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Infectious Sound :: Feedback Alliance Releases ‘Quarantine’ Compilation

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For those unfamiliar with Feedback Alliance, the collective consists of a talent-filled roster of producers who exchange sample packs regularly in order to see what range of creativity can come from a similar foundation.  With self-isolation still going strong through most of the nation, the fellas put together Quarantine, a compilation of tracks using quarantine as the unifying theme (obviously).  With such a broad but dominant theme to work with, as well as the normal stipulations and limitations lifted, the members of Feedback Alliance that contributed to the compilation were really allowed to spread their wings, resulting in a very lush, diverse and expressive soundscape.  If you’ve got a streaming service, seek this one out and thank me later.

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United Front :: ‘Face Facts’ With SniperShot’s New Music Video

SniperShot is the closest thing that Texas hip-hop seems to have to a shaman, and after an extended vision quest at sea, the groovy guru has returned to educate and enlighten the streets.  His first foray, the Chainz-produced single titled Face Facts, is full of SniperShot‘s signature swagger and observational darts.  Add to this a video full of trippy and showcase-style visuals, courtesy of Minott Media, and it’s obvious that SniperShot has yet another classic song and video in his catalog.  Check out the video, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around for all to enjoy.

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Quest Love :: Rob From Garden Street Debuts ‘Post-Love’ On (iN)Sect Records

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Last week (as previously mentioned), (iN)Sect Records promised a trilogy of new releases, two of which have already been covered here.  The third of these projects, the debut album Post-Love from artist Rob from Garden Street, is one of the strongest debuts made on the label.  Rob‘s drums almost immediately jump out and grab you with their Dilla-esque swing, which plays well against the chiptune-ish sound implemented (though Rob finds a way to not have the chiptune elements come off as gimmicky).  The sequencing of this album is nearly perfect, as each track flows from one to the next with the precision of an assembly line while remaining distinct.  What really grabs me about the production on this album, however, is how lush it is.  Words really don’t do this one justice, so definitely jump into a listen as soon as possible, download and donate if you can, and share it around so others can do the same.

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Joyful Noise :: Buzz N’ Bangs Release ‘Going Places’

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April 20th is and always has been a day of celebration, and when it rolled around for 2020, it seems like Buzz N’ Bangs had an idea to make it extra special.  Fans of rock in the central Texas area had a reason to rejoice as Going Places hit the internet airwaves.  The duo captures all of their high energy and wonderful sense of humor on the project, dropping a collection of original songs and two covers that round out the proceedings.  After approaching nearly ten years on hiatus, it is certainly refreshing to know that the duo is alive and kicking, and hopefully the pair still has a few albums left in them.  If summer rolls around and we’re allowed to go outside again, don’t be surprised if you hear this one out in the streets.  Check it out, share it around for others to enjoy, and if you have a few bucks, go ahead and cop it.

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Fair Warning :: HeirMAX And Friends Release ‘Hole’ Single

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Fort Worth-based MC heirMAX looks to be deep into the run-up for a new project, much to the delight of us underground hip-hop heads out here.  After a couple of singles dropped in March (which I will probably revisit next week for this blog), heirMAX is coming out swinging in April with a Moodie Black produced posse cut titled Hole.  This warning about checking your ego features verses from the homie MC Homeless and Cainam, each of whom drops a very direct set of bars about essentially learning to mind your own business and keeping your house in order while doing you as all of us attempt to rise.  Check out the track for sure, drop a buck or two if you can afford to, and share it around so others can do the same!

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Spit Fire :: RATARUE Presents ‘Legend Of The Gatling Tongue’

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From the digital desk of RATARUE :

‘This is an album almost 3 years in the making.  I wanted a signature sound.  I feel that I have accomplished this goal.  This album contains no samples, although I love sample based Hip Hop.  When younger, I went to private school and was adamant about taking Violin and later the Viola lessons.  I loved the tone of the Viola.  The process of this album involved me digging for Music Theory books, much like I did vinyl records, looking to find what I thought the greats might have studied, for example Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, John Coltrane.  My Hip Hop formative years were the 90’s and in that era it was the goal to push oneself and the envelope of the art form, in order to bring something to the table, culturally.  In keeping with that tradition of pushing the boundaries and one’s self, I made some discoveries.  With research and diligence, plus having made music with some amazing creatives in the “Live Music Capital of the World”, as well as patience, I feel that I have been enabled to think outside the box and create music that is eclectic as my upbringing in Austin, TX and my personality.

This album is an introduction into my new production style but encapsulates rhymes of the past.  It is exactly ten years since my first studio project.  This is not an anniversary album, by any means.  I have made strides lyrically and will be combining the Musicality shown on this project along with my new rhyme style and approach on a full length album, now in early production.

Legend of the Gatling Tongue is also my first independent vinyl release!

I am older now.  I am now dealing with thoughts on mortality.  For what it is worth and for someone who feels that Hip Hop is not only a Musical art form but a culture, I worked hard on this album, knowing it is part of my life legacy.’

Check out the project and share it around, and always support your local creatives!

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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.

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