Notebook P – “Deal” [Prod. MXXWLL]

By: Seamus Fay

Every once in a while, I’ll hear a song that sets itself aside from the pack by way of gut feeling. Somehow, some way (and I’m not even sure I can capture the feeling with words), a track like this will feel, for lack of a better term, “good for the soul” — a characteristic that rarely comes around but when it does, is truly something special. Such is the case with Randolph native Notebook P and his newest offering, “Deal”. The second I clicked play on this track, I was taken into a bubbling world of sun-soaked melodies and passionate deliveries, so much so to the point where I couldn’t keep this one off of repeat.

Produced by MXXWLL, “Deal” finds its fuel through energeic guitar riffs and groove-filled melodies. Notebook P’s vocals are refreshing in every sense of the word, and the way that he communicates such vivid attraction showcases ample skill. Songs like these are the ones that always end up taking over my summer playlist, and I’m sure that this rising talent’s addition to the collection will be on heavy rotation in my car for the weeks to come. That being said, “Deal” marks some serious potential from Notebook P, so check it out at the link below!

Clyde Black – “JAMS DEMO” [Prod. Mxxwll Music]

By: Seamus Fay

If you have been following Graduation Music for a while now, you’ve probably heard the name Clyde Black. More specifically, you might have heard of his BETA series that we have covered in the past – a collection of demos used to garner attention around Black’s forthcoming releases as well as showcase the increasingly impressive amount of talent that he has to showcase. Today, in pursuit of new music from both Black and his group, DIENUE, on the way, fans receive the closing offering, “JAMS DEMO”, from the aforementioned series. And trust me when I say that this is not something to sleep on.

Produced by Mxxwll Music, this track finds its identity within a groovy bassline, softly hitting drums, and an abundance of dancing, soulful keys as the cherry on top. Add this to a calmed yet beautiful display of powerful vocals from Clyde Black, and you have the main elements that make “JAMS DEMO” such a memorable release. It may just be a demo on the way towards a full project, but if this is any indication of how far this young talent’s sound has evolved and developed, then fans are in for a real treat coming soon.

Listen to “JAMS DEMO” below: