Tag Archives: iNSECT RECORDS

Digital Playground :: Brainwavve Releases ‘FUTURESOON’

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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 BragglightsBlack 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.

-chief

Idle Hands :: Black Mercy Goes Fingerboarding For ‘PTSD’ Video

(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!

-chief

Radio Daze :: Butcher Bear Laces A DJ Set For ‘My KUTX’

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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 DrawingButcher 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 FixersKinderBig 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!

-chief

Bitter Sweet :: Jane Claire Connects With (iN)Sect Records For ‘Sour Grapefruit’

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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 ReaganometryOut 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).

-chief

Linking Up :: Lo Phi (7LayerOscillator) And Rez Team Up For ‘Two Piece Minivan’

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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.

-chief

Lab Work :: Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice Initiates ‘Escapism’ Mix Series With 2 Releases

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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.

-chief

Powerful Nostalgia :: Total Sound Group Direction Action Committee Footage From Trophy’s Surfaces

Anyone unfamiliar with the legend of Tim Kerr (especially anyone native to Austin) has some homework to do.  From Big Boys to Lord High Fixers to Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee and more, Kerr has left an indelible mark on his city, punk/rock music, and art as a whole.  Recently, Butcher Bear uncovered some footage of a Trophy’s on South Congress show, and decided to upload it to (in)Sect Record‘s YouTube channel.  As a result, all of us have been blessed with the raw power than was Tim Kerr and his bandmates, and their extremely passionate sound.  Enjoy, share, and let the nostalgia of a simpler and better time take you over.

-chief