Luke Christopher’s recent single is another example of his ability to artfully walk the line between genres. He produces almost all of his work, capable of both rapping and–as we hear from “Lot To Learn”–singing, but be sure to check out the rest of his music here. Enjoy “Lot To Learn” below.
Vinnie Dewayne’s latest body of work features the EP Rites of Passage: Before the Scholar, the third release from his upcoming album, The St. John’s Scholar, which he plans to drop in the Spring. Dewayne guides the listener through, St. John’s, a small neighborhood in North Portland, Oregon–his place of origin. Like many successful artists in the game, Vinnie got his start in music at a very young age. At 12, after an early childhood growing up with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Fresh Prince, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Jerry Butler among others, and a brother who showed him how to rhyme and write, he was first inspired to record an album. Dewayne began cleaning the studio after school in exchange for time in the booth. In the Spring of 2010, Vin moved to Chicago for college and kept grinding, making music while juggling classes and work. At any rate, we’re left eager to see how this admirable come-up will inform his future work. Check out V. Dewayne’s EP on Bandcamp and the song “Tomorrow feat. Ice Face” below.
Odd Future’s Domo Genesis introduces his new album, Under The Influence 2, with some narrative vocals in “Preamble,” a first track characteristic of the OFWGKTA crew (check “Hi” on the 2012 OF Tape, Vol. 2 if you’re feeling a throwback to their early days). We appreciate the smooth, sleepy instrumentals – and vocals kindly less belligerent than “Hi.” Give “Preamble” and the album a listen.
Out of North Augusta, South Carolina, e’clat has collaborated with Jhene Aiko in “Lost With You,” produced by Trill-P. e’clat raps and sings alongside Aiko for an ethereal and peaceful vibe. An artist who introduces himself through verse in his website bio, e’clat seems reflective and connected to his roots. Check out SKRWE, his music label, here, and “Lost With You” below.