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Baltimore, MD | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Baltimore, MD
Established on Jan, 2016
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"The Big Baltimore Playlist: January 2018"

“Bad Dreams" by Hexgirlfriends*

We weren’t prepared for the impact that this song would have on us. Bewitching and boundless, it is such a gentle beautiful thing for how tough of a topic it tackles. In that sense, it’s hard to listen to, relishing in its beauty before realizing what it’s actually about. But maybe that’s the point. The “electro-femme un-pop” duo’s minimalist melody—a few plugs of bass, a touch of keys, a trill of electronics—is a rumination on the act of cutting and abusive relationships—on the ways in which we cope with emotional damage and their sometimes physical manifestations. What starts as faint lyrics pushed through tapping tonal pulses that fall like drops from a leaky faucet then builds into an echo chamber of rhythmic beats, swelling with emotion before finding a final watershed moment of peace. Keep your ears tuned to Sondra Boyle and Hannah Holt. Creating music as affecting as this—so simple yet complex—is no easy feat. - Baltimore Magazine

"The 30 Baltimore songs that defined 2017"

Baltimore music made its excellence known in 2017 through captivating music videos, fully conceptualized albums, free mixtapes, earworm singles and the myriad other ways the internet has made music consumption feel like a never-ending pursuit.

And when the songs are this good — embedding their nuances and most obvious thrills into our heads long after they end — that’s a journey we’ll happily embrace, year after year.

Once again, we chose 30 tracks from Baltimore artists that stood out most this year, presented below in no particular order. (Warning: Some songs contain explicit language.)

Bandhunta Izzy, “Gummo Freestyle” (D1): While we await Izzy’s “Code Blue” mixtape, this freestyle over 6ix9ine’s rising street-rap hit is holding us over just fine. It’s a classic case of a more talented rapper taking a track and improving it with unrelenting bars of intimidation and swag.

Lor Choc, “Fast Life” (En La Calle)

Outcalls, “No King” (self-released)

Dru Hill, “Favorite Time of Year” (Dru Hill Entertainment)

Lafayette Gilchrist, “Blues for Freddie Gray” (Manta Ray Records): Mixing go-go rhythms with the jazz piano playing of Baltimore’s Lafayette Gilchrist, this lively, horns-filled track finds guest vocalist Brooks Long, another Baltimorean, singing “I want a justice and a peace that’s made to last and last.”

Micah E. Wood, “No Questions (feat. Joy Postell)” (Garner)

Butch Dawson, “Dead Man Draggin’” (Basement Rap)

Tate Kobang, “North North (Still Hangin’)” (D1/300): Some wish he’d make “Bank Rolls 2.0,” a reprise of his breakout song, but Tate Kobang has shown he’s on his own path. This off-kilter single spawned many social media videos of locals dancing like Tate, once again proving the young rapper knows many ways to make his city move.

Us and Us Only, “Lawn” (Topshelf)

Blue Benjamin Sleepy, “Trending” (self-released)

YBS Skola, “YBS x OTM (feat. Young Moose)” (self-released)

Future Islands, “North Star” (4AD): A standout from April’s album, “The Far Field,” “North Star” is the sound of the synth-pop trio in full command of their danceable pop sensibilities. The melancholy of lead singer Samuel Herring audibly aches, yet it’s impossible to not bop along to the beat.

Read more: 10 Baltimore musicians on the rise »

HexGirlfriends, “World in Blue” (self-released)

Al Rogers Jr., “Stylefree” (self-released)

Riplay, “Status” (Def Jam)

President Davo, “Born in the Trenches” (self-released): The rapper’s natural penchant for melodic, auto-tuned crooning reaches a new level of emoting on this new single, where Davo sings, “We spent so long in the trenches, we feel like we belong in the trenches.”

Amy Reid, “Only Tonight” (Friends)

Eze Jackson, “Winter Wasn’t Over” (self-released)

Colada, “Stupid (feat. TT the Artist)” (Zoo on Mars): This new R&B singer-songwriter sings sweetly about a crush over strings and 808 drums provided by veteran Baltimore Club producer Mighty Mark. The video, featuring Al Rogers Jr., only adds to the song’s charms.

J Pope and the HearNow, “Soul Searching” (self-released)

Cardinal Shehan School Choir, “Rise Up” (self-released)

TT the Artist, “Real Bitch Problems” (RCA): As heard on the Season 2 soundtrack of HBO’s “Insecure,” TT the Artist eschews her normal Club tempos for a pure rap track that oozes confidence. It sounds like Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz” from a smart female perspective, and it completely works.

Microkingdom, “Moon Driver” (Friends)

Creek Boyz, “With My Team” (300): The Baltimore County rap group made every line of their breakout track catchy like one long chorus, and months later, it still sounds fresh. We prefer the original version, and not the one released last month that sadly scrubbed “Baltimore” from the hook.

Dan Deacon, “Redlining” (Domino Recording Co.)

Horse Lords, “Stay on It (feat. Abdu Ali)” (Northern Spy)

Natural Velvet, “Kristina” (Friends): Just listen to those dreamy, reverb-soaked guitars — they’re alluring enough to drawn a listener in. From there, bassist/singer Corynne Ostermann keeps ears hooked with vocals that haunt and entice in equal measure.

YGG Tay, “Through the Years (feat. YG Teck)” (self-released)

Letitia VanSant, “Gut It to the Studs” (self-released): There’s something reassuring about the title track from this local folk singer-songwriter’s new album, due in February. It’s VanSant’s conviction for tearing it all down if it leads to what she’s after, or as she sings in the chorus, “Is it wrong to want what I want? / To find what’s right gotta gut it to the studs.” - Baltimore Sun


Call Ur Mom (March 2019)



Hexgirlfriends is the electronic feminist punk project of songwriters and producers Hannah Holt and Sondra Boyle. The duo met while performing an opera scene in 2014 and immediately connected. Supporting each other through abusive relationships and trauma, the two began their project as a way to communicate their experience to others.

Blending unique harmonies, the two use throaty yells and operatic outcries to encapsulate the confusing and painful experience of the feminine. Never ones to shy away from drama, the duo covers topics ranging from being ghosted to rape revenge to self-harm. Hexgirlfriends uses raucous saw waves, atmospheric drums, enchanting electronics to bewitch audiences and stir controversy.

In March 2019 Hexgirlfriends is releasing their long-awaited debut EP, Call Your Mom.  Hannah Holt and Sondra Boyle have written a love letter to each others' struggles and triumphs that that comforts rejection, strengthens fury, enrages narcissists, and banishes abusers.

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