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.
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Knowing so many producers with so many ranges of styles and approaches is equal parts inspiring and humbling. I often know that, despite my best efforts, I will always be a level or two behind quite a few names, especially members of the Exploded Drawing camp. One of the names that comes to mind is kinder, and it’s reinforced each time he drops something new. Sutures Pt. 2 finds kinder making music that reminds me of the old adage about cinema being ‘the wind in the trees’… something perceptible, but only because of the stimulus it causes, and not because of its own tangible qualities. As abstract as that sounds, there’s nothing abstract about the way kinder‘s music hits you where it tends to matter most… with the variety of the last few tracks he’s dropped, I’m dying to hear another full length project.
When it comes to production and electronic music in the central Texas realm, not many are doing it to the skill level of Exploded Drawing OG member Kinder. Even his demos are an event, as the recent Soundcloud upload of 2.24 (tapemix) demonstrated. 6 minutes of Kinder exploring the ideas and pathways of a new song is more entertaining than some so-called producer’s finished products. For a genre of music that can be formulaic and pattern based, Kinder manages to capture an incredibly hands on feel. As always, be on the lookout for releases from Kinder, because the man is always working on something dope.
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Tagged 2.24 (tapemix), chief, exploded drawing, kinder, soundcloud, the doomsday device
After 7 years of hard work and endless dedication, the Exploded Drawing family is reaping the recognition they rightfully deserve. 2017 has found the crew expanding into the festival circuit, playing the legendary Low End Theory in Los Angeles, bringing the very same Low End Theory to Austin, receiving recognition in the Austin Chronicle and Texas Monthly within weeks of one another, and releasing vinyl and cassettes via the legendary Fat Beats distribution to commemorate 7 years. Exploded Drawing: “7 Years” Compilation features all of the producers you’ve come to know and love from the crew, an introduction featuring KUTX‘s Art Levy, and it’s all come together on a beautiful full-color gatefold (designed by Michael Scheel) with color vinyl pressings in 2 options. I am so happy for the crew, and forever honored to be among its ranks. Here’s to countless more years of continued fun and hopeful success.
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Tagged "7 years" compilation, art levy, austin, austin chronicle, chief, exploded drawing, fat beats, kutx, los angeles, low end theory, michael scheel, texas monthly, the doomsday device
The Exploded Drawing family has done nothing but wonderful things for Austin since appearing on the scene. The same goes with JuiceLand. When the two entities combined a few years back to create Exploded Records at JuiceLand, it was a culmination of wonderful that seemed like it would be a peak. Yet, somehow, the combined efforts has continued to grow and become greater than the sum of its parts, exploring all new realms. One of these realms has been the online radio/podcast market. With the constant influx of guests to Exploded Drawing and Exploded Records in-store performances, it’s no wonder that JuiceLand Music was born as a part library, part showcase for the wealth of talent associated with these ventures. The channel is 19 shows deep, and it’s all quality material. Do yourself a favor and take a deep dive.
For all of the forgettable moments most will attribute to 2016, there were personal highlights I cannot ignore. Being introduced to NGHT HCKLRS was certainly one of them. These cats, plain and simple, are making some of the most standout music in Austin, and the release of the EP HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa! appears to solidify that statement. Seeing these guys is a must if you get the chance. They will be rocking Exploded Drawing this upcoming Friday, and I am wholly certain that their star is on the rise.
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Tagged chief, exploded drawing, hahahahahahaha!, nght hcklrs, the doomsday device
Every year about this time, the homies at Exploded Drawing decide to show the masses how a super talented collective holds it down. I always look forward to SXSW time for a small handful of reasons (most having very little to do with the actual event), and this annual compilation is always at the top of that list. Also, for the fourth time, I got a Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice track included. Free download.. why don’t you already have it?
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Tagged 2016, chief, compilation, exploded drawing, sxsw, the doomsday device