This upcoming Monday, December 30th, is set to be an incredible one as Chase Murphy will be headlining ‘The Roaring 20s’ at the Brighton Music Hall alongside both Swooli and Packy Marciano. Each of these Massachusetts-born artists are in possession of sensational discographies, so the Graduation Music staff thought that it’d only be right to select a few tracks that fans should familiarize themselves with prior to Monday night. If you consider yourself a fan of the local music scene, then this event is definitely a must-see, with each of these talents being some of the most reputable that our area has to offer.
Chase Murphy – “Miami Vices”
Featured on his latest project, Long Winters, “Miami Vices” is one of our favorite Chase releases to-date. While the majority of his songs make use of a pop-infused sound, this project allowed the Brookline native to experiment more with the Hip-Hop side of his artistry, which ultimately resulted in a project that his highly-pleasurable to listen to.
Swooli – “Millennial 20s”
Swooli’s “Millennial 20s” dropped towards the end of this past September, and is an excellent preview of what fans will see this Monday, as the music video literally shows Swooli performing with natural grace. He relays an infectious energy throughout each of his songs, and this feeling will only be amplified once he touches the stage at the Brighton Music Hall.
Packy Marciano – “Perfect”
More than 2 years since it’s release, Packy Marciano’s “Perfect” is quite literally that, perfect. He’s released a handful of tracks since Side Effects dropped, however this one will always be the first I think of when it comes to Packy. He’s consistently been one of the most electric performers that Massachusetts has to offer, so if you’ve yet to see this Brockton native on stage then there’s no better time than now.
Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.
Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!
Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.
Young Seuss – “123”
Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
Plad Fine$$e – “Cheese” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]
Maye Star – “Adjacent” ft. CH!LD [Prod. Sevnth]
WHYTRI – “XURWIFI (Remix) ft. Lily Rayne [Prod. Cecil]
Stripes iii – “Henny Down” [Prod. K.C.B.]
Khary – “1-800-IDGAF” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]
SuperSmashBroz – “Replay Interlude” ft. Jefe Replay [Prod. LDG]
Michael Christmas – “Not The Only One” ft. Tobi Lou [Prod. Durkin]
$ean Wire – “Moonlight” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]
Pistola – “Jokes On You” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
CAVE – “Who’s Next” [Prod. Maka]
Maka & Durkin – “Waterworld”
Gio Dee – “Buzz Lightyear” [Prod. MLVN]
Humbeats – “Monday” ft. Austin Fair & TeaMarrr
StupidGenius – “Palm Trees” ft. Capito [Prod. Lil Rich & Gruca]
Garrett Merk – “Simple” [Prod. Frace]
Danny Diamonds – “Can’t Talk”
Gogo – “Cocaina”
Polo $ummers – “$ad Boi” [Prod. WaVe GoD]
SuperSmashBroz – “Still” ft. Big Leano & Vintage Lee [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
Haasan Barclay – “Live For You”
CHE – “Thii”
Avenue – “Ain’t Shit Funny” (Remix) ft. Prano, Millyz, Le$, Al-Doe & Chase N Cashe
Donald Grunge – “Shade” [Prod. Maka]
Boogie Da God – “Get Well Soon” ft. Jefe Replay
Marvelous Stefan – “Double Tap!” ft. Saint Lyor [Prod. Trevor Powers]
Black EL – “Another Dose” [Prod. Durkin]
$wooli – “Rainy Days” ft. Rachel Aiello
Rosewood Bape – “Miss Me” [Prod. Kin Rich]
TeaMarrr – “The One” [Prod. Ky Thompson & Keith Bell]
Michael Christmas – “Top Turnbuckle” ft. OG Swaggerdick
$wooli is one of the many talents coming out of Boston right now, and he truly showcases that talent alongside Rachel Aiello in “Rainy Days”. The track showcases his struggle between being an artist and maintaining a relationship, which, as $wooli details, ultimately doesn’t end up working out in this case. While I was not familiar with any of Rachel Aiello’s music prior, the pair really came through for us on the hook, making the song extremely catchy and lending it quite a bit of replay value.
Through his music, $wooli is able to string together what he’s experienced in life thus far, and being a young adult, a lot of these struggles are relatable. A friend of mine got me hip to $wooli during December of last year, and for the months following I was bumping his track “Zoning” constantly. I’m a little upset with myself for not listening to “Rainy Days” sooner, but either way, it’s one of the dopest songs that I came across this past week. Show some love to $wooli and bump “Rainy Days” below.