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Void Exit Blues – [Quiet Luke]

We’re in the midst of bleak times right now, there’s no hiding it. 2020 has been but a series of severely unfortunate events adding onto the pile with each passing day, and COVID-19 has proven itself as an issue set to linger around at least for the foreseeable future. In such times, I often find myself resorting to music to make sense of things. What are musicians making? What music reflects how the world feels, and how are people using their voices to create that soundtrack? Quiet Luke has always been a resource in these contemplations. His art is inherently deep, for lack of a better word, and its source material is sincere emotion – both in an external and internal sense. This very fact has always pushed his music to the forefront when it comes to art as a reflection of reality, and Luke’s latest release – “Void Exit Blues” – is no different. Just under three minutes in length, “Void Exit Blues” begins with the crushing combination of an acoustic guitar, a heart-wrenching bassline, and Luke’s vocals. It’s simple, but the emotion in the song grows with every passing lyric, only to be pressed against beautifully-distorted guitars after each …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

Interference – [Quiet Luke]

The glory of Quiet Luke lies in his ability to step left of center, entirely confident in the malleability of his art. Few talents — especially this early on in their career — show such promising signs of versatility, and even fewer do so without losing sight of their artistic integrity. Luke, on the other hand, has played this line masterfully. His shifting sound isn’t a product of forced creative ambition, but rather, a reflection of the changing moods and energy that we all feel on a day-to-day basis. Whether he chooses to step in a punk direction, a more vulnerable, slowed direction, or anything in between, the rising talent always seems to land on his feet, genuine in his emotion and consistently honest with the wide palette of feelings that characterize us all. Today, reflecting such with a chance for Luke to channel the more energetic side of things, the man himself is here to deliver his latest music video for “Interference.” Slipping further into the raw, perfectly-unpolished nature of the song — complete with unruly guitar solos and intense bursts of excitement — the new music video is a perfect illustration of Luke’s humanizing sense of self. There’s a …

Interference – [Quiet Luke]

Listening to the lofty vocals and soul-stricken instrumentation of “Something To Lose” (which recently received a matching visual treatment), it’s easy to throw Quiet Luke into a box. He’s polished, he’s emotional, and he knows how to tell a story, complete with earworm production to match. However, the reality is that New York’s own delves much further below the surface. Even this early on in his career, Luke has established versatility as a commanding element of his artistry, always making sure to round out his individualistic style with each successive release. Today, pushing his sound that much further out, Quiet Luke is back on Lyrical Lemonade with a brand new offering, “Interference.” Kicking things off with a thumping supply of drums and the raw energy of a guitar, “Interference” sets itself apart in the song’s opening seconds. With each passing moment, the momentum only seems to grow throughout the release, shifting from thoughtful lyrics into several bursts of colorful sonics. Needless to say, the impeccable production is what leads “Interference” in its charge, and the vocals are what ties the knot together. That said, “Interference” allures listeners with its boldness, but keeps them in tune by sticking the landing. Stream …

Something to Lose – [Quiet Luke]

In music, momentum is everything. From iconic songs like “Hey Jude” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it’s the journey throughout the song that captivates listeners, and furthermore, it’s the presence of ever-growing excitement that keeps them engaged from the first second to the last. Here with his own demonstration of such, New York artist Quiet Luke just delivered a masterful new offering, “Something to Lose.” Backed by clashing guitars and velvety vocals, it’s hard to pinpoint an exact genre for this one, but that’s why it works. Quiet Luke denies any and all classifications, instead pouring a myriad of influences and sounds into what I’ve seen best described by The FADER as a “miniature rock epic.” As a result, “Something to Lose” generates its own sense of momentum, using the inertia of the song to constantly push toward the apex of energy at the end, in which all of this energy comes to a point that calls for nothing else but the repeat button. In addition, only adding to the magic here, the lively visuals maintain this bursting sense of energy, as Luke refuses to hold back, all the way from gym class to the moment in which he takes center stage, belting …

Absolutely Going Brazy – [Future]

Future had one of the most successful years of his career in 2017, releasing consecutive chart-topping albums Future and Hndrxx. Still, he’s been relatively quiet as of late, which seems to hint that the Atlanta trap legend has big things in store for 2018. In the spirit of the month, Future is finally back with a vengeance on his latest track “Absolutely Going Brazy,” which sounds like a direct follow-up to fan favorite “March Madness.” The atmospheric “Absolutely Going Brazy” sports many of the same rises and percussion as the aforementioned 2015 hit record, and Super Future sounds as smooth as ever with his characteristic, syrupy drawl. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the track is a bit of a tease, but fans can expect to hear plenty more of the rapper’s signature sound on DJ Esco’s upcoming project on March 30. Check out “Absolutely Going Brazy” below and let us know your thoughts. Words by Luke Hinz