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”
Oak Street Market is the fourth album from Matt Black (Young Heavy Souls). The album showcases Black’s calm and confident delivery over a broad sonic palette of beats that range from sample-based Hip Hop, to Electro, and then some.
Among the guest lyricists and producers on OSM are Fess Grandiose, who joins Black on “New Wave,” produced by Nunca Duerma. Check out the cut below, then visit youngheavysouls.com to peep the rest of the album.
Download: Matt Black – Oak Street Market – Available on Young Heavy Souls Records
MC Friendly (Young Heavy Souls) pairs up with Anagram (Mental Elastic Dynasty) to drop this single from his upcoming EP. With Nortroniks helming the beat, the crew is intact- inviting listeners to take an introspective ride over soul samples and classic breaks.
Catch MC Friendly in Chicago on April 25th- live at the Tonic Room with fellow wordsmith and Grand Rapids resident, Matt Black.
With plenty of bars to keep your thirst whet, Matt Black drops “Free Refills”- the second cut from his upcoming album, Oak Street Market. The backdrop to Black’s vocals is a soulful, drum-laden track produced by long-time collaborator, jzula.
Check out more from Matt Black and the Young Heavy Souls collective at youngheavysouls.com
Video by Matt Black & Zac Varela for Young Heavy Souls
Official video for Nunca Duerma‘s “Dilated” from the EP of the same name, released in November on Old Tacoma Records.
The video features some gorgeous shots of the Chicago cityscape paired with performance footage that accurately captures the Nunca Duerma live experience.
On that note, if you’re in Chicago for New Year’s, come out to the Portage Theater for Bass Drop 2013. The event will feature performances from Nunca Duerma, Eliot Lipp, Freddy Todd, Jazzstepa, Indigo Sun, Vapor Eyes, and more!
To win tickets to the NYE show, simply:
1. Like Nunca Duerma on Facebook
2. Share the “Dilated” video and tag the Nunca Duerma page
3. Wait until December 25th- two winners will be selected!
In the meantime, check out the rest of the Dilated EP right here.