Matthew Progress, the Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist has released his socially provocative new single “Doc Neville” and announced his forthcoming debut full length album God Made Dirt. Written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Doc Neville” is an ode to the behaviors and social habits it induced – with a particular focus on those done in solitude. Anchored by a warped and woozy trap sonic helmed by Dan Only (River Tiber, a l l i e), the track features additional production from Gray Rowan (Charlotte Day Wilson, Jonah Yano) who brings bedroom pop elements as it builds into an emphatic crescendo.
Featuring a gripping and multi-syllabic delivery, Progress manipulates his limber and dexterous flow to ruminate on corporate dictatorship, corruption and conspiracy theories. Continuing what has long been a staple and signature in his work, the track also draws influence from a wide range of references. Citing Stanley Rubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut, surrealist paintings from Spanish artist Salvador Dalí and the music of Dutch-Iranian artist Sevdaliza, Matthew says:
“The song was written during the first major lockdown. The days were long and repetitive and the evening news narrative was fishy. I was focusing heavily on training, nutrition and mental health maintenance – while anticipating a dystopic future. At the time I had been watching Eyes Wide Shut a lot, staring at Dali’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony, and listening to Sevdeliza’s Human Nature on repeat (hence the references in the chorus)”.
The unveiling of “Doc Neville” arrives alongside news that Matthew’s full length debut album God Made Dirt on the Pirates Blend record label will hit streaming services and digital retailers on November 24th. Composed of nine tracks, the project is a lyric-forward multi-genre mosaic that toggles between abstract Hip-Hop, punk, electronica, trap and psychedelic influences. The entire album has been produced in collaboration with Dan Only.
Through an apocalyptic end-of-days lens “God Made Dirt” explores the internal human dialogue between the divine and the primal self. On this intuitive journey through an ominous and gritty dimension – Earth 2023 – Progress rejects doctrine and fully embraces human complexity. He invites listeners to align with ancestors in the cosmos, resist authoritarianism, prepare for inevitable violence, claim sexual liberation while celebrating death and decay. God Made Dirt will mark Matthew Progress’ first project since his 2018 EP Slumber Magic War, which was home to standout track ‘Sip Test’ and earned critical plaudits from VICE/Noisey and Complex. Heavily influenced by surrealism, nihilism and pan-Africanist ideals, Progress’ musical endeavors began in 2014 with his debut project Night.Rhetoric. Le fog, an avante-garde track oscillating between deep house, grime, and electro-funk, would follow in 2017, premiering on The Fader. The project’s lead single “Gen Pop”, a valiantly genre-less and poignant treatise on existential dread, and communal degradation was released last month, and quickly gained support from COLORS, and UK DJ’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Jamz Supernova who both played it on their respective BBC Radio 6 Music shows.
From ‘Colorman: Green,’ Kye Colors Drops “Posse On Broadway” Music Video
Missouri mainstay Kye Colors‘, in conjunction with LVRN (home to Summer Walker, 6lack, Davido, Baby Tate, etc.), liberates the official visual for ‘POSSE ON BROADWAY,’ taken off his latest body of work ‘COLORMAN: GREEN.’ Serving as the final installment in the Kansas City natives’ ‘COLORMAN’ EP series, which includes previous projects ‘COLORMAN: YELLOW’ & ‘COLORMAN: RED,’ the five-song collection of songs is anchored by supporting singles “GLIDE” and “OVER FOR NOW.” Production for the EP comes compliments of Shaq Gonzoe, Pierre Mathieu-Lanca, Ethan Eadie, Issac Elsie, John Gonzalez, C$upreme, and Will Steller meanwhile Justice Davis secures the only vocal feature.
During a new exclusive interview with iHeart Radio the 2023 Kansas City People’s Choice Awards ‘Best Male Rapper/Hip-Hop Artist’ recipient reveals his thought process when creating the ‘COLORMAN’ EP series and its closing chapter:
“I feel like I’ve been thinking about it like a stoplight these past couple of years. I find myself taking these pauses whether it would be due to something being in the way or me being in the way of myself, even so when we started with RED. A lot of this music was recorded over the year or a couple of years. So when I put it out I was like, let me start by putting out something I’ve been holding on to so much. So that was what RED represented.
Now YELLOW is like, all right cool. We are out of the darkness. YELLOW, we are up now. It’s a different vibe. It has a brighter vibe than the RED one. Now we are on GREEN. YELLOW, I found the road, I found my path, but GREEN is where I’m just going nonstop taking whatever the good or the bad. But I can stop no more. I can’t keep taking these little pauses. It’s really been a real-time artist development thing.”
J’Kye Slatton PKA Kye Colors is a rapper and producer from the south side of KC. Showcasing his passion for music from an early age, Kye began writing songs as early as age 5, often using crayons as his instrument of choice. Today, Kye has evolved into a vibrant and innovative artist, weaving intricate stories and evocative melodies into each captivating cut. Following a sync on Peacock’s original series Bel-Air and his partnership alongside ATL music powerhouse Love Renaissance (@LVRN) in association with Wasteland Records (@wastelandrecco), the talented Hip-Hop act is poised to be your favorite artist’s favorite artist.
Check out the Kendu-directed music video for “POSSE ON BROADWAY” as well as stream ‘COLORMAN: GREEN’ in its entirety below via Venice Music.
Yakiyn Unveils VHS-Inspired Visual For “Petty”
Following its Boiler Room debut alongside song producer Trey Kams and ScHoolboy Q during Kal Banx’s TDE presented LA set, Yakiyn aka Yak The Mack unloads his self-directed music video for “Petty.” If the Dallas native looks familiar it’s most likely because photos of him modeling Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 collection made it to the front page of GQ a few years back; fast forward to today and he’s premiering his first single of 2023 and I can assure you it was well worth the wait.
Reconnecting with Trey Kams, instrumentalist for Burna Boy and Doechii, the track finds the fashion-forward Alternative Hip-Hop act guiding fans through a tantalizing musical journey rooted in righteous fun. The ultimate soundtrack for those looking to ignite their night with passion and allure, “Petty” is an irresistible invitation to indulge in the nonchalant side of life.
“The song embodies freedom with my words and gives an introduction to my current head space. You can be the superhero, but in someone else’s eyes you can be the supervillain and that’s okay because I’m only trying to be me. It’s me coaching myself – the only competition I see is myself. I’m only worried about what I’m on,” says the Texas triple-threat when speaking about the record’s significance in a press statement.
Born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Yakiyn’s journey from an unknown talent to a burgeoning star is as inspiring as his music itself. His remarkable musical talent but also his commitment to pushing artistic boundaries compelled audiences worldwide to tune in to his 2022 release “STFU” which garnered 425K+ Spotify streams and landed him in DSP editorial playlists with over 1M+ listeners as an independent artist.
He is a fearless innovator, constantly experimenting with new sounds, production techniques, and visual aesthetics- gaining the approval of notable creatives such as Leon Bridges, Smino, and Monte Booker. This willingness to explore uncharted territory has earned him a rapidly growing fan base and the respect of peers within the industry.
Watch the Cordell Jomha & Mitchell Dolphin-filmed visual for YTM’s “Petty” as well as stream the official audio on your DSP of choice below via BMR / The Orchard.
Toronto’s Joellen Releases New Album, ‘Stay In Luv’
Artist Joéllen is an R&B singer-songwriter hailing from Toronto, Ontario. Drawing inspiration from her personal experiences and a diverse range of musical influences, Joéllen creates soulful and emotionally charged music that resonates deeply with her listeners.
Her latest EP, Stay In Luv, is a captivating and introspective musical journey that delves into the complexities of love, relationships, and self-discovery. Through a seamless blend of smooth R&B melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Joéllen’s EP showcases her velvety vocals and impeccable storytelling abilities, evoking a sense of vulnerability and authenticity.
“It was about the life and death of a relationship, and everything in-between,” says Joellen. “The perspective of love and relationships from a woman coming into her own. Stay In Luv was a coming of age project for me.”
Stay In Luv explores various aspects of love, from the euphoria of new romance to the challenges of navigating heartbreak and resilience. Each track is a heartfelt reflection of Joéllen’s personal growth and journey through love’s highs and lows, making the EP a relatable and touching experience for her audience.
With its soul-stirring melodies and relatable themes, Stay In Luv establishes Joéllen as a rising star in the R&B scene, leaving a lasting impression on listeners and promising a bright future for this talented artist.
Stream Stay In Luv, below.
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