Elee X (Impolite Society) collaborates with MPC-smith Sev Seveer on this synthy, spaced-out cut from Uncle EL’s No Doze compilation.
Rapper, beat maker, DJ, and Chicago mainstay, Uncle EL, presents No Doze- a compilation representing an eclectic mixture of sounds from the underground rap and beat scenes of Chicago and beyond. Featured artists include Doc ILLingsworth, OHBLIV, Wino Willy, Lanzo, Radius, Kenny Keys, Jon Rogers and many more. Ranging from left field, ethereal, to classic boom bap, there is one common theme throughout. Don’t sleep!
Young Heavy Souls present their first official compilation album; 20 all-new tracks from a growing roster of skillful artists and producers. Get to know YHS:
These producers have captured their niche through unexplored sub-genres of hip-hop and electronic music. With their progressive sound, this body of work exemplifies what these artists value most – collaboration. Young Heavy Souls was established in 2011. Creative director, Matt Black cultivated a team of like-minded musicians, filmmakers, photographers, and graphic designers throughout the past three years.
“With this project we wanted to showcase our growth as a team as well as spread our music to new audiences. Young Heavy Souls is a family, and this project represents the spirit and sound of our crew,” explained Black.
The majority of the team consists of artists local to the Midwest, but they join forces with musical talents from all over the United States. All artists featured on the current roster have made themselves a valuable asset to this creation. Several guest contributing artists are featured, including Spankalicious, Eddie Logix, and Heavy Color. – Young Heavy Souls
Video: Andy Allen, Derek Wilds, Milan Boyer, and Matt Black for Young Heavy Souls
Music: “Pack Your Bags” – Nortroniks & Vapor Eyes
Our friends over at Young Heavy Souls are dropping their first official compilation next week, and we are psyched to check it out. For the unknowing, this album will be the perfect introduction to the YHS crew and all of the talented artists on its roster.
In anticipation of the album drop, YHS put together this trailer featuring some new and archival footage from the crew’s live events.
Young Heavy Souls – Volume One drops February 20th.
Video: Matt Black & Milan Boyer for Young Heavy Souls
The newest edition of artist profile videos from our friends at Young Heavy Souls features Nunca Duerma, who is preparing to release his upcoming full-length, Shapeshifter, on Old Tacoma Records.
We followed Nunca Duerma and his drummer, TJ Devoe, on the road as they played shows in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo & Detroit. We also got some behind-the-scenes footage of their practice sessions.
Also featured in this edition of the Artist Spotlight is an interview with Eliot Lipp (Old Tacoma Records, Pretty Lights Music). We caught up with Eliot before a show in Detroit to talk about ND’s sound and upcoming album “Shapeshifter.”
Track 1: Nunca Duerma – “Girls”
Track 2: Nunca Duerma – “Slap”
Netherfriends was recently spotted on NME‘s “Radar”- appearing in the publication’s section for new and noteworthy music in its January 25th issue, on newsstands now.
The one-man-band on-the-run will drop his new LP, #P3ACE, on March 3rd, but you can head over to his Bandcamp right now for the first 3 songs (3P).
It’s impossible to say what Shawn Rosenblatt is going to do next. Having already released his ‘50 Songs 50 States’ collection and a Miles Davis-inspired EP, he’s back with yet more new tunes. ‘3P’ consists of (you guessed it) three tracks that are hazier than a coffee shop in Amsterdam. Dabbling in reggae and R&B sensibilities, ‘3P’ is Netherfriends at his most slinky and seductive. This spring’s anthems have come early. – NME
Click here to check out the feature.
This week, New Chi-t appeared on the front page of Chicago Reader. A collaboration between Netherfriends and a slew of Chicago artists, the project was featured in the Hip-Hop segment of The Reader’s Favorite Music of 2013:
Overlooked Chicago hip-hop | Leor Galil
Netherfriends, New CHI-t
Nomadic indie-popper Shawn Rosenblatt (aka Netherfriends) is no stranger to hip-hop: 2011’sNetherfriends Does Nilsson includes a wobbly, funky tune called “Full of It” with local MC ShowYouSuck. That track also appears on New CHI-t, a rap-centric collection of Netherfriends collaborations featuring local hip-hop acts such as the Whoevers, Fess Grandiose, and Impolite Society. Rosenblatt molds his psychedelic-tinged pop—sometimes peppy, sometimes wistful, sometimes both at once—into the foundation for fun hip-hop tracks. The Sublime-sampling “Summertime” in particular makes me yearn for warm-weather adventures even more than I usually do.