Category Archives: Music

Underground at a glance (Austin, TX)

I don’t know about you, but I find one of the best ways to discover underground music is to follow the breadcrumbs between artists, collectives, and independent labels, and sometimes this starts with a physical place. Back in April I spent a week in Austin with some of the people that make up the underground music scene there, and I’ve been eager to share my findings since. From metaphysical meanderings and Brainfeeder-esque experiments to lo-fi easy listening and, of course, no shortage of hip hop beats, there’s an endless variety to enjoy. This post barely scratches the surface! So, without further ado, here are some choice cuts to help you get acquainted.

lungfulls has been on my radar since I first heard “finite time here”: minimal, meditative, nature-inspired, like trickling water. Wake up with the sun and let your mind wander to his latest EP, “Palo Santo.”

With lungfulls comprising one of four in Azimuth Records, it should come as no surprise that the other three are producing equally-captivating music. Check em out!

Throwback to altura’s “waiting,” since we are still waiting on that EP… I’m joking. (Sort of.) But this one I’m very excited for, because it’s altura’s meticulous attention to detail that’s behind the hold-up. Pulling influences from Lapalux and FlyLo, upcoming “Light Leaks” will experiment with outdated technology as if to create the sound equivalent for its name (“A Color Map of the Sun”, anyone? Pretty Lights earned a Grammy nomination for that ground-breaking contribution. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go listen. Go listen right now!)

Here’s one with The Deli, whose most recent EP “Encounters” will make you melt like butter under the hot Texas sun. Smooth as guacamole and fresher than pico de gallo… I ate a lot of TexMex okay?

For laid-back mixes, I recommend listening through JuiceLand Radio, which posts DJ sets for JuiceLand’s record store, Exploded Records. Of course, if you’re ever in Austin, hit up JuiceLand, too, because where else can you peruse a curated selection of beats, bass & jazz while shooting back shots of wheatgrass and yerba mate?! (I mean… LA, probably. But you get the gist.)

emune’s is a good place to start. Not be confused with his Radio Juicy mix, which is another one to put on for an evening bean bag chair sesh. Just me…?

emune heads up the ALWAYS PROPER crew with masterfully-spun lo-fi jazz & hip hop journeys to let you kick back and forget the bullshit for a while. I’ve listened to a lot of emune and I gotta say, his EP “Retaliate” is still my favourite. Lots of thought-provoking samples sprinkled throughout. Link takes you to Bandcamp where it’s free for download.

I’m gonna leave off here because this post is getting hella long and the June sun is calling to me. Butactuallyonelastthing–

Shouts out to Amarillo-based SVNSET WAVES for hosting an endless stream of experimental gold on their Soundcloud. Been on this page for daaaays.

Don’t forget to follow the artists, y’all!

Thurxday – Goodie

Some funky dope vibey shit for you from South Korea. Not the North. I would LOVE to get a song from North Korea just to see what is going on over there… Imagine!!! like, SUPREME LEADER THEME SONG! But I digress. This shit comes from the land of tall buildings and no fuckin around.

Follow: Thurxday

Guap. Out.

Enock – Ten99


Yoooo the fuckin’ rhythms on this. YES.

Follow: Enock

Guap. Out.

Major Minor x Aerborn – Smokers and Jokers

Woke up kinda drunk today. Gonna be a wavy day cos I am feelin’ fuckin’ waaavvyyy as fucc. This song represents how I would LOVE to feel right now but as soon as I sat down to suck back a dozen espressos and write my stupid little posts where my opinion matters not, I got the spins. The lines on this art don’t fuckin help.

Follow @majorminordjs

Guap. Out.

ZeniF – Bliss [FTP016]


Some video game style ish for you kiddos today. I dig it.

Follow: @zenifmusic

Guap. Out.

Francis Novotny – Between The Lines

THIS SHIT here here!!! is a really really great marriage of soul and street cool. The drums knock, the song isn’t perfect. It just is exactly enough of each thing. Really raw. Raw as my nether regions during that really blurry moment in college.

Follow: Francis Novotny

Guap. Out.

Maxwell Ranger – Blinded

This is flames yo. I love music with a good headnod factor and proper subject matter. This is real shit. This is hood. This is what needs to happen in music. I just want to fucking whip out my airhorn yo.

Follow: Twitter – @MaxwellD1

Guap. Out.

F||L||Y – Kiko

Normally I don’t post any trap anything unless it’s something really special or I am feeling some type of way. Well today is one of those days. I will let you decide which ones ya hamsters.

Follow: FLY

Guap. Out.

The Chainsmokers – The One (Audio)

I don’t really understand why there is a bit of hate on for Chainsmokers’ approach to production and songwriting. So because someone figured out what works for them, what their fans like, what they want to hear, and they do it consistently, we should hate them for it? Mutherfuckers out there bitching about “oh I miss the old eminem why can’t he just do the thing he does so well that  we liked?”. I sense a bit of envy from what I think, are most likely, pimply faced producers who are writers for stupid little blogs who never popped the fuck off with their craft. And now they’re jumping on their keyboard being warriors trying to tear into someone they wish they were. Well fuck all that. I like these guys’ music, I enjoy their writing and I like them as humans. The dreamkillers can catch a fat one. I have heard all sorts of different genre executions from these guys over the years and as far as their musical chops go, I don’t think many people can really stand next to them without getting schooled. Do your homework you lil’ bloggers, dig back into a catalogue of an artist before you make stupid clickbait posts on your garbage social media. Now that my rant is over, a few words about this song. This one is a easy listening one that has a bit of a constant build up until the very end. I could see this being synced to movies and commercials for sure. Some slow mo shots and shit like that.

Follow: The Chainsmokers

Guap. Out.