In the short time that I’ve known Maikéru, I’ve been most impressed by the composure and thought that goes behind his releases. The run of impressive work continues with PASTEL – EP, a collection of varied tracks meant to get everyone in the mood for the first summer post-COVID-19. From the upbeat braggadocio of PHOTOSHOOT to the somber vulnerability of POOLSIDEBLUES, the range that Maikéru is able to provide in such a short amount of time is inspiring. As a bonus, we even get a streamlined version of LEGENDSONLY, one of the signature songs in the Maikéru catalog. Definitely don’t sleep on this one.
The homie poolboi blu recently introduced me to Maikéru, a young and ambitious R&B performer (at the risk of minimalizing his talent) with an eccentric flair (at the risk of minimalizing his style). Maikéru definitely seemed down to Earth, but after meeting him, I started to notice clips of his popping up on the timeline. A week or so ago, poolboi blu let me know that he and Maikéru were stopping by the Austin-based Rooftop Takes to perform Maikéru‘s latest single Prada, a song about opposites attracting in the best ways possible. Check out the performance, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, share it around, and then seek out more music from poolboi blu and Maikéru.
“This cassette photo is wildly substantial and I know she (Yadira Brown) won’t talk about it, so I will. This year she unearthed a wealth of knowledge about herself and her history, one of the items being a self-made cassette from when she was a child (I want to say 7 or 8 years old). The cassette was labeled Yadira: School is Cool and consisted of R&B freestyles she recorded on the tape. Her singing was advanced : she would indicate where backing vocals belonged, where nuances in the writing should change, and how the songs should have repeating sections (choruses). Topics ranged from needing love to being reunited with someone. Listening to it, I realized Yadira was always meant to be a writer/singer and at that age, she was so innately drawn to it, that she could imagine every section of the vocal, fully. In the spirit that is Yadira, she wanted to turn the attention away from herself and give the gift of a new album back to the world, however, she’s the actual gift and I’m honored to love her everyday. So, everyone who knows her, reach out to her today and jam this incredible mixtape!’
When I first got hip to Mélat a few years ago, I was immediately impressed by her unique look, and the way it juxtaposed against her more traditional approach to R&B music. As the years have gone by, Mélat continues to impress, and recently, she snuck a new song and video out to the internet with me being somehow completely unaware of it. No Promises, a slow burn about the give and take of a relationship, as well as the process of learning when to take someone’s word in a completely literal or symbolic context, definitely leaves a mark long after it’s complete. The colorful video is a bonus, pulling the viewer/listener into Mélat‘sworld. Check out the video, leave a like and a comment if you dig, and share it around for others to do the same!
Another week brings us another episode of DOOMpeerREVIEW, the Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice-hosted video show that recently premiered on the DOOMtubeATX YouTube channel. Episode 003 features videos from …&More…, ChiClopz, Kenny Casanova, Chucky Blk, Alligator Food (Sixo & Heir Max), Ben Buck, Upper Reality, Crew54, Notes Floats with Suzanna Choffel and Butcher Bear featuring Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice and BoomBaptist. Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around for others to enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe to DOOMtubeATX for more content in the near future!
It’s funny how the music industry is ever changing and finding its role marginalized, yet many of its practices are still present and extremely necessary. Case in point : I recently shared the latest Cha’keeta B single, Pull Up, and one of the highlights from that track was the assist from Austin-based R&B newcomer Kiki Ambrose. Cut to a week or so later, and like a consummate professional, Kiki Ambrose had a debut single and video ready and waiting to drop. Numb is an exploration of how that natural physical and intimate attraction that occurs between people can be so all consuming that it literally turns the volume down on the rest of the world. The video, produced and directed by Cooly Films, bolsters the song with vivid and colorful visuals that’ll have you feeling the need for some sexual healing before you even realize it. Don’t sleep on this one, especially if you have a soft spot in your heart for soul and R&B… leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and spread it around for all to enjoy.
Austin‘s R&B scene has been growing the last few years, and a handful of the key artists have released enough music for personal growth to start showing. Mélat has always been one to embrace her own style from day one (or at least from when I first found out about her), which is what makes Weak such an interesting song and video. Director Sanetra Longno and cinematographer Peter Longno awash the video in mostly natural light, with Mélat‘s performance draped in heavily stylized purple lighting, and this juxtaposition matches the song perfectly. Though a more traditional fare than what Mélat normally brings to the table, she still manages to make it unique to her by allowing her soulful and deeply personal approach shine through what is normally a standard structure. Definitely check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around to get others hip to the Austin R&B movement.
If it wasn’t clear from some of her previous releases, Cha’keeta B is not here for the games. Her latest single, a collaboration with singer Lakrea titled Fuck Boy Free, plants a flag in the sand on that stance, firmly letting all possible suitors know that dedication and honesty is a must, and that nothing less than that will be tolerated. The track is an upbeat banger, and Lakrea‘s assist on the hook makes it one that (let for the song title) would probably get some heavy radio rotation. If you’re a Soundcloud fan though (and I know a lot of you are), then I recommend putting this one in your summer rotation, sharing it around, and leaving a comment on your favorite bar!