Michell C. Clark

I started Artistic Manifesto in 2009 and it changed my life. A Virginia native. Looks like Huey, acts like Riley. Terrible at directions, somewhat decent at writing, mildly obsessed with SoundCloud surfing. Part time all caps texting enthusiast.

Recent posts by Michell C. Clark

Time Traveller
New Music Jan 31  |  

Premiere: wave Groove bridges the gap with his ‘Time Traveller Vol. 2 ( W A R P // F O C U S)’ beat tape

wave Groove is here, and he’s ready to take you back to the future. The Los Angeles-based beat constructor, sound selector, and mix engineer gives us 18 tracks of lush, futuristic instrumentation with his Time Traveller Vol. 2 ( W A R P // F O C U S) beat tape. In regards to the . . .

thank you
New Music Jan 29  |  

Rob Milton sings through his trauma with the gospel-influenced “Thank You”

“My light shines brighter without you.” Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Rob Milton breaks out the gospel influences for his triumphant new release, “Thank You.” His rich, soulful vocals make me feel like I’m back at sunday morning service. This time around, Rob uses his beautiful harmonies and rich vocals to reflect on how people who hurt him . . .

diggin stories
New Music Jan 26  |  

Cookin Soul’s ‘Diggin Stories’ project is a sample lover’s dream come true

“My religion is rap. R-A-P.” Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight: Cookin Soul has been crafting beautiful, soulful instrumentals for years. They’re not new to this. That doesn’t stop their latest release, Diggin’ Stories from feeling like a much-needed breath of fresh air. I plan to keep this project on heavy rotation, . . .

single
New Music Jan 25  |  

Benny Mayne supplies plenty of “Bounce” with his latest single

Benny Mayne only has one track on his SoundCloud, and “Bounce” is it. Fortunately, the recently released single is more than enough to pique interest in the Toronto, Canada-based songwriter. I’m forcefully reminded that it’s the middle of winter every time I step outside, but this record in particular reminds me of much warmer seasons. . . .

kaelin ellis
New Music Jan 24  |  

Kaelin Ellis impresses with the mellow, futuristic sounds of “Move”

Kaelin Ellis is setting up shop to turn heads with his forthcoming EP, Veil. “Move” is the first record we’ve heard from the forthcoming release, and it serves as a great teaser from the Orlando-based producer. Bright melodies and futuristic sound effects are sequenced precisely to create a listen that’s equal parts comforting and adventurous. . . .

Ache
New Music Jan 23  |  

JVLY turns heads with his free flowing, swirling, ‘Ache’ EP

JVLY is ready to turn some heads with his Ache EP. This is the first time I’ve heard of the genre bending producer, but these five tracks alone are enough to pique my interest.  JVLY beats feel like vintage paintings with colorful sounds swirling together to create beautiful clouds. Stream Ache below.

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Cam O’bi teams up with Smino for “TenderHeaded”

Chicago bred, Los Angeles-based producer Cam O’bi has an extensive discography as a producer, but he embraces his role as both emcee and producer on his latest release, “TenderHeaded.” Featuring a guest verse from Smino, the smooth single pays homage to simpler days characterized by key childhood experiences. This is the first single from Cam’s . . .

sweat
New Music Jan 22  |  

Matt McGhee takes his talents overseas with “Sweat”

Matt McGhee has built a strong reputation in the DMV as both emcee and producer, so it’s great to see him get that overseas love with his performance of “Sweat” for Colors. It’s even greater for the simple fact that he wore a “Kill, Moe” shirt during his performance. Matt flows smoothly over bright, funky . . .

goat on a boat
New Music Jan 19  |  

Geotheory chops up Kanye West vocals for “Goat On A Boat”

“The system broken. The schools closed. The prisons open.” Geotheory is from the future. There’s no other rational explanation. For his latest magic trick, the innovative producer chopped up Kanye West vocals and incorporated them into sparkling, futuristic production. The result? “Goat On A Boat.” This man clearly does what he wants, and it’s spellbinding . . .

glo up
New Music Jan 18  |  

Latasha Alcindor empowers women and deads the distractions with her “Glo Up” (Video)

“At the edge of greatness, an ocean of haters…” Latasha Alcindor isn’t afraid to let go of everyone and everything that could potentially stop her “Glo Up.” Latasha is a veteran emcee from Brooklyn, who is known to be a ferocious lyricist with no regard for human life. She shows us a different side with . . .

saturday
New Music Jan 18  |  

JR Jarris’s “Saturday” feels like a summer block party

It’s cold on the East Coast right now, but JR Jarris‘s latest groove makes me feel like I’m enjoying a relaxing August afternoon sitting poolside with a mixed drink in my hand. Jazzy instrumentation and mellow electronic melodies make this record an enticing, funky groove that’s hard not to appreciate. Stream “Saturday” below.

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Justin Timberlake reunites with Pharrell for “Supplies” (Video)

I wasn’t a fan of Justin Timberlake‘s “Filthy,” or the sexually charged video he dropped starring a robot. “Supplies” is a different story, though. For the first time since 2002, JT has linked up with Pharrell to make some more magic. Look for this single to feature on Justin’s forthcoming album, Man Of The Woods. The . . .

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Alex Vaughn receives her “Blessings” and uplifts others with her latest

“Anything you want, is waiting. All for you. You just gotta breathe to receive all the blessings.” Alex Vaughn soothes with “Blessings,” her ethereal new single. Over sparse, spacey production, the Maryland-based singer/songwriter encourages her listeners to let things flow, vibe out, and receive the gifts from God that are already on the way. This . . .

stutter
New Music Jan 17  |  

West1ne lays down the drums to remix Joe’s “Stutter”

“I can tell you’re lying, cuz when you’re replying…” West1ne‘s latest SoundCloud release is a percussion driven remix of Joe’s infamous “Stutter” single. Mystikal’s guest verse is nowhere to be found, but there’s still plenty of energy to be found in the midst West1ne’s intricate melodies and rapidfire drums. Stream “Stutter” below.

smadar rubin
New Music Jan 16  |  

Smadar Rubin’s beautiful vocals will make you sit “Still”

Smadar Rubin doesn’t just sing on “Still.” She turns her voice into a powerful instrument, conveying heartfelt emotion through all of her intricate, beautiful runs and riffs. The Philadelphia resident flows gracefully over mellow Hendo production. Stream “Still” below. If you like what you hear, dive into her SoundCloud.