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!
Elevatd turning another corner into foreign influences! Always the duo to challenge their musical boundaries, as with their last hip hop influenced release, flipping Da Baby’s BLAME IT ON BABY. Typically hitting on their dubstep and bass roots, this release extends a deep welcome to some experimental future bass. Inviting Hissander Flores on a track dubbing Abraham Vasquez ballad, HOY ME ESTOY COMIENDO, an unexpected but refreshing homage to hispanic culture.
Chicago basshead Stratus is back to HOLLER. His new track has a very cynical edge to it, with low end bass reverberating or growling throughout. HOLLER follows up on another original, named SHIVER, that balances its heavy bass with light synth breaks, and also his EP EVERYTHING GOES BLACK. HOLLER may even sound like an extenstion to the EP. With its dark quality and heavy basslines to motivate anyone to throw body around, Stratus adds a synth break in between wild drops that sounds as cinematic as a NERO track for a nice balance.
Creativity is subjective, but undeniable in the case of Elevatd’s new music! Recently releasing an EP earlier in the year, the two Chicago artists do not stop there! Their newest track is a take on Da Baby‘s song BLAME IT ON BABY, to which the original sounds are nearly unrecognizable, aside from the lyrical content, totally flipping it on it head into a destructive bass track. The remix follows up the original mix DEAD HEAD, to where you can really hear some creativity in their production, adding sounds like boiling water into the mix, and other abstract sounds to compliment a fat bassline. If the tracks on their own do not do it, Elevatd has also a featured mix on Diplo’s Revolution with Benzi, to keep you occupied in the absence of live music event.
This lowkey legend has been hangin’ around Chicago’s electronic music community for quite some time, producing music for over a decade! Having been more experimental and ambient at the start, the sounds and heaviness of drum & bass and dubstep ultimately took over. Having a playlist of about one hundred songs over many genres, if not more, the quality and intent in his music is undeniable. Stratus done it all from house music, trap, drum and bass, moombahton and more, he can rock whatever he puts his mind to. He continues to add to that with a the release of an EP and single to follow!
Coming to bass music, he got it mastered to a point where he gets the stamp of approval from OG’s like Doctor P, ’nuff said. His latest releases are no exceptions to the rule, packed full of bass and climactic synths, Stratus balances the highs and lows, not overdoing anything in between. His most recent track SHIVERS, a free download, takes you on a ride with ambient and melodic buildups that give way to some heavy chops. This track follows his EP EVERYTHING GOES BLACK, and if you cannot tell from the title, there is significantly less ambiance, and more in your face, heavy energy. You get straight gritty dubstep, AMUSIA gets dirty on a dance beat, and it is all topped off with ONLY NOW; some familiar lyrics giving way to a melodic bassline. Stratus hits the nail on the head with these new releases.
Chicago duo Birthdayy Partyy is hitting the hot button with number of releases. Coming in with a couple of collaborations and a VIP track for your bedroom playlist, because we are going no where in this lockdown! Does not mean you cannot WIGGLE, like you can for their collaboration with Wenzday, published on Gold Digger, a perfect song for a night bass style collection. Or you can pick a FIGHT, published on Bite This! with Dirty Chime on that track, you can get your adrenaline pumping as the bass vibrates throughout the track. Birthdayy Partyy’s latest comes as a remake of one of their anthemic bass tracks HOUSE PARTYY, which gets a totally new boiler room energy about it, it is even more addictive with its sound than before.
The Chicago native bass duo Kyral x Banko team up with Kromuh on their latest release. Late February introduced us to MR. PROBLEMATIC, and sure enough things got seriously problematic. While Kyral x Banko and Kromuh did not foreshadow our lock down situations, at least they prepared us with great music for the quarantine playlist. Great follow up to their track COME CORRECT with chonk, another release on a 40oz Collective, always coming in with fresh sounds for your dubstep and bass cravings.
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.
The end of the year is always a time for celebration and what better way to do that than with new music! Elevatd and feeling festive, the two Chicago bass artists steady releasing quality beats for the holidays for the free. Even throwing down at a show in the hometown with the man 12th Planet. These two continue to grow every year making their mark bigger and bigger.
Following their original release U NO EYE the two decided it was not enough! So they bust out DIAMOND CHAIN, another nasty original piece that will just whip your neck back. Their next track is just as heavy, flippin’ Space Laces D.A.W. when, they then follow up with something really cool! Their latest and last of the year (possibly?) goes to rework local Chicago dance music icons Louis The Child, keepin’ it real. The cool thing about Elevatd is how they grew to embrace different genres as they grew and so they tastefully remake the popular track, BETTER NOT, to perfection.
There are not much milestones like the first and for an artist they can be significant. This month DJ Heily B hits a big one as he debuts his first ep. Not out of no where however, Heily B has been working on single releases for the longer end of the year, practicing, getting better and more creative each time. More known as an electronic dance music DJ, spinning for events and venues around Chicago and event a couple of times for Ever Evolved events as well, Heily B has picked up producing along the way.
From his first release BREAD BOWL to ELECTRONIC DANCING MUSIC EP, there is quite a difference that can represent his growth as a producer, but the quality was present from the start. The EP itself is a quick 4 song package packed with energy reaching into diverse genres. Heily never seemed to stick with a single genre from the start and from beginning to end the EDM EP takes you on a audio trip. From the future bass track FORGET A DAY bearing feminine vocals, the hispanic lingo over a dubstep beat in DIVIDE, to the bass and riddim style ending out the EP. Heily B really puts Respect on his name with this release. If you missed his ep release party at The Auxillary Art Center, press play and live through it vicariously.