Gossip Wolf is no conspiracy theorist, but if you draw maps of Chicago’s disparate musical scenes on a bulletin board with strings and tacks, you’ll see drummer and soulman Marcus Anthony Johnson appearing everywhere! As a session musician, Johnson worked at Gravity Studios and Electrical Audio, collaborated with drummer Matt Walker (who performed with Morrissey and Smashing Pumpkins) and added backing vocals to Gorillaz’s 2017 single “Ascension” (which also included Vince Staples). As Marcus Atom he has caught this wolf’s attention over the past few years with catchy soul and R&B tracks, and on Tuesday September 21 he released his debut LP, Love versus war. The album’s 13 radio-ready tracks include “Aye There,” which features rapper-singer Rich Jones, and offbeat electro-grunge stomper “Real Ones,” which features dizzying verses from the Cool Kids. . Love versus war is available on most streaming platforms.
Even among self-proclaimed metalheads, few enjoy goregrind, but this wolf can’t get enough of his furious blastbeats, dark disgusting guitars, which sound like the championship round of a belching contest. Fortunately, the Aurora Melting Rot trio mix all these qualities on their terribly dark new album, Blood illusions, which they digitally deposited on Bandcamp in August (then on CD and blood red tape via Headsplit Records). On December 1, Polish label Behind the Mountain will release a 12-inch LP pack that includes a T-shirt of the distorted artwork from the album.
Earlier this year, Chicago rock experimenters Latinx Allá founded the No Sé Discos label to feature black and brown musicians. On Friday October 1, the label made their vinyl debut with the compilation You are essential, featuring musicians who held high-risk jobs during the pandemic: Allá, Chicago rapper Chebaka and London pop maestro Nayfo.
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