STW Records from Home
In April, our pensive talent, Iain Paul, produced his Lofi Quarantine mix, which portrays the pain of life under the prolonged quarantine in an incompetent state that is not concerned with the suffering of its population. The mix features topical media clips over masterfully integrated ethereal sounds and acute percussion, with remarkable cover art designed by the inspired Jake Hogue.
Iain Paul also hopped on an upbeat summer track co-produced by the lively Birdy Dastard that was released on 7/28. You can catch Iain’s lyrical debut on the self described ‘sadboi banger’ Scuffed Shoes on all platforms. They encourage you to stream the record and tell them they look cute today.
Another STW banger was released on 7/24, with a rapping debut from our manager, I5e, joining Farouq’s melodic lyrics on the track. Sentiments is a melancholy love letter to the homies that stick with you through it all. Farouq also partnered with Sam Cooked on Loud Voices Silent Room that dropped 8/21, where they lay existential raps over a lofi trap beat.
Throughout the summer months, Cory Blaze, a native San Diego rapper and homie of STW launched and hosted the very first of its kind, virtual Merged by Words Tournament, that featured our very own Farouq and Nick. The contest featured 16 participants from all over the world, including California, London, North Carolina, and more. “It was a classic round by round tournament, and STW made it to the 3rd round before getting eliminated. Nick and Farouq debuted Mood in the first round, Jesus in the second, and finished with Dark Times,” says manager, Ise. Although the scoring by judges, popularity and majority votes were unable to secure a win for STW, Ise is looking forward to entering our artists into similar tournaments in the future, and to continue exhibiting our talents to broader audiences, especially remotely.
Projects to look out for:
Out My Shell EP by Sam Cooked
Human Emotion by Nick Mendez
Loosy2 by Iain Paul dropping 10/23
Sophomore Year by Farouq and Nick dropping ??/?
What Goes Up by Farouq dropping ??/?