A good start to the week as I bring you the latest video from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys. Not only was Innocent Country 2 one of the best releases from this year, but Sacred Safe was also one of my most played tracks of the last 12 months. The track features superb contributions from Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Merrill Garbus, as well as a new layer of dope, thanks to the video from Santa West & Quelle. Innocent Country 2 is out now on Mello Music.
More visual niceties from Innocent Country 2, as Quelle Chris and Chris Keys release the next video from the album. It was made by Dominik Galleya and Clemens Niel, and features a collection of aesthetically pleasing images and scenes, from an assortment of supporting players. The album is out now on Mello Music Group.
A hefty track here from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys, as they keep the hype up for their forthcoming return to the Innocent Country. On MIRAGE, they are joined by a superb list of guests, as Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Merrill Garbis and Big Sen all add their flavours to the mix. It’s probably my favourite cut from the album yet, with the exception of Sudden Death, which is just a sort of beautiful anomaly. You can stream MIRAGE below and pre-orders for Innocent Country 2 are also available. It’s out on 24 April via Mello Music Group. Continue reading “Quelle Chris & Chris Keys ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Merrill Garbus & Big Sen: MIRAGE”
More new music from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys as they continue the promo run for their forthcoming Innocent Country 2 album. On the almost prescient Sacred Safe, Quelle is joined by Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Tune-Yards instigator, Merrill Garbus, for an exploration on the theme of finding peace while your mind is waging war. The track premiered over on Hypebeast yesterday, along with a Q&A with Quelle.
Quelle Chris and Chris Keys stay providing the upbeat soundtrack we need right now, with the next single from Innocent Country 2. You might have already heard Living Happy when I posted some details about the album not long ago, but now there is an equally cheerful little animated clip to accompany it. Also accompanying are fellow MCs, Cavalier and Joseph Chilliams, with the latter deserving some sort of prize for rhyming ‘Maury Show’ with ‘glory holes’. Innocent Country 2 is out on 24 April on Mello Music Group.
Some good news to break up the seemingly endless stream of fear pouring out of every media outlet right now, as Quelle Chris and Chris Keys announce the forthcoming release of a new album. Acting as a successor to their previous collaboration back in 2015, Innocent Country 2, has all the tell-tale signs of yet another win for Quelle and his label home, Mello Music Group. The lead single from the album was released a few weeks back and came as a welcome surprise, as Quelle swapped rapping for singing resulting in a joyous 3.5 minutes of escapism. The latest single, Living Happy, is available to listen to below, with the two Chrisses(?) being joined by Cavalier and Joseph Hilliums. The rest of the album boasts features from billy woods, Homeboy Sandman, Pink Siifu, Earl Sweatshirt and lots more. It’s scheduled for release on 24 April and pre-orders are available now. Continue reading “Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Living Happy + LP News”
A nice surprise release from Mello Music Group, as Chris and Chris (Quelle and Keys, respectively), combine their talents once more on Sudden Death. The video finds Quelle surrounded by bodies, as he delivers a repeated reminder to give yourself time to focus and recalibrate “cause life ain’t perfect”. The track was co-produced by the duo, with Chris Keys providing the instrumentation. Continue reading “Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Sudden Death”
One of a number of undoubtedly strong projects released today is the latest solo effort from Quelle Chris. Having already been treated to a few tasters from Guns, including the title track and Straight Shot which features a surprising appearance from UK comedian, James Acaster, it was already pretty clear that this album was going to be another success for Quelle. Armed with his usual brand of wry humour and social commentary, the NY-based artist allows us to laugh at some of the current situations, where otherwise we might have no choice but to cry. The album is produced by Quelle, alongside Dane and Chris Keys. There are a stack of great features too including Jean Grae, Mach-Hommy, Cavalier and Denmark Vessey. Guns is ready to stream in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Quelle Chris: Guns (Stream)”
After a couple of audio leaks from his upcoming Guns album, Quelle Chris returned to the fore today with the first video to be taken from the project. Obamacare is co-produced by frequent collaborator, Chris Keys, who also plays the drums and the exquisite bassline, described by Quelle as “the real star of the song, the real cherry on top, the Vanjie Drag Race exit”. The animated video is another of Quelle’s projects, something you can tell he has a lot of fun making. He said it has a drip of homage for Terry Gilliam (a favourite of mine), but that’s the first person I thought of when I saw it, especially those old Monty Python interludes.
Guns is due for release on 29 March on Mello Music Group.
Another great cut from the upcoming Quelle Chris album, as the Detroit MC and producer treats us to the next bullet in the chamber – Straight Shot, produced by frequent collaborator, Chris Keys. Featuring a host of great names including Cavalier, Bilal Salaam, Eldar Djangirov and a surprising but welcome poetry appearance by UK comedian, James Acaster, the track is an altogether more mellow affair than its predecessor, which only makes me more intrigued for how the album is going to sound as a whole. Straight Shot is available to stream below, with pre-orders for the album now live via Bandcamp. The release date is scheduled for 29 March. Continue reading “Quelle Chris ft. Cavalier, Bilal Salaam, Eldar Djangirov & James Acaster: Straight Shot”