Gio Shyne – “Bliss” (Prod. Christian Yoon)

By: Shamus Hill

Fresh off of a highly energetic performance in Boston this past weekend, Gio Shyne and Christian Yoon bring their talents together to bless listeners with the official audio for “Bliss”.

We’ve said it dozens of times, but the music that these two make together is simply unparalleled. Gio’s voice is straight-up hypnotic, and he uses his music as a method for cleansing his mind. Offering an extremely true, yet vulnerable, side of himself, Gio Shyne utilizes “Bliss” to touch upon how he hasn’t been feeling love as of late. He’s started to become numb as a result, with his mind narrowing-in on the goals he’s laid out for himself. Caught between thinking too-much and not thinking enough, Gio’s arrived at a point where he’s ready to move forward regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.

Christian Yoon came through with superb production on “Bliss”, chopping-up a beat that literally makes you feel like you’re in the midst of a high-speed chase in space. He’s one of the most unique and hard-working producers in the state, with his level of talent only increasing with each release. Be on the lookout for 2020 this year, as the group is determined to become one of the more notable names in Boston.

Listen to “Bliss” below:

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Garrett Merk – “72” (Prod. Frace)

By: Shamus Hill

Massachusetts-native Garrett Merk recently dropped his first single of 2019 — a reflective, energetic offering titled “72”. Serving as the second part of his previous release, “19”, this track is rich with replay value and exposes listeners to a more vulnerable side of the South Shore artist.

For the last few years, Garrett’s released a variety of tracks that emanate a glimmering, joyous feel, however this isn’t the case with this song. Feeling overshadowed by the future he once laid out for himself, Garrett’s found a way to channel the pain he’s endured into the fuel for success. He repeats “Needed that shit that ignited my flame”, several times over the course of the song — shining a light onto how he’s been able to transform negativity into positivity through hard-work and determination. “72” is a real sign of maturity within his musical portfolio, so we’re excited to hear how he continues to develop.

Listen to Garrett Merk’s latest release, “72”, below:

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Millyz – “The Prom”

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with his first release of 2019 is Millyz. The Cambridge-rapper is one of the more reputable in the state, and “The Prom” is yet another shining example of just how talented he is. With Blanco 2 currently in the works, Millyz is hopping into his bag, gearing up to make his next album his most prominent collection of music to-date.

“The Prom” simply serves a reminder of how Millyz has been living as of late. He’s gaining notoriety across the world, and the more he grows, the more he brings Massachusetts with him. He’s quickly become a spokesperson for the blossoming music scene within the state, so it’ll be interesting to see how he moves throughout the year. Prepare yourself for the release of Millyz’s upcoming project, and dedicate a few moments to hear his first song since “Strawberry Goya”.

Listen to “The Prom” below:

soap.wav – “Top Down” [Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Gracing the Graduation Music site again today is soap.wav, this time with both the audio and visuals for a brand-new release titled “Top Down”. Tapping in BT Livin to help bring his vision to life, soap.wav wants listeners to understand that he’s coming with a furious energy in 2019. Perhaps his most potent track to date, “Top Down” helps add an additional layer atop soap.wav’s artistry.

Chris Tophr is the man responsible for the production on “Top Down”, giving this track a really hypnotic, yet buoyant sound that soap.wav floats over. Possessing a long-list of songs that achieve a variety of heights, “Top Down” unleashes an entirely new layer of soap.wav that his listeners haven’t been exposed to before. The Cambridge-native is yet another example of just how talented the city is, and is looking to build upon his strengths even more as the year continues.

Watch the video for “Top Down” below:

Surfliner – ‘KISKA LP’

By: Shamus Hill

Moving from a brighter, upbeat tone towards a more self-reflective direction is the Duxbury band, Surfliner, who grace the Graduation Music pages today with their debut project, KISKA LP. Making their presence known across the world through the release of their first three singles, Surfliner have found themselves at an extremely vital point within their musical careers. An artist’s debut project is one of their most important pieces of work, with it ultimately being what a lot of listeners will remember them by. With the ball in their court, Surfliner are prepared to prove that they have what it takes to bring their music to the next level.

“Foolish Heart” is the first song off of the LP, and it’s here that Surfliner gently ease into the sonic experience. It’s one of the many songs featured on this project that quite literally draws you in closer, similar to moving towards a fire when its freezing cold. As was the case with their first three singles, “Foolish Heart” is accompanied by exquisite instrumentation that allows for a plethora of emotion to be evoked.

As the LP continues further, listeners are met by even more harmonically-rich, well-rounded songs that are the direct result of lengthy periods of learning. A lot of amazing music comes as the direct result of life experience, and it’s overwhelmingly apparent that this was the case with Surfliner as they prepared their debut project.

From here, the LP continues down this reflective, yet smooth-sounding path, with each song engraining itself into the fabric of the listener’s mind. This project is very comparable to Jack Karowak’s Treehouse Audio, in a sense that the instrumentation is the pivotal point for the entirety of the project. With it being so robust, the vocal work is able to be received at an even higher caliber, ensuring that the meaning within this LP isn’t lost. My favorite attribute of KISKA LP is the fact that Surfliner is able to piece together a number of well put-together tracks that seamlessly build off of the last.

We’ve said it a countless amount of times, but the bar for Massachusetts artists has been continuously raised thus far in 2019. With bands like Surfliner only pushing this narrative further, artists across the state will be in need of some thorough development to make sure their name remains relevant as the year progresses. If you find yourself unfamiliar with Surfliner’s discography, get hip now before it’s too late.

Listen to Surfliner’s KISKA LP down below:

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Jerome B – “Rain//Lluvia” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Hailing from Somerville, Massachusetts, Jerome B returns to the Graduation Music site today, this time with the visuals for his brilliant song titled “Rain//Lluvia”. As its name suggests, the first half of the track is in English, while the second half is in Spanish. Doing a wondrous job at showcasing the two sides of Jerome that make him whole, the video for “Rain//Lluvia” is a well put-together piece of work that somehow finds a way to add depth to an already thoughtful song.

The English portion of this track features shots of Jerome B around his hometown, Somerville, and as many of his other videos suggest, Jerome takes extreme pride in where he’s from. He’s one of the more capable rappers in the entire state, and his ability to decompose deep thought in order to create highly-playable, layered music isn’t something that should go unnoticed.

As the song transitions into the Spanish portion, the video switches locations from Somerville to La Habana, Cuba. Being of Cuban heritage, the trip to his homeland was one of utmost importance to Jerome B, so having clips of it included in this video help to make it incredibly meaningful. Darren Yicong Deng and the staff over at Bridge Vision really do a well-rounded job at offering a glimpse of Cuban life, whilst injecting personal meaning into this visual. If you’re unfamiliar with Jerome B’s discography, now is the perfect opportunity to receive a thorough look at what the rapper has to offer.

Watch the official video for “Rain // Lluvia” below:

Jefe Replay – “Foreign Exchange” (Prod. Tee-WaTT)

By: Shamus Hill

One of the more well-known artists from the Boston area, Jefe Replay just released the first single off of his upcoming project, Proper Finessments. “Foreign Exchange” features thunderous production at the hands of Tee-WaTT, and serves as the perfect remedy for all the “real Juans” out there to prepare for the Roxbury-rapper’s debut album.

For the last few years, Jefe Replay has unleashed a number of potent singles that have assisted him in establishing quite the solid fanbase. He’s the type of individual whose presence is felt in a large room of people, and this feeling is relayed especially well as you listen through his latest release.

Jefe Replay fans all over are more than ready for his album to drop, so in the mean time give “Foreign Exchange” a few spins to hold you over until the February 1st release date. Listen to the energetic offering below:


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