The dynamic duo of Benji Alx and Poolboi Blu are back at it again like a Texas version of Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Poolboi Blu is quickly building himself a case as a go to producer, and Benji is one of the first artists to consistently use this cheat code. Their latest single, Hardcore Championship, is some on point Benji braggadocio flow over an off-kilter, nerves-inducing track that is a bit different than what we’ve come to know Poolboi for. If this collaboration results in both of these artists continuing to push their creative boundaries, I’m here for it. Dig the track on your favorite streaming service, and share it with your people!
For many years, I’ve been a fan and supporter of the Austin-based outfit Wild Child, but apparently I was only a surface level fan, because it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the side projects connected to the group. I bring this up because my recent discovery of lead singer Kelsey Wilson‘s solo project Sir Woman has been a complete breath of fresh air. Her latest EP, the soulful Bitch, sets aside the airy vibes that Wild Child is known for, instead going for the gut punch of deep feeling and emotion over lush 1970‘s era production, falling in the realms of Barry White and Minnie Ripperton more so that the hippie-esque vibes that Wild Child is known for. Long story short, don’t sleep on this one here… cop it if you can, stream it and share it regardless, and always support your local creatives!
San Marcos-based rock band Heroes Die Young are looking to make an impact in the vibrant central Texas music scene the old-fashioned way : strong songwriting, old school promotion and (hopefully one day soon) live performances for new and old fans. Their latest (and seventh) single, Painful Truth, is a new take on the ballad, eschewing the call for the best parts of a significant other and instead opting for any and all truths. The high energy soundtrack matches the urgency and nervous nature the lyrics lay out perfectly. Don’t be surprised if a song like this one gets the music video treatment at some point. In the meantime, like the song, leave a comment if you dig it, and share it around for all to enjoy!
The Austin-based College of Hip-Hop Knowledge (CHHK) is really and truly a blessing to the Austin and central Texas hip-hop scene. Every artist in the collective manages to effortlessly straddle the line between innovate sound and classic knowledge dropping, all while maintaining a vast array of individual styles and characteristics. One of the more vocal and high profile members of the crew is the enigmatic Tall Kyle, the kind of cat who will punch you in the eye for disrespecting his third eye. On his latest single Mona Lisa, Tall Kyle manages to draw a line between the confidence in his style and the innumerable influences spanning space and time that lead to the confident being his is today. 2020 may have been a forgettable year for most, but the CHHK has been making the most out of it, and this latest effort from Tall Kyle stands as further proof. Check it out on your favorite streaming service, and spread it around for others to do the same!
After a successful year and a half that included a debut release, a handful of impressive music videos and loads of stage time, including a festival appearance, Blacklight has found himself hitting the ground running once again. In light of (no pun intended) all of this experience and growth, it makes sense that his follow-up project, Full-Time, would have the sound of a more mature and seasoned artist. The touches of pure energy and emotion are definitely still present, as that rawness is a huge part of what makes Blacklight such a compelling artist, but hearing him approach more seasoned tracks with a more confident and equally seasoned approach is refreshing and inspiring. Much of the subject matter is similar, as Blacklight has always been about positivity, self-sufficiency and making your own way, but now the feelings are backed up with stories and examples of experience. Definitely check out the project on your favorite streaming service or online storefront, support if you can, and spread the word regardless!
Kenny Casanova and Jeffrey Garcia are certainly not strangers when it comes to collaboration. Garcia is responsible for a large handful of the first wave of PNTHN music videos, and breakout member Kenny Casanova has always been on a different wavelength than most rappers, Texas-based or otherwise. Their latest collaboration, the beautifully insane Who Is Uuu, is a celebration of all things the duo has established as earmarks to their styles : a funky track, off-kilter and chameleon-like rhymes, a bright color palatte, and a wildly structured narrative full of homage to entertainment from years past. There’s not much to dislike about this video, if anything at all, so go ahead and check it out, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around so it can go properly viral.
After a dual run of change (a change in location and a change in band name), the power couple and dynamic duo of Texas trip hop that is yawny yelly glowy floaty is throwing their hat back in the creative ring. Their latest release, the single It’s A Good World, is an esoteric journey into the joy that is being alive and being connected to what you love, whether that is something, someone, or a combination of the two. Check out the song if you’re needing a reaffirmation that things will be ok, despite reality trying its best to prove otherwise.
Those who know me and follow the blog know that I am a huge fan of the way that Kydd Jones has continued to reinvent himself and redefine his creative niche’. After recently launching a fashion line, Kydd now finds himself in a partnership with publishing giant BMI, a connection that has afforded him even more creative freedom. As a sort of celebration, Kydd hooked up with producer NIP Productions for a pair of singles that offer up nostalgic moments : the power-packed pair of Skate World and No Smoke. Check out the vibes that Kydd is serving up, complete with a few interpolative moments that’ll have you thinking back to simpler times. Check out the tracks, support if you can, and share them around regardless!
While (iN)Sect Records has always been known for boundary-pushing, forward-thinking producers and productions, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t capable of hitting the masses with some boom-bap every once in a while. For those needing that boom-bap fix, NAMELESS has come to your rescue in the form of Chips, a stream of consciousness labor of love full of wonderful vocal samples, progressive pace and timing, and most importantly, head-nodders galore in terms of the beats. This album is easy enough to enjoy on its own, but after taking a quick peek at the backstory behind the culmination of this release, it’s hard not to feel the passion and patience that went into Chips. If you can afford to, cop it. If not, stream it and share it so others can check it out.
Riders Against the Storm (RAS) have carved a name for themselves in regards to two very specific things : forward-thinking music and a true passion for dancing. Their artistic, political and community acumen certainly cannot be denied, but the duo certainly excels in the original two areas mentioned. Therefore, it’s no surprise that their latest single, the incredibly catchy Red Lights, fits both bills. Sonically, the song leans in the direction of afro-futurism (in my opinion), with it’s upbeat synthesizer-based sound. Add to that the energy-based lyrics and the wonderful hook courtesy of Tameca Jones, it’s almost impossible to ignore this as a sure shot dance track. Stream or download the track from your favorite online streaming service, and keep an eye out for more new material, hopefully soon!