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Local Crafts: Southern New England in music, July 2018

New music for July 2018

During last month’s Local Crafts, we gave you some new music and videos from a bunch of familiar faces. This month, we have a couple more mixes for you to listen to and maybe expand your taste in local talent. We have the addition of Connecticut to the Crafts market this month. We’re still looking for that breakthrough in the Latin or World genre, so if you know of anyone, swing their name. Check them out.

Electronic/Producers/Trance  | Hip-hop | Indie/Rock/Alternative | Pop | R&B | More 


 Electronic/Producers (Any Genre)/Trance

 

araabMUZIK — Goon Loops 2  — (Providence, Rhode Island)

The South Providence-native araabMUZIK dropped his newest beat EP Goon Loops 2 at the end of this month.  The EP is only six songs and features only Bailo, another producer. If you want to hear araab’s signature sound, you got it. If you’re unfamiliar with him, he’s the man whose produced bangers like  “Hammer Dance,” “Street Knock,” “Beauty” and more.

Fischer & Miethig  — “Far Above the Clouds” (feat. ArDao) — (Germany/Boston)

The German electronica duo Fischer & Miethig connect with Boston’s ArDao for a new trance track. ArDao is both a DJ and a classically-trained cellist and uses his skill with chordophones and his love to spin trance while on the turntables to add to “Far Above the Clouds.” The trance starts up and then about 45 seconds in, you can clearly hear ArDao come in with the strings. Check it out.

Lastchild Musik — People Need Revival (P.N.R.)  — (Providence) 

The Providence producer Lastchild Musik, who boasts credits with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and D-Block’s Sheek Louch, just dropped his newest release People Need Revival (P.N.R.) this month. The collection brings forth Lastchild’s sampling skills and pairs it with his original beats. Currently, my favorite track so far is “Revive Me.” It starts with a sample and when you think it’s going to ease into the track, the hard drums come in.

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Hip-hop

Code Green  — “On The Low” (feat. Khary) – (Video) — (Providence)

Code Green has been hot, releasing new music and videos for the last couple of months. Their last project was 7 D A Y T R I P which was released in 2016. It seems the trio are gearing up for the release of a new project. This time around, they link up with fellow Rhode Islander Khary, who is featured below, for the visuals to “On The Low.” The video was directed by De La Grimm and song was produced by Mizzery

Jessy Piff —”Praise the Lord #Treemix” (feat. Supreme Scribe) / “Ultimate #Treemix” / “Yes, Indeed #Treemix” — (Rhode Island)

Jessy Piff has been steady dropping music since the release of his last project back in 2017. He’s been working on the release of his next project. In July, he released three new tracks including one over A$AP Rocky’s “Praise the Lord,” which featured Skepta. Linking with Supreme Scribe on that track, the ambiance and vibe shows up between the two. The beat is dope and the verses deliver (Piff gives me almost a ScHoolboy Q feel with the start of his verse). Check out that and the other two tracks he released.

Joe Bruce — “The Most” (feat. Ragz/prod. Diamond Cvtter) / “Dreams” (prod. DARO) — (Providence)

I was put on by my friends Brian, who has his own band, and D. Valor to this super dope artist from Providence Joe Bruce. His cadence and delivery are different than what we’re used to hearing come out of Providence. I’d be remiss to not include this artist on this list. He’s not looking for the next trap beat, he’s using his beats — usually produced by ClarkWork —  to, as he writes, “share my soul through music, hoping to heal, relax, and uplift yours.” Right now I have his song “Wish” off of his project Audiowater on repeat, but what he has released is dope. Below we have two tracks he released this month. If you can recall, we featured his song “Oh Noe,” which was produced by Providence’s D. Valor, a couple of months ago. It’s since been taken down, but you know why this is here.

Khary — “Nimbus” (Video) / “Holy Ghost” — (Providence)

Khary released his project Captain this past April and has steadily been releasing visuals for the project. Check out the latest release, “Nimbus.” The video features him in a studio, out and about and hanging out with friends. These visuals follow “Captain” and “wifi.” 

The grind doesn’t stop with the Rhode Island-artist, though. Just a couple of days ago he released a new track, “Holy Ghost” featuring Topaz Jones and Hasaan Barclay. One of my favorites to date by Khary.

Lunchbagg x Larry Ohh — “Came a Long Way” (Video) — (Providence) 

We first exclusively premiered the song a couple of months ago. Lunchbagg, whom we interviewed last year, and Larry Ohh have officially released the video to their track “Came a Long Way.” The video is as uptempo as you would think. The black-and-white video features flashing lights, quick cuts and the two artists. Check it out below.

Pushed Learning — “Hip Hop And Race” – (Rhode Island)

Pushed Learning and Media is a non-profit organization that “strives to challenge our society into thinking more critically about the vitally important social and civil rights issues of our times.” The way they conduct their work is by splitting it into three major components. One of those components is short educational videos.

This installment of the series, the focus is on hip-hop and features Oliver “Sydesho” Arias, co-founder, program director at Pushed, talking to City of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. Toward the end you can also hear from Eric Axelman, co-founder and executive director at Pushed.

Sam Comfort — High Standards, Low Self Esteem — (Rhode Island) 

We previously heard from Sam Comfort in April’s Local Crafts where videographer/producer Beat Knox Productions shot a short video introducing Comfort, who also DJs under the name SoCo the DJ. Since the release of the video, Comfort has been steadily dropping new music almost on a weekly basis. It has all culminated to the release of his debut album High Standards, Low Self Esteem. His favorite song on the album? “Closure.”

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Indie/Folk/Rock/Alternative+

 

American Amnesia — …Yet Here We Are / “Time” video  (Torrington, Connecticut)

The Torrington trio American Amnesia have released their debut album   …Yet Here We Are.  The band, who released their album on Prophet Motive Records, started in 2016 at Oliver Wolcott High School. The band is made up of Patrick Nemaizer, who takes the lead on vocals and guitar, Sam Cesnak, drummer plus vocals and Gus Pac on bass guitar. They have also released the video for the lead track “Time.”

 


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R&B

 

Cam Bells — “Timing” (Providence)

As we wrote earlier this month, the Prince of PVD has released his latest single off of his upcoming R&B project. With production by M Touze and Cam himself, under CBPVD, Cam shows his ability to put on different hats and adapt to any beat and genre.  

KREW$ — “twenty three” (prod. The Beat Menace) — (Providence)

This one should be filed under an R&B/hip-hop mix. It fits both categories but to me it felt smoother than a hip-hop track so it’s in R&B. KREW$, who recently moved out to LA to keep his music going, just dropped a new track produced by The Beat Menace

Shyfi  — “Get Down” – (Video) (Providence)

The Providence artist Shyfi officially released her video to “Get Down.” The video was shot and directed by Hope Alexander and co-directed by Mike Ralston. This video follows her previous release, “Get Me High” featuring Corcovado, who also plays in The Funk Underground.


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More

 

Newport Folk Festival — (Newport, Rhode Island)

It happens every year, and each year it’s different. This year there were three stages and an abundance of talent. There was a scheduled surprise performance and to say rumors were circulating was an understatement. The three-day festival took place at Fort Adams in Newport. At this point, the amount of surprise appearances shouldn’t be, well, a surprise, but the annual festival never seems to disappoint. 

This year’s surprise performer was Mumford & Sons, who were met with mixed emotions. The British band used their set time to not only perform their own songs, but they brought to the stage the likes of Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Jerry Douglas and the legendary Mavis Staples.

“Festivals should be looking to the culture of Newport as a model of how a focus on music could really save the struggling ecosystem,” Consequence of Sound writes. “No other festival out there is as good at building up goodwill among its true believers and following through with magic year after year.” 

Though the entire weekend was filled with music, surprises and memorable performances, it all let to the culmination — the performance of “A Change is Gonna Come” led by Jon Batiste and The Dap Kings. They brought out as many artists as they could for the send off.

 

Summer 88 — “Summapalooza” (Stage 88) — (Rhode Island)

Spocka Summa has progressed his company Summer 88 from being an idea to one of the bigger platforms for up-and-coming artists in Rhode Island to get their shine. Summer 88 holds monthly events like The Jam, which allows artists to perform in front of family, friends and strangers. In the last couple of months, Summa, along with many others, kicked off Stage 88. Stage 88 was a multi-date campaign where artists can display their talents at The Met, PVD Fest and more. It all led to the final event at The Met, Summapalooza. July’s Summapalooza was the second of its kind and, like the first, dedicated to budding artists from all creatives whether it is music, art or clothing and anything in between. 

 

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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