It never ceases to amaze me how many truly talented people I encounter on a day to day basis. The beauty of it is, most of these people are so humble that you’d never know the talent they possess unless a third party made you hip. In my current circle of friends, I’ve gotten to know Kelsey Johnson pretty well, and one of my discoveries was her love for prose and her stylistic choice of using a typewriter to document this prose. Recently, the folks at Sybil Journal allowed her the opportunity to present her work in the form of The world as she feels it. The page is a great example of how she uses the typewriter more like a paintbrush than a word processor, allowing her feelings to take on a life of their own within the constraints of the page. I’m always happy to see people get an opportunity to shine, and I recommend you spend some time checking out this heartfelt art.
Back in the day, the Austin hip-hop vibe was heavy with collaborative efforts… Mirage 512 and Tee Double used to connect regularly, Bavu Blakes first cut his teeth with Reelaktz, and Da’Shade Moonbeam famously came up via DKC / Off The Block. Therefore, even though the city nowadays has a tendency to clique up rather than build as a united front, solo MCs occasionally still link up for crew projects. The old school homie Profit-Z hit me up with a track from his partners Camo Crew featuring bars from himself, Mista Wyte and Legion D. Wise, with the production assist from OSKAR MIKE (Anno Domini Beats). Definitely check it out, give it a comment, like and share, and keep supporting local hip hop!
Once again, you gotta give it up for Click-Clack… ever since he and his collaborative team of producers unleashed their Ballteam branding, the already stellar music has taken an even higher jump in terms of quality and heart. Pretty Please is an abstract, open-hearted testimonial of a track set to a beat that will get your body moving. Click-Clack has been running the singles game for a couple of years now… I’m definitely ready to see what he has in store for upcoming albums, and where (if) some of these singles will find eventual placement.
As a working, touring band trying to get ahead in an over-saturated game, there is a sense of accomplishment to be felt whenever you complete a creative endeavor such as a music video or an album. At best, you hope that your blood, sweat and tears are recognized by a handful of appreciative folks. Sometimes, as in the case of Pleasure Venom and their newest video/single Seize, you put in that work, and then a publication like Afropunk gives you props and posts about it, giving you a bit more incentive to keep doing your thing. I’m happy for Pleasure Venom, as it’s always nice to see those that deserve recognition get it. They’ve been on quite the tear closing out 2017 and leading into 2018, so give the video a like and a share, drop a comment, and subscribe to the channel for all of the latest Pleasure Venom haps.
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Recently, I shared Wild Child‘s newest video, the catchy Think It Over. I realized soon after that I had overlooked the first single for Expectations, a title track with a much more sultry vibe and an equally impressive music video. This particular video finds the group taking over a sublimely naturally lit residence, performing from room to room, laying the emotions of their notes and lyrics to bare for all to see. As mentioned previously, this is definitely a group that deserves all of the acclaim and support possible.
While doing my year-end round up, I stumbled across Epop Nivek on Bandcamp. Being a fan of experimental composers and songs, I put it on the backburner to check out, and as per usual, 2018 got busy to the point that I overlooked it. Recently, I rediscovered this project, and now it is imperative that I share Second Hand Processing with followers of this blog. In a world full of same-y sounding synthesizers and drum sounds, it’s interesting to hear someone take field recordings, ambient noise, instrumental and sonic snippets, and turn this vast array into a statement in the form of an album, let alone a song. If you’re an open-minded fan of music, this one is definitely worth looking in to.
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Tagged ambient, austin, bandcamp, chief, epop nivek, experimental, second hand processing, the doomsday device
If you’re familiar with Austin‘s hip-hop and R&B scene, their are probably 2 names you’re familiar with by now : R&B powerhouse Alesia Lani and talented videographer Rob G. These two have collaborated before on memorable videos, and this trend continues with Along The Way, a sincere and mellow rumination on the shared journey of connected souls. The duet of Lani and guest Quinntin B. Smith work well together over Smith‘s production, and Rob G shows his skill level and tasteful eye by capturing shots that would fit into the canon of classic R&B music videos. Another strong piece of work from a group of rising stars.
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Tagged alesia lani, along the way, austin r&b, chief, quinntin b smith, rob g films, rob garcia, the doomsday device