Beats DuJour :: Batsauce Rocks For The ‘Clean Plate Club’


Sometimes, you hear the music someone makes, and it’s obvious that they have a gift.  I still remember being at year two of A3C in Atlanta and hearing The Smile Rays for the first time.  I had heard/heard of Asimov, so I was familiar with Therapy, but I had not yet heard of Lady Daisey or Batsauce.  Needless to say, the entire crew left a lasting impression, and over the years I’ve been able to keep in touch with Lady Daisey and Batsauce via social media.

Not too long ago, Full Plate Records dropped volume three of their Clean Plate Club series, and lo and behold, the featured producer was Batsauce.  I jumped on the opportunity to listen, and just like I figure, it was rock solid.  Definitely give it a listen for yourself, cop it if you have a few bucks to spare, and share it with someone who may like it (because that doesn’t cost a thing).


Future Vision :: Smackola’s ‘Glass Sky’ Video Is One For The Ages

Austin-based hip-hop legend Smackola has been doing his thing, regardless of the times, for slightly over 2 decades.  His approach to music and the experiences it has afforded him allows the type of perspective found in the song and video for Glass Sky.  The concept of both the song and video are brilliantly executed, and have me very much excited to discover what else lies within Smackola‘s latest release, The Thomas Brookz Project.  As always, expect nothing but quality from Smackola and anything Dirty Wormz affiliated.


Breaking Frames :: Retr0gRaDe’s ‘Tribal Bounce’ Video Debuts

Austin-based hip-hop dynamite duo Retr0gRaDe made waves in 2016 when they dropped their self-titled debut album.  Now, fresh into 2017, the group has dropped their first video.  Tribal Bounce finds the fellas (with an assist from Clifton Dukes) going off over a visually stimulating, slightly psychedelic framework, reminiscent of the Scenario or Return of the Boom Bap classic videos.  Definitely super dope.  Like it, share it, and make sure to keep an eye out for more from these cats.


Breakbeat Vérité :: NGHT HCKLRS Release ‘HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!’

For all of the forgettable moments most will attribute to 2016, there were personal highlights I cannot ignore.  Being introduced to NGHT HCKLRS was certainly one of them.  These cats, plain and simple, are making some of the most standout music in Austin, and the release of the EP HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa! appears to solidify that statement.  Seeing these guys is a must if you get the chance.  They will be rocking Exploded Drawing this upcoming Friday, and I am wholly certain that their star is on the rise.


Bars Galore :: ‘#REALESTMC CYPHER PT III (Austin TX)’ Unleashed

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I love lyrics.  No matter the musical genre, if you can put some words together in a way that catches my attention, you’ve got me 1000%.  This is one of the things that gets me hype about Jay Mackall‘s #REALEST CYPHER (Austin TX) series.  Not only have I come to expect top notch bars from these cyphers, but it’s doubly assuring to know these cats represent where I’m from.  The sequel to the sequel includes George Vondoom, Syndicate Same Ol, Charlie Rock, Dub Fresh and Black Haze.  Enjoy, share, like and support local!


Staking Claims :: KB The Boo Bonic Is Holding Down Her Spot With ‘Goldilox’

It has been extremely entertaining and inspirational to watch KB the Boo Bonic grow from a rap fan doing her take on southern hip hop into a genuinely unique and standout artist.  Each release has found her getting more comfortable in her style, and the last round of collaborations with The Moon Guys has resulted in a gradual evolution into a standout from the rest of the pack.  Goldilox finds KB expanding her sound to the edges of its limitations, and finding a balance that may finally afford her some of the breakthrough success she’s been on the verge of for so long.  Go ahead and check out Goldilox over on your favorite streaming or downloadable service!


Universal Language :: Dum Spiro Connect Worldwide With ‘Hors Chant’


Many years ago, during the days of The Word AssociationExperience and Binary Audio Misfits, I made a connection with the highly driven, super talented and insanely humble Francisco Esteves.  Although we did not speak the same language, we understood one another enough to form a base connection, and music has since then propelled that connection into places I never expected.

From the ashes of Binary Audio Misfits arose the label We Are Disco Doom Revenge, and an effort to keep like-minded and forward thinking artists connected and collaborating.  When Zedrine and Francisco reached out to me to be a part of the Dum Spiro upcoming album, I was very excited, to say the least.  Months later, Hors chant has hit the music scene, and as impartially as I can say it, this is quite the entertaining and engrossing album.  I knew it would be good… I did not know it would be this good.  I am honored to have been a part of this, and hopeful that you all will give it a listen and some support… next time you’re on your favorite streaming service or download app, give it a look up and a listen.