Agent O has been on replay in our playlist with his latest remix! Coming across this Chicago electronic music artist through local channels, and his sound is instantly intoxicating. Taking aim at a Chomppa tune called DEVIL DANCE, a tune reminiscent to RENEGADE by Mustard Pimp. Agent O perfectly balances the manic high end sounds with a dirty bassline that you cant help but move your body to. A perfect tune for an end of the year playlist to get a party jumpin’.
A teacher and a producer of music, Professor Fox would undoubtedly have a diverse playlist. From working solo to within the duo Vesper, to producing with big name artists like the late Mac Miller, Curren$y, Ab Soul, and popular Chicago artists Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Sidewalk Chalk to name a few, Professor Fox has more than enough experience to spread knowledge. From his vast network you would assume P. Fox has an inclination toward more hip hop beat work, R&B and the likes, but this man sits in no box! His latest upload onto his soundcloud account hits closer to the dubstep and bass community with dark and nasty bass lines. Named BASS FACE, for the obvious reaction you would get when you hear that low end rumble.
Saladin is on fire with not 2 but 4 releases just in a month, but to no surprise, his output is consistent! Always keeping it fresh, Saladin easily wins a #1 spot on Beatports bass house charts mid November, and his answer to that was more music! The song of notoriety aforementioned was dubbed ANTHEM and got you moving to a bass house vibe, was supported by prominemt names like Don Diablo, Hardwell, Showtek & more! Following up would be two collaborations with DeLain and another hot original single!
When Saladin and DeLain get connected they create some G House and Tech beats. Shortly after ANTHEM, the two release KEEP UM, a personal favorite just for its hypnotizing sound, and most recently YA KNOW, which is on a whole different spectrum of energy. Mixing G House, Bass House with a heavy Hip Hop influence, YA KNOW can get anyone moving. Finally we have NEVER STOP, which was released in between the DeLain collabs, Saladin kept it straight bass all the way through. Solid additions to an end of the year party playlist
Every Chicagoan prizes certain parts of this great city, and we can all agree that LSD, the abbreviation for Lake Shore Drive, is one of the most iconic. With its breath taking scenery of the Chicago skyline, following Lake Michigan‘s shoreline, it makes for some of the most satisfying smoke sessions. Recently Chicago’s Manic Focus releases a remix of LAKE SHORE DRIVE by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, an ode to the city, following in Probcause‘s footsteps, who used a slowed sample of the LSD lyrics about 5 years ago after WAVES. But Manic Focus choosing to keep the original sound, chop it up a bit and add a little bit of bass. Topping it off with two samples of iconic Chicago hip hop artists, Vic Mensa and the legendary Common. Packed with dope lyricism, balanced perfectly with Manics production, ending on a strong note lyrically and sonically, “It ain’t easy but we making it work ’cause we are children of the greatest nation on earth, are we not?“
There are a fearless few that look at timelessly iconic songs and have the courage to remake an original. Cofresi passed that boundary many times with ease, and never seems to spoil the authenticity of the original. From taking up Led Zeppelin to Daft Punk, Gotye to Bon Iver, the Chicago drummer has the confidence and skill to take on any tune with success. Most recently, Cofresi remixes the iconic Disney movie soundtrack song of Lion King, one of the most recognized jungle orchestras ever, arguably. CIRCLE OF LIFE is flawlessly transformed into an electro future bass track that respectfully, yet wildly, balances the cinematic aspect of the chants with live drumming on his signature midi-pad drum setup, and some vocal chops as well. All appropriately in the setting of a sand beach in front of nature.
Win and Woo have released a few new tracks showing off their diverse music pallet. The Chicago electronic music duo typically experiment with their sound, offering their fans a mixed playlist! Their latest being a remix of INSIDE OUT, featuring Griff, by Zedd, an original mix with Łaszewo titled ANOTHER TIME AROUND, and a VIP of an earlier release of BEAM ME UP with Cosmos & Creature. Each track varies between electronic genres but Win and Woo balance it well to their own familiar sound, giving almost a bit of everything for the open mind.
Their most recent being their ZEDD remix where the original touches on pop hip hop beat work intro into electro house, Win and Woo turns it into a drum and bass dance track. A bit more fast paced beatwork lead by a progressive buildup, and ANOTHER TIME AROUND keeps that trance-like energy on the intro and buildup as well, coupled with vocals, before it gives way to a dark down tempo bass line. Their earliest tracks and most significant turn around in terms of sound is their BEAM ME UP VIP, which is originally a tropical-electro reggae styled beat and vocals, turning the feel good tune into an uplifting future bass mix for a dance floor. Lots of different sounds to experiment but thats how Win and Woo keep it fresh!
To introduce Monday Majesty, this recent music video release seems to be a perfect first. GIVE ME A MIRACLE, a dance tune by Fafa, is a powerful follow up to RUNNIN, and multilayered in its significance. Her vocal performance is astounding, the visuals are wild and creative, and its meaning and point in time it was conceived creates a mutual connection between us all. The combination of it all makes for a very entertaining and captivating work of art!
Fafa, a Chi-town raised artist from Abu Dhabi currently residing in the UAE, teams up with The BarCoe Studio for a cinematic visual performance. From the choregraphy, to the wardrobe, the visual effects, with the glitching transitions and different mirror reflections, and creativity like filming underwater, to running in the desert; the music video really grabs your attention. The dance beat guides the energy and her vocals perfect it; her lyrics were born of the confusion and uncertainty in the midst of pandemic lockdowns. As if we were waiting on something, as if we cannot take control, GIVE ME A MIRACLE is that reminder we have it within ourselves to move forward and to feel lucky we have the people who will show the light, expressed in a catchy dance beat!
Lassai has got IT goin on in his latest music video, and as a reminder, so do you. Whatever IT may be; energy, attitude, message, perspective or hustle, this music video is a reminder to feel IT within yourself, and to be proud of IT. From the South Side of Chicago, Lassai aims to invoke confidence in your authenticity as a human being, directing your awareness inward through his verses, “Are you feeling it, Take control of it… If you want it come get it, Do you want it?” Doubling up with the visuals, dancers passionately moving to and fro, with urban settings as their stage, it paints a metaphor that you can flourish in any environment, any circumstance. A calming song to reflect upon personally, on top of being moved by the rhythm physically.
More than a musician, Ill-ēsha is an inspiring artist! She is multi-talented in music, from vocals to midi-controllers and other instruments, live painting, visual designer, to even being a voice actor. While using her voice for music, it gets extra powerful when she speaks on equality between genders in music, and supporting local artists in general, working with groups like Nap Girls, GRL Gang, Rapper Chicks and Grassroots Collective. Her latest project partnership, We Out Here on Youtube, parodies different scenarios in the music industry with skits. Spreading the good word from Chicago to her current hometown Denver, Colorado since that late 90’s, Ill-ēsha continues to experiment, break norms and collaborate with talented artists, with her music!
From key-tars, to turntables and DAW’s, Ill-ēsha does not shy away from her electronic equipment! Her production in music has changed up from drum & bass, to perfecting glitch hop in her earlier career, to future bass and dubstep. Her releases this year are a great example of the diversity in her music and her talents! Most recently, SIDEWAYS with 90five displays her more gentle, lo-fi, synth pop, future bass style, as she sings over the melodies and bassline. Contrary to her UNLEASHED EP, released earlier in the year, which hits on her more heavier glitch-hop and dubstep production; dig deeper in her playlist, she has something for everyone!
Flosstradamus, A legendary name to Chicago, and for good reason! Helping bring edm and trap bass to mainstream popularity with remixes like ORIGINAL DON by Diplo in 2012, with former member Josh Young AKA YehMe2. Floss is back with an original release following a collab with Post Malone, Key, Fki1st and graves earlier this year. Simplifying this recent collaboration to one artist, Nonsens, for an upbeat hit for the summer named SO FAR. Kicking it off with a dnb styled intro, chopping up a vocal loop, into a body of bass and alarming synths to wild out to. The piano break in between keeps the uplifting energy going on this dance worthy beat!