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New Songs from Local Artists That Will Make Your Summer Shine 

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Blake "99 Peons"

Blowing up last year with his track "Flexin," which currently sits at 7.9 million views, San Antonio rapper Blake has been creating quite the buzz as of late. On the rapper's newest track "99 Peons," whose video debuted through Drake's video blog World Star Hip Hop, Blake is loud reminder that trap hip-hop is far from over and that we should probably be paying attention.

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House of Kenzo "Melania Carry"

Transcending the conceptual art/dance world to the music arena with their debut EP Bonfires of Urbanity, House of Kenzo hasn't skipped a beat since bursting on the scene nearly 2 years ago. From official South By Southwest showcases to their steady regiment of club performances across Texas, House of Kenzo is proving to be a force that demands attention from on-lookers and passerby's. Punctuated by sounds of breaking glass and machine-gun drum beats, "Melania Carry" sounds like what might be playing at a club in a post–apocalyptic future ... you know, the one we're about to be in.

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Wolf Party - "Burn"

A step away from the harsh noise soundscapes this experimental electronic artist is usually known for creating, Wolf Party (who arguably has the most interesting live show in San Antonio) somehow introduces elements of pop song structures without losing the integrity of his signature sound. On "Burn," the opening track off his latest effort Xerophysis the performer exhales a somber "you'll try to run / but you'll only burn up in my love / you'll try to escape / but you'll always be babe / and you know it" as a machine gun snare hit loops under echoing electric guitar notes.  It's haunting and weird and definitely would be the song buzzing in your head coming down from a strong mushroom trip in the desert.

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Topa Chica - Leopoldo

If the ladies of Topa Chica weren't thinking about floating down the Comal when they wrote this dreamy summer jam, well, I just don't know. Because seriously, with a laid-back chord progressions to compliment lyrics like "taking naps / hanging out / where you go / nobody knows," "Leopoldo" is the perfect escape from that 105º heat we're expected to hit this weekend.

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