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Cosmic Nostalgia :: Riders Against The Storm And Ayuma Combine Forces For A ‘Reminisce’ Remix

Riders Against the Storm (RAS), more so than any other group I am lucky enough to consider a peer, embody a fullness of culture that is sorely lacking in hip-hop today.  Not only do they represent where they were born, raised, and currently reside, but they have a keen knowledge of their music and cultural roots across a wide span of eras, even down to the indigenous roots of the rhythm and dress.  For Reminisce (Ayuma Remix), the duo teamed up with producer Ayuma to create a trip down memory lane with a driving beat as the tour guide.  The lyric video further embraces the influences of each group member individually, as well as (RAS) as a collective, and it hits all the right nostalgia-centered marks.  Leave a comment, like the video, and share it around so everyone can enjoy and do the same!

-chief

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Full Bloom :: Brown State Of Mind Showcases Poolboi Blu With ‘Flora Sound N°3’

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Every time the homeboy poolboi blu makes moves it makes me happy to know I’m in league with such creative and motivated people.  After a successful run of several mixes in his sincere mix series, poolboi blu was tapped by Brown State of Mind to create a mix for their Flora Sound series.  The series, a showcase of Austin-based DJs, fits right in line with poolboi‘s eclectic range and refined tastes, making N°3 a standout piece.  poolboi made sure to cover the hip-hop, R&B, rock, electronic and remix bases perfectly on this one.  Give it a like, give it a comment it, and share it around so that everyone can get down.

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Love Streams :: Croom And Amakiya Combine Forces For ‘Human Too’

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Croom doesn’t seem to just limit himself to ‘music’.  It seems that, when he gets his gear going, you find yourself enveloped in soundscapes that evoke emotion as much as they stimulate the ear.  Croom has been putting in hard work for his upcoming release Belladonna, and part of that work has included collaboration with vocalist Amakiya, a veteran of several successful Austin-based projects.  Human Too, the lead single off of Belladonna, is a great showcase of the way the pair gels, with Croom building up a luscious platform for Amakiya to exercise beautiful minimalism upon.  If this song is any indication of their further collaboration, or the album as a whole, I believe we’ve already got a strong contender for a spot on the 2019 lists on deck.

-chief

Manifesto Music :: T$O Releases Video For ‘Only The Trill’

Reality rap is the closest thing to a documentary in the world of music, in my opinion, and Austin is a city that thrives on that aesthetic.  Recently, Austin-based MC $.dot and producer Eric Dingus joined forces for the T$O (Trill $hit Only) project, and their whole vibe is all about the realness.  In their video for lead single Only The Trill$.dot talks about the pedigree of people he has in his corner and has aligned himself with, all over a Mobb Deep-esque beat by Eric Dingus.  The video looks like a million bucks thanks to the expertise of Super Thing Productions, with smooth tracking shots and artistically framed setups meant to further the written messages.  This one is definitely worth your time, so definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.

-chief

Isolation Drills :: Sanitizer Releases ‘#1 Dad’ Project

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While music is inherently a group-based discipline, there’s something to be said for those who strive to maximize minimalism.  Austin-based solo multi-instrumentalist Sanitizer seems to be one of those artists that thrives in minimalism, and his latest release, the lush lo-fi delight that is #1 Dad, is a display of his multi-instrumental prowess and songwriting variety.  His muted vocals and textured compositions pull you in, and I definitely look forward to multiple listens that will (hopefully) unveil lyrical gems and musical moments of unique expression.  I was not familiar with Sanitizer prior to my Bandcamp deep dig, but I am definitely happy that I stumbled across this one.  Give it a listen and a share, and keep supporting your local creatives!

-chief

Whispering Winds :: Discovering Freeze Frame And ‘Who’s The Man?

When the universe speaks, we’ve gotta learn to listen, as you never know what you might end up missing.  While searching Bandcamp for something new to post about, I came across Austin-based artist Freeze Frame, and I set his album aside to listen to later.  Later that day, OVRLD put out a call for albums and videos released in 2018 so that they can make sure they’re covering all of their bases, and first in the comments section was a music video by Freeze Frame for Who’s the Man?, released less than a week prior.  That was all I needed to take the dive, and I was certainly impressed.  Freeze Frame manages to capture his aesthetic (his two listed influences are Phillip K. Dick and Slick Rick) perfectly in the video, in my opinion.  Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.

-chief

Joyful Noise :: ‘Pleasure Venom’ By Pleasure Venom Out Now

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Austin-based post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom continues to blaze a trail towards big things with the release of their recent self-titled project.  Their sound has always been immediate, in-your-face and powerful, and Pleasure Venom captures every bit of that energy and then some.  The music is mixed powerfully, lead singer Audrey Campbell‘s performances are on the money, and the cover art by Dawn Okoro is powerful in its simplicity and stark nature, as if to add an air of respect and honor to the music that cannot be ignored and must be acknowledged.  If this project doesn’t shake some cages and put them on the map then I don’t know what will, as they’ve been making all the right moves as of recently.  Definitely check this one out, share it around and support the band via a purchase if you can, because every little bit of exposure and compensation made helps.

-chief