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Divine Design :: Virgil Wolfe’s ‘Epoch’ Drops For Week 3 Of Fake Four Inc.’s #FREEcember

From the digital desk of Virgil Wolfe

Epoch is an emotional record about being mentally compromised during COVID.  I started writing Epoch in July of 2020 with production by Big Lo (Pensacola, FL).  The goal was to document the feelings that kept revolving in my mind, all the terrible/beautiful thoughts wound together creating a timestamp for my depression.  These feelings are valid and need to be nursed and if not faced they can become monsters you find under the bed.
I’m grateful to have the opportunity to release this project for Freecember this year.  It was a light at the end of the tunnel with so many detours in between, 2020 has been a challenge for all of us and I sincerely hope you find something in this project that will keep you going like it did for me.  Thank you for listening, thank you for the support, peace love and light.”

Don’t sleep on this one… you know the drill…

-chief

Natural Selection :: EVOLVE Is At It Again With ‘OBLIVIOUS ANIMALS’

It’s partially fitting that EVOLVE would drop an album titled Oblivious Animals… the homie is anything but oblivious, but I can certainly verify that he is a rhyme animal.  Oblivious Animals, if my calculations are correct, marks the 6th release of the year for EVOLVE, and this one is entirely produced by frequent collaborator Jones Got Music.  Those in the know already know what it is when it comes to an EVOLVE release… dark beats, sharp rhymes and gritty vibes come at you in waves.  There’s really no need to waste words here… if you dig hip-hop and you have half a brain, there’s really no excuse for not checking this one out, sharing it around and supporting if you can.

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Group Therapy :: 2020 #FREEcember Class Visits Moodhouse Podcast

Anthony MaintainVirgil WolfeTwo Weeks Notice (Mikal Khill and TribeOne) and myself recently joined K Death on the Moodhouse Podcast to discuss any and everything #FREEcember and Fake Four Inc.  I could go into details here, but conversations like this are best experienced via direct listen.  Check out the link above, or catch the Moodhouse Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts online.

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Cold Sweat :: Scott H. Biram Releases ‘Fever Dreams’

After years of consistent time spent touring the United States and overseas, Scott H. Biram found himself one of countless people forced to abruptly adjust in the wake of COVID-19.  With his main source of income and the biggest sense of release off the table, there was really nothing left to do but go back to the drawing board, and the result of this renewed focus is his most recent release, Fever Dreams.  As per usual, the lion’s share of the instrumentation is handled by Biram, but the assist list is full of talent, including Jesse Dayton, Chris Rhoades, Justin Collins and the homie Jonas Wilson.  Hopefully, the pandemic and all of the ensuing fallout is temporary, and in time, we can find our way back to some sense of normalcy, but in the meantime, it’s nice to know that artists like Scott H. Biram have not been derailed from their true passions.

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Healing Songs :: Cari Hutson Goes Emotionally Deep With ‘The Rescue’

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From the digital desk of Cari Hutson :

“This song is a series of questions that have rested heavy on my heart for years.  Questions that unfortunately, were answered on September 16th 2020 with the passing of my mother.

My mother battled alcoholism most of her adult life and it put quite a strain on our relationship.  While there was plenty of joy in our time together there was grief tucked away in the dark corners.  There is a quiet pain that exists watching someone you love drown in addiction.  Even when I chose to get loud it still didn’t change the truth.  As it turns out, love only takes you so far.

So, with years of grief under my belt and words left to say -I put them in this song.  The words came through me without effort once my husband found some chords and started to strum.  We found ourselves in tears around our kitchen table once the song was complete.  We found some magic that day.  This song is the truth.  I don’t know who needs to hear it, I just know I needed to write it. “

2020 has most certainly been hard on everyone… if you could use a sense of inspiration or a bit of healing, take a few minutes to listen to Cari Hutson‘s The Rescue, leave a like and a comment if it moves you, and share it around to help lift everyone’s spirits.

-chief

Residual Energy :: Anthony Maintain Drops ‘Ghost Pipes’ For Fake Four Inc.’s #FREEcember Week Two

I’ll let the homie Anthony Maintain break it all down…

Ghost Pipes (Monotropa Uniflora): Herbaceous perennial plants native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America.  Their lack of chlorophyll gives them their characteristic translucence which lead to the common names of ghost pipe, corpse plant, ice plant, and ghost flower.  These rare heterotrophic plants can grow in near total darkness since, unlike photosynthetic plants, they do not draw nutrients from the sun.  They instead pull sustenance from surrounding tree roots and forest brush via mushroom mycelium.  This relationship is not symbiotic, it is more parasitic in nature.  Though the ghost pipe does not contribute anything of known value back to it’s host, humans have discovered valuable uses for the plant.  While the entire plant is technically edible, this is not the best use.  Through extraction, M. Uniflora has been found to create an effective pain relieving tincture helping those with both physical and emotional suffering.  It is said not to erase the pain entirely, but to put the person beside the pain in a more cognitive sense of acceptance.

These songs are ghost pipes for myself and others.” – Anthony Maintain

This year’s #FREEcember is off to a bang, and I am not only happy to know that Ghost Pipes can finally be heard by the masses, but honored to be sharing a split LP consisting of Anthony Maintain‘s EP on one side and mine on the other.  You can download the digital album for free (or donate) at the links above, and if you choose so, you can pre-order our vinyl.  Major shout out to Fake Four Inc. for helping make all of this happen!

-chief

Funny Games :: DC4PREZ Drops Video For ‘KEY & PEELE’

Alternative hip-hop artists in the central Texas area that are smart seem to be hitting up the homie Jeffrey Garcia for music videos, and the results have been nothing but gold.  The latest collaborator, DC4PREZ, recently dropped his video for KEY & PEELE, and the duo cooked up a colorful video full of life and slacker irreverence.  The track is ridiculously catchy, bouncy and radiating vibes, so having a visually stark companion-piece for it does nothing but enhance the enjoyment and experience.  Dig the video, give it a like, leave a comment, and spread it around so that the numbers get run up!

-chief

Candid Camera :: Curbside Jones Drops Video For ‘Ego Trippin’

From the digital desk of Curbside Jones

Ego Trippin takes a step into the mind of Curbside Jones as he navigates social interactions and the feeling of drifting away during his day to day life.  Starting with the question, “If the clouds hit the ground, who gon hold me down?” you can tell Curbside Jones has been deep in thought about his self worth and trust in others.  Chicago artist Musa Reems offers a complimentary verse that gives insight on why someone from the Chi may feel as though the clouds are hitting the ground around him.”

Definitely check out the video, give it a like and a share, and leave a comment if you feel moved enough to do so!

-chief

New Noise :: Old Lane Introduces Themselves With ‘Sanctuary’

Like most music scenes, or scenes thriving with creative spirits, band lineups tend to shift on a near daily basis, and many bands step to the plate to see who can survive the game.  Recently, a group of talented San Martians found themselves combining forces in the downturn that 2020 has been, and despite the bleakness of the era they found one another, the noise that they are creating is joyful and inspiring.  Old Lane recently released Sanctuary, an apt name for their lead single considering the times, and the song is a rollercoaster ride of introspection and observation wrapped up nice and neatly in bluegrass packaging.  The song bookends on a high, energetic note, while the midsection halves the time signature and propels listeners into a brief, dreamlike state.  If this song is an indication of the musical quality to come, then strap in, because Old Lane seems hell-bent on taking us far and wide.  Dig the song, share it around, and throw the band a buck if you can afford to.

-chief

Connective Tissue :: BoomBaptist Drops ‘ZoomBaptist’ Single

Is BoomBaptist already working on a new project so close to the powerhouse that was Boom Shakalaka?  Is he just messing around in the moment, similar to his recent release COVID The Earth?  Did Boom mess around and find some gold while in a session and decide to bless us with a one-off track?  I don’t have the answers, but that won’t stop me from sharing ZoomBaptist with everyone.  Cop it if you can, share it around regardless, and get hip to BoomBaptist quick, because it feels like this is the beginning of a new wave of content.

-chief