Renaissance Sounds :: Marcelandrie Releases ‘Fix Gon’ Be’ Project

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When Marcelandrie recently dropped a video recently for his Fix Gon’ Be single, I was immediately intrigued.  R&B in Austin is not new by any means, but it was nice to hear someone who was a true singer/songwriter/instrumentalist in the genre with roots in my city.  Now, Fix Gon’ Be has hit the digital airwaves as a project, and the rest is equally impressive.  Marcelandrie has a back catalog that I will definitely dig deeper into, but Fix Gon’ Be is a good introduction and a wonderful starting point for this journey.

-chief

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Heavy Souls :: Jonathan Brown Expresses Loss With ‘For Tavis’

Jonathan Brown has become a good friend over the years.  I’ve always appreciated his ability to leave it all on the tape… on the stage… his brutal honesty and ability to be completely open are unparalleled.  As someone who has recently lost a great number of people close to me to that other side of living, I can completely understand what he is going through in For Tavis, a tribute to his recently deceased friend and comrade Tavis Brunson.  This is for all of those… all of us… who have lost someone close to them, and lost a piece of themselves.

-chief

Smart Money :: OMS Sunglasses Hit The Streets

Old Man Skateboards is back at it again with the merch, and this time it’s in the form of sunshades.  You know how OMS does it with the DIY, and this commercial is proof of both the creativity and hilarity found within the OMS YouTube channel.  You can cop a pair for 10 bones by reaching out to oldmanskateboards@yahoo.com, or you can cop them via the Bandcamp page.

-chief

Keep Rising :: Exploded Drawing Celebrates 7 Years In Style

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After 7 years of hard work and endless dedication, the Exploded Drawing family is reaping the recognition they rightfully deserve.  2017 has found the crew expanding into the festival circuit, playing the legendary Low End Theory in Los Angeles, bringing the very same Low End Theory to Austin, receiving recognition in the Austin Chronicle and Texas Monthly within weeks of one another, and releasing vinyl and cassettes via the legendary Fat Beats distribution to commemorate 7 years.  Exploded Drawing: “7 Years” Compilation features all of the producers you’ve come to know and love from the crew, an introduction featuring KUTX‘s Art Levy, and it’s all come together on a beautiful full-color gatefold (designed by Michael Scheel) with color vinyl pressings in 2 options.  I am so happy for the crew, and forever honored to be among its ranks.  Here’s to countless more years of continued fun and hopeful success.

-chief

Insane Creations :: Astrokeyy Drops Gripping Visual For ‘The Hated Freestyle’

As usual, I found myself combing through the I Support ATX Hip Hop. Do You? group on Facebook, because I can always rely on finding something new and interesting to share, and today, as usual, it did not let me down.  I came across a YouTube video for Austin-based Astrokeyy with an ill thumbnail of his eyes whited out.  I’ve always been a sucker for a stark and arresting visual, so I clicked the link, and what I got was straightforward bars from the heart over a no-nonsense lowkey performance video that is enhanced by some subtle but wonderful AfterEffects work.  These definitely are not new or unique tricks used in the video, but they are definitely used well by Newhighfilmz for The Hated Freestyle.  Throw the video a like and a share, maybe even a comment, and keep your eyes open for more dopeness from all camps involved.

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Real Talk :: Crew54 Drops ‘Wyld Gents Podcast’

Sophisticated tomfoolery… that’s what Crew54 calls it.  After successful forays into music, visual and YouTube, the crew is now breaking new ground in the podcast realm with The Wyld Gents Podcast.  M.O.S. and GChrist have always had personality and charisma, as well as undeniable chemistry, and the podcast is a chance to gain a deeper insight into that chemistry.  The two bring their natural rapport to the podcast, and the topics (which range widely in variety) are all addressed earnestly and honestly.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the two talk about in the future, and who knows… maybe ya boy will show up in the mix if they start inviting guests…

-chief

Darkest Sunshine :: More Eaze And Rat Tail Tapes Release ‘unnatural_light.’

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In the words of more eaze, this is ‘good rainy/gray day music. lo-fi folk songs and a side long dreamy electronic track’.  That description pretty much hits the nail on the head for this one… it’s a beautiful trip through a low-key landscape that drops you off in the middle of an electronic playground.  unnatural_light. is distributed by San Antonio-based Rat Tail Tapes, a distribution house that specializes in releases that push the boundaries of sound exploration.  The limited edition cassette tape is available for order, and the tunes are available to listen to online as well, so do yourself a favor and do so.

-chief