Twin Hype :: ConductHer And Dream Puppy Drop ‘Vagabond’ Single

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The awareness of self is something that all humans deal with, but for artists, that awareness can be as burdensome as it is insightful.  ConductHer, in anticipation of the release of her new project Gemini Season, decided to pair with Dream Puppy for an examination of this self-awareness in the form of Vagabond, an embrace of both sides of that dichotomy.  The track shows growth in the production, with a strength in the subdued and layered nature of the track that allows the lyrical honesty to shine properly.  If this is a taste of what Gemini Season will be about, I’m ready for a larger dose.  Check out the track, share it around, and support your local creatives!

-chief

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Support System :: The Vapor Caves Go Crowdfunding To Release Debut Vinyl ‘Feel Yourself’

And now, a word from The Vapor Caves

For those that would like to take part in the crowdfunding…

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Mixed Bag :: Sami Serrano Drops Heater In The Form Of ‘Piece Of Work’ Single

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Whenever the homie Morgan tells the timeline that they should be hip to something, I make sure to listen, and his latest discovery is collaborator and songwrite Sami Serrano, an Austin-based champion of lo-fi music.  I instantly found myself digging through her Soundcloud account (I recommend you do the same), and the only reason I am sharing Piece Of Work is because it’s the latest track, but I implore you to not sleep on the other work she’s created.  Her beats are simple but powerful, the melodic arrangements are deceptively lush, and her lyrics are as equally playful and stark as her attitude and performance.  I’ll certainly be keeping an eye and an ear out for more to come from the Same Serrano camp.

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Sacred Texts :: Tee Double Releases 20th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Lost Scriptures’

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Until around my junior year of high school, I had this idea in my mind that musicians and actors were a completely different level of person than the average individual.  I’d been to a few arena-level concerts and seen major motion pictures, but nothing at the club  or indie level up to that point, and definitely nothing that featured anybody local.  That all changed right around the time I discovered Alien Records, once a mainstay of the Austin music scene… the location introduced me to local shows where underground acts that I was just becoming familiar with toured and played, and the shows were rich with local support.  This is how a number of Texas hip-hop acts, chief among them being Tee Double, made it to my radar.  He was already prolific at the time, and one of the first local LPs I ever purchased was his Lost Scriptures project, distributed by the California-based GoodVibe Recordings.  It was a trip owning a record by somebody I personally knew, and it’s still a trip 20 years later, even more so now that time has entered the equation.  Take a moment and check out this classic, add it to your collection if you don’t already own it, and spread it around so others can do the same!

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World Building :: Curbside Jones Releases ‘Milk Tea Chronicles: Madsheepery’

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I’ve had my eye on Curbside Jones for a minute now, and his level of creativity seems to be hitting an unparalleled stride recently.  After releasing a book and doing quite a bit of traveling, Jones has returned to the Milk Tea Chronicles with his latest installment, Madshepperey.  The narrative is continuing from the previous two releases, with our main characters trapped in a portal between our reality and the Candy Paint Kingdom, hence the slightly psychedelic and off-kilter nature of the beats and vocal performances.  The final result, however, is brilliantly trippy, and it definitely has me ready and waiting for the next installment.  Check it out, share it around, and drop a few bucks if you can to support Curbside Jones and his artistic endeavors.

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Indelible Force :: Faylita Hicks Releases ‘Onyx’

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The things that Faylita Hicks has accomplished on the spoken word scene are numerous and valuable enough to give the average person a sense of career and artistic fulfillment.  Like many of my central Texas peers, however, I know Faylita is not satisfied with conquering the obvious, and all of the work she has put in has led her up to the point to transition into something greater.  That being said, the seeds she has planted over the years are coming to fruition in 2019, as a secured distribution deal for her book #Hoodwitch has provided her the opportunity to release a warning shot in the form of Onyx, her latest spoken word release.  A collaboration with producer poolboi blu, the project showcases a handful of poems from #Hoodwitch, which allows us to get a sense of the deeply personal and thought provoking words that Faylita plans to share in her book.  Don’t forget to check out the artwork for the individual tracks as well, especially while taking a moment to read along with the performance on the track.  Trust me, this is one experience you will not want to miss.

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Proximity Warning :: Sounds Of The Underground Drop ‘Move Back’ Video

The Culprit and Mic Trey, collectively known as Sounds of the Underground, are representing the College of Hip-Hop Knowledge and Austin hip-hop perfectly with their latest video and single, Move Back.  An old-school style track with new energy giving it life, Move Back lives and thrives off of the kinetic back and forth between the two emcees, each punctuating the reasons why other cypher dwellers should be wary about putting forth anything less than their best.  The video finds the pairing at the Hope Outdoor Gallery (I believe) and the skate park, spitting venom straight at the camera for all to feel.  This video and song are dope, period point blank.  Share it around, give it a like, leave a comment, and support what CHHK is doing.

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