Study Abroad: Edition #7

Study Abroad: Edition #7

By: Seamus Fay

As you may have noticed throughout the past few weeks, Graduation Music’s latest venture is a weekly playlist series entitled Study Abroad. Featuring 12 songs by artists beyond the borders of Massachusetts that we’ve been listening to, the aim of this series is to shed light on music from all over the country, expanding our reach and also hipping our readers to the artists that we believe are up next.

Click play on edition #7 of Study Abroad below and peep the tracklist under the link!

Tracklist:

30ROCK – Living
raynadayz – Break The Rules
JT Soul – Back2Life
HOLOA – it was always you
BOOSHIDO – Who Cares
Fla.mingo – Listerine
Elujay – maketimeforyou (demo)
Nathan Bajar – for mom
Down 2 Earth – Effervescent
Hudson Ritchie – She Likes It On Top
Karl Fitzgerald – Don’t Ask
Advisry – 02

PLAD Fine$$e – “++ stayed the same ++” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

PLAD Fine$$e – “++ stayed the same ++” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

By: Seamus Fay

It’s been a minute since we last heard new music from Roxbury native and soon-to-be-star, PLAD Fine$$e, but nevertheless, he’s back today to break the silence with a brand new single, “++ stayed the same ++”. Produced by frequent collaborator 4oTo Roles, this track shows off some serious producer-artist chemistry, using Roles’ sparkling production to allow Fine$$e to make an anthemic song out of a melodic style that, until now, fans haven’t really heard from him. And it works seamlessly.

With this, “++ stayed the same ++” marks a sonic progression for PLAD Fine$$e and simultaneously, as the title denotes, a declaration of true-to-self personality. It’s as much applicable to outside listeners as it is impactful for the Roxbury representative himself, and by following universal themes with an addictive instrumental as a backbone, it goes without saying the latest from PLAD Fine$$e is about to do some serious numbers.

This rising talent is making hits with ease, and “++ stayed the same ++” is proof. Be sure to show some love to one of MA’s finest and listen to his new song at the link below!

Dave Wonderz – “A Good Place” ft. Manzie

Dave Wonderz – “A Good Place” ft. Manzie

By: Seamus Fay

Personally, once the season officially changes to fall, my playlist tends to find itself in a much calmer, more relaxed place than it was during the summer. Providing the perfect soundtrack to this change in taste based on season is an artist by the name of Dave Wonderz with his new single, “A Good Place”. Easygoing and smooth in nature, this song is just what I needed to keep on repeat for the fall, and seeing how well Wonderz is able to find his strengths in the silky melodies, it goes without saying that he’s an artist to keep an eye on.

That said, the soulful, guitar and key-based production from Manzie here is a definite highlight for the song. The lyricism is simplistic yet illustrative, allowing for listeners to get lost in the addictive sonic direction which Wonderz chooses while painting a vivid picture in their heads. “A Good Place” puts its audience in, well, a truly good place, and with that, it’s a very solid release to introduce some of our readers to Dave Wonderz.

Be sure to show some love and check out the latest from the MA talent at the link below!

Lil Cxxp – “Diamonds Shine” [Prod. Timeline]

Lil Cxxp – “Diamonds Shine” [Prod. Timeline]

By: Seamus Fay

Individuality remains at the forefront of Massachusetts artist Lil Cxxp’s style, and by backing this up with a unique, rock-induced sonic direction, it goes without saying that we have a must-watch artist on our hands. Today, Cxxp is here to keep the heads turned and light the way for a bright future with his new single, “Diamonds Shine”. Produced by Timeline, this sparkling banger fits perfectly into the consistency of his catalog, and more than anything, it shows us why he’s starting to gain traction both in MA and far beyond.

That said, “Diamonds Shine” also acts as a solid example of the control which Cxxp holds over his cadences. His bellowing vocals grace the instrumental in a cohesive, frictionless way, and by knowing just when to switch both notes and emotion in order to better fit the instrumental, he exhibits an artistic maturity that will only push the stocks even higher. With every new song, I find some sort of improvement and refinement in Lil Cxxp’s style and seeing this, it’s clear that he’s been putting in some serious work as of late.

Show some love to this MA talent and click play on “Diamonds Shine” at the link below!

Produced by Timeline
Mix/Master by Lil Cxxp
Cover art by Nic Violets

Gio Dee – “Hurt Me” [Prod. Wheezy]

Gio Dee – “Hurt Me” [Prod. Wheezy]

By: Seamus Fay

Taking a look at the level of quality that has consistently graced Gio Dee’s catalog in the past, it goes without saying that everytime the Boston native decides to drop off some music, it’s gonig to turn some heads. Today, this theory is proven true as Dee makes his way back to Graduation Music with a brand new single entitled “Hurt Me”. While we haven’t heard anything new from the budding star in what seems like a minute, this song puts any and all worry to rest, denoting that Gio Dee is back and better than ever.

That said, if there’s anyone who knows how to bring out the best in Dee, it has to be the producer at hand on this one: Wheezy. While every new single from the Boston representative is sure to impress, “Hurt Me” almost feels like a cut above the rest, watching the game from a bird’s eye view as Dee unleashes a lethal supply of well-executed rhymes. His flows and cadences are polished as ever, maximizing the potential of his artistry in ways that make for an unforgettable single.

Gio Dee is a name that you never want to sleep on, so be sure to show some love and check out “Hurt Me” at the link provided below!

LILDEATHSTAR – “…deathbed” [Prod. slndrmann]

LILDEATHSTAR – “…deathbed” [Prod. slndrmann]

By: Seamus Fay

The music that tends to stick with me most is the music that channels the perfect intersection between ample emotion and authenticity. Artists who are able to find where the two collide tend to be the most genuine of the pack, and one prime example of this arrives in the context of Graduation Music favorite, LILDEATHSTAR. Today, the rising talent is back after a fairly long silence, making his presence known with an aggressive new offering, “…deathbed”.

Produced by slndrmann, this song sets out to let the world know that DEATHSTAR means business from the very opening seconds. The melodies are haunting and explosive, allowing his ominous cadences to creep up on the instrumental with an equal supply of power. “…deathbed” is wildly authentic in this light, as it takes listeners on an uncompromised tour through DEATHSTAR’s process of introspection without any degree of separation between the artist and the human. The energy here is as raw as it gets, and you can’t help but appreciate the honesty.

“…deathbed” shows us LILDEATHSTAR at his finest, so be sure to check it out at the link provided below!

Meech – “Movin'”

Meech – “Movin'”

By: Seamus Fay

Representing for his talent-filled hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, Meech is an artist who holds the potential to do some serious damage in the future. He’s a lyricist by nature and an undeniable entertainer whenever he hits the mic, so much so that we here at Graduation Music have been blogging about his talents for over a year now. Today, Meech is back once again to unveil his newest offering: a brand new single entitled “Movin'”.

While admittedly, we’re pretty late on this one, it remains that “Movin'” is one of the finest proofs of prowess that we’ve heard from Meech to date. His style stays at ease amidst the knocking bass kicks and ominous, sparkling melodies, allowing for a well-executed lyrical performance that certainly turns heads at a few moments. This Brockton native is only getting better with time, and it’s always impressive to hear just how far he’s been able to progress in music.

“Movin'” is a must-listen, so be sure to check it out at the link provided below: