Through the looking glass

+‘s fifteenth album JIHAD: to find the face of love in chaos is now available.

#BSB5, December 20, 2014, celebrated its release and served as the culmination of a series of performances commemorating the fifth anniversary of +’s sixth album Blue Walls.

These photos, taken by Monica Wizgird, are from the show held at CESSPOOL and feature noise group Logorrhea, rock man Bedroom Sons, poet Erin Noskillz, and emcee MFN Melo. Ultimately, there is video of +’s performance of “jasmine & matt / love rap / spiritual assplay” from the night, captured by Jennifer Brown.


Bedroom Sons


MFN Melo

Erin Noskillz


The show

Video of +’s performance.

peace and love

announcements//JANUARY 2015



+ has begun uploading the work of their back catalog to Week 1 (of 28) brings +’s debut album Étape Un: My Me, Your Me.

Download and read about the album here. Check out album track “Close2,”


JIHAD & small fortunes


+’s fifteenth album JIHAD: to find the face of love in chaos is now available for preview.

As is +’s debut novel small fortunes.

Both can be purchased as a bundle for $10.


small fortunes, +’s debut novel, is now available for preview and purchase

small fortunes

Inspired by the works of Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, and Chiliean poet Roberto Bolaño small fortunes is a slice into the life and love of a young Chicago artist.

It can be previewed here via, where the first part of the novel is available for reading.

The entire novel can be purchased for $5 by way of supporting + at their new Patreon page.

small fortunes

announcements//DECEMBER 2014

This past November, + released their latest album “JIHAD: to find the face of love in chaos.” You can purchase it here.


+ is releasing a new song via this announcement, it is titled “call to family: don’t look back”


+ is celebrating the fifth anniversary of their sixth album Blue Walls. The #BSB5, Blue Walls 5th Anniversary Box Social will be December 20, 2014

BSB5 poster

Logorrhea (noises)
Bedroom Sons (folks)
MFnMelo (raps)
+ (raps and noises)/


Here is a picture of + performing during the Blue Walls era.

blue walls era

More here.

Photos by Madeline Dowling.


+ will be releasing a collection of ringtones this week for #MakeAWishFridays, tones vol 1.


featuring “+alk like paul.”  coming Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Comment on this post with the answer to the question:

What’s your favorite thing you did this week?

“JIHAD: to find the face of love in chaos” is now available for purchase


+’s fifteenth album “JIHAD: to find the face of love in chaos” is now available for purchase.

////album cover credit: Erin Noskillz & +\\\\

Stream/download lead single “neverland” here:

JIHAD: to find the face of love in chaos

1. Intro
3. YTN3 247
4. #wheredaweedat (cat eat the mangos)
5. neverland
6. Orgy Skit I
7. dance like paul
8. winter in cambodia
9. dinner in cambodia
10. rsbd
11. Orgy Skit II sex in cambodia
12. minus.nigga
13. song from my body
14. music in cambodia
15. WIFE: the super verse
16. you need only look into my eyes
17. therapy
18. love. in cambodia
19. ll cool j
20. growing redux
21. future boyfriend reprise
22. redsQuaresbLuediamonds
23. Outro

Approx running time: 80 mins

Written, produced, performed, mixed, recorded and released by +

Thank you for your support

announcements//NOVEMBER 2014

the blueprint 5...

+ just dropped a mixtape, EP, dissed Kevin Coval & LL Cool J, released a music video, and put out the lead single from their fifteenth album, a triple album. And has a novel on deck. And more.

“ll cool j” is a vengeful pocket symphony. + hops from character to character
like a metamodern Marshall Mathers over a ghostly children’s chorus. It’s a brutal diss
track from someone’s evoking positivity, thus it deconstructs
and reconstructs in real time. + falls in and out of rhythm , goes from 0 to 100
and is their virtuosic, unhinged self. There’s some heavenly advice toward the end.

“[+] uses culture to challenge those things within the culture itself” – Kevin Coval

“Emanuel Vinson is the sort of absurdly ambitious musician whose desire to express himself in as many ways as possible is bound to warm the heart of even the most jaded listener” – Jim Derogaitis, Chicago-Sun Times


+ feels humiliated by Kevin Coval as a mentor and human concerning a sexual assault scandal in the prestigious Young Chicago Authors organization and community. The “DEFENDER” EP is a troubled transmission.


jihad video

+ released a video for “jihad,” the second from i’m starting to believe their fourteenth album.

Shot by @Stash4d (Twitter), Projections by Jessica Gorse.


dove anniversary performance

On November 22nd, 2013, dove was released. + went on hiatus for six months. This November 22, + will be performing at Punks <3 Prisoners a benefit for Black and Pink, “an open family of GLBTQ prisoners and ‘free world’ allies who support each other.”

To celebrate dove, + will perform the album in its entirety.


For 11/7’s #MakeAWishFridays + released “neverland” the lead single from their upcoming fifteenth album

the blueprint 5: michael jackson wind waker / love. in cambodia / songs from my body

it’s a triple album. december 20.


+ has a novel on deck.

small fortunes. surprise release date.


emanuel vinson is writing for |X|

+‘s bodily incarnation has been reviewing singles, albums, and interviewed No Name Gypsy and Owen Hill of M&O so far. Angel Davanport interview/concert review coming soon.


In late October + put out sL-wGod, a pop collage described as “a slolo journey through the heavens.” Read the homies blog interview + did with emanuel vinson on the mixtape here.

the homies blog//FEATURE: + interviews emanuel vinson



Smoke curls from emanuel’s lips as a slowed Vic Mensa coos. “I just think it’s an entirely different song now. It like really enhances the songcraft and all the sounds, and his words, and his sexiness, and the mood.” We’re reaching the end of the new  mixtape sL-wgod that my bodily manifestation Mr. vinson has just put out. He starts it over.


What is sL-wGod?

Well, all the internet shit calls it a “slolo journey through the heavens”

What does that mean?

It means I started slowing pop songs with my friends a few years ago, we put out a tape called .slowbro.. I picked up my slowing technique from Walker, who was really the guiding force, to me, throughout the whole… thing. He started doing something cool and it blew me away, and we had made music before, and yeah.

I started using the things they didn’t fuck with in my own production. At this point I can say it feels transcendent to me. It’s a meditation on and expression of so many things. And sL-wGod is a beautiful manifestation of all these processes, techniques, and emotions that I’ve been cultivating and harvesting over the past couple years. It’s an adventure, a pure expression of me, but without me having to say a word. Which is important to me right now.

What kinds of techniques?

Blind composition, improvisation, silence.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like everything I do is dope as soon as I think of it, so I do it. Whether I’m about to write a sentence or start a song, I have made so much music and written so many poems and felt transcendent because of it so many times, and worked so hard on my craft, and found appreciation in so many mutually respected peers, and humans that I have no fear. I mean, I have a lot of fears, but when it comes to what I believe in, my expression, I’ve gotten to a point of development where I know how to make myself happy.

I know what samples to use, I know the appropriate mic quality, I know what patiences to have. So when I made sL-wGod, I had been actively planning it and kind of brainstorming for months, promoting it for weeks, compiling materials for years since the .slowbro. project, but it wasn’t til Monday that I knew exactly what I wanted to do, spent 45 minutes doing it, and put it out two days later.

You’re rambling.

James Blake inspired me to start using silences when I heard his debut album. Around that time, I started experimenting with hollowness and gaps in sound. When I was making i’m starting to believe this summer, the tiny gaps in sound that occurred in playback when my laptop’s capabilities weren’t able to keep up with Ableton’s demands started exciting me. I started leaving them in.

Since before Blake, too, a few years ago, on an album’s “final” track I left the recorder running and random instruments started firing off from the netheregions of the timeline where I had left like…loops and shit that I was figuring out. I let it play out, and eventually hit record again and freestyled over the end of the song, which changed the end of the album completely right before I put it out prolly the next day.

I do that a lot now, it’s a common compositional technique. Sometimes that includes silences, but it also brings us to

Blind composition and improvisation

Doing i’m starting to believe I wanted to make something like Elephant 6 collage pop records I’d heard in my yute and always wanted to emulate. I also didn’t want to get stage fright from returning from hiatus. So my composition style became fluid in many ways, you hear samples recurring throughout the first 14 minutes because I’m making the songs in real time, or so it felt. Now I’ve gotten even faster.

I didn’t hear a single second of sL-wGod’s music until I woke up in the morning and put it on my phone. Except for the older material I had heard, some of which I didn’t even remember making, I was just compiling the songs and organizing them, figuring out how I wanted to cut them up. It happened so fast that I remembered, “yes, the shimmering Mylo montage” but some samples I can’t recognize. It’s a mystery to me, these songs I’m making are sprawling mysteries to me and yet they are poignant and powerful and me, and beautiful and cutting edge and still make sense.

They make sense like watching some crazy fish on Blue Planet; with a significant amount of direction and intention I create a bubble of chaos that harmonizes into something alien and still impossibly tender and compassionate. sL-wGod feels sad, it feels familiar, it sprawls, it thrills with simple 4/4 synths, it’s just a slowed down Chris Brown song, but it’s also a cog of a compositional marvel, it’s also black power, it’s also IDM, and EDM, it’s cripplingly blind poptimism + avant garde = pulp fiction.

Last couple things:

I fucking love sL-wGod

Spoiler alert for processes/samples:

A guy at the Chicago Diner, he works there, we’re all friendly-ish, and he tells me again that the name of that soundcloud artist is The Code. Tracks 4 and 5. I put them in there somewhere, they fit perfectly into where they are. A few of the singer’s words before the cut say the name of the next sample, one that fits and shifts their mood slightly but is from a completely different artist. I still have never actually listened to The Code.

Standing by a fire I asked Alex Goldin, amazing painter, what his favorite song was. He sends it to me that night/morning, I put it in without hearing it. It’s the opening to the album, “Hello Jesus. Je

This is just me writing now.

We want you to listen to sL-wGod, and follow your dreams to eternal peace, with or without it. But sL-wGod is a part of you.