Advance Cassette, "Slow Down" (from Plain View)
With 90's nostalgia in full swing, it's not hard to imagine that there are tons of bands like Advance Cassette out there— jamming Nirvana, Weezer, and early Pumpkins for inspiration and feeling rad and retro as fuck—but most of them won't ever make a song as catchy and fully realized as “Slow Down.”
Mr. Composition, "Expendable" (from Graffiti the Mind)
Even while it expresses the chilling notion that, to those in power, the rest of us are of no consequence; “Expendable,” from the excellent Graffitti the Mind
LP, gains power in that recognition. It's a smart hip-hop song with a hypnotic track from Ruler Why and Mr. Composition straight up rapping his heart out.
Third Root, "Unified" (from Revolutionary Theme Music)
A socialista's call to arms of sorts, “Unified” is my favorite track off of one of SA's best hip-hop records of the year. With an altered and smudged cumbia sample at its core, this exquisitely bumpin' song is an ear worm with a deep message of hope and worthy struggle.
Ants, "Swarmin" (from Ant)
From the opening drums of this track, which begins Ants swell debut release, you can tell you're in for an immersive experience. Like a swarm, this raw and cagey shoegaze gem seems to surround you on all sides.
Vetter Kids, "All My Friends Keep Moving to Seattle" (from III)
Ok, so nobody I give a shit about has ever moved to Seattle. However, any song that laments folks ditching San Antonio for hipper pastures is punk as fuck. Plus, the fuzzed-out bliss of this track is what first got me hooked on the Vetter Kids' medicine.