Like many of the artists that I cover on this blog, Kydd Jones is seemingly always working on something new, so you usually don’t have to wait very long for something new to hit the streets. I recently found myself in a bit of a delay on the blog, and in the time that the unplanned hiatus took place, Kydd dropped 3 different singles. TV On is a mellow banger from TyOnDaTrack where his style emulates that feeling of catching random bits and pieces of information from a stimulus running in the background on a subliminal level. Elon Musk, another strange but mellow banger courtesy of Butcher Bear (the homie), finds Kydd, Tank Washington and Bryson Brown talking about personal evolution. Native Tongue, the most recent of the batch, finds guest vocalist Y2 joining Kydd on a track by Haris Qureshi as they get vibey and abstract on what feels like an ode to an avatar meant to represent powerful feminine energy. I’m hoping that this batch of singles means a project is on the way, because as always, the work is very strong and definitely worth checking out, so do so immediately!
“(iN)Sect Records out of Austin, TX, are currently celebrating their 13th year of putting out experimental/hip-hop/punk rock/noise music in the form of vinyl, Flexi-disc, frisbee, chip clips, shirts and cassettes. House Shoes is a Detroit-born producer and DJ, who now lives in Los Angeles and runs the acclaimed record label, Street Corner Music. He has been a friend and supporter of the label for the last decade. We asked House Shoes if he would be down to mix some songs from the first 10 years of our releases (2008-2018). He turned in an absolute beast of mix to mark a chapter in our history. This mix of over 30 songs from our catalog includes songs by: J-1 tHE DEER, Ras G, House Shoes, aLive, Sir Froderick, Chanes, SelfSays, Guilty Simpson, Butcher Bear, Kinder, Muamin Collective and more. Check the tracklist and head over to insectrecords.org/podcast to listen and DL the mix for free.”
Swwwisha is the latest artist on the mega-talented roster that is (iN)Sect Records, and in light of his upcoming April release “Xertz”, Swwwisha is slated to take us on a single-filled journey. The homie Butcher Bear posted the 10-minute opus that is Been Stuck, a song that could easily stand as the lone single while driving interested parties towards Swwwisha, but the real kicker was the promise of additional singles to drop between now and April. With that in mind, I’m definitely going to keep my eyes and ears open in anticipation of more goodness. Check out the lead single and spread the word, and if you aren’t already tuned in to (iN)Sect Records, get hip quick.
Another week brings us another episode of DOOMpeerREVIEW, the Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice-hosted video show that recently premiered on the DOOMtubeATX YouTube channel. Episode 003 features videos from …&More…, ChiClopz, Kenny Casanova, Chucky Blk, Alligator Food (Sixo & Heir Max), Ben Buck, Upper Reality, Crew54, Notes Floats with Suzanna Choffel and Butcher Bear featuring Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice and BoomBaptist. Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around for others to enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe to DOOMtubeATX for more content in the near future!
With FUTURESOON coming right around the corner, Brainwaave was recently offered the opportunity to create some buzz via TIMEWHEEL. Brainwaave took the opportunity to not only give us a sonic palette cleanser in preparation, but he also put the shine on a number of local producers and MCs as well via a strong mix set now streaming on the TIMEWHEEL RADIO SHOW. With the likes of Vegetable Kingdom, Honey Son, Black Davinciii, Butcher Bear and myself, and many, many more making appearances, it’d be silly to not check out the mix, so dive in, leave a like and a comment if you dig, and share it around so everyone can get prepped for FUTURESOON.
The homie Butcher Bear is an Austin legend, with a long list of achievements and creations that have left a considerable impression on the music scene. From time spent performing with Tim Kerr, to booking for The North Door, to running the label i(N)sect Records, to helping organize the wildly popular Exploded Drawing, Butcher Bear has irons in many fires. Recently, KUTX hit him up to take part in their My KUTX series, and Butcher Bear provided a strong DJ set featuring local legends like Lord High Fixers, Kinder, Big Boys, Reaganometry, and even some of his own music, along with musician’s musicians like Polvo and Har Mar Superstar. Check out this mix, and keep your eyes open for more dopeness from Butcher Bear!
Jane Claire has already made an indelible mark on the Austin scene as the founder of BossBabesATX, but a recent connection with (iN)Sect Records founder Butcher Bear has resulted in a powerful statement in the form of Sour Grapefruit, a four song EP featuring Claire‘s songwriting prowess positioned on the production of Exploded Drawing all-stars Reaganometry, Out of Place and kinder. The project is a reflection on embracing the nature of life and leaning into it rather than attempting to adjust what is to fit your idea of what it should be, be that relationships, identity, or any other elusive aspect of life that we all face. This project is definitely a strong one, and hopefully, it will result in a follow-up LP at some point with production from other members of (iN)Sect Records‘ extensive roster (or any other producer, for that matter).
After a successful start to the year, The Vapor Caves decided to have a little fun by making the stems for their single The Chase public and available for producers to remix. Several notable talents stepped up to the challenge, and The Vapor Caves have set about making a playlist to collect them all like Pokemon. So far, Butcher Bear, DJ LADDDA, DJ Boozwa and the Nodes of Thought, Madd Wikkid, Multi-Tracker and even myself have gotten in on the act, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more on the list by the time this post goes public. I’ll definitely be following this playlist, and I even have a few producers in mind that I think could make dope remixes, so you should probably stay tuned as well.
On almost a daily basis, the homies from Austin continue to make me proud. This time, it’s my Exploded Drawing brethren (and co-founders of the movement) soundfounder and Butcher Bear doing it big. They recently took a trip to Los Angeles to spread the goodness that is Exploded Drawing, and while in the area they made two very important stops for mix sets. The pair made a stop at CultureRemixed.com for a mix set and an interview, as well as a mix set stop at dublab, both of which are filled with obscure goodness and local tunage. I’m proud to be a member of the crew, and happy for everything that they’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish… at this point, there’s truly no ceiling for the possibilities in regards to Exploded Drawing and its continued rise.
Falling into the trap of expectations will more than often leave you far behind the curve. Sometimes, even as a blogger and a listener, you think that you know what an artists’ new song will sound like before you’ve hit play for the first time. Every once in a while, however, expectations are blown out of the water. It was nice to check out Protextor‘s new single, Not Tonight!, and walk away with that ‘what the hell just happened?’ feeling. In no way, shape or fun was I prepared for the amount of fun this song was. Protextor completely owns his Robbie Williams‘esque persona on the majority of the song, while sprinkling a few bars on the back-end. Brother Bear throws in some assistance on this track as well, and now I have no idea what to expect from the upcoming album American Neon… isn’t that honestly the best way to anticipate an album?