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Hypnotized

Sometimes it takes a deadline to inspire something great. I am sure that is one of the motives of the recent RPM competition. The challenge was to create an album in one month basically to prove you can. Many musicians took up the challenge and one of them was our own Kid Static. The resulting album, Hypnotized, finds Static (aka Moses Harris Jr.) creating ten tracks that are very different than what you except if you are a fan of his work with Yea Big. These tracks stick close to the roots of hip hop and even to r&b and avoid many of the electronic glitchy elements Yea Big brought to the production. The finished product doesn't feel like and album that was quickly thrown together. I image some of this had been floating through his thoughts for a while. I am glad he finally let it out.

You can name your price and purchase Hypnotized through Bandcamp and support this great Chicago emcee. Today (March 11th) is the last day to enter the Coach House Sounds contest to see Kid Static record a live session with CHS this Saturday. Email them at coachhousesounds@gmail.com to enter. The winner will be announced tomorrow on their site.

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Delicate Noise Filmezza Remixes

Last summer, Delicate Noise (aka Mark Andrushko) released his second album Filmezza through Lens Records. The album was filled beautifully lush and cinematic electronic soundscapes, and well-placed samples. On April 6th he returns with a collection of seven remix from talented electronic artists from around the world. The album is title Filmezza Remixes and features reworks by artists from France, Japan, UK, Iceland, Italy, Canada, and Spain of the best the original had to offer. This global collaboration pushes the sounds of this Chicago musician into a whole new dimension.

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Bang

There are many Chicago bands headed to SXSW, but of them there are a few that are poised for a major explosion. One of those bands has to be Empires. Yesterday they released their new ep Bang which is the follow-up release to their 2008 debut album Howl, and now they are headed to Austin. Bang is a mixture of back alley darkness and grit, and shiny anthem-pop. A mixture of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Killers. These seven tracks soar and rattle, thrill and upset, but never disappoint. It is all perfectly encapsulated in the track “Damn Things Over”.

Empires will be back near the city of April 23rd at The House Café in DeKalb.

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Boys Keep Swinging

Spring is in the air here in Chicago so it is only natural to start thinking about Record Store Day, right? On April 17th, to coincide with Record Store Day, Mr. Russia will release their first 7” single, and give it away for free with any purchase at all three Reckless Records locations. The single will feature two different versions of the David Bowie track “Boys Keep Swinging”. It’s an anthem for all the boys out there. “Boys keeps swinging because boys always work it out” the band shouts in their best dirty barroom vocals, as the gritty guitars whale along. The track has this swagger that makes you proud to be a boy.

Mr. Russia will be performing at The Beat Kitchen on April 17th to celebrate the release of the single and Record Store Day. If you haven’t downloaded Mr. Russia’s free ep Training For The Gameshow Host from last year you can still do that here. “Wild World” appeared on their debut album Teething, which was released in Feb. 2009.

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DDF for SXSW

To commemorate their trek down to Austin Loyal Divide has released a new song called “DDF”. The track is the first single from the bands upcoming debut LP which is due out later this Spring. This will be the bands first release since their praised 2009 ep Labrador.

Loyal Divide will be performing tonight at Double Door with LA's Letting Up Despite Great Faults and Chicago's City at Large before playing their way down to SXSW.

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