Tag Archives: production

Rooted Rhythms :: Limalo Releases ‘Follow Plants’ On (iN)Sect Records

Nod Factor :: (iN)Sect Records Celebrates Boom Bap With Release Of Slautah’s ‘There’s Only One’

International Waters :: STATX x Long Tongue Drop ‘Caracara’ Single On German-Based SATURATE! Label

Memory Lane :: Retr05pect Takes A Look Back With ‘The Early Years Vol. 1’

Extra Innings :: Curbside Jones Drops Bonus Beat Blessing With ‘6 PIECE’

Rude Awakening :: Bragglights Represents (iN)Sect Records With ‘Call Your Mommy’ Drop

Joyful Noise :: Calvin Valentine And The Cream Dream Team Drop ‘Mayobenz’ Single

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.

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Defining Moments :: ‘I Am What You Am I Am’ By Bird Peterson Hits The Airwaves

As a longtime supporter, peer and fan of Bird Peterson, I would’ve been happy if he kept to the release schedule for projects it seemed he was establishing… after a flurry of mixes and remix projects, Plume dropped in 2015.  Four years later, the stellar Infinity Molasses was released.  Based on this pattern, I was set on Bird Peterson until the mid-2020s.  Yet, here we are, nine months after Infinity Molasses, and Bird Peterson has yet again raised the bar with I Am What You Am I Am.  Between the solid production (a Bird Peterson signature), the Bleubird guest feature and the litany of vocal samples, Bird is entering the realm inhabited by producers like DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist.  To put it plain and simple, don’t sleep on this album, as it has made a clear-cut case for album of the year right out of the gate.  Check it out, support if you can, and share it around regardless.

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Sharing Session :: BoomBaptist Takes Over ‘Shelter In Caves’ With Birthday Beat Set

With BoomShakaLaka right around the corner, it’s no surprise that BoomBaptist took the opportunity to do a special solo set for episode two of Shelter In Caves.  After celebrating his birthday the day prior, Boom jumped online to share new and old tracks, answer questions, and generally bring entertainment to the multitudes of us forced to shelter in place.  The Vapor Caves host Shelter In Caves every Tuesday during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it streams everywhere, so check it out live if you can, and find a replay if you can’t!

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Clutch Time :: BoomBaptist Releases 2nd Single In Run-Up To ‘Boom Shakalaka’ Release

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We’re only two tracks in, and I’m already championing BoomBaptist‘s upcoming release, Boom Shakalaka.  After the pleasant introduction provided by Razzle Dazzle, we get a completely different look from the follow-up single, Shattered Backboard.  After a high energy, sample-laden collage of an intro, Boom drops a clean beat-flip and repurposes the main intro sample while texturing drums, synth and other sprinkles of samples around it.  If Razzle Dazzle was a warning shot, then Shattered Backboard is a line in the sand, firmly stating that you’re either rocking with this upcoming gold, or you’re planning on missing out.  Check out the new single and hold tight, because in slightly less than a month, Boom Shakalaka touches down.

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