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Late Night Radio Gets Manic

Alex Medellin of Late Night Radio from Denver makes funky instrumentals crossing electro and soul genres. Reflective Tangents is his most recent jazz filled project. The 8 track playlist includes features by Kevin Donohue, Clark Smith, Def3, Boraham Lee, and WildaBeats. Most notable our hometown electro soul igniter Manic Focus hits us with that collab amongst the project along with Donohue on All My Troubles. Adding some additional electronic bass influence to the LP, it is balanced well amongst the intro tracks leading to NoGrave with guitar licks and groovy basslines. Listen to the full playlist on Late Night Radio’s soundcloud.

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Lili K Makes Magic

Adding some soul to Chicago with a strong voice. When Lili K sings she makes you feel nostalgic for an era you never lived in. Classic style with a city attitude this girl should fill opera houses music theaters someday soon. Recently adding new song to her playlist laced with a music video that is filled with nothing but soul and colorful imager. Lili K’s band doing a flawless job on brass, synth keys, drums and the guitar and bass. They add a wonderful diversity to our city’s spectrum of genres, keeping Jazz alive in these streets.



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Brittany Nacole Is A Down To Earf Gurl

Anticipating her album release of Earf Gurl this upcoming 6th of September, Brittany Nacole drops bits and pieces of her project to satisfy ears. Nearly Twenty thousand heads to tune into her album titled track released about 4 months ago. In Earf Gurl Brittany is expressing her grace and piece of mind. Being a down to earth girl, living in the moment with carefree attitude. With soulful lyrics and the beat by DJ Earn Money the track sets the tone for the rest of the pending album.

Continuing with that, Saturdaze is a another good vibe track written and performed by Brittany Nacole herself. A talent not expressed by much mainstream artists so the authenticity is refreshing. It makes an artist more relatable to young girls especially in her more recent track Her. Not to exact on if that song will be on the new album but it does follow the flower and nature theme on the cover art. Saturdaze however is the 2nd preview for the upcoming project and is such a catchy beat that, over ambient synths and drumming, Brittany’s vocals and lyrics can leave you in a trance. Catch the rhythm and feel those good vibes.


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THROWBACK THURSDAY: A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

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Four Guys (Left to Right) Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi wore hip Afrocentric clothes and rhymed to jazz infused beats, formed a phenomenal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. QUEST was the original name of the group but was later given the prefix A Tribe Called by their high school friends.

ATCQ formed a crew with House music group Jungle Brothers and hip-hop group De La Soul, called The Native Tongues. Because of their live energy during performances, they created a buzz in the city of Brooklyn, New York which led them to get signed with Jive Records in 1989. This began the journey of a rap group prodigy for the 1990’s decade.

A Tribe Called Quest made it popular to talk about social issues that could be related to young African Americans such as sex, politics, relationships, stealing your parents car to joy ride and also the use of the N word. while still having fun encouraging positivity through it all. Unlike other hip-hop groups at the time ATCQ was in their own lane. They greeted jazz with bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling. They have several memorable songs including Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It and (above) I Left my Wallet in El Segundo. When you listen to ATCQ music what message do you get from the song? How does the beat make you feel?

At this current time, A Tribe Called Quest is still performing at some events, making appearances with their old school friend’s on stage (Busta Rhymes, De La Soul) and new school artist as well. On November 13, 2015 they released a special 25th anniversary edition collection of the group’s classic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm.

The album is a cool artsy looking trunk filled with remastered original tapes re-released with exclusive new remixes by a few of today’s biggest hip-hop artists who have credited A Tribe Called Quest as a major creative influence. Unfortunately it has sold out everywhere at this point so you may have to borrow a friends. Until then they are on social media so follow them below. It’s the Tribe Yall! Real Live Yall!

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Brasstracks Work On Their EP and Others

This Brooklyn based duo, if you are unfamiliar with them, are live performing artists specializing in brass and percussive instruments; or horns and drums and stuff as they like to loosely put it on their soundcloud. Premiering on Pigeons and Planes, Brasstracks unleashes the first of many track to their upcoming EP. Production on See U Won’t is wonderful as well with groovy synth and bass drives accompanied with  trumpet horns and lively drums. A soulful balance and arrangement of live and synthetic sounds.

Aside from working on their own EP, Basstracks has had a hand in crafting music on artists in their local and international circles! Most recently working on Nobody Else featuring Niya Wells, with Jarreau Vandal of Netherlandsthe track will be included on Jarreau’s EP coming out early 2016. The duo will also be given credit to on fellow New Yorker Natalie Cressmans EP Traces, also being released early 2016. Natalie premiered the title track on the NEST HQ platform alongside Ivan Jackson of Brasstracks and JNTHN STEIN, another producer from the big apple, to preview the EP


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Manic Focus & Break Science – Funky Style Ft. Lettuce

Originally from the Twin Cities but is currently reppin the set in Chi town, we know him as homies. Manic Focus, the young producer known for his dope live music sets and funky beats released yet another one. This time hooking up with Brooklyn’s finest Break Science and Lettuce on Funky Style to make a song that is just that. There is no time you cannot vibe with this. Its undisputed, it is rhythmically smooth and beautiful. Try not to move to this, its pretty hard.

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Probcause New Video and New Music

Lets take it back to the old days, Al Capone is still running Chicago, speak easy’s are thriving off bootleg alcohol and the Jazz was as smooth as that cigar you are poofin on at the bar. The women dancing the Charleston, with their bold lipstick colors and their long dress and fancy head dresses. Then you got Probcause over here stealing the show with his orchestra, Donnie Trumpet, Cofresi on the drums and KSRA serenading the crowd. Coming from his 2014 Waves EP, Prob brings this song back from the past with the new video but he is also coming with new music too.

Fellow white rapper Lil Dicky caught the Chicago locals ear, probably after Dicky got the brilliant idea of making a music video using other peoples resources. Sort of a social experiment. The two jumped on a beat together and here we have The Woods. A real chill and catchy beat that will have you munchin out at the crib next to your bong all day.

So Prob is continuing with his collaborations, so much so that you would wonder where he even gets the time to eat and sleep. Right after releasing a hit with Branx, Exmag and Adrian Lau, and producing his own track with DRO, Prob went back to the homie Drew Mantia and released Same Thing, a track for the fifth compilation album installment by AC3, a highly reputable Hip Hop Festival partnered with iHip Hop Distribution. Prob take 5 man you deserve it.

UPDATE: 11/23/15 4:45pm:
Premiering on Mass Appeals Probcause unleashes a creative art music video for his track Same Thing with Drew Mantia. While this is his first video animated video with the help of Elijah Alvarado Prob is no stranger to art and drawing. Having an Art Degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, it definitely helped with a skill explored in early ages. “I grew up drawing and was always attracted to graffiti” Colin explained to Mass Appeals. “I started painting pretty young but got arrested a few too many times… It basically got to a point where I was putting my college scholarship on the line if I got arrested again, so I decided to chill out a little bit in my 20s”.

Well we are glad Prob gets to release his creative angst through a professional medium combining it with his music career! You can bet that this will not be his last animated project. Follow Probcause’s Instagram located below for more of his creative art!

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