Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 9: Slushy

CraigsList adds coal to the fire of cultural movements.

Or so that’s the case with Chris Kramer, lead singer of Chicago garage rock duo Slushy. Kramer bounced around from state to state before he ended up in the city home to a scene that he is an essential cog of.

“Omaha is a very nice town with a lot of nice people, but it seemed like there were always folks moving to Chicago,” Kramer told me. “After finishing college, I felt a similar urge, but went west instead and ended up in Northern California, for the same reason I do most things, because of a girl. Then I made her move back to Omaha with me for a spell, and then we decided to move to Chicago.”

Kramer finally found himself in the Logan Square neighborhood of the Windy City in 2009. With his roller coaster ride of experiences over the previous years, he immediately knew he wanted to play music. He did what “any desperate, semi-deranged person would do”. He turned to CraigsList.

“There weren’t too many weirdos responding to my Craigslist post, which was too bad because I was looking for weirdos,” he confesses. The original CraigsList ad explains that he’s looking to make “weird/fun/interesting music that sounds like garage or proto-punk or surf or whatever” with influences from “the Mysterians, Suicide, Voidoids, Modern Lovers, JAMC, Beat Happening, etc.”. A proposition nodding to the golden days of DIY yet with aspirations of starting something new and open-minded. He had zero luck. “My buddy Jason, who does Talking Mountain, came to visit and suggested I just start playing solo, so I got a drum sampler and booked some shows.”

That he did. It started with him playing solo with a sampler and a variety of delay pedals to a real four-person rock band. His dream was coming true. However, like most bands starting out, the initial lineup was hard to keep intact. At one practice, the bassist abruptly quit and the drummer quickly followed suit. This left Chris and guitarist Brent Zmrhal as the lone wolves. Zmrhal “wanted to do something new”, so he took up the position of drummer. This gave birth to Slushy as we know them, a fuzzy and distorted duo set on making the most fun and dynamic garage rock they could crank out.

Slushy blends in well among their Chicago garage rock contemporaries but doesn’t bleed in too much to the point where they don’t stand out. “Chicago is a real rock’n’roll town, home of Bo Diddley and Chess Records,” Chris explains. “There are a lot of people here who appreciate ’50s and ’60s music, from the songwriting to the production, and are trying to make music that celebrates the simplicity and enthusiasm that was present in those recordings and has been winding a thread through different eras and scenes, and we’re all standing on the shoulders of these giants. Music is too great not to make.”

Fittingly, there are several Slushy songs that sound as if they were transported back from the 60’s. One track from the band’s All The Rad Dudes is aptly titled “I Love the Beatles” while another goes by “Greasy Hair”. This intensive homage to Chicago’s rock’n’roll roots is a running motif throughout the city’s independent rock circuit. Bands like Twin Peaks, The Funs, The Yolks, and countless others play through a lo-fi wall while wearing their influences on their sleeves. But perhaps the greatest aspect about the community is the willingness from everyone to lend their fellow rocker brethren out. Not surprisingly, Kramer has nothing but love for the city that has helped Slushy on their path to achieving rock’n’roll enlightenment, citing Hozac, Trouble in Mind, Randy Records, and Animal Kingdom as influential figures in the city’s DIY underground.

“It’s the greatest, really. Chicago breeds all kinds of creativity, and folks who want to help support that creativity,” he says. “Musicians to start bands, artists to design shirts and posters and album covers, folks who want to live in grimy houses and have 200 strangers come over for a dance party, folks who want to go to a party and dance to your music, folks who want to actually know a lot about the mechanics of sound and will make you sound good when you play a show or record your songs, folks who want to put all of the money into putting out records that hopefully 300 people will want to buy. Everything about Chicago has helped Slushy reach the modest amount of success we’ve been able to achieve, and without all of these great people.”

Kramer and Zmrhal took a super raw approach to the band’s upcoming debut KP, Pastime Gardens. “We recorded on a Tascam 388 recorder from AJ from Radar Eyes, and recorded us on that,” Kramer explains. “All the vocals are single-tracked, which is a first. We had to get creative, like playing an acoustic guitar while we recorded backing vocals.” Kramer describes the new album as “all about the kindness and goodness that can be found in new friends,” a fitting description that can be applied to Chicago as a whole.

One can take the Blue Line all the way down and leave the nation’s second city, or he can take it the other way back and enter the heart of it. Get off the Logan Square station, however, and you will find yourself in the epicenter of a DIY rock movement that is as aesthetically impressive as it is welcoming.

Listen/buy Slushy’s music here.

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 8: Svengali Label

Chicago hip-hop has been on a run lately. Artists like Chief Keef and Chano have put our city in the spotlight; for dedicated music fans with an eye on what’s happening locally, it’s been an absolute fucking joy. In fact, it has been such a joy that I started taking undue credit for this type of stuff in front of my friends from LA, Atlanta and New York. Unsatisfied with “our” hold on just one genre, I began looking for examples of :fire: hot :fire: local electronic labels and trends. One of the first ones that I came to was Svengali.

This immediately complicated my mission since 1) Svengali Label has nowhere near the profile of something like the Drill scene or even SAVEMONEY and 2) it’s a stretch to call them Chicago-based. Representing a disparate group of locals and SoCal transplants, the artists on Svengali flex influences from across the country; however, they are probably most indebted to colleagues and contemporaries on SoundCloud. So thank you, Svengali, for helping me to realize that regionalism is absolutely dumb and petty — all the best people readily identify themselves as citizens of the Internet anyways.

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Different Sleep, like most good things on the Internet, first came to my attention through something someone said on Twitter.

It was 2012 and I’m pretty sure Flosstradamus was pushing that song. This confused me since Floss staked their reputation on being so loud that  they were banned from playing in Chicago that year. Different Sleep, on the other hand, seemed like drowsy time, tailor-made for Majestic Casual music.

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That is of course, a horribly reductive way of discussing his output since then. Most recently, the Infinite EP maintains a dreamy ethereal quality while bearing some more kinetic dance music influences.

Soleman, who Different Sleep paired with on “Drive Me Crazy”, has been a bit less active as of recent. None of that matters though, because this Tink remix from last month is absolutely massive.

If I had to make a sweeping generalization here I’d say that, in general, Soleman’s stuff bangs with some heavier hip-hop sounds compared to labelmates like Mister Lies, whose music takes the supreme :snowflake: chillness :snowflake: of Different Sleep and turns it down towards catatonic levels. His latest, Mowgli, is like an exercise in sonic meditation and Ambien experimentation.

And finally, the confusingly named Svengali is, if anything, the most prolific producer on the team. After spending 2013 collaborating with the homie Maurice and playing vaporwave remix master to the pop music Illuminati, he blessed us with the label’s first full release of 2014.

Nacimiento represents a solid start to 2014 for Svengali, the artist and the label. Keep and ear out as the year progresses and if you like what you heard so far, be sure check out Svengali Label on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook.

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Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 7: Metro Zu (C$PG)

Metro Zu is an influential and at-times salient art/music collective in several ways, but chiefly their importance stems from the fact that they are dope artists and presumably dope human beings. In a secondary manner, their seemingly unusual methods of success are not only important but worthy  of academic research particularly in the way they have successfully adapted the Lil B #based model of underground achievement (I may have made that up but it’s a thing now/ I’m being extremely subjective). In terms of social media,  Lofty305 and Posh God (aka Posh Dog fka Free Ba$e) have recognized the importance of interacting with fans on a one-to-one basis through twitter. Often times this doesn’t require much effort on their part, a positive message coupled with a follow-back and a few RT’s here and there can serve to endear young fans to an almost militant extent (see: #bitchmob #task force).

The crew have a prolific mixtape game – not quite Based God status yet but they are clearly determined to give him challenge in the pointless race for ‘Longest Discography’. Much like Lil B’s catalogue,  certain portions of each mixtape meander into  ‘almost unlistenable territory’ but there are always (roughly) one to five complete bangers on each tape, that make you feel all existential and post-everything about the rap game. They are Based in a lot more ways, but I don’t want this to become an essay about that, instead of a biographical piece about the individual members of this clique.

Lofty305 is basically just some cool dude who gets to chill, paint, watch anime, and make beats in Europe, Japan, and Miami (their hometown) on the regular. He and the man Posh Dog, have used their internet/social capital and music earnings to chase the perfect #travelmobbb bohemian lifestyle, even going so far as to: paint graf-inspired monsters on some rich dude’s Lamborghini at Miami’s Art Basel and to perform at a Boiler Room function in London England.

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Posh Dog seems lowkey as hell, based on my limited observations through twitter, but fans of Princess Nokia (Wavy Spice) should recognize this dude’s stellar production work in her debut video ‘Bitch I’m Posh’.

Ruben Slikk (1/2 Proper Boys) is perhaps the most polarizing member of the clique due to his lyrical content. In many songs and tweets, Slikk aka Cumbo$$ aka Christ Boss, refers to rape and #rapemob, in irreverent and seemingly unserious ways. The argument in defense of Astroslikk is of course that his music is an artistic and exaggerated pastiche of gang culture, but I can’t say I have ever seen him confirm or deny such a thing. Personally, I choose to believe that Ruben Slikk is a feminist and advocate of all forms of social justice at heart, but I have already gotten subjective enough in this biographical essay so I’ll leave you with this song – it contains one of the slikkest (definition: the most lurid, depraved, and hilarious) Slikk verses I’ve heard to date.

[From the Album – Zuology, Zuology II coming this year]

Mr. B The Poshstronaut has been keeping busy producing hot fire and DJing for fellow Miami badass, Denzel Curry. He doesn’t tweet about his crazy adventures in Japan or rap about #rapemob and #druglaunderin –so I don’t have as much to say about him.

To close out, I present the other 1/2 of Proper Boys and  5th member of the Cokey Shores Posh Gang, Mike Dece. He was away from the public (internet) eye for a long time but now he is back. People like to speculate on where he was, but I just kind of rudely and unfairly assume he is one of those too young and too enthusiastic fans of drugs who had to step away from the scene for a second to get his head right. Anyway, he’s back now and he recently did this incredibly lo-fi song and video with Denzel Curry.

That’s all!

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Dude, Vol 3: ShowYouSuck

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ShowYouSuck’s obsession with eighties boobs raises a few of questions: What are 80’s boobs? Does Lili have 80’s boobs? Is that rude to ask? Truthfully though, it’s nothing to spend a whole lot of writing on. Journalistically, I have always been one that values primary source information above all things. Through first hand interactions, what I can tell you about Clinton is that his real name is ShowYouSuck, he hates bloggers, he used to be fat but now he keeps it relatively fit, and when invited to eat Lucky Charms in a professional setting he’ll eat the marshmallows and tend to leave the “healthier bits”. Anything else I might want to disclose would spoil our forthcoming interview.

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Besides interviews, the other good way  to gather primary source information is twitter. It’s fun and fulfilling to blog about because you can make snide remarks that typically go unread by the twittersphere. Check it (Ali G voice).

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Rick Ross probably felt pretty awkward when the whole world called him out for date rape.

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His ass is on Spotify and iTunes singing about cold war Reaganomic boobs.

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Kismet does not always swing in his favor.

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He connects his songs! God, do you even care? He connects them! Thematically. 

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See.

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But that does not mean he doesn’t have broad appeal.

He’s FUCKING DISGUSTING.

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Most importantly, he’s doing a show with us this month. Tickets are available on this section of our website.

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Dude, Vol 2: Groundislava

As far as biographical information, I can tell you that Groundislava aka Jasper Patterson is from California. His dad directed this unforgettably 80’s  music video. He went to school with Shlohmo and now they are both crucial members of internet sensation WEDIDIT Collective. Other than that chances are he likes dogs, food, music, and maybe video games too.

2013 is a weird era to for journalists and even pretend journalists. Anything you would want to know about Jasper you could probably glean from his twitter account, which reads as a series of potential stand-up bits, non-sequiturs, in-jokes with fellow DJs  (i.e. BATHS,  Jerome LOL, etc) as well as a personal journal of sorts. As a forward thinking pretend journalist my goal is impart as much knowledge about GIS to you using as much information as I can gather from a first hand source — without exerted too great an effort.

 

So without further adieu….

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He likes noodles. One of us. One of us.

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Sometimes he forgets to bring a jacket.

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Atleast one black person has been derisive towards him, once.

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He is potentially a criminal.

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He does not refer to Baltimore as Bodymore MurdahLand.

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He’s got jokes.

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Probs gets zooted from time to time.

He  :heart_eyes:   KT Perry

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Finally, he has a show with us at the Mid on November 6th with Jerome LOL.

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol. 5: WEDIDIT Collective

WEDIDIT isn’t the first label to make it on the Internet but it’s impossible to imagine a set like this existing completely separate from it. Maybe it’s the deliberately shitty web.0 aesthetic or the fact that they came up almost entirely on blogs and message boards, but to me the LA-based collective will always be the musical equivalent of that early 90’s concept of the “world wide web” – which isn’t to say that their sound is in any sense regressive. Despite an obvious appreciation for throwback R’n’B and hip-hop, they’ve managed to constantly position themselves on the front lines of those genres. It seems dismissive to box their sound into classifications like trap, cloud rap or lean music, so we won’t do that, but know that their ability to traffic in trends before they’re trends is a large part of what’s been turning heads.

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What started  as crew of high school friends producing music for themselves quickly developed into fully-realized releases. Probably the first WEDIDIT disciple to achieve widespread recognition was Shlohmo, who’s full-length debut Bad Vibes came out in 2011, effectively establishing his brand of textured, emotive, and sometimes-so-thick-you-could-drown-in-it instrumentals.

A solid EP and a dozen remixes later he’d catch The Weeknd’s attention with an impromptu “Crew Love” flip which was promptly made official. So far this year he’s released the Laid Out – EP  as well as an incredible collaboration with “Birthday Sex” guy cum indie blog darling, Jeremih.

Next on the roster is young Henry Steinway AKA Clockwork AKA RL Grime.

The relative ease of that one betrays the kinetic Lex Luger-inspired dance music he’d go on to pioneer. His “Mercy” and “Satisfaction” remixes were big room and EDM festival staples last year, thankfully he’s found a way to keep developing those sounds without devolving into formulaic †Ɍ∆Ƥ ȘĦ݆.

Groundislava is the crew’s gentle giant – a big ass dude with a taste for video game sounds and more traditional strains of dance music.

The lead single off his latest, Feel Me, is absolutely massive – with a Chrono Trigger sample, leading up to a Trolls 2 sample, giving way to some dangerous sub bass.

Last but not least is Ryan Hemsworth, probably one of the only dudes out of Nova Scotia specializing in rap remixes.

Besides a string of stellar EPs and production credits, Hemsworth regularly puts together incredible mixes which showcase his taste in the stranger sides of hip-hop, R’n’B and electronic.

That brings us through about half the team, which is rounded out by co-founder D33J, a growing roster of young upstarts – CZ, Arnold, Purple – and graphic artist SuS Boy, whose style’s most recently been co-opted by Skrillex, the dark prince of dubstep himself. Those powers combine to form WEDIDIT – one of the most talked about labels of last year. From we’ve seen so far, 2013 is gonna be another 365 full of big things.Screen shot 2013-09-19 at 5.17.28 PM

 

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 4: Save Money Militia

This week on ANFWMC, all eyes are on Save Money Militia, Chicago-based super-collective comprised of Chance The Rapper, Nico Segal, Vic Mensa, Caleb James, and a multitude of others. They’ve been rapidly rising since last year, and already landed a spot at SXSW earlier this year. Chance-the-Rapper3-magnumAs you probably know, Chance The Rapper has been receiving quite the internet buzz for a while now, but 2013 has definitely been his year. With the release of his sophomore mixtape, “Acid Rap,” the 20-year-old Chicago native has already established himself in the hip-hop world as someone who defies the genre. The same can be said for Save Money’s numerous other members, who all utilize their own diverse talents while contributing to the crew as a whole. Aside from the numerous accolades “Acid Rap” has received (and the ~bootleg~ spot on Billboard), Chance already boasts an XXL Freshman nomination, a Lolla performance, and collabs with artists like Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino, Weezy, and Action Bronson.

“Everybody’s Something,” directed by Save Money’s Austin Vesely (dem graphics doe)
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Straight outta Hyde Park, 20-year-old Vic Mensa’s charisma compliments his insane yet effortless flow. Having already worked with Alex Wiley, Chuck Inglish, Lili K, & Chicago’s own Rockie Fresh, Vic is on the road to a flourishing career. The future’s looking exceptionally promising due to the acclaim he’s received for his recent YT videos. The former Kids These Days member drops his new project, “INNANETAPE,” on 9/30, already having released 3 singles with corresponding videos. Here’s a taste:   2c68c30afe57cfdd7a4d74972e40e857_1   To add to Save Money’s array of talent, we have Nico Segal, also a KTD alumnus. The trumpeter/vocalist/spitter released his latest EP, “Donnie Trumpet,” in June (the same day he started touring with Frank Ocean, nbd). V impressive to say the least.  

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Just like Nico, Caleb James is versatile a’f. His latest mixtape, “The Jones,” features smooth-ass 90s samples with a fresh twist. Rapping, singing, and producing, he’s a one-man powerhouse layering multiple styles. His twerk-worthy “6 AM” vid dropped last week, directed by Brandon “N2ition” Riley.

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Lyrical masterminds Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp both have solo projects, but have recently joined forces to form  Leather Corduroys. Barzonbarzonbarz.

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Like Vic Mensa, Save Money member Tokyo Shawn also has a tape on the way. It’s called “Wave Theory,” & will be released under the French label White Colours.  Formerly known as Preston San, Tokyo has already gained notice from MTV (rightfully so), and recently worked with Parisian nu-disco producer French Kiwi Juice.  Check the visuals.

BrianFresco   Brian Fresco, aka #theFRE$CORLEONE has a serious flow. His debut mixtape, “Mafioso,” dropped in May, featuring detailed descriptions of scenarios coupled with catchy hooks. XXYYXX production on deck, btw. dally-auston-wsgtm-feature-300x221 Dally Auston, hailing from the westside, released his first mixtape, “The Wood,” earlier this year. I think “elegant” is the proper term to describe the instrumentals Auston flows over.  His latest SC upload has been making the innanet rounds. images   A collective isn’t complete without solid production. Thelonius Martin, who happens to attend Columbia College, started making music because of J Dilla. Aside from Save Money, he’s produced for an extensive list of talent, including Domo Genesis and Rockie Fresh. Peep Thelo’s soundcloud to be inundated with greatness, tbh.

“Saaaave it.”

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I must admit though, my favorite SaveMoolah tracks are born when the guys come together & make magics u kno?

Everyone affiliated with Save Money brings something unique to the table. Several music blogs have written about the apparent hip-hop renaissance occurring in Chicago– creative younginz expressing themselves while not giving a damn who doesn’t like it. Save Money Militia is undoubtedly putting The Chi back on the map.

I don’t mean to snub any Save Money members that aren’t showcased in this feature, but there are so many of yous guize that I may have missed someone. I apologize in advance 🙁 **Shouts out to Sterling Hayes, 3beats, Austin Vesely, K-rock, Eli, B-real, and TRAP MUSIC GARAGE**

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Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 3: #TOMCREW

In this edition of ANFWMC the spotlight is focused on up-and-coming internette sensation #TOMCREW. Chances are you’ve seen their photoshops of Tom Anderson (MySpace) floating around the web. More likely than that, if you’re really hip to the electronic music internet scene you’ve probably heard one of 19 year old #TOMCREW CEO Tokyo Hand’s pieces on BBC radio 1 played by Eclair Fifi, Rinse FM, or the most recent compilation released through Donkey Pitch. If you are not familiar with the king, Tokyo Hands, I would like to implore you to first peep this track debuted on the BBC.

In a very cryptic way I’d like to let you know that Tokyo Hands is at least twice as prolific as you might think. He’s Burial. Juke, footwork, jersey club, whatever #TOMCREW makes it tight.

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Foxy Brown, the co-CEO of #TOMCREW, is in fact the juke Justin Timberlake, according to certain sources. He resides in Oklahoma but runs the web by way of his soundcloud account. On many nights you can catch Foxy live djing on Tom Crew Tv.

I feel a little remiss only truly showcasing these two members but according to Foxy Brown, #TOMCREW is in an interim period, trying to decide which members of the community will transition to the formal label. Having said that, Keiska, Buckmaster, and Tielsie are all confirmed artists as of right now.

This Sophie remix is nearly perfect.


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Like so many internet crews, #TOMCREW, is actually comprised of living IRL people. In recognition of this fact they are going on a little Midwest tour in the coming month. Tour Dates Below.

Lună Corp Presents: “The Breakfast In Bed Tour”

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Sept. 12 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
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Sept. 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arts Bar
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Sept. 14 – Kansas City, MO @ SECRET LOCATION
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Sept. 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Open Fire Wood Burning Pizza
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Sept. 16 – Omaha, NE @ House of Loom
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Sept. 17 – Tulsa, OK @ The Yeti
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Sept. 19 – Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar
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Sept. 20 – Austin, TX @ The Red River Bridge
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#TOMCREW | #LunaCorp

 

*Special Shout outs to all official and unofficial members, Msr Tho(happy birthday!) , Natalie Hands, Cj Milli, Trill Scott Heron and more…

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 2: Body High

“House” has become a dirty word in these United States. Drop it in casual conversation and most people’s minds will drift directly to dusty European warehouses or geeked 13 year olds at overpriced DayGlo festivals. A more careful consideration of the genre reveals a deep and diverse history. Instead of the corny commercial product we’ve got propagating in our contemporary pop culture, house was initially defined for it’s unconventional energy and countercultural bent. The warehouses of Britain and clubs in Germany undoubtedly played a role in its transformation but it started in the discothèques of Chicago as an unholy hybrid or disco, funk, hip-hop and electronic pop – a simultaneous celebration of those components and “fuck you” to whatever anyone else was listening to.

I’m not about to call the rest of the genre stale (any UK-based music fan could list 100+ producers still doing it right) but goddamn if it isn’t nice to hear what’s coming from the Body High camp. Whether every record released through the LA-based outfit perfectly matches the BPM count or aesthetic of the tracks selected in those early raves seems largely irrelevant; the fact that they’re producing weird music geared towards destroying dance floors is why many people are turning to them as the torchbearers for the next generation of American house.

Out of the ashes the LOL Boys, Jerome “LOL” Porter teamed with young Samo Sound Boy to found Body High, releasing the collaborative Stadium Status EP under the name DJ Dodger Stadium.

Next on the roster is DJ Funeral, a man mentioned in reverence by the likes of Sinden and Brodinski but widely regarded on message boards as a total mystery. Until that one time he showed up to the Boiler Room…

and hunched over the tables like the Disney version of Quasimoto so we couldn’t see his face. At least he threw down, allowing most of us to leave it at that and get back to more pressing topics of discussion.

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In case you wanted to hear the hook to Wale’s ‘Bait’ on repeat for two and a half minutes (and let’s be honest, you did), here’s DJ Sliink and Brenmar’s skittering juke-indebted take on the track.

And let’s not forget the time that the god Todd Edwards went through Body High to bless us with the Shall Go EP out of nowhere.

Most recently the label’s seen releases from a few younger producers, including this sexy ass single from Myrryrs’ Southside Horror EP. Is that Marvin Gaye or Pharrell on that “WOO” sample? I don’t even know anymore.

Meanwhile Jerome and Samo keep leading by example, putting out solid solo work as well as mixes under the DJ Dodger Stadium name.

Ain’t Nobody Fucking With My Clique, Vol 1: TeamSESH

That kid Bone$, known to some as ‘The Skinny White Pimp’, is the leader and creator of the underground movement known as TeamSESH. He spent his formative years in the post urban industrial suck hole that is the state of Michigan (caveat: Robocop was real). Fans of the clique will note that Bones often raps about dropping out of school at the age of 16 and moving to Los Angeles to live with his brother. Capitalizing on his video editing skills combined with his  life- long ability to flow, Bone$’ fan base is comprised of nearly twenty thousand underground rap enthusiasts. His list of conspirators include Spaceghostpurrp, Ethelwulf, Yung Yadi, Lofty305 (Metro Zu), Yung Lean, and Pouya, –there’s no doubt that SESH has already created a stir both on the web and in the underground rap scene as a whole.

“I’m dead, I’m bones.”

Produced by Jayyeah. He’s gothic and lives in Long Beach, we suppose.

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The young master Bone$ has over 10 tapes and albums in his arsenal. With a “flow like water” a sick team of producers, & that distinctive VHS-style videography, every release has been pretty #rare.

This track from 1MillionBlunts was produced by SHMX, a rising Houston producer who has been featured on tracks with Pepperboy Davis, Cashius Green, and Big K.R.I.T.

Ridin’ in the drop bumpin’ City and Colour. I’m partial to the mellower, more somber tracks. Bones switches the style up really well. Produced by Greaf.

Channeling 2002, fubu velour and all. Produced by Terio, a man with virtually no internet presence. That’s the real underground shit tho.

TeamSESH embodies that 90s/early 2000s vibe while keeping a unique style and sound that separates them from the rest. Nothing sounds recycled, even when it sounds familiar. Bones lets us know that he doesn’t need fame, versace boxers, girls, or guns. Just a beat to rap on and a little bit of drugs.

Na$ty Matt, though. A Kentucky Rapper keeping it #GraveWave #ScholarBonesStyle

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Whoever decided to sample “Let’s Chill” by Guy is the coolest. Metro Zu’s Lofty was definitely right for this track.

“Bochi Nibuku (Cemetery Blunts)” from BONES’s collaborative mixtape with Xavier Wulf (formerly Ethel Wulf)

“People always ask how I got so sick, I tell ’em, ‘ditch school, do drugs, and never trust a bitch.'”
Might not work for everyone, but definitely worked for Bones.

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Bones just finished the “Lords of the Underground” tour alongside Grandmilly, Eddy Baker, JK The Rapper, J Green, Ethelwulf, Chris Travis, Muff Lucid, and Dirty Redd.  He recently tweeted that his new album, “SCUMBAG” is set to drop this Sunday. This kid is on fire.

“All we do is Sesh.”

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