Donald Grunge – “CowboyTalk”

Donald Grunge – “CowboyTalk”

By: Seamus Fay

From “Guitar Grunge” back in July to “Snake In My Boot” last month and most recently, “Henny Sippa“, 2018 has been a monumental year for Donald Grunge. One release after another, he’s been honing in on his craft, and as a result, we’ve seen some of his most creatively ambitious releases to date in recent months. Needless to say, Grunge is on a win streak right now, and today, he takes all of this energy and puts it toward the release of his long-awaited, highly-anticipated new project, CowboyTalk.

Taking on a Western theme, this tape is eccentric from the cover art all the way to the final seconds of its last song. Grunge pours his heart out into 7 highly-passionate, energetic cuts, leaving it all on the court as he puts forth a noticeably refined version of the “on my own terms” artistry that we’ve grown to love over the years. With production at the hands of local talents including Mike Hector, David Walker, JORD4NEVERDIED, Chris Tophr, Jonny Doobs, Maka, and Humbeats, CowboyTalk picked on a dream team of names to make up its roster, and without a doubt, it paid off. Donald Grunge is here, and he’s here to stay.

StreamCowboyTalk at the link provided below:

Artwork by @gregisonfire

JGONTHEKEYS – ‘PLANET JG!’ [Mixtape]

JGONTHEKEYS – ‘PLANET JG!’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Playing a crucial role behind the boards and bringing so many artists’ sounds to life, JGONTHEKEYS is, and has been for some time now, an essential figure in the development of Boston’s music scene. His work boasts collaborations between a number of the city’s finest talents, and always known to snap on any project he embarks on, JG is here to bring this prowess full circle today with a compilation tape, PLANET JG!. As noted by the title, this project brings names including Connis, Giuseppe Love, Donald Grunge, Pistola, SK85!, Trismuh, DK, BROKECH1C, and Pe$o Boii into an entirely new world of sound and sonic direction, all of which is orchestrated at the skillful hands of JGONTHEKEYS.

8 tracks long and allowing for introductions to so many of Massachusetts’ best-kept secrets, JG’s latest marks a defining moment of community for Boston’s music scene, and it surely presents the city’s talent in the best light possible. By taking matters into his own hands, this hitmaking producer is working toward the progression and embracement of local talent one heater at a time, tightening up the loose ends and maximizing the potential of every artist he works with. Needless to say, PLANET JG! is something special; beyond himself, he really did his thing in bringing up those around him with this one, and for that, we have to appreciate his success.

Stream the new project at the link below!

Additional Production by @prodchristophr @KorHefBeatz @lilzooooom

Jack Karowak – ‘Treehouse Audio’ [Mixtape]

Jack Karowak – ‘Treehouse Audio’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

The release of an artist’s debut project is generally a defining moment in their career. It’s a culmination of potential, past experience, a chase for the top, true-to-self personality, and every other element that makes up one’s individuality, but more than anything, it’s a moment to exhibit what has come from restless hard work and the discovery of one’s artistic identity. Here to provide one of the best debuts out of MA that we’ve heard in a long time is Graduation Music favorite, Jack Karowak, with Treehouse Audio.

If there’s anyone that embodies the concepts of growth and development as an artist, then it has to be this talent right here. There was a time when I knew of Karowak’s music but never heard that one song that really hooked me in. Needless to say, Karowak never stopped working, and as a result, he’s now making the best music of his career, working toward his own expectations rather than anyone else’s.

This is Jack Karowak’s moment to show the world who he is, and by the sounds of it, he doesn’t waste a second trying to be anything he’s not.

With this, when listening to Treehouse Audio, you can tell that it’s the kind of project that came directly from the MA representative’s heart. It’s 100% what he wanted to make, and with this level of authenticity at the forefront of the release, it marks a refreshing experience for the listener to hear such liveliness in Karowak’s lyrics, vocals, instrumentals, etc.

I could go on about this project all day long, but in all honesty, the music speaks for itself, in this case. Just know that Jack Karowak is a name you’re going to be seeing all over the place quite soon, so get hip early and stream his debut project, Treehouse Audio, at the link below. This is an important moment not only for Karowak, but for the entire MA music community.

Production via David Walker, Triple Beam Brad
Features from Thalles Nunes, Notebook P

WHYTRI – ‘A Bad Porno’ [EP]

WHYTRI – ‘A Bad Porno’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

As you may remember, just a few weeks back, Graduation Music caught up with our old friend, WHYTRI, and spoke all about the months leading up to the release of his brand new project, A Bad Porno (which you can read here). Today, the day has finally come where we receive the highly-anticipated project, and personally, I couldn’t be more excited. WHYTRI shows us his most cohesive sense of self to date, using just 5 tracks to communicate worlds of growth and improvement that tighten up any and all loose ends from his past offerings.

That said, the reason that this tape seems to work so well is due to the change of energy that TRI provides. As always, his verses are immensely captivating as he screams and jumps all over the beat, but this time around, it’s easier to recognize the end goal that he hopes to reach with each song. The ideas and verses build on top of one another, only complemented by the passionate touch of charisma that the MA native is able to bring to the table so consistently.

That said, A Bad Porno is the kind of project that demands to be heard, so be sure to click play at the link below and pay attention to an artist who we’ll certainly be seeing more of in the near future. WHYTRI is on a promising path right now, and by aiming to please no one but himself, he’s actually making the best music of his career. Everything stems off of authenticity.

Production via C-SPRING, BEATO, KREW$

Jonesy – ‘Upside’ [Mixtape]

Jonesy – ‘Upside’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

In my personal opinion, the best music is that with the most soul. An absence of soul can easily deflate the ability of a song to impact a given listener, and the worst part is that it’s remarkably easy to tell when an artist isn’t fully behind the message they’re conveying. Today, marking a project with ample amounts of soul and captivating personality, New Haven native Jonesy is here to bless our pages with a brand new tape entitled Upside. 8 tracks long, this is just the release that we needed from the rising talent in order to capitalize on the immense potential that we’ve heard from him in the past, and naturally so, it takes hold as his most refined offering to date.

That said, upon my first few listens of the tape, the main aspect of artistry that I enjoyed was Jonesy’s monumental presence when on the mic. His figure stands tall against a backdrop of hard-hitting instrumentals, one after another, and by approaching each beat with an equal level of energy, there doesn’t exist a point on Upside that fails to turn your head or yield some sort of emotional reaction. Jonesy is sure to keep things close and personal here, communicating personal lows and highs in a way that can feel applicable to any listener, regardless of their identity.

That said, this one is perfect to keep on repeat all weekend long, so be sure show some love and click play at the link provided below!

DK – ‘Not There Yet’ [Album]

DK – ‘Not There Yet’ [Album]

By: Seamus Fay

Quite frequently, while scrolling through either my SoundCloud feed or my Twitter feed, I’ll stumble upon a brand new gem of an artist that I had never heard before. Even more often, this gem comes across my screen thanks to @gregisonfire. The latest of these finds comes in the form of an artist named DK and his brand new album, Not There Yet. Poised with the ability to illustrate life and emotion in their most undiluted senses, the Western Mass native clearly has the appeal of potential on his side, and by staying true to himself on his latest full-length offering, this upside shines through.

That said, hence the title, Not There Yet details a personal journey for DK. He uses a backdrop of energetic hip-hop production and soulful vocals to translate his life into relatable music, doing so in a way that will turn your head and keep you locked into each and every song. And the best part of it all — this is the kind of project where you hear something new everytime you listen. After my listen, I thought I had DK and his style all figured out, but with each successive listen since, I’ve learned that the rising talent has many more layers to offer.

That said, I’ll just let the music speak for itself. Check out Not There Yet at the link provided below:

Mike Fellow – ‘Hot Wings’ [EP]

Mike Fellow – ‘Hot Wings’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

Here at Graduation Music, we’ve been covering new music from an artist by the name of YOUNGFACE for quite some time now. Throughout all of these posts and a few killer guest spots, I was then put onto an artist called Mike Fellow — an act who, since I first heard him alongside YOUNGFACE, has turned into an intriguing young talent and someone who is definitely in the position to do some big things in the near future. That said, today, Fellow branches outside of the guest verses and comes through with his own entree: an incredible, 6-track tape entitled Hot Wings produced by Sean Waters and Max Baer.

Quite frankly, I knew that Mike Fellow was developing a wonderfully consistent sound, but I had no idea that we ready to make something as impressive as this project. Each song is both crisp and confident, and considering the way that it flows together as such a full, cohesive idea of a tape is noteworthy in and of itself. That said, Fellow finds himself exploring candid emotion and refreshing ambition with this tape, making sure to leave his own charismatic mark on the music as it arrives.

All I can say is don’t sleep, because Hot Wings shows that he’s ready and gunning for the top. Click play at the link below: