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June 30, 2022

Caramelo Haze: “Something About Goodbye” (feat. Amalia Mondragón)

Song of the Day

By: Jack Anderson

With the explosive success of Black Pumas, Grupo Fantasma producer Adrian Quesada has become a household name in the mainstream consciousness. But that doesn’t mean Adrian’s the only visionary coming out of Grupo. Far from it. We can’t overlook Grupo Fantasma co-founder and guitarist Beto Martínez, who’s also been the major driving force behind Austin Latin outfits Money Chicha and Brownout. During the first summer of the pandemic, Martínez hunkered down at Lechehouse Music, his personal recording studio out in Buda, Texas. However, he wasn’t about to embrace isolation all on his own. Instead he broke some branches off the extended Fantasma family tree: Fantasma/Brownout/Chicha drummer John Speice, Nemegata multi-instrumentalist Victor “El Guámbito” Cruz, and Dos Santos composer-producer Alex Chavez.

Although the four have crossed paths plenty of times before and collaborated on countless projects on different scales, their natural chemistry was uninhibited by any prior artistic direction or clearly defined roles, and the quartet emerged from Lechehouse as Caramelo Haze. True to their name, Caramelo Haze is a steamy neo-soul treat. They effortlessly stir in formulas from familiar styles like psych and cumbia but don’t shy away from low-end electronic synth work, something relatively unheard of til now in the Fantasma dynasty. Last Friday Caramelo Haze released their debut full-length NOESTASAQUÍ, ten tracks that capture the exciting spirit of a genre-less adventure. We highly recommend listening to NOESTASAQUÍ front to back, but as we wrap up Pride Month, we’ve gotta shout out Queer Latin Grammy nominee Amalia Mondragón, who lays down impassioned airy vocals on the album closer, “Something About Goodbye”.

June 29, 2022

Jonathan Terrell: “I Know”

Song of the Day

By: Jack Anderson

Sporting a leather jacket with frills, hats with brims (not bills), and a voice that both thrills and chills, Jonathan Terrell is still Austin’s arbiter of “cosmic country”. Formerly the frontman of Austin rock outfit Not In The Face, we named Terrell our May 2020 Artist of the Month, right around the same time he shared his third full-length Westward. Westward catapulted Terrell and his whistlin’ charm into national awareness but he’s managed to hold onto his humility and stay grounded in what matters most – storytelling through music. Since treating KUTX to an at-home session early on in the pandemic, Jonathan Terrell’s shared a few new singles, all of which have retained the top-tier introspective songwriting we’ve come to expect from this rugged stargazer. The most recent one came out last Friday alongside a lyric video, and thanks to driving drums, grin-inducing guitar work, and some seriously scenic lyricism, “I Know” may quickly find its way into heavy rotation on your driving playlist. Bonus points for “I Know” based on its inspiration – a gorgeous silhouette of a woman bolting down the stairs with a big beer in each hand…at a Paul Simon concert.

June 28, 2022

Kalu & The Electric Joint: “Garden of Eden”

Song of the Day

By: Jack Anderson

For the better part of the past decade, we’ve kept a close eye on Nigerian-born, Austin-based singer-guitarist Kalu James. James first caught our attention with intimate solo acoustic gigs at venues like the Cactus Café right around the release of his 2013 full-length The Offering: Flesh. After linking up with guitarist JT Holt, James co-founded Kalu & The Electric Joint, an ethno-funk, future-psych, blues-rock-soul group that quickly claimed the title as our November 2017 Artist of the Month. Since 2019, Kalu & The Electric Joint have been riding the current off their critically-acclaimed, feature-laden full band debut, Time Undone. But despite KEJ’s immense talent and some personnel changes, you simply can’t devote to a new album while you’re still touring the last one. Well it turns out that Kalu & The Electric Joint have been working on their next record, we just haven’t known about it. What we thought were three standalone tracks were actually the first entries into KEJ’s upcoming sophomore full-length, and today the group share its four lead single. Sporting a sparse arrangement of drums, synth, acoustic guitar, and vocals, “Garden of Eden” recaptures the concise, introspective songwriting that made us fall in love with Kalu in the first place. This beautiful tune comes alongside a music video directed by Barbara FG, who won Music Video of the Year for Sir Woman’s “Party City” at the most recent Austin Music Awards. So step into the garden whenever you’re ready, and if you want a one-of-a-kind concert experience, catch KEJ performing as “Kalu & The Acoustic Joint” on Friday, July 22nd at the 04 Center along with Ray Prim.