The homies Bird Peterson and BoomBaptist, the creative minds behind Cream Dream Records, hit the ground running in 2021 with a handful of releases built around their creative solo outputs and collaborations with Texas homies, but their latest release finds the label expanding their reach via Calvin Valentine, a Los Angeles-based beatsmith whose sound falls right in line with the rest of the roster. Mayobenz, the lead single off of the forthcoming Weed Is Awesome, is quite the powerful introduction with its solid mixture of boom-bap drums and spiritually uplifting melodies. If Mayobenz is any indication of what Weed Is Awesome holds in store, then best believe I’ll be right there on release day ready to check it out… if you’re smart, you’ll be doing the same.
“(iN)Sect Records out of Austin, TX, are currently celebrating their 13th year of putting out experimental/hip-hop/punk rock/noise music in the form of vinyl, Flexi-disc, frisbee, chip clips, shirts and cassettes. House Shoes is a Detroit-born producer and DJ, who now lives in Los Angeles and runs the acclaimed record label, Street Corner Music. He has been a friend and supporter of the label for the last decade. We asked House Shoes if he would be down to mix some songs from the first 10 years of our releases (2008-2018). He turned in an absolute beast of mix to mark a chapter in our history. This mix of over 30 songs from our catalog includes songs by: J-1 tHE DEER, Ras G, House Shoes, aLive, Sir Froderick, Chanes, SelfSays, Guilty Simpson, Butcher Bear, Kinder, Muamin Collective and more. Check the tracklist and head over to insectrecords.org/podcast to listen and DL the mix for free.”
The artistic irony of good songwriting is hard to ignore. Take, for example, my recent experience with the discovery of the latest New Druids single, LA’s On Fire (Again). The song, released as a preview of their upcoming album Making Love To Make Music To Make Love To, popped up on to my radar about a day before the news of the most recent California wildfires being caused by a gender reveal party went public. The juxtaposition of this reality in tandem with the nuanced songwriting displayed by the New Druids, which perfectly props up individualistic lives driven by image and impressions set against Los Angeles being on fire (yet again), presents one of those classic ‘art imitating life imitating art’ situations without even trying. If this song catches your attention, drop a pre-order for the mid-October release, or simply share it around, and always support your local creatives.
There’s something about the sea that is relaxing and freeing for the human spirit, and for proof of this, look no further than Fresh Off The Yacht, the latest release from SniperShot. After a prolific 2019, SniperShot took some time to live on a sailboat in the South Pacific Ocean, and upon his return to the states, he linked up with Los Angeles-based producer AC The Program Director for a quick collection of four soul-soothing songs. The standard hip-hop braggadocio energy is still there, but the delivery is drenched with the grounded (no pun intended) nature of someone who put cares aside for a time. AC‘s beat selection is perfect for these words and the way that their stated, as each track has personality and size, but is laid back enough to match the overall project tone. Definitely a good one to wrap up the hot days with, as we transition into the fall and winter. Check it out, share it around, and cop it if you have a few extra bucks!
On almost a daily basis, the homies from Austin continue to make me proud. This time, it’s my Exploded Drawing brethren (and co-founders of the movement) soundfounder and Butcher Bear doing it big. They recently took a trip to Los Angeles to spread the goodness that is Exploded Drawing, and while in the area they made two very important stops for mix sets. The pair made a stop at CultureRemixed.com for a mix set and an interview, as well as a mix set stop at dublab, both of which are filled with obscure goodness and local tunage. I’m proud to be a member of the crew, and happy for everything that they’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish… at this point, there’s truly no ceiling for the possibilities in regards to Exploded Drawing and its continued rise.
After 7 years of hard work and endless dedication, the Exploded Drawing family is reaping the recognition they rightfully deserve. 2017 has found the crew expanding into the festival circuit, playing the legendary Low End Theory in Los Angeles, bringing the very same Low End Theory to Austin, receiving recognition in the Austin Chronicle and Texas Monthly within weeks of one another, and releasing vinyl and cassettes via the legendary Fat Beats distribution to commemorate 7 years. Exploded Drawing: “7 Years” Compilation features all of the producers you’ve come to know and love from the crew, an introduction featuring KUTX‘s Art Levy, and it’s all come together on a beautiful full-color gatefold (designed by Michael Scheel) with color vinyl pressings in 2 options. I am so happy for the crew, and forever honored to be among its ranks. Here’s to countless more years of continued fun and hopeful success.
Los Angeles based producer eraserfase already produces sounds that are colorful enough. Recently, his song Sapphire landed in the hands of French artist PEEL, who took it upon himself to add animation to a dope track. The result is a stunning video. Watch, absorb, share, repeat, and as always, enjoy!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m sure… Ceschi is easily the most wholly unique entity in hip-hop on any level. The guy can rap on the level of cats like Bone Thugs, where replication of his style is not easy, and yet, with a guitar in hand, he becomes one of the most compelling modern day singer/songwriters this side of Iron & Wine. This live footage from a recent Los Angeles show at Redwood Bar Downtown (beautifully shot and put together by Adam Boren Bennet) is further proof, so dive on in!