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Local Crafts: Southern New England in music, October

The spookiest of days are over now and we’re gearing up for the holidays. For the first time in some months, we’re releasing Local Crafts on time, and yet, always worth it. This month we have the release of some new projects from familiar faces and new ones. The Spanish tracks remain on the list, which we’re ecstatic to see, and we added in DJs and producers again for October. We’re also premiering a hand-picked playlist exclusively on Spotify, which you can check out below. Check them out.

Click the artwork below to go to the official Spotify-exclusive Local Crafts playlist. Be sure to follow the playlist and check back every month for new updates. The songs are hand picked and the playlist was created to be listened front to back. but shuffle is ok. Also, for the best listening experience, go to your settings and add a 7-10 second crossfade. You’re welcome.


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DJ/Producer

AWOL x Wattz — “Amorfoda” (AWOL x Wattz Remix)  |  (Rhode Island)

AWOL and Wattz have both been featured previously on Local Crafts and they have come together for a new release. Wattz previously linked with where’s nasty for a remix of Romeo Santos’ “Imitadora” and now he links with AWOL for a remix to Bad Bunny’s “Amorfoda.” The pair add some bubbly sounds to the track that originally was vocals over the same piano key. Check it out.

DJ Dymand — “Just In Case Ya’ll Forgot…..”  |  (Pawtucket)

“Dymand you know that’s my DJ/
He keep my records on replay”
– Dee Gomes “Replay”

DJ Dymand makes sure you don’t forget what he can do with his newest release. “Just In Case Ya’ll Forgot…..” is Dymand’s newest mix, sporting a runtime a little more than an hour. He mixes songs from around the nation, but also throws in a significant amount of local talent. If you want to learn more about Dymand, you can check out The Don Cøøgi’s podcast “Kickin’ It,” where he is featured for the third episode.

Jinénji — “As The Moon Falls Down” |  (Providence)

Jinenji finally hits the major streaming platforms after solely having his work on Soundcloud. This is a huge step considering it took a bit of time for him to show off his work publicly. The Providence producer focuses on instrumentals and lo-fi hip hop beats. He also announced his upcoming project, Rembrant’s Way Home. Stay tuned.

 

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Hip-hop

Al Tree — Tree House: An Al Tree Experience  |  (New Bedford, Massachusetts)

Al Tree drops his latest — the 14-track Tree House: An Al Tree Experience. 

ALMTY YAMI — Blood Queen (Deluxe Edition)  |  (Providence)

As promised, ALMTY YAMI delivers the deluxe edition to his Blood Queen on Halloween, tacking on three new tracks. Unlike typical deluxe editions, Yami slaps the bonus tracks throughout the project for a better listening experience. Check out “Unloved By H.E.R.,” “BratzDoll” and “Matireal Girl.”

Cam Bells — “Ella Mai Freestyle”  |  (Providence)

We very well may have to have a poll on who has hit Local Crafts the most because Cam Bells might be at the top of that list. Here we get a freestyle to Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up.” 

DAP The Contract — “Hell Yeah” – (video)  |  (Providence …at one point)

While you take a listen to DAP The Contract‘s music, make sure you also take a look at his accomplishments. Great on the mic and has had quite a journey. Watch the NY-based DAP in his self-directed video and self-produced track. 

Flawless Real Talk — BET Awards Freestyle  |  (Rhode Island)

Flawless Real Talk takes his talents to the BET Awards alongside Casanova, Phora, Shawn Smith and Reason. Easily the top in the freestyle, Flawless doesn’t disappoint. Check him out while DJ Premiere is on the boards. Preemo drop that.

The Jae — “Mm Alright” – (video)  |  (Providence)

The Jae, whom we featured after the release of his project Unleashed, just dropped his latest video off of his project This is Emo Rap. “Mm Alright,” shot by Star Film HD, was recorded at B08 studios, engineered by Sean Dizzy Blade — of “L’Or Blanc” fame — and mastered by Margery the Master. The Jae “explores Classical, Jazz, and Hip Hop [and] His recent Hip Hop EPs are sexual, unrelenting, ridiculous, and angry; fusing rap, rock, metal, and his own brand of philosophy and teachings that he spits with a dirty tongue, and from an arrogant mind.”

Joe Bruce — “Taste Remix (Fake)”  |  (Providence)

We’ve featured Joe Bruce on Local Crafts before and he’s back with a remix to Tyga’s track “Taste.”

Jon Hope — “ChamPain” | (Providence)

Originally produced by Kris Fame, Jon Hope releases “ChamPain” as a celebration of his 2017 project Savage Beauty‘s anniversary. This new, stripped and condensed version of the track is produced by Danny Keyz.

Louie. — “Louieville 2020”  |  (Rhode Island)

Not only is Louie. the co-owner of The Daily Note, a local music website promoting hip hop, but he also makes his own music. On “Louieville 2020,” Louie. raps over a reworked Brockhampton track.   

Pharaoh JaXson — “CRITICS”  |  (Providence) 

Pharaoh JaXson keeps the strong year going with a brand new drop, “CRITICS.” 

Reign — #habits (prod. by WOAHHEYITSKYLE) 

Reign links with WOAHHEYITSKYLE for a new track. 

Sir Loin — “No Diet” (French Montana “No Stylist” Fatmix) /  “STOOPID” / “Fatso Mode” |  (Providence)

You may have seen his videos around and here he is. Sir Loin is a satire rapper from Rhode Island that remixes popular songs and, well, is dope. Out of this bunch here, what do you think is the best one? His most popular one so far looks to be his remix of Kanye West and Lil Pump’s “I Love It.” 

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Indie/Folk/Rock/Alternative+

Andrew DiMarzo Trio — “Our Fence” – (Video)  | (Boston)

Last featured in September when they recorded their cover to The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” the Andrew DiMarzo Trio is back with a new video. “Our Fence” is an original track by The Trio and the live in-studio performance was recorded with three instruments. The video was shot by Alec Hutson.

The Beardogz — The Woods We Scour  |  (Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

We’re a little late on this one, but it was just sent to us so we’re throwing it up. The Beardogz, a band from Northern Rhode Island, released their second independently recorded and produced album, The Woods We Scour, this past August.  Spencer Soucy, guitars/vocals, Peter Soucy, guitars/vocals/melodica, Jonathan Blanchette, drums/cajon/vocals, Brian Rowe, bass/vocals/clarinet and Ethan Guevremont, trombone/keyboard/saxaphone, make up the eclectic five-man band.

empty hour — Shades  |  (Rhode Island)

empty hour, who we’ve featured on Local Crafts in the past, has released their official debut album Shades. The two-person empty hour, comprised of KREW$ and Tyler Palmer, come from Rhode Island but have moved to Los Angeles with the goal of furthering their music — and this is a direct result. Shades is a “story about love, heartbreak, memories and closure” with each color representing a different story. Colors have multiple shades as do the stories told. The alternative styled R&B fusion album is October’s album of the month.

UNTLD. — A Long Summer  | (West Warwick, Rhode Island)

Vincent Lancellotta and Matthew Lavigne make up the two-piece music group UNTLD. (“untitled,” not “untold”). The pair has released their five-song EP called A Long Summer.  Lavigne handles the instrumentals and Lancellotta takes care of the lyrics and the vocals for the tracks. “UNTLD. gives us the freedom to be anything… Anything we want,” he told SOSICO.

Though placed in this genre, UNTLD. truly remains without a genre and free to perform how they wish. They have no limits to what they can produce or perform and some of their range is shown with this one.  


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Latin

Jay Ramirez — “Entrègate” / “Me Provocas” – (videos)  |  (Providence)

The Providence native Jay Ramirez dropped two new bachata singles — and videos — in October. 

Mel Dee El Indecente — “Eso Da Pa To” (feat. Ceky Viciny)  |  (Providence)

Mel Dee El Indecente makes his first appearance on Local Crafts with this Dembow hit featuring Ceky Viciny, who is known for his hits such as “Klok Con Klok” and  “Tiempo.” 

Priscilla Montero — “Tacones Rojos” / “Cada Vez” – (lyric videos) / “Sin Ti Me Falta el Aire”  | (Rhode Island)

Rhode Island-based Priscilla Montero dropped her long-awaited three-song EP  Amor Salvaje in September and now gives us the lyric video for her songs “Tacones Rojo” and “Cada Vez.” Following the release of the two lyric videos, Montero dropped a new track “Sin Ti Me Falta el Aire” featuring Lexx Esposito.


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R&B/Alternative R&B/Afrobeats

 

Dee Gomes — “REPLAY” (feat. Lil Tjay, King OSF)  – (video)  |  (Providence)

Dee Gomes links with Lil Tjay and King OSF for “REPLAY.” Shot and edited by Alex Sandoval, Rath Soe and Socially Awkward, the three artists and their friends head to New York to shoot the video. We featured Gomes last month for the release of his track “Standards.” 

Jeff Jones — “Late Night”  |  (Pawtucket)

Jeff Jones taps FreshOne and Rodda J for some help on his newest track “Late Night.” The three come together for some soulful, R&B vibes.

Manny X — “Lingerie” / “Love That Shit” / “Language” / “Do What I Do” (feat. Notes) / “All I Need” (Prod. Larry Ohh)  |  (Rhode Island)

Manny X has been delivering singles on singles every Friday for the entire month of October. Originally, he was to release a new project in October but pushed it back to the first week of November. A project, he writes, “has been years in the making.”  

Martin Jr. — “Love No Got Cost” | (Providence)

Martin Jr., the flagship artist at Ocean State Dreams, just dropped another single this past October, “Love No Got Cost.” This uptempo and vibey, island track follows his last month release “Waste Your Time.” 

Nino — “The Ride” / Vibes: The Remixes  (Providence)

Nino, it’s simply “Nino” now, has had a steady stream of releases this summer and added another to cap it off. First off, we have his newest single “The Ride.” Second up we have Vibes: The Remixes. With the help of Livingroom Dancefloor, Nino drops a set of remixes to the track he originally dropped in June, “Vibes.” Here we see remixes from Floridomi, Jensu, Mizuchi, Burbank and Fushou.  If you like it enough, he also dropped some “Vibes” shirts


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More…

These have little to no explanation.

Beat Menace — “BILLY” goes gold  |  (Providence)

A 45s and 40s congratulations goes out to Providence’s Beat Menace for his production of “BILLY” by Tekashi 6IX9INE. Though the single hit Gold back in February, he just got his hardware. This is his second Gold as another of his 6IX9INE production, “DAY69”, hit Gold as well.

Ben Jayne — “New Freezer” goes platinum  |  (Rhode Island)

Rich the Kid’s “New Freezer,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, just went platinum. Who did the beat? Rhode Island’s Ben Jayne. Like Beat Menace, his plaque also came in.

Cam Bells — Headline show

Cam Bells headlined a show this month at Dusk in Providence where he performed new and old tracks.

Photo By: Hensley Carrasco

Jon Hope — Providence Friar nod at Dunkin Donuts Center

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Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry named as program director and midday show host for Power 96 in Miami

Providence’s Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry was officially appointed to the role of Program Director at Power 96 in Miami. Mijo was originally in an interim role but had the “interim” title stripped, officially becoming the permanent program director. 

He wrote on Instagram, “This is for Providence, Rhode Island. This is for my family, who always encouraged my passion & love of music. This is for the next generation of radio all-stars. Be humble. Be positive. Be grateful. All else follows.”

With that, appropriately enough, I say “Congrats, Mijo.”

Iight. We’re out.
See y’all end of November!

-45s and 40s

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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