With the music portion of SXSW right around the corner, our ears have been pressed firmly to the ground in the search for exciting new artists. This week that includes the engrossing folk of Kate Stables’ This Is the Kit to teenage Chicago rapper/producer Frank Leone. A few more recognizable names made the cut as well, the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Tame Impala checking in with new tracks. The Top Songs of the Week feature will be taking next week off, but between this excellent batch of tunes and our upcoming SXSW coverage, there’ll be plenty to get hyped about.
10. Frank Leone – “MONSTERS”
19-year-old producer/MC Frank Leone grew up in Monticello, IL, somewhere between Chicago and the expansive greenery of Allerton Park, one of the “Seven Wonders of Illinois.” But he’s pretty clear where his new tape should lead you: out into the woods. Leone has been dropping bits and pieces of EnterWILD since he started working on it three years ago, highlights like “TOAD VISION” only offering a glimpse of the project’s “action/adventure album” story, something akin to vision questing through a dark, supernatural forest. Though originally dropped a bit ago, “MONSTERS” gains an extra psychedelic malevolence in context, equal parts hardcore menace and Hans Zimmer burn thanks to pitch-shifted moans and screams. Frank and fellow Chicagoan Monster Mike trade verses on this fangs-bared burner, the two “monsters coming for your stash.” Check out the entirety of EnterWILD on SoundCloud. –Adam Kivel