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A Conversation with contradash

Sam: Man! What’s happening bro! contradash: I’m good dude! I’ve been up every night until like 6am for some different reasons…truly sicko mode recently; just the best and worst kind of fucked up sleep schedule where I’m just making shit that I’m in love with, but it just completely obliterates my morning! — Sam: That’s trash for the sleep schedule, but great for the music bro. Are you in LA right now? contradash: Yessir, I’m in Hollywood! — Sam: Easy, well man, I just appreciate this time you’re taking to chop it up for a bit. I’ve been a fan for a minute and have really enjoyed watching the way you move and seeing the musical progression…So let’s dive into this thing. First and foremost, how are you? How is life treating you?  contradash: It’s good man! Right now life feels like it’s at a pivoting point for me. Before my label deal, I hadn’t had many indie releases under my belt, since I fell into a really privileged situation that I’m incredibly grateful for, but now we’re back on it. And it really tests how much you believe in yourself, because I haven’t been in these waters for over …

SKYLINE UNLIMITED – [kojima plus]

If you’ve spent any amount of time on TikTok this past spring, it’s likely that you’ve come across LA native kojima plus and his signature blend of hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music. Going from effectively 0 to 3400+ followers in a matter of weeks, the South Central artist is quickly picking up traction with his near-genreless music that pulls from a wide range of styles and influences (Toro Y Moi, Kanye West, Choker). Kojima’s an artist known only by the lucky few that keep their ears to the ground – but that changes today. Returning this week with his newest EP SKYLINE UNLIMITED, kojima plus hones his sound even further with five futuristic new tracks that span the genre register from hip-hop and pop to plugg and electronica. From the opening cinematic energy of “Saturn” to the final moments of space-age psychedelia on “Surfin’”, SKYLINE UNLIMITED is the most concentrated and boundary-pushing release from kojima plus thus far. Tracks like “Colors” are sparkling and melodic cuts that could have been pulled straight from Channel Orange, while the anthemic “Japanese Synth” sounds like an alternate reality where Kevin Abstract existed in the Cowboy Bebop universe. Synthesizing multiple influences and elements into something …

Defrost-[ihateyouALX]

Palmdale, California artist ihateyouALX makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with a chilly new track titled “Defrost.” Inspired by the likes of Smino, Isaiah Rashad and  J Dilla, his dual rap and production capabilities expands his fanbase by default. On this particular offering, the Buckley produced instrumental provides a sleek bounce as ihateyouALX sports a poised controlled flow to remain on beat at all times. Moreover, while the artist’s vocals aren’t the focal point, they certainly make do for a catchy Spanglish hook. With consistency in release quality and a brilliant team in his corner, the future is bright for ihateyouALX. Listen to “Defrost” by ihateyouALX below!

Truth is!-[Nate Traveller] feat. [ALX] & [Slyte]

If you’ve paid attention to my writing during my time at Lyrical Lemonade, then you’d know that an artist I continue to come back to is none other than the brilliant Nate Traveller. I had the privilege of connecting with this generational talent back in 2018 or 2019 and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. As we’e grown in relationship over the years, my appreciation for his music has truly deepened. Nate is a talent that cares about music, but cares more about the people who will be listening to the music. Because of this quality, the Naples, FL native is able to create flawless offerings that connect for listeners on an intimate and intentional level. Today, Nate is making it back on to our page for the release of his newest song called, “Truth is!”. I kid you not, as soon as you press play on this track, you’ll immediately fall in love with the vibe that is present within it. The production does such an amazing job of whisking you off of your feet, while Nate steps in to deliver a catchy hook that will be stuck in your head for a while. Like I said, Nate is …

Free Sumo – [Glokk40Spaz] [2wo2imes]

Currently incarcerated Stone Mountain, GA artist Glokk40Spaz is one of the most exciting new rappers coming out of the Atlanta metro area and is continuing the work of many notable Atlanta rappers who have contributed to making “Atlanta-drill” if you will, into the recognizable and underrated phenomenon it is today. The sound itself to me first became so notable during the SoundCloud heyday that saw artists like Slimesito, but more importantly producers like SenseiATL, Casok, Xangang, and 2wo2imes who is the man behind the beat for Glokk40Spaz’s latest visual for “Sumo.” This sound can be characterized by its emotionless melodies, fast and raucous trap-derivative drums, and off-kilter hi-hats and even bells, as a song like Yeat’s “Get Busy” for example can easily be traced back in influence to this particular brand of underground Atlanta rap. Teenage Glokk40Spaz is quite obviously at this point, along with artists like 1504 MuteBaby or 24LeftEye for example among others, to help usher this sound to a new generation and breath new life into the addictive instrumentals. Spaz attacks the 2w02imes production with his staccato flow that eats up the beat from start to finish with an almost rabid, aggressive delivery. The duo of Moshpxt …

Buss It – [804 Nano]

While the summer is over, there’s never a wrong time for artists who still come with that “We outside” energy—The songs that would make sense out at a summer function, or posted on the block—there can never be too many anthems like these. Virginia-native 804 Nano is someone who has been on my radar for quite some time now, and I have been patiently waiting for that moment where he will begin to get his proper recognition as an artist and really deliver that one anthem that will take off. Today, Nano is dropping off the visuals for his addicting anthem “Buss It”. While there are tons of different music video styles out there that are narrative-driven, I still have a love for those videos that still give off that raw energy of the artist’s hometown, and just having a good time. In the visuals for “Buss It”, Nano is seen having a night out in his hometown of Petersberg, VA with a bunch of his homies, flashy cars, and beautiful women. With a smash hit like this, this is the type of video that this song calls for. Speaking to 804 Nano about the direction of the song, he …

Did I Imagine – [Alex Banin]

Alex Banin is a gem within Chicago’s music community and she’s been steadily improving since I first heard her music, and today, she is back on our website with her new EP called Did I Imagine. When it comes to unique/angelic vocals, there aren’t many that can compete with Alex Banin, her vocal abilities are straight-up jaw-dropping, and she flexed these skills on this new EP. There are four new records on this tape and the run time is just under ten minutes, but it features some of Alex’s best music to date. The upbeat introductory record “Closure” is my favorite of the bunch because I loved hearing her attack a more uptempo instrumental, it made for a different type of song than I was used to hearing from her, and I enjoyed hearing her in that bag. All of these songs are unbelievably good though, the third song “Forget About It” is a beautiful track that displays her range, and it actually just got a new Michael Del Rosario visual to match, so check that out after. Stream this brand new EP below and if you enjoy it, be sure to give Alex Banin a follow on Twitter here!

Get Refreshed: Making Sense of Guilty Gear, Defining HYPERTRANCE, and an Ode to Neo-Y2K Design

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Nick D’Apolito Outback + optic core: “dreamcosm” Oh to be as talented as either of these two forces of dance production… it’s a dream that I certainly have without question, but that really doesn’t matter for someone in my position. I can’t even imagine how other full-time dance-based producers must feel when listening to the continued near-flawless work put out by both BetterTogether’s Outback and Eldia’s optic core — it must be hard knowing that the absolute most has to be done in order to top what these two are capable of on their own and in so many different manners at that. Given what’s been said of their respective solo work, the prospect of their combined talents coming together as one would make any fan and/or contemporary alike ecstatic to no end. And with the release of “dreamcosm” – the first single off of the duo’s forthcoming collaborative EP set to drop less than a month from now – consider that idea of a “prospect” to be dead and buried. Instead, pay witness to the expected greatness …

Right Guy – [ALX]

Alt-Pop artist ALX returns with his new single and video for “Right Guy.” The Florida native made an impressionable introduction for himself with his 2020 EP, The Fantasy, and appears ready for the next chapter in his electrifying career. Although still somewhat new, the rising pop savant continues his brash and unfiltered take on pop music that is personified in his latest visual.  Welcomed by ALX’s metallic vocals over a steady kick drum and breezy guitar riffs, the song taps into a combination of alternative pop weaving in and out of rap-delivered lyrics. Illustrating the internal struggle between being the “nice guy” or the “bad guy,” ALX goes back and forth with good and bad versions of himself while trying to figure out who the “right guy” is. The Neal Farmer-directed video is as fun and exciting as the single in creating a world that exemplifies the who-cares attitude that has become synonymous with ALX’s persona and music. Cutting back and forth between shots of the two versions of ALX, and a garage band, megaphone-led performance, the burgeoning pop star makes one thing clear; ALX is going to do things his way and let his off-the-cuff personality lead the charge.  Watch …

Get Refreshed: What T R A P S O U L Means To Dolly, dazegxd and emotionals Welcome The Scene To Jungle, and doxia’s Hit Streak Continues

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Parent Company doxia: “hopeouttheroof” The level of admiration I have for someone like doxia is unreal. Every single time they come through with a solo offering, the track never fails to get lodged in my head for weeks on end. It’s honestly something about their gripping, yet soothing inflection combined with just how unorthodox their delivery is that does it for me; these two aspects make for some of the catchiest hooks and even verses alike within the digicore scene and beyond. Their greatness, even in all of its unexplainable tendencies, is just so praiseworthy for being how it is.  Their latest release “hopeouttheroof” of course follows suit, because how could it not? It’s another ridiculously catchy single that sees its repetitive hook utilized in all the best ways possible with its infectious nature. This is another example of just how comfortable the trialx12 mainstay is in their own sound, and they have certainly earned the right at this point to settle in with such a consistently effective approach given how incredibly impressive their body of work is …