DEADMALL – ‘Deadmall 1’ [EP]

DEADMALL – ‘Deadmall 1’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

Here at Graduation Music, we’ve been covering an artist by the name of Gabe Gill for quite some time now. Gill’s inimitably clear creative vision has made him a beacon of artistic progression in recent months, and in usual fashion, he’s always creating, unveiling his latest creative venture on our pages today: a group by the name DEADMALL alongside fellow artist honeyfitz. Making their presence as a group known, they’re here with a 3-track EP entitled Deadmall 1.

Intricate in its sonic direction and impulsively abstract, this trio of songs sheds light on a well-executed bout of emotional lyricism and gentle production from the group. Their chemistry as musicians is truly second to none, and even when the music seems to take on an off-kilter pattern of style, neither of them fall behind, instead using their energy to push forward their ideas and create some beautiful sounds along the way. Deadmall 1 shows great promise for future releases, so check this one out at the link below and keep your eyes peeled for more from Deadmall hopefully in the near future!

Mixed by Rafael Moure // Mastered by Kevin Butler
Cover Photography by Jacob Bridgman
Cover Illustration by Matthew Bonneau

Donald Grunge – “Snake In My Boot [Prod. Mike Hector)]

Donald Grunge – “Snake In My Boot [Prod. Mike Hector)]

By: Seamus Fay

Looking back at some of the Massachusetts artists who really proved their worth in 2018, Donald Grunge needs to be at the top of the list. The eclectic, hyper-creative rising talent never fails to trust his ear for making great music, and consequently, this characteristic has led to some truly impressive additions to Grunge’s catalog in recent months. Today, en route to the 11/30 release of his new project, Donald Grunge is making sure that fans control their anticipation, using an appetizer of a single entitled “Snake In My Boot” to do the trick as we count down the days until the full course.

Produced by none other than Mike Hector, this track uses a simplistic melody and bass-heavy, hard-nosed drum patterns to lay the ground for Grunge’s ranging set of cadences. As always, this choice of production brings out the best in Grunge, as he rides the instrumental with a wide variety of tones and flows to match such compelling lyricism. “Snake In My Boot” proves that we’re about to receive Grunge’s finest work to date, and personally, I can’t wait.

Mixed & Mastered by @BradFeeneyProd

Jonesy – “Aku” [Prod. PapaJxn]

Jonesy – “Aku” [Prod. PapaJxn]

By: Seamus Fay

Coming out of New Haven, Jonesy is an artist who tells it how it is. Lyrically, his character always remains intact no matter what subject matter he takes on, consequently marking him as an up-and-coming talent that Graduation Music has always made sure to pay attention to. Today, Jonesy is back on our pages with an incredible, PapaJxn-produced song entitled “Aku”. Referencing the classic show, Samurai Jack, this offering is sure to hit home with a number of readers, just as it did with me.

That said, the bellowing presence of soul in such a beautiful instrumental is what really makes “Aku” a must-listen. Per usual, Jonesy’s choice of production is seamlessly complementary to his skill set, and only adding fuel to the fire are laid-back deliveries and quotable bars that have remained stuck in my head since my very first listen. “Aku” is a highlight reel for Jonesy, and as such, I would highly recommend that all of our readers give this one a listen. Sit back and click play on this one at the link provided below:

$ean Wire – “Sincerely” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]

$ean Wire – “Sincerely” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]

By: Seamus Fay

$ean Wire is one of those rare cases of an artist that doesn’t need to say much in order to speak volumes with his lyricism. His stories are simplistic but infinitely touching, and with the tint of soul that marks his signature style, this rising talent never fails to grab the listener’s attention and keep it, entirely undistracted for the duration of the song. Today, bringing his talents back into the spotlight, $ean Wire is here with a gorgeous new single entitled “Sincerely”, produced by Tropicana Bwoy.

As the title denotes, this song perfectly embodies sincerity. Wire speaks his mind on a plethora of issues and obstacles of life, and embedded with a mistrust that carries across the entire song, “Sincerely” proves to be a universally-applicable offering. In addition, given the fact that this is the MA native’s first release in quite some time, it’s important to note the development that Wire has undergone since we last heard him. As always, he’s taking his naturally-impressive talents to the next level, allowing for fans to witness this growth and fully embrace it. 

“Sincerely” is an impeccable track, so be sure to show some love and check it out at the link below:

Lil Cxxp – “Just Do It” [Prod. BruferrBeatz]

Lil Cxxp – “Just Do It” [Prod. BruferrBeatz]

By: Seamus Fay

Lil Cxxp is certainly no stranger to our pages here at Graduation Music, and with enough emotion in his songs to captivate listeners for hours on end, this rising talent has more than deserved every word of coverage to date. Today, he’s here to keep the streak of incredible singles going with a brand new, BruferrBeatz-produced offering entitled “Just Do It”. As we’ve seen throughout the past few weeks, Cxxp is starting to gain some notoriety, so naturally, he’s here to exuberate an infectious sense of confidence that you can’t help but nod your head to.

This triumphant feeling is addictive to the ear of the listener, and especially when communicated with the signature, rawly-passionate style of Cxxp’s vocals, it can’t be looked at as anything less than inspiring. Lil Cxxp is one of Massachusetts’ brightest rising stars, with “Just DoIt” as undeniable proof. This MA representative is looking at a glass ceiling to the top, and while I can’t say I know what his future will be, I can say that all signs are pointing up.

Listen to “Just Do It” below and enjoy the unique talents of Lil Cxxp!

Madeline Kassen – “Wonder in a Bottle”

Madeline Kassen – “Wonder in a Bottle”

By: Seamus Fay

It’s a difficult feeling to translate into words, but some music just connects with a listener right off of the bat. Such is the feeling that I get when listening to Madeline Kassen — a Boston-based singer whose dreamy vocals will put you in a trance after just a few notes. Today, we’re here to make her talents known to our readers in the context of the gorgeous single, “Wonder in a Bottle”. About a year old now, this may be one of her older singles, but from a listener’s perspective, this track feels to be a perfect introduction to the captivating talents of the soon-to-be star — not to mention the fact that I’ve had it on repeat all afternoon long.

What “Wonder in a Bottle” is able to achieve in just under three minutes is what makes it such an impressive offering. Kassen wastes no time in transporting listeners to a faraway place with her hypnotic cadences, and the lyrics only follow this up, creating a curious world of Kassen’s creation that you can’t help but fall in love with. This is one of the best songs I’ve stumbled on in a minute, and while I know I could write about this one all day long, the true magic of the song is felt if you just check it out for yourself.

Madeline Kassen hopes to capture wonder in a bottle, but by the sounds of it, she’s done so with this very song.

Oh, and let’s not skip over the fact that this Boston talent truly does it all, as she’s credited for the lyrics, composition, vocals, keys, and production on this song. Wow.

Listen to the ever-ranging talents of Madeline Kassen by clicking play on this incredible single at the link below:

Rothstein – “Carnations” ft. Teddybear & “Menthol” [Prod. Ricky Sour]

Rothstein – “Carnations” ft. Teddybear & “Menthol” [Prod. Ricky Sour]

By: Seamus Fay

It’s always a pleasant sight to see that Rothstein is back with new music, and today, in a consistent fashion, the MA native fulfills this with two new tracks entitled “Carnations” alongside Teddybear and “Menthol”. Pairing up with Ricky Sour on the boards for each of the two, these delicately smooth offerings bring us directly into the world of such a promising talent, showing listeners the way around using crisp cadences and vivid lyricism. As always, Rothstein’s music is as addictive as it gets, and with the one-two punch of “Carnations” and “Menthol”, this couldn’t be truer.

By releasing these songs together, we get an inside look into the way that the budding artist glides over melodic production, and further so, how he uses the sparkling atmosphere of sound in a way complementary to his strengths. Rothstein is putting on a clinic in terms of both vocals and delivery, so in this case, I’m just going to let the quality of the music speak for itself. Talent is talent, and Rothstein knows just how to use it.

Listen to “Menthol” and “Carnations” at the link below: