Kyle Woods & Khallee – At Night (Single)
20 August | | producer

Chicago producer Kyle Woods continues to collaborate with talented local artists, this time with vocalist Khallee of JODY. Pigeons & Planes premiered their funky new single, At Night, which features a clear and confident performance from Khallee. Grab a free download of At Night, along with the official instrumental below.

Gorgeous Children – Howedoit (Single)
18 August | | producer

It’s good to hear from Gorgeous Children again. Based on new single Howedoit, Face Vega and Gila Monsta haven’t missed a step since their last outing. The Fader premiered their sinister new single today, which boasts a beat worthy of a Bun B verse in my opinion. With minimal details on GC’s future plans, all you really need to know is that this one hits. Stream Howedoit below.

Mishka Presents: W2NDCH2LL – Heat Wave/Beach Season (Double Mixtape)
18 August | | producer

A few months ago, the folks over at Mishka released WindChill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience, an instrumental project showcasing a handful of talented, Chicago based producers. The response from the first release was so overwhelming they followed it up with a two part mixtape this time, featuring a batch of 32 new producers. The tape is split into two sides: Heat Wave, featuring more old school soul-sampling beats, and Beach Season, featuring more chilled out summer ready beats. Dive in and discover new music from rising producers like BlackKat, OnGaud, Nate Fox, Mulatto Beats, Papi Beatz, Benny Nice, Netherfriends, Walkingshoe and so many more. Head below to stream/download both sides via LiveMixtapes. Props to Ben (@neonpajamas) for handpicking the artists and putting this together.

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Fitzroy x STWO – NOIMSAYN (Single)
16 August | | producer

Parisian producers Fitzroy and STWO have already made a handful of really great beats together and today they can add another one to their list. Loose single NOIMSAYN is a mellowed out edit that these two made on the late night tip. More proof that the world would be a better place if a Fitzroy x STWO EP eventually existed. Head below to stream NOIMSAYN, along with a new solo track STWO released earlier this week.

Bonus: STWO – Aura (Single)

Saint Pepsi – Fall Harder (Single)
15 August | | producer

Listen to Fall Harder, the b-side from Saint Pepsi’s Carpark Records debut. The funky single follows the excellent Fiona Coyne, which first introduced us to Saint Pepsi’s singing voice and now I can’t get enough. His Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder 7″ came out earlier this week and can be purchased through the link below.

Buy: Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder 7″

Marcus Alan Ward – Last Night I Grew Tentacles (Album)
15 August | | producer

There really isn’t much left for me to say about Marcus Alan Ward at this point. Having worked closely with him since the inception of his musical career as Freeze-Tag, he has come a long way as an artist and this only feels like the tip of the iceberg. With assistance from The Fader, Last Night I Grew Tentacles was introduced to the world in the form of a single track stream, allowing listeners to digest the record the way MAW intended. Clocking in at just under an hour in length, LNIGT is a soulful journey through the mind of one extremely creative individual. Reminiscent of the soundtrack to a twisted 1960′s Sci-Fi film, you can almost visualize the sounds heard through out LNIGT, as if there was a projector pointing to the stars. Turn the lights down low and see what happens. Trust me.

Stream Last Night I Grew Tentacles in full below and hit the link to purchase a digital and/or physical copy of the album.

Buy: Marcus Alan Ward – Last Night I Grew Tentacles (Album)

Matayo – f r e e . s o u l vol. 1 (Mixtape)
14 August | | producer

New Jersey producer Matayo is the newest member of the solid Alloy-X roster and his debut release, f r e e . s o u l vol. 1, dropped earlier this week. The mixtape features a dozen tracks, which Matayo has sculpted from dusty old records and tapes to form one very cohesive listening experience. Interwoven with skits and sound bites taken from funk, soul and R&B records, it’s not hard to tell that Matayo has a keen ear for sampling. Label mate Hokes makes the sole guest appearance through out the short but sweet record, giving Matayo room to show off his skills. Highly recommended listen for all the crate diggers and hip-hop heads out there.

Download: Matayo – f r e e . s o u l vol. 1 (Mixtape)

Jean Deaux, Marcus Alan Ward, Khallee, Dre Green & Brandon Boom live in Chicago
8 August | | producer

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We’re throwing our first show in Chicago next week with a lineup I’m really excited about. Join us Tuesday, August 12th at The Empty Bottle for a night of live music with Jean Deaux, Marcus Alan Ward (formerly Freeze-Tag), Khallee (JODY), Dre Green & Brandon Boom (The-Drum). I’m not even joking when I say each one of these artists has something special in the works. Jean Deaux’s debut project, Soular System, is close to being finished, MAW’s debut LP, Last Night I Grew Tentacles, drops the day of the show (!), Khallee has a surprise coming for us next week, Dre Green’s dropping her debut project any day now, and Brandon’s always working on some kind of new music. The kind folks over at Do312 are giving away a pair of tickets to the show, which you can enter to win HERE. Doors open at 8:30 PM and it’s 21+. Hit the link below to purchase a ticket for only $8.

Buy tickets: Jean Deaux, Marcus Alan Ward, Khallee, Dre Green & Brandon Boom live in Chicago

Nacho Picasso ft. Jarv Dee – DB Shooter (Single)
7 August | | producer

It’s always good to hear from weirdo Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso. His latest release is new single DB Shooter, a dark and demented banger featuring assistance from Jarv Dee on the hook. Included below is the Raised byy Wolves produced Adventure Time, which I somehow overlooked when it dropped back in June. Something tells me Nacho is gearing up to release a new project real soon.

Bonus: Nacho Picasso – Adventure Time (Prod. by Raised byy Wolves) (Single)

BenZel & Stevie Neale – Wasted Love (Single)
6 August | | producer

Collectively known as BenZel, Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco are responsible for executive producing Jessie Ware’s forthcoming sophomore album. In addition, the duo also announced their debut EP, MEN, which is set for a September 1st release on PMR Records. Listen to the Stevie Neale assisted first single, Wasted Love, below and expect to hear a lot more from BenZel in the coming months.

Doja Cat – Purrr! EP
5 August | | producer

I first caught wind of Los Angeles singer/songwriter Doja Cat about a year ago when she released the infectious stoner love anthem, So High. Fast forward to today, which marks the official release of her debut EP, Purrr!, premiered by the folks over at The Fader. Her five track EP features top notch production from the likes of Mndsgn, Evil Needle, Dream Koala, Iman Omari and Yeti Beats, and can be streamed/purchased in full below.

Buy: Doja Cat – Purrr! EP

Bonus: Doja Cat – So High (Kodak To Graph Remix)

VEVO #LIFTLive: Phantogram, Sam Smith & Disclosure live in Chicago (Photos)
5 August | | producer

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Last week I had the chance to attend the VEVO Lift Live concert in Chicago, which featured live performances from Kiesza, Phantogram, Sam Smith and Disclosure. Sponsored by McDonald’s, the sold out show took place at one of my favorite venues in the city, The Vic Theatre. Head below to take a look at a few choice photos from the show, including a shot of Sam Smith joining Disclosure on stage for a live rendition of Latch to close out the night. Photos by Stephen Bruno.

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