The explosion of Chicago's hip-hop and R&B scenes over the last couple years continues to yield cool new splinters of sounds, but, perhaps more importantly, it's also led to a growing set of institutions that hope to keep the momentum going. We've been covering the scene of dreamy R&B and hip-hop that's sprung up around production duos The-Drum and Supreme Cuts and acts like JODY, The GTW, and Dre Green. That nexus has already birthed one label, The-Drum's Lo-Motion Sounds, and now there's another, Supreme Cuts' new label Posture.
Posture's first release will be Perfect Dark, a solo EP from JODY member David Ashley on October 7. On "Starz," the latest track from the project that Noisey is premiering below, David croons like he's singing directly to a girl in the backseat of a cab and punctuates the songs with shouts like he's sticking his head out the sunroof of the cab (okay, maybe it's a limo) and waving around a bottle of champagne.
The overall effect is a little bit Drake on "Worst Behavior" but designed to be blasted on the California Blue Line platform instead of some Toronto club, which is to say it's broad-reaching pop but very much Chicago: "I come from a place where you get too much money they'll shoot you/and the slim chance you make it out alive, the same n—as might salute you," David raps in a staccato burst. Paired with the simple piano line and swollen bass drum of Supreme Cuts' beat, it's a hell of an introduction to the newest corner of one of Chicago's most exciting scenes. Check it out below.