I just finished our seventh podcast with DDCTV and on this episode we had artist and musician Barrett Bryan who sat down to discuss his favorite beer, occupation, to the music and art he makes in his free time. Barrett creates very ambient tunes and some very abstract art. He is truly “a polarizing, artistic figure” and we were very happy to have him on the podcast.
Taking a momentary pause from my regular scheduling of Chief Keef loosies and Lil Noid’s mixtape, one of Tulsa’s finest producers, audio engineers, clothing designer – you get it, this man does it all – hit my inbox this morning with one of the best songs I could have awoken to this morning. Umbra Tulsa starts off his new track “I Might” with slow, sedative keys and drums that play like their in auto-pilot. You bob your head along unknowingly the track stretches into deep, uncharted waters. You feel a little nervous as the beat begins to drown, but you quickly realize you haven’t drowned, in fact, you’re met with chattering birds and sunny flutes. You brush yourself off to find you’re standing in an oasis, soon to be dancing and holding hands with strangers. You don’t know when you lost your shoes, but the sand feels warm. You don’t even remember when you started smiling, but that’s the power of music. This track takes samples from “Slide” by Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Offset (who actually makes a brief appearance on this track) and explains the shift in tone. A truly cheerful track out of Umbra Tulsa. Stay tuned to his work through Twitter and Soundcloud.
EDIT: Unfortunately, the track was removed from SoundCloud. First come, first serve I suppose!
God damn, either Yung Welch used to play baseball or this guy just knows how to make #dingers. He’s back with another EP filled with flavorful, twinkly production. It’s obvious he’s trying to stake his claim as one of the hottest producers in the city and definitely has the work ethic and catalog to back him up. Starting the EP with a daunting six minute instrumental that changes courses three different times throughout, marking the beginning of an extra-terrestrial journey. With some assistance from Umbra Tulsa, the transition into the second track is seamless and the hollow sounding flutes on this track and “Maison Martin Margiela” sound like something out of an old Zelda video game. The seven track EP gradually grows more somber as the last few tracks become slower and less hard-hitting. And as I’m left listening to the dancing keys on”New Kid in School” I soon discover my journey through sound and space is ending. Join me as I venture out again and you too can share the experience that is Yung Welch’s music.
I’ve written a lot about this guy and his musical output and we finally ended up having him on the podcast. Chad Earls, the main figure head behind Umbra Tulsa and the Umbra Collective took a seat at the table with us discussed things from music to politics and goes into detail on his creative process and the ins and out of creating his brand. Chad Earls is a producer, audio engineer, clothing designer, brand connoisseur, etc. so it was exciting to have him sit down with us are share a lot of his insight.
The Umbra Collective – consisting of Chad Earls, Coolie Blow, Tall Pockets, Jonny Miller, and Zac Hardin – have released three new singles. Each song is produced and arranged by Chad with additional keys and bass from Jonny and Zac while Coolie and Pockets have the vocals covered. “Feel It” is a passionate song about dreams and aspirations and is probably one of the most moving pieces of music I’ve heard out of the city. Tall Pockets does an outstanding job on the hook while Coolie delivers an earworm with the repeated phrase “When that hype die down, we goin’ see just who lasting” making it a clear stand out track for me. “Ack” slides in where Jonny Miller shines on the piano keys and a smashing guest verse from JuJuan Montray, also out of Tulsa, OK. A syrupy song about nothing but sipping on codeine like an activist where the rap verses shine through the mud and the tune is equally as sticky. The last track “Wifey” is a reprise of an earlier demo, now slowed down has turned into the track initially envisioned. A smooth way to end the imaginative EP with vocals only from Tall Pockets. These three tracks are incredibly well done and the progression from all the artists involved is tremendous. Listen to each track below:
Taking samples from Bon Iver’s newest project, local artist Bearly discovers Fire. Coming off a brief hiatus from his last album, he delivers a hypnotizing ambient track filled with soft drums, slow synths, and compelling saxophones. Get lost in the track below and hopefully, we hear more from the plunderphonic magician soon.
Did you guys know I loved rap music? It’s true. Before I begin, let me just say most of the information I got is from YouTube comments or literally what he says in his music. I couldn’t find a whole lot about this guy to be honest, so it’ll mostly be what I think about his music. Anyway, in today’s entry, I’m bringing you an artist that hails from California – possibly Inglewood – and goes by FRosTydaSnowMann aka FRosTydaP aka iCeKoLdpiMp.
Frosty is not a traditional rap artist. His raps are hard, but his voice is nasally. His production slaps, but has the tendency to flow off-kilter’d. And most importantly, the lingo he uses is alienated from anything else I’ve heard. As a white kid from Oklahoma, I’m not going to sit here and try to explain to you what “Gurb” or “Strips” is supposed to mean, but in context, it always somehow makes sense. With all that mentioned, Frosty delivers the same amazement I was met with as a child first discovering what “Trap” meant from when Yung Joc asked me to meet him there. You’ll find lingo like this and more on his newest project MiLLioN doLLa MisSioN which I have had in constant rotation for a weeks.
I’ve only heard one project from Frosty but I don’t think it’s out of the question to compare him and Ron-Ron to the likes of YG and DJ Mustard. Hell, I even read a comment where someone said he was the LA Famous Dex and that seemed to make sense, as well. This guy isn’t just “all that in a bag of chips”, in fact, he’s the entire bag. Frosty packs MiLLioN doLLa MisSioN with bangers, although sounding sonically similar, yet never feeling stale or repetitive. Each song is just as exciting and engaging as the one before it and regardless how you feel about him, I think that can only be the product of creating good music. FRosTydaSnowMann is a extremely unique artist and is on the verge of achieving excellence and I am there every step of the way.