Deep Rooted :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Continues Escapism With ‘Southern Comfort’

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One of my favorite things to do as someone with a modicum of a voice in the Austin hip-hop culture is to share other creators that I find high caliber and inspiring.  Doing this through mixes has always been a favorite way to do so, but it’s been a while since I dedicated time to doing so.  With so many talented acts from or based in Austin, it’s impossible to get them all in one sweep, so Escapism : Southern Comfort reaches for the vibey side of things… all of my peers are substance-based, but these are acts that I consider high style as well.  Direct peers like Riders Against the Storm (RAS)Cory KendrixanomPNTHNMC Homeless and Chris Condewallaby and bobbesDdotellesClick-Clack and more get shine alongside established acts with Texas roots like BROCKHAMPTON and Travis Scott.  I’m happy with this one, and hopefully folks dig it enough to spread it around!

-chief

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Joyful Noise :: PNTHN Drops Another Banger With ‘Communion’

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PNTHN is a movement… a machine that seems to have no intention on stopping with high level output.  At this point, is safe to consider anything with the PNTHN stamp on it to be gold.  Their latest single, Communion, takes a Por Vida beat and displays one of the most effortless group sequences of flows to date.  Everyone sounds right at home on this track, and yet, each performance is distinct from one another.  The performances also compliment one another, like a community build.  Even though they just dropped a project, I wouldn’t be mad at them for lacing us with another in early 2019, and I’ll definitely be there to support.  Check out this track, give it a like, comment and share, and support your local creatives, especially the ones that are making moves.

-chief

Mixed Emotions :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Adds ‘Free Radical Thought’ To The ‘Escapism’ Mix Series

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After what has been a very busy stretch, something around 8 – 10 weeks, I’ve finally found time to return to the Escapism mix series.  As usual, it’s heavy on the rhythm and heavy on the vibes, with an emphasis on favorites this time.  This set is very similar to what I do during my Escapism Plan weekly residency at Tantra Coffeehouse in San MarcosTexas.  If you find yourself in the area some Friday evening, stop by, and definitely check this mix out… plus share it with your friends.

-chief

Laid Back :: Kydd Jones Performs ‘Untitled’ For Bedstock 2018

While attending and performing at Austin City Limits Festival 2018, local hip-hop standout Kydd Jones of the LNS Crew took some time to stop by Bedstock 2018 for an intimate acapella performance of Untitled.  Bedstock, an event hosted by MyMusicRx, is a Cancer awareness movement where artists perform in a bed as a show of solidarity for children fighting Cancer that are stuck in a bed.  As the flagship program for the Children’s Cancer Association, the work that MyMusicRx does is important for educating and informing all sides on an illness that has made an impact on most all of us.  It’s good to see artists like Kydd take the time to align themselves with positive groups like this, as it shows a real awareness of how much weight their voices carry, and it can hopefully help in the efforts of finding cures and affordable treatment for all dealing with Cancer.

-chief

Cover Fire :: Henry + The Invisibles Takes A Swing At James Brown’s ‘Get Offa That Thing’

For a man as talented as Henry + the Invisibles, it’s surprising that he does not showcase his ability to do cover material more.  In an effort to bolster his set and raise the levels of engagement for what is already a top-notch live performance, however, Henry has decided to do just that, and expand his set list to a few funk and r&b standards.  He recently released a video of himself recording/performing the James Brown staple Get Offa That Thing, and if he’s able to come even remotely close to the energy he captured in a live setting, we’re all in for a treat.  Check it out for yourself, let him know what you think via comments, and be sure to like and share the video.

-chief

Quiet Confidence :: Poolboi Blu Drops ‘Sincere (Volume 006)’

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It’s common knowledge that I’m a fan of poolboi blu‘s sincere series of mixes.  His taste in music is always refreshing, and his song selection is cutting edge… often way ahead of the normal curve.  With sincere (volume 006), we find poolboi blu making moves in the higher BPM range, but with much more reserved confidence than high-energy performances in the rhymes and singing.  The mix is longer than normal, but with the sounds you’re getting, that’s a good thing.  It’s good to know that the sincere series will hopefully continue into 2019 and beyond.  Definitely give this one some listens, some shares, and maybe even a few bucks so that poolboi blu can enjoy the holiday season properly.

-chief