Updated: Sep 11
As we close out the summer it's only right that we cooked up an AFTR PRTY Radio featuring some of our favorite tracks that dropped this season. Our latest AP Radio specifically looks at emerging genre-benders and artists who refuse to be put in a singular box. Featuring a single from PA native Binki's recent album, jazz-house vibes from berlioz' new project, a pop classic from BETWEEN FRIENDS' end-of-summer EP, genre fusion from the Turnstile & BADBADNOTGOOD collab tape, R&B bops from Lou Val, and MORE!
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Binki- “Hotel Window”
Binki, a musical prodigy whose artistry knows no bounds, holds a distinct blend of soulful melodies, electrifying beats, and thought-provoking lyrics. Born in Pennsylvania, a melting pot of cultural influences, Binki's early life was a symphony of diverse experiences that ignited his passion for music. Drawing inspiration from various genres and artists, he embarked on a musical journey that would ultimately define his signature style. Binki has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary music scene. This enigmatic musician has managed to carve a unique niche for himself, captivating audiences worldwide with his infectious charm and innovative sound.
His 2023 EP Antennae has an array of vibes and characters. With arresting melodies and bold experimentation, the EP firmly establishes Binki as a budding trailblazer in the music industry, looking to make a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of music lovers everywhere. "Hotel Window '' is a catchy and introspective song on Antennae that combines pop, indie rock, and hip-hop elements. The energetic track makes it a compelling addition to Binki's discography, and it has garnered positive attention for its relatable themes. The song explores concepts like youth, self-discovery, and the fleeting nature of time. It captures a sense of nostalgia and the feeling of being on the cusp of something new and uncertain. The 'hotel window' is a metaphor for a moment of reflection and change in one's life. Binki's music seamlessly transcends traditional boundaries, creating a familiar and refreshingly original fusion.
Tobi Lou- “Hit & Run”
Tobi Lou is back, better (and stronger) than ever. Already known as a visionary musician and artist, Lou took the music scene by storm with his unique blend of creativity, emotion, and genre-defying sound. Born and raised in Chicago, Tobi Lou's journey as an artist flourished in the early 2010s when he started sharing his music on various online platforms. What sets Tobi Lou apart from his contemporaries is his ability to effortlessly traverse multiple musical styles, effortlessly fusing elements of hip-hop, R&B, and alternative pop into his distinct sonic makeup. From the beginning, Tobi Lou's artistry has been fueled by raw honesty and a willingness to explore deeply personal themes.
With each project he releases, like his recent album Decent with FARADA, Tobi Lou continues to push the boundaries of his art, demonstrating a relentless commitment to growth and innovation. "Hit & Run" is a catchy and vibrant song on the project, featuring fellow Chicago natives, Chief Keef, Saba, and Internetboy. With its memorable chorus and themes of infatuation and living in the moment, the track showcases Lou's talent for crafting engaging and relatable music that resonates with a broad audience. His passion for crafting authentic and transformative experiences through music shines through, making him a true inspiration for aspiring musicians and creatives alike.
berlioz - "jazz is for ordinary people"
Step into the captivating world of berlioz, an extraordinary musician, DJ, and producer whose passion for jazz is limitless. With a unique blend of talent, innovation, and a profound love for the genre, berlioz has crafted a musical journey that transcends boundaries and delves deep into the hearts of listeners.
Berlioz's musical prowess shines brightly in their latest EP, jazz is for ordinary people. This groundbreaking collection of tracks is a testament to berlioz's artistic vision, pushing the boundaries of jazz and exploring its potential to evoke emotions, provoke thought, and leave a lasting impact. Berlioz weaves a tapestry of mesmerizing melodies, intricate harmonies, and soulful rhythms. Each track is a masterpiece in its own right, showcasing the musician's exceptional skills as a composer and performer.
With a deep understanding of jazz's rich history and a penchant for experimentation, berlioz combines classic elements with modern twists.
BETWEEN FRIENDS- “What’s Up”
BETWEEN FRIENDS is an enigmatic musical trio that has been captivating listeners with their unique blend of indie-pop and dreamy electronic sounds. With siblings Savannah, Brandon, and drummer Brennan, BETWEEN FRIENDS weaves a mesmerizing sonic tapestry that beautifully merges introspective lyrics with infectious melodies.
Recently, BETWEEN FRIENDS has set the music scene abuzz with their latest project, Haircut. This collection of songs takes listeners on an evocative journey through the highs and lows of life's emotional spectrum. "What's Up" is a song that explores the intricacies of human emotions and relationships. Its pensive words and ethereal sound create a captivating and emotionally resonant listening experience. With each track, they paint vivid soundscapes, infusing every note with raw vulnerability and an authentic sense of self-expression.
Turnstile & BADBADNOTGOOD, Blood Orange - “Alien Love Call”
Turnstile is an American hardcore punk band formed in 2010 from Baltimore, Maryland. Known for their energetic live performances and a unique blend of hardcore punk and alternative rock influences, Turnstile has garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated following in the punk and hardcore scenes. Although, their sound incorporates elements of post-punk, funk, and alternative rock, resulting in a more melodic and groove-oriented take on hardcore.
Turnstile released their debut album, Nonstop Feeling, in 2015, which received widespread acclaim for its innovative approach to hardcore punk. Turnstile's music often features catchy hooks, anthemic choruses, and a sense of positivity that sets them apart in the hardcore scene.
Their most recent project, New Heart Designs, is a collab tape with jazz fusion and music savants BADBADNOTGOOD featuring five reworked tracks from their Grammy-nominated 2021 album GLOW ON. On "Alien Love Call," the group's stand-out single from 2021 featuring Blood Orange, BBNG's ability to create a unique and genre-blending style of music combining elements of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music revamps the track into something entirely new.
Lou Val “Clementine”
Lou Val's music is characterized by his smooth and emotive vocals, often the centerpiece of his tracks. He combines elements of classic R&B and soul with modern electronic and pop production, creating a contemporary sound that's both nostalgic and innovative. His lyrics often explore themes of love, relationships, self-discovery, and personal growth.
Val’s recent single "Clementine" is a heartfelt and introspective track that delves into themes of love, longing, and the complexities of relationships. The lyrics tell a story of vulnerability and emotional connection. Lou Val's poetic and soulful lyrics convey a sense of longing and nostalgia. The song features a laid-back, atmospheric musical arrangement that complements Lou Val's vocals. It blends elements of R&B, soul, and electronic music, creating a dreamy and introspective atmosphere. The production is smooth and melodic, allowing Lou Val's voice to take center stage.
Val's talent has not gone unnoticed, and he has been featured in music publications and playlists, helping him gain a growing fan base worldwide. His unique blend of genres and heartfelt approach to songwriting has resonated with listeners who appreciate authentic and soulful music.
Paris Texas “PANIC!!!”
Paris Texas represents a new wave of artists who are pushing the boundaries of music, experimenting with genres, and tackling complex themes. Their innovative approach has resonated with listeners and critics alike, making them a group to watch in the evolving landscape of contemporary music.
Despite their relatively short time releasing music, Paris Texas has received critical acclaim for their distinctive punk-inspired sound. They've been recognized as one of the exciting new acts pushing the bounds of hip-hop and punk including genre-blending additions of hip-hop beats, punk and rock guitar riffs, and electronic elements, creating a sound that's both energetic and experimental.
Mid Air, the group's sophomore album has continued to incorporate all different music elements, which are authentic to their brand. "PANIC!!!" is a prime example on the project that shows off their ability to infuse multiple genres into a single, high-impact track. It's a testament to their willingness to challenge conventions and create music that resonates with listeners who appreciate bold and genre-defying sounds. The song features a driving beat, distorted guitar riffs, and aggressive vocals, creating an intense and chaotic sonic experience. The instrumental arrangement blends punk and rock elements with hip-hop sensibilities, resulting in a rebellious and engaging sound.