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Photos: Freaky Deaky Halloween 2015

Photos: Freaky Deaky Halloween 2015

The folks over at React Presents (Spring Awakening; North Coast; Mamby on the Beach; etc.) have outdone themselves, yet again. This year’s Freaky Deaky Halloween festival was an extremely well put on event with an impressive array of both local and worldwide artists, as well as a ton of awesome, interactive experiences. For this years edition they hooked us up with...
Preview: Freaky Deaky Music Fest

Preview: Freaky Deaky Music Fest

The folks over at React Presents have outdone themselves this year for their annual Freaky Deaky Halloween bash. They have expanded to a three-day festival with three stages, and they have moved the venue to Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire. The lineup is better than ever, with so many top-notch artists it’s making...
Sam Gellaitry - Short Stories EP

Sam Gellaitry – Short Stories EP

Sam Gellaitry is an 18 year old producer hailing from Scotland. Though he still might be an unfamiliar name to you, the young Scot has been impressing for quite some time now. Earlier this week Soulection head Joe Kay gave him the proper platform, by releasing his first official EP via the label. Short Stories is a...
Sam Gellaitry - Temple

Sam Gellaitry – Temple

18-year-old Scottish producer Sam Gellaitry has been one of the hottest young beatmakers on Soulection for a while now. Yesterday, he dropped a new track entitled “Temple” as well as announced the February 17th release date for his first project with the constantly growing LA-based music faction that is spearheaded by Joe Kay & Andre Power. Joe has been finding...
Future & Zaytoven - Beast Mode (Mixtape)

Future & Zaytoven – Beast Mode (Mixtape)

Atlanta’s autotune king Future has enlisted legendary producer Zaytoven to produce a number of his songs on past mixtapes, although he was noticeably missing from both albums. At last, they finally have collaborated on a complete project together with this latest mixtape. Beast Mode is packed with the things we love about both Future and Zay. Personally, I...
Laces Footwear in Springfield, IL

Laces Footwear in Springfield, IL

Central Illinois is home to many things. One that’s been missing though, is a proper place for fans of urban fashion to cop new shoes and threads. In the past, digging on Karmaloop and similar sites were the best way for someone from the 217 to come correct on the streetwear tip. That has changed...
Young Thug - 2 B's / Danny Glover (Video)

Young Thug – 2 B’s / Danny Glover (Video)

The long-awaited video for one of the year’s (albeit renamed) hit songs has finally dropped, and it doesn’t disappoint. The video is a nice compliment to the track, with erratic and eerie shots of Thugger bouncing up in down in a halfway house with flashing lights and models. Most notably, UPC affiliate Faith Eikos is featured as a lead female:...
Sango x Goldlink - Wassup

Sango x Goldlink – Wassup

Fresh off his successful release Da Rocinha 2, Michigan’s hottest producer Sango teams up with DMV representer GoldLink, who has also been making a name for himself as of late. You’ll recognize Sango’s sampling of Toto La Momposina‘s 1992 track “Cultura,” which was famously sampled by Timbaland for his song with Magoo, “Indian Flute.” Always...
Local Natives - Ceilings (Krucial Remix)

Local Natives – Ceilings (Krucial Remix)

Champaign/Urbana is home to many talented DJs and producers, and one of our favorites at UPC is Krucial. His most recent release is a remix of a Native Peoples track titled “Ceilings” which he dropped via his Soundcloud page yesterday. The minimalist production is extremely soothing and peaceful on the ears. He did an excellent job...
Interview: Branchez

Interview: Branchez

If you haven’t heard of NYC native Branchez, this would be the time to tune in. The young DJ/producer has been making high quality music for some time now, and he just joined Paper Diamond & LOUDPVCK on their nationwide tour. Luckily for us, one of his first stops was in Champaign-Urbana at The Canopy Club....
Interview: Felix Cartal

Interview: Felix Cartal

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Felix Cartal has been building up an impressive following the past few years. The Dim Mak Records artist slid through Champaign-Urbana this past weekend to play a show at Canopy Club, and UPC had the awesome opportunity to get an interview. I went into the depths of Canopy Club to find him...
Beyonce - Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

With all he’s got going on between Major Lazer, individual performances, running his Mad Decent label, and fending off twerking girls everywhere he goes, I don’t know how Diplo still has time to make new music. He dropped his flip of Beyonce‘s mega hit “Drunk In Love” last night via his Soundcloud, and it’s an...