Hip Hop

Leland Philpot “Jesus Take It All (IWannaSee)”

Producer/Emcee Leland Philpot is back with a new single called “Jesus Take It All (IWannaSee)”. The track pulls no punches in stating Philpot’s faith and accompany video demonstrates his love for our city.

Philpot has a lot planned for 2020 and if this beat is any indication it is going to be great. He recently told us that "THIS is the time to go hard as you can for your destiny, alright?”, and it is clear that this is exactly what he is doing.

   

Desmo opens up in new album "F*cked Up Kid"

Maine’s Desmo seems to have compiled years of reflection, anger, and hope into his latest effort, F*cked Up Kid: the record is filled with life stories, told to the beat of his tracks, exquisitely-produced to contrast against his somewhat crude vocals. The title track, like most in the EP, opens up with atmospheric instrumentation that plunges into an abyss of memories where a sustained bass rumbles on. Echoes, warm piano notes, heavy reverb, and more burst out of each track. From upbeat-yet-ominous songs like “Phantom” to a refreshing take on Puddle of Mudd’s “Blurry,” the record is a delicious alternative rap cocktail, prepped in Portland for all to savor. If the new record is something of a life story for Duncan Cook, the man known as Desmo, then it is well-executed poetry because from one track to the next, there is a feeling of genuineness, both tragic and uplifting. The vulnerable track “Come Home” from the new record is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Bad Ambassadors “Saturday”

Rich Jones and Walkingshoe (aka Bad Ambassadors) have released a second single, “Saturday”, from their forthcoming debut album which is due out this Friday, January 10th.

When asked, Jones had this to say of the track; “‘Saturday’ was the only song I wrote Summer 2015 before we really got cooking in the Fall. Had been feeling particularly low as I dealt with a multitude of things - the murder of a dear friend, the growing pains of a new relationship, a lack of trust of those around me who I’d previously felt iron clad about - that by that point in the year had crescendoed into a wave that felt like it would be tough to make it over. All the good things indeed felt so very far away from me and I desperately needed that to change”.

You can catch Bad Ambassadors at Hideout Inn on January 10th.

   

Megiapa “Lessons"

Producer and vocalist Megiapa recently had a new song, “Lessons”, appear on a compilation from the local label KinkyElevatorMusic.

2019 saw Megiapa release her debut full-length album, ’92, and really come into her own as artist and creator.

 

   

Tasi Floats Chill Vibes Over Lo-Fi Beats

 Tåsi's music is described as “coral reef meets poetry,” and as abstract as that sounds it’s also the perfect descriptor for Marlon Hedricks’ romantic, lo-fi rap. Tåsi urges himself and his audience to reflect, a theme that plays out both lyrically and sonically. His production is smooth but not entirely unfractured, with beats and drops that create a mirroring effect within each song. It’s a very chill, relaxing house of mirrors.

 Tåsi does a lot of collaborations, blending his sound well with the sound of his fellow musicians. His most recent release was East 10th St, a 5 song LP he produced with Lungfulls, Falling Awake Sound Therapy and Malekinho. Tåsi & BLakchyl wrote and recorded the entire album at 1609 East 10th, a street that has significant meaning for both artists. As they say in the description, ”this is our love letter:” The LP starts out strong and ends even stronger.  The speech sampling done on “DDD” is thoughtful and powerful, but it doesn’t distract the audience from the song at all. It’s a great example of Tåsi’s strengths as both a solo artist and a collaborator.

-Avril Carrillo