Rising Doom :: Kal.Kal Explores New Ground With ‘Cliff’ Single

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Kal.Kal is back at it again, this time getting heavy in the studio putting together his upcoming project (a Doom Patrol-themed instrumental album).  The first single, Cliff, finds us deep in Kal.Kal‘s signature textured rhythms, but this time the sound has a much heavier and industrial feel to it.  Add to this mixture the guitar-work of Alcoda, and a crazy cover by Ozymandias’ Dream, and you’ve got a lasting first impression for what promises to be a wonderful sonic departure by Kal.Kal.  Definitely leave a comment on this track and share it around so others can bask in this sonic goodness.

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Dedication Jams :: Terrence Wood Releases Visual For ‘By Your Side’

Anybody that’s been touched by the vivid spirit of the hip-hop culture can tell you (or attempt to, anyways) about how all-encompassing the connection is in terms of give and take.  Be it the ‘casual’ fan, or those inspired enough to contribute to the hip-hop continuum, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone connected to hip-hop from its inception in the late 1970s to a period just before the turn of the century that is not as heavily dedicated to the culture as they feel the culture is a part of their entire being.  Case in point is Terrence Wood, the MC formerly known as Side Effect, who demonstrates all of these feelings perfectly in By Your Side, his latest video and single.  Unlike other songs dedicated to hip-hop, Wood manages to actually capture the energy surrounding the culture in both his lyrics and the production.  Add to this the stark visuals provided by director Dan2TheL, which captures both direct references in the form of album covers, and the symbolic love by providing a human representative for hip-hop, and you’ve got a combination that cannot be ignored in terms of the impression it leaves.  Definitely an instant classic, and a strong video of the year contender, so be sure to like and comment on the video before sharing it around.

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Group Therapy :: Hermit Kingdom Ends Their Silence, Releases Debut Album ‘TAROT’

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Back when Austin Mic Exchange was really going strong was when I was first introduced to Hermit Kingdom.  As a product of listening to mid-1980s through mid-1990s hip-hop, I’ve always had an affinity for the group dynamic, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better group in the Austin area at the time than the combination of PhilosMugger and Flobama.  After a few years blazing stages in Austin and on the East Coast, the group took to the studio for a productive, self-imposed exile that has resulted in their debut LP TAROT.  The rawness that the group was known for is still present in their sound, but there is a maturity to the presentation of this project that shows the wait was clearly well worth it.  The album comes on the verge of more changes within the world of Hermit Kingdom, but it’s my opinion that the project might just be strong enough to sustain another brief disappearance from the group.  This album is best enjoyed diving in without too much direction, so I definitely encourage you to do so… maybe even share it around, drop a few bucks and cop it, and ALWAYS support your local creatives.

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False Phases :: MC Homeless Drops Remix For ‘The Depression Swag’

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Later this month, MC Homeless has plans on dropping a bomb in the form of a remix EP for his recent release Sex & Death.  The album has quite the cast for such a tight-knit collection of songs : Guerilla GhostC Money Burns and the legendary Riddlore pull up for production duties, while Bad Graphics GhostRozanne Combs and the prolific AWOL ONE drop guest verses.  The album is currently up for pre-order, and your reservation gets you the Guerilla Ghost remix of The Depression Swag in all of its electronically lush glory.  Definitely support this project by pre-ordering and encouraging others to do the same, which allows MC Homeless and cats of his ilk to continue blurring the boundaries and limitations created by staunch genre application.

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Multiverse Madness :: Mista Mozes Blows Minds With Dual Video For ‘The Outside/Whoa!’

These days, it seems like the best bet for getting memorable music video work as an Austin-based hip-hop artist is to enlist the assistance of NVision Media.  The latest exhibit in a long line of proven work is the latest Mista Mozes music video, a combined effort for his singles The Outside and Whoa!  Mista Mozes and director Eric Sattler leaned heavily on the influence of modern day science fiction and psychological thrillers, such as Jordan Peele‘s seminal classic Get Out, as the driving force for this compelling and thought-provoking music video that stands up perfectly to the match of Mista Mozes‘ flow over both banging tracks.  This one is layered, and definitely deserves multiple watches, which is a testament to the execution of this short film (more so than music video) in all aspects.  Dig it, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same!

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Both Sides :: Click-Clack Explores Boom-Bap With ‘Sequence’ EP

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At its core, hip-hop is nothing if it’s not cyclical.  A strange dance occurs in this genre/culture where we seem to be both influencing and reflecting on what’s popular, what we moved past, and what’s coming back around.  I say that to say this… when I first got to know Click-Clack, he was a raw MC with infinite talent in search of a sound that he could call his own.  Over the years, he has attempted (and successfully nailed) a few different sounds, but on Sequence, it appears that Click-Clack may be going back to some of the things that (seemingly) inspired him to start rhyming, especially over the OTESLA production that makes up the EP.  All of the cleverness, pride, self-reflection, humor and swagger we’ve come to expect from Click-Clack is here, but the production elevates it to a different level reminiscent of the ‘true-school’ era of hip-hop that helped catapult it into the lofty position it has held for the past two decades or so.  Long story short, Sequence is that raw hip-hop shit that us lovers of the music seek, so definitely give it a listen, leave a comment or two on your favorite tracks, and share it around on your favorite streaming service so others can do the same.

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Parallel Thought :: ConductHer Releases ‘GEMINI SEASON’

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After cutting her teeth as a member of experimental duo ChurchCough, 2019 seems to have found ConductHer making major strides in her personal journey of creation.  After closing up 2019 with the releases of the solo venture Female Masturbation and the collective project ChurchCough & FriendsConductHer hit the production and writing vibes heavy.  GEMINI SEASON presents everything you want to see in the progression of the artists you dig : intriguing and thought-provoking writing, lush and vivid production, and the confidence that comes with getting multiple projects under your belt.  GEMINI SEASON, in all honesty, is more of a statement than it is an album, and it’s certainly a statement worth taking in and considering.  Check out the project, share it around and drop ConductHer a couple of bucks for the download if you can spare it.

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