In anticipation of their upcoming North Coast Music Festival performance, Leather Corduroys drops off a loose-single, We Don’t Know How To Stop. The Two Fresh production features Joey and Kami boastfully trading verses back and forth as they exclaim that no one can really keep up with them – at anything. If you’re heading to North Coast this weekend, be sure to catch Joey & Kami on Friday at 4:15 at Stage 847.
Chicago producer Lasko’s single “In Orbit,” is from his next project, iru. The instrumental provides a sample of the sound that Lasko has been developing – he describes his new work as “space symphonies.” “In Orbit” is elegant and full of emotion. The track begins sparsely and delicately yet with boldness, it then builds to become more driving, a nuanced solo piano appears in the middle and conveys the vibe of suspended time, the pace resumes and it actually sounds and feels like being in orbit. It is impressively composed, communicative music.
Lasko said that the premise of his next album is based on the Japanese word iru, which means to exist as a human. “It’s my take on what it means to be human, the highs and the lows.” The first of Lasko’s “space symphonies” was released last month, “Gold Panda Reprise”, it had me very intrigued, “In Orbit” takes the journey a step further. The album will feature several interesting musicians from Chicago including Netherfriends, Beach Jesus, Stormy English, theWHOevers, Cae Jones and more. Spend a few minutes in Lasko’s space with “In Orbit.”
Hot off the release of his debut pop impact, Cake Pop, we receive a taste of classic Dylan Brady with the loose single When It’s Cold. An ode to the loneliness of chilly nights, Dylan recruits Dom McLennon, Lewis Grant, and Saputo to contribute their own methods of coping with the mental and emotional distress that comes with being alone. Each artist brings a different story to the table – Dylan’s being slow and transcendental with dashes of pain while Dom weaves and races his way through the production (provided by Dylan), and Lewis paints a picture of just how far not having the one he loves has pushed him. Saputo is the only artist here that I’m not-so-familiar with, but her hook compliments the entire record perfectly as she seems to play the part of the woman all of these lonely men are rapping about; and she shows herself to be just as lonely. Dylan has proven time after time that he is an ace at recruiting features, and When It’s Cold is no exception to the creative experiment.
Stream the premiere of When It’s Cold above.
While the second track from Partisan III (Pt. 2), seems a bit more light, airy, and less core-rattling than usual – it is no less engaging, or carefully composed than a typical Partisan release. In the context of the EP, this song serves as a nice palette cleanser sandwiched between the two much grimier and industrial cuts from the EP.
“It was just the weekend
Sorry got you weakened by these feelings”
Producer/rapper Savier dropped the single “Some Type Of” featuring his 14 year old brother Myko Baer. It premiered on Mishka alongside an interview with Ben Niespodziany to whom he described the meaning of the song – “I would say the song is about doing things your own way, and achieving your goals at your own pace and fashion…” The beat is familiar to me, I listened to it plenty on W3NDCH3LL. Savier sounds thoughtful yet still agressive as he raps alongside his young brother. Stay posted, his next project Le Sauveur is due in October. “Some Type Of” fame and big success are in order, Savier makes good music.
Gentle Records own Drip Drop creates a tranquil nostalgic lo fi instrumental with a climax at the end that really tells the story of “I Will Survive”. The melody is the sort of calm serene soundtrack you’d hear in an old Pokemon game (maybe a new one, I don’t play those though) with bare percussion that really makes you feel like your running around the tall grass training your Pikachu. Great stuff, I always love a song that makes me think of old memories.
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To say that a few kids from St. Louis, who collectively have maybe around 2500 followers, are more talented than most artists with hundreds of thousands, even millions, would probably set me up to be crucified on the cross of music journalism – if that’s even what I’m doing. I’ve struggled to give other artists the attention that they probably deserve because Dylan Brady is the future and his friends are all like the 12 disciples (besides Judas because that guy was a dickhead). Dylan is the perfect example of doing what you can with the resources and tools that you have at your disposal – he shoots his videos on an iPhone 6+, and they come out looking better than most of the visuals that people are paying an arm and a leg for. He’s a vocalist, writer, producer, designer, and did I mention that he shoots his videos on an iPhone 6+? The Gateway City native has done nothing but release fire content since he first showed up on the scene. “I don’t really like to make bad music to be completely honest,” Dylan once told me over a text message that included the word “LIT” in every other sentence. Brady first captured my attention last month when I saw the video for his single Little Bando, which features him in a shitty motel jumping on the bed in frames that cut between real life and simple animation. I was hooked from the minute I heard the lyrics, “Little bando don’t play that shit,” in his signature distortion-filled autotune. Little Bando led me to his album, All I Ever Wanted, that has found a nice resting place in my favorite projects of 2015. Each song opens up a different emotion, and the features, while chosen carefully, all compliment the project perfectly. After following Dylan closely, my eyes were opened to the fact that this man is surrounded by a cast of characters who all contribute a different style but are equally as talented in their own right.
Robel Ketema’s verse off the album (U>Them) had me digging and digging through the internet to find more from him only to find that I was going to have the play the shit out of this verse until he dropped off new music. Robel, who is of Ethopian descent, has a completely recognizable sound that blends a rastafarian-esque cadence with intricate lyricism. Recently, he dropped his first music video for the song Don’t HMU (produced and directed by Dylan – yes on an iPhone 6+), and again I found myself looping the song over and over again just itching to hear more from this kid. Both of these tracks can be found in the accompanying playlist, and you can access the music video for yourself in the description.
Lewis Grant is another one of the creative-cast with little content (1 song) but extreme potential. His debut single, Loading Screen (produced by guess who), instantly took me back to the days of crying to Panic! At The Disco in my bedroom as a sad and confused middle schooler. The emo-pop-synth vibe is something that I’ve missed for years, and I pray that this means the genre is facing a revival. Calvin Lewis is another member of the posse who has had the ability to hit me in a place that I’ve always felt like music is supposed to hit someone. Three-quarters of the time, I have absolutely no idea what is going on in the lyrics – but it doesn’t matter at all. He is releasing content that is hitting me on a much deeper level than most of the music I’m hearing on a daily basis.
Then, there is Ravenna Golden. The St. Louis songstress has a sound unlike any other female vocalist that I have listened to as of late and has me wondering if Kanye West made the right decision when he decided to sign Kacy Hill to GOOD Music in December (disclaimer: I really like your music too, Kacy. I’m sorry – it’s nothing personal). Ravenna, sticking with the popular theme here, also has very little content out; but what she has yet to miss on a release. Dylan has also been big in exclaiming that she is sitting on one of the best projects of the year.
And as if all of this wasn’t enough, Dylan & Co. dropped of an experimental pop EP this week that was hotter than anything I’ve heard on the radio in the past few years outside of Katy Perry’s Dark Horse. Cake Pop, under the name CAKE POP, was “just a collection of pop songs I made with my friends in my moms basement one weekend when she was in Florda”, according to Dylan. The only negative thing I can really say about the 6-song EP is that it didn’t feature Ravenna.
I know this is only the beginning for all of these artists. Robel has shared glimpses of what he has soon to come, and we’ve got some amazing things in store with Dylan coming very soon to 1833 (insert smiley face). As I touched on, briefly, Ravenna does apparently have a project finished, and I hope I’m not the only one in utter suspense waiting to hear what it sounds like. I’m not sure what Calvin and Lewis are up to, as far as their solo endeavors go; but if the general consensus is that of their close cohorts then I would expect content from them soon as well. It’s only a matter of time before these guys go from deep-web favorites to cult heroes.
“I’ve been coolin’
I’ve been kickin’
I can’t go
Life is just a roshambo.”
Ju, an exciting MC from Chicago linked with outstanding Milwaukee artist, WebsterX, for “Burgundy.” The beat produced by Jae Genius begins with a tranquil sounding guitar, Ju and WebsterX sound right at home with it. 1833 proudly premiered Ju’s first solo track “Channel,” his previous releases were all from his work in the duo Moon & Ju. I listened to “Burgundy,” then let the rest of Ju’s soundcloud play out, every track on it is worth your time.
“They say that just one ray of sun can melt the coldest snow” croons RahRah on this soulful cut about growth and leaving your mark on the world. This man is truly making strides in his work, I will be surprised if his forthcoming tape “Oh My Goodness” doesn’t make a big splash all throughout the Hype Machine. Head to Toneden.io for the free download of this track.
In an era of musical over-saturation, it’s nice to have a voice that is merging styles from the past, present and future. Everyone seems to have an EP dropping, or working in the studio or whatever else it takes to be a musician these days (which is seemingly just a laptop) and with the accessibility of soundcloud and bandcamp, anyones sounds can be heard. I think the nature of the artistic endeavor is admirable, vulnerable and should be pursued by many simply as a way of expression, but it is easier than ever to believe you’re the “next to pop” with a couple likes or a blog post which in turn distorts the beauty of creativity and can falsely inflate an ego. Bryson Tiller is a refreshing voice and keeps me motivated through all the shit I’m bombarded with on a minutely basis. There are a few out there whose vision beckons to be absorbed and can keep making music of quality and this Louisville native is one that will hopefully be creating for awhile.
Bryson Tiller – Just Another Interlude
Back in December of 2014, Kanye West revealed Kacy Hill as his newest signee to mega-imprint G.O.O.D. Music. There is still very little information on the songstress outside of her modeling career; but thanks to a Pigeons & Planes interview back in September, we found out that her music career actually began by accident. Today, the Phoenix native released the official audio for her latest single Foreign Fields. There isn’t much musical content on the interwebs from Ms. Hill, but if her first two singles are any indication of where we might see her career heading to then she is sure to be a problem. Foreign Fields starts off with claps and a charming piano riff as it builds into a cataclysmic conglomeration of ambient synths all the while being laced with Kacy’s incredibly prepossessing vocals.
Nashville-based producer Super Duper is an artist that, previously to receiving an email, I wasn’t yet familiar with, but I wish I was. His style blends elements of various electronic genres with modern hip-hop to form a beautiful and fun sound that can be appreciated by fans of the respective genres. His latest impact, Don’t Worry (released via Vitalic Noise), is a vibrant 3:44 record that I can hear on one of those Bud Light commercials advertising the city that they built for college kids to basically just go play games and get lit.