I love how The Vapor Caves can simultaneously sound ahead of the pack and rooted in the past with what seems like relative ease. For Dreams, the duo tapped guitarist Jackie Venson to add a little spice to their synth-based funk for a song that sounds like it belongs on a mixtape between Sheena Easton and Sheila E. I don’t know how BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown continue to ride this wave of beautiful sonic creation, but it doesn’t look like it will crest at any point in the near future, even with the industry at large in a strange ebb. Long story short, check out this track, download it, stream it, request it from your favorite radio or TV show, hack into an HEB public intercom and play it loud, or just throw it on repeat and take a drive. In all seriousness, share this one around, follow The Vapor Caves on your favorite social media hangout, and always support your local mad geniuses.
Also, shout out to René Cárdenas for the dope cover design.
“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!’
Yadira Brown of The Vapor Caves, with production assistance from Bird Peterson, has made yet another track relevant to the times that speaks for itself. Thank you both for sharing Better Than This with us.
As April comes to a close, it seems that The Vapor Caves are also bringing Shelter in Caves! to a close as well. For what could be the final episode, BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown shared a new song or two, took dedication requests from the viewing audience, and even shared a recipe for a special margarita. While it is possible that the duo may extend their run into May, nothing concrete has been announced yet, but fingers crossed, we will continue to get content from the two in this format as long as shelter in place is a thing. Until then, check out the existing episodes, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for all to enjoy!
BoomBaptist has become a master of the album rollout over the past year or so, as the multi-faceted promotional campaign for The Vapor Caves proved. Boom put his creative genius to use once again for the release of Boom Shakalaka, his latest solo release on (iN)Sect Records. Anybody who knows Boom knows he loves basketball, with the legendary video game NBA Jams playing a large role in that love affair, so it makes complete sense that the aesthetic of Boom Shakalaka would be inspired by and centered around the game and its connected culture. The music speaks for itself, with Boom‘s signature swing and drum patterns nesting the multitude of samples perfectly. To crown the event, Boom even performed live from inside an NBA Jam cabinet :
Check it out all, cop some of that merch, and spread the word!
Week three of Shelter in Caves, a weekly hour-long stream brought to you by the Austin-based electrofunk outfit The Vapor Caves, was all about sharing new songs and fielding questions from the scenes. Other than slight technical issues on Instagram, the stream was wildly successful, with the new songs shared not only sounding great, but getting folks excited for what the band has scheduled for release at some point in the future. If you’re not already hip to Shelter in Caves, check it out every Tuesday night on your favorite social platform at 6 PM CST.
With varying degrees of ‘shelter in place’ rules in effect all over the nation, many artists have been forced to become inventive with presentation and performance methods. The Vapor Caves, who have always been ahead of the curve in terms of content, decided to take the opportunity to turn the internet into their broadcast network by creating Shelter in Caves, a web series featuring live performances of their music and sketches created by the duo and their collaborators. BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown are natural entertainers with great chemistry, and they really make the program work, with episode one even including the premier of a brand new song. With the first episode completed and more to come, I’m certainly looking forward to what’s in store. The episodes air on Tuesday nights across all streamable platforms, so if you’re interested in catching the show, follow The Vapor Caves wherever you watch your social media videos, and support your local creatives!
Austin-based producer BoomBaptist carved a name for himself during the first decade of the 2000s via events like Exploded Drawing and Applied Pressure, as well as a slew of solo singles, a few projects and a large retrospective of early beatworks. As the 2010s rolled into view, however, BoomBaptist transitioned into other avenues of expression, including producing for others, running his own business and starting the recently successful funk outfit The Vapor Caves. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that as the 2020s present themselves, BoomBaptist would make another transition, and this go-round, he’s back on the solo tip and preparing to release a new album via (iN)Sect Records titled Boom Shakalaka, an ode to his love for basketball. To test the waters, he’s dropped an initial single, Razzle Dazzle, which due to the unfortunate timing of the Coronavirus and the suspension of the NBA season, landed him immediate recognition from the likes of CNN. Check out the track, donate a buck if you can, share it around for everyone you know, and stay tuned for more singles and the album release!
The Vapor Caves appear to have no intention of slowing down their upward trajectory as they head into 2020. After a year full of successful buzzwork and a brilliant debut album, the duo is hitting the ground running with an instantly iconic video for Bitch to the Boys, one of my personal favorite cuts from a dynamite-filled project. The video takes things to the extreme, with 80s style oozing throughout the wardrobe, vehicles, props and demeanor of all involved. Thanks to the work of Side Label, the visual direction of Andrew Baird, dance choreography by Misa Soliz, visual effects from Orion Garcia and costuming from Mysidia and Never Over Vintage, plus a handful of cameos from some Austin familiar faces, us viewers have been blessed with what is almost guaranteed to be a viral success. Dig it and dig it good, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to enjoy!
As if being half of the creative genius behind Exploded Drawing and the father of Exploded Records wasn’t enough, the homie soundfounder has continued to rise in 2019 by landing a radio show on the legendary KUTX as the first DJ focusing solely on electronic-based music. He hit the ground running with a Flying Lotus in-studio interview, and every Saturday night since then, he’s blessed listeners with an eclectic mix of electronic and instrumental music from Texas and elsewhere. As the year wrapped up, soundfounder provided an episode focused solely on his top music of 2019, with artists as varied and diverse as the aforementioned Flying Lotus, Open Mike Eagle, Kaytranada, Thom Yorke, and even Texas artists like Khruangbin and The Vapor Caves making the cut. Click on the pic above to check out the top tracks, and tune in every Saturday night for an audio blessing from soundfounder wherever you listen to KUTX.