So I think by now we've established that everything posted on this blog conveys feeling—the emotions, affections, excitements that wiggle their way through ears and into brainstems—this is what we're interested in. Anyone who keeps up with our latest posts already knows that hip-hop is our current bread and butter. Why? Because the hip-hop tunes we've been listening to are confident, eager, hustle-driven, and rough around the edges; they're everything us twenty-somethings feel day-to-day.
Ever since Toronto producer Sam King aka Ancient Babes sent me one of his first tracks, the excellent "Malcolm X In The Middle", I've been anticipating his future projects like no other. On "Malcolm X", Ancient Babes gave us a spaced out, slow burning synthesizer track that really reminded me of something David Lynch would have his hands on. Now we have "Surface Terms", a tender synth ballad that is just so rewarding on the ears.
ATX based rappers Nick Williams, Mikey, and PeejCapeesh connect soulfully on "Minutes", rapping over a beat by Brooklyn producer BuddahSPK. All three flaunt their skills by flowing effortlessly over laid-back, horn filled, boom bap production. In a town that's not significantly well known for it's bar spittin' underground hip-hop scene, Austin best be on the look-out for this young crew in the near future.
Was tropical pop due to emerge in the indie-underground music universe? Probably. Back in '09, did these neo-tropical pop artists simply takes notes on classic chillwave releases from Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Small Black, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, etc. and simply wait for their opportunity to jump onto this emerging electronic entity? Maybe. But it's no coincidence that two new trop-pop stars are gaining ground and setting a new standard for the progressive genre.
Long Pinky — Beautiful Lou feat. Action Bronson & RiFF RAFF
The final song from Adult Swim’s 2013 singles program features Action Bronson and RiFF RAFF rapping over production by Beautiful Lou (Trilla – A$AP Rocky).
Set the Scene — P.R feat. Skyzoo & Substantial
Australian producer P.R releases his follow-up to last year’s Introspection EP with his new EP, Moment in Time.
What is punk? It's a question that's formed the backbone of many redundant documentaries, intoxicated late night conversations, snobby record store employee ideologies, and modern age twitter shit-slinging—it's a question that feels absurdly unanswerable yet dangerously tangible, and it's a question that will never, ever find a permanent solution. However, punk's frustrating ambiguity should not go without analysis. Punk and its ethics are vital sources of innovation within the music community and the world as a whole—it'd be a musical sin to remain ignorant on the subject.
Being heralded as 'the live music capital of the world' is a double edged sword. On one hand, it's great to have the ability to stumble into any side-street bar or college dormitory and hear great, exciting artists; but the other side of the sword is something like the famous last words of Uncle Ben: "with great power comes great responsibility." Moving to a such a musically renown city like Austin as a young artist is as wonderful as it is terrifying.