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Lab Work :: Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice Initiates ‘Escapism’ Mix Series With 2 Releases

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Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice stays busy with a diverse range of talents and exploits, but a key part of that business is making sure that none of the disciplines suffer as the palette expands.  Recently, in celebration of the steady growth that the Escapism Plan Friday night residency at Tantra Coffeehouse has seen, Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice took to the lab to start curating small mixes for promotional use and listener enjoyment.  Dubbed the Escapism series, each mix will feature a unique focus on top of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice‘s signature DJ skill and execution.  The covers will also feature the photography of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice.

Late Night Drive is a down-tempo collection of pop songs, electronic songs, R&B songs and instrumentals meant to put miles on the road for you.  Sonic Enlightenment features the works of independent (and largely Texas-based) producers such as Unusuals, members of the (in)Sect Records and Exploded Drawing family), Yppah, edison and poolboi blu.

If you dig what you hear, then make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for follow-up releases to the series, and don’t be afraid to request or recommend a mix you’d like to hear.

-chief

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More Sincere :: ‘Sincere (Volume 002)’ By Poolboi Blu Now Available

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As poolboi blu‘s notoriety as a DJ and producer has risen, and as he clocks more and more time performing live, his confidence as an artist has grown.  Even though the gap between sincere (volume 001) and sincere (volume 002) has not been a large one, the growth in execution and song selection is noticeable.  sincere (volume 002) is a more upbeat affair, but it does not let up one bit on the thought-provoking and heart-wrenching nature of the songs selected.  These are the kind of songs you dance to upon initial listen, and reflect upon once you become familiar with them.  Hopefully, the volumes keep coming, as the first two have been stellar.

-chief

NickNack – “Nobody Else” : Stepping the game up!

“Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”
– Winnie the Pooh

Take a second and dig on my old school homeboy Nick Nack‘s latest creation from the latest project.  Very nice audio-visual… this is how you make classic material without breaking the bank.  Enjoy.

-chief

But You Still Think It’s A Necklace…

Straight from Decorative Stamp comes the first video off of the ill EP from the homie EVAK1 and his latest collaborator Edison.  Cop the album, and dig the video… tubes!

By the way, EVAK is gonna rock on It/ll Be Better Tomorrow… check it:

-chief

New Doom!

I love putting the spotlight on Electric Mayhem… working as a team is dope.  Sometimes, however, I gotta sit back and admire the times when I cut loose.  These mixes are moments that I have enjoyed during various DJ gigs, whether they be club, wedding, house party or whatvever… these two mixes are from last week’s Electric Mayhem (Monday nights, Triple Crown).

Dig it and dig it good.

-chief

A Word on Electric Mayhem

For almost a decade, I have had the pleasure of knowing that I never have to go a week without at least one gig.  Electric Mayhem has definitely been a godsend, and I am proud that we still do it weekly to this day.

Electric Mayhem serves as a sort of therapy… it allows me time to make sense of the mass amount of music I have been exposed to.  Dots are connected amongst songs, styles and artists.  Hits of yesterday and today are given a chance to flex their muscle, and forgotten or unknown gems get a chance to shine.  All who witness leave either entertained or educated.

I bring TheDoomsdayDevice with me, including a Serato setup, MIDI controller and Korg Kaoss Pad.  My partner in crime, sPYhOP, sticks with the traditional DJ setup of turntables, mixer, and tons of vinyl.  Having been friends before our working relationship began, the chemistry between us is as natural as can be, and half of the entertainment is watching us work with each other.

You can catch us at the end of June in Austin at Plush:

We can also be found every Monday night at Triple Crown:

See you space cowboy!

-chief