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The O'My's - Piano Wu ft. Donnie Trumpet, Saba, Zack Wicks, IceFace & Satellite View

The O’My’s – Piano Wu ft. Donnie Trumpet, Saba, Zack Wicks, IceFace & Satellite View

The very talented O’My’s went back in the vault and decided to bless us with a track titled “Piano Wu,” featuring Donnie Trumpet, Saba, IceFace, Satellite View, and the late Zack Wicks. The O’My’s and Carter Lang-produced track gives us a twist of the 90’s Wu-Tang sound with some very talented Chicago musicians. Check out the...
Interview: The O'My's

Interview: The O’My’s

If you’re ever in a funk and need some music to rejuvenate your soul, look no further than The O’My’s. Hailing from the Windy City, the six-man band has a distinct sound that blends rock, soul, funk and jazz. The O’My’s have worked with many familiar names over the years such as Chance The Rapper, Ab-Soul, Nico Segal and...
Phony Ppl - Yesterday's Tomorrow (Album)

Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow (Album)

Who would have thought that in a month where Joey Bada$$ is dropping his debut album, the more exciting release (at least to me) comes from another hip-hop group that went to the exact same Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn as Joey Bada$$, himself. Earlier this week, Phony Ppl bless us with Yesterday’s Tomorrow,...
Interview: Big Gigantic

Interview: Big Gigantic

With the big show just days away, we were able to catch up with Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic to pick his mind about the 2014 Sky High Tour, coming to Urbana October 14th. We speak on his youth, his influences, the bands latest collaborations, and even touch on spirit animals. Be sure to purchase...
Contest: Win Tickets To Big Gigantic in Urbana, IL on 10/14

Contest: Win Tickets To Big Gigantic in Urbana, IL on 10/14

Big Gigantic‘s Sky High Tour will be invading Urbana, IL next Monday, October 14th, for a show at the Canopy Club. Joining them will also be Minnesota and Postive Vibr8Ions. The 18+ event all kicks off at 8:30pm. Big Gigantic is the brainchild of Boulder, Colorado’s own saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken. Conceived in...
The Internet - Feel Good (Album)

The Internet – Feel Good (Album)

Odd Future is persistent with showcasing their diversity as a collective. Just last night, I watched Tyler, the Creator scream at an audience for 40 minutes and today I’m listening to perhaps the smoothest album of the year. The Internet, which consists of Syd Tha Kid and Matt Martians, is definitely one of the most...
Lili K - My Favorite Things EP

Lili K – My Favorite Things EP

Prior to listening to this My Favorite Things EP, here’s what I knew about Lili K: She sang on Chance the Rapper’s first tape 10Day (See “Hey Ma”). That’s it. I came into this listen almost entirely bathed in ignorance about the young Chicago-based jazz/pop talent. While Lili is extremely talented (one listen will reveal that...
Nico Segal - Donnie Trumpet EP

Nico Segal – Donnie Trumpet EP

We were all heartbroken when the news that Chicago band Kids These Days had broken up hit us back in the Spring, and feared what would come from all the disembodied musicians in the group. Luckily enough for us, however, the crew was chock-full of musical talent and prowess. That is evident today, especially, with...
BadBadNotGood - Hedron

BadBadNotGood – Hedron

Everyone’s favorite instrumental hip-hop jazz trio from Toronto is finally back at it. After what seems like a short hiatus since the release of their BBNG2 project, BadBadNotGood release this new track titled “Hedron.” The track is dreamy but soon enters multiple layers, building into a very dope song throughout. Take a listen below and...
Pools Sound - Paradise Forever (Pools Mixtape Vol. 3)

Pools Sound – Paradise Forever (Pools Mixtape Vol. 3)

If you’re feeling groovy and ready for summer, check out Pools Sound latest release “Paradise Forver – Pools Mixtape Vol. 3.” This two-hour long mix includes funky artists such as Para One, Cosmic Kids, Outkast, Les Sins, and many more. You can feel the good vibes as you move along and wait for the summer...
Phony Ppl - I Wish I Was a Chair (Video)

Phony Ppl – I Wish I Was a Chair (Video)

Last winter, the Brooklyn ensemble known as the Phony Ppl released one of the most underrated projects when they dropped Phonyland. Now, one of the standout cuts from the project gets the visual treatment as Sperry directs a video which is almost as smooth as the song itself. Enjoy the video above and be sure...
The Interns & thefaded - Save Us (From Trap)

The Interns & thefaded – Save Us (From Trap)

The Interns have teamed up with thefaded to create “Save Us (From Trap)” which dropped today. As trumpet morphs into synth you can’t help but to get “trapped” in this jazzy track. Encompassing trap and jazz under the electronic umbrella, “Save Us (From Trap)” has breached an uncharted fusion much like moombahton’s union of house...