Listen to the latest releases from local artists. In this week’s edition: Rapper Trade Voorhees delivers a new EP, newly formed band Safely drop their debut and emcee T.R@bb paints us a vibrant picture.
Trade Voorhees – Video EP [Stream]
Given his stage name and song titles like “Horror Movie Kid,” it’s obvious where Vegas emcee and producer Trade Voorhees gets his inspiration. But to classify him as horrorcore would be a mistake. Sure, he calls himself the “Stephen King of the rap game” and says he’s “R.L. Stine with my design,” but it’s far from gratuitous shock rap. On his new Video EP, Trade gives a warning to rappers on the brooding, Boogie Nights-referencing “Little Bill” and gets a little funky with the samples on “Dreamin.” Of course, there are several references to death, too. Stream Video below and purchase it on his website.
Safely – Some Scars [Stream]
Two-man indie/emo band Safely dropped their debut album, Some Scars, earlier this month. It’s a quality record with a sound that reminds me a little of the Get Up Kids. That’s a good thing (to me, at least). If the vocals sound familiar, it’s because singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rob Kemerson also fronts pop-punk band Calmosa. He and bandmate Jonas Vece played all the instruments, recorded and mixed Some Scars themselves. You can name your price and download the album via Bandcamp.
T.R@bb – Art Always [Free Download]
In the intro to his latest album Art Always, T.R@bb pairs 808 trunk-rattlers with rhymes referencing Wassily Kandinsky and Salvador Dali. It might be the crunkest art lecture ever. The juxtaposition of the two caught me a little off guard but it works, and it was enough to make me dig through the rest of the 21-track project. I’m glad I did, because the album’s got some gems, such as the earnest “Wax Museum” and soulful “Claude Monet.” A versatile emcee and producer, he can also flex lyrically over dirty drum samples (“Slow Down”) and minimal bangers (“Rang 2 Rang”). Stream the album below and/or download it for free.