SEARCH FOR: COVE

DETACHED – [Austin Skinner]

I love the underground music scene because once I find out about one artist, they almost always lead me to an entire world of new talents that I might’ve never found out about had I not known about the initial artist in the first place. It almost feels like a constantly growing tree, and the more branches I venture out into, the more unbelievable talent I discover, which I have turned into a mission of mine to put as many people on to these unbelievably skilled individuals as I can. Austin Skinner is definitely one of these artists, and while I was put onto him after his work with BIGBABYGUCCI and ITSOKTOCRY, I was fully engrossed in the sonic world he was creating. Not only that, but he has also introduced me to countless other artists he has worked with in the past as well which helps me continue branching out and diversifying my musical taste. While I don’t think Austin can do any wrong whatsoever, he continues his hot streak with his brand0new album DETACHED, and after I realized it released, I stopped everything I was doing and tuned in. When I saw him hyping it up for the …

Mariah The Scientist Interview: A Glimpse Into Ry Ry’s World

“I just love the evolution that I’ve been on lately and I’ve just grown so much. Before I didn’t really know too much about song structure and it was just run-on sentences all over the place in my writing. I just love where I am right now with my craft.” -Mariah The Scientist Just as the world began to think that the culture could not shift any more than it has already and that the sound of music that we have can’t evolve anymore, we often are blessed with a wave of new artists that swiftly change our minds and make us fall deeper in love with the music again. With so many people feeling worn out and bored with the sound of music today, we were sitting at the edge of our seat waiting to see what the next sound would be, or who would be the next star to take the culture forward and deliver to the best of their abilities. Mariah showcases a glimpse of her acting skills in the visuals for her song “Reminders” Atlanta-native Mariah The Scientist has been in the game for a few years now but recently has been starting to catch flame …

NOTAVAILABLE! – [Cove]

A few weeks back, listening to the ninth episode of OVO Sound Radio this season, I came across the premiere of an unreleased track called “OVER” from Philly artist Cove. I immediately started digging around to learn more, and found myself completely enthralled in the world of Cove and the Philly-based collective he helps lead, NÜÜNEPTUNE. While “OVER” remains unreleased (although you can here the full song at 1:34:40 in the OVO Sound Radio mix), Cove is here to engage new listeners today with a SoundCloud-released single, “NOTAVAILABLE!,” produced by fellow NÜÜNEPTUNE member Yuso. Landing at just under three minutes in length, “NOTAVAILABLE!” is a darkly-melodic release, built around head-smacking punches of bass and the endlessly catchy tagline, “Call you when I’m on my way up, way up, way up…” Cove’s lyrics, for lack of a better description, fill in the details of an almost lifestyle-based artistry, where songwriting builds the world around the artist with each and every line, and is accented by high-flying hooks, evocative production, and a certain Philly-tinted grit that make Cove and the entire NÜÜNEPTUNE collective so exciting. Quite clearly, there’s something deeply exciting happening under the surface in Philly right now, and “NOTAVAILABLE!” is an engaging step …

Made With Love – [JAMS The Flava Child]

In my line of work, I’m beyond lucky to have an entire group of friends and industry acquaintances who put me on to some unbelievably talented up-and-coming artists that I might not have known about had I not searched for them myself. Most recently, the homie connected me with a promising young rapper who goes by the name of JAMS the Flava Child. An interesting name, to say the least, he lives up to the soulful, smooth, jazzy sound you might expect from someone with a moniker like this, and that’s obvious as soon as you press play on any single one of his songs. After talking for a bit, he told me I had to check out his latest project entitled Made With Love which was mixed and mastered by E. Dan, so I told him to say less, and I tuned in as soon as I could. Although it’s been out for just about a month, he had been building quite the buzz around it by releasing singles like “All Gas No Breaks” or “AGNB” as the project titles it, “FTW”, and the lead singles entitled “Sunday Morning”. After so many great singles, you knew you were in …

Hustler Muzic – [Baby Smoove]

Every time I tune in to a new Baby Smoove track, I find it hard to believe that I’ve been following along with his career for almost a year. At this point, it seems like he’s still as fresh and new as the day I first heard about him late last summer, and although it has been a substantial amount of time compared to other artists I’ve just found out about, I think it feels this way because there’s really no one else like him in the music industry. His dexterity is obvious despite his laid-back style, yet he can flow with the best of them on any instrumental you put in front of him. While I feel like I always write about his new releases, I simply couldn’t resist his latest visual for his song “Hustler Muzic” after seeing it all over social media, so I honestly had no choice. Produced by Michigan Meech and shot once again by his videographer JuddyRemixDem, things open up in the middle of an absolutely massive, modern-day mansion. Laying there with his hat covering his face, he seems to wake up in a daze in the middle of the home’s library. As he …

Forget About It – [Alex Banin]

Alex Banin is a name that I had only heard about a month ago when she came into the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a Lemonade Stand interview (which you should check out here), but ever since, I have made sure to deeply familiarize myself with all of the remarkable skills she has brought to the table in her blossoming music career. When I saw the homie Elliot write about her brand-new EP Did I Imagine that just came out, I went directly to her social media to find the link, and while I was there I saw that she teamed up with the other homie Michael Del Rosario to shoot a music video for the song “Forget About It” off of the project, so I figured I would double down on articles because this is a must-see video. As you make your way through the whole video, there are tons of abstract moments and ideas that I believe they decided to leave up to the individual viewer, with many characters dressed in what looks to be paper Mache bunny heads leading the way of this conceptual video. While this isn’t a surprise considering one of these masks accompany her on …

Enter the Infantry, Vol. 2 – [Marino Infantry]

A$AP Ant (a.k.a. YG ADDIE) has been back on the road with his Marino Infantry team as his at this point iconic clothing and skate brand that has graced the shoulders of many of both music and skateboarding’s brightest shining stars for a series of pop-up shops offering a rare in-person experience with a brand whose appearance is ubiquitous and one of the most instantly recognizable clothing companies in street/skatewear today. Ant has been in the spotlight nearly a decade now as he and his fellow A$AP members unquestionably owned the 2010’s, but it was later in that decade when he began to find himself and his sound, reverting back to the sonic stylings of his native-DMV, which made sense as he was born in Maryland while the rest of the A$AP Mob was from New York. His adjustment to the DMV-cadences proved to be a great switch especially given his Baltimore accent and syncopated flow, in addition to his large bank of sports and pop-culture references that helps make every time he punches in memorable. For the past several months now, he and the Marino Infantry squad have hit the road from coast to coast, hitting ten-plus cities and …

YEAR OF THE DOG – [lil aaron]

If there was a Mount Rushmore of artists who I credit with getting me into the underground music scene and diversifying my taste throughout the various subgenres of music that exist, lil aaron is undeniably on there. Literally about a half-decade ago, when I heard his song “Drugs”, I was transported to another world and my mind was absolutely blown. It just brought me back to a more nostalgic time in my life when I was listening to punk rock and skateboarding with my friends, but it also included some hip-hop elements that was what I was pretty much strictly into at that current moment in time as well, so seeing the two genres mashed together was mind-boggling, to say the least. Ever since, I have been a fan for life, so whenever he releases a new song, whether he’s sampling an old-school instrumental or making something completely original, so you can only imagine my excitement when he released his latest EP entitled YEAR OF THE DOG. With 5 songs that span a little over 13 minutes long, I didn’t know exactly what to expect other than the fact that I knew I was in for a treat. Opening up …

Megalodon – [DC the Don]

DC the Don is an artist that I’ve been following for quite a while at this point, and he continues to impress me with every new release he puts out. Not only that, but he’s one of the fewer artists who always seems to make an effort to reach out and thank me for covering his music pretty consistently. At the same time, though, no thanks are needed because his music is just plain and simply so good that I’d be covering it regardless. While he has been blazing a trail of his own in the punk-inspired subgenre of hip-hop since taking the industry by storm, he decided to get a bit grittier and more ruthless with his latest offering “Megalodon”, showing a different side of him that comes together for a song that honestly might be one of my favorites by the Milwaukee native. Produced by Astroboy, we hear a pretty intergalactic synth progression before pungent drums and piercing percussion come into the picture, giving DC an amazingly hardcore foundation to build off of. Before he even comes in to rap, though, he fires off a slew of ad-libs that are Sheck Wes-like, giving us a look at what …

Wish You the Worst – [ALEMEDA]

Although some artists work their entire life to gain a following and prove themselves in music, releasing countless songs and projects before someone finally gives them the time of day, that isn’t always how it works. For ALEMEDA, she would simply perform in talent shows and record covers of her favorite songs on her phone, so people knew the talent was there, but it wasn’t until now that there was truly an original piece of music by her out for the entire world to hear. This song is called “Wish You the Worst”, and even though it’s ALMEDA’s debut single, it truly gives an amazing insight into who she is as a person and what kind of aptitudes she can bring to the table because trust me when I say that she has plenty of skills. Starting with the awesome instrumental, there are some pitched-up vocal chops that hover above a soft melody before spread out drums and patient, unrushed percussion begin to unravel, creating an R&B-inspired sound that ALEMEDA seems to just thrive on. When she begins to sing, she begins with a very nonchalant, relaxed, and serene delivery that gives a sort of feeling as if she’s over …