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Matt Maratea debuts funky new single "Can't Make It Up," MGM Live performance set for 07.12

West Springfield, Massachusetts is bumping to the latest single from their very own surging hip-hop star Matt Maratea. "Can't Make It Up" revs up a deliciously funky guitar riff that then blasts off alongside a pounding bass for a dance groove that enkindles Maratea's already captivating flow, abundant with charisma. The production by Tantu and Danny EB is squeaky clean, showcasing the producers' ability to layer harmonies in such an organized way that they create an entrancing atmosphere for the mind to escape to and a sonic spectacle that commands the body surrender unconditionally. The brand new single incorporates just enough pop and funk elements to create a viscous hip-hop hybrid track too sweet to ignore. Matt Maratea will be taking the MGM Springfield Stage by storm on July 12th, and we got "Can't Make It Up" streaming below in anticipation. - Rene Cobar





Get lost in the ambient, lo-fi world of Public Library Commute

New York based multi-instrumentalist Conrad Hsiang creates chill, lo-fi influenced soundscapes under the project name Public Library Commute, drawing from both Japanese hip-hop and contemporary alternative RnB to craft something novel. Last year’s sienna 1999 encapsulates these diverse genre influences in perfect form, with tracks like “fake hawaii” employing sticatto vibraphone-like noodling over Hsiang’s detached auto-tuned vocals. Hsiang’s lyricism and vocal performance in particular breathe new life into a genre of music that’s frequently criticized for its repetitive nature, elevating lo-fi from its stream-heavy, easy-listening reputation to something that is engaging—but still relaxed. Listen to it below, preferably while basking in the warm summer sun. -Connor Beckett McInerney





Spectacular Diagnostics EP

Dope Folks Records has released a new 12” self-titled EP from Spectacular Diagnostics (aka Robert Krums). This eight track album features Drums providing the beats for emcees like Quelle Chris, Qari, Vic Spenser, Rast Rfc, Westsidegunn, and many more.





Biggie Da Don shares his story of triumph in latest single "Don Talk"

A calm piano overture ushers in a powerful beat that accompanies the opening stanzas of "Don Talk," the latest single from Boston's Biggie Da Don, verses that are heavy with personal revelations, hints of defiance, and flames of passion released. The ever-active rapper continues to shake out one fertile track after the next, with "Don Talk" being his first single of the summer. Biggie Da Don's gruff vocals in the song help him establish an authoritative tone that clarifies his confessions for people to listen to, disclosures that reveal his street experiences and personal struggles, his eventual triumph over them. Vulnerability may not be hip-hop's current market product, but it is a sorely missed part of the game where some of the best tracks live. Biggie Da Don is not afraid to spit his truth, and "Don Talk" is a prime example of that. Enjoy the single streaming for you below. - Rene Cobar

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Exclusive premiere: NYC label ARENA 01 launches with compilation of NYC Artists

Visionary music producer David Sisko is releasing a summer mixtape ("#1 Summer") to launch his NYC-based independent record label, Arena 01. Sisko has made quite the name for himself with his production approach to blur genre lines in favor of balancing creative expression with technical innovation. His credits include small and big artists like Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Gwen Stefani, and Sandflower, to name a few.  #1 Summer will be out on July 5th on all digital platforms worldwide. - Susan Moon

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