Six Shooter is a recurring feature where we highlight six new releases by North Texas-based musicians, with some extra ammo to spare.
Dallas doesn't need outside talent to make compelling music, but a couple local artists put out some great new releases last month. For Sarah Jaffe, it was inspiration from a hero, as she released an excellent tribute to David Bowie that asked, "Did David Feel Like This?" For producer Cardo Got Wings, it was the big name that came to him, as he produced two tracks for superstar rapper Kendrick Lamar. With the quality of music that dropped in March, it's only a matter of time before more Dallasites get their shine, as well.
Sarah Jaffe - “Did David Feel Like This?”
This hauntingly beautiful tribute to David Bowie by Sarah Jaffe with the help of Midlake and Centro-matic members is an absolute must-listen. As she told Consequence of Sound, Bowie’s death had a profound effect on the singer-songwriter: “It put me in a somber and reflective state. Like so many million others, I delved back into his work in awe. Inspired all over again. What a force of brilliance. What a complete inspiration to myself and so many others.”
Kendrick Lamar - “Untitled 2 | 6.23.2014” & “Untitled 7 | 2014-2016”
It’s not often we feature a producer on these Best New Music posts, but Cardo Got Wings deserves to be an exception. He produced for Kendrick Lamar’s surprise release, untitled unmastered, and it's among some of the rapper’s most critically acclaimed work to date. As the Dallas producer told MTV, he wasn’t aware of the secret project until a week before its release. The two tracks picked for the project were originally part of a batch of tracks he sent to Lamar years ago and received minor tweaks in the process. Cardo is no stranger to big-time placements. He’s previously produced music for Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Drake and many more.
Herrick & Hooley - Texoma
If you take the time to fully listen to this teenage trio’s concept LP, you’ll not only hear 18 tracks of great music that's both earnest and emotive, you’ll catch up on the group’s whirlwind coming-of-age story. While they were making the album, the three members experienced high school, moved off to separate colleges and found love. You know, not exactly kid stuff. We featured the group’s making of the album in greater detail here.
The Outfit, TX - “I’m Wit That”
In 2015, the Outfit, TX released the Deep Ellum EP collaborating with a gang of Dallas artists as well as a highly touted LP Down By the Trinity, which we voted as one of the best albums of the year. Instead of resting on their laurels, the trio is going for the jugular in 201 with a number of loosies, the latest of which is “I’m Wit That.” For a group that’s released a ton of strong material over the last few years, this is one of their best to date. The back and forth between Mel Kyle and JayHawk Walker is hype-inducing and the down-South production gives the track a Southern classic feel.
Mary Walker - Scenes of You and Me
On this downtempo, seven-track EP, Mary Walker’s sultry voice gets the perfect complement from the emotive production work of tnght/tmrw and Nick Van House. It's one of the most pleasant releases we’ve heard this year. There’s really not much more we need to say than that.
Loudiene x St. Clair - “Hunnid Pack”
Louidene’s aggressive stylings coupled with Saint Clair’s playa-smooth vibe creates an enthralling dichotomy that makes this song worth keeping on repeat. But don't get too comfortable with your surroundings: As captivating as the track is, if you listen closely you’ll soon learn these two are not to be messed with.
Ronnie Heart - "Smoovie"
Pat Ron - Flowcaine 2
Pageantry - “Teenage Crime Wave”
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