Manifestation Music :: The Vapor Caves And Jackie Venson Connect For ‘Dreams’

I love how The Vapor Caves can simultaneously sound ahead of the pack and rooted in the past with what seems like relative ease.  For Dreams, the duo tapped guitarist Jackie Venson to add a little spice to their synth-based funk for a song that sounds like it belongs on a mixtape between Sheena Easton and Sheila E.  I don’t know how BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown continue to ride this wave of beautiful sonic creation, but it doesn’t look like it will crest at any point in the near future, even with the industry at large in a strange ebb.  Long story short, check out this track, download it, stream it, request it from your favorite radio or TV show, hack into an HEB public intercom and play it loud, or just throw it on repeat and take a drive.  In all seriousness, share this one around, follow The Vapor Caves on your favorite social media hangout, and always support your local mad geniuses.

Also, shout out to René Cárdenas for the dope cover design.

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Territory Talk :: TPT, Harvey H And CWalka Break Down ‘G-CODE’ In New Video

From the digital desk of TPT and Harvey H

TPT and Harvey H are hitting 2021 running with their newest joint G-Code featuring the one and only CWalka on the hook.  This track is the first song off of their upcoming collab EP The Non-Fiction Depiction that will be releasing in middle March 2021.  The video is shot and edited by @WellCraftedVideos!!!”

This one is super smooth… definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around far and wide so that everyone can enjoy!

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Trippy Trap :: Ken Casio Drops Another Mind Scrambling Video With ‘BallinOuttaControl’

Ken Casio and Jeffrey Garcia have found themselves a winning formula, and it doesn’t look like they have plans to abandon it at any point in the near future.  Their latest collaboration, the upbeat BallinOuttaControl, uses the same psychedelic Tim & Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job! approach they’ve used in previous videos, and you know what they say… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  The visuals match the energy put forth by Ken Casio and the Popstar Benny Baredex production, with every element jumping off the screen and at your eyeballs with warp speed and reckless abandon.  Dig the video, leave a like and a comment if you’re feeling it, and share it around to make it viral!

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Survivor Sacrifices :: Clemits Continues Honoring MF DOOM Via Video With ‘CLEM F DOOM’

Austin-based MC and producer Clemits is keeping the remembrance of fallen hip-hop icon MF DOOM alive and well as he continues to share singles and videos from his dedication mixtape CLEM F DOOM.  This time around, he’s hit viewers with the single that shares its name with the project, and it’s a fitting parallel, as the single not only shows honor and respect to DOOM, but it also allows Clemits to express his ability to persevere in all of the madness that life lays out in front of us.  Mad props to the homie Clemits for being so respectful and honest in this venture, where many nowadays would sadly choose to exploit the passing of a man who meant so much to hip-hop.  If you’re feeling what Clemits is putting down, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for the rest of us hip-hop lovers still recovering.

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Daily Operation :: Chris Conde Clues Folks In Via ‘Everyday’ Official Video

Anybody with half a brain understands that nobody is perfect, and that all of us are out here trying our best to navigate the world and make some sort of positive impact without causing damage or issues to others.  It’s this exact energy that fuels Everyday, the latest single and video from San Antonio MC Chris Conde from his upcoming Fake Four release Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay.  With a little help from video director Wayne Fau, Conde is able to capture a down to Earth, slice of life presentation of his do-good manifesto, possibly in hopes of inspiring others to order their steps in a similar fashion.  With the April 4th release of the project rapidly approaching, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open and tuned to Chris Conde‘s social media so that you can be hip from day one.

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Decadent Decade :: House Shoes Puts Together ‘The First 10 Years Of The iN’ Mix For (iN)Sect Radio #27

From the digital desk of (iN)Sect Records

(iN)Sect Records out of Austin, TX, are currently celebrating their 13th year of putting out experimental/hip-hop/punk rock/noise music in the form of vinyl, Flexi-disc, frisbee, chip clips, shirts and cassettes.  House Shoes is a Detroit-born producer and DJ, who now lives in Los Angeles and runs the acclaimed record label, Street Corner Music. He has been a friend and supporter of the label for the last decade.  We asked House Shoes if he would be down to mix some songs from the first 10 years of our releases (2008-2018). He turned in an absolute beast of mix to mark a chapter in our history.  This mix of over 30 songs from our catalog includes songs by: J-1 tHE DEER, Ras G, House Shoes, aLive, Sir Froderick, Chanes, SelfSays, Guilty Simpson, Butcher Bear, Kinder, Muamin Collective and more. Check the tracklist and head over to insectrecords.org/podcast to listen and DL the mix for free.”

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Starving Artists :: Evolve X Chef Mike Whip Up Some ‘Gourmet Dust’

While most artists are trying to figure out how to regain the momentum lost from COVID-19 and the pandemic, Evolve‘s only problem seems to be determining how not to flood his audience in his creative outputs.  Gourmet Dust marks his 5th offering in less than 6 months, with this one being a collaboration between himself and Detroit-based producer Chef Mike, and the quality has only risen as the quantity of releases within this short span of time grows.  The duo team up for some raw, gritty headbanger tracks reminiscent of that golden early 1990s stretch where what you said was just as important as how you said, and none of it mattered at all without gripping production behind it.  The Ibe Hustles feature is a nice touch, rounding out a brief but powerful sonic onslaught worth much more than the $1 they are charging for the record.  Get on that immediately, pass this one around for others to follow suit, and don’t sleep on your local underground kings.

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Dental Damage :: BÖNDBREAKR Unleashes ‘Angry Tooth’ Single And Video

From the digital desk of BÖNDBREAKR‘s Hurricane G : 

“I wrote Angry Tooth as a way to deal with depression and anxiety, both of which I’d been suppressing with self-medication via partying, beer and hard liquor. It took years for me to seek therapeutic counseling, but I knew it was time for a change when the drink stopped working. Oddly enough, I composed the main riff and lyrics while having my wisdom tooth prepped for extraction. The tooth became infected and needed to be removed right away. As the dental assistant cleaned the affected area, she sucked in her breath and said, “Oh, my! Now that’s an angry tooth.” She was right. I’d lost interest in the basic necessities of taking care of myself, with my teeth being the first to show signs of distress. Not only was the tooth angry; I was angry, too. And deeply depressed. After a couple of years of counseling, I learned how to better manage my depression and anxiety. Although there are days that are more emotionally taxing than others, songwriting and playing music with my bandmates really helps reroute my thinking. While I don’t want to go through anything resembling the lyrics of Angry Tooth ever again, I think it’s important to talk about such experiences that force growth, whether it’s pleasant or not.”

Very well put, and props to Jonathan Nunan for helping to bring the band’s vision to life in this gritty and unforgettable video. If you dig this in any way, shape or form, then leave a like and a comment on the video, share it around for everyone to enjoy, and support your local creatives!

Hit Singularity :: Th’Mole Hits The Masses With ‘Rise Of The Mole People’

Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve formed a pretty solid working relationship with Th’Mole.  After a few requests to take part in remixes and compilations, he recently reached out to me to collaborate on a full project (keep your eyes and ears open for that down the road), and not too long after that, I was invited to be a part of the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang, a semi-regular YouTube show and podcast centering around discussions about often overlooked aspects of hip-hop culture and music.  With my awareness raised on Th’Mole, I recently became hip to his latest project, the instrumental giant Rise of The Mole People.  His signature, epic, cinematic sound is present and accounted for, and if one takes the song titles into account while listening, it’s not all that difficult to envision your own movie in your mind to go with the sonic stimulus.  If you’ve got a few bucks to support, definitely do so for this project, but at least give it a listen and spread the word about it if nothing else!

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Natural Movements :: Yawny Yelly Glowy Floaty Makes Moving Video For ‘Set It Up Right’

Sometimes, the direct approach is best.  Exhibit A : Set It up Right, the latest music video from the unique sonic laboratory of yawny yelly glowy floaty.  If taken purely on sonic merits alone, the song stands as another achievement from a duo quickly becoming known for their consistency in quality… the track comes on ominous, but quickly amps itself up into triumphant levels, while the lyrics are as encouraging as they are comforting.  Luckily for all of us, yawny yelly glowy floaty reached out to Jaylin Lane for assistance with the video, and the result is a true celebration of unrestricted expression in the form of Lane finding open spaces to perform extremely expressionistic dancing, with the result being an extremely moving and captivating piece of art.  Dig the video for yourself, leave a like and a comment if you feel it, and spread the word so that all can enjoy!

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