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Art for art’s sake. For all those that opted out of high school Latin class, that’s what ars gratia artis translates to. It’s the idea that true art doesn’t serve any outward purpose and is disconnected from any external agenda. The value of art manifests itself intrinsically in the artist’s realization of the work and in his or her self-motivation. The liberal arts student in me is beaming. That brings us to this offering from Orange County hip-hop artist, CJ Trillo and aussie folk-dream, St. South. The song backs up the philosophy for which it’s named. It severs itself from the idea that music is about record deals, it’s ultimately a reflection of the soul.

“This is ars/ this is trill/ this is heavy, this is me/ This is how my soul responds when its questioned by the beat.”

What just happened there? Things just got way too deep for me. I don’t know, it’s a rainy day here in Boston. Sit back, relax, and stream “Ars Gratia Artis (feat St. South) by CJ Trillo below.



P.S. Listen to CJ Trillo’s new mixtape, Volume 1: Nostalgia here.



Introducing Eddie Gomez. Originally from Oregon, he’s currently working the grind and making moves in L.A.. He recently released his single “Someday” in anticipation of his first EP expected to drop late August. Gomez doesn’t sound like anything you’d expect to hear out of L.A. though. The son of two travelling folk dancers, he’s clearly stuck to his roots. In “Someday” you’ll find a foundation of old American blues. Gritty and soulful vocals. Raw instrumentals. Pounding percussion. It’s something you’d hear out behind a coal mine; a few people jamming with a couple guitars and a 50 gallon drum (that’s a thing at coal mines, right?). That foundation married with a discreet dash of modern electronic ingredients makes for a refreshing offering from the newcomer. Stream or download (fo’ freeee) “Someday” below.

Note: This song is best served with whisky. You know, a drink that a coal miner would want. Straight forward, honest, something that says, “I work in a hole.”