By: Shamus Hill
It’s always a joy when new artists are featured on the Graduation Music site, which is exactly what is occurring today with the Duxbury-based band, Surfliner. This self-titled release is a song that “was made for listening to in the rain”, however, also captures the feels given off on a warm, bright day. “Surfliner” is not only beautifully written by Tyler Wyatt and Alex Gonzalez, but features the astounding instrumentation of guitar, bass, and drums at the hands of Tyler Wyatt. Sam Worley helps puts the cherry on top with his tranquil, yet uplifting vocals, making this track out to be one of the band’s most potent releases to date.
“Surfliner” largely deals with the group’s hectic state of being at this moment in time, and how life has been seemingly drawing them all over the place. As they continue to work towards the completion of their goals, the ease of things begins to move towards the horizon, and new challenges begin to move in their direction. While this may be viewed upon as tumultuous to many, Surfliner finds solace in what’s been on-going. They understand that they’re en route towards their destiny, and that with time, things will begin to fall into place. A beautiful composition that centers itself around meaning and hope, “Surfliner” is another fantastic release to come out of Massachusetts.
I was very grateful to come across Surfliner’s music, but at the same time was disappointed that I hadn’t listened to it at an earlier point in life. While only having a total of three songs currently available on Spotify/Bandcamp, Surfliner still possess a discography full of high-quality music that is worthy of your attention. These guys don’t leave any variable up to chance, and whole-heartedly deliver fans pieces of work that are both well-thought-out and carefully crafted. The feeling given off from their songs is nothing short of uplifting, something which I’m sure will continue to draw fans their way. If you find yourself in the Amherst-area on October 26th, Surfliner will be having a show at the Amherst VFW, so definitely show out if you’re messing with their sound.
Listen to Surfliner’s self-titled release below:
By: Shamus Hill
Brockton-native Premo Dee makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with a smooth new release titled “The Tab”. Sampling Kool and the Gang’s “Summer Madness”, Emani did a phenomenal job with production on this track, achieving a warm, reminiscent feel throughout. Largely centered around late night reflection and restlessness, Premo Dee beautifully showcases his polished raps with this release, adding another well put-together song to his discography and further proving his prowess as a Massachusetts standout.
That said, Premo’s ability to blend his life into his bars is nothing less than astounding. I genuinely possess a feeling of excitement when I see that he’s dropping something new, which can largely be derived from his nonchalant, warming presence over the accompanying instrumental. While his delivery at times seems almost effortless, bar after bar he hits you with a wonderfully well-written line that demands your attention. It’s this combination of easy-going feels and hard-hitting lyrics in Premo Dee’s music that will have listeners returning for more, and he only furthered my belief in this with the release of “The Tab”.
Listen to Premo Dee’s newest release “The Tab” below:
By: Shamus Hill
Deadlock Riot is a collective of diverse artists from the Boston area, and though they are relatively “new” to the ever-so-growing scene, they’re on a mission to prove that they’re to be taken extremely seriously. Deadlock Riot’s Kingfrom98 recently dropped “Friendzone” to help reinforce how versatile and talented the group truly is. Kingfrom98 has made a few appearances on the Graduation Music site to date, and deservedly so, he’s back today with some adaptations to his typical sound.
The complexity of “Friendzone” is what instantaneously attracted me to this record upon first listen. “Feels like I’m home when I have you by my side” echoes Kingfrom98 towards the beginning of the track, and from here he only dives deeper into his past relationships, and the feelings accompanied by these relationships. What I really love about “Friendzone” is how it continuously develops with each coming second. Starting off as a more somber, reflective piece of work, Kingfrom98 chops things up a bit, before diving on into the more upbeat remainder of the song.
On the second half of “Friendzone”, Kingfrom98 showcases his vocal skills as he continues to reflect on the love-related issues of his past. The ability possessed by Kingfrom98 to not only sonically develop, but to inject his personal life directly into his music is admirable. On top of this, he’s responsible for mixing and mastering each of his records. With each new release, it’s overwhelmingly apparent that Kingfrom98 is an artist from our area that’s worthy of undivided attention.
Listen to Kingfrom98’s latest offering, “Friendzone”, below:
By: Shamus Hill
Stoughton’s A.Tibbz returns to the Graduation Music site today on a mission to display how hard he’s been working this year. Within the span of 4 days he’s released two tracks, “TIMBS” which was produced by Twayne The Kidd, and “124” which made use of DeskBangahz production. Prior to these two songs, he released a project last month, as well as a long string of songs over the course of 2018. A.Tibbz has been grinding to say the least, and the growth he’s shown in his music serves as the perfect sign that he’s been moving in the right direction.
“TIMBS” was the first of the two tracks released in recent days, and it’s here where A.Tibbz takes a moment to reflect on his recent successes and shift in mindset. We touched upon his growth in music earlier, and it’s apparent that he’s beginning to truly come to terms with his potential. He’s past the point of letting anything get in his way, and understands that his moment to shine is right around the corner. Twayne The Kidd concocted a fire beat for “TIMBS”, which assisted A.Tibbz in flexing both his rapping and singing capabilities. An overall wonderful collaboration, this is a track that deserves placement in your heavy rotation.
“124” was dropped by A.Tibbz yesterday, and, as mentioned before, utilizes production at the hands of DeskBangahz. This track is more reminiscent of songs like “Special Treatment” and “My Way” in a sense that he really lets his vocal abilities shine. He’s more than capable of hitting a wide array of notes, while at the same time chiseling out addictive flows. Props to both A.Tibbz and DeskBangahz for coming up with a beautiful output on “124”.
Listen to “TIMBS” and “124” down below:
By: Shamus Hill
Fresh off of the release of his debut album, ARTx, theworldbirdie and Alexander Hagani are here today to reunite and provide fans with the brand new video for “Good Time”. The vibrant visuals circulate around the theme of summer romance, and perfectly suit the soothing, warm feel that is present throughout this track. Following the release of this video, it’s apparent that the Cape-native is yet another artist from Massachusetts that’s on his way to becoming one of our area’s most notable talents.
This video showcases the beauty of finding love during the summer, yet at the same time how it all eventually comes to an end as the fall rushes in. Capturing the essence of this song perfectly, there’s no arguing that theworldbirdie has once again added a solid piece of work to his catalog of releases. No matter the subject matter, he’s extremely talented in the area of breaking down his life experiences and coming up with delightful methods of expressing them.
The last time Alex Hagani and theworldbirdie joined forces was on the video for “ARTx (Intro)”, which, similarly to this release, was exceptional. The pair have an innate ability to work well with one another, which becomes overwhelmingly apparent as they continue to collaborate. All we can hope is that they’ll team up again in the future to make some more magic happen.
Watch the video for theworldbirdie’s “Good Time” below:
By: Shamus Hill
Nothing feels better than introducing new artists onto the Graduation Music site, which is exactly what’s happening today with Dark World’s Rideordie (aka Yung Shaman). “PLAN IT”, which utilizes production at the hands of both Branchez and Luka, is a superb addition to Rideordie’s catalog of music, and it comes paired with some visuals that are both shot and edited by DJ Lucas. Despite taking place in Iowa, the video appears as if it could’ve been shot in Western MA, showcasing how Dark World truly brings a piece of where they’re from to wherever they go.
Prior to becoming hip to Rideordie, I was only aware of Dark World’s DJ Lucas and Reed. After watching this video, it’s clear that the Yung Shaman is dead set on a mission to showcase the extremely high levels of talent and versatility prevalent within the other artists of the 413-based music collective. The unbothered attitude possessed by each member of Dark World is most certainly apparent in Rideordie, especially as he whips around open fields on a go-kart whilst off of a few beers. This pairs perfectly with the jovial, care-free sound that Rideordie possesses on this track. I’m excited to see how he continues to develop sonically as time continues.
The video for “PLAN IT” takes place at this year’s Black Hole Fest in Cedars Falls, Iowa, and helps to give fans a sneak peak into the type of camaraderie prevalent within this tight-knit group of musicians, whom view each other as the best of friends rather than simply co-working artists. Dark World has been a major spark in the Western Massachusetts music scene, which in recent years has been blossoming more than ever. Another shining example of how hard artists are working in our own backyard, Rideordie is on a mission to make a name for himself.
Watch the video for “PLAN IT” down below:
By: Shamus Hill
WHY MY LINE KEEP BUZZIN???
Ladies and Gentlemen, 2020’s Gio $hyne and Christian Yoon recently joined forces to drop off one of this year’s best tracks, “Buzzin”. Anyone who’s been around me throughout the last couple of weeks has most definitely heard this record and understands how truly addictive the hook on this track is to listen to. Debuting via Soundcloud just days before last month’s 2020 Night, “Buzzin” serves as Gio $hyne’s moment to release some of the energy that he’s been building up.
I’ve said it an absurd amount of times, but Christian Yoon’s production talent is at a very high level. The 2020-affiliated producer has combined with Gio $hyne in the past to concoct some quality records, but “Buzzin” may honestly be my favorite release from this duo. Gio has the awesome ability to flow buoyantly, yet purposefully on his songs, and he really showcases that talent on this offering. Combine that with the stellar talent of Christian Yoon, and you’ve got a well-put-together track that’ll have fans from Boston and beyond rallying around the 2020 name.
Witnessing the performance of this track at 2020 Night was nothing short of thrilling. Despite it only being a handful of days after the release of “Buzzin”, nothing was able to stop Gio $hyne fans from learning every single word to the record. The energy you can feel purely through listening to the Dorchester-native’s tracks is part of the reason I fell in love with the young artist’s music. Having the privilege of witnessing the effect of this sonic-energy on other fans of the music was stunning.
2020 is one of the Boston music scene’s most gifted collectives, with each member grinding their ass off to make a name for themselves. Gio $hyne and Christian Yoon are only two of the puzzle pieces that help make this group of young talents so great, and I’m excited to watch how they make an even greater impact in music throughout their future.
In the mean time, listen to Gio $hyne’s “Buzzin” below: