Addressing or thinking of Austin hip-hop outfit Magna Carda within the very narrow scope that most ingest hip-hop in is a disservice to not only Magna Carda, but to individuals with such limited and reductive thinking. While the music of Magna Carda has always been forward-thinking and full of emotional depth and sonic texture, To The Good People finds the duo taking an evolutionary step in terms of how sharply and precisely they are able to communicate and execute their ideas from song to song. While Megz Kelli firmly plants her feet in the sand with her signature laid-back but forceful flow, everything that surrounds her musically has the ambition and sonic quality of a mixture between Sade‘s Sweetback backing band and more youthful experimental outfits like the Steve Lacy-driven The Internet. While Austin is no stranger to popular musicians, hip-hop is a genre in which fame outside of Texas has been elusive, but if given the right opportunity, a band like Magna Carda could use an album like To The Good People to make some noise for themselves outside of the standard boundaries of success artists from this neck of the woods are accustomed to. Definitely take the time to check out Magna Carda‘s latest offering, and if it speaks to you, donate and download if you can, but share regardless.
Recently, StereoFiend lead MC SymmaTree took a break from his daily meme onslaught to drop some sad news : the San Antonio-based band has officially ended their long run with the release of their final single, Hennessey. With so much talent in the group, it’s a shame that things have come to an end, but Hennessey is definitely a high note to go out on… Joy is not only singing with the kind of soul that comes with personal experience, but her lyrical imagery is a rich as the grooves that the band is laying down. Definitely cop this track if you have a buck to support, share it around, and help keep the name of StereoFiend alive past the band’s selected end date.
For many years, I’ve been a fan and supporter of the Austin-based outfit Wild Child, but apparently I was only a surface level fan, because it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the side projects connected to the group. I bring this up because my recent discovery of lead singer Kelsey Wilson‘s solo project Sir Woman has been a complete breath of fresh air. Her latest EP, the soulful Bitch, sets aside the airy vibes that Wild Child is known for, instead going for the gut punch of deep feeling and emotion over lush 1970‘s era production, falling in the realms of Barry White and Minnie Ripperton more so that the hippie-esque vibes that Wild Child is known for. Long story short, don’t sleep on this one here… cop it if you can, stream it and share it regardless, and always support your local creatives!
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.
Many people are finding themselves having to face problems that have always existed while trying to survive in the shadow of COVID-19. For Suzanna Choffel, who self-admittedly knows her problems are lesser compared to those of many out there struggling, found that these times brought up ideas she explored in 2019 while preparing for the birth of her second daughter. During her first pregnancy, the red tape and games of health care opened her eyes to the true nature of the American health system, how politicians give lip service to the industry, and how it impacts women in particular. These ideas manifest as Good Problems, a dual attempt for her to recognize the bigger problems in the world and to inspire those going through them. As if this effort was not enough, $1 from each sale of this track will go towards the ACLU and their efforts to even the playing field and make life a bit easier for everyone. Support if you can, but definitely give this one a listen regardless of whether you can support or not, as Suzanna Choffel‘s immense talent cannot go ignored.