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Album reviews.

Fair Warning :: Cory Kendrix Drops A Banger Single With ‘Dirty Champagne’

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When it comes to pushing the boundaries of style forward, the LNS Crew is far and away in a league of their own these days.  Cory Kendrix has been one of the most vocal and productive members of the crew on top of that, and his latest single Dirty Champagne is a pleasant reminder of all these facts.  The dark, brooding track (produced by L Devell) serves as the perfect backdrop for Kendrix and guest MC SUPERLOVE to go completely dumb with complimentary styles that mirror one another without sounding identical, and infusing the style with a frantic pair of verses that sound like confessions as much as they do warnings.  As always, this is classic output from the LNS camp, and it is certainly worth your time, so check it out, and donate a buck or two if you’ve got it.

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Variety Show :: LNS Crew Drops ‘LNS Mixtape Volume 3’

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Over the past 6-8 months, I’ve been keeping track of the singles coming from Kydd JonesCory Kendrix and Tank Washington of the LNS Crew camp, all the while wondering what was in store for the next round of releases.  About a week ago, the crew dropped LNS Mixtape Volume 3, and it all came together for me.  The previously released singles have been paired with a collection of infectious flows and beats, like someone gave the LNS Crew new inspiration.  With so many different people on the project, it could easily come off as scattered, but the collective manages to keep a strong and solid balance between styles and voices that all come together in harmony.  The best thing about these songs is how, despite them sounding like an album project, they could easily be found on the mixtapes of other DJs (and more than likely will).  The way that the members of the crew are taking cues from a wide range of modern day MCs and flipping them on their head to make them aspects of their own styles is truly impressive.  Don’t sleep on this one.

-chief

Quest Love :: Rob From Garden Street Debuts ‘Post-Love’ On (iN)Sect Records

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Last week (as previously mentioned), (iN)Sect Records promised a trilogy of new releases, two of which have already been covered here.  The third of these projects, the debut album Post-Love from artist Rob from Garden Street, is one of the strongest debuts made on the label.  Rob‘s drums almost immediately jump out and grab you with their Dilla-esque swing, which plays well against the chiptune-ish sound implemented (though Rob finds a way to not have the chiptune elements come off as gimmicky).  The sequencing of this album is nearly perfect, as each track flows from one to the next with the precision of an assembly line while remaining distinct.  What really grabs me about the production on this album, however, is how lush it is.  Words really don’t do this one justice, so definitely jump into a listen as soon as possible, download and donate if you can, and share it around so others can do the same.

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Heartbeat Props :: Special Guests Come Together To Release ‘Dead Flowers’

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When you F. Oh and indubes reached out separately to notify me about their new project, Special Guests, I had a feeling that I was in for something good.  Having already covered both individuals on the blog, my curiosity got the best of me as I wondered how their two styles would meld, and on Dead Flowers, these two find some of the most interesting ways to make their styles harmonize.  The lyrical content and styles are extremely interesting in particular… the lyrical duo present a sense of urgency that is covered in very honest self-reflection, with a subtle bravado used to support everything stated.  As for beats, bvck comes with it on some deeply moody production, as if he was more so scoring monologues than making beats for rhymes, with the skeleton of the production consisting of true-shool style boom-bap.  I’m feeling this one for real… definitely check it out for yourself, share it around for others to experience, and donate a few bucks if you can.

-chief

Storm Session :: Poolboi Blu Drops ‘Rain Of The Squids’ Project

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There’s no stopping poolboi blu when it comes to output… matter of fact, it seems like poolboi blu is outpacing the technology, which is struggling to keep up with the output of ideas.  Despite the short amount of time since the release of MasonRain of the Squids stands firm as its own project, and not an echo of the trilogy that Mason was part of.  The beats are a bit lusher, but they still manage to keep that signature aesthetic and vibe the has become poolboi blu‘s signature.  The writing really stands out, with many different styles and deliveries presented that cover a wide range of topics in a short run, including references to WatchmenBlack Mirror, and a many more (some obvious, some layered).  Definitely don’t sleep on this one, share it around, and donate if you can.

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Jam Session :: BoomBaptist Goes Big With ‘Boom Shakalaka’ Release

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BoomBaptist has become a master of the album rollout over the past year or so, as the multi-faceted promotional campaign for The Vapor Caves proved.  Boom put his creative genius to use once again for the release of Boom Shakalaka, his latest solo release on (iN)Sect Records.  Anybody who knows Boom knows he loves basketball, with the legendary video game NBA Jams playing a large role in that love affair, so it makes complete sense that the aesthetic of Boom Shakalaka would be inspired by and centered around the game and its connected culture.  The music speaks for itself, with Boom‘s signature swing and drum patterns nesting the multitude of samples perfectly.  To crown the event, Boom even performed live from inside an NBA Jam cabinet :

Check it out all, cop some of that merch, and spread the word!

-chief

Joyful Noise :: Buzz N’ Bangs Release ‘Going Places’

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April 20th is and always has been a day of celebration, and when it rolled around for 2020, it seems like Buzz N’ Bangs had an idea to make it extra special.  Fans of rock in the central Texas area had a reason to rejoice as Going Places hit the internet airwaves.  The duo captures all of their high energy and wonderful sense of humor on the project, dropping a collection of original songs and two covers that round out the proceedings.  After approaching nearly ten years on hiatus, it is certainly refreshing to know that the duo is alive and kicking, and hopefully the pair still has a few albums left in them.  If summer rolls around and we’re allowed to go outside again, don’t be surprised if you hear this one out in the streets.  Check it out, share it around for others to enjoy, and if you have a few bucks, go ahead and cop it.

-chief