As Noname‘s Telefone Tour comes to a close, Chicago’s blossoming crooner Ravyn Lenae is back with a new collection of tunes. The Midnight Moonlight EP follows Ravyn’s breakout Moon Shoes EP, guiding listeners on an ethereal trip with her lush vocals and bouncy production from monte booker. The Zero Fatigue singer channels a warm atmosphere throughout the project, placing her talents in the spotlight.
Stream Midnight Moonlight below.
Roughly a year ago, I stumbled upon Jean Deaux‘s music when she surprised fans with her Outer Body EP, a three-track collaboration with fellow Chicagoan powerhouse THEMpeople. Since then, the sultry crooner has continued to flesh out her discography with cuts like “Dont Kall My Name” with Smino and “Father Time” with Tim Suby, pairing her alluring vocals with a taste for ethereal production.
Deaux recently reunited with Suby for an energetic tune titled “Pressure.” High-octane percussion and bouncy melodies complement Deaux’s blending of delicate croons and crisp raps. Stream “Pressure” below and stay tuned for more info on Jean Deaux’s forthcoming album.
If you’ve kept up with the Chicago music circuit at all over the past few years, chances are Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) has run through your speakers. With a handful of solo gems and several collaborations with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Saba, and Mick Jenkins under her belt, the melodic emcee has garnered a strong following in the local scene and beyond.
As a pleasant surprise to many anxious fans (myself included), Noname has finally unveiled her debut project, Telefone. Her ten-track collection builds upon previous singles “All I Need” with Xavier Omär (formerly SPZRKT) and “Freedom Interlude.” Noname laces each cut with an unparalleled soul and warmth via her extensive arsenal of back-to-back wordplay and poetic verses. Each song smoothly feeds into the next as she reflects on love, internal struggle, and more. Topped off with guest appearances including Smino and Ravyn Lenae of Zero Fatigue, Saba, and Eryn Allen Kane, Noname has solidified her spot in the industry with one of the most impressive introductions to date.
Stream and download Telefone below.
Noname: Twitter // SoundCloud
“Symmetry’ is about finding your other half, or better half, even,” – Saba, via NYLON
It goes without saying that Chicago has no shortage of talent. One of their most promising artists is Saba, who has maintained momentum with a slew of singles throughout the year, including collabs with Joey Purp, Smino, and more.
As the follow-up to 2014’s Comfort Zone, the Windy City emcee and producer is gearing to release a new project, Bucket List. “Symmetry” stands as our latest peek at his new body of work, and features Saba weaving between singing and rapping over echoing synths from Ken Ross.
Stream his new cut below, and catch him at Lollapalooza this Friday.
Saba: Twitter // SoundCloud
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Chicago quartet Beach Jesus has been on a roll lately. Following solo efforts from the group’s Jaro and Chandy, as well as the recent anniversary of their Two Weeks Vacation debut, the squad keeps the heat coming with “All Black.” Jaro and fellow Windy City beatsmith Walkingshoe set the scene with echoing production, allowing rap shamans Chandy and Jommis to riff over the mic for a hazy tune.
Tune in to the latest from Beach Jesus and Walkingshoe below.
Beach Jesus: Twitter // SoundCloud
Walkingshoe: Twitter // SoundCloud
theMIND has been steady at work lately, teaming with several artists including Saba, Mick Jenkins, and Joey Purp. After countless nights in the studio, the Chicago artist has unveiled his debut project, Summer Camp. The 11-track opus features production from his crew THEMPeople, Knox Fortune, and Beatmachineaaron, coupled with guest appearances from Michael Anthony, Towkio, and Sean Deaux. On “Only The Beginning,” theMIND shares the mic with Noname, weaving between a spoken-word style verse and an echoing hook. Accompanying previous singles “Pale Rose” and “Mercury Rising,” theMIND showcases his ability to caress the mic, channeling his powerful lyricism with sultry croons throughout each cut.
Stream Summer Camp below and grab your free download here.
theMIND: Twitter // SoundCloud
Savemoney summer is in full effect—following recent drops from Joey Purp and Vic Mensa, Brian Fresco of the Chicago collective is prepping his next mixtape, Casanova. While we wait for the project to drop, Fresco has debuted his latest single, “Higher,” a bouncy track featuring production from Trevor $. Also along for the ride is Chance the Rapper, who delivers a sweet verse of his own, as well as Blue Hawaii, who ties the track together with their chilling vocals on the hook.
Get hyped for Casanova below, out July 5. If you’re in Chicago, catch Fresco with the Savemoney crew performing at the Portage Theater on July 7.
Brian Fresco: Twitter // SoundCloud
Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud
Blue Hawaii: Twitter // SoundCloud
Trevor $: Twitter // SoundCloud
Premiered earlier today by These Days, Iris Temple has dropped off their next single, “Ferns.” The duo’s Quinn Cochran builds the scene with smooth synths, guitar riffs, and piano melodies, passing the mic with the other half of Iris Temple, Aura. Throughout their follow-up to their Elias Abid-assisted “Overgrown,” Aura and Quinn continue to showcase synergy and promise, delivering a soothing, refreshing sound perfect for the summer.
Check out “Ferns” below, and stay tuned for more from Iris Temple.
Iris Temple: Twitter // SoundCloud
I first discovered Iris Temple when they teamed with Appleby and Elias Abid on “Random Love.” Shortly thereafter, Aura and Quinn Cochran are keeping the momentum with their latest single, “Overgrown.” Quinn lays a heavenly foundation with suave guitar and synths melodies for the duo’s equally impressive vocal work. Interweaving slick verses with a delicate hook, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Get familiar with Iris Temple below.
Iris Temple: Twitter // SoundCloud
Chance the Rapper is gearing up to get back on the road with his Magnificent Coloring World Tour, supporting his most recent offering, Coloring Book. The tour kicks off mid-September in San Diego and wraps in San Francisco late-October. Following his Family Matters Tour and Magnificent Coloring World event in Chicago, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Lil Chano from 79th will also perform at Outside Lands in San Francisco, Summer Set in Minneapolis, and Philly’s Made in America.
Pre-sale tickets for North America are currently live via Citibank, with general sale on the way this Saturday. Stay tuned for updates on the European shows later this week and who’s joining Chance on tour.
Magnificent Coloring World Tour:
09/15 – San Diego, CA – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
09/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
09/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
09/20 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
09/21 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
09/25 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
09/27 – Toronto, ON – Canada Echo Beach
09/29 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
10/06 – Washington, D.C. – EagleBank Arena
10/07 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
10/08 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre
10/10 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach
10/13 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras Ballroom
10/15 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
10/16 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
10/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
10/21 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium