Friday, April 17, 2015

LNS Crew voted band of the month by The Deli Magazine Austin, LNS Crew Vol. 2 album reviewed by Ovrld & The Deli Austin

Hol up mane, we got voted band of the month on The Deli Magazine Austin! Plus they gave us a dope review for the new mixtape too.

"If you were looking for the mysterious proverbial “fire” that supposedly resides in so many hip-hop mixtapes, you might think the shit is just myth. Most mixtapes are…well, they wouldn’t help much on a cold day, let’s say that. Not so with local LNS Crew’s new mixtape, which packs enough heat to stop a decent sized blizzard. LNS Mixtape Vol. 2 is the goods from three of Austin’s (okay, Denver now, in the case of Cory Kendrix) hip-hop veterans, a series of 21 tracks which feature a rotating cast of Kendrix, Kydd Jones and Tank Washington showing off their undeniable skills at producing and rapping. It’s just April, but this release is assuredly going to sit near if not at the top of the list of ATX hip-hop releases from 2015 when December rolls into January, and that’s why we’ve nominated LNS Crew for our Artist of the Month poll. Music below, and get yer votin’ finger a good workout to the right y’all."

Shout out to Trevor and all the good people at The Deli Magazine Austin, they cover a lot of cool local bands so check them out!

The homies at Ovrld also wrote up a dope review for the new mixtape!

"...LNS are on some sinister shit, twisting frustrations with Austin identity politics into a sound that rumbles and dwells, bubbling up from the corners of darkened dance floors and vomit soaked Dirty 6th.

Those dark tones get the blockbuster treatment on the crew’s new mixtape, where every member of the crew is represented in full and joined by other luminaries from the scene, including League itself. The production is equally diverse, ranging from Scott Pace’s Weeknd-influenced R&B to Kydd Jones’ frequently abstract, eccentric beats to intriguing glimpses at the future from newcomers like Anna Love and Magna Carda’s Dougie Do. This is material that defines itself rather than let itself be defined by outsider trends and tastes.

When there are contemporary influences, it’s along the lines of Kydd’s “Round Here,” a piece anchored to a glitchy, stuttering beat that ramps up the tension as Kydd goes Kendrick, documenting domestic paranoia and whispering revolution talk. Or it’s Cory Kendrix’s “Wax On,” a classic Timbaland throwback, Love throwing on megaphone filters amidst the dross of metronome percussion and synth whoops and hollers. Swindles even gives Tank Washington some kind of combo Diplo and Mr. Bangladesh beat, a chimy back and forth punctuated by reggaeton blasts, a perfect fit for Tank’s stop-start flow.

The mixtape excels at showing off LNS Crew’s bid for national attention without sacrificing any of the qualities that make them such a promising outfit. You can hear it in the twisty merger of chipmunk soul and club hip hop Kydd provides on “Blink Away” or the oddly hypnotic low end hooks of Kendrix’s “Theme Song,” where Kendrix’s signature drawl is augmented by a hip rocking bass that tangos with his checklist of items that need to be in a perfect bad bitch theme song. LNS affiliate Max Frost gets in on the action too, bringing a subtler than normal hook to the Kydd and Scott Pace collab “Let Me Down Easy,” making for one of LNS’ sexiest songs, as deliberate with the foreplay as Usher’s “Climax” but with far more street swagger.

There are some intriguing demonstrations of LNS’ collisions with other scene heavy hitters, the clearest standout being Tank and Kendrix’s “Complicated.” Featuring a neo-soul beat from Dougie Do, “Complicated” takes Tank and Kendrix out of their more synth leaning home element and sends them on a nostalgia trip, their flows granted more melodic detours than normal as a result of Dougie Do’s expert musicality. H+ gifts the entire crew with a similarly nostalgic but jazzier track on “Pot Luck” but here the narrative is centered not around romantic woes, it’s on LNS’ growth over the past year.

“The world is unkind to the dreamers,” they say, calling out Austin’s stubborn unwillingness to embrace its hometown hip hop heroes until they’ve gotten notice elsewhere. That’s fair, history is littered with dreamers who were just a little too ahead of the curve to reap financial rewards. Still, LNS Mixtape Vol. 2 is too ambitious and hungry to go left unchecked for long, and it’s difficult to imagine a crew as talented and bold as LNS not making it beyond the famed city limits."

Shoutout to Nick Hanover for the review man, that's love right there! He does a lot of write ups on local music that deserves to be heard and there are a lot of other good music writers at Ovrld doing their thing too, so check them out! They're definitely one of the up and coming music blogs representing the 512 and we definitely appreciate all the support they've given us.


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