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!
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!
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.
When you think of Haywyre you can already expect some abstract sounds with his creative style of dubstep and future bass. Then to have Cofresi come in to remix one of his tracks from his PANORAMA LP is a whole ‘nother level of greatness. What is interesting is Haywyre rocks the keyboards while Cofresi kicks it with percussive instruments and now, with Cofresi’s live performance video of Haywyres STORYTELLER, they both have live videos to compare! To see the two work it in their own style is something else and Cofresi brings in so much energy with his percussive rendition.
Many artists release a genre consistent set of music but that is not how Saladin works. His consistency is in change and most artists typically get the cold shoulder from fans for this but he has his own formula keeping his listeners captivated. From House music to Future Bass, Trap to Dubstep Saladin works it all with no hesitation, though House and Techno are rudimentary. Just within the last couple of months we got to taste his creativity in most of our favorite music styles.
Keeping it different with every release he really shows his versatility as an artist. Since the start of the year Saladin been releasing diverse and note worthy beats, even gaining support from artists like Hardwell, Morgan Page & more with tracks like his House influenced C’mon Now on Revealed Recordings. There is something to learn from every genre in production and the quality of his music shows that. This opens him up to working with diverse set of artists as well. On top of that he can always keep it fresh whether it be on the dance floor or on a playlist, Saladin can control any audience with ease.
Most recently he works with Trap, Future Bass and House music. Starting here with GNGBNGR, Saladin rides a simple melody and beat pattern while a vocal sample chimes in, “I used to be a gang banger… now I’m just a mother f*ckin’ headbanger”, into a smooth bass drop and high frequency synths. Turning that vibe around with ITSALL4U with more ambient melodies and bass-lines for his Future Bass fans. Then finally he comes back to House music with his latest, Fight For Love, featuring EDM vocalist OMZ with the hopeful lyrics, “I can’t even look you in the eye its the darkest night of my life… But baby we can fight for love tonight“. Listening to Saladin music you will feel all kinds of ways, you will catch yourself throwing elbows to jumping and dancing.
If you think music is your drug then check out these tracks! Cofresi is back after enjoying the success of the Coda EP late last year. Started the new year off right with a video accompanied remix for the modern classic by Gotye, Somebody That I Used To Know. Cofresi’s take on the song really takes you by surprise if you think the original was overplayed, this may change your mind! Behind the scenes Cofresi continues to detail his live performances as he prepares for a long list of events for the spring calender.
Introducing a theme to the tour with the release of Keep U High, his second release and first original of the year, you will notice the tour calender matching the songs cover art. Included in his tour will be Bassphysics, who worked with Cofresi on Keep U High, and Plantrae. On other dates Cofresi supports SoDown on their own tour making it a two in one commitment; capitalizing on the opportunity to make a big thing bigger!
Similar to artists like Elevatd, Cofresi keeps most his treasures exclusively for his live audience. Sometimes he is generous to give some his online fans a taste of the exclusive but it would be best to catch him live. Following his Keep U High release with Bassphysics, Cofresh drops visuals from a live set as he plays his own version of Liquid Stranger and Space Jesus‘s collab track Dragonhawks. An surprising choice for Chicagos future bass drummer but an impressive take as can see through the crowds reaction; or even your own stank face.
Like the North star, Polaris will guide you to some real dynamic tunes! Leading you to the LWKY corner of the universe, this trio from Chicago follows the growing number of electronic dance music artists experimenting with live instruments and midi software. Jim Morrison predicted an electronic age of music where one man, the DJ or producer, was the orchestra but changing the paradigm are artists like LWKY using guitars, piano synths and midi controllers within a group.
Together they create a psychedelic future funk and bass sound similar to that in Colorado and getting popular in mid-west states. They just came out with their latest release Polaris. This comes after their very popular EP Reset and their follow up single Regenerate. It is about a journey to the top, you can hear it with its soothing to heavy sounds between climaxes and breaks; an audio metaphor. With a style quite unique to Chicago, LWKY shows us how dynamic a band can be.
If you were Satisfied with Win & Woo thus far their latest releases will have you obsessed and dancing. Their sound continues to grow and evolve and they let their fans know that they have plenty of new tracks well and ready. The duo Foreshadows them to be amongst their favorite releases yet to be heard! With an already productive new year, hitting venues across Texas, California, Colorado, selling out Chicago twice, some of you may have already had the pleasure of hearing some unreleased music.
Starting out with Tea Time, this track is a fun and energetic beat released as a thank you for the fan support throughout 2018. A bouncy electro house track to keep a dancefloor goin strong. Afterwards they release Right In Front Of Me, an emotionally captivating song, filled piano chords, soothing melody and comforting vocals. Collaborating with Kaleena Zanders to provide lyrics denoting that whatever you are looking at for is right in front of you once you embrace a world full of chaos. Still hot off her collab piece Before I Go, Kaleena is the perfect voice for this future house beat by Win and Woo. This tune will have you singing out loud and playing on repeat.