Stimulated Stems :: The Vapor Caves Share Remixes Of ‘The Chase’

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After a successful start to the year, The Vapor Caves decided to have a little fun by making the stems for their single The Chase public and available for producers to remix.  Several notable talents stepped up to the challenge, and The Vapor Caves have set about making a playlist to collect them all like Pokemon.  So far, Butcher BearDJ LADDDADJ Boozwa and the Nodes of ThoughtMadd WikkidMulti-Tracker and even myself have gotten in on the act, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more on the list by the time this post goes public.  I’ll definitely be following this playlist, and I even have a few producers in mind that I think could make dope remixes, so you should probably stay tuned as well.

-chief

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Street Spirits :: Old Man Skateboards Drops ‘JOBS? YES PLEASE!’

Jansen Newcum of Old Man Skateboards has been putting in mad work in the world of skateboarding in order to turn what became an interest into a possible profession.  As anyone knows, one of the key elements of the skate world (when it comes to making a name for yourself) is the skate part, and after nearly three years of stepping things up, OMS and crew have dropped JOBS? YES PLEASE!, a celebration of improving your skills in street spots, no matter the weather.  Newcum is joined by Josh HarnellLaurent Lemecier and Mike Cooke as they take to all of the curbs, banks, gaps and parking bumpers they can find while kicking out flatground tricks and making lines.  Definitely inspirational stuff.  Check it out, give it a like and a share, and leave a comment on what tricks you wanna see the OMS crew attempt next!

-chief

Paying Homage :: The Vapor Caves Tackle ‘Sour Times’ Cover

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The Vapor Caves just made a move showing how in tune they are with their past… a smart move, as they’ve recently more than proven the future is covered.  This homage to the past came in the form of a cover of Portishead‘s seminal classic Sour Times, realeased 25 years ago and forever changing the pop music landscape.  The Vapor Caves are either unaware of how daunting a task this cover is, or they don’t care, as they definitely make one worthy of our ears, hearts and minds.  Dig it and dig it good, share it around, and stay tuned, because I can guarantee there will be more news about The Vapor Caves sooner than later.

-chief

Collected Works :: Gost Continues The Work With ‘Vol. 2’

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My man Gost has a clear gameplan in mind it seems, and that plan is to significantly step his status level up in the near future.  Step one has emerged in the form of what appear to be a series of EP length volume releases, with Vol. 2 being the latest installment.  The beats on this one have that classic hip-hop feel, and Gost spits bars about (and with) pure confidence as he speaks on living your dreams and fulfilling your potential.  This is music with a positive message behind it that will still bump in the whip, so don’t sleep.

-chief

Silent Wars :: Hyder Makes Moving Video For ‘Farewell’

Austin-based hip-hop artist Hyder is clearly here to raise the bar of what both an artist and an artistic statement can be.  The former poet turned MC is obviously comfortable taking on topics with weight, as he exhibits in Farewell by effortlessly espousing on the trials and tribulations we face from within and without as we attempt to navigate an often stressful and trying world.  The raw honesty captured in both the song and the video are moving, and the high quality of the video heightens the entire experience.  Definitely check this one out, like and comment on it, and share it around.

-chief

Variety Pack :: Poolboi Blu Keeps It Moving With ‘Sincere (Volume 007)’

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You already know what it is.  poolboi blu drops a new volume in the sincere series, and folks should take notice.  For sincere (volume 007)poolboi blu decided to focus on diversity even more so than usual, in terms of tempo, tone and cut selection.  The result is another seamless mix, but one with plenty of dynamics, and not just for flash, but rises and falls that take you on a bit of a journey through a handful of newer songs and current favorites.  If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch poolboi blu live lately, or if you’ve just been stuck on Antsy, don’t sleep on sincere (volume 007), because the series is alive and well.

-chief

Heat Check :: Kenny Casanova Drops ‘HONESTLY, FUCK IT’ EP In Anticipation Of A Big Year

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PNTHN is at the starting point of making major moves in 2019, and the cool thing about being a member of a crew is that these opportunities allow individual members to strike while the iron is hot.  Kenny Casanova has been cooking up a solo project for a moment now, and while doing some recent hard drive cleanup, he decided to throw together a few loose tracks as a taste tester for the full project.  HONESTLY, FUCK IT may not be the project, but it definitely has enough energy and personality to make a run on its own.  Kenny drops a handful of different styles over some short but memorable bangers, making a nice collection of mixtape-worthy tracks that folks like myself will definitely be peppering into our mixes.  Check out the project, keep an eye on Kenny and PNTHN while they continue to make bigger and bigger moves, and always support your local creatives.

-chief