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Album reviews.

Pace Setter :: New Tunes From Kal.Kal Now Streaming

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Kal.Kal is back at it again on the beat tape tip, it seems.  Not too long ago, he dropped a pair of new tracks : the equal parts hard hitting and airy Ahead, with it’s interesting Secretariat-based vocal sample hiding in its midst; and Settle, the deceptively mellow track that almost immediately amps up the energy while remaining as spacey and airy as its companion counterpart.  I’m always down for the beats that Kal.Kal cooks up, and for him to drop a pair that he feels are Spotify (and the like) levels of quality gives me solace that more work, or perhaps a new release, may be on the way.

-chief

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Making Moves :: Bird Peterson Remixes ‘Hurry Up And Wait’ By The Vapor Caves

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The Vapor Caves are a group with some weight behind the name already, and they have a penchant for getting their already on-point songs remixed, so why not grab another giant like Bird Peterson to get involved?  That, my friends, is exactly what happened for Hurry Up and Wait, and needles to say, Bird Peterson came through.  His drum and bass approach amps up the BPMs, but it somehow manages to let Yadira Brown‘s vocals (and the vocoder work of BoomBaptist) really stretch their legs and move around within the high energy track.  The collective even put together a quick promo clip for fun :

Check out the video and track, share them around, leave a like and a comment on the video, and definitely cop that track if you have an extra digital buck or two laying around!

-chief

Night Terrors :: Chris Conde Drops Official Video For ‘Dividing Lines’

The world is currently in Chris Conde‘s palm, and every opportunity presented seems to be getting knocked out the park.  After a brief tour stint with CeschiFactor ChandelierSammus and Armand Hammer, an opening spot for Ashanti, and a re-release of Growing Up Gay on a French label (hopefully with touring support overseas on the horizon), Conde dropped a video in support of the re-release to make things official.  Dividing Lines plays like Taxi Driver at the onset (which had me automatically hooked), with visions of a bleak society set to the night sky and neon lights, all narrated by Conde with sharp wit and observation.  Once free from the confines of the taxi (and accompanied by dawn in the distance), the observational aspect takes front and center, with the bars being reflective and motivational at the same time.  Definitely a classic vid, so check it out, share it, leave a like and a comment, and keep supporting your local creatives!

-chief

Gentle Approach :: Moon Dunes Releases ‘Are You Kind?’

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Summertime is nearly upon San Marcos, and all the martians know what’s in store : river time, festivals, fun with your friends and plenty of good times set to good tunes.  In terms of the good tunes portion, San Marcos four piece Moon Dunes has decided to throw their hat into the ring with their latest offering, Are You Kind?  The project finds the group hitting us in the feels with their airy sound and laid-back approach, all perfect for these hot summer days we get down in central Texas.  The group has been out on the show circuit in support of the album, so definitely keep an eye out for a performance near you, and support them by copping the project!

-chief

Night Vibes :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Releases New Mi

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I’ve been bad about putting out mixtapes lately, despite the countless number of live DJ sets I do these days.  You’d think that, with a steady diet of influence and practice at these sets, in combination with homeboys like poolboi blu steadily releasing solid mixes, that I’d be better about it, but like most of my art, I strike when the spirit moves me to.  After inspiration from the aforementioned poolboi blu release of his latest sincere mix, plus some talk with a friend about the latest Solange album, a list of songs jumped to mind that I felt would fit well together.  Sometime shortly before dawn, the mix was completed, the album cover was created, and the entire thing found its way to Bandcamp for all of you to enjoy, so please do so!  Share it with a friend too!

-chief

Mixed Media :: Attic Ted And Friends Connect For Mindblowing ‘Kafka Dreaming’ Music Video

After dropping his latest shocking music video, Attic Ted is right back at it again with Kafka Dreaming, a collaborative effort with director Rebreakfast and cameraman Ian Cone.  The project was filmed in tandem with resources provided by Adult Swim, including access to their animation services and an abandoned warehouse in Atlanta.  With these resources, Attic Ted and crew have made another mind-blowing video, this one complete with transfers between different mediums, including film, traditional and digital animation.  Definitely dig this one and dig it good, leave a comment, and share it around so others can enjoy!

-chief

Even Flow :: The Vapor Caves Release ‘Hurry Up & Wait’

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The Vapor Caves are back at it again, and this time they’re not playing around.  Their music has always been high quality, but man, Hurry Up & Wait hit me right in the ear and the heart perfectly.  BoomBaptist stuck his foot in this track, letting all of his funk, boogie and R&B influences shine at full force, while Yadira Brown‘s voice floats through the track like a leaf on the wind.  Dig what Yadira has to say about the track :

““Hurry Up and Wait” is a phrase uttered in frustration, referring to an unnecessary rush or the pressure to accommodate yet remain unfulfilled.  A huge part of being a human has been experiencing this again and again, in different forms.  But as we break old social programming patterns and dismantle systems of oppression, we remove the pressure to fall in line.  We can be our true selves.  The veil is lifting.  Hindsight is the gift that keeps on giving.”

As per usual, the duo also hit us with some crazy promo to accompany the track :

Stay tuned for more from The Vapor Caves, as it looks like they’re just getting started.

-chief