New music’s been dropping like crazy lately. But while we’ve all been listening to Frank Ocean’s fantastic new albums, our Semple Session family has been pumping out releases on Soundcloud. The stars seem to have aligned to give us all this great new music at once, so I created The Drop to help make sure local music doesn’t fall through the cracks.
Conscience – The Transition
Coming hot off his album, The Settlement, released this past February, Conscience has been putting in work. His latest project, The Transition, is the next step in his evolution. His fiery, old-school style brings a different perspective to the hip-hop scene.
Stand-out Tracks: “All Day” and “300”
Bonus: His Semple Session was the very first!
Courtesy – UPTOWN
Talented rapper-producer Courtesy has released his latest project, Uptown, this past week. He produced or co-produced every single track on the diverse album, featuring live instrumentation in addition to sampling.
Stand-out Tracks: “Mamma” and “Benji”
Lili Traviato – Let It Spin
Lili Traviato is a talented songwriter, and she really stretches her wings on this latest track, “Let It Spin”. This song has a very different sound from much of her previous, acoustic-guitar work. Instead, she’s singing over a groovy electronic beat. Every song of hers tells a story, and this one is no exception.
Bonus: An old favorite of mine from The Mellophant’s album latest December featured Lili. She’s also another former Semple Session guest. Check her session out here.
Montell Fish – As We Walk Into Forever
Montell Fish’s latest project, As We Walk Into Forever, is a mixture of alternative hip-hop and pop that explores introspective themes. The entire project is produced by Montell Fish himself. Each song on the album sounds different, a testament to Montell’s abilities as a producer.
Laila – maybe, maybe
Singer-songwriter Laila Fahim, yet another Semple Session alum, released the final version of a song she previewed with us in her session. The studio version is very different from her live acoustic rendition.
Bonus: She posted an electronic remix of the song from producer Emerson Jay. Check it out below.
Fossil Jane – will you/you will EP
Fossil Jane’s latest release, will you/you will, an alternative rock EP that takes influences from folk music and lo-fi bedroom pop and features multi-layered songwriting. Check out her Semple Session here.
That’s all for today, folks. Thanks for joining us. We’ll be keeping you updated on new releases from our Semple crew and beyond. Semple Sessions will return with new episodes soon. A lot’s in the works here at ABAD, be sure to stay tuned.