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Breathe...dream...scream...LOVE. The music of Denitia and Sene.

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YOU NEED THIS. That is how I choose to begin this blog post. Yes, I said it...YOU NEED THIS. I cannot begin to describe how necessary it is to have a song like this in your life, but I will try. Denitia and Sene have created the quintessential piece of music for those early hours in the morning post-turn-up when you and your friends are getting back from the dopest party in town, still dressed to a T (sans footwear of course), on a rooftop somewhere perfect watching the sunrise in utter silence. The background harmonies are perfect and the lead vocals are deep, sexy and TRUE! If you don't believe me, just breathe...dream...then scream out all your inhibitions. This song is what real life feels like after the socialites and tastemakers are gone and all that's left are the real people. GET INTO IT. So amazing. So Haute.

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Holdin on to....Soul 'Holdin On' by Flume

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All the futuristic music we love often has one thing in common: a strong connection to Soul Music.  So we decided to reach back in our "Oh yeah, this is dope" arsenal to revive a track that speaks to this marriage. Flume takes the past and brings it into the present so effortlessly, you gotta respect it!

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We Like a Dirty Mind... Natasha Kmeto

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Natasha Kmeto is definitely dropping gems on her debut EP. It opens with Dirty Mind Melt, with the artist's  sampled vocal, and makes us curious as to what is coming next...almost childlike ambiance with a really intense musical backdrop...possibly even dark. I definitely am digging the song and would honestly LOVE to hear it in a mix!!! It's the type of song that puts you in a zone and makes you want to travel further down the road to see where it leads. We cannot WAIT to hear what Kmeto has in store for us!!!

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Skin to Skin.... Skintown 'Ride'



The Wknd definitely set the tone for a lot of artists coming out, and paired up with a stamp from MTV, Skintown's Ride hit the charts strong. What sets 2013's music apart from the past is its deliberate yet simple existence. Listeners don't need much, but they need stability from the sounds. Ride delivers that, and we like. The song flows and allows you to vibe out without changing the pace or the mood. Its sexy...and we like sexy for sure. We can dig it.

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Download: Dallas Blocker 'Bad' (Wale Cover)

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The moment you hear the familiar guitar riff, you are immediately pulled in. What happens next is most unexpected. Dallas Blocker takes a radio banger laced with Wale's unique brand of flow and flips it entirely putting a melody to the verses! As much as we love to hear Tiara Thomas' sultry rasp on the track, we are pleasantly surprised at the sexy male vocals in her place. "Is it bad that he never made love?" Not necessarily, if we continue to get music like this from Blocker. What he has created is a bridge to fill the gap between Hip Hop and R&B. Lyrically, the song has Wale all over it, but it was ingenious to take something so popular, make it even sexier, and give it to the world. If this is the first time you've experienced Dallas Blocker, this was the perfect introduction. Melodically dope.

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Download: Chance The Rapper 'Acid Rap'



After much hype and a ton of labels knocking on his door, Chance the Rapper recently released the follow up to his 10 Day Mixtape. This time he enlisted fellow Chicagoans Twista, Vic Mensa, and BJ the Chicago Kid along with others  such as AB-Soul and Childish Gambino to create the trippy musical soliloquy that is Acid Rap

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Audio: Bipolar Sunshine 'Rivers'

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Rain opens up with 'Maybe you know me. Maybe you don't. Maybe we'll get along, or maybe we don't.' It is ode to the ups and downs of trying to make a relationship work as  Biolar Sunshine pours his side of the love story out on the track. Although the production sounds like something that Cudi would create, with Kanye West style vocal rhythmic patterns towards the end, his sound is very unique. Rain is one of two deliveries from his upcoming debut EP Aesthetics, scheduled to be released June 17th.

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Audio: Salt Cathedral 'Take Me To The Sea'

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Take Me To The Sea is the first single off  Salt Cathedral's, formerly known as Il Abanico, upcoming self entitled EP under the band's new name. It is always interesting to watch artists grow and re-invent themselves. In this case, we give them two thumbs up as the Brooklyn collective charismatically blend hauntingly beautiful vocals mixed with unconventional guitar patterns. Witness their rebirth! You will not be disappointed.

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Audio: Coultrain 'Streams & Rivers'



Streams & Rivers, is from Coultrain's latest project Jungle Mumbo which is scheduled to be released April 23rd. "It is the story of a poetess who is entrapped in the ever elusive arms of her heart's desire, Seymour Liberty, this is the story on the surface anyway. It also draws many other underlying themes, those of which you must allow your imagination to decide." If this is your first time being introduced to melodic depth and dopeness that is Coultrain, you are in for a treat!

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I Like My Beats Hard...



She Loves Seven is a Hard Rock band out of Chicago. Formed in 2011, SL7 is originally out of Grayslake, IL, their sound is crazy and we are into it! For all the lovers of classic rock with some metal mixed in, this is the band you need to be listening to! Drink You In is a band favorite and at Haute Chicago we are cranking up our speakers and going all the way in!!!!

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