7@7: An evening playlist featuring MouthBreather and Woes

This 7@7 evening playlist consists of The Chats, Alan Ray, Big Bend, and more.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The Chats – Pub Feed (Submission)

On the way from my hotel to the bus station to take a bus from Austin to Houston, Texas, a co-rider, the driver and I started talking about the music we like. After running down the list of artists I enjoy, it was his turn. He asked me to look up ‘Smoko’ by The Chats, a Sunshine Coast, Queensland-bred group. I did. I thought it was one of the simplest things, in terms of song. I remember laughing at the simplicity of its lyrics. Naturally, I followed the co-rider on Instagram. I tried to look him up, but I can’t remember his name. I wanted to tell him that I received the video for ‘Pub Feed’. Maybe, one day, he will see this. Until then, may the rest of us indulge and enjoy the latest from the hilarious Australian youngsters.

Alan Ray – Lucid (Submission)

A banging beat, the right vocal cadence, and keen opening words are often the ways to draw in avid Rap listeners. With little to no effort, American artist Alan Ray encapsulates that in his new record, ‘Lucid’. It isn’t clear which state he is from, but if you want to get to know who he is, stream the tune below.

MouthBreather – Denim Jacket (Submission)

Is it me or is Boston’s local scene brewing like distilled lager? ‘Denim Jacket’ by the Massachusetts band MouthBreather is super short, but it packs that kind of punch that’ll leave your face bloody, to heal in no time less than three weeks. Hear the high-level Metal below. It is from their brand new project, Dollmeat.

Big Bend – Four featuring Laraaji (Submission)

As I listened to ‘Four’ for the first time, spirituality came to my mind. It evokes a different type of energy than all of the other records in today’s list, as it speaks to the listener without the use of words, speech. Digest the serenity in audio form below.

Orrin – Fear (Submission)

Witnessing young male creators express themselves to showcase their insecurities is a new pastime that I accept and enjoy. It brings us closer together, as humans. Orrin, a new artist-inspired magnifies his flaws in the official visual for his single, ‘Fear’. The young artist found inspiration in Alvin Ailey, a late African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Ailey School in New York City. Check out the hallucinogenic visual for the Waren Wolfe production below.

Woes – Recess (Submission)

As someone who has had their share of stalkers, the opening dialogue perked my ears up. Honestly, I didn’t know where the Chicago emcee was going with his creativity, but I stayed patient. Next, the mystery unfolds with the songwriter’s first verse, which is about a former girlfriend.

Woes’ new record ‘Recess’ opens up the conversation about depression, sibling rivalry, and former relationships—narratives we can adhere to because we’ve also been there before.

‘Recess’ marks the second release from his upcoming album entitled, ‘Nothing to Lose’. We’re looking forward to hearing it in full.


If I were to show someone what ‘Southern Rap’ is, to someone who hasn’t heard it yet, VT GOT IT’s anthemic hometown track is one that would certainly appear on my playlist. It doesn’t miss a beat of most clichés. Listen to it for yourself.

Written by Richardine Bartee

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