Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Show Me (Single)
22 May | | producer

After what seems like forever, the collaborative EP between Cleveland singer/songwriter Alina Baraz and Danish producer Galimatias has finally been released via Ultra Records. Titled Urban Flora, the eight-track EP features all original music, most of which has already been released individually. Head below to stream Show Me, one of the few songs that I haven’t already heard, and follow the link to purchase Urban Flora in its entirety.

Buy: Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Urban Flora EP

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

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)

Magic Fades ft. Shy Girls & Deniro Farrar – Ghost On ‘Em (Single)
21 May | | producer

Portland-based production duo Magic Fades recruited fellow Oregonian Shy Girls and Charlotte rapper Deniro Farrar for new single, Ghost On ‘Em. Premiered by Pigeons & Planes, the erie, ominous tune has Deniro feeling right at home as he spits a few fiery verses while SG quietly croons in between. Not sure where this one will end up but I hope to hear more collabs like this from Magic Fades in the future.

ASTR – Activate Me (Single + Video)
21 May | | producer

NYC-based boy/girl duo ASTR return for the first time in 2015 with a new single + video combo for their latest release, Activate Me. With a song premiere from Indie Shuffle and video premiere from Noisey, I’d say they are on the right track with this one. Inspired by early 90′s house music, it turns out Darkchild (Rodney Jerkins) liked the record (and ASTR) so much that he played around with the mix and injected some extra energy into it, resulting in what you hear below.

Buy: ASTR – Activate Me (Single)

Bonus: ASTR – Activate Me (Video)

Deebs & Jarell Perry – Shift EP
21 May | | producer

Toronto-based producer Deebs and LA-based singer/songwriter Jarell Perry have teamed up for a collaborative EP entitled Shift. Released earlier this week via Time No Place/Kompakt Records, the five-track EP is a 20 minute journey into the hazy, experimental side of modern R&B. Jarell Perry, who I first discovered on StarRo’s excellent Emotion EP earlier this year, puts on a killer vocal performance that commands your full attention. Stream another solid, under the radar release from the Time No Place crew below.

Buy: Deebs & Jarell Perry – Shift EP

Keiya – Work (Video)
19 May | | producer

Watch the brand new video for Work, a track taken from Chicago singer/songwriter Keiya’s debut EP of the same name. Featuring a dual premiere from Complex and Mishka Bloglin, Keiya actually had a hand in directing what happens to be her first music video. Watch the visual for Work below and hit the link to stream/purchase the EP.

Buy: Keiya – Work EP

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

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 | | producer

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)

Main Attrakionz – Ain’t No Other Way (Video)
12 May | | producer

One of my most anticipated releases of the year, 808′s & Dark Grapes III, is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. Set for a June 30th release on Neil Young’s Vapor Records, 808′s III is entirely produced by Friendzone and will mark Main Attrakionz’s first full-length album since Bossalinis & Fooliyones came out almost three year ago. The Fader just premiered the MAz latest video for album cut, Ain’t No Other Way, which was directed by Kreayshawn. Watch it below.

Ticket Giveaway: Azealia Banks live at Concord Music Hall (Chicago)
11 May | | producer

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Harlem-raised rapper/singer Azealia Banks is currently on tour in support of her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste. Scheduled to stop in Chicago this Friday, May 15th for a show with Strange Names at Concord Music Hall, the folks at React Presents hooked me up with a pair of tickets to giveaway in advance. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below (be sure to include your email) with your favorite Azealia Banks song to date. One lucky winner will be chosen and notified by this Wednesday at 5 PM CST. Additional tickets are available in advance for $25 through the link below or $30 at the door.

Buy tickets: React Presents – Azealia Banks live at the Concord Music Hall (Chicago)

Cities Aviv – Your Discretion Is Trust (Album)
7 May | | producer

New York-via-Memphis rapper Cities Aviv returns with his first new album in over a year via the NYC-based Collect Records. The album, Your Discretion Is Trust, is a collection of dingy, industrial rap-style tracks that are primarily self-produced, with a handful done by frequent collaborator RPLD GHSTS. The Fader premiered the official video for album cut, Isolation Quarters (Juk), which I have included below along with a full stream of the album.

Buy: Cities Aviv – Your Discretion Is Trust (Album)

Bonus: Cities Aviv – Isolation Quarters (Juk) (Video)

Jean Deaux – Stay/Stars Crossed (Single)
7 May | | producer

New music from Chicago songstress Jean Deaux has surfaced featuring production by The Social Experiment’s Donnie Trumpet. Accompanying the slow burning Stay/Stars Crossed is news that Jean’s next project, Soular System Vol. II, is coming soon. Not sure if this one will make the final cut but if this is any indication of the sound she’s going for on Vol. II, I can’t wait. Stream Stay/Stars Crossed below.