If it’s not already common knowledge that anything dropping with a connection to Exploded Drawing / (in)Sect Records needs to be checked out immediately, then it should be. Case in point : over the weekend, Lo Phi (recording under alter-ego 7LayerOscillator) teamed up with fellow Houston native Rez for two piece minivan, a brief but invigorating sonic landscape of powerful drums, tape hiss, chopped vocal samples and general mastery of the oddly and uniquely comforting. On their own, each producer can more than hold it down, but this combination is one of those rare occurrences where the collaborative effort yielded a sound cohesive enough for me to not be able to tell who was responsible for individual aspects of the composition. In my opinion, that makes this a truly special collaboration, and one worth immediately listening to, sharing around with fellow music lovers, and one worth that minimal (and more than likely joke) price tag on the track.
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Tagged 7layeroscillator, austin, chief, exploded drawing, houston, iNSECT RECORDS, lo phi, rez, the doomsday device, two piece minivan
Houston-based rapper Cal Wayne, along with guest artist Mr. Ogletree, recently dropped a gem in the form of Lord Knows, a very personal and confessional style video about the crabs in the rap bucket that make it hard to elevate your position. With a dope location, a solid track from producer J.T., and hard hitting (but honest) bars, the video is economic in its simplicity, making it all hit that much harder… the whole thing is reminiscent of kicking it with someone who’s been through a thing or two, and is taking the time to be honest about the journey for anyone willing to listen. Definitely a solid video for a solid track, so be sure to like it, comment and share it around.
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Tagged cal wayne, chief, houston, j.t., lord knows, mr. ogletree, the doomsday device
There are artists that are able to step away from the spotlight for a while, but are never truly gone. Houston-based visionary Nosaprise is definitely one of those artists. As his musical career was beginning to take off, Nosaprise suddenly found inspiration in several other aspects of his life that required immediate attention. After yoga afforded him an opportunity to travel the world, and after successfully beginning a family, Nosaprise was able to bring all of that worldly knowledge gained back to his musical craft. His music was always compelling, but now there is a growth and a depth to it that only awareness of the larger world and larger consciousness can bring… with his latest single Vamanos he is bravely experimental, bold in his statements, and thought-provoking in his delivery. Hopefully this is just a taste of what lies ahead for Nosaprise, as his return is very welcome.
Austin-based, Houston-bred hip-hop creative Clova recently joined forces with Eric Sattler of NVision Films to breathe life into the song Ever Since. The song, a testimonial to having faith in yourself and chasing your dreams despite what others may think or say, is perfectly embodied by parallel lines of action : a confident young man finding himself, and an artist comfortable enough in his own skin to be in the moment and reflect. Props to all parties involved for creating yet another standout music video in a year of Austin killing the music video game.
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Tagged austin, chief, clova, eric sattler, ever since, houston, nvision films, rap game yoda, the doomsday device
I’ve known Nosaprise for close to ten years… friends of friends. He’s always continued to amaze me at his ability to both push the boundaries of his creativity and his comfortability zone. Never one to have a mundane, repetitive sound, Nosa recently released a new video for Hot Nights. Featuring some beautiful vocals by Kam Franklin of The Suffers, and some stellar directing by Apollo Stackwell, it is well worth the watch. Check out Nosaprise during SXSW 2012 this Saturday at Malaia on 6th, 8:00pm.
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Tagged 2012, apollo stackwell, chief, hip hop, hot nights, houston, kam franklin, malaia, nosaprise, sxsw, the doomsday device, the suffers
Here’s some more goodness from the vaults of The Word Association… this is one of our first trips to Houston, live at The Rhythm Room. Full crew, and there’s a gem on here from The Ill Mathematical about topics that still effect us today. Dig.
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Tagged audio, austin, bandcamp, chief, dj crown, famous danger agent, hip hop, houston, jaysin, jp, muggzy flowz, omari kamau, park nasty, Q.U.E., rhythm room, san antonio, san marcos, sigma prime, texas, the doomsday device, the ill mathematical, the word association