Flame Throwers :: SymmaTree And Rupert The Duke Connect For ‘Strike The Match’

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SymmaTree is the embodiment of the hard work it takes to grow as an artist.  Not only is he constantly writing and looking for opportunities to work with others, the time he spends traveling to play shows affords him the chance to expand his circle of collaborators.  During an Amarillo stop, SymmaTree had the pleasure of meeting Rupert the Duke, and a spark (pun intended) was created that led to the eventual creation of Strike the Match, an EP focusing on the passion and drive it takes to better yourself, your creations and your position in life.  The production matches the intensity of SymmaTree‘s instantly recognizable voice, and guest appearances from AK1Joy and CA the Commoner provide the right balance of vocal variety.  Hopefully, the duo can follow up one day with a full length, but until then, be sure to share this one around, and cop it if you have a few bucks.

-chief

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Digital Footprint :: Baby Lion Studios Has A Website

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After establishing themselves on YouTube as an upstart force to be reckoned with, Baby Lion Studios now has an official home on the internet.  For news and updates on their programming, as well as direct access to the creatives for special events and live shows, be sure to check them out at their new home!

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Soul Stimulant :: SK The Greatest Releases ‘Dopamine’

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When it comes to instrumental projects, certain things stick out to me… dynamic range, a variety of sounds and styles, well-chosen and well-placed samples, and even those intangibles you can’t identify until you hear or recognize them all come into play.  For my money’s worth, SK the Greatest seems to be well aware of these aspects, as his latest project, Dopamine, manages to tick all of those boxes in an economic but memorable 9 tracks.  Be it the Public Enemy-esque The Education (Intro), the ominous darkness of Forbidden Flute, the layers of guitar under synth found in Wobbly, or any of the other memorable moments that the Austin-based beatsmith put together in the project, it’s most certainly a strong one.  Props to GMGOmusic for putting this out… definitely check out SK the Greatest and the other artist on the Bandcamp site, and encourage others to do the same.

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Steel Reserved :: WayLodge Releases Video For ‘Longing’

Over the past couple of years that I’ve gotten to know WayLodge, the biggest surprise was finding out that he was a musician, as most of our conversations tended to center around movies.  His musical discipline, much to my pleasure, falls into the realm of what some would consider lo-fi, although his approach falls into the realm of ’emotionally experimental’, if I had to hang a name on it.  Longing is a solid example of what WayLodge brings to the table, as the drone-like spine of the track allows a roadmap for lighter textures that grow dynamically.  The accompanying video supports the song well, with the hypnotic initial images allowing a more vicious cycle to replace them while simultaneously reinforcing the original images.  I’m definitely looking forward to a WayLodge project, and I am curious to see where his growing ventures take him.

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High Score :: Poolboi Blu Drops Another Remix Banger With ‘Namco’

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As much as I enjoy poolboi blu‘s original music (and am hoping to wrap up a small project he and I have in the works), I’m totally on board for the remixes that he does.  His latest, Namco, is a flip of a track by GunnaTravis Scott and Metro Boomin’, and as per usual, poolboi manages to make it unique without sacrificing any of the original track’s quality.  This one is a name your price download, so there’s no reason to not put it in your library, and if you can, dropping a buck or two isn’t a bad idea.

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Sweet Life :: Blackillac Makes A Classic With ‘Juice It Up’

Things have been going really well for Blackillac.  Despite constant time recording and travelling to play shows, however, they’ve managed to drop a classic video in the form of Juice It Up.  The duo not only pays homage to Austin by heavily including JuiceLand in the song’s structure and visuals, but there is also wonderful tribute to films like Friday and House Party, both of which provide a solid narrative structure for the video.  Highly entertaining stuff, for sure, and a testament to Blackillac‘s talent, skills and sense of humor.

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Memory Lane :: (RAS) Riders Against The Storm Revisit ‘In The Light’ With New Remix And Video

One thing I like about (RAS) Riders Against the Storm is that they have a strong sense of where they come from, both culturally and creatively.  After a long run of success in the wake of their relocation to Austin, it seems that the group has been taking a bit of time to reassess their journey and reflect on the past, and in a couple of instances, that has resulted in new material born from the old.  In the case of In The Light, a single that the crew already had released with a video, the decision was made to have producer Ayuma take a stab at the remix, while footage of Uhura (Michelle Nichols) from the original Star Trek series is used to bolster the sense of having a groundbreaking spirit.  I will always support new material from (RAS), but if their reflections of the past continue to result in strong output like this, I don’t mind them looking back as well.

-chief