10 Songs You Should Hear Part VI

10-Songs-6Welcome to the sixth edition of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear. We’ve got a nice mix of artists across different genres on this one—but I’ve been on a bit of a hip-hop kick lately, so you’ll hear a lot of that. I also dropped in on some pop-punk locals performing at Revolution in March, so you’ll hear some of their music as well.

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In no particular order, here are 10 songs out of Long Island you should hear:


1. DA The Future: N’ Luv

DA_10-Songs-6DA The Future is a hip-hop artist based out of Amityville—I first heard of him through the Earwaxx Sessions, which he is a founder. I immediately connected with his message and downloaded his 2014 EP 18N—a collection of seven super-unique tracks including N’ Luv, which really caught my attention. It’s a catchy, vibey, groovy, chill track that gets stuck in your head—and you want it there. After listening to the EP I knew I had to check DA out live, so I caught up with him in April at a show in Copiague—dude didn’t go on until 2am (I’m getting too old for this scene) but it was worth the wait—he’s as charismatic a performer as he is a writer and his live show adds another dimension to his polarizing music. Check out more of his music and music videos at dathefuture.com and give N’ Luv a listen below.

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2. Whittled Down: Living, Forever

Whittled-Down_10-Songs-6Whittled Down (formerly Commonwealth) is a five-piece Emo/Hardcore band formed in 2013. I got to see them play with Shorebreak a couple months ago and fell in love with their song Living, Forever off their EP Bold Print. The songs opening line “As the world spins and I stand still, all these empty days that I can’t fill” is belted out by singer Pat Pierce with such desperation, you can’t help but get sucked in and connect with the song. It struck a chord and I immediately felt what he must have been feeling when he wrote it—which to me, is one of the marks of a successful song. Give it a listen below:

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3. Reek Da Villian: Trouble Waters

Roosevelt’s own Reek Da Villian dropped his latest mixtape Reek What You Sow in October of last year. It’s his first release as an independent artist since leaving Busta Rhyme’s label back in 2014. I just got around to listening to the LP—I had only heard bits and pieces of Reek before and I have to admit this record took me by surprise—I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. It’s on me for not paying attention. The record has a 90’s East Coast hip-hop feel and features tracks with Kendrick Lamar, Swizz Beatz, Ace Hood and more. My favorite track is Trouble Waters—it’s got a great vintage sound, a warm, mellow beat over which Reek raps about his family life growing up. Give it a listen:

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4. TK The Architect: Result of the Fire

TK_10-Songs-6I’ve been up on TK the Architect for a while now—he was featured on 10 Songs Part 1 (Aug 2014) and again on Part 3 (May 2015) for tracks off of his debut record Life In Stereo (Nov 2013). TK’s newest effort Blue Season (Apr 2016) is an evolution from his first album, which was straightforward boom-bap hip-hop (done really, really well). On Blue Season, TK has created a sound all his own; “I genuinely feel that no one could have made this record but me”—and he’s right, there’s not an album I’ve heard that sounds like Blue Season. His roots are still in hip-hop—only now TK focuses on not just his verses, but his guitar parts and music arrangements as well—and it produces a totally unique, genre-blurring album that I’m going to be listening to for a long time. So many great tracks on this one—my favorite is the opener Result of the Fire—give it a listen:

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5. Moon Tooth: Offered Blood

Ok, so this whole album is sick. It’s not easy picking just one track to feature, but I’m going with Offered Blood because the guitar part about 2:25 in is one of the raddest things I’ve ever heard (guitarist Nick Lee was just interviewed by our friends over at Shoot the Shred, you should definitely give it a listen). Moon Tooth released their debut full-length record Chromaparagon in February of this year, and the album is bananas—just go buy it now.

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 6. Brodie Fresh: Pray

Brodie Fresh is a hip-hop artist out of Elmont—I found him on Instagram as he was promoting the release of his EP Farewell. I checked out his music video for Soul Food and I was sold—growing up in the Northeast, and the New York area in particular, I’ve always been a big fan of East Coast hip-hop—and Brodie embodies that—his raw and raspy flow is what you expect out of a New York MC. I picked up his EP when it dropped in March and it delivers from front to back—my favorite is the opening track Pray. I love when a song tells a story—Brodie has great intuition and his storytelling skills are exemplified on this track. Give it a listen:

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7. Shorebreak: Around

Shorebreak_10-Songs-6Shorebreak is a straightforward pop-punk group out of East Islip. I picked up their December 2015 release Misdirection earlier this year and it ended up on rotation in my studio for weeks. I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. They’re a super fun act to watch—frontman Mike Scarola has that “it” factor you look for in a lead singer and the crowd was belting the songs along with him all night. I just picked up the two Shorebreak records that preceded Misdirection: Displacement (Dec 2013) and Severance (Feb 2015), which I still need to give a good listen, so for now, my selection for Shorebreak song you need to hear is Around:

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8. Dud Music: Mulatto Man

DUD_10-Songs-6_2Dudley Salmon is multi-talented musician out of Brentwood. He’s much more than your average rap artist—for his debut On My Way he wrote, composed, produced and played just about every instrument that appear on the 15-track album. I got a chance to catch one of his sets in March at Trifecta in Copiague and immediately connected with his vibe. His album is filled with great tracks including B-Wood—an homage to life in Brentwood where he grew up—and my personal favorite Mulatto Man where Dudley talks about his inner conflict being inter-racial, he raps “I’m half black and half white, but half the time I don’t know which half to act like”. Give it a listen:

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9. HOAX: Simply

HOAX is a four-piece alternative group out of Freeport. They’re new to the scene, formed in 2015, I found out about them through Rick’s Rising Stars. I found their story to be pretty interesting—frontman and hip-hop artist Michael Raj was just looking for a few musicians to serve as a backing band for his live show. He ended up jamming with fellow Hofsta students Frantz Cesar and Kevin and Jacob Lopez and the chemistry was so good that HOAX was born. The guys still haven’t had an official release—mostly covers and a couple of originals on Soundcloud—but if their song Simply is an indication of what they’re capable of, I can’t wait to hear more.

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10. Colorful Kid: Trickle Down

Colorful-Kid_10-Songs-6Colorful Kid made our 10 Songs list back in August 2015 (Part 4) with the emotive track All Ways off of their debut self titled EP (Jan 2015). They’ve since released their first full-length record Weird Years (Feb 2016) where the band shows off a softer side with tracks like Wood and Concrete, and my favorite off the album, Trickle Down. Give it a listen:

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Thanks for reading 10 Songs Part 6—I’ve gotten such a flood of great local music recently, I’m going to follow up with Part 7 really soon.

Cheers!

– Chris

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10 Songs You Should Hear – Part II

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I had a lot of fun writing the first installment of 10 Songs You Should Hear, so I wanted to write a follow up – and here it is, in no particular order, 10 more songs out of Long Island you should listen to:


1. Quiet Storm: 24

I heard of Quiet Storm through my buddy Justin at Revolution Athletics and quickly became a fan after listening to a bunch of his tracks on Reverbnation. QS reps Suffolk County and dropped his debit album Bad Decisions in July of 2013 – it’s encouraging to see another talented rapper coming out of LI, and especially great to have him repping Suffolk. Storm’s got a slew of tight music videos as well, be sure to check him out on YouTube and download Bad Decisions on Audiomack. Stand out song for me is 24 – check out the video for it here.


2. Ant Matos ft Reek Da Villian: Money Over EverythingAnt-Matos-2

Psyched about this collab – two of LI’s best, Ant Matos and Reek Da Villian come together and deliver Money Over Everything, the first single off Ant’s upcoming mixtape. Reek is an established rapper out of Roosevelt – a Busta Rhymes protégé signed to Flipmode Squad at 19, he’s performed and Recorded with the likes of Busta, The Game, Tre Beatz and more. Reek recently left Busta’s label and signed with Birdman’s sub-label Rich Gang. This is an impressive start to Ant’s sophomore effort – looking forward to what else homeboy’s got in store.


3. Warden and Fame: Puff Puff Passwarden-fame

Warden and Fame is a six-piece Hip-Hop Reggae Rock band based out of Bay Shore. I’ve seen these guys perform multiple times and had the pleasure of working with them recently on a little collab project. They’ve got plans to release a full-length album in 2015 and just released their first official single Puff Puff Pass, which they’ll be shooting a video for as well. Download the single on iTunes and stay tuned for the music video.


4. The RBC: 5th Base

I got to see The RBC play Beerfields Music Festival in 2013 just after the release of their debut album When Is Now. Rick Eberle told me I needed to check them out earlier that year and I’m glad he did – they’re a great reggae band, but with a strong punk rock influence that comes out in a lot of their music, which produces a really unique and totally awesome result. I believe they’re currently tracking for their follow-up album, but no word on when that’s coming out yet. My favorite track on When Is Now is a song called 5th Base, give it a listen.


5. Oogee Wawa & Sun-Dried Vibes: Late Night Oogee-Sundried

Oogee Wawa and Sun-Dried Vibes collaborated on a sweet party anthem which they released over summer called Late Night – dropping a video for it on YouTube in August. Sun-Dried is based out of Rock Hill, SC – they we’re up playing a bunch of shows with Oogee here on Long Island over the Summer which is when Late Night was recorded. I got to catch one of their shows at Dublin Deck in May – check out the photos here.


 6. Number F: CadiaCatyclismnumber-f

Number F is a very new band based out of Lindenhurst. They released their first (and currently their only) song CadiaCatyclism in December of 2013. I saw them perform at the Nonstop Summer Party this past August and got a chance to hear some of their new material in the works and I’m looking forward to some future releases – for now, give CadiaCatyclism a listen.


7. Dr. Baby: Spit Take

Members of Lost Kindgoms and Code Anchor come together to form the hard-hitting rock group Dr. Baby. If you were a fan of Code Anchor, you’ll love this new project – it’s got the same tight progressive rock sound with a bit more of a punk vibe. They dropped a four song demo in November, my favorite of the four is Spit Take, have a listen.


 8. John Von Braunsberg: The Haunting Chapter VJohn-Von-Braunsberg

Former Whiskey Hotel guitarist John Von Braunsberg has been working on a pretty sweet little side project called The Haunting – a series of heavy, electric guitar driven instrumentals that he records in his home studio. JVB recently joined established post-hardcore band A Crowd Like You (another LI band worth checking out) – looking forward to keeping an eye on what he’ll be up to in 2015.


9. Frank Bones: Ambulance

I saw Frank Laudicina (aka Frank Bones) perform an acoustic set opening for Oogee Wawa last February and picked up his seven track EP Just Enough To Be Dangerous which had just been released. A really nice effort overall, with the standout track for me being Ambulance.


10. Dune Local: No MoreDuneLocal

Dune Local is a hybrid rock, blues, reggae and hip-hop band out of Hampton Bays – they dropped their debut self-titled seven track album this past May. I got to see them play over the Summer – they opened their set with a Rage Against the Machine cover of Bulls On Parade, so naturally I fell in love with them immediately. They just released a music video for “No More” – a track off of their debut, which also happens to be my favorite.


And that’s the list for now – thanks for reading, be sure to visit stayloose.net and keep up with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

– Chris