Listen to Mason x FortuneWest’s latest EP collab, Primordial

Mason | photo by @mikeyestv | courtesy of the artist

I really hope that local rapper Mason and producer FortuneWest never stop creating collabs, because dear lord, they make some tasty tracks. Late last month, the two released a new EP Primordial, which marks their third studio collaboration together.

Following last spring’s release of Gods We Were, the new EP takes a darker, smoother turn. Continue reading →


The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Young Statues, Minus the Bear and more…

Young Statues
Young Statues | photo by Shervin Lainez

The Key’s special feature Unlocked made a return this week with locals Young Statues and their new record The Flatlands are Your Friend.  You can get the full scoop on the Jersey natives’ record with an full interview, review and the premiere of an in-studio documentary here.  Download “Got the Knife” for free here, courtesy of Run For Cover Records.

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Check out FortuneWest’s new single, “We Eat, We Feed”

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Philly instrumental electro hip-hop producer Cory Wilson is better known by his production handle, FortuneWest, and this past Friday he released his newest single, “We Eat, We Feed.” The track combines old-school sound with new-school structure, borrowing from the sampling and sequencing practice of 80s hip-hop and applying it to  the synthesis and groove of newer electro-hop. It’s a song with a melancholy ambiance. but a lively one that keeps moving by a fluid drum pattern under almost trance-like pad sounds.

Beyond just “We Eat, We Feed,” FortuneWest has managed to convey an ethereal and pleasantly ambient sound which he self-describes as “experimental hip-hop delving into the realms of old school sampling, funky synths, and catchy leads.” Continue reading →