It’s the two-year anniversary of 10 Songs—started it back in August 2014—and here we are at Part 7. I’m still on that hip-hop kick from Part 6—five of the ten songs here are from that genre—but we’ve also got some pop-punk, alt-rock and even some country (who would have thought).
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Let’s get things started with one of the most impressive young rappers I’ve heard:
01. Just B. Polo: Working For It
This dude hit me up on Instagram and invited me to check out one of his recent shows at Amityville Music Hall—I hadn’t heard of him, so I decided to check him out, downloaded his album Desensitized, and was blown away. I’m constantly surprised by the quality of artists coming out of LI, and Just B. Polo is among the best. Dude: I am so glad you decided to reach out to me. This album has become one of my favorites—as a reader, if you take one thing away from this post, it should be to buy this album. Needless to say, I accepted the invite to see him perform and his live show was nuts—he packed the place out with a dedicated group of rowdy followers. Several mosh-pits broke out—the energy in the place was electric. His flow is infectious and he’s got some great one-liners—one of my favs: “…she is now my ex, if anyone was wondering cuz she got out of line like a kid who sucks at coloring…”. Album is great—my favorite track is the album’s single Working For It—check out the video and give the song a listen below.
02. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Gwen Barkley in the 21st Century
I am super impressed with Sir Cadian Rhythm’s new EP Identity Crisis. It’s the group’s second record, a follow up to their 2015 self-titled EP. I’ve been keeping tabs on these guys for a while—they were featured in 10 Songs Part 3 back in May 2015—and the growth they’ve shown in just one year is pretty great. I got a chance to see them play at Great South Bay Music Festival in July and I’m now a full blown fan. The new effort reminds me a lot of post-Morning View Incubus—and their single Gwen Barkley in the 21st Century is a hit. Give the song a listen below and check out the music video here.
03. Giants At Large: The American Dream Is Dead
Giants At Large is a four-piece pop-punk group from LI. They began releasing songs back in 2010 with their debut album The Best Has Yet To Come and have since gone on to release three more albums including 2015’s The American Dream Is Dead. I caught one of their shows at Revolution back in March and really enjoyed their set—my favorite track off their new album is the title track The American Dream is Dead—give it a listen.
04. Hopefully Forgiven: Diamonds and Dirt
Hopefully Forgiven is a four-piece Rock and Roll group “with a Twang” out of Sag Harbor. I got a chance to see these guys play at Great South Bay Music Festival and was intrigued—we don’t get many Country-style bands coming out of LI. So I found them on Bandcamp, picked up a copy of their 2015 EP Demonstrations, and fell deeply in love with their song Diamonds and Dirt. They were a blast to watch live and it’s just plain interesting to see a bunch of surfer dudes from the east end playing Country. Give Diamonds and Dirt a listen and check out some more of their music on Bandcamp.
05. Modo: Beard Gang
I came across Modo’s music video for Beard Gang and have been singing it in my head ever since—the song is catchy as hell. The video has racked up over 19k views and has been featured on the Bossip, The Source and more. You can grab the song free on his Soundcloud when you make a donation to St. Jude’s—give it a listen below.
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06. Mint State: Annie, Keep Running
Mint State is a four-piece indie-rock group out of Center Moriches. These guys have been such great supporters of Stay Loose, and so I’m especially proud and excited to share this track off their recent EP End of an Error. Recorded in Port Jeff at Vudu Studios and released in May, the album’s second track Annie, Keep Running is the star of the record. It’s emotive, well written and has such a great build up to the chorus—I find myself listening to it two or three times in a row every time it comes up in my iTunes queue. Congrats on an awesome record fellas!
07. Rye Palmer: Christmas Eve
My dude Rye Palmer is back from a hiatus—hadn’t heard from him in a while, but he dropped his new mixtape Silence Dogood in April. It’s a 20-track effort, my favorite of which is a song called Christmas Eve. Give it a listen!
08. Count To Ten: Mayday
Count To Ten is a young, up-and-coming alt-pop-rock group out of Wantagh. I caught their set at Great South Bay Music Festival and met up with a couple of the guys afterwards to grab a copy of their EP. The record’s opening track Mayday caught my attention—give it a listen below and keep an eye on these guys, I think they’ll be around for a long time.
09. JaeO Draftpick: 51631
JaeO Draftpick is one of the hottest hip hop artist reppin’ the Island. Coming out of Westbury, he’s been on the scene for a minute, dropping his first mixtape Road 2 Riches in 2012. The album’s title track drew a lot of attention on YouTube getting more that 18k views. He followed that up with 2014’s Draft Pick Gang—which featured the stand out track RIP Black Child—and recently released his third tape Road 2 More Riches in May of this year. The album’s title track is a standout, but my favorite is the single 51631 ft. Reek Da Villian. Give the track a listen below and check out the video here (peep JaeO sporting the Isles jersey—love it!).
10. Dud Music: Steps
I just featured DUD Music in 10 Songs Part 6—and I generally try not to repeat artists in back-to-back editions, but once I heard his new single “Steps”, there was no doubt it was going to make this list. This song is so smart—weaving together different storylines and messages into one cohesive package. The single is his first release since his debut record “On My Way”. I can’t wait to hear what else he’s got in store. Give the song a listen below and check out the music video here.
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