After being urged by a few friends, some which know my musical taste, to listen to Smino‘s debut album blkswn, I decided to take a listen yesterday. Needless to say I was blown away. Outside of Smino’s unique and eccentric flow, the production was a dream. I immediately went to the liner notes and saw . . .
Sango and Monte Booker are just coming off of tour together, and they’ve just released a song called “Bem-estar” to top things off. Look for Sango’s (In The Comfort Of) project to release in the near future. If you didn’t know (I didn’t), “bem-estar” translates to “well-being” in Portuguese. Stream “Bem-estar” below.
I rarely binge watch television shows, but Black Mirror was an exception. It’s an amazingly written, suspenseful show that leaves you thinking long after the credits roll. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see that Monte Booker‘s latest instrumental was inspired by the British series. The parallel isn’t without merit, as the track is . . .
Smino‘s definitely on to something with the easygoing, Monte Booker-produced sounds of “Anita.” The St. Louis has a singsong, elastic delivery that fits exceedingly well into every pocket of Booker’s floaty, mellow production. Look for Smino’s blkswn album to release in the near future. Stream “Anita” below.
Monte Booker and Naji collaborate for “Mona Lisa,” a chilled out record that’s full of the beautiful subtleties we’ve come to expect from Soulection releases. Monte’s been building a buzz with his lush, bright brand of production for years. Naji has used his smooth vocals to great effect in conjunction with a number of producers . . .
“Couldn’t afford a car, so she named her daughter Alexis.” Monte Booker brings forth an intricate take of Kanye West‘s “All Falls Down” in “Alexis.” Prominent jazz chord progressions and ricocheting percussion create the main groove of the song. The incorporation of upbeat trap elements with lush layers of instrumentation are essential to Booker’s bouncy sound. In . . .
Justin Timberlake‘s “Rock Your Body” is great just the way it is, but Monte Booker puts a fun spin on the classic single with his latest drop, “Dance With Me.” The experimentally inclined producer adds in both new instrumentation and percussion to push the 2003 release into more modern, genre-meshing territory. Stream Monte Booker’s “Rock . . .
I’d like to think that everyone has great memories associated with Wayne Wonder‘s “No Letting Go.” Before I even knew what the song was called, I knew when to start screaming the chorus. One of the most infectious songs in the game recently got a forward-thinking, electronic-rooted remix courtesy of Chicagoan up and comer Monte . . .
Chicago’s very own Monte Booker just got back home from being on tour, and to celebrate he saw fit to release a jolt of energy into SoundCloud in the form of “You.” Bright melodies form the foundation of this track, which reaches its most interesting point towards its back end as things switch tempos unexpectedly. . . .
Von Alexander and Monte Booker both definitely know what they’re doing. Von is a Milwaukee-based emcee with a knack for finding all the creases in a beat, even Chicagoan Monte Booker’s tempestuous, head nodding sounds on “Damage.” The song is less than two minutes in total, but it’s more than enough for a bold verse . . .
You won’t hear any samples throughout Monte Booker‘s White Label project with Soulection. At only twenty years old, the Chicago producer has already made an impact on the scene. On this new project, he gives us a smooth, easy listening, sample-free sound As Monte explains: “While creating this White Label I was definitely influenced by . . .
“Getting older is weird. I hate it. Every birthday I feel sad. Like I haven’t accomplished enough at the age I’m at. It’s happy because you have another day. You have another chance to turn it around.” Who is JSMN? JSMN is a 21-year old STL femcee spinning a web of pretty, poetic . . .
As he continues the build up towards his highly anticipated In The Comfort Of album, Sango sees fit to lace the world with a 16-track project called De Mim, Pra Você. Heavy Brazilian influences have become his hallmark, and he continues that tradition with this release. The project includes guest features from the likes of . . .
St. Louis up and comer Smino cements this portion of his legacy with the release of his debut album, blkswn. The melodically inclined emcee’s 18-track project includes production from the likes of Monte Booker, Phoelix, THEMpeople, J. Bird, and J. Robb. This project dropped on March 14th, a date that is inspired by St. Louis’s . . .
St. Louis rapper Smino‘s blkswn album is releasing on March 14th, and he decided to set the stage with an equality-focused record called “Father Son Holy Smoke.” The album will feature appearances from Ravyn Lenae, theMIND, Sango, Monte Booker, and more. Stream the THEMpeople-produced “Father Son Holy Smoke” below.