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
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.
“The Haunt” is a new cut from Nunca Duerma and Detroit native, Jaws That Bite. With frequent collaborations in the past, this time around the two multi-instrumentalists deliver a macabre track with bump- designed to get heads bobbing and spines tingling.
Nunca Duerma’s new long-player, Shapeshifter (Old Tacoma Records), is still a few months away, but fans can catch him live on The Champagne Safari Tour in December (with San-Fran. beatmaker, Duktap).
Jaws That Bite infuses elements from multiple genres of music to create soundscapes that are unique and organic. MI heads can catch him live on October 28 at the FyouNK Collective in Royal Oak.
Premiering this afternoon on Vibe To This, “Reflections” is the latest Nunca Duerma collaboration, featuring San Francisco-based beatmaker, Duktap. With Duerma’s Shapeshifter long-player just around the corner and Duktap on the eve of releasing Rinsed, the pair of producers is preparing to hit the road on a string of live dates in Chicago and Michigan.
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)
Video: The Endless Summer (1966)
Edited by Netherfriends
“Good Vibes” will be featured on a project called Chi-t, a collection of collaborations between Netherfriends and several Chicago artists. Chi-t drops on June 21st. In the meantime, peep the video for “Good Vibes” and grab the track below.
Chicago: Catch Netherfriends live at the Empty Bottle on May 20th. Free show!