Music for 7/11/18!!! Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Six Feet Under, ChanHays

@@@ Lil Pump: Drug Addicts (Warner Bros, 2018)  Lil’ Pump at the top of the hot tracks at Apple Music with a 2 minute track making the world a better place.  I hope Lil Pump was stoned when he hit the mic cuz that would explain his poor performance.  He goes down the list of all the drugs he takes on a daily basis and I could really care less.  His pills and shit probably make him constipated so maybe he could change his stage name to Lil Dump.  Low grade, pre canned hip hop shit for sure.  I came in not a Lil Pump fan and leave disliking him more.

@@@ Lil Yachty: Who Want the Smoke? (UMG, 2018)  I have fondness for Lil Yachty but he really didn’t up his lyrical game with this Apple Music hot track.  This sounds like a Halloween haunted house track with Lil Yachty playing the weird ass Frankenstein character.  Cardi B. makes an appearance, albeit not her best, she shoulda left it for the summer with biting the ol’ boogaloo track ‘I Like it Like That’.  I can see this working as a commercial for recreational weed shops running sales.  Who Want the Smoke?  Offset at least rhymes with some energy but Lil Yachty needs some coffee.

@@@ Six Feet Under: Unburied (Metal Blade, 2018)  A sizzly and full grinding metal record I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  They got a little boogie going in the second tune, Midnight in Hell, while the third tune (clipped below) is a very nice thwack to the head.  I would describe the singer as some sort of brownshirt caveman bitch, much like an ICE agent.  He’s tight and on the rhythm of the band, which you could bounce a nickel off the ass of btw, but as for what he’s saying that’s a bit of a rough go.  This is solid metal business if you can get with proto man on the mic.

@@@ ChanHays – The Creepy (Droppin’ Science)*  We switch back to the hip hop neighborhood and check out this release I saw on the hip hop adds list at CFUV.  This first tune is a retro laidback style — funky but friendly and chill.  While I expect the sound of the record to remain somewhat stable listeners get a plethora of guest MCs so the vocal stylings will be rotating.  Some of the middle tunes up the urgency with nice sounds and solid rhyming.

YTD recordings listened to: 397
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 209
Not good music: 177

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts

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Music for 7/4/18!!! Jungle Rot, Deafheaven, Immortal

@@@ Jungle Rot: A Burning Cinder (Victory, 2018)  A pre-release full metal dome banger off the Apple Music metal page.  Big double kick thwacktion, super guitar ka-chunk and a post hardcore singer.  It is a full steroided muscular formula.  ‘It’s time to pull the trigger’ is a lyric that jumps out of the mix and the vocal hook revolves around the world being reduced to ‘a burning cinder.’  It switches to a more mosh-y vibe with a shoutalong vocal section as the tune moves through its second half.  An angry nugget for sure.

@@@ Deafheaven: Canary Yellow (Anti-, 2018)  Another pre-release tune off the Apple Music metal page.  I’ve always considered Deafheaven to be the metal band of NPR listeners as it’s thoughtful and not super rough.  This is no exception as the extended intro is a proggy/indie guitar jam.  Oh fuck, this is a twelve minute shot of Deafheaven, I didn’t think I was signing up for that.  About 2:30 it sets itself to rocking with some orc singing and an overall hopeful vibe to the music.  I skipped ahead and it rocks for about six minutes before it gets back to a variation of the formula that started out the song.  And then more rocking, oh I can’t hang.  It’s all right, not really my thing — I get the idea of hard music escaping its darkness but I’m not enjoying it.  Maybe you Hillary Clinton voters might.

@@@ Immortal: Mighty Ravendark (Nuclear Blast, 2018)  We will finish up today’s listening with a 9-minute death metal track that Melania Trump puts on before the mighty Cheese Doodle mounts her and doth soil her punani.  God, the horror of that orange fishing line hair flipping back and forth.  Not that he’s Satan mind you, he’s our fearless leader.  Goddammit Melania put some action on this, can you at least give a bit of a flying fuck here, I spent good money bringing you over from that Eastern European shithole!  These guys get a good guitar grind going on with a rock drum sound and a righteous orc singer.  Gravelly and staticky like the guitars.  It has a plain but epic vibe to it.  I’m sure the Donald can not continue with the feverish pumping of his wife for the full 9 minutes especially after a long day of rage tweeting at the world.  I don’t care, do you?

YTD recordings listened to: 382
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 200
Not good music: 170

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts

Music for 6/21/18!!! Matt Anderson Quartet, Uniform and the Body, Debby Friday

@@@ Matt Anderson Quartet: Rambling (Jellymould Jazz, 2018) I got to this straight jazz record via the London Jazz blog.  The first tune is regal with a three horn intro before it goes full band with piano, bass and drums added to the tune.  It builds to a climax, a pretty one, everybody’s hair remains in the same place.  The second tune brings on the smooth jazz guitar.  I’ve listened to parts of three tunes and it’s midtempo playing with an emphasis on being pretty and what I call meaningful playing.  It’s slow and serious and unfolds slowly and effortlessly like a flower.  Not really my thing as I love the messy shit but if you have a job and you’ve had a long week and your looking for some comfort jazz this could work for you.

@@@ Uniform & The Body: Mental Wounds Not Healing (Sacred Bones, 2018)  I got a publicist email and saw this record on the CFUV weekly playlist email in the loud section so there ya go.  Every year there is a heavy record for NPR listeners who might want something a bit rough but they don’t crave a solid beat down.  Thus far this first tune is a slightly more aggro Nine Inch Nails and personally I thought the Nine Inch Nails dude was kind of a soft punk bitch.  Let’s peep more.  It’s not a metal record, it’s a dark electronic record with a lot of static and processed vocals that make the singer sound like a degraded sex slave.  The third tune gets into some spilly power chords but alas I think this is indeed for the NPR heavy listeners.  No methed out tempos, not full on freakshow.  It’s not bad it’s just not enough for me.

@@@ Debby Friday: Bitch Punk (Self-released, 2018)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  I think Debby Friday might have more balls in her pants than the total testicle count of all the musicians in the previous two releases.  Ms. Friday brings some aggro beats with fat synth bass pulses and she goes off on the microphone.  Plenty of skitter, plenty of fatness, plenty of attitude.  On the third tune she gets into some rough drum machine play with some distortion crushing and crusting up the proceedings.  When it gets to full blast on this tune, Indulge Me, she has whipped herself and you quite a nice shitty.  Nice work maam, show ’em how to do it.

YTD recordings listened to: 345
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 182
Not good music: 155

Best: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto

Music for 6/15/18!!! Ruby Karinto, Heron, Pharis and Jason Romero

@@@ Ruby Karinto: Ruby Karinto (HoZac, 2018)  I got to this Canadian indie rock record via this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It opens uptempo with some steady rock drumming and I think they’re rocking lyrics in Japanese.  I better look that shit up, I don’t want to confuse my Asian nations.  Whew, I confirmed the singer is Japanese and the rest of the band appear to be boring white people.  This is what I thought indie rock is supposed to be — weird ass rock by freaks, not tight jeans posing hipster nonsense.  I think I prefer singers in foreign languages and this young Japanese lady has shit going on.  While she’s out front, the rest of the band is doing solid if not weird work behind her.  I’m feeling the drummer, the synth player shooting squiggles all over the place and the bass player, well there’s not a lot of reward for being the bass player.  I’m going to put this record on my list for future listening.

@@@ Heron – A Low Winter’s Sun (Sludgelord) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It is a doom metal record that opens up with the tune ‘Of Gods and Goats’ so a little Satanic reference right out of the gate.  It’s a wall of rolling guitar distortion in this first track, you can really get lost in it.  I like this singer, he’s not your typical doomer, he sounds really pissed off.  I’m feeling this second tune as it is a nice blend of darker emotions — sadness, frustration, melancholy, it’s not one dimensional.  These are all hefty slabs of noise most getting up into the 7 minute area.  Good stuff, thinking man’s heavy music, check it out.

@@@ Pharis & Jason Romero – Sweet Old Religion (Lula) A roots/folk/blues kinda record also the CFUV weekly playlist email.  It’s centered around the vocal harmonies of male and female voices singing on top of two acoustic guitars.  Super pretty first tune.  There’s a full band on the second tune, but it’s still a super sweet affair so I’m guessing it’s gonna go like that all the way through.  The sounds are great, the singing is super beautiful so if you’re into the uplifting roots music these two will hook you up big time.

YTD recordings listened to: 333
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 175
Not good music: 150

Best: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Los Texmaniacs, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto,

Music for 6/5/18!!! Kanye West, Gruesome, Ghost, Orange Goblin

@@@ Kanye West: Wouldn’t Leave (UMG, 2018) The fourth tune on this record that we’re reviewing track by track opens up with a singer.  Then comes West with the whole slavery is a choice brouhaha.  The sounds here evoke Stevie Wonder ballad funk from back in the day though West slathers his whole self absorbed sauce over the top so it changes the listener’s perception of the sounds.  It’s not about the Stevie Wonder love/peace trip, it’s about West and all the nonsense he gets caught up in.  By the end of the track he’s turned the lyrics into a sort of apology for his bullshit antics but unlike slavery which was most definitely not a choice his antics have been and will be a choice.  If you buy this notion that West is bipolar then he kinda gets out of that choice.  Either way he should be more mindful of stupid shit that comes out of his face and though I don’t mind the song, his stupid shit does nothing to make me like more for sure.

@@@ Gruesome: Twisted Prayers (Relapse, 2018)  Some old school death metal revivalists I got to via the Apple Music metal section.  Nice hard hitting drummer with a less than developed singer.  Lord of the Rings orc style grunts and whatnot to go with a piquant blend of melodic guitar squeal and heavy slabs of power chords.  I’ve sample parts of the first three tunes but I can guarantee a healthy amount of monster guitar riffs and a steady, unforgiving sonic beatdown.  Good shit.

@@@  Ghost: Faith (Loma Vista/Concord, 2018)  A theatrical metal record set in the middle ages during the bubonic plague.  The first tune also sports a synth melody and while I don’t ban synths from my metal music it’s not usually a good sign.  After a brooding opening it gets more into a straight hard rock tune with a singer, a real singer that seems also quaint.  Also a somewhat cheesy singer.  This second tune Rats sounds a lot like the ’80s band Ratt.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Not my cup of tea but if you like a quiff of art school, classic FM radio, and some synths up in your metal this will work just right for ya!

@@@ Orange Goblin: The Wolf Bites Back ( Universal Music, 2018)  A pre-release single from an upcoming full length.  It opens with a big acoustic strum, then some bass, and then a big stiff rock beat.  This is gonna be a cheesefest, I predict.  After the rhythm is established they get into a sort one note metal groove with a growling singer.  No orc, more of a biker dude.  These are not literal words they’re indicative to help readers get a sense.  Of course, you can lift that heavy finger and actually click on the link to listen but not many folks can bring themselves to exert the effort!  Weird, right?  This is the sort of hard rock/metal that frat boys or Wall Street fucks listen to because they can’t get with the truly corrosive shit.  It’s not a bad tune, it’s just very familiar to my ears.  Better lyrics would make me feel kindly.  I bet poor Melania Trump starts to cry when Donald throws this on the Sonos before he whips off his tightie whiteys and reveals his pinky finger dick for her to service.  Oh God, the horror!  I wonder if she feels like she made a big mistake, speaking of Orange Goblins!  You can’t fuck with that mainstream music reviewer.

YTD recordings listened to: 309
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 162
Not good music: 137

Best: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Los Texmaniacs

Music for 5/17/18!!! Lawaii, Kassin, Divide and Dissolve

@@@ Lawaii: Lawaii (Self-released 2018) I got to this jazz release via a twat on the Twatter by Bird is the Worm.  They are from Denmark and the instrumentation is piano, bass and drums.  This trio format can often lead to high end pretentious wanking, but thus far no for these guys.  The emphasis here thus far is on atmospherics and tone.  thus far they are also employing a less is more approach and I’m feeling it.  The first lyrical playing that I’ve heard shows up on the third tune, #5 and it’s offset with some pretty tasty bass bow scratching.  The tune cycles on a circular piano figure and the quick scratchy ass bowing.  I’ve sample parts of the first four pieces and I really like it thus far.  I will circle back at a later point when I can sit and relax to it more but right now I have to extrude the music review kibble for the hungry mass.  Check it out.

@@@ Kassin: Relax (Luaka Bop, 2018)  Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  I have a conflicted relationship with Brazilian music.  I dig it rhythmically but often times the smoothness of it I find dissatisfying.  The second tune is a Brazilian Earth Wind ‘n Fire but I don’t love it.  It’s clipped below.  I’ve sample parts of four tunes and while I kinda appreciate the disco excursion here I’m not super enjoying the music.  It’s a large ensemble and the playing is good so it sounds like something you might like have at it.

@@@ Divide & Dissolve: Abomination (Dero Arcade, 2018) Some metal off this week’s CFuv playlist email.  It opens up with a lot of tom playing and a dirty bass.  I see from the Apple Music blurb that this is a duo and thus far it’s a dark affair with some distorted business but it’s not a typical metal record.  It doesn’t have to be.  There is a theme here with the first three song titles Abomination, Assimilation, and Cultural Extermination.  I’m feeling this second tune Assimilation, it sports a haunting melody over a disgusting nasty bass sound and more heavy on the tom drumming.  I like the foundation of the record, the drumming and the bass sound, ah just as I was about to say I needed more you get some spoken word.  A female doing some heavy but not super focused spieling and occasional piano.  This is no mosh-fest, it’s got ideas behind it and I like it.  I wish the tracks that have more in them started out the record.

YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 145
Not good music: 120

Best: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii

Music for 5/3/18!!! Black Wizard, Sussy, Post Malone

@@@ Black Wizard: Living Oblivion (Listenable, 2018).  Some Black Sabbath influenced metal/hard rock that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  The singer is a singer, you can hear what he’s singing.  He’s a bit of a rock start but that’s all right.  We’re talking big riffs and I’m digging the super uptempo rockin’ out of the second tune Feast or Famine.  The songwriting here isn’t particularly revolutionary but these guys are fresh and into what they’re doing.  Good sounds as well.  Big riffs, I tell ya, big riffs!

@@@ Sussy: Material (Toska, 2018). Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Indie electro pop — opens up with a cheesy lounge drum machine beat and sweet female vocal harmonies.  Some clean electric guitar work as well.  The EP continues uninterrupted in its quirky sweetness.  It’s not really my thing but if indie electronic confection works for you, you’ll be psyched.

@@@ Post Malone: beerbongs and bentleys ( UMG, 2018). This hip hop record is getting a huge push on the Apple Music.  Post is up on the precious real estate — that big ass banner that changes that is most likely paid for in some manner.  Malone is not straight MC as he’s singing a sad song about the circumstances of his fame.  I don’t really like the production it’s pretty cheesy.  Let’s peep a bit more.  This a big stretch to call this hip hop, it’s a black pop record with some standard hip hop beats.  I’m sorry Post is sad, but who gives a shit really?  Go work at a gas station, I could give a fuck.

YTD recordings listened to: 240
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 125
Not good music: 106

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris