Chelsea’s Donald Grunge makes his long-awaited return to the Graduation Music site today with an incredibly hypnotic offering titled “Cantaloupe”.
Serving as the first addition to his discography since the December 2018 release of his ‘Cowboy Talk’ project, “Cantaloupe” features a soft-spoken, poised Grunge who makes use of some highly meticulous wordplay and melodies. Jonny Doobs was tasked with production here, and similar to their collaboration on “Time After Time” — “Cantaloupe” aligns as a solid example of Grunge’s multi-faceted artistry. Capable of making both boisterous, high-energy records alongside tracks that can accurately depict some of the more somber moments of life — there’s truly no telling which direction Grunge will take with each new addition to his musical catalog. No matter which path he takes, one thing remains consistent, and it’s that Donald Grunge simply fails to miss. Hopefully “Cantaloupe” is proof that the Chelsea native has more to come as 2019 comes to a close.
Quincy’s King Kade returns to the Graduation Music site today alongside Yelohill and Hit-Town with a highly-energetic track titled “Hot Topic”.
While the majority of his discography may be rooted in exceptional vocal work, King Kade utilizes “Hot Topic” to showcase his ability to rap. He’s proven to be one of the more versatile artists to hail from Massachusetts, and tends to bless his listeners with a little something new on each release. Both Yelohill and Hit-Town compliment Kade seamlessly here, as the group glides effortlessly over some well-structured production at the hands of Mike Hector. Show King Kade some love as he’s showing no signs of slowing pace anytime soon.
With a mere two weeks being left in the month of August, the realization that the Summer is essentially on its way out has become apparent for many. To help compliment the softened sensation that often comes paired with this time of year is Connis, who recently recruited Lord Felix, Notebook P, Ricky Sour, and Rilla Force for the delivery of two new tracks titled “Ditch the Function” and “Planets”.
“Ditch the Function” serves as an ode to introverts from all walks of life. Both Connis and Lord Felix have proven to be two of the most advantageous artists out of the Bay State in 2019, and the pair continue down this route as they bounce off of one another with true grace on this release. Connis makes use of his verse to relay some messages surrounding both being alone and working on oneself. He’s not afraid to speak on what it took for him to reach this current point in his life — something that has ultimately attracted a large flock of fans toward Connis’ direction. Brockton’s Lord Felix helps build atop Connis’ verse by reinforcing both the development of a secure temperament and the abandonment of remorsefulness. Nobody is perfect, but it’s the combination of holding one’s head up high and learning from mistakes that Connis and Lord Felix want listeners to know and understand. Ricky Sour, who was in charge of the production on “Ditch the Function”, has had a long history working alongside Connis — with the sonic chemistry exchanged between the duo being one of my favorite aspects of this track.
“Planets” is the second single that Connis released, which features Randolph’s Notebook P on the hook and Rilla Force on production. I was beyond enthusiastic upon seeing that these three talents had finally joined forces, yet still surprised as to how wonderful the output ended up being. Much like many of the verses included on Connis’ debut album, Conn(is), that dropped earlier this year, the Cambridge native continues to rap with a relentless energy. Each line holds a vast amount of weight as the listener is quite literally kept on the edge of their seat throughout the entirety of the listen. In a truly intergalactic fashion, Rilla Force’s usage of synth-rooted 808s help make this instrumental sound like something that’s out of this world, which assists Connis in delivering his thoughts in an unparalleled fashion.
If you still haven’t found yourself within the depths of Connis’ discography up through this point in time, then there’s no better moment than now to begin that journey. Take some time out of your day today and dedicate it towards some of our area’s most refined talents.
Listen to both “Ditch the Function” and “Planets” below:
Within the current climate of Hip-Hop/Rap music, we’ve arrived at a point in time where a large percentage of the music that’s being released is both uninspiring and regurgitated. It’s become difficult to find an artist, or artists, who somehow find a way to break the mold and challenge the genre itself, however, today Camp Blood has embarked on the mission towards doing exactly this.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with Haasan Barclay over the course of the last couple of months, you’ll note that he’s been working diligently alongside Shaka Dendy and Matthew Thornton at laying the foundation for what has ultimately become Camp Blood — a Boston-based group which is striving to bring something new to the table. The trio just released their debut single, “Aerosol”, earlier today via Allston Pudding, and following a few listens through the track I’m still attempting to grasp all of the sonic elements that the song provides. Both Haasan and Shaka trade bars back and fourth throughout the entirety of the track as Matthew Thorton lays down a thunderous instrumental which utilizes elements of both punk rock and experimental Hip-Hop music. From the second you press play “Aerosol” takes you on a two and a half minute journey that’s full of high-paced energy.
This track serves as the first single off of Camp Blood’s debut project, Camp Blood, which is set to come out on July 5th, so be sure to give “Aerosol” a listen in order to properly gear up for its release.
Making his return to the Graduation Music pages today is Brookline’s Chase Murphy with “Interview” — the second single off of his upcoming EP, Long Winters.
Equipped with buttery vocals and lyricism that’s both undeniably catchy and full of depth – “Interview” is only the most recent release from Chase Murphy that maintains solid sonic structure and substance. This track serves as the fourth official single that he’s put out up through this point in 2019, and with each new release he seemingly unlocks an additional layer of his artistry that had been previously untapped. Chase’s ability to break down his life experience through his musical catalog is truly marvelous, and with that we’re very excited to hear what Long Winters will have to offer.
The powerful duo of Austin Fair and Hetriks combines once again for a summer anthem titled “Slide”.
The Chicopee native has spent the vast majority of 2019 building up his arsenal of music, with “Slide” being only his second track to be released this year. Despite this, Austin Fair has steadily proven to be one of the most hardworking artists that the state of Massachusetts has to offer. No matter the time or day, you’ll more than likely find Austin at the studio working on his craft. The combination of his artistic talents and his willingness to put the work in have ultimately led to the development of a formidable artist that consistently delivers great music.
“Slide” is the perfect example of this, with the song being full of boisterous, mesmerizing energy that contains a high level of replay value. Hetriks does a truly incredible job at crafting an exhilarating instrumental over which Austin Fair floats with true grace. This pair has proven in the past that they possess a vast amount of chemistry between each other, and “Slide” only helps to reinforce this statement. Be on the lookout for what the Western MA representative has coming next as the year continues.
Boston’s Heath240 makes a triumphant return to the Graduation Music pages today with an extremely energetic offering titled “Off It”.
While the track itself may be less than 2 minutes in length, it contains a vast amount of potency that will surely have listeners coming back for more. Heath240 was an unfamiliar name prior to the release of his track “That’s True” earlier this year, and ever since then he’s been working diligently towards the development of his artistry. Just when you think he might be slowing his pace, he hits you with another fiery release that asserts his dominance. Heath240 is nearly finished with his debut project, The Hometown Hero, so be on the lookout for that as he continues down the path towards success.