[PREMIERE] Maka + Durkin – “Forward”

By: Shamus Hill

Maka and Durkin grace the Graduation Music pages once again, this time with a highly-listenable offering titled “Forward”. The first release from the duo in 2019, “Forward” is a sonically-pleasing reminder to keep pushing forward no matter what may occur.

Maka and Durkin have had quite the history with one another, releasing two projects and a string of singles that have proved to be some of the best releases out of the state of Massachusetts in recent years. Their first piece of work together since Waterproof (2018), “Forward” is a tell-tale sign of the successes that are to come from Maka and Durkin as the year unfolds.

“Forward” revolves around Maka’s decision to move forward in his life at all costs. He details some of the tumultuous events that he’s been forced to endure in his life as of late, however, refuses to let this negativity drag him off the path towards his destiny. Maka understands the fact that the world will continue moving no matter what, and he’s not prepared to get left behind whatsoever. As the cover art depicts, “Forward” quite literally feels like a stroll along the beach as a storm ensues. With distraction and risk surrounding us completely, we must make the decision to keep moving gracefully as if all is well. This is the only way that we’ll see our true potential face-to-face, and it appears to be something that Maka understands exceptionally well.

Maka and Durkin have successfully blessed listeners with a potent release once again. As the pair continue to work side-by-side, their chemistry only seems to be growing stronger. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2019.

Listen to Maka & Durkin’s latest release, “Forward”, below:


Maka & Durkin – ‘Waterproof’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

When it comes to the finest of duos in music right now, two of Massachusetts’ own, Maka and Durkin, simply need to come to mind. They proved themselves to be a powerful pair in all of the tropical glory of Another Island, and today, following up the lead single “Malie“, this Jordan-Pippen team is back to drop off yet another collaborative project entitled Waterproof. And quite frankly, it’s some of their finest work to date. I didn’t know how much better it could get from Another Island, but they’ve outdone themselves, and I can’t wait for you to hear.

That being said, over the course of 9 songs, the latest from Maka and Durkin finds them at their most polished forms to date. Durkin’s production brings out the best in Maka, and by riding each beat with an equal supply of effortlessness and melodic touch, Maka makes the most of these addictive sonic backgrounds. One heater after another, this EP brings to fruition a dance-inspiring mood that you simply can’t help but fall in love with, and at its core, it’s an incredibly fun project for listeners to keep on repeat during any and all upcoming functions they may have.

Listen to Waterproof at the link below and hear Maka and Durkin making some of the best music of their careers!

Maka & Durkin – “Malie”

By: Seamus Fay

Looking back at the release of the Another Island EP (which, by the way, is one year old on August 31st), it truly goes without saying that Maka and Durkin possess a level of chemistry that can’t be imitated by just any two artists. They fuel one another with galvanizing energy and complementary styles, so much so that every song the duo releases feels effortless in every sense of the word. That being said, the two Massachusetts front-runners are taking the spotlights once again today to unveil their newest single, “Malie”.

Released via Fool’s Gold Records, this track finds itself weaving in and out of two different languages, all the while bringing forth an addictive supply of dance-worthy rhythms. Maka seemingly floats over the beat in both English and Tongan, and Durkin’s refreshing production reminds us of days at the beach in the dead of summer, with nothing on our minds. Needless to say, “Malie” paints a beautiful picture. And as if a stellar new single wasn’t enough, this track also arrives alongside the announcement of Maka and Durkin’s forthcoming Waterproof EP, due for release on September 12th. Prepare yourself for yet another incredible project and in the meantime, bump “Malie” as frequently as possible at the link below:

Durkin – “How I Like It”

By: Seamus Fay

The warm weather is approaching and with that, it only makes sense that Durkin is here to bless us with brand new heat to soundtrack the coming spring and summer months. Today, he hits our pages with “How I Like It” –  a brand new remix of Drake’s hit song “God’s Plan”. This may be a bold venture to take on at face value considering how good the original song is, but in all honesty, I believe that Durkin did his magic as always and really made sure that he breathed new life into the song’s energy.

Between nifty cuts as well as a clear knack for fitting the percussion to the sample perfectly, this fresh take on the hit is a perfect way to get into the mood of the season. It’s a perfect remix to play at any upcoming functions you may have, and with this, we see the marriage between Durkin’s two sides as a producer and DJ on this one. He clearly understands how to garner both attention and energy easily, with “How I Like It” as the prime example.

Give it a listen below and check out more from the Boston talent by checking out his SoundCloud here!

Maka – “Blanka” [Prod. Durkin]

 By: Seamus Fay

Ever since we heard Maka and Durkin connect on their tropical EP, Another Island, it has been a known fact that the two hold an unrivaled chemistry that not many artists know how to bring out. Maybe it’s the complementary nature of their sounds, maybe they’re just on the same page creatively, or maybe it’s something else, but no matter what the trick is, we know that it’s going to be special when these two standout artists join forces. Today, they hit our pages once again with “Blanka” – an anthemic track featuring Maka on the vocals and Durkin on the boards that you simply need to hear.

Surrounded by the naturally-infectious energy that Maka delivers so well, this song finds itself sprinting through rapid flows and memorable lyricism. It’s the kind of release that you start to learn the lyrics to after just one or two listens, and subsequently, holds an abundance of replay value for fans to latch onto. Aside from this, as always seems to be the case, “Blanka” is a reminder of the hit-making abilities of this power duo, dripping in warm-weathered sounds while still holding the ability to be played in any season at any function. With that being said, be sure to give it a listen at the link below and listen to Another Island here!

The Top 50 New England Songs of 2017

By: Seamus Fay

Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.

Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!

Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.  

  • Young Seuss – “123”
  • Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
  • Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
  • VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
  • MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
  • DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
  • Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
  • Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
  • Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
  • KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
  • RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
  • Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
  • Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
  • Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
  • Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
  • Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
  • Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
  • Plad Fine$$e – “Cheese” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]
  • Maye Star – “Adjacent” ft. CH!LD [Prod. Sevnth]
  • WHYTRI – “XURWIFI (Remix) ft. Lily Rayne [Prod. Cecil]
  • Stripes iii – “Henny Down” [Prod. K.C.B.]
  • Khary – “1-800-IDGAF” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Replay Interlude” ft. Jefe Replay [Prod. LDG]
  • Michael Christmas – “Not The Only One” ft. Tobi Lou [Prod. Durkin]
  • $ean Wire – “Moonlight” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]
  • Pistola – “Jokes On You” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • CAVE – “Who’s Next” [Prod. Maka]
  • Maka & Durkin – “Waterworld”
  • Gio Dee – “Buzz Lightyear” [Prod. MLVN]
  • Humbeats – “Monday” ft. Austin Fair & TeaMarrr
  • StupidGenius – “Palm Trees” ft. Capito [Prod. Lil Rich & Gruca]
  • Garrett Merk – “Simple” [Prod. Frace]
  • Danny Diamonds – “Can’t Talk”
  • Gogo – “Cocaina”
  • Polo $ummers – “$ad Boi” [Prod. WaVe GoD]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Still” ft. Big Leano & Vintage Lee [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Haasan Barclay – “Live For You”
  • CHE – “Thii”
  • Avenue – “Ain’t Shit Funny” (Remix) ft. Prano, Millyz, Le$, Al-Doe & Chase N Cashe
  • Donald Grunge – “Shade” [Prod. Maka]
  • Boogie Da God – “Get Well Soon” ft. Jefe Replay
  • Marvelous Stefan – “Double Tap!” ft. Saint Lyor [Prod. Trevor Powers]
  • Black EL – “Another Dose” [Prod. Durkin]
  • $wooli – “Rainy Days” ft. Rachel Aiello
  • Rosewood Bape – “Miss Me” [Prod. Kin Rich]
  • TeaMarrr – “The One” [Prod. Ky Thompson & Keith Bell]
  • Michael Christmas – “Top Turnbuckle” ft. OG Swaggerdick

Maka & Durkin – “Another Island Mix”

By: Seamus Fay

This past summer, in a successful attempt to transport listeners to a distant place musically, Boston artists Durkin and Maka blessed us with a 5-song EP titled Another Island. Rich with intoxicating styles and tropical sounds, the project most certainly achieved its purpose, soundtracking the summer with radiating energy and a sharp ear for eccentric sounds to fuel the warm energy throughout.

Today, Durkin and Maka are back to revisit their joint EP with the official “Another Island Mix”, meant to show fans some of the music that the two young talents were listening to during the creation of the project. It certainly puts things in perspective in terms of the headspace that the dynamic duo were able to make such a tropical masterpiece out of, and arriving to us via Bodega Pirate Radio, this mix will certainly make its rounds as a thoroughly-selected collection of songs to use whenever you need to transport out of Boston’s cold winters into a tropical getaway.

It’s interesting to hear the inspiration behind such a unique project, and I highly recommend clicking play on the “Another Island Mix” below to further the listening experience next time you choose to revisit the EP. Durkin and Maka are a duo that refuse to be ignored, so don’t sleep.

Maka – “24 Hours”

By: Shamus Hill 

Following his recent rap debut, Boston artist Maka just dropped off a new single by the name of “24 Hours”, offering feels that are very much reminiscent of his collaborative EP with Durkin, “Another Island”. With this track, the rapidly-rising talent definitely gives us a tropical-filled sound to move against the winter months – working together to create a noteworthy contrast that brings the song together. I can’t count how many times I’ve been having a long, dreary day, and have listened to Maka’s catalog of music to uplift me from however it is I may be feeling, and this trend is closely followed with “24 Hours”. Maka has the wonderful ability to make it feel like every day can be an incredible one, which is something that significantly strengthens the impact of his music.

“24 Hours” touches upon Maka’s day-to-day struggles, shedding light on the way he is able to rise above them and meet his personal standards. It’s definitely a hopeful release, and by keeping it positive and denying the negativity, “24 Hours” is undoubtedly a listen that everyone can resonate with and relate to. Maka is aware of the influences around him trying to deter him from his goals, and in light of his ambitions, he’s dedicated to his creative vision and believes in himself to the highest extent.

In essence, this is one of the main reasons that I’ve grown to love Maka’s music. He showcases the fact that shit will happen regardless of what you can do, and a person’s true character is shown by how they perceive these troubles and choose to go about their life despite them. If you dedicate your time and energy working towards something, just grind it out and tone out the BS around you. It’s one thing for a song to sound amazing, but for the message behind it to be of equal caliber is something of great importance in itself.

Maka definitely blessed us with some more magic on this track, so let’s show Cambridge’s-own some support. Listen to “24 Hours” below: