If 2 Sides and In Bloom, Foreverweren’t enough to hold you over — Brockton’s Leo The Kind just unveiled a two-song EP titled Chaotic Good.
Full of an incredibly vibrant, shimmering energy — this release only furthers the point that the City of Champs is currently generating some of the best music that Massachusetts has to offer. Over the course of the last few years, Leo The Kind has been steadily adding rich components to his discography, with a few of his tracks surpassing the point of a million streams. Chaotic Good is only his first release of 2019, however it definitely sits atop Leo The Kind’s discography as one of his most outstanding drops to date.
Simply put, Leo The Kind is a star. We’ve featured him on our pages here at Graduation Music in the past, and yet, with every successive release, it seems as if he only sharpens his skills and gives us something entirely new to be obsessed with. Leo’s ranging talents of crisp instrumentation, versatile sonic direction, and undying energy can be compiled into an entire catalog of incredible releases, and today, he’s here yet again to add to the list with “No Drama”. But before we get into this one, I will say that, in all honesty, it might just be my favorite offering from Leo The Kind to date. And that’s saying something.
As the title denotes, “No Drama” is a step away from the annoyances and social dramaticism that we encounter on a regular basis. Leo is proclaiming his status as an introvert, and by backing this up with a marvelous lyrical performance that speaks of just how much he avoids the negativity, it’s no wonder why he seems to be so lively in his deliveries. The authentic exuberance and intoxicating sounds that we hear on “No Drama” remind us of why this rising talent holds the status as such a galvanizing young artist, and with that being said, this is one of the best songs I’ve heard of Massachusetts in 2018.
I’ve heard the name Leo The Kind before, but not until now can I say that I truly understood the range of his talent that he possesses so effortlessly. Surrounded by a beautiful, mountainous atmosphere and nothing but the calmed sounds of his own music, Leo is here to show us all just how special of an artist he is with a live performance of his song “Pieces of a Puzzle”. And in all of its synth-led glory, this is certainly not something to sleep on.
Shot by Lord Felix, Shelby Smilezs, and Moses Besong, the environment in which the video is shot plays to its sound with perfect chemistry. “Pieces of a Puzzle” has a naturally infectious sound, capturing a similar feeling to that of the fresh air and naturally illustrative scenes that we see in this performance. From the visuals to the music itself, Leo The Kind crafted together an absolute masterpiece, and for that, he deserves nothing but praise. Boston has yet another source of bountiful talent, and he goes by the name Leo.
In the early beginnings of Graduation Music, I can vividly remember hearing “Weight Off” and immediately thinking that Lord Felix was a star. Well, about a year removed from that track, I must say that I still feel the same way, as Felix has grown into a polished artist and a leader within Brockton’s scene, proving that there truly is an immense amount of talent and creativity behind the excitement surrounding his name. Today, proving this prowess with quite possibly my favorite offering of his as of yet, the Van Buren representative is here to bless us with a tremendous new single titled “Hold It Down” produced by Yellow Synth.
In essence, this track is, in every way, an illustrative display of the intersection in which lyricism and emotion collaborate seamlessly, attacking this specific point with a unique artistry that I almost can’t bring to words. As he always seems to do so well, “Hold It Down” reminds us of Felix’s unrivaled ability to describe life in its highs and lows using compelling wordplay and a certain “author’s voice” that represents his charisma and character with an unfiltered charm.
It’s alluring in every sense lyrically, but once matched with Yellow Synth’s dreamy production and raw, plucked melodies, this track is quite simply taken to the next level. To top it all off, Felix and Leo The Kind turn this energy into fuel, delivering a high-noted, beautifully-executed hook that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since the first listen. I could seriously go on about this song all day, but all in all, “Hold It Down” is proof that Lord Felix is deserving of all of the buzz his music receives, and that’s that.
Listen to the latest from the Brockton native below:
Ever since we began covering Saint Lyor’s music some months ago, we have seen him grow into an absolute force to be reckoned with, not only within the context of the Brockton music scene, but the Massachusetts scene as a whole. Today, this growth in artistry is taken one step further with the release of yet another standout single from the rising talent titled “Scales” – and it just may be his finest release yet.
This one, acting as a family affair of sorts, joins forces between Lyor and a few more of Brockton’s finest talents to offer in James Guild, Luke Bars, and Lord Felix. Once set to the tune of stellar production from Leo The Kind, this track seems to take a life of its own The enigmatic sound cuts deep within passionate cadences and honest verses from each artist featured on the track, tracing their steps as they trade verses one after another. As a fan of Brockton’s budding scene, “Scales” is a spectacular sight to see. The talent is clearly there, and singles like these prove that very fact with a clear emphasis.
Overall, from the first second to the last, this single channels the very energy that makes each of these artists so special in the first place. Saint Lyor set up the alley-oop perfectly, and I must say, the guests he brought with him all came through with the complementary dunks. Having said that, be sure to listen to the latest from the Brockton dream team at the link below. You won’t want to sleep on this one.