Misery Club’s debut project Club Misery dropped last month. Featuring Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Lil’ Zubin, Fantasy Camp, Jon Simmons, Nedarb, and Foxwedding. Foxwedding really does it right with the first half of production on this EP. Handling two of the backdrops on the four song Club Misery, the final two tracks come produced by Nedarb and remain stuck up in the clouds. If you need more, the group released another single a few weeks back. Don’t sleep.
Solo artist Fantasy Camp recently let loose the seven song project How to Fix Everything. Handling production for half of the EP on his own, the emo / acoustic rap project features Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, taxpurposes, Taylor Morgan, and mertensite. Great artwork too.
It’s been almost two years since Wisconsin rapper Trapo released his 15 song project, Shade Trees, but the wait has been worth it as the MC returns with a dozen new tracks in the form of Oil Change. Jazzy and soulful with plenty of live instrumentation (these drums!), this is yet another unique release from a rapper in a league of his own.
Chicago artist Moon Beby has quietly let loose two quality EPs this calendar year. With 23 dropping earlier this year, he recently followed it up with Only For a Season. Treated as a rough EP of demos, these thirteen songs (as well an an additional twelve that were released in the between time) showcase an artist honing in on his craft and his style. Prolific, lofi, ambient, dreamy, nd authentic, these are tracks to play once the sun goes down and the world is fast asleep. “Sequence of Events” demands some grass.
One month ago, one of our favorite MCs BB Sun released the three song EP, Sketch Money Sunny. Lofi and drowsy, BB Sun rhymes over soulful and jazzed out production, sounding like a vintage cassette tape and a bag of grass.
Since releasing these three pieces, BB Sun has gone on to drop the loose single “Shopping” (produced by Khrist Koopa) as well as the track “Superhot” which comes produced by BSBD member Televangel. It’s a clouded affair, one that we’re front row for.
All of these tracks clock in under two minutes and are worth your while. Like infomercials, like snippets, like leveling up after burning down an ounce of spinach.
Vocalist Zubin is a new name for me, but he quickly grabbed my attention by being in great company. Last month, he released the six song EP, Misery. Fully produced by Nedarb (who we interviewed back in October), the project is sorrowful, atmospheric, and full of falsetto. It’s something to play on the late night when you can’t get a text back.
Showing no signs of letting up, Zubin followed up his EP with Nedarb by releasing the split single Potion. Featuring Horse Head, Fantasy Camp, Cold Hart, Foxwedding, and Jon Simmons, the collaborative singles come and go too quickly. So damn good.
The collaborations between Nancy and Tombo are some of the most consistent and prolific pieces of art coming out of the Midwest this calendar year. Splitting production duties, vocal duties, and even EP hosting duties, the two multidimensional artists have encapsulated their sorrow through four EPs (so far). Just last week, they released My Head is Empty, I Am Safe, a five song open diary of late night confessions and melancholy.
Prior to their most recent EP, they released The Rose from the Sea to the Door last month. The three song project is monotone sadness, depressed smoke clouds, and 4am coffee pots. I mentioned it on Twitter, but these songs should only be allowed to be played once the sun goes down. Late night tunes that don’t sound the same if the sun is out.
Nancy’s and Tombo’s four collaborative EPs don’t stray in style, but rather, build up on a sound unlike any other. With each release (and many more down the road), they’re further showcasing their brand of lofi dreamo. Aquatic, slumped, drowning in booze and substance, these are tracks to play when you can’t sleep, when you want to float inside someone else’s head, if only for a minute or two.
Irish producer Squid Ethics is one of my favorites at the moment and his instrumental tapes never grow old. On top of having just released the EP Malheureusement, he clumped his five EPs and one album into one comprehensive playlist. Press play and float away properly for one hour exactly.
Are you up to speed with the Set? The Illinois collective Leaf Set released a twelve track project back in December known as Film. With different pieces of art for every track, it feels like a slideshow in your mind, spanning across genres and time. Step inside with caution, step inside with dilated eyes.
It’s been out for a couple of months, but it’s necessary that we talk about this ZMoney tape right now. The seven song project is fully produced by ChaseTheMoney and features heater after heater. The standout here is “Look Up” with Chicago rapper Valee. Enjoy the video above and the full project below. Stay awake forever.