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Taking Initiative :: Bjorn Vader Is The Change He Wants To See

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It’s funny how you can know somebody, and yet there will still be room for pleasant and perspective shifting discovery.  Take my longtime friend Bjorn Vader.  I’ve always known he has a deep appreciation for music, along with impeccable taste and an ear for discovery.  I’ve even heard him, at times, mention chops that would make good samples.  What I didn’t know, however, was how much work he was putting in on the production side to not let these ideas go to waste.  Unlike so many who wish they could produce, Bjorn taught himself the tricks of the trade, and has the catalog of production to show it.  Take a dive into his soulful Bandcamp page, tell a friend to do the same, and if you feel inspired to do so, follow in his steps and make some beautiful music of your own.

-chief

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Clean-up Hitter :: Poolboi Blu Knocks It Out Of The Park With ‘Sincere (Volume 005)’

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sincere (volume 005) just dropped, and it’s safe to say that poolboi blu is feeling maximum levels of swagger these days.  The sincere series has been getting progressively stronger with each release, but (volume 005) is a true achievement.  The song selection flows seamlessly… the mixes are clean, concise and executed precisely… best of all, poolboi blu doubled down on the mix length, clocking in at just over 45 minutes with (volume 005).  There’s a handful of songs I really dig on this mix, as well as a few that feel like possible new favorite songs in the making.  This mix is most definitely the right way to transition out of that summer madness.

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Ambient Waves :: Epop Nivek’s ‘Second Hand Processing’ Is Experimental Bliss

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While doing my year-end round up, I stumbled across Epop Nivek on Bandcamp.  Being a fan of experimental composers and songs, I put it on the backburner to check out, and as per usual, 2018 got busy to the point that I overlooked it.  Recently, I rediscovered this project, and now it is imperative that I share Second Hand Processing with followers of this blog.  In a world full of same-y sounding synthesizers and drum sounds, it’s interesting to hear someone take field recordings, ambient noise, instrumental and sonic snippets, and turn this vast array into a statement in the form of an album, let alone a song.  If you’re an open-minded fan of music, this one is definitely worth looking in to.

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Organized Noise :: Blank Hellscape Unleashes ‘Demo 2017’

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Austin-based industrial/noise duo Blank Hellscape decided to close the door on 2017 with a bang.  New Year’s Eve brought the release of Demo 2017, a 6-song set (4 via Bandcamp) that is a statement project if I’ve ever heard one.  If I had to guess, ‘demo’ is being used ironically in this context, because these tracks have body to them, and are quite arresting.  For those into heavy rhythm, boundary pushing and raw emotion in their music, Blank Hellscape is like hitting the jackpot.  Give it a listen, a share, and donate a few bucks if you can, because supporting local and independent music helps us all.

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Relocated Rhythm :: ‘A Collection Of Sounds’ From Out Of Place

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In October of 2017, Austin (by way of Nashville) hip-hop crew Out of Place dropped their latest project, A Collection of Sounds.  The album is not only a celebration of their collective nature, it is also an ode to collaboration, as a handful of solid MCs find their way onto the project.  Guest verses from Love SpaceWick-It The InstigatorDenice KingTenci and Ufulu Child bolster top notch production from the crew (plus guest production from Loot Tester and Lucky Punch).  The thoughts shared are complex, but presented in a way so easy to relate to that you realize you more than likely share many of the same lines of thought.  Although this was a 2017 release, I recommend checking this out as a good way to get your 2018 going.

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Textured Soundscapes :: ‘Miluseon’ by Miyavé Is A Sonic Journey

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Miyavé of LardeoTexas (and Feedback Alliance member) clocked in right at the end of 2017 with a truly amazing miniblast.  Miluseon is one of the more textured and expressive electronic releases I’ve heard of late, comparable to the likes of Kinder or Yppah.  There are many other releases on his Bandcamp page (which I plan on looking into shortly), but this gem was too good to not share in regards to an already memorable year, now set aside for the hopes and possibilities of 2018.  I’m sure we’ll hear more from Miyavé, his peers, and scores of other creatives, and I am excited to see and hear what lies in wait.

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Unsolved Mysteries :: Brutalism’s Self-Titled Release Is Amazing

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Prior to finding Brutalism‘s recent self-titled release on Bandcamp, I knew nothing about them (and, even after some research, I still really don’t know anything about them).  I couldn’t find much information on their label, Digital Hotdogs (great name).  What I could find, however, was time to listen to this amazing album and time to share it with all of you.  Going in blind is the best way to handle these things sometimes, as ignorance is bliss.

-chief