THE COOL KIDS – “Checkout”

The Cool Kids are synonymous with timeless summertime hip-hop anthems that reverberate through Chicago and beyond, and this week they touch down with another. In “Checkout,” Mikey and Chuck layout instant-classic cash raps, further proving The Cool Kids never really left.

VOLAC drop ‘No Love’ on HITS HARD

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With singles & EP’s previously released via tastemaking labels from Amine Edge & DANCE’s ‘CUFF’ to AC Slater’s ‘Night Bass’, ‘No Love’ marks VOLAC’s official debut on the ‘HITS HARD’ imprint, which is home to heavyweights Wax Motif, Destructo and Vindata. Building with a hip-hop laced vocal cut, the track plunges into a wobble heavy late night heater, making it a surefire certainty to see some major play throughout their upcoming 10 date ‘No Love USA Tour’. Stopping through San Diego, Chicago, and Washington D.C., not to mention gracing the stage at both HARD and Elements Festivals, the hotly-anticipated Russian duo are set to make a colossal splash during their first time across the States.

Gettoblaster Releases ‘Jello Booty’ EP via Treasure Fingers Psycho Disco! Label

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Before the next summer Friday kicks in, I’d like to pass along the new EP from Gettoblaster titled ‘Jello Booty.’ A collaboration with Treasure Fingers‘ Psycho Disco! label, the release exemplifies the label’s mission to preserve the sound and feel of classic house records. Thee two track project fuses house and tech-house pulling it’s influence from Chicago and Detroit style four on the floor. I’d love for you to check it out and hear your thoughts. Thank you!

P-Funk Drenched Hip Hop New Artist

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JAMS The Flava Child cleverly blends funk and hip-hop, creating a musical project unlike anything else. Inventing sounds, pushing boundaries and introducing live instruments to driving hiphop beats and rapid fire rhythms, has successfully allowed JAMSto craft songs incomparable to modern music.

Born in the UK settled down in Chicago, JAMS grew up listening to P-Funk records and the likes of James Brown and Curtis Mayfield. The influence of funk music is drenched in his writing and he exceeds in bringing funk and flavor all at once with the elevated energy of modern hip-hop music. Combined with multi-layered hooks, candid rhythms and gritty raw beats, JAMS has established a signature sound, unique to his own.

JAMS upcoming release entitled “The Flava Child Experience”, found inspiration from the most trying years of his life. JAMS explains the music as a “step back perspective” on his experiences in Chicago, during a challenging period where he worked three jobs at once, fell in and out of love and struggled with the loss of his best friend to a drug overdose. “The album is the my reflection on the sacrifices things in life, spending time alone and never giving up, even though everyone around you thinks your crazy.” confesses JAMS. “When your on the path to greatness, God is gonna test you and throw the devil in your way just to make sure your ready to take everything your asking for.”

‘The Flava Child Experience’ is JAMS most prolific work to date. Produced by Bosnian born Nedo Melkic, JAMS succeeded in revolutionizing his sound. The two started working together after JAMS left college and eventually they moved in together. They spent months carefully developing and fusing sounds that turned out to be ‘The Flava Child Experience.

Leading single ‘All I Know’, is inspired by the struggle and has a unique relentless energy to it. The single perfectly combines JAMS passion for old school funk, with his modern influences of Chicago hip-hop, displaying his authenticity.

‘H.M.B.S’ demonstrates JAMS use of powerful poetic lyrics, strong beats and live instrumentation. The single successfully showcases his ability to conceive an individual and distinctive sound, personal to him. JAMS describes his latest endeavor as “taking it upon ourselves to push the boundaries of music.” Pushing boundaries meant experimenting with different sounds with JAMS was so dedicated to this he even pulled street performers off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago and into his home studio for a smoked out session.

With a growing fan base, JAMS is looking forward to the next chapter in his prolific musical journey. ‘The Flava Child Experience’ is due for release worldwide May 12th.

MANIC FOCUS – Minds Rising

Minds Rising is an infectious encapsulation of Manic Focus’ roots in funk, soul, new-era hip hop, and electronic music. The album is an artful curation of the burgeoning Chicago music landscape and beyond, featuring appearances from cutting-edge hip hop artists, vocalists, producers, and musicians from across the country. Minds Rising is an opus two years in the making, and paints an aural illustration of Manic Focus’ shift from producer to composer — one beat, instrument and verse at a time.

Minds Rising features collaborations with a stacked roster of talented musicians, including the percussive genius of Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), powerful vocals of Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and meticulous production of Late Night Radio, who all join forces on the album’s soulful lead single, “Stronger.” ProbCause lays down heavy bars on the trap anthem “Putting All Of My People On.” Russ Liquid backs “Habit” with a funky New Orleans style three-piece horn section, while emerging hip hop group the RapperChicks deliver witty, earth-shattering verses and a captivating chorus to round out the track. Brooklyn based musicians Exmag and Borahm Lee (Lowtemp Music, Break Science) harmonize on “Your X Now” to bring space jazz rhythms and twinkling piano elements to Manic Focus’ stellar composition. Other collaborations include features from future bass producer Psymbionic on “Pushing,” rising Chicago stars Statik on “Stochastic Resonance,” Carlile on “Timeless,” and the razor sharp lyricism of Chicago rapper Psalm One on “Joy In the Noise.”

Manic Focus – Putting All Of My People On Feat. ProbCause

Listen to Louis The Child’s Debut “Love Is Alive” EP

Seven Lions announces There & Back Again spring tour

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After headlining his remarkably successful The Journey tour in 2016, Seven Lions announces his There & Back Again tour. The shorter, international tour circuit will traverse more intimate club venues as well as acclaimed music festivals including Life in Color, EDC Japan and Middlelands.

Heading to new markets with There & Back Again, the tour will make a stop in Seven Lions’ beloved hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, for what is sure to be a very special night. Other club dates are in Chicago, Charlotte, Budapest, Hungary and more.

This tour announce comes shortly after the celebrated single “Higher Love” featuring Jason Ross and the vocal talents of MUTEMATH’s Paul Meany on Anjunabeats and “Cold Skin” with Echoes on Monstercat.

Tickets are on sale now at www.sevenlions.com/tour/

There & Back Again tour dates:
4/8 – Looptopia, Taiyuan City, Taiwan
4/15 – S20 Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
4/21 – The Mid, Chicago, IL
4/22 – Life In Color, Philadelphia PA
4/30 – EDC Japan, Tokyo, Japan
5/6 – Middlelands, Todd Mission, TX
5/12 – Electric Brixton, London England
5/13 – A38 Ship, Budapest, Hungary
5/18 – EOS Lounge, Santa Barbara, CA
5/19 – Label, Charlotte, NC
5/20 – TBA , Brooklyn NYC
5/26 – Farmers Market, Oklahoma City, OK
5/27 – Metro Nightclub, New Orleans LA
5/28 – Bourbon Theater, Lincoln NE

Bite Me Unveils Latest Original, “Wait For Me”

Josh Butler, Robert Owens, Bontan – Origins Volume 3

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UK house DJ and producer Josh Butler is back yet again with the third and final instalment of his ‘Heroes of House’ series. For this episode, Josh has teamed up with long time friend Bontan, a pairing which is collectively responsible for one of Beatport’s best-selling tracks of all time ¬ ‘Got a Feeling.’ Also on the EP is Josh’s ‘Origins’ remix of Chicago house legend Robert Owens’ classic No.1 Dance Hit ‘I’ll Be Your Friend.’ The EP is out now on Josh’s label ORIGINS RCRDS.