10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear Pt. 7

01_10SYSH-Pt7_HeaderIt’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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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!

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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.

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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!).

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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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Thanks for reading 10 Songs Part 7.

Cheers!

– Chris

(PS: If you think you or someone you know should be featured here, email us at chris@stayloose.net)

 

Shorebreak at Revolution

I picked up Shorebreak‘s EP Misdirection last month and had it on rotation in the studio for a bit—I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. It also gave me an opportunity to check out two other locals: Whittled Down and Giants At Large—here are a few of my favorite shots from the show:

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Time King X Peru Co-Album Release Party

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Two up-and-coming LI bands got together to co-headline an awesome album release show Friday September 4 at Revolution in Amityville. Time King releasing their debut full length album Suprœ, and Peru releasing their debut EP Ordinary People. I dropped by to grab a couple beers, check out the bands and snap some pics.

Little Alien and Allies opened up the show – unfortunately I didn’t get to catch Little Alien.


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Allies are a four-piece alternative rock group out of Nassau County – they released their debut EP The Lobby in November of last year. I just picked up the album and I’m slightly obsessed with the track “Extremities”. These guys are a blast live too:

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Follow Allies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and grab their EP The Lobby – you can also check out all of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


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These are the dudes I came to see – Time King is tight. They’re a five-piece rock/prog band from LI and their new album Suprœ is the best album I’ve heard out of anywhere in a long time.  To get a taste of their live sound, visit timekingofficial.com and watch their Live Sessions of “The New” and “Take Cover”. Here are a couple shots from their set:

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Do yourself a favor and download Suprœ right now and follow Time King on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’re welcome.

Check out the rest of my shots from Time King’s set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Peru

Peru is a three-man soul-infused indie group out of LI – like Time King, they’re celebrating the release of a new album (Ordinary People) and they’ve got a pretty sweet Live Sessions video for the song Forever up on their site also. I’m really glad I got the chance to check these guys out:

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You can listen to their EP on Spotify – follow Peru on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and you can check out the rest of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


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Interview with Quiet Storm

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Quiet Storm is a hip-hop artist out of Suffolk County. He dropped his debut album Bad Decisions in 2013 and his song 24 made our list of 10 Songs You Should Hear Part II. Storm is currently working on his sophomore album called Good Intentions which he plans to release this Summer (no specific date yet) but he promises it’ll be his best work yet, adding:

“We’ll record five or six songs and we might keep one for the project…trying to make sure everything is perfect.”

We’ll stay tuned on that and keep you posted on a possible release date. Check out our interview with him below: (click here to watch in HD)


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– Chris

10 Songs You Should Hear – Part III

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Here it is: the third installment of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear (In no particular order).


1. Bohemians: Colony

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I’ve interviewed and written about this up-an-coming alt-pop group from Manorville a bunch this year – their debut album Settle Down, Carry On has been on rotation in my studio since I first heard about them back in January. Frontman Luke Lotardo (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Eric Milton (Keyboards/Guitar), Eric Pubins (Drums) and Perry Ladouceur (Bass) put together a seriously intriguing album – my favorite track: Colony.


2. Marlo DeMore: Angels and Minotaurs

Marlo is a rapper out of Wantaugh – he dropped his mixtape Still Dreaming in 2013 with a sound reminiscent of rap’s glory days in New York. The album is worth a listen front to back, but my favorite track is the single Angels and Minotaurs – take a listen and you can also check out the video here.


3. The Offshore Regulars: Maria

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The Offshore Regulars are a four piece Rock/Reggae band out of West Islip. They’re currently working on a new EP called Heathens which they’ll be releasing sometime next month. Singer Brendan O’Hara, Guitarist Andrew Culmo, Bassist Jon Eiseman and Drummer Bobby VanNostrand released their debut album The New Guy in 2013 – my favorite track from the album is Maria.


4. Oogee Wawa (ft Joey Harkum): Pack the Van

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A staple on the Long Island music scene, Oogee Wawa has been setting the standard with their brand of Reggae/Hip-Hop. The guys released their sophomore album More Sand Than Money at a huge party at Nappers in Smithtown last month, and the album does not disappoint. So many great tracks, but my personal favorite is Pack the Van.


5. Gutterlife: Complacent

Gutterlife is a four man alt-punk band out of East Islip. The group released their second EP Don’t Sleep in February of this year. Don’t Sleep is a follow up to their debut release Violent Discord, which came out in March of 2014. Both albums are worth a listen, but my favorite track off the new EP is Complacent. Check out the video too.


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6. Go Big: Answer My Call

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Go Big is a suitable name for this group out of Lindenhurst: they’re a big band (8 members) who play a lot of instruments (front-man Jason Rutcofsky plays 5 for example), and the result is a big sound. They released their debut album The Story From Our Side in March of 2014 and you’ve got to listen to Jessica Rutcofsky blow the roof off with a big vocal performance on my personal favorite from the album: Answer My Call.


7. TK The Architect: Passing On The Torch/Name of Progress

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My dude TK out of Oceanside released a two-part music video back in February for songs Passing On The Torch and Name of Progress both off of his mixtape Life In Stereo. The videos came out so well: adding to the concepts and tying together a story between the two songs, I had to share them here. Listen to Passing On The Torch below, and definitely check out the videos for both songs in the links above.


8. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Villain Fear

Sir Cadian Rhythm is a 5 piece alternative band out of LI. Jack Weppler (Vox), Alex Laudani (Guitar), Richie Cluxton (Bass), Keith Miller (Drums) and Marr Carlin (Keyboards) released their debut self-titled EP in February of this year. They’ve got a really cool, unique blend of music – at times they remind me of Incubus, others it’s more Maroon 5. That’s before they break out the horns though, and turn up the bass and infuse some funk and jazz into their sound. It’s a totally cool EP – my favorite song incidentally is the final track on the EP, which is a stripped down, mellow track called Villain Fear.


9. Ant Matos: Me Myself & I

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My dude Ant Matos has been putting in work this year, releasing tracks with Lock the Tree Mason and Reek Da Villian while working on the upcoming mixtape Loose Camp Supreme 2015. He dropped a freestyle on his Soundcloud a couple months ago called Me Myself & I – listen.


10. Adiron: Whiskey Hostel

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Shawn O’Connor joined post-hardcore band Adiron shortly after Whiskey Hotel disbanded late last year. The band is based out of Lindenhurst and released an 8-track EP called Frequency & Pressure last month. My standout track is Whiskey Hostel.


Think your song needs to be on this list? Email chris@stayloose.net – I’m always on the lookout for new local music to listen to and share.

Thanks for reading,

– Chris

Coming Soon: Interview with Bohemians

We sat down with alt-pop band Bohemians to talk music, their new album Settle Down, Carry On and plans for 2015.

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Bohemians are an alt-pop band out of Manorville – they dropped their debut album Settle Down, Carry On in January and released a music video for the single Hints. We spoke with the guys about their experience in making an album, how they got together and what they’re going to be up to this coming year. Full interview drops in March – in the meantime, check out the teaser below:

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– Chris

Coming Soon: Interview with Quiet Storm

We sat down with hip-hop artist Quiet Storm to talk music, the scene on Long Island and his plans for 2015.

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Quiet Storm is a hip-hop artist out of Lake Grove – he dropped his debut LP Bad Decisions in 2013 and his song 24 made our list of 10 Songs You Should Hear Part II. He’s currently working on a follow up album called Good Intentions which he plans to release this Summer – we spoke a little bit about that, about the first song he ever recorded, which was for a class project in High School (I tried getting him to release it) and a lot more. Full interview drops in March – in the meantime, check out the teaser below:

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– Chris

Jake Furia “Access to Ecstasy” Music Video

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We just released our first project as Stay Loose Records – a music video for Jake Furia’s new single Access to Ecstasy. I first heard the song as a bonus live track on Jake’s Acoustic EP – it was my favorite track on the EP and so I contacted Jake to see if he’d be interested in officially recording the song and shooting a video to go along with it.

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We hooked up with producer Bill Burns to record the track at his studio in Huntington – I shot a bunch of behind-the-scenes pics that you can see below, also took some video which we incorporated into the video.

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Jake also stopped by the Stay Loose studio for a photoshoot – we used these images for the single’s album artwork and promotion.

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Once the audio and photos were done, we set a date to go and shoot the video. It was all shot in one day, by the water on the south shore of Long Island at Tanner Park in Copaigue.

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And here’s the final video:

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. The music scene on Long Island is stronger than it’s ever been and we need everyone’s support to help it grow and get the recognition it deserves. Stay Loose Records has a bunch more projects in the works and we hope you’ll continue to support us as we continue on!

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Thanks for reading, #stayloose

– Chris