After a dual run of change (a change in location and a change in band name), the power couple and dynamic duo of Texas trip hop that is yawny yelly glowy floaty is throwing their hat back in the creative ring. Their latest release, the single It’s A Good World, is an esoteric journey into the joy that is being alive and being connected to what you love, whether that is something, someone, or a combination of the two. Check out the song if you’re needing a reaffirmation that things will be ok, despite reality trying its best to prove otherwise.
Those who know me and follow the blog know that I am a huge fan of the way that Kydd Jones has continued to reinvent himself and redefine his creative niche’. After recently launching a fashion line, Kydd now finds himself in a partnership with publishing giant BMI, a connection that has afforded him even more creative freedom. As a sort of celebration, Kydd hooked up with producer NIP Productions for a pair of singles that offer up nostalgic moments : the power-packed pair of Skate World and No Smoke. Check out the vibes that Kydd is serving up, complete with a few interpolative moments that’ll have you thinking back to simpler times. Check out the tracks, support if you can, and share them around regardless!
While (iN)Sect Records has always been known for boundary-pushing, forward-thinking producers and productions, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t capable of hitting the masses with some boom-bap every once in a while. For those needing that boom-bap fix, NAMELESS has come to your rescue in the form of Chips, a stream of consciousness labor of love full of wonderful vocal samples, progressive pace and timing, and most importantly, head-nodders galore in terms of the beats. This album is easy enough to enjoy on its own, but after taking a quick peek at the backstory behind the culmination of this release, it’s hard not to feel the passion and patience that went into Chips. If you can afford to, cop it. If not, stream it and share it so others can check it out.
Riders Against the Storm (RAS) have carved a name for themselves in regards to two very specific things : forward-thinking music and a true passion for dancing. Their artistic, political and community acumen certainly cannot be denied, but the duo certainly excels in the original two areas mentioned. Therefore, it’s no surprise that their latest single, the incredibly catchy Red Lights, fits both bills. Sonically, the song leans in the direction of afro-futurism (in my opinion), with it’s upbeat synthesizer-based sound. Add to that the energy-based lyrics and the wonderful hook courtesy of Tameca Jones, it’s almost impossible to ignore this as a sure shot dance track. Stream or download the track from your favorite online streaming service, and keep an eye out for more new material, hopefully soon!
“Flotation is back with his fifth album, Service. This project is a collection of songs written and recorded from 2017 to 2020, featuring artists and producers from Texas, New York, and Europe. We hope you enjoy.”
Check it out, cop it if you can to support, and spread it around for everyone to enjoy.
Those familiar with the Austin hip-hop scene know to check for any release affiliated with the College of Hip-Hop Knowledge, so when Big Tree 4Real announced his upcoming single and video release for Y’all Got Me Fucked Up, it was more a matter of preparation than wondering. Big Tree‘s super smooth southern drawl and delivery are perfectly paired with Sheff Shmurda‘s mellow banger of a track, and Big Tree‘s self-confident bars on not letting others dictate the quality of your product rings incredibly true. Dig the video, and if you like it, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around for others to do the same.
Austin hip-hop mainstay Ben Buck is a beast with the pen, the production and the beatboxing, and his latest release Speaker Bump Deluxe continues the verification of those facts. Buck would’ve fit right in during hip-hop’s true school era, as his brand of boom-bap and lyrical artillery is reminiscent of the early 1990s, when diversity and uniqueness ruled hip-hop. A handful of these songs would fit in perfect on a skate video or an opening DJ set to a classic-style hip-hop show. Catch Speaker Bump Deluxe wherever you purchase or stream your music, and always support your local creatives.
It’s hard not to find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the litany of issues we face these days… be they medical, political, sociological or personal, the weight of the world is a hard shoulder to burden. That very reason is why people should take the time to reflect on the beauty that exists in the world, as well as the beauty we are capable of creating. Luckily for us, Jsun the Prophesor and collaborator Govinachi are lending the masses a hand and leading by example with the release of the single True Beauty. The track is a reflection on those aforementioned aspects of life, all over a beat that revels in harmonics and dynamics rather than the traditional boombap fare. For anyone in need of a sonic pick-me-up, look no further than True Beauty, and if you’re feeling it, leave a like and a comment before you share it with your friend circle.
My good friend Nick Hanover, the driving force of the popular Austin music and culture blog OVRLD.com, has some of the best taste in music of anyone that I know. For anyone with doubts, his newly created Mixcloud channel serves as proof of this fact. So far, All Night Fever 9/20 has been my favorite episode, with its focus landing squarely on the wide range of punk-influenced music from the Austin area. The playlist is diverse, with classic bands like Big Boys, Scratch Acid, The Dicks and Butthole Surfers sharing time with newer acts like Pleasure Venom, BLXPLTN, Meat Belt, Institute and much more. If you like irreverent, loud music with a message that’ll get you charged up, look no further than this mix.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve watched SniperShot take part in a number of jouneys… be it time spent out at sea, habitation in remote locations, or visits to exotic locales, one thing that is abundantly clear is that seeing the world has opened his already perceptive eyes even wider. This past week, SniperShot blessed all of us with his latest album, True Story, and even if you weren’t aware of his adventures, the experiences and growth shine through in this latest batch of songs. His trademark delivery is boosted by even more confidence, his with is backed with knowledge-filled gems, and his beat selection is diverse, as demonstrated by the numerous producer collaborations listed in the liner notes. Anyone who’s been around this blog for a while knows that SniperShot gets automatic props from me, so it should be second nature for you to go support by copping an album or sharing the link around, because this is one that will carry you through the weekend and beyond.