Entries in Arkansas (73)


Greenova South ft. Lil Flip - "KRWU" prod. by Young God

KRWU is quickly becoming my most anticipated album of 2016, and this title track from the project will definitely keep my interest peaked until we get the full tape. (Pep just told me it could drop as early as this month.)

Houston veteran hitmaker Lil Flip sounds perfectly at home over Young God's syrupy mellow instrumental. Pep and Squadda also have very strong presences on this one.

Greenova South (Pepperboy & Squadda B) - "Tears in My Eyes" prod. by Young God

Little Rock's Pepperboy put out one LP and one collaborative EP last year. In comparison to the monsoon of content he put out in 2013 and 2014, 2015 was a slow year for him. Or at least that was my assumption. Now it seems evident that he's been busy recording and carefully calculating his next move.

In his vast catalog, the mournful "Tears in My Eyes" stands out as his best track. And lucky for us, there's an entire LP coming from this same team (Pepp, Squadda B from Main Attrakionz, and production by Young God of BSBD). The project will be out via NY boutique clothing giant Mishka, which is an appropriate and well deserved platform for Pepp.

🍸 Here's to a big 2016 for Pepperboy and his affiliates.


Pepperboy, Black Kirk Kobang & S. Ray - "Stop Playing With Me"

Happy birthday to Pepperboy, Little Rock's veteran hero of cloud rap music. He was kind enough to let me premiere this new track off Hard 2 Cope 2, his forthcoming collaboration LP with fellow Greenova South artist S. Ray. Also featured here is another Little Rock artist Black Kirk Kobang to round out this collabo.

Hard 2 Cope 1 came out around this time last year and saw Pep tone down his cloud music direction in favor of a return to his street rap roots. Sounds like we're in store for more of that based on the anthemic "Stop Playing With Me."

Pepperboy ft. Main Attrakionz - "Put 'Em On" Video


607 - "My Heart My Home"


Gentle Daps XV: Guest Mix by Beat Bachs

Beat Bachs is a Fayetteville-based DJ and jack of all trades. He's been active in radio for 16 years and counting with a few different projects, namely the film industry talkshow The Drive-in Speakerbox. That show got its start as a spotlight on film scores (and still incorporates film score material between talk segments). Beat Bachs, who goes by The Boom Operator on the show, has been amassing a gigantic collection of scores over the past decade for the show. He was kind enough to pour over this entire archive and pick out the quietest, dreamiest pieces he could find for Gentle Daps XV.

For more of Beat Bachs' projects, check out Art Amiss, a local art collective of which he's the president.

  1. Brian Eno - "Track 10" [from Glitterbug, 1994]
  2. Andre Artemyev - "They Go Long" [from Stalker, 1979]
  3. Massive Attack - "P is for Piano" [from Danny the Dog, 2005]
  4. Michael Boddicker - "Penny's Theme" [from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, 1985]
  5. The Edge & Michael Brook - "Hiro's Theme" [from Captive, 1986]
  6. Paul Hertzog - "The Morning After" [from Bloodsport, 1988]
  7. Manuel de Sica - "Will I See Her Again?" [from Dellamorte Dellamore, 1994]
  8. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - "Romero and the President" [from Escape From New York, 1981]
  9. Brad Fiedel - "Dream Window" [from Fright Night, 1985]
  10. Roy Budd - "Hallucinations (Instrumental)" [from Get Carter, 1971]
  11. Jon Brion - "Cubes" [from I ♥ Huckabees, 2004]
  12. Giorgio Moroder - "Irena's Theme" [from Cat People, 1982]
  13. Jan Hammer - "Sunset" [from Beyond the Mind's Eye, 1992]
  14. Alan Silvestri - "Main Title" [from Romancing the Stone, 1984]
  15. Keith Forsey - "Love Theme" [from The Breakfast Club, 1985]
  16. David Newman - "Thank You San Dimas High" [from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1989]

Pepperboy - "Home" Video


New Pepperboy album: Pottersfield

Little Rock-based cloud music hero Pepperboy is back with new material after a long layoff. (Eight months may not sound like a long layoff, but considering Pep's insanely active release schedule of recent years, it's quite a lengthy stretch). On first listen, Pottersfield sounds like the layoff has done him some good. Right away it is apparent that Pep has worked on flipping his inflections throughout these tracks. This adds some depth and range to his vocal arsenal. You can also hear the beefiness of the mixdowns, which are a noticeable upgrade from many of his more relaxed releases. Nice to hear that he's branching out and refining his sound for the better. Guests include previous collaborator Keyboard Kid, Greenova affiliates S.Ray and Squadda B, and fellow cloud rap mainstay Black Kray. Can't wait to spend more time with this one.

From the Vaults #3: Guest Mix by DJ EJ

ANTS Podcast mostly works the "deep finds" angle, but the time has come for a healthy dose of hit worship with a guest episode from DJ EJ, a longtime Fayetteville music scene staple. He was a station manager at KXUA, where he hosted Wheels of Steel, a show that spotlit local DJs. The show ended a few years back but lives on in the form of a party series, which has become one of EJ's best known projects. He's currently the music director for Art Amiss, a local organization dedicated to art, fashion and music in Arkansas. Check out the compilations he's curated here.

I'm very happy to have him contribute this mix of unabashed soft rock essentials for FTV. He's calling this mix "Dad's Yacht Rock," and he was kind enough to share some thoughts on the direction he took:

"'Yacht rock,' a pejorative term coined by Dayton Daily News popular music critic Dave Larsen in 1990 to describe an upcoming Jimmy Buffett concert in Cincinnati, and popularized by the 2005 to 2010 Channel 101 online video series of the same name, refers to the soft rock, nautically themed smooth music format prevalent throughout the '70s and into the mid '80s. This mix explores its overlap with another made up '70s genre, 'dad rock,' a reference to the soft, romantic music your dad used to set the mood while trying to put the moves on your mom." — DJ EJ

  1. Christopher Cross – "Sailing" [Warner Bros. Records, 1979]
  2. Ambrosia – "Biggest Part Of Me" [Warner Bros. Records, 1980]
  3. Player – "Baby Come Back" [RSO, 1977]
  4. Bread – "Make It With You" [Elektra, 1970]
  5. Seals & Crofts – "Summer Breeze" [Warner Bros. Records, 1972]
  6. Neil Diamond – "Forever in Blue Jeans" [Columbia, 1978]
  7. Jan Hammer – "Crockett's Theme (Extended 12" Mix)" [MCA Records, 1986]
  8. Boz Scaggs – "Jojo" [Columbia, 1980]
  9. Michael McDonald – "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" [Warner Bros. Records, 1982]
  10. Toto – "Georgy Porgy" [Columbia, 1978]
  11. Little River Band – "Reminiscing" [Harvest, 1978]
  12. Deliverance – "Leaving L.A." [Columbia, 1979]
  13. Steely Dan – "Midnite Cruiser" [ABC Records, 1972]
  14. Gordon Lightfoot - "Sundown" [Reprise Records, 1974]
  15. Eagles – "One of These Nights" [Asylum Records, 1975]
  16. Pages – "If I Saw You Again" [Epic, 1978]
  17. Air Supply – "Lost in Love" [Arista, 1979]
  18. England Dan & John Ford Coley – "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" [Big Tree Records, 1976]
  19. Gerry Rafferty – "Right Down the Line" [United Artists Records, 1978]
  20. Climax Blues Band – "I Love You" [Warner Bros. Records, 1980]
  21. 10cc – "I'm Not in Love" [Mercury, 1975]
  22. Billy Joel – "Just the Way You Are" [Columbia, 1977]
  23. Loggins and Messina – "Sailin' the Wind" [Columbia, 1973]

607 - "Rainbows on Oil Spots" Video

Little Rock rap don 607 came through with one of AiMT's favorite hip-hop tracks of 2014. Now that track has gotten its own music video: