Between The Cracks: 5 Releases You Need To Hear

Between The Cracks: New Music You May Have Missed

With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for new music to drop online and go unnoticed. To help prevent this, we’ve picked 5 releases you need to hear. Stream music from The C.S.S, BOSCO, Ras G, Dam-Funk and Madlib’s Yesterdays New Quintet. If you like what you hear support the artist.

Chicago Sight N’ Sound Mixtape (Part 1 & 2)

Chicago Sight N’ Sound Mixtape from 119 Productions and The FDC. The two part mixtape features some of the hottest young talent Chicago has to offer like Via Rosa, Mick Jenkins, Nosidam, Jean Deaux, Lucki Eck$, Angel Davanport, theMind and many more. The  production is handled by The O’My’s, Tmthy Trtl, Boathouse, Mojek, Saba, A Billion Young, Knox Fortune, Plu2o Nash, Benny Nice, and Sev Seveer. This is a must listen!


BOSCO – Boy 

BOSCO is a force of nature. This Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter pulls from the rawest, headiest elements of r&b, dance and beyond, wrapping it all up with a relentlessly physical live show and and iconic personal style. It’s an electrifying approach that has made her a muse for music and fashion tastemakers alike. Then, you’ve got his super smooth and buttery voice to top things off. Her new mixtape called “Boy” meshes emotionally raw R&B with expansive drums, echoey snares and murky beats. Then, you’ve got her buttery voice to top things off. 



Ras G – Raw Fruit Vol 4

Ras G is one of the definitive producers of the Los Angeles beat scene, a co-founder of the Poo-Bah label, and hip-hop producer who digs probably deeper than any into the worlds of free jazz, jazz fusion and afrofuturism. Raw Fruit was conceived as a 4-part beat tapes which Leaving Records began releasing in 2013. The music is stream of consciousness hip-hop production made at Ras G’s Spacebase studio, all raw loops made from samplers (SP303/404 and MPC 2000XL). As the producer puts it, “freestyle beats I make to smoke weed to. I just make em, record em, and on to the next one, no rules.”



Dam-Funk – Free

Four new instrumental tracks, produced, recorded, composed & played by Dam-Funk. Dam’s second full-length solo album Invite the Light is planned for later this year. Until than tuck into these super funky jams.



Madlib’s Yesterdays New Quintet – Phases

Whilst you’re easing into your summer recline, take a moment to get reacquainted with Yesterdays New Quintet. Touted as a jazz group, but openly acknowledged as a solo project of left-coast rap producer Madlib, Yesterdays New Quintet boldly experimented with the fusion of hip-hop and jazz. Playing instruments live in his studio and then sampling and arranging the results. Each track has its own unique vibe, flowing from one idea to the next throughout the 10 songs.


CF Smith

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