Hip Hop

Stewie Grey emerges with re-release record "Out The Shadows"

Stewie Grey (formerly Greyhound) is barking for your attention with the re-release of his debut record, Out The Shadows, under a new name, but with the same bite. The tracks that propelled the Massachusetts rapper to the forefront of the New England hip-hop scene are there, such as the melodic “Dreamin’” and the disjointed “Out The Gate.” The record collects the best tracks of the artist and helps to redefine his persona by analyzing his work under a new light. Stewie Grey states the following: “I feel like Greyhound represents the old me. Not the confident me, but the intimidated me. The beginning of my journey. It’s not memorable either. The world will remember me as ‘Stewie Grey.’” Stream the new record below for a second look at an established artist. - Rene Cobar, photo by Sam Conley

Brevin Kim mines sonic gems with dual single release "i need water / he doesn't love her"

At the frontlines of the human-machine merging that music is currently experiencing is Boston duo Brevin Kim (Cal and Bren Paulhus), and the group shares the experience with its dual single release “i need water / he doesn’t love her.” Each single ventures to a place that represents each faction wholly: “i need water” drones and pounds away, with a distorted vocal flow machine-like; “he doesn’t love her” encapsulates wounded humanity, and the embers of love fanned by an electric guitar riff so warm. Brevin Kim explores with the tools of today, a world where emotion and resonance are deep within, and there is a great deal to mine, which it does well. Stream the dual singles here for a pair of gems very much of this age. - Rene Cobar

Wil Brookhart Drops Smooth Debut EP

 

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Wil Brookhart put out his debut EP “Flight Risk” on June 18th 2020. With seven features, it’s a delicious amalgam of modern genres from R&B to lo-fi hip-hop to pop, even adding in a pinch of math rock. The Austin native, currently residing in Denton while studying double bass at UNT, stirs in his vast array of influences into a savory main course meal of mingled grooves and flavorful melodies. Yet just as each bite of “Flight Risk” tastes unique, it’s crowning achievement is keeping a consistent tone amid the eclecticism. 

 

Any of the individual tracks are strong enough to be singles but “February” and “Summer Bleeding” do stand as out catchy summer morsels. Many voices can be heard on this record but Brookhart allows his music to naturally grow out beyond him, then crafts it to shape his distinct vision. Leila XY, who is featured on four out of the five tracks, consistently exudes clarity, grounding her performances with bright and buoyant vocal melodies. Lucas Wassmer soulfully harmonizes with her on “Prove Me Crazy”, as T.W.I.N. soon comes in rapping an emotional perspective on how one’s mindset is altered when away from loved ones. With help from Katie Butler, Brookhart’s own vocals sustain “Carrie”. While Leila XY and Butler close out the EP on the contemplative title track. As a composer, arranger, and player, Brookhart’s musical abilities are clearly evident but his ability to weave various genres, voices, and ingredients into a cohesive palette make him an even more exciting producer. 

As current situations have made many artists have to drastically change their process, Brookhart and his compatriots were already creating and collaborating virtually. “Flight Risk” came together using the relatively new music streaming platform Quadio, which connects nationwide college students and facilitates artistic collaboration. All the features are university students, and in true college fashion the majority of the EP was written between 11:00 pm and 4:00 am. Polished mixing and mastering from Jamison McMackin, working under the name Glacier City Sound, majorly assist the contemporary and intentional feel, while cover art from Leah Bury (@leah.creative) grounds the work in a tranquil charm. 

 

  Overall, Brookhart’s debut finds itself snuggled somewhere in between Social House, Maggie Rogers, and Frank Ocean. As all these components come together, all I can say is...my compliments to the chef! Stream “Flight Risk” on all your favorite streaming platforms! 

-Hayden Steckel

 

Video Dave "Tuesday"

Video Dave has released a new album called Week 1560. The title is the reference the week of an individuals 30th birthday and was written on Dave's 32nd birthday to reflect on the previous three years.

The album's lead single is called "Tuesday" and is accompanied by the video below.

Chris Crack "Cute Boys (The Rise of Lil Delicious)"

The prolific Chris Crack is back with a new mixtape called "Cute Boys (The Rise of Lil Delicious)". The mixtape features contributions from fellow New Deal Crew member Cutta, and this is Crack's second release this year coming close of the heel's of "White People Love Algorithms".

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