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Album reviews.

Summer Madness :: Kenny Casanova Drops ‘Poison’ Video

Straight out of the most wonderful version of left field comes Kenny Casanova‘s latest music video, Poison.  This one, directed by Jeffrey Garcia, is a wonderful journey into the mind of a brutally honest MC.  The visual counterparts provided for this musical deep dive hit every beat brilliantly, both tonally and emotionally.  This video gets better with repeated watchings, and the song reveals itself in layers.  Props to Kenny Casanova for a dope concept on song and video, and big ups to Jeffrey Garcia for nailing it.  Definitely give this one a like and a share.

-chief

Heat Check :: Tone Of The Cosmos Drops ‘Nasty Summer Vol. 1’

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When it’s time for summertime tunes, there’s certain topics you always want covered : parties, poolside, ladies, styling, and so on.  Tone of the Cosmos, former member of Heroes and Interstellar Dwellars, decided that he’s got you covered on the summer front, and recently dropped Nasty Summer Vol. 1.  The project features guest verses by KilmatikPhraynkh PPhunetik and more, and the tracks all put you in the mood for good times… you get Tone‘s clever wordplay, sense of humor, and easy-going nature emitting from every single track.  Drop him a few bucks, or just give it a listen and a share, but whatever you do, don’t sleep on this one.

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Powers Combined :: NGHT HCKLRS + Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Collaborate Live

Many months ago, an OVRLD hosted show was my introduction to the duo NGHT HCKLRS, and I was instantly impressed.  I only DJ’d that night, so they had no idea what I did lyrically, but I knew immediately that I wanted to collaborate with these guys.  I kept in touch with them over time, and last week, they hit me up with some tracks and an opportunity to perform with them at Kick Butt Coffee in Austin.  Needless to say, I jumped on the opportunity.  Above is the live video of that portion of the show, and hopefully it is the beginning of what can be a powerful collaborative project.  Stay tuned, I will certainly keep you in the loop with any possible developments.  Enjoy this for now, like it, and share it, and maybe we’ll see more of this in the future.

-chief

Nonstop Notes :: Notes Floats Strikes With ‘Lightning Butter’ Video

There are not many forces of nature comparable to my main man Notes Floats.  Dude is a one man army on the beats and rhymes, and lately, he’s been pushing things forward with the music videos as well.  His latest creation, Lightning Butter, is an announcement for the upcoming EP of the same name, and it’s funky like you’d expect a Notes Floats track to be.  His music video approach works well with the tracks, and Lightning Butter is no exception.. simple, but efficient, and relevant to what he’s spitting.  Dope as always, so check it out, like it and share it.

-chief

Dropping Knowledge :: TEE-DOUBLE Releases ‘Bless The Child’ EP

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Of all the Austin-based MCs and producers, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with the drive, vision and longevity of Tee-Double.  Of the many hats he wears (cultural diplomat, business educator, creative advocate), the man still finds time to produce, write and engineer his own albums, adding to his vast catalog.  Bless The Child E.P. finds Tee-Double really learning the limits of his studio, the newly crowned Teetopia.  Breakbeat exploration is still used, but Tee has been throwing more and more live musical elements into his production, giving this album the sound and feel of a funk-band’s back-up.  Add the natural dosage of lyrics about being hip to the business side of the game, the journey from where he came to where he’s arrived, and the inspirational messages he gives to listeners (artists and casual fans), this E.P. is shaping up to be one of the more important releases of 2017.  Cheers to you, sir, and keep doing what you’re doing.

-chief

Making Tracks :: Mama K & The Shades Unleash ‘Midnight Train’ Music Video

Austin-based super-ensemble Mama K & The Shades are shaping up for an extremely successful 2017.  After the late 2016 release of their debut LP Honey Made, the collective has released a stunning animated video for the single Midnight Train.  Mixing line drawn animation with color-filtered footage of 50s America, the video is a wonderful journey of visual stimulation and juxtaposed footage of a past reality.  Real, yet surreal.  Here’s to big adventures and a successful journey for Mama K & The Shades.

-chief

Pack Leader :: Curbside Jones Drops ‘Wolves’ Clothing’ EP

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Nothing hits me harder than a well executed concept album.  I’m a casual fan just like anyone else… I dig it when production is going hard and lyrics are clever.  There’s something special, however, about an artist who can take an idea, explore it thoroughly from song to song, and yet have each song be its own entity.  I believe that Curbside Jones has dropped a concept album for the ages with his latest release, Wolves’ Clothing.  A very original take on the ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ concept, Curbside Jones gets extremely personal by using the analogy of the timid sheep ‘wearing’ the persona of the wolf.  The smart part is how the analogy is direct, and yet open ended and easy to apply to other concepts, not just the literal imagery being set forth.  Add in some of the hands down dopest cover art I’ve seen in ages, and it seems like we’re dealing with something that will more than likely make many best of lists at the end of the year.  I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make mine.

-chief