Monte Booker | Two Beats Ahead of the Game

A truly fresh sound, despite the thousands of new producers who emerge on Soundcloud every week, doesn’t come around too often. When you do find one, marked by a consistent and emotional flair on bedroom uploads or an unfamiliar and exceptional charm to big name releases, cherish that sound. It’s jarring and packed with beats, pauses, and ribbons … Continue reading

Sonic Week 10.26: Skippin’ Charm Trip

This Sonic Week Playlist is curated by John Staughton, man of the months & writer extraordinaire, creator of literary launcher Sheriff Nottingham & so much more. Elevate your listening with his words beside each tune — maybe you’ll recognize the feeling. We’re all sonic explorers. Enjoy this true beauty treat. Pleading waves of sound tug your … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: AmbI Lyrics X Mosher Show

It’s a sunny Chicago day and Mosher Show visits AmbI Lyrics‘ house to paint a mural on her wall, the future home of Soul Food Sundays and creativity haven for networking and visual/musical expression. Watch Mosher piece together a spin on two of his iconic spray characters to the elegant and mystic beat of AmbI … Continue reading

Sonic Week 8.13: Trip Tree / Tennessee

We roll and we bounce, we glide and we cut up on this floating rock that pulses with trend and tension and flavor. Everything’s to miss when there’s something everywhere, where levels and consistency are fierce with inconsistencies, where too much is not enough for you. As we whimper over nothing real, the sun will fog … Continue reading

Sonic Week 7.9: Welling Weight

Pressure is more than a thought at blue dawn, more than the wet weight of coffins on an overlooked night, more than simple sadness or veiled stimuli. It is not simple and it has no concern for you. It is a hounding beat that spins around the corners of your tea and simple pleasant. It … Continue reading

Sonic Week 6.9: Somber Glow

When you find yourself sunk—wrapped in blankets and dreamy tapestries, smelling the world you can’t quite see—consider not what is missing in that time. Why search for what lacks where you’ve found an idyllic home for thought, a nook in time more precious than most to you, solemn blanket being, because it is entirely yours. Weave that … Continue reading

Sonic Week 5.5: Crispy Fuck

Mornin’ sugar. Eat your coffee and drink your honey. Yawn and bark and growl and spit, ’cause not a man like this since… Spend a whole day without talking and your thoughts can lay dormant, unexposed to alteration like a child learning literature and science in the confines of social solitude. Spend an evening deep in love … Continue reading

thestand4rd feat. Psymun, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, Allan Kingdom

“I got some simple needs/Floatin’ through these symphonies/Flirtin’ through these symphonies/Broken by these symphonies/Broken by these simple needs” thestand4ard is a remarkable example of scattered talents finding and embracing each other, audible proof that we can design the stars to align when connections are noticed and committedly pursued. The four players- all from St. Paul, MN … Continue reading

Persian Empire- Mongo Maracuja

Persian Empire is Sam Khatam, a young German producer who builds harmonic compositions with home recordings, edited samples, synths, deep bass beats and manipulated vocals. His sounds lend familiarity to the elegant electronic complexion of producers like N’to, Son Lux and Jai Paul, but his rhythms and cuts paint a unique tint for that fresh audio … Continue reading

للشعب – For The People (Music For Syrian and Iraqi Refugees)

The music industry, much like a boy lost in a new neighborhood or a band of laid off, vacationing businessmen, is evolving in real time- reaching with keener senses in the dark for any and all opportunities to find a positive way, reiterate relevance, and generate income in new and unknown territories. Free digital file … Continue reading