Pell Teases ‘girasoul’ EP With “chirpin'”

It’s been nearly two years since Pell dropped his last project LIMBO, but anxious fans won’t have to wait much longer for new music. As the first taste of his forthcoming girasoul EP, the NOLA artist returns with “chirpin’.” His slick verses glide over gentle and piano-led production from Rahki, painting his search for love past touch screens and social media. Pell’s set to top off the year with a triumphant victory lap.

Check out the video for “chirpin'” below and expect girasoul on December 8.

It’s “All In A Day’s Work” For Pell & brandUn DeShay

In July, the enigmatic Pell released “Show Out / Basic Beach,” a set of two songs that encapsulated summer vibes and became an instant staple on countless playlists. As summer officially draws to a close, Pell has released a slightly more melancholic track in collaboration with brandUn DeShay, entitled “All In A Day’s Work,” that picks up right where he left off.

Pell’s lyrics are more sanguine than listeners may be used to. The single maintains the upbeat tone Pell has cultivated so successfully, as he manages to find the silver lining in falling out with a love interest, and reminds us that “the worst is behind.”  Pell vibes over production from DeShay that blends protracted humming with electronic embellishments, creating an appropriately minimalistic instrumental.

“All In A Days Work” is a good reminder from the NOLA native to look on the bright side of life. Stream it on Spotify below.

 

Topaz Jones Recruits Pell For “Winona”

With his upcoming Arcade album dropping later this month, Topaz Jones has teamed up with Pell for his latest cut, “Winona.” The duo exchanges verses over a combo of delicate strings and thumping percussion from LATE NIGHT EPISODE, topped off with a soulful hook from Topaz. The track premiered on Noisey Beats 1 this past weekend, and also features additional vocals from AASH.

Stream “Winona” below and stay tuned for more on Arcade.

Caleborate Tag Teams With Pell & Sylvan LaCue For “Options”

This time last year, Waffle & Vibes alumni Caleborate dropped his debut album, Hella GoodThe rising Bay Area emcee is carving his own lane in the industry on his road bike, delivering his honest rhymes with inimitable cadence and passion. His vivid storytelling leaves no stone unturned, and has garnered That Black Kid That Raps (TBKTR) the attention of the Bay and beyond.

Fresh off his tour with P-Lo and Noodles, Caleborate is back with his latest single, “Options.” Close collaborator Cal-A, who also produced “Want It All” and “The Juice,” builds a soulful foundation, laced with upbeat percussion and banging 808s. With his 1993 project on the way, TBKTR wastes no time in turning up the heat as he exchanges lines with Pell and Sylvan LaCue. As three of the most promising artists out, the trio details their progression, unparalleled drive, and prospects for the future.

Throw this stacked collab on repeat and expect 1993 on August 29.

Caleborate: Twitter // SoundCloud

Pell: Twitter // SoundCloud

Sylvan LaCue: Twitter // SoundCloud

Cal-A: Twitter // SoundCloud

Big Gigantic Recruits Pell For “Miss Primetime”

Following their previous single with GRiZBig Gigantic has returned with Pell to deliver “Miss Primetime.” Big Gigantic streamlines their brass-heavy production with punchy drums and synth stabs, allowing Pell to cruise between singing and rapping with ease. As the latest taste of Big Gigantic’s upcoming album, this is one you don’t want to miss.

Stream the match made in heaven, and revisit Pell’s recent pair of tracks here.

Big Gigantic: Twitter // SoundCloud

Pell: Twitter // SoundCloud

Pell Returns With Pair Of New Tracks, “Basic Beach” & “Show Out”

[Image by Nolan Feldpausch]

Pell has proven to be one of the most versatile and talented artists in the industry right now. The NOLA rapper, singer, and producer got his break when he opened for Kehlani during a slew of sold-out shows, segueing into his own tour with Daye Jack and J.I.D.

In mid-June, he penned a letter to his fans:

After a brief hiatus, Pell has debuted a pair of new cuts to his eager fans. “Basic Beach” features a funky framework by Like Minds and spills wisdom in an overall feel good track. The second track, “Show Out,” is dance-floor ready anthem sure to get you moving with upbeat production from Take A Day Trip. With each release, Pell continues to deliver positive energy as he weaves between each verse.

Stream both tracks below and revisit his track with Caleborate and Stephen, “In The Morning.”

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Pell Taps Stephen and Caleborate for “In the Morning”

Before he kicks off his Only in Your Dreams tour next week with help from Daye Jack, NOLA’s rapper/singer hybrid Pell delivers his latest track, “In the Morning.” The tune features a lighthearted guitar sample flipped by singer/producer Stephen, as well as Hella Good captain and rising Bay Area star, Caleborate. Their sonic testament to enjoy tonight and worry tomorrow showcases Pell bouncing between relaxed singing and syncopated raps, topped off with a verse from Caleborate characterized by his own down-to-earth style.

Stream the track below and peep the dates for the OIYD tour here. If you haven’t already, make sure you grab your copy of Pell’s latest album, LIMBO, as well as Caleborate’s Hella Good.

“If dreaming could open doors, my money a million-long // Tell papa I made a living off stories that made these songs” – Pell

“I promise you I’m so honest, I would put Lincoln to shame // And I love watching cartoons, eating cereal // Twenty-something dreamers reminiscing over middle school” – Caleborate

Pell: Twitter // SoundCloud

Stephen: Twitter // SoundCloud

Caleborate: Twitter // SoundCloud

Pell Announces “Only in Your Dreams Tour” with Daye Jack

NOLA’s own Pell has unveiled his upcoming Only in Your Dreams tour to jumpstart 2016, and he’s bringing along his close friend, Daye Jack. The 30 date tour kicks off in February in Chicago and will travel around the states, wrapping up on the West Coast.

Pell is a multitalented rapper, singer, and producer who recently dropped his second full-length album, LIMBO. Pell flaunts a high vocal dexterity, allowing him to bounce between a variety of sounds that remain distinctly his own. Earlier this year, he also toured the world alongside Kehlani on her You Should Be Here tour.

Georgia’s Daye Jack has been writing for a while, but it wasn’t until last year that he made his debut with Hello World. The project combined the surges of aggression in his voice with his second passion—programming. While balancing his love for computers as a student at NYU, Jack continued to build momentum with the follow-up project, Soul Glitch, which further solidified his spot in the industry.

Tickets will go on-sale this Friday at 10AM local time on Pell’s website. For the die-hard fans, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the VIP packages, which include exclusive merch, meet-and-greets, and even an opportunity to take on Pell in a game of FIFA.

2/2 – Chicago, IL – Reggies

2/3 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter

2/4 – Toronto, CA – Mod Club

2/5 – Rochester, NY – California Brew Haus

2/6 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs

2/8 – New York, NY – SOB’s

2/9 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary

2/10 – Washington, DC – Black Cat

2/12 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

2/18 – Birmingham, AL – Syndicate Lounge

2/19 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

2/20 – Jackson, MS – Hal & Mal’s

2/23 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

2/24 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity

2/25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

2/26 – Dallas, TX – 3 Links

2/27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Kamp’s

2/28 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

2/29 – Denver, CO – Cervantes

3/2 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rocks

3/3 – San Diego, CA – The Loft

3/4 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

3/5 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

3/7 – Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium @ Catalyst

3/8 – San Francisco, CA – The New Parish

3/10 – Eugene, OR – WOW Music Hall

3/11 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room

3/12 – Seattle, WA – Vera

3/18-21 – Austin, TX – SXSW

3/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

Pell: Twitter // SoundCloud // Website

Daye Jack: Twitter // SoundCloud

5 Fall Releases You Need to Hear // October/November 2015

As we approach the conclusion of an already great year for hip-hop and music overall, there remains plenty of releases to be excited for. Listed below are just a few upcoming albums and projects (in no particular order) slated to close out the year that you should definitely keep a close eye on.

As a disclaimer, I only included those with scheduled release dates (Kanye, Drake and Frank, we’re waiting).

1. GoldLinkAnd After That, We Didn’t Talk (November 13th)

Following his headlining set at Oakland Music Festival late last month, the DMV’s GoldLink is ready to drop his debut album. In a recent interview with NPR, GoldLink stated he aims to “create music for people to dance to again,” which he believes the industry has lost sight of. The second single off the project, “Spectrum,” premiered earlier this week on Beats 1 courtesy of Zane Lowe. If you haven’t already, be sure to peep his debut mixtape, The God Complexand pre-order And After That, We Didn’t Talk on iTunes. Also catch him with Mac Miller during his GO:OD AM tour (tickets here).

2. WaxLivin’ Foul (October 23rd)

If you look up “lyricist” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Michael Jones, better known by his stage name, Wax, with a mic in one hand and a beer in the other. Over the years, Wax has worked with the likes of Watsky, Dumbfoundead, Anderson .Paak as a rapper, producer, guitarist, singer and overall extremely talented individual. Nearly two years since his last release, Continue…, which garnered him a large amount of acclaim in Europe via the lead single “Rosana,” Wax has finally announced his return to the music industry with Livin’ Foul. “Hypnotic” is just a taste of the wordplay that Wax continues to deliver with every track. To get even more hyped and learn more about the man behind the sound, check out the trailer for the album here.

3. PellLimbo (November 6th)

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to discover Pell when he opened for Kehlani on the last date prior to their national You Should Be Here tour and I’ve been hooked ever since. The NOLA native, LA-based, multi-talented artist puts on an incredible live show and recently announced the follow up to his 2014 project Floating While Dreaming will be released on November 6th. “Queso” is the second track from his upcoming LP titled Limbo and features wavy instrumentation from David Sitek (TV on the Radio) coupled with Pell’s smooth vocal work and bursts of energy. Enjoy this cut and be sure to pre-order the album via iTunes.

4. Kirk KnightLate Knight Special (October 30th)

Brooklyn’s Pro Era continues to make power moves in the industry with core member Kirk Knight expected to be the next one to secure his spot. Although we have heard a few verses from Kirk on several Pro Era projects, up to this point in his career he has been more focused on the production spectrum. In an interview from earlier this year with HotNewHipHop, Kirk shed light on how he has always been rapping from the age of 15, but he “had to experience life before he could talk about it.” Few years later Kirk has continued to hone his production skills and now we can finally bear witness to his progress as a rapper.  “Brokeland,” one of the few singles we’ve heard so far, is a punchy, mosh-pit inducing, in-your-face cut with sly wordplay (ex. Brokeland = Brooklyn) that gets me nothing short of hype for the full project. Place your pre-order here for LKS and catch him opening for the Underachievers on their tour.

5. Michael Christmas – What a Weird Day (October 23rd)

Boston’s Michael Christmas is the self-proclaimed Ron Funches doppelgänger that touches on everyday subjects that your typical rapper would likely be afraid to even hint at. With pop culture references galore delivered via slick lyricism, Michael offers a refreshing sound that everyone can connect with. Thanks to his skill-set, Michael has toured with Logic and will soon be accompanying Mac Miller on his tour as well. Both of the aforementioned powerhouses will appear on the album, among others like Polyester the Saint and D.R.A.M.. Pre-order the album via iTunes.

Here are a few more projects that I have my eye on from October/November 2015:

Out Now

Upcoming

  • D.R.A.M. – Gahdamn! EP (10/23)
  • Alex Wiley – Village Party II (10/25)
  • Lais – 114 EP (10/29)
  • M.E.D., Blu, Madlib – Bad Neighbor LP (10/30)
  • Busdriver – THUMBS (11/6)
  • Logic – The Incredible True Story (11/13)

As well as some projects we still don’t know too much about:

  • Skizzy Mars – Alone Together
  • Drake – Views From the 6
  • Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry
  • Kanye West – SWISH
  • Vic Mensa – Traffic
  • Isaiah Rashad – Title Unknown
  • Chelsea Reject – Title Unknown (2016)
  • Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component (2016)
  • Noah Sims – Testament (Fall 2015)
  • Hurt Everybody – I Know Where the Light Goes 2
  • Hurt Everybody – 10-4 2
  • Hurt Everybody – Magic City 2
  • Chance the Rapper – Title Unknown (Mixtape)

What are you most excited to hear?

Pell Kicks Into Overdrive | “Ukiyo” (Stream)

Just when we thought Pell was ready to head back to the studio and finish up his to-be-named album, the New Orleans genre-bender shows no signs of slowing down. Minutes ago, Pell debuted on Noisey magazine yet another new track, “Ukiyo,” in collaboration with Australia’s electronic duo Hermitude. The cut features Pell continuing to hone his sound characterized by seamless transitions between echoing, sultry vocals and his punchy, occasionally rapid-fire verses over an eerie electronic beat. Be sure to head over to Noisey to check out the full article and track.

Also, in case you missed it, here are two of his newest tracks, “Vacation (Whole Week)” and “Vanilla Sky.”

[Image from Complex]