Tag Archives: Chicago

Slot-A – Do You Need It

 Hip-Hop/Rap 
 EP  

New music and remixes from producer Slot-A on the single/remixes EP “Do You Need It” (HERE).

 

Amare Symoné – GlassWindows

 Soul/R&B 
 EP  

Singer/songwriter Amare Symoné lifts the veil on a store of casually rapturous, mosaic soul numbers on the just released EP, Glass Windows (HERE). Sounding wise beyond her years on songs that command warm and simmering powers, the rising young performer – alongside producer/collaborator NversivE still allows her personality and youthful energy to shine bright throughout the 7 track player.

Romelo Saint James – LightSpeed16

 Hip-Hop/Rap 
 LP  

Producer/Arranger Romelo Saint James extends some raw edged, straight-from-the-mixer type indie hip-hop sounds on the recently dropped LightSpeed16 album (HERE). Standout cuts include the throwback-soul-steeped track “Intergalactic Anthem” (featuring Pugs Atom); the low-res synth wave nugget “LightSpeed” (featuring $amory), and a motorized, trap-vibe cut called “Speed Racer”

 

Amare Symoné – Loose

 Soul/R&B 
 Single 

Amare Symoné, a talented artist and gypsy spirit that currently calls Chicago her home, sets at large one hell of a wonderful surprise on the whirlwind single “Loose” – a self strengthening, steady rocker that builds on the topical issue of “slut shaming” from a young club goer’s point of view. The single serves as sparkling opening course prior to the release of Symone‘s soon-to-drop debut EP GlassWindows  (which touches down on October 12th

TV Pow – TV Pow

 Electronic 
 EP 

New music from Chicago-based electro production team TV Pow on their self-titled EP, TV Pow (HERE). 

[su_highlight background=”#fff799″]Evocative rhymes and soulful voices over pulsing, humanistic beats. Optimistic. Realistic. Somnambulistic pianos and hypnotic bass lines. A dash of frenetic near-futurism. Timeless and immediate. Flow and poetry. Feels like the city. Sounds like the summer.[/su_highlight]

 

 

Via Rosa – 1,000 Pieces

 Soul/R&B 
 Single 

Via Rosa lends her signature sound to the Ikaz produced track “1,000 Pieces” – a charming and smartly aglow trap-soul portrait from the Chi-town vocalist.

 

Megiapa – 8085

 Soul/R&B 
 Single 

Check out the new track, “8085”, from singer/beatmaker Megiapa.  

[su_highlight background=”#fff799″]Sometimes, what you come up with at midnight gets deleted in the morning. I kinda liked this one though! …percussion inspired by my first trip to Armitage Produce ;}[/su_highlight]

 

Calez – Still Good

 Hip-Hop/Rap 
 Single  

New music from Calez and producer/arranger Rollie on the hopeful and reassuring lo-fi sureshot single “Still Good” (HERE)- featuring Alex Wiley, Mick Jenkins, and Donnie Trumpet. You can check out “Still Good” and more music from Calez when his Baby mixtape drops next month. 

 

Mick Jenkins – Spread Love/Drowning (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)

 Hip-Hop/Rap 
 Single + Video 

Mick Jenkins and producer Sango rolls out a well-layered, synth directed single titled “Spread Love” which underscores the importance placing love and growth in a higher regard than jealousy and materialism. 

Thaione Davis & Pugs Atomz – NAHHH!!

 Hip-Hop/Rap 

 Single  

Check out the new Kenautis Smith-produced single “NAHHH!!” from Thaione Davis and Pugs Atomz

[su_highlight background=”#fff799″]Thaione Davis and Pugs Atomz reconnect on “Nahhh” and let them bars go over this Kenautis Smith track.[/su_highlight]

 

Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – The Meek

 Hip-Hop/Rap 
 Video 

Get into some new visuals from Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey by way of the official video for the track “The Meek” – from the album Whole Food (HERE). 

[su_highlight background=”#fff799″]”Whole Food is nutrition for your mind and spirit, but it’s never pedantic or preachy. Gensu and Denmark piece together one of the loosest, most visceral records in recent memory, one that’s filled with punishing bass lines, clever asides, and astute observation.”[/su_highlight]

Jaclyn Rachelle – Wild/Take One/Lean

  R&B/Pop-Soul 
 Video [su_highlight background=”#fff799″ color=”#ce070c”]Quick-Post[/su_highlight]

Zone out to a trio of elusively formed videos from singer Jaclyn Rachelle, for the singles “Wild”“Take One”, and “Lean” – each from the singers most recent project, the FRANK album (HERE). 

 

Aztek – Haji 96/Cabana (Tu Es Guapa)

 Electronic 
 Single [su_highlight background=”#fff799″ color=”#ce070c”]Quick-Post[/su_highlight]

Bouncy & breezy bumps from producer/beatmaker Aztek by way of the instrumental cuts “Haji 96” and “Cabana (Tu Es Guapa)“.

 

Sense & Radius – The Live Archive

 Hip-Hop/Rap 
 EP  

The Chi-City instilled duo of Sense & Radius strike with a pack of avidly sent lines and timbre shifting, sample-stacking production on the just dropped EP, The Live Archive (HERE).

Jamila Woods – HEAVN

 Soul/R&B 
 LP 

Jamila Woods commits her views and emotions to sound on the personal and approachable portrait HEAVN (HERE). Beaming with an amber-toned incandescence, Jamila uses her willowy vocals and “sentiments set to rhythm” writing style to compose some purely beautiful numbers.