Weekly Staff Picks: An experimental hip-hop party in the coolest Hilton hotel lobby of all time

Step into this technicolored, bass-bumpin’  hotel elevator with me, as we go through fourteen levels of experimental hip-hop from some of the best artists Austin, Texas has to offer. These tracks have a tendency to make you feel like you are in the coolest Hilton hotel lobby of all time. 


This ethereal hotel check-in starts out with instrumentals from our friend, Payton Long, who graced us with a performance at our recent DJ Expo. Natural Selection, kyddjones and Goldschool continue to bend norms with their original percussive arrangements and melody lines as well.

We couldn’t make a playlist of electronic and hip hop composers without tipping our hat to the wizard himself, Eric Dingus. For those of you who remember his killer performance at the On Vinyl Music Boat Party need to listen to his song “All That Mattered,” if you want to fall in love all over again.

If you want to blast some lo-fi beats out of your 98’ Honda Accord speakers riding down South Congress, GOOD MAMA [良いママ] should be your artist of choice.

Our last two levels on our weekly staff playlist are two tracks by On Vinyl favorite, Payton Long. This turntable aficionado continues to make waves in the underground ATX scene. Payton’s “Don’t Stop (ft. Charles Mxxn)” and “HALLELUJAH,” take a trips from a bumping club track to an “end of the night” cathartic, aural storyline.

In a city where hip-hop sometimes takes the backseat to the punk rock and indie sounds from the Red River district, we want to make sure that your Austin hip-hop vocabulary is up to par. Keep up with these Austin locals as they continue to mold music shaped by old-school inspiration and new age technology. I hope you enjoyed your stay at Hip-Hop Hilton Hotel. Come back and party in the lobby again.