lame party

So as of the writing of this post it is 7:30 in the evening and roughly 1,738 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take a few degrees. I slowly coming to the realization that living in the Northeast or Midwest forces you into an eternal struggle with Mother Nature. It’s like the entire region just didn’t eat our veggies and Mama Dearest also found seven wire hangers scattered between the Michigan and Atlantic Ocean, just pure never ending punishment. You are liable to freeze to death in about fifteen seconds if you step out of your door in anything less than a bomb shelter amount of layers; then, unless you have decided to walk around in the nude all day, the summers equal disgusting sweat smell. It is the worst of both worlds, with some added humidity, oppressive rain, and crippling snow.

At least we are in the midst of the better of the two options the old hag can throw at us; you have to take what you can get and we got 90 degree evenings, so take it.

I digress though, Hella Late To The Party is all about the music and not today’s forecast. Every week, I hope to bring to you some new music options for you to enjoy. These are quality artists, who specialize in making quality tune. I think you might enjoy giving their music a try and exploring all of you options out there.

This week’s features two producers and one rapper hailing from Chicago.

Dally Auston

I’ve been following Dally Auston since I first really bought into SAVEMONEY, the Chicago collective that counts Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa as charter members. “99 Cent” was my introduction to his music and name, and I was blown away for two reasons: 1. I was, still am, and will forever will be a Madlib stan and this track has a sample from The Fantastic Planet, a film the Madliberator sampled heavily in the early 2000’s; 2. His flow is so on point, it was impossible for me to not pay attention to his words.

What blows my mind about “99 Cent” was that it was made in 2013, when Dally was incredibly young. A full two years later, his talents continue to grow and his progression as artist remains intriguing. However, it would be nice to get some more music out of him.

If Dally didn’t make it a habit of dropping top shelf, real life projects this would not be a problem. Unfortunately and fortunately, both The Wood and WestidEP were both well done, featuring heavy doses of lyricism and honest rhymes. He is definitely one to watch for and one that I will continue to follow in the future.

Milky .Wav

Milky .Wav  formally BLVCK JORDAN wins the award for most original name ever posted to this site, by a mile. I’m guessing it is a play on the .wav format and his ability to make some really smooth, buttery beats. Either way, I’m not even mad about his sudden name change, because he is an incredible producer.

I have been following him for a longtime, well more like a year and a half I guess. I have liked every single original song he releases on his soundcloud, I truly am a fan of his stuff. It is interesting fusion of downtempo spaciness and the raw percussion of some of the lighter trap based beats. He has a chilling effect, but at the same time it doesn’t seem like such a stress to see people up moshing to his music. I am a fan of this versatility.

Milky’s way around the boards is something serious. I love his oddly timed vocal samples on “Only You;” “Face Ventura” sounds like the lovechild of 808 Mafia and Soulection. You have to go through his soundcloud to listen to more of his music, definitely worth your time.

Tay Lewis

Tay Lewis is a producer hailing from Toronto, Canada. While his name might not be familiar to you, he has been working around some big names. His has mastered the dark, brooding sound that has come to be synonymous with his hometown. However, his music isn’t meant to be depressing or sad, but more hint at more sinister intentions. Coke & Cool is filled with banging tracks that will have you thrashing your head back and forth, perfectly suited for canvassing for nighttime trouble.

Tay’s music is almost like Toronto’s answer to the Drill tracks that were Young Chop specialized in: typically peaceful sounds, like church bells or a singer choir, distorted and modified to the point that they lose all of their innocence. Throwing in some speaker destroying 808’s, snappy snares, and hyperactive hi-hats, you get the making of a banger.

“Fuck It” is a perfect example of this formula working to perfection, you can’t turn it off. Tay’s synth talent is far more developed than Chop’s, which adds another interesting layer to his music. Coke & Cool is only eight tracks long, but it is filled with so much heat, make sure you take a listen.

Dally Auston, Milky .Wav, and Tay Lewis, three great artists that are definitely worth your time and have been making some solid tunes. Check them all out, and come back next week for Volume Seven of Hella Late To The Party.