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Dan Henig - Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Dan Henig – Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Dan Henig has officially released his new EP, Paper Planes & Hurricanes. Best known for his daring public covers of tracks like Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” Henig built a considerable and loyal following on YouTube through his videos. Yesterday, he finally presented the world with his own original body of work in...
Anthony Pavel - Windows EP

Anthony Pavel – Windows EP

Chicago’s Anthony Pavel just released his debut EP, Windows. This has been in the works for quite some time, and we’re glad to finally hear the finished product. Windows features five stellar tracks containing the perfect blend of soul, pop, and R&B, along with a verse from the ultra-talented Saba. Check out the EP below, and be sure to keep an...
Trillectro & DJ Spicoli - Singles Awareness Day 8 (Mixtape)

Trillectro & DJ Spicoli – Singles Awareness Day 8 (Mixtape)

Each Valentine’s Day, the good folks over at Trillectro / DCtoBC drop a mixtape to raise awareness for those without a special someone in their lives. Trillectro Music Festival co-founders Modi and DJ Spicoli are back with the eighth installment today – just in time for Feb. 14th. From Trillectro’s SoundCloud page: Since 2008, the team behind Trillectro has...
Top 25 Hip-Hop/R&B Projects of 2015

Top 25 Hip-Hop/R&B Projects of 2015

Happy Holidays from UPC. One year ago, we predicted 2015 would be a major year for the music world. But I don’t think any of us expected the sheer amount of quality albums and mixtapes that came to fruition. Drake and Kanye West failed to deliver their studio albums, but even that didn’t matter. Future...
Daniel Caesar - Pilgrim’s Paradise (Album)

Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise (Album)

Review written by Mike D. (@YourBestManMike). Have you heard of Daniel Caesar yet? Probably not. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter based out of Toronto only has around 3,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter, although those numbers seem sure to change. A few weeks ago, Caesar dropped his sophomore release Pilgrim’s Paradise, and the seven-track project packs a harmonic...
Anthony Pavel - HerStory ft. Saba

Anthony Pavel – HerStory ft. Saba

Will Chicago ever stop producing talent? Probably never. A new rising artist you’re going to have to start getting familiar with is singer and songwriter Anthony Pavel. Pavel linked up with another talented Chicagoan, Saba, for his first single titled “HerStory,” off of his new EP Windows. This isn’t Anthony’s first time linking with Saba as he was part...
Kevin Abstract - ECHO (Video)

Kevin Abstract – ECHO (Video)

Kevin Abstract has officially unveiled the first single to his sophomore record THEY SHOOT HORSES. “ECHO” is similar, yet different, to Kevin’s previous works we’ve seen up until now. If you’ve followed his music then it’s a natural progression that many were expecting. He drops his raps to sing over this Romil-produced cut resulting in...
Review: GoldLink - And After That, We Didn't Talk

Review: GoldLink – And After That, We Didn’t Talk

Review written by Steven K. (@itsDJKrucial). GoldLink’s debut album And After That, We Didn’t Talk is a stunning hip-hop record. At the same time, it deserves to be credited as more than just a “hip-hop” record. AATWDT is made up of eleven tracks composed by a group of artists whose collaborative efforts to provide a true...
Eryn Allen Kane - Piano Song

Eryn Allen Kane – Piano Song

Last night, Chicago’s own Eryn Allen Kane premiered her new song “Piano Song” on BET‘s Being Mary Jane. This is a name you might get used to seeing, as this is Kane’s third single released this year. She also put out a collaboration titled “Baltimore,” with the man, the myth, the legend, Prince. Eryn is accompanied on “Piano Song” by Macie Stewart on piano, Will...
A. Chal - Vibe W/U

A. Chal – Vibe W/U

Peruvian artist A. Chal is currently living in sunny Los Angeles, working on his Welcome to GAZI EP, which is expected to drop later this year. His latest single “Vibe W/U” was premiered by A$AP Rocky earlier this week. While Chal has definitely made a fan with A$AP, his new song surely satisfies our ears as well. Check out the track below and the rest of his tunes over...
Ty Dolla $ign - Airplane Mode (Mixtape)

Ty Dolla $ign – Airplane Mode (Mixtape)

Today, Ty Dolla $ign dropped a new mixtape entitled Airplane Mode — exactly one month prior to the release of his debut album, Free TC.  The title track finds Ty struggling to keep women off his line, even opting for two phones when airplane mode isn’t cutting it. Keeping free of distractions seems to be paying off for Dolla...
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd, everyone’s favorite wild-haired R&B star, has finally released his highly anticipated summer album, Beauty Behind The Madness. Since the release of his series of critically acclaimed mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) in 2011, The Weeknd has steadily gained a massive following. In 2014, he released his debut album Kissland, and his fan...