“Ive been busy im working ..but IM BACK” – PEPPERBOY
Produced by Blackwell, ‘Cold Case’ carries a brooding ambient-leaning bounce that pairs well with a side of Pepperboy that fans of the Arkansas artist will find familiar but fine tuned. It’s a haunting soundtrack for the graphic scenes and scenarios drawn lyrically.
Every day you can see it on the local channels – no matter where you live – you grab your phone in the morning – it doesn’t matter where you look, there are horrible stories of murder, death and violence. The tone is set with an in-character intro; “There are no witnesses, no-one has come forward – if you have any information, please call the local police station.” Now we are tuned into channel 11 and the news ain’t good fam; Pepperboy voices News Station’s Anchor. Another Day, another update to the harsh realities of the crueler side of life.
“Body drop, they put it on the news, Channel 11, add it to the ghetto blues ; cold case, the killer got away, they stopped looking, this shit happens every day” – Pepperboy pops in on the chorus in a deep ghostly whisper as if a warning from the other side or somebody horrified by what they’ve seen and are getting shook by the story they’re telling.
Pepperboy tells the audience how it goes; a third-person look with an all too familiar narration showing different perspectives and the sad, sad endings to risky business gone wrong or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These stories of unsolved murders are sold back to us on all platforms daily but Pepperboy is not here to glorify or analyze the situation; these are just cold hard facts. There is no actual mystery, only the pain felt by those affected by the loss at the end of it. Unfortunately the truth is we cannot rely on the justice system or the local authorities to invest too much time in solving these daily murders when they turn a blind eye to the communities in need and are left without leads or are even guilty of cover-ups, corruption and outright murder.
The song is out now and if we know Pepperboy we can expect to see some more new records on the horizon – New Pepperboy is always good news!
*GreenOvaSouth – ‘3 Tha Hard Way’ cassettes coming soon !*
LA-based MC Open Mike Eagle linked up with producer Nedarb (a familiar name around these parts) for the loose track ‘Relatable’. The track arrived alongside the announcement of Eagle’s new label, Autoreverse Records, so look out for much more from that new venture.
Lastly, be sure to check out Open Mike Eagle in November as he tours through the West Coast and down in Texas and Arizona. Dates can be found here.
Milwaukee producer Q the Sun has had a great year. He’s produced for Lorde Fredd33, Milo, and WebsterX. Now, stepping into solo territory, he enlists vocalist Kane for the loose track “Wide Awake”. Spin it back three times over and wait for Q to drop some more bumps in the form of Afterain Part 2. You can listen to the first one below.
Chicago’s Supa Bwe is a man of many styles. From in-your-face aggression to atmospheric reflection, his tracks are always a mystery until pressing play. His newest single, “Entropy”, falls into the latter category (see: up in the sky) and comes complete with a feature from Dounia and production from Shepard Sounds. Press play and feel this one wrap you whole.
Lucki is preparing Freewave 3, and as an appetizer, two of his frequent collaborators let loose two singles. First is “Night” produced by 16yrold and second is “I Need More” produced by Plu2o Nash. Both tracks are spaced out, dazed, lost in the clouds. Everything you need for the middle of October, unless Lucki delivers with his next project.
Rapper Cashy and producer Purpdogg have a great history of collaborative heaters. The two recently reunited for the track “Still Tippin'”, with a sample flip that you will most assuredly recognize. Spin it back twice and roll up.
We covered Texas producer Nicodxmvs last month and now he has returned with the single alongside rapper ‘Intre’. Handling production, mixing, and mastering, Nicodxmvs provides a haunting backdrop for Intre to do his thing. The track is the first from these two but certainly not the last, as their EP Retribution is arriving sooner than later.
Chicago poet/writer/MC Mick Jenkins is moving at 100mph. After releasing two free EPs, he then dropped the loose single “Bruce Banner”, a bar-heavy heater produced by Nez & Rio. All of these releases act as further anticipation for Jenkins’ upcoming album, which should be arriving this year. He’s doing one hell of a job holding us all over until then. If you need more, be sure to check out his last two EPs, in particular the track “Earl Sweatshirt Type Beat.”
In the last month, San Antonio artist Nicodxmvs has released four songs. Tagging them as ‘trance’ and ‘triphop’, the electrified pieces are equal parts cinematic and haunted. Industrial and ambient. Transcendental.
After dropping two instrumental tracks, “Self-Affirmation” and “Emotional Intelligence”, he followed with the hypnotizing number, “Compassion” with vocalist Grapefruit. The song is described as “a new understanding.”
His newest track is “Forgive”, which is his first offering with vocals, showcasing a new element for the multitalented musician. While we still bump Nicodxvms and Western Tink’s 2016 album, Isolation, as well as his solo album, Fall From Grace, it’s great to see a slew of new tracks from the Texas artist. Candy Drips hopes for much more to come.
Repeat after me: SICK SAD WORLD. The newly formed collective of frequent collaborators Vela Seff, Nancy, and Tombo have been churning out music at an alarming rate. Vela Seff, in particular, just released Tears on the Fronto, a five song EP fully produced by Tombo as well as a single with Nancy and Bigbodyfiji. From what I can gather, everyone involved has much more on the way.