Gio Shyne – “Bliss” (Prod. Christian Yoon)

By: Shamus Hill

Fresh off of a highly energetic performance in Boston this past weekend, Gio Shyne and Christian Yoon bring their talents together to bless listeners with the official audio for “Bliss”.

We’ve said it dozens of times, but the music that these two make together is simply unparalleled. Gio’s voice is straight-up hypnotic, and he uses his music as a method for cleansing his mind. Offering an extremely true, yet vulnerable, side of himself, Gio Shyne utilizes “Bliss” to touch upon how he hasn’t been feeling love as of late. He’s started to become numb as a result, with his mind narrowing-in on the goals he’s laid out for himself. Caught between thinking too-much and not thinking enough, Gio’s arrived at a point where he’s ready to move forward regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.

Christian Yoon came through with superb production on “Bliss”, chopping-up a beat that literally makes you feel like you’re in the midst of a high-speed chase in space. He’s one of the most unique and hard-working producers in the state, with his level of talent only increasing with each release. Be on the lookout for 2020 this year, as the group is determined to become one of the more notable names in Boston.

Listen to “Bliss” below:

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Garrett Merk – “72” (Prod. Frace)

By: Shamus Hill

Massachusetts-native Garrett Merk recently dropped his first single of 2019 — a reflective, energetic offering titled “72”. Serving as the second part of his previous release, “19”, this track is rich with replay value and exposes listeners to a more vulnerable side of the South Shore artist.

For the last few years, Garrett’s released a variety of tracks that emanate a glimmering, joyous feel, however this isn’t the case with this song. Feeling overshadowed by the future he once laid out for himself, Garrett’s found a way to channel the pain he’s endured into the fuel for success. He repeats “Needed that shit that ignited my flame”, several times over the course of the song — shining a light onto how he’s been able to transform negativity into positivity through hard-work and determination. “72” is a real sign of maturity within his musical portfolio, so we’re excited to hear how he continues to develop.

Listen to Garrett Merk’s latest release, “72”, below:

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Millyz – “The Prom”

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with his first release of 2019 is Millyz. The Cambridge-rapper is one of the more reputable in the state, and “The Prom” is yet another shining example of just how talented he is. With Blanco 2 currently in the works, Millyz is hopping into his bag, gearing up to make his next album his most prominent collection of music to-date.

“The Prom” simply serves a reminder of how Millyz has been living as of late. He’s gaining notoriety across the world, and the more he grows, the more he brings Massachusetts with him. He’s quickly become a spokesperson for the blossoming music scene within the state, so it’ll be interesting to see how he moves throughout the year. Prepare yourself for the release of Millyz’s upcoming project, and dedicate a few moments to hear his first song since “Strawberry Goya”.

Listen to “The Prom” below:

Jefe Replay – “Foreign Exchange” (Prod. Tee-WaTT)

By: Shamus Hill

One of the more well-known artists from the Boston area, Jefe Replay just released the first single off of his upcoming project, Proper Finessments. “Foreign Exchange” features thunderous production at the hands of Tee-WaTT, and serves as the perfect remedy for all the “real Juans” out there to prepare for the Roxbury-rapper’s debut album.

For the last few years, Jefe Replay has unleashed a number of potent singles that have assisted him in establishing quite the solid fanbase. He’s the type of individual whose presence is felt in a large room of people, and this feeling is relayed especially well as you listen through his latest release.

Jefe Replay fans all over are more than ready for his album to drop, so in the mean time give “Foreign Exchange” a few spins to hold you over until the February 1st release date. Listen to the energetic offering below:


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Deadmall – “Cold” ft. Rothstein + “Warm”

By: Shamus Hill

The music scene in Western Massachusetts has begun to blossom during these last couple of years, bringing a slew of talented artists with it. Deadmall is a prime example of such talent, and the group is back on the Graduation Music site today with two new singles titled “Cold” and “Warm”. Recruiting Rothstein for “Cold”, Gabe Gill and Honeyftiz concocted a pair of melodic offerings that have added even more depth to an already solid discography.

As mentioned previously, “Cold” features Cambridge-native Rothstein, and is a truly icy release that accurately grasps the feelings attached with mid-January in New England. Both Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz make use of the first portion of the song to release some of what’s been weighing on their minds as they paint images of a scenic winter. Rothstein wraps up the beautiful record with a slippery, yet well-kept verse that puts the ribbon on a wonderfully gift-wrapped song.

“Warm” is the second track that Deadmall released, and seamlessly transitions into a brighter, more hopeful state of mind. This song adds an additional layer of melodic harmony onto Deadmall’s discography, and offers powerful lyricism that is truly thought-provoking. Both Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz possess the ability to deliver thoughtful messages that are joyous to listen-to, and this attribute is something that I believe will help Deadmall gain a larger audience as 2019 continues to unravel. The duo should be extremely proud of the work that they’ve put in.

Listen to “Cold” and “Warm” below:

Rory Lyon – “Mary Jane” (Audio/Visual)

By: Shamus Hill

Boston-transplant Rory Lyon recently released her debut single, “Mary Jane”, alongside an eye-popping visual at the hands of Logan Wilder. This intoxicating song is an exceptional beginning to Rory’s discography, representing the start of what’s looking like will be a prosperous musical career.

Rory Lyon is originally from Baltimore, however finds herself in Boston as a student at Berklee College of Music. With the abundant amount of artists that are already from the Boston area, many forget about the hotbed of talent that exists within the Berklee student body. Rory Lyon is a shining example of such talent, with “Mary Jane” serving as the prime piece of evidence.

As the title suggests, “Mary Jane” circulates around Rory’s love for ~smoking loud~, and how it seemingly comforts her when no one else is capable of doing so. This track is extremely colorful and vibrant, so it was only right that its release was accompanied by an equally bright visual. Logan Wilder is an extremely talented photographer/videographer from Boston, and “Mary Jane” was one of his most satisfying pieces of work to-date. Logan was successfully able to add an additional layer of likability to this song, with the video helping to reinforce the overall feeling that can be derived from the track.

“Mary Jane” is a jolt of warm, positive energy from Rory Lyon, something that’s especially necessary for listeners as we find ourselves in the middle of the coldest stretch of the year. Find some time to give this release a listen, and make sure to keep Rory Lyon on your radar as the remainder of 2019 unfolds.

Watch the video for “Mary Jane” down below:

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Austin Fair – “Chose Up Freestyle” (Prod. Humbeats)

By: Shamus Hill

Chicopee-native, Austin Fair, recently dropped “Chose Up Freestyle”, a layered track where Austin airs out some of what’s been weighing on him mentally. Recruiting Humbeats to lace this track with some mesmerizing production, Austin Fair is on a mission to prove to the world that he’s equipped with what it takes to reach the next level.

Austin Fair and Humbeats have been making music alongside one another for an extremely lengthy period of time, and the chemistry shown between the two cousins becomes overwhelmingly apparent as you listen through “Chose Up Freestyle”. Humbeats has worked his way onto the list of the most-respected producers in the state of Massachusetts, and his talents really shine through on this track.

Austin takes time to clear his mind on “Chose Up Freestyle”, airing out his feelings about the music industry, competition, and personal growth. His main focus has always been developing his craft, and as he continues to add depth to his discography, it’s becoming clear that he’s taking the right steps towards achieving his goals. “Chose Up Freestyle” is another example of how much of a skilled rapper Austin Fair truly is.

Listen to “Chose Up Freestyle” below:

Artist: Austin Fair (Chicopee, Massachusetts)

Production: Humbeats