Louis the Child – Love is Alive ft. Elohim

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Chicago bread electric duo Freddy Kennett & Robby Hauldren, better known as Louis the Child recently released their newest single “Love is Alive” featuring Elohim.

I first heard this track a few months back while seeing them play in Brooklyn NY. Upon announcing they were playing a new track at the show, the duo jumped up on their stage table and immediately assumed ‘grooving positions’… Robby with some sort of swimming motion and Freddy nodding and slowly pumping his fist. It was hard to tell, but it looked like both of them had their eyes closed, basking in the rolling bassline and encouraging vocals from Elohim.

“This song is very special to us and carries a message we feel is very important especially considering the state of our world at the moment,” Louis the Child said in an emailed statement originally reported by Billboard. “We need more love,  and we hope this song helps spread love.”

I have to say I agree. And if you think about it, things are quite simple… We’re all here together, in one big ship called the Earth zipping around the Sun at 67k mph. So while we’re along for this supersonic ride, let’s remember that no matter how disheartening and chaotic things seem, we can throw on a tune like this and embrace the unique and extraordinary love we all share for one another.

Until next time,

– Trachstar

Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Rosinger

 

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I was able to chat with producer Jeremy Rosinger who is dropping his first project and we were able to talk influences, styles and beats. Shouts to Reviving Real for the bringing Jeremy and this dope project our way , head to their site here (http://www.revivingreal.com/).

Read up and listen to the album “10:57” below

 

Lets start off with the basic producer question, how do you yourself start a beat? Do you have a groove in your head already and you start messing around on your pad or does it come from some type of inspiration or experience?:

“I’d love to meet a producer who has one answer to this question. Sometimes I’ll start with just a snare I like and build from there. Sometimes I hear a sample that inspires me. My best music, however, comes from times I hear a new song or album that resonates with me. Nothing compares to hearing new music– it makes me want to create my own.”

I know you said you just graduated college 2 weeks ago and are ready to drop an album… lets talk about the concept of “10:57” and the how it came about

“The time, 10:57, is a reference to the exact length of the project. It is short and to the point with constant changes. But going deeper, time in general is a strange concept, it’s something we created to keep order. I want to stop watching the clock, though. I want to stop letting life pass by without appreciating it, which is not an easy task. While listening to my project, for a brief moment, I hope people stop watching the clock.. making the title and artwork a bit ironic.”

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I noticed in “take the stairs” there are a ton of real sounds incorporated in the track. Did you record those sounds like the coin and the door squeaking open and closed?

“Yes! I’m glad you noticed that. “take the stairs” came about during a project for one of my music technology courses. We were supposed to record a song with a certain amount of instruments, but I’m more into sampling. So I went around with a pair of microphones and recorded a bunch of miscellaneous sounds. Everything in the beat aside from the chords you hear were recorded by myself and sampled into the song. The snare is a handful of almonds being tossed into a red solo cup.”

Can you tell us some of your biggest influences in music? If I were to ask who you bump on your studio headphones on a regular basis who would it be?

“Terrace Martin and Isaiah Rashad are two of my biggest influences right now. Terrace because of his versatility; I read about him producing Herbie Hancock and YG’s albums at the same time. He’s also a dope sax player, which was the instrument I studied at school. Isaiah has a vibe that cannot be touched; if there’s one artist I could sit down with right now, it’d be him.”

Clockwork//Butter might be my favorite record on this album, do you let a beat like this develop over a couple of days/weeks or do you sit down and don’t get up until its done?

“clockwork // butter” wasn’t originally intended to be one song, it was actually two completely separate beats for a while. One day I tried transitioning one into the other and it just worked. I don’t think any of my tracks are ever ‘finished,’ but the second half of this track was made, for the most part, in one sitting.”

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If you could work with any musician in the industry who would it be?

“As I mentioned earlier, I’d love to work with Isaiah Rashad. At this point in my career though, I’d be honored if any artist wanted to sit down with me.”

Whats in store for the future once this album drops? Any performances/collabs happening soon?

“For now I want to focus on the present. But I can assure you that there is more to come!”

Jeremy’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jeremyrosinger

 

Music is life,

Chewb

Year End in Hip-Hop: Top Albums

Its 2017 and ABAD is good at being timely. This write up was created by a good friend of ours, Miles, who is not only a dope-ass artist but he knows his music. Here is a list of top albums in 2016 with artwork created by the man Miles as well:

 

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  1. Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar

What is there to say about this album that hasn’t already been said? At a lean eight tracks, Kendrick basically double underlined what he taught us in 2015: King Kunta reigns supreme.

Notable Songs: Untitled 03, Untitled 07

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  1. Blank Face LP, ScHoolboy Q

This album really was/is a treat. A good mix of nostalgic LA hip hop (Big Body, Dope Dealer), H Y P E music (THat Part, JoHn Muir) and “conscious” story telling. (Black THougHts, THat Part Black Hippy Remix) As of the writing of this article eight out of seventeen songs have music videos, of all shapes sizes and colors, from the 22 minute Short film, comprised of three different music videos (with other songs included for background and split second cameos) to the colorful, trippy, groovy Miguel track that I’m sure we will all be sick of come summertime.

Notable Songs: Kno Ya Wrong, Tookie Knows II

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  1. Lemonade, Beyonce

YAAAAAAAAASSSSS QUEEEN. If you got fucking sick of hearing that this year, thats too bad. Beyonce is here to stay. Follow up to her massively successful eponymous album, Lemonade is an amazing genre blend of hip hop, R&B, Rock and roll and smashing windshields with baseball bats. Its also basically a huge middle finger to Jay-Z; no longer is the dynasty his.

Notable Songs: Don’t Hurt Yourself, 6 Inch

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  1. The Life Of Pablo, Kanye West

Oh, Kanye. This album is connected to a lot of key moments this year. Ultra Light Beam on SNL. Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden. The world realizing that Taylor Swift is a snake. Facts (Charlie Heat Version). Need I go on?

Notable Songs: 30 Hours, Famous

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  1. A Seat At The Table, Solange

When Solange announced she was dropping an album this year a lot of people thought it would be Lemonade pt 2. Imagine their surprise when this album was more in the vein of To Pimp A Butterfly. Solange didn’t invent being unapologetically black, but she did create a pretty great soundtrack to do so to.

Notable Songs: Mad, Don’t Touch My Hair

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  1. Cozy Tapes, A$AP MOB

Nearly two years after the death of A$AP Mob founder, A$AP Yams, the long awaited Cozy Tape Vol. 1 finally released in October of 2016. It’s 100% Bangers. With the exception of a skit or two, this entire album slaps. Featuring all the A$AP members you know and love (Rocky, Ferg, Twelvyy, Nast, etc) as well as pretty much everyone who has been popping off in the last few years from Tyler, the Creator to BJ The Chicago Kid to newcomers like Lil Boat and Lil Uzi Vert. Its good shit, man.

Notable Songs: London Town, Telephone Calls

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  1. Yes Lawd! – NxWorries

2016 has been Anderson .Paak’s year, if no one else. Hot off of being heavily featured on the long awaited third Dr. Dre album, he released his second solo album, Malibu, made an appearance on just about every hit juke jam this summer. I thought about including Malibu on this list (its still a good record), but it is far out-shined by this album YES LAWD!, from Anderson .Paak as the soulful yet dirty mouthed, MC and Knxwledge, the Producer whose songs drip with an old school aura, wrapped in an almost vaporware flair. If this list was top albums to have sex to 2016, this would be number one.

Notable Songs: Suede, Fkku

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  1. Telefone – Noname

You probably heard about Noname from her Chance The Rapper features too. Chi-town born and bred, Noname is not a female rapper-she’s just a rapper. Quiet and soft spoken, yet slinging complex rhymes loaded with heavy ideas, she almost evokes an Andre 3000 like aura. She’s not afraid to rap about things most people wouldn’t talk about, with a light that most people wouldn’t dare. Noname said it best herself: This album sounds like kiddies on the playground when momma was running up (ooouuu you about to get your ass beat)

Notable Songs: Diddy Bop, Sunny Duet

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  1. Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper

This boy just cant stop. After releasing his third mixtape in May, and becoming a father at some point before that, Chance has since appeared on Saturday Night Live a total of three times, he created a unique live experience for his hometown of Chicago, performed at the Fifth Camp Flog Gnaw carnival, as well as across the country and the world. Still unsigned, still unwaveringly positive, still 100% Chancellor, Chance the Rapper represents a major change in the music industry that will take some time to fully implement itself.

Notable Songs: Smoke Break, Juke Jam

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  1. The Sun’s Tirade – Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah Rashad was one of those names I had definitely heard of but couldn’t name a single song of. Probably because up until recently his only release was a single EP from back in 2014. The Sun’s Tirade is Rashad’s debut LP on the TDE label, home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Jay Rock (all of whom make appearances) making this the launchpad from which Rashad enters his spot light. There are also featured appearances from The Internet’s Syd, as well as Kari Faux which both make me very excited for future collaborations.

Notable Songs: Park, Wat’s Wrong

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  1. Cashmere – Swet Shop Boyz

A weird supergroup composed of a former member of NYC rap group Das Racist, and a critically acclaimed british actor/rapper; Heems and Riz MC rap about race relations in a post 9/11 world with a perspective often over looked in Hip Hop. You can also catch Riz MC in Star Wars Rouge One, and in the HBO Mini Series The Night Of, which also premiered this year. (I could write a whole other article about Riz MC alone, do yourself a favor and catch up with his work.)

Notable Songs: Zayn Malik, Shoes Off

  1. The Divine Feminine – Mac Miller

Say what you will about Mac Miller, he’s consistent. He released a killer mixtape in 2014, his first major label album in 2015, and in 2016 he does a bit of a pivot. At 11 tracks, this album is on the short but sweet side, emphasis on sweet. Mac’s production is pulsating and clean; his flows are refreshed, sideways and unexpected. His lyrics are dirtier and more explicit than ever and probably shouldn’t be played in the car with your moms; but not in an Eminem/Tyler the Creator way, but in more of a “vivid descriptions of pussy eating” kind of way.

Notable Songs: Planet God Damn, Stay

  1. Lost En Los Angeles – Kari Faux

After being remixed on Childish Gambino’s 2014 tape, STN MTN, Donald moved Kari Faux out to Los Angeles for a year while she worked on her debut album. Honest and straightforward as ever, Kari lays bare her insecurities in the intro track, and then without even missing a beat, candy colored production and dizzying swagger take you away into the album, not stopping until the very end, leaving you wanting more.

Notable Songs: Nothing 2 Lose, Don’t

  1. Blonde – Frank Ocean

Another album that is the product of the fight against the “music industry”, this album’s release was preceded by a visual album that fulfilled Frank Ocean’s various contract obligations, allowing him to release his REAL second album as an independent release. More conceptual than 2012’s Channel Orange, Blonde is really more of an R&B album than a hip hop release. Some thought that its genre classification would be cleared up when it was to be inevitably nominated for a grammy, which it was not, as Frank Ocean specifically did not file for it to be considered, despite it qualifying.

Notable Songs: Nights, Self Control

  1. Prima Donna – Vince Staples

After releasing his debut double LP Summertime ’06, in 2015, nobody really expected Vince Staples to release an EP not even a year later, complete with a ten minute long short film that features every song on the release and ties together and gives context to the theme of the album and what seems to be one of the themes of 2016: Fuck the traditional “music industry”.

Notable Songs: Big Time, War Ready

Diplo and Friends Mix: Gryffin Flight Log 004

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Diplo and Friends…a classic.

It’s been awhile for me since I’ve posted, but I’ve encountered way too many new tracks and artists since the time my lazy ass didn’t post all summer long so I’m motivating myself to get back started by highlighting to you guys yet another gnarly mix  by one of the chillest EDM artists around – Gryffin.

The soul Gryffin produces in his tracks is better than any other DJ I’ve had the pleasure of listening to (heavy opinion I know but still, it’s up there at the very least)

I’m actually sitting here listening to this mix for the first time and with 10 minutes in I’ve been convinced to post this article before even finishing the entire mix. Hour long mixes are perfect for any type of activity whether it’s focusing during work, chillin’ out with a brew, long car rides, you name it.

Enjoy this mix and look forward to more music coming your way from yours truly.

– Ben

Interview: Ira Lawrence

 

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Earlier this month I interviewed Brooklyn Based Indie artist Ira Lawrence about his upcoming project titled “MAPAGKAWANGGAWA”. Listen to his song “All My Fake Friends” as you read the interview:

First off I love “All My Fake Friends,” it’s bold and you lay it all out there. Can you take me through the inspiration of this song?
Thanks a lot! I contracted an awful stomach bug and was quarantined at the Yuj Inn in Manila, when I discovered that BACK IN NEW YORK, my roommates were squatting in my apartment. They were supposed to have moved out weeks ago, owed me a lot of money, were still racking up utility bills, stopped returning my emails, and I had to hear about the whole mess through a mutual friend. My cellphone got fried in Camiguin (Filipino electrical sockets may look the same as American outlets, but that doesn’t mean you should charge your Iphone overnight during an electrical storm), so I had a desperate Skype call over janky youth hostel wireless with Time Warner Cable that mostly involved me screaming ” CANCEL MY SERVICE, MY ROOMMATES HAVE STOLEN MY APARTMENT”. Ironically, the Time Warner representative worked at a call center located in Manila, so he showed me some mercy.
Once I got back to America and eventually got my money back, I had to stop and ask myself: why did I go so far out on a limb for folks who obviously couldn’t reciprocate? Then, I had to deal with the nagging friend-shaped void of absence that’d been left in the wake of the whole debacle. Thankfully these messes make for great songwriting fodder…
You are involved in the art scene as a playwright, how did you find your start in music and theatre?
I acted in tons of musicals and plays in high school (drama nerd alert)- I was even president of the drama club- and I took a guitar class that taught me how to play Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Jethro Tull songs during school hours (hands down the best class I took in high school). When I got out of college, I realized that I wanted to be a creator instead of an interpreter, so I quit acting, started a band and wrote my first play. For a while there, stuff with my playwriting seemed to be moving a lot faster than my music, so songwriting moved to the back burner and simmered in my subconscious (despite several failed attempts at starting new bands and solo monikers).  All that changed in 2014 when I met my estranged grandmother for the first time, and she gifted me my estranged grandad’s electric mandolin. I took that as a pretty huge sign from the universe to start making music again…
Tell us about your upcoming album “MAPAGKAWANGGAWA”, and the influences behind it
I quit New York, and headed for The Philippines with my AustraliAmerican Theater collective EVERYTHING IS EVERYWHERE (2 Aussies, 2 Americans, 2 Gals, 2 Dudes, 2 Goys, 2 Jews, 2 Legit 2 Quit). We were in residence in Manila creating a new theater piece for The Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s Karnabal Festival. In The Philippines, I visited bombed out hospitals from World War II on the island of Corregidor, snorkeled through a sunken cemetery on the island of Camiguin, and almost wound up as a lead in a Filipino soap opera. MAPAGKAWANGGAWA is hugely influenced by my trip as well as the audacious work of The Sipat Lawin Ensemble. At Karnabal, I saw a participatory theater piece called Gobyerno- where the audience is literally placed in the role of a city planner. I saw theater pieces that incorporated live animals and elegant shadow puppetry, as well as an American Idol style contest featuring HIV positive drag queens and former military sex slaves singing Beyonce.  MAPAGKAWANGGAWA  is the name of the street where so many of these performances took place, and it’s also a Tagalog word for charitable.  A dollar of every album sale will go back to The Sipat Lawin Ensemble so that they can continue to make work which is vital vital vital vital vital to their community and the world.
When I got back to the States I immediately began channeling my trip into music.  I gave myself the strict parameters that the only instrumentation to be featured on the album would be sounds created by the mandolin. I subconsciously had a sense that MAPAGKAWANGGAWA would be released during an election year, so I hope that this album can be a lens by which American audiences can consider the ongoing impacts of colonialism, war, and corporate power on the health of the rest of the world.
I wrote a bulk of the songs in transit- at the Filipino Dream Casino in Paranque, my parent’s backyard in Baltimore, jetlagged as fuck in my cousin’s house trying not to fall asleep, my girlfriend’s apartment in Brooklyn- and recorded them at Ryan and Molly’s apartment between Christmas and New Years 2015 while watching their cats. It’s mixed and Mastered by John Jagos aka Brothertiger and available on a custom limited edition USB Flashdrive.
How does moving from Brooklyn, NY to the Philippines help your creative process? 
 
The pace of New York can really start to wear on you, and it’s hard to get perspective. During my first few years there, I had kind of a nervous breakdown identity crisis. I needed to shake off the residue of all that psychic damage and come to terms with my present self (inheriting the mandolin was a big part of that). When Everything Is Everywhere got the residency at Karnabal, it was a really good excuse to get the hell out of dodge and cut some of the dead weight out of my life. If I hadn’t left all that bullshit behind, I honestly don’t know what my life would look like right now, but I can assure you, I’d be a much sadder person.  I’d reached a burnout point startlingly similar to the one Joan Didion describes in her essay “Goodbye To All That”. I was open to the possibility that maybe Manila could wind up being my future home… but when I was offered a shot to audition for a lead role in a Filipino Soap Opera, it just didn’t feel right in my gut… and I knew that maybe there was a lot of stuff that I was avoiding back in New York, and it was probably time to face it instead of running away. Thankfully my play Billy Bitchass got accepted into the 2015 Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway festival and that was a good enough excuse to give New York another try. I’ve been very fortunate in that my art has taken me to some really amazing places, but the indecisive “WHERE DO I EVEN BELONG?” pacelessness I felt during the whole period from New York to Manila and back was the fire that helped me write so many songs. New York and I are on better terms now, but I wouldn’t have gotten to that place if The Philippines hadn’t opened my heart and broadened my mind.
What are some of your biggest influences in the artistic community?
Brian Eno, Guided By Voices, R.E.M., The Mountain Goats, Bowie, Sipat Lawin, Everything Is Everywhere, Applespiel, Boho Interactive.
Ira’s Bandcamp:
Talk to you fuckers soon
Music is life,
Chewb

The Drop: New Music from Patches, Tusk, Lili Traviato, Yung Mulatto and More

Pittsburgh made some seriously dope music in the past 2 weeks and here are our favorites.

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We gotta start off with our man Patches and his exciting new track “sensei”. Patches never fails to blow us away with his mellow but catchy beats to go along with his unique flow. “sensei” is just 2:30 run time but it’s packed with mad bars. The only problem is that we want more and more everytime Patches drops another single. Lets get an album in the works?

First listen, first word: Powerful. Thats what I thought about when put on this album by Tusk, an indie band from Irwin, Pa. Lyrics written by Christopher Robin and Jess Bradle, Tusk has the sound of a season band to go along with their interesting indie mix.

Lili Traviato was a favorite Semple Session of mine because she has a voice that sounds like no one else on this planet in my opinion and thats cool as fuck. I love this project and its experimental vibe, it fits Lili’s personality perfectly. Look out for Lili to break through the underground scene soon.

Yung Mulatto aka Miles aka Mr. Kool just came out with this funky, deep and spacy jam. “Slow Down!” is going to be on repeat in my ears today and shows the potential of this young artist and musician. Keep doing your thing Miles, we fuck with it.

Linwood brought the fire with “Rush”. God Damn this track is hot. I dont think ive heard a Linwood track that I didnt like and I really respect musicians that lay bars down on beats like this. I posted this track because Linwood is dropping a mixtape hopefully today or tomorrow and everyone reading this need to check it out.

Music is Life,

CHewb

What its Like to Eat on Tour

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We talked with Brian Walker aka A Day Without Love about his experience with Eating on tour

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                Food is often a topic that most musicians do not talk about. Sometimes it is because they can’t afford it, other times people go to the extreme of thinking that tour is not about eating it’s about hitting the road to every show. For me I believe that eating food on tour should be an experience just like meeting new people.

When you meet new people you gain new experiences, gather new perspectives, find a way of doing the same with food. I always do my best to try to ask the local people on tour about food that makes their town or city unique. I am not a fan of going out for pizza on multiple meals for the same nights of the week.

Rest stops are never healthy either, I do my best to keep healthy when on tour, and if I am going to have a cheat type meal, make sure that the food is unique. One time I played a gig out in North Adams, MA and found out about a delicious treat known as pizza muffins. Pizza muffins are a cupcake like dish filled with meat sauce topped with cheese and pepperonis a truly amazing dish and they give you 4 for only 7 bucks!

Sometimes I also find enjoyment in cooking with people who host me, by doing this I feel like I am not only getting a new experience, but I am also getting to know someone more intimately by hearing about their experiences of living in the new town that I am living in . In some ways, I think like music food brings people together. I think when you are able to bring food to your art, you are not only able to entertain your audience, but you also get to hear their experiences. Hearing experiences is just as important as sharing experiences and I think food is the bond that brings that together.

Diet is another important thing to consider when eating on tour. Many musicians have unique diets (for example: vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian). Fortunately, in today’s society it is very easy to accommodate the self with diet restrictions. Just make sure that you still budget yourself so that you don’t hurt your wallet on the road! Some restaurants can be very expensive when it comes to having niche diet styles on the road. Where as others are cheap, so regardless of whether you are on a diet restriction or not, seek restaurants that have budget friendly and healthy food to keep you energized at the shows you play on tour.

Eating on tour is a unique experience that is full of many unexpected things and journeys. You never know what restaurants you will find. Sometimes people will feed you, other times people will cook for you, but what is most important is that you enjoy the journey and the experiences that come along the way. Like the stories, it is important that you give yourself energy to keep the dream alive.

Check out Brian’s NEW music here:

http://adaywithoutlove.bandcamp.com/

Music is life,

Chewb

 

 

The Drop: New Local Music – Conscience, Courtesy, Laila and more

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.

-Shuggie

 

New Music: Montell Fish with “As We Walk Into Forever”

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Pittsburgh’s Montell Fish just dropped one of my favorite local projects of the year.We were able to get a quick interview with Montell to talk about this album and what it meant to him:

First off I really love the arrangement of this album. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind the music?

Ha yeah man there was at least 20 remakes of the track list! I wanted this album to flow from start to finish. As far as the inspiration for this man, just music in general is just such a dope creation. I’m inspired to create whatever God lays on my heart, like whether it be rock, or some super chill RnB. I just have a wide music taste, and I thank God for it. 

 
What track do you want your fans to really pay attention to?
I want my fans to really pay attention to Wisdomless Boy because it just explains where I can be sometimes. Like I would mess up and sin, and I know I shouldn’t have done that but its about calling out  to God and saying, Lord I need help , like real bad. And then recognizing the world is not over, God still loves me. It’s a beautiful love story in faith. 
 
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It seems that faith drives a lot of your creative process, can you talk about faith and how it goes hand in hand with your music?
Ha yeah man it wasn’t always like this, I use to rap about drugs, and sex and money. Like seriously, but it goes to show how God can change your life no matter how old you are. Since I gave my life to Jesus almost 2 years ago, and since my music is about my life. That is what I write about, and focus a majority of my songs around. On How God truly does love us, all of us. 
 
What do you want people to come away with after listening to this project?
I want people to understand that getting to heaven is a process man, its not like if you just believe in God you will go there. But the bible says ” And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Basically meaning, we have to know God for heaven to actually happen. Like have a relationship with our Creator.
 
 
Did you produce this project?
I don’t really like to take credit for my music so I usually say produced/written by the Holy Spirit through Montell Fish. Lol I know I seem super hyper spiritual. But to answer your question, yea man I produced this whole album! (through God ,of course)
 
What’s next for Montell Fish?
Next I plan on opening a dog sitting business, and learning how to knit! Nah jk, I actually wanna make an ep next focusing on bass guitar. But I am also interested in making a worship ep. But also I wanna collab, and tour. But seriously right now I gotta promote this album, drop some videos and see where God takes me!
My favorite track on this project is “Wisdomless Boy” but that’s a tough decision because every track is gold from this talented musician. Enjoy

Music is life,

Chewb

Porter Robinson & Madeon Have Finally United… AND IT’S GLORIOUS

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Preface: Contrary to the picture above, Madeon (pictured left) and Porter Robinson (pictured right) are not dropping an Emo album.

Now that that’s out of the way…

Wow! What a time to be alive people.

After 2 extremely successful solo albums, Porter and Madeon have finally made their fan’s dreams come true by dropping an enchanting collaboration they’re calling Shelter.

Here’s just a glimpse of the hysteria that has been unleashed throughout the internet since this song dropped just hours ago…

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(not super sure what to make of the third person’s comment but you get the point)

Anywho, what’s even better is that Porter and Madeon also announced that they will be embarking on a Shelter Live Tour this fall, hitting select cities across the US & Canada. Right now they have 17 shows lined up with more to be announced. Presale tickets should be live on August 15th. Here’s the link. (p.s. If you’re reading this Porter or Madeon ,please add a show in NYC. Thank you)

As longtime fans of both Porter and Madeon, I, I’m sure along with countless others appreciate their unique styles, ability to take risks, and overall approach to their music. Everything we love about them can be reflected in their comments on the new track.

In regards to working with Porter, Madeon mentions:

“Both Porter and I started working with people in-person when we started making our respective albums and appreciated how much more collaborative you can get. Our intent was to make music that would reflect our friendship.”

Porter adds:

“I see enthusiasm and inspiration as the most important currency you can have when you’re making music. It’s this weird sensation of being drunk on your own confidence and excitement that leads to so many creative breakthroughs. That effect was really exaggerated when we were working together.”

It’s so refreshing to hear these two talk about their craft and the wholehearted and genuine effort that goes into it.

If you’ve never seen either of them live they truly put on a spectacular show so I can’t even imagine a back to back Porter and Madeon set. It’s mindbottling just thinking about it.

So keep your eyes peeled for more show dates and be sure to support their new single Shelter.

Until next time,

-Trachstar

Porter on the web:

Twitter:@porterrobinson

Madeon on the web

Twitter: @madeon

P.S. Here’s a bonus vid of Porter dropped a live edit of Shepherdess @ Hard Summer last weekend. Magic… pure magic