From the digital desk of DJ brimLo :
“When DJ brimLo and Bavu Blakes are in the studio together Hip-Hop excellence has been assembled, two turntables and a microphone. DJ brimLo trades his microphone for the role of the maestro on this project while Bavu provides us the narrative of The Comeback Story. A good story starts with catastrophic tragedy, and that is the tone of Tick Tock. The fall is scored in the ballad of Dead to Us. The vocal stylings of CJ Edwards solidify the emotional foundation. As we arrive on our title track, Comeback, the dynamic duo really flex their muscles. Our wordsmith is in full stride as we all know “everybody loves a comeback,” he petitions to us on the Hip-Hop anthem. Staying true a good narrative, the feeling of overcoming is followed by a lament for a time before the self-destruction. Reggie Coby sets the tone of Yesterday with a properly penned hook and a swift sixteen. In a true call and response fashion, TempestB closes the tune with the complimenting counter-chorus. As a victory lap we get a repeat of the BIG Bright Future three piece ensemble of Bavu Blakes, DJ brimLo and Eric Levels on the closing song, Get Love. Carefully broken into five significant segments, this EP effectively takes listeners through the emotional trek of a return to one’s better self.”
My two cents, this is definitely worth a listen and a share, and if you’ve got the funds, it’s worth copping.
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Bars, beats, culture and family would be key elements that describe Austin-based collective Mindz of a Different Kind (MDK). After a prolific 2016, the crew is right back at it with an EP for spring 2017. BORDERLINEZ finds the crew reaching out to non-Texas based producers, while at the same time turning the mirror inwards to reflect on their place in the grand scheme. A pleasant surprise of a project that slipped right by me, I’m happy that I did discover it eventually.. better late than never.
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Tagged austin, borderlinez, chief, mdk, mindz of a different kind, the doomsday device
OVRLD‘s The Hot Conversation podcast is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite podcasts out there, local or otherwise. The latest episode contains almost the perfect storm of ingredients and topics : Protextor and JRo (as per usual), Scuare and no1mportant (…&more…), and topics ranging from DVD rot to racism in the Star Wars universe to Star Trek color shirt significance to sexy Prince posters, and all kinds of fun stops in between. This had me laughing so hard at work, I had to make sure to keep the laughs down. Great stuff.
Houston-based B L A C K I E has been ahead of the curve for years. His brand of music has always been challenging, densely layered and deeply rewarding for the adventurous listener. REMAINS continues the legacy of consistency that B L A C K I E has worked so hard to become synonymous with. At only 8 tracks, this project gets right to the point, and at a ‘name your price’ setting, why would you not support?
The concept of seasons being signal markers for human change and growth is not a new one… film, music and literature have all explored this story arc. Ceschi, however, is known for his ability to tell a vivid tale, and over Sixo production, Christmas Past plays like the masterpiece it is. The video only further drives home the emotions exploding from the song with it’s colorful and engaging elements. Beautifully heavy.
Straight from New Orleans comes a nice collection of jazzy production from beatsmith Cam Smith. Dry Cereal seem to be explorations between breakbeats and jazz-influenced explorations of vibes, keys and synths. The interspersed vocal samples and radio interview footage provide just enough breathing room for this instrumental album to take you on a wonderful sonic journey. Dig it and dig it good.
New Orleans-based wordsmith Jonathan Brown has always had a touch for the brutally honest. His punk-rock influenced hip-hop touches all the proper emotional influential buttons, rather than the purely aesthetic ones. On his latest project, The Risk It All EP, we find him as candid as ever about topics such as educational policy, government paranoia and life choices, among other things, all wonderfully encapsulated into slightly more than 10 minutes. Dig it and dig it good.
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Tagged chief, jonathan brown, new orleans, the doomsday device, the risk it all ep