A bit of information on Usedtobe, courtesy of our friends at (iN)Sect Records:
Chris McDowell; aka Solar Shield (Austin Boogie Crew) aka Very Rich (Growth In Decay); is now also known as Usedtobe,
Usedtobe came from long nights in art school in Georgia. I had finally gotten the Mirage to actually read the floppy discs it came with, sitting on an endless pile of sampled drums from the internet, with the DX7 and Mopho and no plans outside the house. I was digging deep into the question of ‘what counts’, with file names like isThisFunk? and maybeEnough.
His debut long-player consisting of Boom Bap 90s beats, modern funk sketches and soul flips clocking in at 36 songs and 50 minutes. At 32, he’s been making music for over half his life under different monikers. He also owns a synthesizer company called supersynthesis.com, a musical instrument design and manufacturing firm based in Austin, TX, where he was born and raised. He plays drums, bass, guitar and is absolutely blessed on the keys.
For this record, the equipment he you used: Yamaha DX7, DSI Mopho, Ensoniq Mirage, Ableton Live, the web at large.
This one is money. Check it out, support if you can, and share regardless!
“Corduroi integrates elements of electro, jungle, house, IDM & techno in his latest 7 track release titled Mazie [GiD-020].
Using a wide array of analog & modular gear, Corduroi showcases his expertise in sound design. With a decorated resume he has already worked with Adult Swim, created a soundtrack for the University of Texas Fashion Show in 2018 & most recently collaborated with the prestigious arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf.
Corduroi channels the energy of growing up on a ranch in Bandera, Texas, the ‘cowboy capital of the world’. ‘No big fancy house, just a barn, a pond, and what felt like a land of infinite possibilities.’
He has dedicated this album to his grandma Mazie who was the driving force of love, empathy, and care in his family.”
Support Curduroi if you can by purchasing a digital copy or a physical cassette tape. Even if you can’t support financially, always remember to share good tunes like these around so everyone can enjoy.
From the digital desk of Growth in Decay Records :
‘San Marcos-based electronic producer Kinder intertwines elements of jazz, funk, new age & house on his new album entitled MG. Applying his background as a bassist and his ear for lovely chord progressions, Kinder creates a lane of his own in the GiD catalogue.
Utilizing live instrumentation & a little programming, he gives his sound a unique and organic feel. The album title MG is derived from his heavy implementation of the classic Moog synthesizer that is found all over the release. After using the Moog for years, Kinder wanted to take a deeper dive into the iconic piece of gear. The goal was to apply it in a different manner than he has in the past.’