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Brittany Nacole Is A Down To Earf Gurl

Anticipating her album release of Earf Gurl this upcoming 6th of September, Brittany Nacole drops bits and pieces of her project to satisfy ears. Nearly Twenty thousand heads to tune into her album titled track released about 4 months ago. In Earf Gurl Brittany is expressing her grace and piece of mind. Being a down to earth girl, living in the moment with carefree attitude. With soulful lyrics and the beat by DJ Earn Money the track sets the tone for the rest of the pending album.

Continuing with that, Saturdaze is a another good vibe track written and performed by Brittany Nacole herself. A talent not expressed by much mainstream artists so the authenticity is refreshing. It makes an artist more relatable to young girls especially in her more recent track Her. Not to exact on if that song will be on the new album but it does follow the flower and nature theme on the cover art. Saturdaze however is the 2nd preview for the upcoming project and is such a catchy beat that, over ambient synths and drumming, Brittany’s vocals and lyrics can leave you in a trance. Catch the rhythm and feel those good vibes.


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Jamila Woods is Filled with Love From HEAVN in her Debut Album

Releasing her Debut album earlier this month HEAVN is jam packed with some of the more notable artists rising out of Chicago. From Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment to Saba, Noname and Odd Couple to Kweku Collins; Jamila Woods really knows how to bring it back to her city, as she has set forth to do. Being the associate director at Wordplay Youth Chicago Artists, which helped manifest talents and careers for artists like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Saba, she gets to hear and experience the stories and struggles of the youth on the south side empathically, being raised in Beverly Hills, Chicago herself. She is working on a strong platform making her voice heard not for herself but for the voices unheard in his beautifully diverse city that fills her with complicated love.

HEAVN is Jamila’s debut album joining the ranks of the many independent Chicago artists after first making herself known through collaborations with Chance on Sunday Candy and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ White Privilege II. HEAVN holds powerful messages of love, awareness and resilience for the masses to hear as well. Songs like VRY BLK with NoName echoes the struggle of police brutality taking on the rhythm of the nursery rhyme Miss Mary Mack metaphorically singing serving and protecting is stealing babies lives. Then you have Blk Girl Soldier a strong vocally passionate song that brings to light the silent struggle of young black women.”Look at what they did to my sisters, last century last week, put her in a jar and forget her, they love how it repeats” Jamila sings as her video focuses on protesters holding signs saying Say Her Name, an organization bringing awareness to black women who have been murdered, beaten or go missing and never get reported on. The combination of the lyrics and video message highlights the strength of black women then and now who endure so much more and still rise to the top because they have to.

Jamila in the end carries the torch of love and empowerment among many strong female artists that hold the same message. When it gets down to it though she is an artist, with a heavy soul. A mere human as humbly reminded in Lonely Lonely, filled with doubts and concerns with the real issues internal and external. Here to remind you that even the strongest minds have their dark days and in the end you are all that you got and need. Just love and appreciate your blessings as she sings “My cup is full, what I got is enough, nobody completes me, don’t mess with my love” in her song Holy. Just wake up in the morning with your mind set on loving yourself, that in itself is a revolutionary act. Get inspired and download this album for free.

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A Billion Young – Flwr

Creation can come from anywhere and can happen in any moment. For A Billion Young creation just needed a bedroom and the time to create was now, in their perspective at that moment. Collaborating with wonderful Chicago talent by the likes of Jac Stovler, Rich Jones, and Sylvie Grace with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting while she performed with her cello on Mag Mile Downtown, the artists create a 6 track mix tape that transcends genres. From soulful to future bass to trap, juke and footwork styles with the use of live instruments, guitars, cellos, vocals and midi controllers Chicago look no further for talent and good music than your own backyard. I recommend listening this in order and loudly.

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Taylor Bennett Debut LP Broad Shoulders

With the title of Chance the Rapper‘s little brother, Taylor Bennett may have some shoes to fill in the eyes of the public but he most certainly makes the cut and then some. Premiering on Rolling Stones his debut album makes some noise following his successful mixtape Mainstream Music, Taylor establishes himself as an independent artist with Broad Shoulders. With the help of LudLow on production they created an album ranging in sounds and genres. Another key in making this album successful is the collaborating on a few songs with artists from Chicago like Donnie Trumpet, Joey Purp, King Louie and of course his brother Chance as well as other artists outside our area code. Plenty of potential in this 19 year old artist and plenty more music to come, this is only the beginning. Keep an ear out for Taylor Bennett.

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Manic Focus Is So In His Zone

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.

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Brasstracks Work On Their EP and Others

This Brooklyn based duo, if you are unfamiliar with them, are live performing artists specializing in brass and percussive instruments; or horns and drums and stuff as they like to loosely put it on their soundcloud. Premiering on Pigeons and Planes, Brasstracks unleashes the first of many track to their upcoming EP. Production on See U Won’t is wonderful as well with groovy synth and bass drives accompanied with  trumpet horns and lively drums. A soulful balance and arrangement of live and synthetic sounds.

Aside from working on their own EP, Basstracks has had a hand in crafting music on artists in their local and international circles! Most recently working on Nobody Else featuring Niya Wells, with Jarreau Vandal of Netherlandsthe track will be included on Jarreau’s EP coming out early 2016. The duo will also be given credit to on fellow New Yorker Natalie Cressmans EP Traces, also being released early 2016. Natalie premiered the title track on the NEST HQ platform alongside Ivan Jackson of Brasstracks and JNTHN STEIN, another producer from the big apple, to preview the EP


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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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The Weeknd

The Weeknd is known for how deep and blunt his music is. His music is real, he talks about sex, drugs, women, and alcohol. Not in the explicit, lets shake what are mama gave us, but in a real way how all these categories makes one feel. A lot of his fans comment on his social media sights and call him “Our next generation Micheal Jackson“. Micheal Jackson was known for being the King of Pop. His touch in music was soulful and funky. It seems to be that The Weeknd however, looks up to Micheal Jackson because of his mash up Dirty Diana (released in 2012 in the Trilogy).

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqt8Z1k0oWQ&w=560&h=315]Can’t Feel My Face, is a very interesting song. Even though it is considered main stream and plays in the radio, he talks about being on drugs without even saying it. The song is simple, it pretty much repeats it self through the whole song but his words make a bold imprint to a memory through a certain phrase or word.

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His other new single, The Hills, he talks about a girl his chasing that he only likes her when it is past five am and wants no one to know about. The reason the Weeknd is so successful is because his openly honest in a non-raunchy way. He talks about situations some people never dare to mention. His song continues to express how “his living for the moment” and “when I’m f**ked up is the real me”. He is expressing the feeling of only feeling alive when your mind is distorted from being intoxicated. A lot of people relate because after hours when one is feeling more then past a few drinks, sometimes an emotional side comes over one and has this urge to see that one person.

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