88 Ultra – Wish For More (Video)
29 June | | instrumental

Riding the wave from his solo debut earlier this year, 88 Ultra (Kingston of BSBD) released the first visual for album cut, Wish For More. Premiered by Complex, the Stephan Gray-directed video matches the mood and overall feeling of the track perfectly. Grab a copy of 88 Ultra’s Sirens LP through the link below.

Buy: 88 Ultra – Sirens (Album)

Ticket Giveaway: React Presents – Snakehips live at The Mid (Chicago)
18 June | | instrumental

UK production duo Snakehips just kicked off a short North American tour earlier this week. They will stop in Chicago next Thursday, June 25th for a show at The Mid and my friends at React Presents hooked me up with a pair of tickets to giveaway. To enter, simply leave a comment below (please include your email) with your favorite Snakehips song to date. One lucky winner will be chosen and notified by Wednesday, June 24th at 5 PM CST. For all others, the show is free before 11:30 PM with an RSVP or you can purchase additional tickets in advance for $10 through the link below.

Buy tickets: React Presents – Snakehips live at The Mid (Chicago)

Contour – Still Life (Mixtape)
12 June | | instrumental

Originally from Charleston but residing in Houston, rising producer Contour caught my attention after releasing his debut album, Street Chasers, back in April. Turns out he released more music a few weeks ago in the form of a new mixtape, Still Life. Sticking to his free-form style of production influenced by hip-hop, juke, footwork and more, Contour has quickly become one of my favorite new producers. Even though the limited edition blue cassette tapes are sold out, you can still grab a digital copy of Still Life for a $1 through the link below via Collected Recordings.

Buy: Contour – Still Life (Mixtape)

StarRo ft. Jarell Perry – Tainted (Video)
10 June | | instrumental

LA-based producer StarRo quietly released a new project back in February. With a few guest appearances from lesser-known vocalists, StarRo’s seven-track Emotion EP was seriously slept on. If you’re late like me, take this opportunity to check out the official video for Tainted, a standout featuring vocals from Jarell Perry. If you like what you hear, hit the link below to purchase the EP and look out for more new music from StarRo in the future.

Buy: StarRo – Emotion EP

The SEVENth – 1TL2A (Mixtape)
3 June | | instrumental

The SEVENth is a talented producer/rapper, as well as co-founder of Grand Rapids based outfit, AGO Music. With one high quality EP already under his belt, The SEVENth is looking to add another notch with his latest release, 1TL2A (1 Thing Leads 2 Another). The eight-track mixtape, which features Maydien, Joose, Sheefy McFly, Waldo, and more, is about finding a way to balance your insecurities/flaws as an artist, while still managing to stroke your ego. Stream/download 1TL2A below and stay tuned for The SEVENth’s forthcoming Sky God EP (Side B).

Download: The SEVENth – 1TL2A (Mixtape)

Friendzone – While U Wait EP
28 May | | instrumental

In an effort to pay homage to the late Steven Rodriguez (aka A$AP Yams), west coast production duo Friendzone released a short seven-track project in his honor. While U Wait is Friendzone’s first release since DX back in 2013 and I think the title says it all. With the Main Attrakionz set to release 808′s III in just over a month, it’s shaping up to be an exciting year for the Bay Area producers. Head below to stream/download While U Wait in full.

Download: Friendzone – While U Wait EP

Lockah – Heate Legend (Single)
27 May | | instrumental

To coincide with the announcement of his second full length album, Brighton producer and Tuff Wax founder Lockah unveiled a new single. With sticky synths, live drums, and a contagious bassline, Heate Legend picks up right where his last EP, which served as the prelude to the new LP, left off. Hit the link below to preorder It Gets More Cloudy… ahead of its July 6th release via Donky Pitch.

Preorder: Lockah – It Gets More Cloudy… (Album)

Ticket Giveaway: React Presents – Bonobo, Nightmares On Wax & Vapor Eyes live at Concord Music Hall (Chicago)
22 May | | instrumental

British-born DJ/Producer Bonobo, whose been a trailblazer in the electronic music scene for over 15 years, is currently on a spring/summer tour of North America. With a show in Chicago with Nightmares On Wax, Vapor Eyes and more set for next Saturday, May 30th at Concord Music Hall, the React Presents crew hooked me up with a pair of tickets to giveaway in advance. To enter, simply leave a comment below (please include your email) with your favorite Bonobo song to date. One lucky winner will be chosen and notified by Friday, May 29th at 12 PM CST. Additional tickets are available in advance for $25 through the link below or $28 at the door.

Buy tickets: React Presents – Bonobo, Nightmares On Wax & Vapor Eyes live at Concord Music Hall (Chicago)

Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra – The Witchtape (Mixtape)
15 May | | instrumental

Earlier this week, 88 Ultra (Kingston of BSBD) and Nacho Picasso reunited to release a new project. Their 10-track mixtape features five new tracks with Nacho, in addition to the five instrumentals to go with them. With a few solid guest from Avatar Darko, Child Actor, and more, The Witchtape is a hybrid of 88 Ultra’s moody, orchestral instrumentals and Nacho’s explicit, drug-filled raps. Head below to stream The Witchtape in its entirety and hit the link to support these guys.

Buy: Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra – The Witchtape (Mixtape)

20syl – Motifs II EP
13 May | | instrumental

French producer 20syl has been making beats since 1995 and most recently expanded on his sound and started a label, On And On Records. His latest release is the follow up to his debut EP, Motifs, which he self-released almost a year ago. On part II, 20syl continues to carve out his own unique sound and the proof is in the slow-burning Swimming Stone, which features guitar riffs reminiscent of early Ratatat. West Coast MC Fashawn drops in for a quick guest verse, giving you one more reason to check out 20syl’s new EP. Head below to watch the official video for Back & Forth and stream a few tracks from Motifs II.

Buy: 20syl – Motifs II EP

Bonus: 20syl – Back & Forth (Video)

BenZel ft. Ben Abraham – Waiting…… (Single)
6 May | | instrumental

Always happy to hear new music from BenZel, the duo consisting of Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco, whose latest single is something special. The vibrant Waiting…… is a high energy fusion of R&B and electronic influence, with a gentle, piano-laced breakdown at the end courtesy of Ben Abraham. The single, which seems to be a one off release for now, is up for free download below.

Lockah – And Blue Brindle Too EP
5 May | | instrumental

Last week, Brighton producer and Tuff Wax founder Lockah released his latest EP, And Blue Brindle Too. The quirky, 80′s inspired EP is full of heavy drum beats and retro synths, sounding like a dance record that could have been released 25 years ago. Not a huge surprise coming from Lockah, whose large, eclectic catalog will have you dancing while scratching your head at times. Stream his new four-track EP below and hit the link to purchase a copy via Donky Pitch.

Buy: Lockah – And Blue Brindle Too EP