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.
Netherfriends presents New CHI-t, a compilation of his collaborations with Chicago artists. All tracks recorded and mixed by Netherfriends at the Kimball House during the summer and fall of 2012.
Download: Netherfriends – New CHI-t
01. “I’m Gone” (feat. Fess Grandiose)
02. “Never Walk Out On You (feat. Impolite Society)
03. “Mattress” (feat. Fess Grandiose)
04. “Summer Sex” (feat. Auggie the 9th)
05. “Summertime” (feat. Jams Dean, Chandler London, & Auggie the 9th)
06. “Phoenix, AZ” (feat. Rich Jones)
07. “Full Of It” (feat. ShowYouSuck)
08. “Good Vibes” (feat. ShowYouSuck & Elee X)
09. “Jurassic Park V” (feat. theWHOevers)
10. “Numero Uno” (feat. Chandler London & Mig Mora)
11. “Frankfort, KY” (feat. Blakkass Westley)
12. “Ringpop” (feat. Rich Jones & Divino Nino)
13. “Monkey Man” (feat. Divino Nino)
Premiering today on GoWhereHipHop, theWHOevers drop “Jurassic Park V” as part of their weekly #WHOWednesdays series. With Netherfriends on the beat, Dotkom and J. Arthur sound as cool and collected as a hat-trick of Velociraptors on the hunt. Rawr.
While Steven Spielberg couldn’t be reached for comment, theWHOevers did offer the following statement:
WARNING: This record contains sounds never heard before!
the 3rd installment of theWHOwednesdays series. We follow last month’s record, “Roll of the Dice” with a collabo by none other than traveling music nomad himself, Netherfriends.
Like our beloved Chicago seasons, “Jurassic Park V” captures the essence of a smooth summer breeze, while slapping you in the face like the winter wind. Delivered with incredible ease, J.Arthur and Dotkom skillfully place complex delivery patterns over this super-snappy Netherfriends production. In the race for greatness, this team plans to “get to the top and keep on climbing” …
“Jurassic Park V” belongs to a Netherfriends compilation album titled “New CHI-t” with a proposed 06/28 release date that also features many of Chicago’s rising artists.
Grab the track below, and be sure to download New CHI-t when it drops at the end of June. For more music from theWHOevers, click here.