“I’m gonna make it by any means / I gotta pocket full of dreams” What we’re listening to this week…
It’s official. Chicago has won the summer! In the midst of the profound suffering experienced by residents in some of the city’s neighborhoods, light continues to blast its way through the darkness. This week’s beam of hope from the Windy City comes to us from Noname, a poet/rapper who has been featured on songs with fellow Chicago artist Chance the Rapper. Noname’s debut album Telefone is truly beautiful music. She moves effortlessly between rapping and spoken word, and the album’s future beats sound is perfect for late nights and weekend mornings.
“Where were you when we was workin’ hard the whole summer?”
In about a month, this hot and sticky summer will be over. Kids will return to school. The U.S. will return to football. And while many of us will be getting back to working for real, some people never stopped grinding. Our morning motivation this week has been Down With The Come Up from Toronto emcee Capitalé Öde. This lead single from his latest album, To Remember Tomorrow is music for everyone working on a dream only a few can see.
There are few things more powerful than getting talented people (who enjoy each other’s company) together in the same room. So when we stumbled upon the new track Poetry in Motion from the U.K. and Australian artist collective of Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, Barney Artist, and Alfa Mist; we were super excited. The four artists have started a podcast called Are We Live , and this track is part of their “Track In A Day” YouTube series.
We go back across the pond to the U.K. for our last selection of the week: 2nd Exit, the new album from London producer Alfa Mist and rapper Lester Duval. The soulful, boom-bap production and reflective, meditative flows make for good music to ride to.