Chicago Loop
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Wavedash & James Ivy Release “Chicago Loop”

Electronic dance music trio Wavedash teams up with Korean-American singer-songwriter and producer James Ivy to drop “Chicago Loop,” via Create Music Group.

Talking about the song’s origin, James Ivy shares, “‘Chicago Loop’ was a song born from an ironing board acting as a makeshift desk and a Bluetooth speaker in a hotel room in Chicago. Me and the boys had flown out to Chicago for Lollapalooza, and it ended up being the biggest let-down of a weekend ever. Me and the boys started a song purely off of the desire to make sure the weekend was not a complete waste. The lyrics, that were mostly freestyled on the spot, ended up being an ode to this feeling we had this weekend, of being at a shitty party and being like ‘let’s get outta here.’”

While Wavedash adds, “Jimmy (James Ivy) has been one of our best friends for over 8 years now. During that time, we’ve grown up together and came into our own as artists. We help each other out with everything, whether it be Jimmy lending his voice to us or Me, Michael, and Gavin lending Jimmy our production skills. When we made ‘Chicago Loop,’ we thought it was just another one of the hundreds of songs that would never see the light of day, but thanks to the overwhelming response from fans we are unbelievably excited to share it with you guys.”

Made up of Luke, Michael, and Gavin, Wavedash formed while the three were still in high school, followed by releasing their debut in 2016, via Skrillex’s OWSLA. They followed by releasing more singles and then in 2021 dropped their debut album, World Famous Tour.

On his part, James Ivy debuted “Staring Contest,” in 2020, followed by releasing his debut EP, Good Grief, a year later. Since then, he’s been acclaimed by MTV, Flood Magazine, and NYLON. James’ sound crosses genres, blending ‘00s punk, pop, emo, and electronic elements.

“Chicago Loop” opens on swirling, luminous tones and then transitions to a gleaming tune exuding flavors of hip-hop, with hints of alt-pop. A snapping rhythm gives the song a syncopated cadence as smooth, velvety vocals imbue the lyrics with creamy nostalgia. Then the harmonics shift a bit, adding savors of dance push.

“Chicago Loop” hits the sweet spot, offering shimmering layers of leitmotifs and luscious, alluring vocals, along with tasty harmonies.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.