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Artist Spotlight: April + Vista Magically Open for GoldLink

 

A magical duo you don’t want to miss out on.

I had the chance to cover the Goldlink show in Boston, at the Paradise Rock Club, two weeks ago. Let me tell you, it was a wonderful experience! I had arrived at the venue by 6:30, thirty minutes before the doors opened, and already, there was a line out the door and down the sidewalk. The kids were all chatting as everyone had arrived to the show in crews or as couples to the event.

Now, the crowd was already excited for the headliner who started as nothing but an underground rapper, but who is now known as the ring master to his artistry and devoted fans. With the energy filling the space, the first openers were to take the stage, and wow, did they own it. Enter April + Vista, an indie-R&B, neo-soul duo that emulated the vitality and power of The Fugees and the vibes of  NAO, Anderson .Paak, and Frank Ocean combined. Their music is practicality “genre-less” as they bend the status quo and concoct their own cocktail of music.

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Made up of April George and Matthew Thompson, these two, hailing from the DMV, released their debut EP Note To Self back in July of 2016. Their single “Beasts” reached about 53 K streams alone on Spotify. Now, of course, they have given themselves a huge opportunity by opening for both Masego and GoldLink.

Known as the “Stresswave pioneers”, April + Vista’s eclectic sound is truly what separates them from other artists. Honestly, everyone in the crowd was so extremely happy. It was just sheer love for the music, and it felt as though everyone in that room was truly a person who appreciated the noise produced rather than just the person that is the artist. From start to finish, April + Vista mesmerized us. They enchanted and captivated us and used this beautiful aura of melodies and vocals and instrumentals to lift us into an unearthly dimension. The audience was supportive, cheering at the top of their lungs and getting into it. No one minded if you bumped into them or if you decided to dance with them. People were not afraid to dance stupidly and sing at the top of their lungs. They echoed and called in unison, being cooperative to the duo. I had never seen anything like it before, and in the the darkness of the worn venue that is Paradise Rock Club, the intensity of the provocative and innovative pair stole our hearts.

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April surprised us all when she suddenly pulled out her valiant steed, the violin and began to stroke it in this array of beautiful whines! People didn’t know how to react except scream in excitement.

Montreal was a BLAST! Next stop, Philly! Who tryna get some cheesesteaks after the show? 📸: @chrisrocco

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If you have not hear them yet, then you must now! Listen above to be completely engulfed by the magic of these two’s creations.

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Indie Electro-Pop/Rock Duo FRENSHIP Hits the Road this Fall

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The boys of the electronic duo FRENSHIP are hitting the road this season and are bringing their indie pop/rock with them.

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For those of you who may have forgotten, these are the guys who brought you the sensational track “Capsize (feat. Emily Warren)”, which has almost 400 million streams on Spotify! The LA – based duo is now here to set the scene for the fall season with their hypnotically happy music, and they’re stopping at our home base here in Boston TODAY! September 17th, Cambridge, at The Middle East Upstairs, FRENSHIP will be performing their highly acclaimed EP Truce.

The 5-track project included, “Carpet”, “Capsize”, “Run Wild”, “1000 Nights”, and “Kids (acoustic)”. All of the music, in its entirety, comes across as a vibrant, soulful awakening that keeps you moving day in and day out. In fact, the project truly sounds like an escape. Which is exactly what people need in the chaos of getting back into the swing of things, from school to work to anything life throws at us. FRENSHIP’s carefree and addict music has this power to command us to roll with the punches and be happy. It’s the live in the moment kind of vibe that we all need!

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The Platinum-selling duo are prepared to share their music with the world and are even more excited to begin releasing some  new material that they have been working on in the studio and recoding since the release of their EP.

So, get excited for this tour, be sure to see if they’re coming to a place near you, and don’t miss out on an amazing, epic experience of electronic indie-pop/rock proportion.

Tour Dates Below:

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You can find their EP Truce available everywhere now! Also, follow FRENSHIP on social media to keep updated with the band: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Website, Spotify, 

Inside the Noiselab Studio with Grammy-Nominated Producer STINT

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The significance of production has grown two-fold over the past few years as it has infiltrated a majority of the songs that we listen to today. Noiselab is helping grow this generation of producers one beat and one synth note at a time as they now include some of the best producers in the world to teach you themselves the art of sonic design.

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The courses are very easily broken down and exposed into their most simple tasks. Noiselab is an electric community of passionate musicians, ready for the chance to learn the skills of Ableton. All of the instructors are either Ableton Certified Trainers or have been deemed successful producers with impressive and valid industry qualifications and achievements.  The best part? It’s absolutely mobile, meaning you can use the courses on any device whether it be tablet, smartphone, or computer. The program has been triumphant as they now have accumulated 5,000+ students with their monthly updated courses!

The classes themselves are just as dynamic in character as their teachers, including topics such as Electronic Music Production 101, Synthesis, Music Theory (for Electronic Musicians), Sidechains, Hacks, Djing, and more!

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Now back to the best part, this initiative fully believes in learning from the top in the industry, and for their first “In The Studio” series, they begin with a pretty big star. STINT (Ajay Bhattacharyya) is a Canadian producer who produced and co-wrote for what was Gallant’s album hit and Grammy-nominated project, Ology (nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards).  STINT has had one of the most diverse artist rosters that most emerging producers can only dream of having. He has worked on projects with such artists as AlunaGeorge, Carly Rae Jepsen, Train, Portugal. The Man, NAO, and Sabrina Claudio.

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In these episodes, the young mastermind helps walks the students through a simplified and well-detailed instruction of the writing and producing process for Gallant’s dreamy single “Weight In Gold”.

Throughout the course you are learning the breakdown of every part of the song consisting of the drums, keys, guitar, vocals and then the chorus, bridge, and verses. There’s even the added episode of STINT’s favorite keyboard short cuts which will help you along your production journey.

“This course is the first of it’s kind that I’ve done in my career. It’s incredibly comprehensive and will probably tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about “Weight In Gold” and my production techniques. There are some useful tips in there that will hopefully help out Ableton users, but also some discussion about songwriting that can apply to any and all musicians”, says the creative.

With ease, simplicity, and pure knowledge, STINT really shows his true colors and passion for the music and for the art form of music production itself in these well-constructed videos by Noiselab, and how he’s excited to share that with you.

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So, if you haven’t already checked it out because you were reading this article, be sure to go now to Noiselab’s website HERE.

Ones to Watch: Aquilo & Brika Perform at Live Nation Event and Stun

These are the Ones To Watch and the ones to listen to.

According to Live Nation, these two acts are worth keeping your eyes and ears open to, and that was proven to us when the two groups of breathtaking artists stole the attention of the crowd at Live Nation’s annual Ones To Watch event at its Beverly Hills headquarters in LA. With lots of smiles, drinks, and customized t-shirts and tanks with the artists’ names, we were all welcomed to the talents of these musicians.

Our first artist to perform was Aquilo, who is an electronic, downtempo indie band from across the pond that will swoon your soul with their beautiful productions that could serenade you to sleep. With dreamy lullabies intertwined into riveting, adventurous soundscapes, they have recaptured the emotions of nostalgic wastelands of the mind and memory in the form of stunning tunes.

Aquilo has also built recognition for themselves, noticed by big names. For example, it has been remixed by Marian Hill and has collaborated with artists such as Madeon and Betty Who! Aquilo also reached over 11 million streams on their single “Silhouette” alone!

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Her last release was back in April titled “Don’t Want Your Love”. Her music will remind you of the forces of Vérité, Tei Shi, and Sza. Crowds are excited to watch her music take off as she releases more tracks and allows people to truly hear her voice.

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Both sets were riveting and extremely well-performed, and worth noting as they work their ways into their musical career futures. Be on the lookout, they’re the ones to watch after all!

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Logic Breaks the Billboard Top 200 Chart with New Project ‘Everybody’

Everybody is so proud of Logic!

No seriously! Today, the young rapper makes the Billboard Top 200 Chart with his well-constructed and novel project, Everybody.

A tall-tale that is far from fictional, young Bobby tells his story, from beginning to end of living in the midst of biracialism and dealing with the turmoil that came with it. Despite the anguish and hurt he faced each day by a mother who called him her son and at times the “N” word. Nonetheless, Logic doesn’t fear his past, but rather uses it to fuel his celebration of life and diversity.

The Super Mario World man ranks his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums Chart today. The album released this compilation via Visionary/Def Jam Recordings, and according to Billboard there were 196,000 were in traditional album sales.

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DOVER, DE – JUNE 19: Rapper Logic performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Firefly)

The Billboard 200 has always been known to be one of the most prestigious rewards for any artist trying to claim their spot in the music industry, and it is constantly being updated as music is an ever-changing domain of sound.

The Chart also measures in  the number of streaming streams the song receives, which in Everybody‘s case is 47,000 in SEA.

Logic dropped this amazing piece of artistry, which released on May 5th, and takes you through an adventure of death, purgatory, and life and offers you sprinkles of wisdom and comic relief. Including such notable tracks as “Everybody”, “America”,  1-800-273-8255″, and “Black Spiderman”, the album includes a myriad of features that keep you on your toes, and desperately asking for more. It’s jus the sheer nature of cliche and profound that gets you. In all of us, we’re all searching for acceptance, and some of us just don’t know how to do that in a world filled with so much hate and destitute. However, amidst the isolation comes an inner hope that Logic distinctly points out within each record.

As you follow the songs play by play (which you have to do in order to get the full story), we get a taste of many thoughts of The Super Mario World man such as his political ad sociocultural opinions and his feelings and experiences living with a drug-abusing mother and father. The album also is set with a man named Atom (radio ­personality Big Von), who just dies in a car crash, only to meet one version of God (astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) in the waiting room of life and death to learn more about how everyone is created equal and how we all return in the afterlife to be reincarnated as a completely different person of race, gender/sexual orientation, religion and age.

Truly a stunning epic; his last album, like his last supper, one not meant to be ever forgotten.

Listen to the Full Album Below!

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Electro-R&B/Soul Soloist R. LUM. R. Announces Forthcoming Debut “AfterImage”

The Wizard of Electro-R&B/Soul, R.LUM.R, is announcing not only his forthcoming EP “AfterImage”, but is also prepping for his tour this summer!

R.LUM.R is a Florida-native, and unlike many artists today, he genuinely has a background in music that gives him a stronger understanding of musical creation. He is well-versed in old school R&B and jazz, growing up in a household that listened to and appreciated the stylings of Sade, George Benson, and more. With breathy yet silky vocals and impactful falsettos strung through intricate lines of synths and beats, we get what is R.LUM.R’s circus of beautiful sounds.

However, though this author of sound describes his music as “R&B/Singer-Songwriter/Soul/ Electronic”, he still does “not want to limit myself”.  The range of genres that this artist is able to tackle is extraordinary.  He’s a classically trained acoustic guitarist, was inspired by anime like Cowboy Bebop and Fullmetal Alchemist, and even studied Japanese as a second language at Florida State University. If this was not eclectic enough, his musical interests also spanned from listening to Pink Floyd, to Prince, to Debussy, to Massive Attack, and so much more.

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NPR Music has pegged him as “a fast-rising, pop-friendly R&B singer whose falsetto is no joke,” and The New York Times chose him for “The Playlist,” and let’s not forget how this young man was the CoverBoy on Spotify’s “Alt R&B” playlist for 6 months!!  If that’s not enough praise as is, R.LUM.R’s hit single, “Frustrated,” has accumulated more than than 15 million Spotify streams and counting!

So, it only makes sense that with such love for his music comes excitement for his debut EP, AFTERIMAGE, which is set for release on August 11th, this summer, via PRMD.

A poet, a songwriter, a curator of melodies, and a beholder of emotions, R.LUM.R is honestly one of the most talented artists in today’s music hemisphere, and should not be overlooked.

The solo act is also honored and excited to be going on tour this summer, starting in Utah on June 23rd, at the performing at the Bonanza Campout Festival working his way through the states until concluding the road trip with his final performance at the Austin City Limits Festival!

He’s been recognized as the Vevo DSCVR Artist and as the Top 3 Most Added at Urban AC Radio. As part of Vevo’s DSCVR program, he will be one of many upcoming artists that will have the opportunity to create unique content and material at an early stage of his professional career in order to gain awareness and buzz from his fans.

Overall, everyone should be excited for what R.LUM.R has in store for us and for where he is going on his rhythmic journey because his music is enchanting, hypnotic, and breathtaking.

Want to hear more of his music? Listen below!

Below is a list of R.LUM.R’s tour destinations! So be sure not to miss out on seeing this talented, soulful guy take the stage in a city near you!

·  June 23 – Heber City, UT – Bonanza Campout Festival

·  June 25 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom

·  June 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

·  June 28 – Telluride, CO – Sunset Concert Series

·  June 29 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s

·  July 9 – Seattle, WA – Nectar

·  July 10 – Portland, OR – Star Theatre

·  July 12 – San Francisco, CA – Richshaw Stop

·  July 14 – Sacramento, CA – Concerts in the Park

·  July 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

·  July 16 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

·  July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – School Night

·  July 21 or 22 – Tisvildeleje, Denmark – Musik i Lejet Festival

·  August 6 – Seoul, South Korea – Sounce Parade

·  August 19 – Duluth, MN – Super Big Block Party

·  October 7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

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[Exclusive Interview]: Man Behind “Panda”, Menace Unable to Receive Award At Grammys Because of Visa Ban

An elephant in the room

or a panda in the song. Menace, who is the mastermind producer behind Desiigner’s “Panda,” a Billboard chart topper, is proud to know that he was nominated for “Best Track” at the BET Hip-Hop Awards and a Grammy. However, the issue lies in the fact that despite all of this success, this notorious UK producer hasn’t been able to obtain a visa to come to the US.

From Rochdale, Manchester, Menace, or Adnan Khan, is born to Pakistani-immigrant parents. Menace’s team reached out to me to conduct this exclusive interview with this humble musical genius to tell his story and share what he’s been up to in the meantime since crafting the hit. (You can find the interview below). Ever since the tyrant took over office, families and lives have been altered and deterred and broken. We are disqualifying those who deserve to come to share their work with us! We are disqualifying people who deserve to come over, who are completely harmless, who have love here and who have futures to tend to. Life was not meant to be limited and rejected nor was it meant to be dusted off, signed away, and turned down.

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It has been over a year now that Menace has been trying to cross the pond with a bucketload of prestigious award nominations and collaborations just waiting to happen for him. Nonetheless, this didn’t stop our twisted and convoluted politics from banning this artist from our grounds. Even with “Panda” going 4x platinum, Menace still hasn’t been able to meet Desiigner in person! How crazy is that? Can’t even shake the hand of or hug the person who helped bring your music to the world!?

While he’s been patiently waiting for his window opening, the 22-year old has not been wasting time and has actually been producing a new project called The Beat Tape Vol. 1. The DJ has been inspired by notable music legends and tycoons such as Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Scott Storch, the producer of hits like 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” and Fat Joe’s “Make It Rain.”

The record connoisseur jumped into this world of hip hop during his pre-teens, more specifically, when he was 12 years-old, and from there, he built himself a disciplined schedule to produce 2-3 beats a day! As he got older, he started selling his completed works to rappers who needed baselines and instrumentals. Before the fame, Menace was a mobile phone repairman and on the side, as a hobby, would crank the tunes, create the beats, and post them to YouTube for all to hear. Eventually, with just a simple listen on YouTube and a call, Menace found himself answering the phone to a manager asking for his permission to use his song on Kanye’s West latest hit album Life of Pablo.

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This young producer, beat maker, business man, and A&R talent representative is thriving, and is still so fresh to the scene with his complex instrumentals that create the perfect formula of sound. It is a crime that such talent can not come to even receive his own award and recognize his appreciation. But of course, he is not the first of these stories. He told The Rolling Stone

“It was a couple of days before ‘The Life of Pablo’ was released that we heard about the feature on it. He [Kanye West] wanted to put ‘Panda’ on his album because first of all he was feeling the vibe to the production, and he also wanted to put his new signee [Desiigner] onto his album.”

The sample was found on Kanye’s track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.”

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the song yet, listen to the song below:

Furthermore, this electric, hip hop composer, was not completely new to the talents of musical production fame though. Before “Panda,” he was found working with Young Noble, a member of Tupac’s old group the Outlawz! (As noted by Rolling Stone). He began posting beats on his website to build their brand and voice to the general audience of listeners, and from all of this came the beat that ruled the air and sound waves and became the raging hit of the 2016th year…

“You are now listening to the hottest producer with the hottest beats on the net. Menace.”

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Here is our exclusive interview:

Neelu Mohaghegh (NM): How did you get involved in the music scene? Specifically, hip hop?

Menace (M): I got introduced into the music scene when my dad played a lot of music. From the ‘80s, like Michael Jackson, I’ve been raised on music. That got me interested in making music. Then I started to get interested in the background music, the production side and that’s one of the main reasons why I produce today.

I got into hip hop in high school. Where I live in Manchester, hip hop is the main genre that everyone listens to. The hip hop I was into was either produced by Dr. Dre or the old school East Coast / West Coast producers. I was listening to it every day. I was downloading instrumentals of big hit songs onto my MP3 player and I would listen to them day in and day out. It was mainly on my commute to and from school. Then onwards, I started to ask around how people made beats, then I googled it and came across a program called Fruity Loops, watching tutorials on YouTube.

NM: Why do you produce music?

M: I love music. It’s not something that I’m doing to show people that I’m cool. It’s a way for me to express something without opening my mouth. When people hear my productions, they can understand how I’m feeling through the music. I can reach a wider audience through my music than through any other medium.

NM: How did you get your stage name?

M: It was given to me back in high-school when I was I was a badly behaved student. Kids and my teachers used to call me a menace. I took the persona and ran with it.

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NM: What inspired “Panda’s production? And how did you link up with Desiigner?

M: I’m heavy into comic book collecting. One of my favorites is Batman, with the darker feel. When the beat was released on YouTube, way before Desiigner purchased it, it had the picture of Joker and Batman. Desiigner simply purchased the beat. I first found out it was being used on Twitter by someone else. Desiigner posted the song on YouTube and it started to blow up on its own. Eventually, he got signed off of it.

NM: What was it like earning all of those awards for your track with Desiigner?

M: It was a very proud moment in my life. I was very honored to receive those plaques and awards.

NM: Explain to us the songwriting process for you—what’s that like, and what was the sudden success of “Panda” like?

M: You need to have a dope hook – simple but catchy, and a verse that isn’t too complicated. I usually start to develop the hook first, it sets the mood.

NM: In response to the Grammys, I know that you have been struggling to receive your visa in order to come to the states. What has that been like?

M: The wait has been the hardest part. I’ve had to miss out on a few big ceremonies like the BET Hip Hop Awards, for which I was nominated for “Best Rap Song” and I wasn’t able to come to the US to do press.

NM: What do you think of this situation and what can we do to fix it?

M: If there’s enough evidence out there for people to prove that they’re coming here for a reason, like for work, then they should obviously be allowed.

NM: What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?

M: I like to stay active and healthy like go to the gym.  And also I’m very keenly interested in automobiles. If I’m not making music, I’m watching programs on cars or reading about them online. Or going to garages or showrooms themselves. I’m into all types of cars, it’s hard for me to choose a favorite.

NM: What do you hope to see change in the music world?

M: I want to see producers get the same type of shine that rappers do. When a record is produced, there’s the artist and there’s the producers, and it took both of them to make it. They are equal partners in the creative process.

NM: What are your plans for the future?

M: To keep going and become a big brunt in the music industry. To disrupt the music industry.

NM: What is your identity song, or soul song? (It can be your own or some other artist’s work that you just have a deep connection with.)

M: Drake – “I’m On One”

NM: Now, because we’re a college-targeted publication, we always like to ask our artists a tag line to fill in the blank, so Menace, what are you #ontheverge of?

M: Success!

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Well, there is no doubt about that- success is in his past, present, and future! Such a talented young man with so much to offer. How many more people will we ban? America, you will lose everything. You will lose culture, you will lose diversity, you will lose any spirit, and you will be nothing without the world around you. Isolate yourself more, and soon you won’t have anything to offer.

Please help this story be heard, please share the love, and let’s bring music and so much more back to this country.

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[Exclusive]: Look Out For Hip Hop Artist Neem Soon To Drop Mixtape ‘I Left Los Angeles To Find My Soul’

 

Introducing the White Kid who took over the cypher, a man who’s music makes you sway.

If you’re an old school hip hop enthusiast and enjoy the sweet, grungy vibes of 90’s hip hop, then look no further. His name is Neem, and he hails from the San Fernando Valley; however, he ironically lives far off on the east coast which he tends to portray the lifestyles through the words and the sounds of his music. You can see this youngling kill it in a rap cypher at UMD in the video above.

His flow is smooth yet dynamic, with subtle melodies rippling in the background and the beat stroking your every thought, you can’t help but leave behind the past and just sway onward.

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In his upcoming EP,  I Left Los Angeles to Find My Soul, Neem’s voice is whiny with a serious grind. In this man’s riff and bar lullabies, Neem puts words from tongue to cheek, bites down on each phrase, and takes you on a hip hop trip.

Intertwined with radio-twisted echoes, this neo-rapper’s music becomes more complex like smoke puffs infiltrating the air around you and engulfing you in sweet sweet beats that bounce across these strange rhythmic, conversational melodies. This is where the new age of rap is going, and Neem seems to be a strong force in this genre’s revolution.

He doesn’t just rap, he story tells, and like any good narrator, he keeps intrigued and curious to know how the story goes and ends. With the laid back Cali vibes and the east coast R&B methods, Neem prepares us for an avant-garde fabrication of his own. So stay tuned for his upcoming tape I Left Los Angeles to Find My Soul.

But while you wait, we can satiate you with  his SoundCloud below to hear more of his work: