest album Midnight Moonlight released early in the year. With production handled by Monte Booker the two combined created a masterpiece.
Recently releasing a video for the single Unknown from her aforementioned album, directed by the talented Weird Life crew. A more somber video compared reminding you art varies across all spectrums of human emotion. This follows her Spice video which is more lively, literally, performing the album single for Kinda Neat publishing. As she flirts with the camera naturally she makes singing seem effortless.
Following up on with an interview Kinda Neat reveals Ravyns lyrical abilities starting at an early age. From outperforming at church choirs and high school she started touring at the age of fifteen. Realizing her potential early. Now apart of Zero Fatigue with Smino, and Monte Booker respectively she has performed with other notable artists like Mick Jenkins and No Name and other popular locals. Be on the lookout for her next project and follow her before she takes off!
Stumbling upon Loona Dae I find another wonderful and passionate voice of music. A singer songwriter and producer from St. Louis, reppin Chicago, comes with mellow tunes with strong yet innocent quality in her music. Her lyrics are a breath of fresh air as they harbor real emotion relatable as her words sooths your ears! Breathe in this tune and let the playlist bleed into Phases, her EP project released earlier this year that is a daydream.
Jean Deaux releases some new music for that Wikipedia. Somethin other worldy from her hidden gems produced by ROMderful mixed and mastered at Classick Studio by Lanre and Bryan Shwaller . Following, No Pressure, Stranger Things and her Outer Body EP Jean has another project in the works upcoming. While touring with Smino and independently around North American and in the Midwest supporting locals, she finds the time for new music and collaborations and getting featured in GQ Mag as a notable female artist. Apart of a growing number of active and powerful voices and influences for woman in Chicago. Add that to her Wikipedia.
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 Victoria, and 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!
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!
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.
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.