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Heat Waves :: Chris Conde And El Dusty Drop Party Packed Video For ‘Summertime Heat’

Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay, the Fake Four Inc. debut of Texas-based hip-hop trailblazer Chris Conde, has been a gamechanger in the way that it has not only manifested staying power, but opened up many doors of opportunity.  One of the cooler collaborations on the project was Summertime Heat, a song about Texas summers backed by the production prowess of the Grammy-nominated electro-cumbia mastermind El Dusty.  Earlier this month (and in spite of summer technically and theoretically winding down), Conde tapped creatives Mandy Heitzelman SmithAdrienne LakeGreer SkiesSunday BallewMarty RobbinsRichard Whymark and a handful of good friends to bring Summertime Heat to life via an old fashioned pool party.  If you want to take part in the summertime magic vicariously, definitely take a few minutes to check out the video, and if you dig it, be sure to leave a like and a comment before sharing it around!

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Right Now :: Heir MAX And Fake Four Inc. Share ‘The Moment-20’

I think it’s important to let Fake Four Inc. and heir MAX speak on this project : 

“This album is dedicated to Scotty Sixo whose birthday is September 10th.

In heir MAX‘s words:  ‘This project is very dear to me.  I talk about a lot of personal things I had a lot of time to reflect on during the Pandemic…. I hit on my childhood, how I grew up in Dallas Texas dealing with addiction, corrupt cops, the Pandemic, depression, and the pursuit for happiness.

I want to dedicate this album to our Dear friend Scotty Sixo Trimble.  A lot of us owe you so much and I am truly thankful to have had you as a friend. We miss you so much.’

Fake Four Inc. is proud to share this EP by Texas‘s heir MAX as a free digital download on Bandcamp day today.  With production by Moodie Black, Factor Chandelier, Progeny and more, heir MAX offers a unique blend of sonic influences backing up poignant, biting rhymes.

Joseph Johnson, aka heir MAX, is a hip hop artist based in Fort Worth, TX, and half of the duo Alligator Food with ScottySixoTrimble.

Alligator Food was hard at work on the follow up to their debut album, Even Petals, when Sixo suffered a fatal heat stroke during a motocross race.  The devastating loss of not only his friend but also all of their recorded material was a career setback not many could recover from.  Wanting to continue the pursuit of his childhood dream, heir MAX began to pick up the pieces and embark on his new journey as a solo artist.

heir MAX’s music has been described as “light-hearted with a dark twist.”  Drawing from unexpected influences like Dave Gahan, Muddy Waters, Trent Reznor, and the Dead Kennedys, heir MAX delivers catchy choruses over moody yet upbeat soundscapes, creating a sound uniquely his own.  MAX is as comfortable on a skateboard as he is on the mic, weaving his life experiences together without a lot of tricky metaphors.  The lack of overcomplicated and obscure references make heir MAX instantly relatable.  His tales, inspired by the likes of Slick Rick and Ghostface Killah, range from childhood skatepark antics and cartoons to serious topics, like corrupt cops- the subject of his song Ralph.

Though it was through Sixo that heir MAX met Ceschi and became part of his Fake Four, Inc. label, heir MAX quickly made a name for himself.  MAX has played alongside greats like 2mex, producer Factor Chandelier, Ceschi, MC Homeless, Onry Ozzborn, Height Keech, and the legendary Myka 9.  He has performed on several dates on the Vans Warped tour and is the go-to opening act at any major hip hop show in Texas due to his dedicated hometown fanbase.”

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New Formations :: Chris Conde And Fake Four Inc. Release ‘Everyday’ Remix Contest Winner Compilation

Good friend and Fake Four Inc. labelmate Chris Conde has been making major inroads as a member of the collective roster.  With the successful release of Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay handled, Conde and Fake Four Inc. decided to have a bit of community-based fun via a remix contest.  The elements to Everyday were released to the public, and after a rousing response and volumes of submissions, four were selected to be released as a maxi-single along with the original track.  AlibiBadbelly and BIGBY all shined via their submissions, with grand prize winner IBGeeZee landing the opening spot on the record.  If you’re a fan of CondeFake Four Inc. or the practice that is the remix, then don’t sleep on this name your price digital release.

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Summer Serenade :: SYN SESSIONS Presents Maikéru + Eric G (of Kid Brothers)

Getting to know the new homie Maikéru has been one of the true highlights of 2021.  I’ve met a lot of creative people in the central Texas area, but there’s something about Maikéru‘s poise and polish that makes it feel like he’s doing what he was truly born to do.  Recently, SYN SESSIONS showcased Maikéru singing YIPPEEKIYAY with acoustic accompaniment by Eric G of Kid Brothers, and while seeing Maikéru with full production is on some other ish, seeing this performance in such an intimate and stripped down presentation is equally powerful.  Take a few minutes to dig it, and if it moves you, hit the like button, leave a comment, and share it with someone you care about.

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Summer Shades :: Maikéru Sets Off Summer With ‘PASTEL – EP’

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.

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Looking Forward :: (iN)Sect Records Releases ‘Phonkadelic’ LPonCS From The Point

(iN)Sect Records is shaping itself up for a promising 2021.  Dig what they’ve got going on with a promising young new duo, The Point

The Point are a duo of multi-instrumentalists/producers from Austin, Texas.  They began playing music together when they were in 7th grade, and started making beats when they went to high school, which they just graduated from.  They both play virtually every instrument.  Joe Roddy, 18, covers trumpet, keys, guitar and vocals, while Jack Montesinos, 19, covers upright and electric bass, guitar, vocals, percussion and both handle all of the production.  They have gone through genres that span jazz fusion, hip hop, trap, country, and polka, all inspired by our southern roots.  They’ve opened up for Jimmie Vaughn, Kamasi Washington, Gary Clark, Jr. and Barbara Lynn and have been featured on CBS This Morning.

“PHONKADELIC” came together out of them listening to Texas artists such as UGK, Freddie King, George Strait, DJ Screw and and many others.  They took those influences and tried to make a short and sweet project bringing them all together.  This album is not only Texas trap beats, but also features elements of country, RNB and blues.  Made entirely with samplers and live instruments played by Jack & Joe, mixed by them with GarageBand and their phones.  If you rep the Lone Star state, bump this in your whip.”

All facts, so don’t sleep.

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Rhythmic Recollections :: SniperShot Releases New Video For ‘Life Is Crazy’ Single

From the digital desk of SniperShot

“This is a heartfelt song about some of the things I have had to deal with in my life.  I go through the whole range of emotions in this video.  From sadness, to anger, to chaos, to numbness, to acceptance, to enlightenment.  What can I say…This Life Is Crazy! 🌀 #RIPDAD

We all know that SniperShot has the skill to be incredibly entertaining and compelling in equal measure, and for Life Is Crazy, he tapped the assistance of producer Symbolyc One and video team RSNL Media, not to mention a mix and master job by Matt Kennedy.  Check out the video, leave a like and a comment if you feel moved to do so, and spread it around far and wide!

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Touching Down :: Chris Conde Releases ‘Engulfed In The Marvelous Decay’ Via Fake Four Inc.

From the digital desk of Chris Conde and Fake Four Inc. :

“As an openly queer rapper, TexasChris Conde combines the classically detached spheres of hip hop, indie rock and avant-garde experimental art punk of the drag variety.  In their sometimes hysterical but always poignant bars, Conde strives to relate to their audience through an honest communication of their personal narrative of overcoming drug addiction, internalized homophobia and self-acceptance.

Chris Conde is a Fake Four Freecember 2019 Alum who has received press shoutouts from NPR’s Tiny Desk series, the San Antonio Current, Texas Music Magazine, and Hip Hop DXEngulfed in the Marvelous Decay features Ceschi Ramos and offers up production by K Death of Moodie Black, Lazerbeak of Doomtree, and Whatever Cecil with artwork by SqualloscopeChris’s honest storytelling ability, beat selection, and sharp technical skills displayed across Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay are sure to move you and resonate on multiple levels.”

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Quiet Place :: Marshall Anderson Taps Jeffrey Garcia For ‘Mermaids’ Video

Marshall Anderson just hit us with another beautiful tune, and this time around, he tapped Jeffrey Garcia‘s creative energy to create a memorable and era-blurring video.  Mermaids, when taken on its own, is a dynamic song with layered guitars, a shuffling but catchy drum performance and a ton of subtle harmony, all courtesy of Marshall Anderson and company, so in order to match the timeless feeling of the song, Jeffrey Garcia went with a VHS-based video, resulting in a look that is unique to current aesthetics, but definitely reminiscent of a few generations passed.  Definitely take some time to check this one out, leave a like and a comment if you feel it, and share it around so everyone can enjoy!

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Starving Artists :: Evolve X Chef Mike Whip Up Some ‘Gourmet Dust’

While most artists are trying to figure out how to regain the momentum lost from COVID-19 and the pandemic, Evolve‘s only problem seems to be determining how not to flood his audience in his creative outputs.  Gourmet Dust marks his 5th offering in less than 6 months, with this one being a collaboration between himself and Detroit-based producer Chef Mike, and the quality has only risen as the quantity of releases within this short span of time grows.  The duo team up for some raw, gritty headbanger tracks reminiscent of that golden early 1990s stretch where what you said was just as important as how you said, and none of it mattered at all without gripping production behind it.  The Ibe Hustles feature is a nice touch, rounding out a brief but powerful sonic onslaught worth much more than the $1 they are charging for the record.  Get on that immediately, pass this one around for others to follow suit, and don’t sleep on your local underground kings.

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