New Music From Colby Belshe, Devy Stonez, Ynfynyt Scroll, Convextion and More.
Welcome to Songs of the Week, where we hip you to all the new local releases you should be caring about. By putting them all together here in one place, our hope is that you can spend less time searching for relevant new releases and more time giving each one of these jams the proper shine they so deserve. OK? OK.
Colby Belshe — “Prince Charming.”
RIYL: Following your arrow wherever it points.
What else you should know: There’s not much info out there about this 20-year-old Mesquite resident. But she released her second single since signing to State Fair Records last year today. With a timbre similar to Kacey Musgraves’, she sings about being her own prince charming. The line itself is a bit cheesy, but I dig the sentiment. With songs like “Good Ol’ Boys Club” under her belt, I bet Musgraves would dig it, too.
Devy Stonez — Rolling Stonez.
RIYL: Putting Louisiana hot sauce on everything.
What else you should know: Also just 20 years old Dallas rapper Devy Stonez, who just released his debut full-length last week. Read more about the project over at TIDAL, which interviewed him for their blog. Fortunately, you don’t have to subscribe to their service to hear his killer project.
Honor System — “Light Trails.”
What else you should know: I’ve previously been accused of being afraid of technology music. That’s not necessarily the case, though. Take Honor System’s cinematic catalog, including his latest single, “Light Trails.” It’s not frightening at all! In fact, I’d say it’s downright pleasant. Imagine that! Also, unlike most electronic releases, this one doesn’t drone on forever. Its breezy, under-two-minute runtime warrants a good two or three repeats per sitting, really.
Moniker — “Sludge Tub.”
RIYL: Playing the air bass.
What else you should know: Only performing around DFW for about five months now, the Denton-based Moniker is already gearing up to release a debut EP, called On a Friday, at Abbey Underground on September 16. It’s poppy, maybe even a touch emo, but with a bit of distorted edge and some funky, driving bass lines.
FXXXXY — “I’ll Never Fail the City”.
RIYL: Yelling, “Damn son, where did you find this?”
What else you should know: Next week, the Earl Sweatshirt-cosigned rapper will release his anticipated Cartel Shawty. We featured one of its singles in this column last week. To keep the buzz going, he’s put out this freestyle over DJ Khaled’s “Don’t Ever Play Yourself” this week.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward — “The Day is Coming.”
RIYL: Being single.
What else you should know: One of my favorite Rodney Parker songs is “I’m Never Getting Married,” a barroom sing-along extolling the joys of the bachelor life. Several years later, “The Day is Coming” plays like its spiritual follow-up, as a still-single Parker anticipates the wedding of one of his exes to another guy, while wondering what things might have been like if he’d only had the courage to settle down.
Jonas Martin — The Color Scheme.
RIYL: Dad rock.
What else you should know: Martin’s sophomore LP earned its release today. As he waxes in this piece for Vinyl District, the album is a tribute to his father and the giant vinyl collection he inherited from his old man. It’s something he sings about on the album, too, on “Just Like My Dad,” for instance, when he croons: “If you’re wondering why this music’s in my soul / And if you’ve noticed I’m a sarcastic asshole / And if my goofy voices ever make you laugh / It’s ’cause I’m just like my dad.”
Ynfynyt Scroll — Summer 16 Mixtape.
RIYL: Vamanos a la playa.
What else you should know: Ynfynyt Scroll’s mixes always have a certain knack for blending cutting-edge dance tracks with a lo-fi ’80s filter and a big Latin flair. This one’s out just in time, too, for you to wear out as summer winds down. It’s Texas, so there’s still time for one or two last pool parties before Pumpkin Spice Season kicks in.
Zhora — “Rivers (Redsean Remix).”
RIYL: The extended dance mix.
What else you should know: Whereas Zhora’s original ’80s-indebted single is primarily driven by the rhythm of the bass, this house mix is pure drums. It’s all glittered up and ready for the club now.
Autolaser & PLS&TY — “Hiding from the Rain (Left/Right Remix).”
RIYL: Turning things up a notch or 10.
What else you should know: Dallas’ Left/Right takes LA + Oslo artists PLS&TY and Autolaser’s original Bieber-esque tune, speeds it up a bit, cranks the drums up and turns this dreamy electronic-based tune into yet another banger. It’s all glittered up and ready for the club now.
Convextion — 2845.
RIYL: The Stranger Things score.
What else you should know: This not-at-all scary, hypothetical sci-fi soundtrack marks Gerard Hanson’s first release under the Convextion moniker in 10 years. If the enthusiasm for Cory Kilduff’s re-imagined Alien soundtrack and the S U R V I V E boys’ work on Stranger Things, has showed us anything, it’s that people are way into this type of thing these days.
Xes — “WOK” and “Troll.”
What else you should know: We premiered these tunes late last week. Writes our Pete Freedman: “Combined, they very much present Xes as a performer with a unique ear for aesthetic and vibe. But, as Xes puts it, they’re just the tip of his iceberg.”