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Anderson Mahalek – you been mean to me

This track is so much bigger than it’s sound.  “a song about leaving your baby because you just don’t groove no more”… perfect.  I know virtually nothing about the Chicago artist or anything about how he’s managed to produce a track with nearly 2000 listens despite having only 17 followers.  It’s perfect. -PK

pkelly94Anderson Mahalek – you been mean to me
the $hoots smugglin

The $hoots – How Are You

A few months back I got excited about The $hoots, a Chicago-based hip-hop collective that made effortless rapping sound authentic.  On “How Are You”, the crew continues to impress with their reintroduction of the kind of “cool” that deserves quotes.  It takes over a minute before the first voice graces the jazzy instrumental, and even then, it’s just the group hardly breathing …

pkelly94The $hoots – How Are You


When he’s not traveling that globe with the rising Snack Skateboards crew, Sean Cullen likes fucking up the music game as the ever evolving SEENMR.  On his newest release, A DANCE TAPE FOR THE PEOPLE OF PLANET EARTH, SEENMR steps away from the highly textured beats that defined his earlier work into more structured, progressive dance songs.  He’s been flirting …


Stifton – close 2 u

If you thought that what has been missing from electronic music was more chromatic bleeps and bloops you were fucking wrong.  Vocoders are what is missing from electronic music, and Stifton has some vocoder-y sounds for you.  Although vocoders were once the manifestation of futuristic ideals and the strive to make music more calculated, something about the way Stifton builds …

tccarr14Stifton – close 2 u
the $hoots smugglin

The $hoots x Lanzo – Plottin’

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but the novelty of hip-hop crews started to wear a while ago.  Maybe too many blogs claimed that they had found the next Odd Future or maybe I just became more cynical after realizing crews like Pro.Era were a lot less deep than I’d initially hoped.  Despite this, I can’t help but get …

pkelly94The $hoots x Lanzo – Plottin’