Bela – ‘Peach’ [EP]

Bela – ‘Peach’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

It’s always a pleasure when Graduation Music gets to cover brand new artists, and today, we have an act by the name of Bela arriving to our pages with her new, 4-track EP, Peach. Hailing from Malden, MA, I first got hip to this rising talent while scrolling through my emails one day. Her passionate vocals and raw emotion immediately struck my ears as something worth listening to, and ever since, Peach has been on repeat as one of the better EPs to come out of Massachusetts this year.

With this, over the course of just 4, blissful songs, listeners are brought deep into the world of Bela and the heart-led feelings that she so vividly describes. Her lyrics are crisp and genuine, marking the project as authentic to an extent that few artists are able to achieve so effortlessly. Furthermore, adding fuel to the fire, Bela’s vocals possess that certain “memorable” quality that makes them nearly impossible to pass over — infectious by way of their soft presence over the 4 hypnotic instrumentals. It’s alluring in both a sonic sense as well as an emotional sense, giving abundant reason as to why Bela is definitely an artist to pay attention to.

That being said, Peach is an incredibly enjoyable listen, so be sure to click play at the link below!

Genshin – ‘Distant’ [EP]

Genshin – ‘Distant’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

In my eyes, the function of an EP is meant to be a compact collection of music that informs listeners as to what direction an artist is moving on. There’s a reason the lack of length works as it offers a simple snapshot of a given artist’s capabilities, but even so, when done right, this kind of project can truly stand out as more than just a brief snapshot. In the case of Genshin’s latest EP, Distant, the impact is felt most clearly in the introduction of such a curious, alluring sonic atmosphere.

Throughout a quick 3 songs, he transports listeners into an entirely different world of sound, all the while evoking strong, almost nostalgic bouts of emotion that are both compelling and comforting in their own respects. Each track pushes this idea one step further, and if there is any project to show you how much damage Genshin can do in such a short amount of time, it has to be Distant. Connecticut has something very special on its hands, with this EP acting as perfect proof.

Click play at the link below and show some love to this Graduation Music favorite!

KH Lyor – ‘M5’ [EP]

KH Lyor – ‘M5’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

The last time we heard from KH Lyor, it was with his anthemic offering, “Smoke At The Party” – a single which has undoubtedly stuck in our heads here at Graduation Music as a standout release in recent months. Today, he continues the theme of creating warm-weathered soundtracks to life with a brand new, 2-track EP entitled M5. Consisting of “GO!” and “Sunday Morning”, the latest from the KH representative may be short in length, but before we delve further into this one, it must be understood that it lives on and lengthens its impact through the genuine creation of a summer-minded aesthetic. M5 is ready to take over our playlists, and thankfully so.

That being said, when you dig a little deeper, the prowess of this EP is only natural considering the production credits from Niaggi and Christian Yoon – two names that have hit our pages plenty of times as hit machines in and of themselves. Additionally, the song “Sunday Morning” takes to guest spots from KH Belo and WayUp Rui, and all in all, every name featured on the short project alongside KH Lyor absolutely kills it in their respective roles. This EP is a showcase of raw talent in its finest form, and with that, it’s no wonder that M5 is about to do some serious numbers this summer. The weather is warming up, the stocks are rising for the KH team, and now, we have the soundtrack to the moment.

Listen to KH Lyor’s latest at the link below:

 

Jonesy – ‘All Of This Is True’ [EP]

Jonesy – ‘All Of This Is True’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

Arriving at our pages from New Haven, Connecticut, an artist by the name of Jonesy is here to let the world know who he is with his brand new, All Of This Is True EP. As the title suggests, every line holds the utmost honesty in Jonesy’s life, and in detailing the trials and tribulations that we see in our daily lives, he has successfully created a relatable piece for any listener to find addicting in its own sense. Connecticut is becoming a hotbed of talent and Jonesy is adding to the cast of rising stars, so be sure to pay attention as we delve further into this one below.

Featuring production credits from The Law, Soshu, Yondrik, K$ubi Kayy, and Papajxn, it’s the inspiring sound of this project, perhaps, that hits the second hardest behind the lyrics. Each instrumental captures such a vivid snapshot of the life of Jonesy, lending itself to the content of the verses while maintaining the overlying focus of the EP perfectly and showcasing the wide array of talent that this young artist holds. His tales of life, struggle, and ambition are aspects that we can all get behind, so don’t sleep on this one.

Listen to the All Of This Is True EP at the link below!

Tashawn Taylor – ‘Women Make Me Strong’ [EP]

Tashawn Taylor – ‘Women Make Me Strong’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

Hailing from Cambridge, MA, an artist by the name of Tashawn Taylor is here to make his Graduation Music debut today with a brand new EP entitled Women Make Me Strong. Just 3 tracks long, this release acts as the perfect introduction to an incredibly solid young talent, shedding a well-deserved light on the women in his life while also showcasing the wide array of skills that he possesses. That being said, I highly recommend paying attention to this one, so be sure to stay tuned in as we delve deeper into the project below.

At its very core, the element of this EP that first caught my attention was the refined artistry that Taylor holds with such an effortless approach. Each of the three songs feels as if there was ample thought and care put in, and in an age where quantity can sometimes blur the importance of quality, I believe that any listener will appreciate the work that this rising talent put in. Beyond technical skill, however, it’s also important that we note the importance of the premise of this tape – women. Not often do we hear such thoughtful music dedicated to women, and it’s a refreshing sentiment to hear Taylor pay a well-deserved tribute to some of the most important people in all of our lives.

Listen to Women Make Me Strong at the link below and keep an eye on Tashawn Taylor heading into the future!

BoofyMane – ‘4:19 4/20’ [EP]

BoofyMane – ‘4:19 4/20’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

In celebration of 4/20, Boston artist BoofyMane is here to bless our pages with a brand new, 3-track EP titled 4:19 4/20. In all of their hypnotic, sparkling energy, each of these three songs comes across as a testament to the heightening potential that this young talent holds, and with that, everyone needs to start paying attention. BoofyMane is here to stay, so show him some love as we delve further into his newest offering.

In essence, 4:19 4/20 shows fans the contrast between burgeoning melodies and hard-hitting, deeply-cut lyricism. It finds the perfect intersection between the two, and by capitalizing on these pockets of space, Boofy is able to comprehensively showcase his skill set. Overall, this EP is short in length yet incredibly solid in its central functions. Boston might be looking at one of its next stars in this young artist, so don’t sleep.

Listen to the newest from BoofyMane at the link below:

StupidGenius – “Sincerely, For Jalen”

StupidGenius – “Sincerely, For Jalen”

By: Seamus Fay

As some of you may know, Lowell lost a legend recently with the incredibly unfortunate death of Billy Gilmore – a man who, in my time knowing him, couldn’t have been a better leader and role model for those around him. Not only was he an icon in his city and a true role model within the community, but his impact in the lives of so many is a sentiment that deserves full recognition and simply cannot be understated in all of its priceless worth. In light of his death, Gilmore leaves behind his kids and more specifically, his son, Jalen – a constantly smiling, ambitious, hardworking young man that deserves nothing but the best in this world in memory of his father.

Lowell natives StupidGenius decided to honor Gilmore and his son with their new project, Sincerely, For Jalen. 4 tracks long, this is a testament to the power of a legacy as well as the traits and lifestyles that form one. It’s a beautiful standpoint of life and death in a sentimental perspective, and a valuable listen whether you knew Gilmore or not. I’ll leave it there and let the music speak for itself, so listen to Sincerely, For Jalen at the link below!