I'm very excited about this collaboration here: Clear Soul Forces and Kooley High have teamed up for a joint EP, and they've released the first single titled "Freq Freq". If you haven't taken in Clear Soul Forces yet, seriously, do yourself a favour and pick up their Detroit Revolution(s) album. For more on the Detroit hip-hop group, read our interview with them. As for Kooley High, we have an interview with Rapsody coming soon - although she doesn't appear on this track. Stream/download "Freq Freq" below.
In celebration of their video for "Get No Better" reaching a million YouTube views, Detroit's Clear Soul Forces released "Won Too" last night, featuring their close friend Brogainz. No word on who produced the track, but my guess is Ilajide. If you haven't heard of Clear Soul Forces before, DEFINITELY check out their superb album Detroit Revolution(s) (above link) and read our interview with the group. Stream and download "Won Too" below.
[Interview] Clear Soul Forces talk “Detroit Revolution(s),” coming together as a group, and comparisons to Slum Village
Interview by: Martin Bauman Detroit's Clear Soul Forces (from left: L.A.Z., Ilajide, Noveliss and E-Fav) are one of the most exciting groups in hip-hop right now, capturing the same essence that made groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Slum Village special, while at the same time creating their own unique sound. Following a late-night chance studio encounter with Royce Da 5'9" back in 2009 - a meeting during which he suggested the four become a group - the Clear Soul Forces emerged and have steadily improved, progressing from their initial Clear Soul Radio mixtape to the Departure EP, and finally their debut LP Detroit Revolution(s). The Come Up Show caught up with the group last week as they prepared for the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and we had the chance to speak on a range of topics, from Detroit Revolution(s), to coming together as a group, to drawing comparisons with Slum Village and other groups. Throughout, the members were genuine, insightful, and oftentimes funny. Hit the skip to read the full interview.
Not too long ago, Red Bull Soundstage did a web documentary series called Sound and Vision, highlighting the stories of emerging artists. Episode two of Sound and Vision focuses on one of my favourite recently discovered groups, Detroit's Clear Soul Forces. The group consists of emcees E-Fav, L.A.Z, Noveliss, and emcee/producer Ilajide. The 12-minute doc brings insight into each of the four members' paths, as well as the group's ambitions. Get familiar with Clear Soul Forces with the video below, and check out their dope debut album Detroit Revolution(s).
Detroit's Clear Soul Forces (consisting of L.A.Z, Ilajide, E-Fav & Noveliss) just dropped the visuals for "Stick 'Em", one of my favourite tracks off their solid Detroit Revolution(s) album. The video, directed by Richard Taylor, showcases the group orchestrating a heist to steal records. Check out the visuals for "Stick 'Em" below, and definitely check out Detroit Revolution(s) if you haven't yet.