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Rhys Langston and The Chocolate Davis Sessions Volume I [Listen]

A message came in from L.A. rapper/producer Rhys Langston. He wanted to share his latest album, “The Chocolate Davis Sessions Volume I”– sounds delicious.

Rhys Langston is a rapper/producer from Los Angeles, CA.  His instrumental work ranges from dark, electronic and bass-heavy compositions to crunchy golden-era-esque drums with simple but layered sample work.   Lyrically merging a certain West Coast eccentricity and boom-bap-influenced percussive poetics, in some ways he is stylistically transient, a reflection of his residence on both east and west coasts— and also perhaps, of his (mostly) unconscious fracturing of racial preconceptions by means of the racially ambiguous person through which he transmits his breed of hip hop.  His dense verses span his personal experiences and convictions through lenses of racial politics, trans-atlantic history, social alienation, and the occasional off-kilter name drop.  Langston’s live performances see energy surged renditions of his songs with the occasional insert of an epigram poem. 

Visual art and writing have always been constant means of expression for him.  In addition to his music he continues to paint (often designing the artwork for his own albums) and write short stories and what he coins “pre-post-racial poems” (non sequiturs that he randomly blurts out during his performances).  

His latest project, The Chocolate Davis Sessions Volume I, released in October of 2014, stars the regulars of Langstónia, Tercero Washington, Resident Harebrain, Calculus Johnson and Muckraker Jones in a series of audio short films.  It sees Rhys Langston’s first official collaboration, one with Netherlands based producer Papppa, who provides 5 out of 8 of the instrumentals (the other 3 being Langston’s own compositions).  Throughout, Rhys Langston’s deconstructionist lyricism is grounded in and shaped by the soft-focus aesthetic of the instrumentals.  Furthermore, short and concise in tracks and album length, Chocolate Davis draws from a literary tradition of epigram poems and challenges the listener to define what constitutes a “full length” release.  

To hear more music from Rhys Langston, find him on Bandcamp, Twitter, and Facebook.

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I have no ambition to be mainstream: Uncovering the layers of artist Knut van Brijs

A message came in from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina by artist Knut van Brijs. He shares his story and point of view through layers of collage.

Making collages, I get a chance to play with decontextualization by breaking common patterns.

Steampunk Kathrina

My art makes a statement by creating different points of view on many social or personal issues in my environment.

Clarissa on my mind

Experimenting with materials takes me on many visual adventures inspired by spontaneous brainstorming and Dada art.

Mind stalker

Each collage tells a different story, often as a social and artistic critique of the zeitgeist.

Mondiana

My art lives in the shadows.

Narcissa 001

I have no ambition to be mainstream. I am an underground rat eating the mainstream, choking and provoking the bourgeoisie.

– Knut van Brijs

To see more work and learn more about Knut van Brijs, find him on Behance.
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The Fox Brings No News: New Music Video by Lucid Optics [Watch]

What do you do when you receive a surprise message from indie rapper Lucid Optics on an early Sunday morning? You post that s#!* immediately!

Back from the Day X Day Tour and already releasing his new music video, “The Fox Brings No News,” his hustle never stops. Enjoy his work (ethic).


To hear more from Lucid Optics, find him on Facebook, Twitter,YouTubeBandcamp, and Bigcartel.

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I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school [Listen]

Ann Arbor rapper, MR:B, shares music off his new album, Metropolis; inspired by the Fritz Lang classic and the anime remake— the man has good taste.

 

My name is MR:B hailing from Ann Arbor, MI. I’ve been a rapper/producer for 4 years.

 

I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school.

 

I speak for the kids living in trailer parks and smoking too much weed hoping they don’t die check to check.

 

My sound is one closely knit with rusty hip-hop, that raw, dusty vinyl, of hand crafted instrumentals.

 

Shout out to Airo, Cauz, and to you for downloading my mixtape…right?
-MR:B
To hear more music from MR:B,  visit his Soundcloud and like him on Facebook.

 

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