Yesterday, the 2019 iteration of Hopscotch Festival took over downtown Raleigh. It’s an exciting year for Hopscotch, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Stereogum was there as well, throwing a day party for the first afternoon of the festival. We posted up at the linked venues Kings and Neptune’s; upstairs at Kings, it’s a naturally-lit … More »
Chicago disco-rapper Ric Wilson will play Stereogum’s party this Thursday at Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. He was scheduled to perform at Governors Ball in New York this year, too, but his set got rained out, which brings us to his new video for the Madeon and Lido production “No Hands.” … More »
This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
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Rising talent Ric Wilson clearly has a bright path ahead; the young hip-hop act is new on the circuit, yet has already caught the attention of both Madeon and Lido. Both agreed to produce his latest effort, “No Hands,” and the result is an infectious piece of music. Free-flowing bass and cheery melodies make an appearance, trademarks of the producers making the background track, while Wilson’s smooth verses speak of victory and growth. It’s a pieced that oozes with positivity, and succeeds in brightening the mood wherever played — especially when the sax solo ties everything together at the end.
This rapper and activist is certainly one to keep an eye on; not only is he getting cosigns from bass greats, but he’s also started a cultural movement in his own right with his BANBA (Black Art Not Bad Art), in which he’s been known to tackle deep subjects in his art. This is the kind of talent the world needs right now, and based off glowing reviews from Pitchfork to the Chicago Tribune, Wilson’s on the path toward spreading good in a huge way.
Of the collaboration, Wilson had this to say:
“Madeon’s a good friend and this isn’t the last you’ll hear from us.. This song is for everyone that I’ve inspired and has been an inspiration to me. We young and we out here and we got this. I LOVE YALL.”
Photo credit: Michael Salisbury
Ric Wilson came up in the Chicago rap scene through Young Chicago Authors, the same creative writing and poetry program that helped launch the careers of artists including Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Jamila Woods, Saba, and former Artist To Watch Kweku Collins. Later this month, he’s following up his 2017 EP … More »