While (iN)Sect Records has always been known for boundary-pushing, forward-thinking producers and productions, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t capable of hitting the masses with some boom-bap every once in a while. For those needing that boom-bap fix, NAMELESS has come to your rescue in the form of Chips, a stream of consciousness labor of love full of wonderful vocal samples, progressive pace and timing, and most importantly, head-nodders galore in terms of the beats. This album is easy enough to enjoy on its own, but after taking a quick peek at the backstory behind the culmination of this release, it’s hard not to feel the passion and patience that went into Chips. If you can afford to, cop it. If not, stream it and share it so others can check it out.
Last week (as previously mentioned), (iN)Sect Records promised a trilogy of new releases, two of which have already been covered here. The third of these projects, the debut album Post-Love from artist Rob from Garden Street, is one of the strongest debuts made on the label. Rob‘s drums almost immediately jump out and grab you with their Dilla-esque swing, which plays well against the chiptune-ish sound implemented (though Rob finds a way to not have the chiptune elements come off as gimmicky). The sequencing of this album is nearly perfect, as each track flows from one to the next with the precision of an assembly line while remaining distinct. What really grabs me about the production on this album, however, is how lush it is. Words really don’t do this one justice, so definitely jump into a listen as soon as possible, download and donate if you can, and share it around so others can do the same.
(iN)Sect Records is coming off of a major week. With an already power-packed roster on deck, the Austin-based label released a trio of debut projects. We previously covered the new BoomBaptist, and we will get to the Rob from Garden Street release, but the man of the day is Flobama, and the focus is on the immaculately produced debut project titled Warp Mode. The mix of electronic music and organic hip-hop elements connect well, with Flobama throwing shade of shade of slick track at the listener. The project flows very naturally, with any vocal samples managing to fit so well into the songs that it almost seems as if there are none present. Flobama has been flexing his skill for many years, and it’s good to see him find a label home with the brilliant beatsmiths as (iN)Sect Records. Check out the project, share it around, and cop it if you can afford to.
(iN)Sect Records has been busy as of late, with a steady stream of releases hitting the masses in rapid-fire fashion. One of the latest gems is FEEL, a music video from new label artist Rob From Garden Street that embraces larp culture over a lo-fi breakbeat that sounds directly off of a YouTube playlist. Dig the video, leave a like and a comment, share it around, and stay tuned for Rob From Garden Street‘s debut album, which is coming soon.
BoomBaptist has become a master of the album rollout over the past year or so, as the multi-faceted promotional campaign for The Vapor Caves proved. Boom put his creative genius to use once again for the release of Boom Shakalaka, his latest solo release on (iN)Sect Records. Anybody who knows Boom knows he loves basketball, with the legendary video game NBA Jams playing a large role in that love affair, so it makes complete sense that the aesthetic of Boom Shakalaka would be inspired by and centered around the game and its connected culture. The music speaks for itself, with Boom‘s signature swing and drum patterns nesting the multitude of samples perfectly. To crown the event, Boom even performed live from inside an NBA Jam cabinet :
Check it out all, cop some of that merch, and spread the word!
As 2020 continues to truck along, (iN)Sect Records moves right along with it in terms of releasing top quality music. Recently, San Antonio-based glitch synthpop mastermind Brainwavve rolled out his latest release, FUTURESOON, a collection of colorful sounds and textures with a driving force behind it. The mostly instrumental collection gives plenty of emotional shades, and the three unique features from Bragglights, Black Davinciii and Honey Son only add to the range of experience. As far as the electronic soundscape of Texas, it looks like Brainwavve is firmly set as a key member of the scene, and FUTURESOON is a strong statement of that fact. Check it out, share it around for others, and if you’ve got the funds, jump over to his Bandcamp and donate a few bucks.
(iN)Sect Records has always been known for their top tier collection of producers, beatmakers and electronic composers, but that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that many talented musicians can be found in the label’s ranks. Black Mercy, an Austin-based supergroup of sorts, are one of the bands on the roster, and they’re setting off 2020 with a bang in the form of For The Man Who Has Everything, a recent 45 they’ve dropped, and the DIY-charm and aesthetic of the crew is captured in PTSD, the first single and video. Rather than go for a traditional showcase or glamour video, Black Mercy opted to do a twist on the old school punk video by switching out skate footage for fingerboard footage, to a great impact. Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same!
The homie Butcher Bear is an Austin legend, with a long list of achievements and creations that have left a considerable impression on the music scene. From time spent performing with Tim Kerr, to booking for The North Door, to running the label i(N)sect Records, to helping organize the wildly popular Exploded Drawing, Butcher Bear has irons in many fires. Recently, KUTX hit him up to take part in their My KUTX series, and Butcher Bear provided a strong DJ set featuring local legends like Lord High Fixers, Kinder, Big Boys, Reaganometry, and even some of his own music, along with musician’s musicians like Polvo and Har Mar Superstar. Check out this mix, and keep your eyes open for more dopeness from Butcher Bear!
Jane Claire has already made an indelible mark on the Austin scene as the founder of BossBabesATX, but a recent connection with (iN)Sect Records founder Butcher Bear has resulted in a powerful statement in the form of Sour Grapefruit, a four song EP featuring Claire‘s songwriting prowess positioned on the production of Exploded Drawing all-stars Reaganometry, Out of Place and kinder. The project is a reflection on embracing the nature of life and leaning into it rather than attempting to adjust what is to fit your idea of what it should be, be that relationships, identity, or any other elusive aspect of life that we all face. This project is definitely a strong one, and hopefully, it will result in a follow-up LP at some point with production from other members of (iN)Sect Records‘ extensive roster (or any other producer, for that matter).