Chill out to Modern Atomists’ album, ‘Disco Chilled With A Twist, Vol. 2’

Billy Paul Williams has proven to be one of the most talented and innovative EDM music producers of the modern era. What sets him apart from the rest of the crowd is his innate musical ability and knowledge of multiple genres, effortlessly switching from jazz to hip-hop, deep house to lo-fi – he’s confident and versatile, no matter the medium. Simply put, he’s just so much more musical than most of his contemporaries. Not only a great technician, BPW is a gifted musician who is flawless in his musical choices.

On one of his latest projects, under the guise of Modern Atomists, BPW takes some of the greatest disco hits of all time and reimagines them in the absolute chilliest of ways, bringing his special touch to create ‘Disco Chilled With A Twist.’ Volume 2 of the series features reworks of such deep disco classics as Goldie Alexander’s ‘Knocking Down Love,’ Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much,’ Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ ‘The Love I Lost’ and many more vintage tunes from the genre’s golden years. As an added bonus, special remixes of a few tracks that appeared on Volume 1 are added, including an Avant Garde version of ‘Brandy,’ the O’Jays classic, alternative mixes of the Italo Disco hit ‘Love Is Gonna Be On Your Side’ and BPW’s version of Johnny Bristol’s ‘Hang On In There Baby.

Why not take a trip down memory lane with a modern twist below…

Must Listens: Love Won’t Let Me Wait, The Love I Lost

Watch Sh8kes’ video for track ‘Regrets’ ft. The Musalini

Published author, motivational speaker, business owner, and spoken word poet from North Carolina Robin “SH8KES” Williamson released his debut EP Chance 2 Change exclusively on Bandcamp back in March. Narrated by one of Southern rap’s most coveted voices Big Rube (of the Dungeon Family), the seven track project served as a personal testimony of healing and growth through love, life lessons, connection with family, and much more.

Sh8kes shared more of his personal testimony with his loose, Truss One-produced single ‘Regrets’, featuring a guest verse from New York emcee The Musalini. (of 9th Wonder’s Jamala Records).

“This poem came from a place of failure, pain and self awareness. I went through so many things during 2022, I began to question if what I was doing was the right thing. I never wanted to give up, but questioned if I needed to switch my focus to something else. I found myself reevaluating the people around me that have been in my life for 20 plus years. It seemed like I gave so much of me, but never got the same in return.” – Sh8kes

Check out the video for ‘Regrets’ below…

Fly Von Teams Up With Beatsmith Lil Kobes For ‘Harmonic Strains.’

‘Harmonic Strain’ is an epic collaborative EP NEW LEASE MUSIC long-time staple FLY VON and producer Lil Kobes.

With Ili Kobes providing compelling futuristic wavery tones and a heavy dose of the bouncing bass introducing the mini set, which manifests to featherily soulful layers towards the end, and fly Von’s delivery easing into each arrangements, it’s hard to believe that the pair produced the EP in just a month.

Their burgeoning collaboration started when Fly Von did a freestyle lil Kobes’ track ‘Pull Up n We Flex’. Now the pair take circle back and combine their passion for melodic/lo-fi music through this five track set. Check it out below…

Must Listens: Steppin, Set The Wave, Fade

Song of the Day: Anesthesia – Brasstracks (ft. Mandy Lee)

Brasstracks is the Grammy award winning project of New York based musician and producer Ivan Jackson. Over the years, Brasstracks has evolved from a hip-hop-jazz-big-band to an ever-morphing landscape where Jackson sets the framework.

The Brasstracks rap sheet runs for miles. The group scored two GRAMMY wins for their production work on Chance The Rapper’s seminal “No Problems” in 2017 (Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album). They’ve also since been nominated for their work with Harry Styles during the 2021 GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album, ultimately taking home the Best Pop Solo Performance award for their work on “Watermelon Sugar.”

Brasstracks has appeared on Saturday Night Live, performing alongside Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson, the latter of whom is a frequent collaborator. Other collaborations include Anderson .Paak, Khalid, Mac Miller, and BTS. Basstracks has also performed songs from their debut album on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The new Brasstracks era sees Jackson as an architect for this larger project of incubating artists and allowing them the space to grow.

The latest single ‘Anesthesia’ featuring Mandy Lee of MisterWives, is the second single from Brasstracks’ upcoming album. Lee soars as she sings, “Doppelgänger, I can’t hate you even though I know the grass is greener”, crooning a sneering congratulations to a nemesis who always seems to be one step ahead. The title itself is a nod to the numbness that accompanies this feeling. The vibrant single shimmers with oscillating synths and Lee’s velvet vocals, emitting an overall colorful and contagious aura. The playful track refuses to let listeners stay still, with fast-paced beats and layered instrumentation creating an all-encompassing atmosphere, captivating you from the very first second.

The upcoming album is a unique addition to the Brasstracks catalog: brimming with technical wizardry and maximal, brassy bombast, but intensely personal, rife with self-loathing and heartache. The album’s undeniable joyousness stands in unflinching contrast with its subject matter, and ‘Anesthesia’ is a microcosm of its ethos: a shimmering, groovy, soulful house record about, above all else, jealousy. The album weaves in and out of itself seamlessly, with ‘Anesthesia”’sampling Brasstracks’ previous FATHERDUDE + TOBi flanked single, ‘Nobody’s Fool’. Despite its seething subtext, ‘Anesthesia’ is a quintessential warm weather banger, and was a highlight of Brasstracks’ sold out, 6-show Blue Note run this March.

Have a listen below…

Showtime Ramon Returns with EP, ‘Venom Dripp’

Sacramento’s SHOWTIME RAMON, is back with a fresh new release for his listeners titled ‘Venom Dripp’.

The 6 track project continues to showcase the artist’s lyrical flow that keeps his fans coming back for more. “I wanted to put on an array of cool bars for my listeners, I look at rap as a sport so the more you can score lyrically the doper you are” says Ramon when speaking on his latest release.

The project opens with the previously released single ‘Spin Cycle’ which the artist also delivered a visual for. Ramon is backed by killer production that makes it even easier for him to deliver his flow that is influenced by the world around him, from sports to pop culture & his love for professional wrestling. Showtime isn’t one to shy away from telling it how it is either, delivering poison-like bars throughout Venom Dripp as he aims to shoot down those who he feels aren’t in his circle. He states “I’m comparing myself to other rappers or competitors, vocalizing the differences between myself and the rapper next to me”.

With over 18,000 listeners on Spotify and a new EP out, Showtime Ramon keeps the pressure on & continues to build his fan base with the talent he provides behind the mic. Inflicting his raps with doses of dopeness that keeps the streams on an upward trend, and the artist doesn’t plan to stop soon…check out Ramon’s project below…

Must Listen: Hyperspeed