Part of what makes Local Crafts great is the fact that we get to dive into music and discover talent throughout Southern New England. Of course, we can’t catch every single release, but we try to look for as many as we can. In May, we brought you some new faces and old. For June, it’s the same deal. We have even newer faces and also the addition of a new genre. If you’re missing… shoot us an email.
ALMTY YAMI — Blood Queen | (Providence)
ALMTY YAMI dropped his mixtape Blood Queen after some promotion. The project was mixed by Kenny Mercado at The Boiler Room Studios in Rhode Island and features some local talent including WHYTRI, whom we feature a little later in this post.
Big Frank — “The Pursuit” (prod. Atto Pilot) | (Providence)
Code Green — “Reasons” | (Rhode Island -> LA)
The Code Green trio returns with their newest release, “Reasons.” Check out last month’s Local Crafts for their previous release.
Devo Night — “PUT UP” | (Rhode Island)
Devo Night gets a slot on Local Crafts for the second month in a row. Last month he was featured on a track, but this month it’s just him.
Iris Creamer — “BOY” (Music Video) | (Providence)
Iris Creamer just released her second project MINUTE-MAN EP in May and this month released her first music video “BOY.” Her Alternative Hip-hop style is inspired by the likes of “Kelis, Pete Rock, Tyler, the Creator, Gorillaz and Azealia Banks.” I definitely can hear the Banks inspiration. The song was produced by MULTIPLEXXX, video was directed by Creamer and Ryan Cardoso and edited by Creamer and Rasheed LaPointe.
Jessy Piff — “Icon (Remix)” | (Rhode Island)
The Rhode Islander Jessy Piff drops a remix to Jaden Smith’s “Icon.”
Michael Christmas — Role Model | (Boston)
After the release of “Girlfriend” and “Ball” over the last couple of months, Michael Christmas officially released Role Model. The album serves as Christmas’ first release after signing with A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs‘ label Fool’s Gold Records. The 15-track release is capturing, what Christmas told Hypebeast, what he’s trying to teach the kids. “How I maneuver through the craziness we see every day.”
Nino — “Waiting List” / “VIBES” / “Nightmare” / “Elijah’s Story” | (Providence)
Every week in June, Nino released a new track. After having released four total, if we’re using baseball terminology, he’s 4-for-4. In addition to the release of his four tracks, Nino was featured in Where’s Nasty’s guest DJ set on Sway in the Morning (featured below).
REKS — “JUNETEENTH” “NE 617” Order in Chaos | (Lawrence, Massachusetts)
The “Lawtown” Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme (REKS) has had a storied career, spanning 11 studio albums. Having just returned from a european tour with fellow Massachusetts native Lucky Dice, REKS was ready to announce what he had been cooking up.
REKS, along with another Lawrence artist Short Fyuz, have linked up for REKS’ 12th studio album, Order in Chaos. The album is set to release on September 11 and will surely be another successful notch in REKS career. “I DO NOT disappoint,” he wrote on Facebook. “Sucka emcees be warned. The true definition of GOOD MUSIC is back.”
REKS and Short Fyuz released “JUNETEENTH” in honor of the name given, in short, to the day of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. The duo also released “NE: 617,” a track dedicated to the legendary group New Edition, who were from Boston. The track comes in at 6 minutes and 17, which also happens to be the Boston area code. Listen below.
Tony Mancilla — “No Pressure” (feat. Zinco) | (Providence)
Von the General x Thierry — The General Thierry | (Providence)
Sneaking into the last day of the month is Von the General and Thierry. The two come together for The General Thierry, a collab project they’ve been working on. Listen to the six-track project below.
where’s nasty — Guest DJ set on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning
Providence’s where’s nasty, co-founder of stay silent PVD, has been DJ’ing and impacting the music scene both locally and nationally for some time now. A year to the month where he last was featured as a guest DJ on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning radio show, he found himself in the studio again. We tuned in that day and like many others, risked employment and watched his performance. Beato and DJ Dymand, both local as well, manned the Instagram live cameras and brought us visuals of the set. He mixed in all types of music from old to new and even included some local talent like Jefe REPLAY, Nino and Cam Bells. That unreleased Jefe REPLAY track that played…we’re gonna need that.
— WHERE’S NASTY (@wheresnasty) July 3, 2018
WHYTRI — “GUESSWHOIDK” (prod. Beato) (Boston/Providence)
I couldn’t decide where to place this track, really. WHYTRI (pronounced WHY – TRY) enlists Providence’s Beato for the production on his track “GUESSWHOIDK.” The song has been on repeat since I first heard it a couple weeks ago and it’s a super vibey, song that gives me a Flatbush ZOMBiES feel, but it’s very much its own. If you like this, check out his track “XURWIFI” — off of his 2017 project KAHUNA — featuring another Rhode Islander, Lily Rayne. That track goes.
Truly Young — “Loverboy” prod. Che Ecru (LA / Boston)
This track comes to us by way of Truly Young, an artist from LA. The connection to Local Crafts is the producer, Che Ecru — who you will read more about further down.
Karlos Rosé — “Hoy Brindo” | (Providence)
The Dominican singer Karlos Rosé got his start at a young age and released his debut track “Just The Way You Are” in 2012. The song reached number one on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart. He followed it with a cover of The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There,” which reached number four.Since then, he’s been releasing singles here and there, looking to maintain the success of those two tracks. Quiet for some time, Karlos looks to be back on the map for another push for the charts. “Hoy Brindo” is his latest.
NOVA ONE — secret princess / “come as you are (cover)” / “if you were mine” | (Providence)
The lead singer of NOVA ONE might look familiar to some, and for a good reason. We wrote a little about Roz Raskin last month as we saw her previous band, roz and the rice cakes, close out their career with a performance at the Colombus Theatre in Providence. This month, roz is back with new music. NOVA ONE started in 2017 and is officially listed as roz raskin and friends. Even with the release of secret princess, roz has been keeping busy with the drop of a cover and a video for “if you were mine” — with the rice cakes Casey Belisle and Justin Foster — at Big Nice Studio. The live version of “if you were mine” is nice (no pun intended).
Bad Rabbits — “F on the J-O-B” (Boston)
Bad Rabbits is another group that I found difficult to place into a genre. With the release of “F on the J-O-B,” the Boston-based crew announced they will be releasing a new album called Mimi on August 10. “While the R&B outfit at first seems to be suggesting they’re keen to a workplace romance,” Variance Magazine writes. ” They quickly make clear this is actually meant to address the serious topic of sexual harassment and misconduct, in support of the #MeToo movement.”
Cam Bells — Soul4Real: 002 (Double Disc) | (Providence)
If you’re looking for a smooth mix to kick off your summer, look no further. Cam Bells puts his own spin on tracks from The Internet, SZA, Drake, Nino, Pusha T and more. Side A and B are featured below.
Che Ecru — “Last Time” / “Benefits” (Video) | (Boston)
Che Ecru, the Boston-based R&B artist, has been turning heads for the last couple of years with his new-age R&B style. His last album, buries, was well-received and, as they are with a lot of music today, fans wanted more. There hasn’t been any official date for his followup project Rejection, but we hope it’s soon. Che has written on Twitter that he wants to release the 11-track Rejection, but he “just has too many bangers.” If they keep sounding like “Last Time,” I won’t be mad for the wait.
PVDFest is an annual four-day art, culture and culinary event that takes place in Downtown Providence. There is live music, dancing, food and visuals arts on almost every street, public space and park throughout the heart of the city. Though we can’t cover every day of the event, here are some highlights we saw.
Mambo Pa Ti
Guiness Book of World Records-setting largest community bachata dance. More than 500 couples came out.
stay silent PVD
Citywide electric slide.
PVD Fest, 2018. pic.twitter.com/U8DW97sgoF
— stay silent PVD (@staysilentPVD) June 10, 2018
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We came together w/ one of New Englands fastest growing festivals @pvd.fest . Very dope for upcoming artists. We proudly got to deliver the 2nd installation of #aotrpvdfest !!! Did you missed out??? No worries 😎 Good thing the moments were captured by @beatknoxproductions : Beat by @altree