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.


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,



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.