Connis – “Kiss The Moon” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Building off of the success of his recent debut album, Connis returns with the official music video for “Kiss The Moon”.

Personally speaking, the release of “Kiss The Moon” more than 10 months ago marked a stark transition within Connis’ musical career. He had been consistently releasing a steady stream of potent music, however this track was the first of many that helped produce the wondrous aura that currently surrounds the Cambridge artist. His ability to intertwine his life experience within masterful sonic structures is unparalleled in not only the state of Massachusetts, but across the world. It’s only fitting that the reception of Conn(is) was as big as it was, especially being that he’s continuously been one of the most hardworking individuals with respect to propelling Massachusetts’ music scene to newer heights.

This Simon Morrison directed visual does a phenomenal job at making this already successful track even more meaningful. Equipped with scenes throughout the Cambridge and Boston area, Connis plays the role of what many of us are — a young adult from Massachusetts that’s enduring the trials and tribulations of life whilst aspiring to be something great. While a lot of his music stems from his own personal experiences, Connis ultimately speaks on behalf of a lot of people who’ve been through some of the similar circumstances that he’s faced. I for one can say that I’ve found a certain level of solace through Connis’ discography, and for that reason he will always be an artist that I both respect and admire.

Watch the official music video for “Kiss The Moon” below:

Directed by Simon Morrison (@spaceysim)

Shot by Caleb Weiss (@calebkebob)

Edited by Caleb Weiss, Simon Morrison & Connor Donovan

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Rothstein – “Are You Down” (Prod. DOC)

By: Shamus Hill

Get your designer handkerchiefs ready because Rothstein is back with a brand-new release titled “Are You Down”.

Utilizing some exceptional production at the hands of DOC, Rothstein quite literally floats atop this track as he dwells on whether or not his significant other will remain by his side through both thick and thin. Lyrically speaking, Rothstein has always exhibited brilliance, however he’s truly mastered the ability to evoke incredibly sharp emotion with his vocal work — with “Are You Down” being the perfect example of this. It’s the type of track that’ll launch you into the depths of an emotional rollercoaster, but in the best way possible. Rothstein is far from finished in 2019, so be sure to listen to his latest offering AND check out our interview with the Cambridge talent if you have not yet!

Listen to “Are You Down” below:

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Maka – “Live In Boston” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with the release of his first music video is Cambridge’s Maka.

“Live In Boston” served as Maka’s debut rap release which hit the streets more than a year ago. Circulating around the monetary motivation that pushes both Maka and his peers, this track is living proof of just how much of a multi-faceted artist he is. Known for his watery, unpredictable flows that take over the mindset of the listener, “Live In Boston” is a wondrous combination of Maka’s usual style and rapping capabilities. Be on the lookout for what he has next to come.

Watch the official music video for “Live In Boston” at the link below:

Shot/Directed by Henry McGowan (Pinkslip Films)

Edited by Imani Pina

Produced by Maka

‘Conn(is)’ Album Review

By: Shamus Hill

Packing the entirety of his life experience into an incredibly well-written, mesmerizing debut album is Connis. Anywhere you’ve looked this week, individuals from Massachusetts and beyond have rallied around the Cambridge native’s Conn(is) — with it being one of the most thorough projects to come out of the state in recent years.

Connis’ career dates back nearly a decade to when he was making music with friends simply for the joy of doing so. From the jump, Connis’ goal has been to provide his listeners with his truest sense of self, while at the same time elevating the people around him and subsequently the music scene in Cambridge. He’s released several projects throughout his tenure as an artist, however Conn(is) is the first to really satisfy the “debut album” label.

From start to finish, Conn(is) vividly captures the instances within Connis’ life that have assisted in molding him into the individual he currently is. He possesses the ability to intricately detail the situations he’s experienced with true precision, which at times can be uplifting and at other times gut-wrenching. No matter the basis of content, Connis doesn’t shy away from dictating exactly what he’s endured. Listening through this project almost feels as if you’re reading his personal journal — each entry tells a vastly different tale, yet flows seamlessly into the next.

“Still Here”, “Stubble”, and “Change Me” were some personal standouts off of Conn(is) for me, as each capture a variety of emotions that are difficult to put into words. With each listen, you really get to know who Connis is, which is something that lacks in a lot of the music released at this point in time. He’s made a name for himself by being himself, and for that Connis will always remain a formidable artist. I honestly can’t say enough about this album, as it will ultimately end up being one of the most memorable projects to ever come out of Massachusetts — and this isn’t an overstatement in the slightest bit. Experience it for yourself if you have not yet.

Watch the short film that Connis released prior to his album dropping here!

Listen to Conn(is) below:

CLICK HERE TO STREAM VIA SPOTIFY/APPLE MUSIC

Features: soap.wav, Packy Marciano, Gogo., Rothstein, Macse

Production: Connis, Amir Rivera, Ricky Sour, Shepard, Yang, BBJ, DOC, Elijah Fox

Mix/Master: Rafael Moure + Connis

Executive Producer: Connis + Grant Baker

Maka – “Brand New” (Prod. BBJ)

By: Shamus Hill

Fresh off of the Graduation Music premiere of his Connis-produced track “Animal House”, Maka is back on our site today with the release of “Brand New”.

Mixing his watery flows with indulgent lyrics, Maka’s 2019 has already come paired with some of his best music to date. BBJ laces him with some incredible production on this track — relaying a determined, animated feeling that truly captures the listener. As usual, Maka glides atop the production as he casts a relentless positive energy throughout the entirety of the song. This one is really special, so make sure to give the Cambridge artist your undivided attention.

Listen to “Brand New” below:

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Gogo. – “Sauced.” (Prod. Rilla Force)

By: Shamus Hill

In order to properly celebrate his birthday today, Gogo. just unleashed an intoxicating single titled “Sauced.”.

As mentioned during our coverage of soap.wav’s “Did It Again”, Cambridge has quickly become an important hotbed for music within the state of Massachusetts. Gogo. is one of the artists from Cambridge that’s been working tirelessly to maintain his city’s notoriety. Possessing a catalog of music full of alluring bops that take influence from a wide variety of genres, “Sauced.” is only the most recent addition to Gogo.’s already powerful discography.

Rilla Force, who was recently featured on Jymmy Kafka’s “Still There”, showcases exactly why he’s one of the most recruited producers in Massachusetts on this release. The electronic, dancehall-rooted instrumental suits perfectly on Gogo., who makes use of “Sauced.” to exhibit his braggadocios, confident state of mind. He’s more than aware of his talents, and is determined to make 2019 the year that everyone knows exactly who he is.

Listen to “Sauced.” below:

soap.wav – “Did It Again” (Prod. bby._j)

By: Shamus Hill

Making use of some ethereal production at the hands of bby J, soap.wav’s “Did It Again” is yet another canorous release out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This highly-listenable track is soap.wav’s second to drop in 2019, with both showcasing the voracious mindset that the young artist possesses going into this year. With new music popping-up daily from seemingly every corner of the state, individuals like soap.wav have done an amazing job at solidifying Cambridge as one of the more prominent cities in the Bay State with respect to music. There’s an overarching mellifluous sound that can be derived from the majority of Cambridge releases, and soap.wav only helps to reinforce this statement on “Did It Again”. Both soap and bby J put their best foot forward here, so be sure to give this release undivided attention.

Listen to “Did It Again” below: