Joose – Cruise Control EP
25 July | | producer

Dive into more new music from the Grand Rapids based AGO crew, this time from rapper/producer Joose. His seven track Cruise Control EP features all in-house production from Mozaic, Sango, The SEVENth and Brock Berrigan, plus a few loose instrumentals. You can pick up Joose’s Cruise Control EP for $1 through the link below.

Buy: Joose – Cruise Control EP

The Range – Rayman (Single)
25 July | | producer

Portland, Oregon label Dropping Gems has respectfully carved out a spot in the Northwest American beat scene, hosting releases from the likes of Natasha Kmeto, Devonwho, DJAO and more. I’m particularly a fan of their well rounded compilations that showcase music from members of the label, as well as talented friends and peers. Such is the case with their forthcoming Gem Drops Four compilation, which will feature music from The Range, Pixelord, Braxton/Palmer, Time Wharp, M. Constant and many more. I decided to pluck the Range’s contribution after Spin premiered it earlier this week. Head below to stream Rayman and preorder Gem Drops Four ahead of its July 29th elease.

Preorder: Dropping Gems – Gem Drops Four (Compilation)

Bonus: Natasha Kmeto – Last Drop (Single)

Deniro Farrar – Notice (Video)
24 July | | producer

Check out the latest offering from Charlotte rapper Dinero Farrar. It comes in the form of a new video for Notice, a cut from his Rebirth EP that was released earlier this year. The Motion Family directed clip finds Deniro walking the streets of his hometown on a hot summer day. Head below to pick up Rebirth for just a couple bucks.

Buy: Deniro Farrar – Rebirth EP

B. Lewis – Haystacks (Single)
23 July | | producer

Check out a new one from San Jose producer B. Lewis, who’s been relatively quiet as of late. New single Haystacks is a groovy, synth heavy tune that I’m classifying as “hyperactive R&B” until further notice. Listen below until B. Lewis decides to share more quality music from his stash.

Corey Grand ft. MAZ – Alchemy (Single)
22 July | | producer

With a new EP in the works, Cleveland producer Corey Grand has unveiled a new single today with help from Live For The Funk. Alchemy channels some serious late night summer vibes that perfectly compliment the soft, distant vocals of Cleveland songstress MAZ. First Miranda Moon, now this? I’m officially excited for Grand’s Bathed In Light EP, which is due out later this summer on Long Division Recordings.

Squadda B – Side A/Side B (July) EP
22 July | | producer

Following his Side A/Side B (June) EP from last month, Squadda B returns with a new installment for July featuring three new songs. The Side A/Side B (July) EP features production from SWTBRDS Al Jieh, in addition to a self produced bonus track from Squadda. The entire EP can be streamed/downloaded in full below. I have a hunch that 808′s III season is fast approaching too. Stay tuned.

Download: Squadda B – Side A/Side B (July) EP

Marcus Alan Ward – Sun Away (Single) + Album Artwork
17 July | | producer

With help from Pigeons & Planes and The Line of Best Fit, Marcus Alan Ward (formerly Freeze-Tag) unveiled the official artwork and release date for his forthcoming debut album today. Accompanying the good news is a stream of album cut, Sun Away, which Ward describes as “exploring the overarching themes of love at the subatomic level and self realization.” Grab a limited preorder of Last Night I Grew Tentacles to receive an exclusive digital download of Sun Away, as well as a physical copy of the album three days before its release. LNIGT will be widely available on August 12th via Long Division Recordings.

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

Too Future Vol. 1 – Dpat live in Chicago (Photos)
16 July | | producer

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Over the weekend I attended Too Future Vol. 1 at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. Presented by In the Loop Productions, the event featured a stacked lineup, including Dpat, Atu, Penthouse Penthouse, Aztek, Flamingosis and Cofresi. It turned out to be a really fun night full of great music and positive vibes. In particular, Houston producer Dpat’s set struck me with his new live band consisting of drums, guitar and a keyboard. Photographer Michael Salisbury captured a few choice photos from the show, which can be seen below. Be sure to check out Too Future Vol. 2 featuring Esta., Cofresi and more at Beauty Bar on August 22nd.

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Chet Faker & GoldLink – On You (Single)
15 July | | producer

The latest product of the Yours Truly and adidas originals Songs From Scratch series is On You, a collaborative single between Melbourne singer/songwriter Chet Faker and Washington D.C. rapper GoldLink. Chet Faker steals the show on this one with his jazzy production and soulful vocals, while GoldLink lays down a verse and respectfully holds his own. Stream On You and watch a video from their studio session below.

KOR x P4K Fest 2014 Mix
14 July | | producer

It’s that time of year again. Time for the 9th annual Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in the heart of Chicago. The three day festival kicks off this Friday, July 18th and goes through Sunday, July 20th. The Festival will host live performances from Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, The Range, Kelela, Grimes, SZA, Real Estate, Hundred Waters, Isaiah Rashad, Mutual Benefit, DJ Spinn, ScHoolboy Q, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, The Field, KA, Majical Cloudz, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Hudson Mohawke, Jon Hopkins, FKA Twigs, Earl Sweatshirt, Wild Beasts and many more. In anticipation of P4K 2K14, I have put together a little mix of the acts I’m looking forward to seeing most this year. While 3-Day passes and tickets for Sunday are sold out, you can still purchase individual tickets for both Friday and Saturday through the link below.

Buy tickets: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

The GTW – Calling Cards (Video)
11 July | | producer

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Earlier this year, Chicago vocalist/producer The GTW dropped Calling Cards, the first single from his forthcoming debut. This week, Dazed Digital premiered the official video, along with a short interview with the man himself. Stay tuned for more on The GTW’s Chigeria project coming soon on Auda Records. In the meantime, catch The GTW performing alongside Cities Aviv, Dre Green and more in Chicago this August.

Bonus: The GTW, Cities Aviv, Dre Green & Juketastrophe live at Schubas on August 12th

Ticket Giveaway: Atu, Dpat, Penthouse Penthouse, Aztek & Flamingosis in Chicago
9 July | | producer

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the first ever Too Future Vol. 1 at the Hard Rock Cafe Chicago this Saturday night. Presented by In The Loop Productions, the event will feature live music from Atu (Soulection), Dpat (Soulection), Penthouse Penthouse (Team Supreme), Aztek (Them Flavors), Flamingosis (Keats//Collective) & Confresi. For a chance to win, leave a comment below with your email and favorite Soulection release to date. One lucky winner will be chosen and notified by this Friday at 5 PM. Additional tickets are still available through the link below and at the door.

Buy Tickets: Too Future Vol. 1: Atu (Soulection), Dpat (Soulection), Penthouse Penthouse (Team Supreme), Aztek (Them Flavors) & Flamingosis (Keats//Collective) at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago