Unusuals was already impressing me with the production vibes, but lately, there’s been a metamorphosis taking place that has me wholly interested. After some public deep diving into a range of deep influences, a handful of andrés tracks have manifested, all of which are deeply personal and introspective over deep production. ‘SEWELL.’ has been blessed with the video treatment, with the enclosed space of a car backseat serving as visual reference to the claustrophobic nature of dealing with deep feelings of longing, especially for someone you have yet to learn more about. The video definitely reminds me of being ready to move forward with no control of direction and nobody in the driver’s seat. Definitely a strong and evocative piece of minimalist art… and the wardrobe decision doesn’t hurt at all.
It seems that all of my Texas music making peers have been putting in major work in their respective labs this summer. Unusuals, for example, has been lacing folks with a steady stream of singles over the past couple of months, as well as livestreams of beatmaking sessions and his KZSM radio show. The latest single, Slip Into Darkness, is a breakbeat-based exploration of longing for a loving connection (somewhat inspired by the legendary words of Mary J. Blige). The track features a guest vocalist (Andres, and I have suspicions of whom that might be) rather than opting for the usual vocal sampling utilized by Unusuals. It’s good to know that the folks I dig are out there exploring their feelings via their creative sides and keeping momentum flowing in the right direction.
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Tagged andres, chief, kzsm, mary j blige, slip into darkness, the doomsday device, unusuals
Unusuals just dropped a gem on us with the full-length banger If You’re Waiting Till We’re Dead, Don’t Bother Listening., and now he’s back at it again with a fresh new batch of singles hitting the airwaves. EVERYTHING HURTS. is the first of the batch to see the light of day, and it’s a somber tone with several movements that capture that feeling of a downward spiral with occasional gasps for air in the mix. The drum programming is tight as hell (as always), but it’s the string juxtapositions that really make this track work… the orchestral stings play well off of the bass that meanders through the track in an Eeyore-like fashion. This one would definitely be a good piece for a film score or something similar. Props to Unusuals for keeping the good tunes coming.
Central Texas has always had a vibrant hip-hop scene, but over the years, an equally strong and diverse beat scene has developed. There are lots of different folks with lots of different styles, many of which appeal to me, but when Unusuals handed me a CD recently of If You’re Waiting Till We’re Dead, Don’t Bother Listening, I was not prepared for how blown away I would be. This is a seriously solid project, and already a strong contender for my local album of the year. I suggest you don’t sleep on this one.