From the digital desk of Urban Heat‘s Jonathan K. Horstmann:
In the spring of 2020 I started working on a collection of songs with the intention of going into the studio with Jonas Wilson (Mr. Pink Records), as was our practice with previous releases. COVID-19 had other plans, and my family found itself needing to leave Texas to quarantine in North Carolina with my wife’s family. Jonas and I decided I would finish the songs remotely and send them to him for mixing. This meant driving to the East Coast in a car packed with my wife, daughter, dog, outboard studio gear and a ton of synths. Nearly 2 months later we returned to Texas with finished songs, one of those being Running Out of Time.
I think we’ve all been changed by the experience. Quarantining with your family teaches you a lot about yourself, your limits, and how to be patient. Recording on your own provides insight on your choices, how you make decisions, and how to forgive yourself.
When it came time for a video we got the band together for a socially distanced shoot. Everyone’s parts were filmed individually in a home studio and cut together. I filmed Kevin and Pax, and my wife Hannah stepped in when it came time to film my parts.
Tall Kyle, Big Mic, JSun the Prophesor, Big Tree, Sill, Mic Trey, The Culprit (with a special guest) and Kartune recently got the call from the Austin Hip-Hop Awardsto create a cypher in the vein of the BET Awards, and to nobody’s surprise, the crew did not disappoint. For any successful cypher, you need a banger of a track, and the high energy A$AP Ferg track East Coast served as the perfect platform for the collective of talented MCs to drop bar after bar after bar, with tons of historical, mythical and cultural references intertwined among an a vast array of styles and deliveries. I love what the CHHK is doing for hip-hop at large, and for Austin-based MCs in particular, as it’s allowed a handful of promising individuals with raw talent to transform into the seasoned performers confident enough to present a cypher of this caliber. If the past few years have been any indication, CHHK will be making big moves this year, so definitely stay connected with them for more dope output.
This is one of those moments where the anticipation pays off.. where the wait was well worth it.. Anthony Maintain has been teasing the release of Plugging Holes In The Same Leaky Boat for quite a while now, debuting bits and pieces in live sets prior to moving from the Austin area back to the East Coast. Everyone who’d heard the tastes provided, however, knew that when the project dropped, it was going to drop like a ton of bricks, and Anthony Maintain has proven me correct. This album is a sonic journey through moody soundscapes and thought-provoking wordplay, plus there are a handful of special contributors on the project (one of which you may recognize). Check this one out at the link above, or on your favorite streaming service, and encourage others to do the same!