Buenos Diaz: “Empty Head”

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Buenos Diaz: “Empty Head”

Posted by on May 21, 2018

Nick Diaz, best known locally for fronting Buenos Diaz is back with some lo-fi loveliness! Tomorrow marks the release of Buenos Diaz’s fourth studio album, Gringo Novelas – ten original compositions that initially found their sound in Diaz’s bedroom over the course of 30 drum tracks. Instead of re-recording those drum tracks in a fancy studio, Diaz simply re-mastered and refined the pre-existing files, then filled in the blanks into the analog excellence that is Gringo Novelas. The full record drops tomorrow but feel free to fill that void right now with “Empty Head”.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Ric Wilson: “Sinner” feat. Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma & Rane Raps

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Ric Wilson: “Sinner” feat. Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma & Rane Raps

Posted by on May 18, 2018

22-year-old community activist and Southside Chicago resident Ric Wilson has already made a name for himself selling out venues and opening for the likes of The Roots, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DRAM. Wilson found his origins with the renowned Young Chicago Authors organization that also helped kickstart the careers of Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper.

Following 2016’s The Sun Is Out and Soul Bounce and 2017’s Negrow DiscoWilson released his third EP Banba just today – a six pack of soul-soliciting tracks, packed with a ton of features. One of such feature-frenzy tunes appears halfway through Banba and gives voice to Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma and Rane Raps. Watch out, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” and Wu Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck” – here’s a modern day posse cut with a lot more lyrical depth – “Sinner”.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

El Dusty: “La Cumbia” feat. Boogat

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El Dusty: “La Cumbia” feat. Boogat

Posted by on May 15, 2018

Latin Grammy-nominated producer and turntablist El Dusty just met a bold milestone in his already burgeoning career. Known in the live music realm for his mainstream festival appearances and garnering acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard, El Dusty’s natural sense of sampling, chopping and just plain moving the crowd is undeniable.

Last Friday El Dusty released the full-length Cumbia City, fourteen fresh collaborative songs of bass bumpin’ and booty shakin’, all ripe for replayin’. El Dusty celebrates Cumbia City with a release party this Friday at the North Door along with Peligrosa. but hop in right now with a tune featuring Montreal-born Latin musician Boogat – “La Cumbia”.

Jack Anderson (Host, Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

ATLYS: “Apples And Apricots”

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ATLYS: “Apples And Apricots”

Posted by on May 14, 2018

Encompassing a world of orchestral performance and arrangement knowledge, local string quartet ATLYS is nothing short of spectacular. As the original violist for Mother Falcon, Rita Andrade formed ATLYS in Chicago alongside violinist Jinty McTavish and twin sisters Sabrina and Genevieve Tabby, on violin and cello respectively. The result is a tranquil but powerful sound that catches the listener off-guard with how each musician effortlessly lends their solo performance to lush arrangements.

ATLYS performs alongside Mother Falcon this Wednesday at Spiderhouse. Enjoy a track recorded in the great Alaskan outdoors and featuring collaboration with former Mother Falcon fronting member Claire Puckett – “Apples And Apricots”.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Kassin: “Momento De Clareza”

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Kassin: “Momento De Clareza”

Posted by on May 11, 2018

At the age of 44, Rio De Janeiro bassist-producer extraordinaire Alexandre Kassin has worked on about a hundred records over the course of his nearly three-decade spanning career, but is still relatively unknown to many English-speaking music lovers. The native Carioca first got his start in the local Rio scene performing in Acabou La Tequila and later in the more production-experimental trio X+2. Kassin was the one to conceptualize the internationally-renowned big band Orchestra Imperial, who he continues to perform with but today Kassin plants another seed in his solo career.

Finding inspiration in dreams and the surreal but anchoring itself with trusty production techniques, Kassin’s full-length Relax features eleven new tunes that sonically flow between traditional Brazilian pop, soul and classic Latin rhythms while lyrically addressing issues like politics, substance abuse, and mortality. Relax was released just today, so wrap up the work week by streaming the whole album but start off right now with a deceptively upbeat arrangement coupled with Kassin’s haunting tale of dodging fate by missing a flight on a plane that crashed in 1996 with “Momento De Clareza”.

Jack Anderson (Host, Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)