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:


CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “FOREIGN EXCHANGE”

Advertisements

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:

[PREMIERE] Maka + Durkin – “Forward”

By: Shamus Hill

Maka and Durkin grace the Graduation Music pages once again, this time with a highly-listenable offering titled “Forward”. The first release from the duo in 2019, “Forward” is a sonically-pleasing reminder to keep pushing forward no matter what may occur.

Maka and Durkin have had quite the history with one another, releasing two projects and a string of singles that have proved to be some of the best releases out of the state of Massachusetts in recent years. Their first piece of work together since Waterproof (2018), “Forward” is a tell-tale sign of the successes that are to come from Maka and Durkin as the year unfolds.

“Forward” revolves around Maka’s decision to move forward in his life at all costs. He details some of the tumultuous events that he’s been forced to endure in his life as of late, however, refuses to let this negativity drag him off the path towards his destiny. Maka understands the fact that the world will continue moving no matter what, and he’s not prepared to get left behind whatsoever. As the cover art depicts, “Forward” quite literally feels like a stroll along the beach as a storm ensues. With distraction and risk surrounding us completely, we must make the decision to keep moving gracefully as if all is well. This is the only way that we’ll see our true potential face-to-face, and it appears to be something that Maka understands exceptionally well.

Maka and Durkin have successfully blessed listeners with a potent release once again. As the pair continue to work side-by-side, their chemistry only seems to be growing stronger. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2019.

Listen to Maka & Durkin’s latest release, “Forward”, below:

CLICK HERE TO STREAM VIA APPLE MUSIC

theworldbirdie w/ Pope – “Footup” (Audio/Visual)

By: Shamus Hill

Anyone who’s been reading the Graduation Music site throughout the last year will most certainly recognize theworldbirdie’s name. The Barnstable-native has compiled a bright discography that gracefully captures the relaxed feeling of the Cape. Working alongside his good friend, Pope, theworldbirdie adds “Footup” to his arsenal of music, a highly-listenable release that marks a solid beginning to the artist’s 2019.

After Isaac Dunbar, theworldbirdie is the only other artist from Barnstable that I’m familiar with, however both I’d consider to be some of my favorites in Massachusetts. theworldbirdie released an exceptional project this past summer titled ARTx, and since then has been working tirelessly to gift fans with transcendent music that’s full of replay value.

“Footup” is the second time that theworldbirdie has recruited Pope to be featured on one of his tracks, and both times the pair have concocted an addictive, dreamy song that wraps itself around the mind of the listener. Bridge Vision helped bring the video for “Footup” to life, and it does a great job at lifting the levels of fun and relaxation that are present within this song. An overall captivating release, both theworldbirdie and Pope should be extremely proud of the work they’ve put in.

Watch the video for “Footup” 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:

CLICK HERE TO STREAM ON SPOTIFY/APPLE MUSIC

[PREMIERE] iLL Addicts – “Anthrax” (Prod. ProSwervez)

By: Shamus Hill

The iLL Addicts grace the Graduation Music site for the first time in 2019 with the premiere of the audio/visuals for “Anthrax”. Sitting atop some beastly ProSwervez production, each member of the iLL Addicts makes use of this song to give listeners some insight into their “careful” mindsets as they enter the new year.

This talented group from Boston had quite the 2018, releasing a long-list of potent tracks, while at the same time participating in performances up-and-down the east coast. There’s a strong element of fun and togetherness that can be felt through the iLL Addicts’ discography, and these elements are only amplified when the group drops a video or has a performance. The chemistry between everyone within iLL Addicts is nothing short of stellar, with each complimenting the next perfectly.

“Anthrax” is a shining example of the unity that’s prevalent within iLL Addicts, as the group gears up to have an even more successful year this year. Aware of the position they’re in and the tremendous amount of work that it took to arrive at this point, the iLL Addicts are not prepared to let anyone or anything deter that. Approaching the game as if they were opening a letter full of anthrax, the group are only making carefully selected moves towards their future.

Listen to iLL Addicts’ first release of the year down below:

Bouvé – “4 Weeks” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Bouvé could most certainly be categorized as a Graduation Music favorite, as the Ipswich-native has concocted a long list of musical successes throughout his tenure as an artist. “4 Weeks” is only the most recent addition to this list, as the hard-working artist blesses fans with both the audio and visual for this release.

Bouvé first skyrocketed onto our radar a few years back when he was still releasing music under the name Booty Bae. Since his change in name, Bouvé has shifted from playful music to songs that revolve around some of the more important aspects of life. Some of these aspects pertain to his family, relationships, and aspirations for the future, however no matter the content, listeners can be assured that the subject-matter will be arranged flawlessly.

“4 Weeks” is a somber track Bouvé utilizes to speak on a few of the hardships that he’s been forced to endure. It’s interesting to note, but Bouvé really possesses the powerful ability to speak to his listeners through the sound of his voice. Whenever he references pain or joy, you can literally feel the underlying emotion that was present when the track was recorded. On songs such as “4 Weeks”, Bouvé formulates sonic structures that really allow him to tug on emotions. Easily one of our favorite releases of his to-date, Bouvé is poised to see a great deal of success as 2019 continues.

Watch the official video for “4 Weeks” below:

Artist: Bouvé (Ipswich, Massachusetts)

Production: Bouvé

Video: Christian Hardy