When you F. Oh and indubes reached out separately to notify me about their new project, Special Guests, I had a feeling that I was in for something good. Having already covered both individuals on the blog, my curiosity got the best of me as I wondered how their two styles would meld, and on Dead Flowers, these two find some of the most interesting ways to make their styles harmonize. The lyrical content and styles are extremely interesting in particular… the lyrical duo present a sense of urgency that is covered in very honest self-reflection, with a subtle bravado used to support everything stated. As for beats, bvck comes with it on some deeply moody production, as if he was more so scoring monologues than making beats for rhymes, with the skeleton of the production consisting of true-shool style boom-bap. I’m feeling this one for real… definitely check it out for yourself, share it around for others to experience, and donate a few bucks if you can.
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For as many solo hip-hop artists and producers that Austin produces, it’s awesome to see the city embrace the practice of creating collectives, as it tends to truly bring out the best in most artists. On separate occasions, Indubes and You F. Oh hit me up about their new collective project, Special Guests (with third member Bvck rounding out the lineup), and with the sense of urgency behind their messaging, I figured it’d be best to give it a listen. The lead single, No Hero, is an interesting take on the self-reflective hip-hop song, with You F. Oh and Bvck substituting self-props and bravado for hard, honest looks at their journey thus far, their current trajectory, and something that falls in the middle ground between pride and regret. Indubes bolsters the whole experience with a brooding, moody track over a driving drum break, adding emotional texture to the experience. This is a lush lead-off single, and it definitely has me curious about the upcoming full-length album, so check it out if you haven’t already, leave a like and a comment, and spread the love by sharing!
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Tagged austin, bvck, chief, hip hop, indubes, no hero, special guests, the doomsday device, you f. oh
Quite often, I take deep dives into the abyss that is YouTube, and one of my favorite discoveries is the lo-fi beat scene emergence, complete with looped anime clips to seal the deal on aesthetic. That’s what makes it so great when a peer pops up in that realm, sort of like when I stumbled across Austin-based producer Indubes and a video titled Salt [Beat Tape]. The thirteen-ish minute beat tape consists of familiar piano and guitar samples, solid drum loops and programming, vocal samples, and a wonderful clip from Spirited Away that gets more and more delightful with each loop. This is the kind of music that sets a mood, and that mood is one I won’t mind revisiting. Quality work, and work that deserves sharing, commenting and liking.
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Tagged austin, beat tape, chief, dr. ew, indubes, lo fi, salt [beat tape], spirited away, the doomsday device, youtube
There’s a new wave of heads coming up in Austin, and Indubes is one of those starting to make moves towards separation from the pack. His latest project, A Pimp Named Slick Back, is a collection of spacey, dubby beats (with the occasional flow thrown in just to keep folks guessing). The result is a short but sweet attack on the senses. Considering this is a name your price project, you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to essentially pay your time to grab it and add it to your rotation.