Animal Instinct :: RC Random Drops ‘Diamond Shine’ With Help From LordKalvin

Houston-based artist LordKalvin has been at it for a few years, but 2018 has marked a transition from musician to full-fledged creative.  One of his recent standout collaborative works is the RC Random banger Diamond Shine, a reflection (no pun intended) about running on all creative cylinders.  The video, directed by LordKalvin, focuses on visual interpretation of the lyrics combined with a couple of well composed performance shots, easily burning the elements into our brain for easy recognition and quick recall, thus upping the replay factor.  This one is definitely a standout, so don’t hesitate to give it a like, a share and a comment.

-chief

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Passing Daze :: Marshall Anderson And ‘Monday Night’

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Singer/songwriter Marshall Anderson knows how to tell a tale in song form very well.  After the early 2018 release of his 2nd solo project, Beautiful Infinite Wonderful, it seems Marshall is hitting the ground running again before year’s end in terms of creativity.  Monday Night is a reflection on reflection… a circular prose about standing still and watching the world go by when you aren’t moving forward and leaving the familiar behind.  With its sparse, airy guitar and piano accompaniment, as well as Marshall‘s ethereal vocals, the song reminds me of something you’d hear in a film.  I’m definitely on board to see what his next project holds in store, and if this is an indication of what’s to come, I have faith that it will continue his trend of solid work.

-chief

Cosmic Slop :: Upper Reality Goes All In On ‘Holy Mountain Wata’ EP

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The lyrical and production stylings of Upper Reality are some of the most genuine and soulful that you will find in the Austin area.  Her sound is reminiscent of quite the handful of heavy hitters… I get Sade and Georgia Anne Muldrow vibes, just to name a couple of comparable acts off the top.  Her production is textured, but allowed to breath at times, and her lyrical offerings fluctuate between down to earth singing and melodic MC’ng.  Holy Mountain Wata, for an EP, is bringing a ton to the table, and is definitely worth your attention.  Give it a like, a listen, a comment and a share for sure.

-chief

Fallen Stars :: Rest In Peace To Austin Legend MC Overlord

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Last night, my timeline was filled with sad news.  Dominican JaySmackola and Tee Double all posted right around the same time about the passing of MC Overlord, who’d been in and out of the hospital for the better part of 2018.  In this loss, Austin is losing a legend, a diplomat and a true enthusiast for its hip-hop scene.  As a member of .::liquidstereoproject in the early 2000’s, Overlord was one of the acts that embraced us and gave us opportunities to open for his projects, which certainly helped us build a crowd.  His impact and influence are unmatched in this town.  In memory of this influence and his kind spirit, I’m sharing two videos courtesy of the Austin History Center to give you an idea of what MC Overlord was all about when he was at a creative and career peak.  He will be remembered and honored for years to come, I am sure.

-chief

Brutal Honesty :: JSoulja Stops By Lit Up AV For ‘Talk About It’

Lit Up AV recently welcomed Austin MC and move-maker JSoulja to their studio for a live impromptu performance of his latest single, Talk About It.  The clip is short but powerful, as JSoulja raps and sings about the hurdles one most overcome when hyperfocused on being real with yourself and dedicate to your rise.  His confidence beams through his calm and calculated performance, and his words have impact, as evidenced by the head nods in the adjacent room that are caught on camera.  I’ve heard the name JSoulja on the scene recently, and this little snippet of the talent definitely has me interested in digging deeper… perhaps you should do the same.  Don’t forget to drop a like and a comment on the video, share it if you know others who might dig it too, and always support your local creatives.

-chief

Rise Above :: Cal Wayne Drops Knowledge On The Struggle With ‘Lord Knows’ Video

Houston-based rapper Cal Wayne, along with guest artist Mr. Ogletree, recently dropped a gem in the form of Lord Knows, a very personal and confessional style video about the crabs in the rap bucket that make it hard to elevate your position.  With a dope location, a solid track from producer J.T., and hard hitting (but honest) bars, the video is economic in its simplicity, making it all hit that much harder… the whole thing is reminiscent of kicking it with someone who’s been through a thing or two, and is taking the time to be honest about the journey for anyone willing to listen.  Definitely a solid video for a solid track, so be sure to like it, comment and share it around.

-chief

Lab Work :: Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice Initiates ‘Escapism’ Mix Series With 2 Releases

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Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice stays busy with a diverse range of talents and exploits, but a key part of that business is making sure that none of the disciplines suffer as the palette expands.  Recently, in celebration of the steady growth that the Escapism Plan Friday night residency at Tantra Coffeehouse has seen, Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice took to the lab to start curating small mixes for promotional use and listener enjoyment.  Dubbed the Escapism series, each mix will feature a unique focus on top of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice‘s signature DJ skill and execution.  The covers will also feature the photography of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice.

Late Night Drive is a down-tempo collection of pop songs, electronic songs, R&B songs and instrumentals meant to put miles on the road for you.  Sonic Enlightenment features the works of independent (and largely Texas-based) producers such as Unusuals, members of the (in)Sect Records and Exploded Drawing family), Yppah, edison and poolboi blu.

If you dig what you hear, then make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for follow-up releases to the series, and don’t be afraid to request or recommend a mix you’d like to hear.

-chief