Blog - February 2009

Kero One is my homie

Kero One is my homie!

He makes beats, writes raps and likes dope kicks. Continuing with my Mushroom Jazz 6 head space, Kero is the man behind track 4, Groovin,’ which is one of my personal favorites. Pursuing the quest for quality hip hop fused with influences of jazz, blues and good ole fashioned soul, Kero is prepping for his next full length release which is dropping in April on his own imprint Plug Label. However, just to give you a taste he’s dropped a new single ‘When the Sunshine Comes’ which is available on itunes. If you ain’t got the time to get to the itunes store, click here for a special download of ‘Welcome to the Bay’ courtesy of the man himself.

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 27, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
Posted in: Music

Cates&dpL 'Through the Weekend'

The debut from Om’s new dynamic duo — a journey through all things electronica — full of driving rhythms, lush atmospherics, and stunning synths!
When two talented forces come together unifying their knowledge of everything music — something special happens; enter Cates&dpL. With backgrounds in the industry as both musicians and as tour management, Jon Cates and David Lind have grown and developed together to push the envelope with their unique sound.
Cates&dpL have been noted for their musicianship since they started in 2003, and over the past five years they have matured alongside their musical techniques and devices. Not wanting to sound like every other electronic act, they have put more attention on being a team rather than solo artists. This effort stands out in their carefully crafted music, and they gain influence from one another every day giving each track they produce its own character and feeling.

When considering what would be the best for their newest recording effort (which will actually be their third studio album), Jon and Dave were determined to present their new material to the public in a way that shows the real side of their artistry, a side that displays true musicianship.

Although many people would consider them newbies, Cates&dpL have been achieving success since day one. Triumphs for the duo have put them in coveted spots including #1 placement on Beatport’s Breaks Downloads, a feature on James Zabiela’s DJ Mag covermount CD, as well as a feature on the Global Underground Paris compilation — mixed by Nick Warren. These successes have only pushed the two harder. Their recent remixes of Ladyhawke, Michael Jackson, and Nina Simone have seen heavy blog rotation and support from Carl Cox, Mike Monday, D. Ramirez and more.

In support of the release of ‘Through the Weekend,’ we’ve decided to give you a free download of an oldie but goodie. Released on the Samantha James ‘Angel Love’ remix ep, the somewhat slept on Cates & dpL (Portland Beaver Mix) is a nice introduction of their remix work. Keep an eye out for more remixes from the up and coming production duo as they’ve finished current projects for Wolfgang Gartner and current boots for Zion I, MIA, Ladyhawke & Pink Floyd. Click here to download a 320 MP3 of Samantha James ‘Angel Love’ (Cates & dpL Portland Beaver Mix).

And least but not last, the production duo just hit me with a special podcast showcasing their new productions with select songs from ‘Through the Weekend’ and the whitelabel remix of Ladyhawke. You can stream or download it on the podcast page here.

Through the Weekend Podcast Tracklist

1.Prolectro

2.351

3.PeerPressure

4.Through The Weekend

5. Ladyhawk – Magic (cates&dpL Make Magic Bootleg)

6. Late Night Nothingness (outro)

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 26, 2009 @ 12:32 PM
Posted in: News

J-Boogie on BK All Day

Since 1993, Beatsauce radio has been holding down the airwaves of the SFC with resident djs J-Boogie, Wisdom and Raw B every Sunday evening. Known for their innovative shows showcasing the who’s who in hip hop, ticket giveaways and a long list of guest appearances including the likes of Common, Gangstarr, KRS-ONE, J5 and many more. Along with Om Records, this year marks the 15th anniversary of Beatsauce, and as the seasons change so does radio. Beatsauce has now parted ways from KUSF and had teamed up with Brooklyn Radio and it’s affliates for a bi monthly broadcast where you can stream and download the current hotness. Not just hip hop, they’ve decided to open the format to include multiple music genres including funk, soul, house, afrobeat, reggae, dancehall and disco. They’ve also enlisted Dj Diversify to join the team.


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In the new music world, the <A HREF=http://www.om-records.com:8100/releases/751-revolution target=blank">Revolution 12 inch featuring Lyrics Born, The Mamaz and a nice remix from DJ Vadim finally made it to wax and you can get your own personal copy online at blank">Turntable Lab or on the shelves at such stores as Amoeba. Don’t miss out on this limited edition 12 wax before it goes out of print.

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 26, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
Posted in: News

Jazzual Suspects with Lincoln and The Grammys

There are times when an artist is so prolific that he has to have several different monikers purely based on how many genres he touches and the amount of music being produced. This is King Kooba aka Colossus aka Beats Department aka the newly formed Jazzual Suspects who has been the talk of the town after being featured on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 6. The Jazzual Suspects is the brain trust of Charlie Tate, a 6ft 8 South Londener, Bay Area transplant, Chelsea and Oakland A’s fan who can roast the hell out of a lamb shank. The Jazzual Suspects is a new vibe from the colossal one, reminiscing of the new but old acid jazz era of the mid 90’s. Heavy on sampled drums, smooth piano chords and bits and pieces of horns and guitars is laced throughout music that only leads to one thing; infectious head banging. Noticed by KCRW and several other radio personalities, having the number one single downloaded track on the MJ6 album, The Jazzual Suspects were inviting to take part in a music video contest put together by Lincoln, in which the winner’s video would air in a 30 second spot during the commercials at the Grammy’s. As it turns out, Funkin’ Koobad, a song featured on a digital only mix called Downtempo Garden was chosen and we received two produced videos from local directors Noah Harald and Little Red Robots. Check out the videos below and look out for the free download of Funkin’ Koobad after the jump. Stay tuned for more from The Jazzual Suspects including an ep series and full length to be confirmed.





Click here to download a mp3 of Funkin’ Koobad.
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 25, 2009 @ 12:00 PM
Posted in: News

Nitevibe Dreamteam

Once upon a time in a raveland far far away, there was a little contest where we all voted for a favorite local djs to play at a big county ball attended by the SF royalty of electronic community. Well that time a year is here again and Om Records is repping hard with our favorite local based djs. We need your help to make this years results om-fabulous so we all can get together and celebrate at the Dreamteam event which will be announced soon. Unfortunately, you can only choose 5 djs on the list and there are way more Om djs involved, so you might have to vote twice using different emails ;-) Look below for the full list of Om Endorsed Acts:

Bassnectar

Fluid

Fred Everything

IZ

J-Boogie

Lance De Sardi

Mark Farina

Still Rob G

Zeph

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Posted by: admin on February 24, 2009 @ 4:19 PM
Posted in: News

Zeph Mix pt2

Happy Monday folks! Here is the second installment of the DJ Zeph January ‘09 mix. If you haven’t downloaded Part 1, please click here. Zeph is the king of turntable blends and mash ups, combining 2 records of 2 genres that you never thought would ever work together. Make sure to click the banner to redirect to the podcast page where you can download or stream the mix at your discretion. If you dig it, leave some words in the comment box. Peace!

20. Freddie Cruger – Hustle / Common – Go

21. Janes Addiction – Caught Stealin / Jay-z – Encore

22. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger / Kool Keith – Poppa Large

23. Chic – Good Times / Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

24. Queen – Another One Bites the Dust / Fela Kuti

25. White Stripes – 7 Nation Army / Apathy

26. Busta Rhymes – Don’t Touch Me

27. Sean Paul – Burnin / Yaz – Situation

28. Machel Montana – Around the World

29. Lil Jon &Pit Bull – Defense Remix

30. Nina Sky – Move Ya Body / Salt N Pepa – Push It

31. Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina / Outkast – Bombs Over Baghdad

32. Duffy feat. Game – Mercy

33. Kanye West – Love Lock Down

34. Mark Rae – Medicine

35. Chubb Rock – Treat Em Right / Lil Wayne & Mary J Blige

36. Elsewhere – outro

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 23, 2009 @ 12:41 PM
Posted in: Music

IDMA Dance Awards

Calling all Om Records fans, we NEED your help! Om Records has been nominated for best US dance label in the years IDMA Dance Awards. The IDMAs take place during the week of WMC in Miami Beach where the electronic community gathers to celebrate exceptional achievements and accomplishments through out the year. There’s a long list of categories that include best club, best dj, best remix, best promoter and so forth. Winners will be presented March 26th and the International Dance Music Awards during WMC. Click the banner to visit the IDMA home page where you can cast your votes. Together, we can win this thing. Have a great weekend!!

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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 20, 2009 @ 12:34 PM
Posted in: News

The NY born, Doze Green is a legend and a pioneer of graffti and Hip Hop art. As one of the original members of the Rock Steady Crew, Doze built a name for himself and quickly became one of the most influential street artist. His work is refined yet underground. Using a lot of street sign elements, his work forces people to look to the future while looking at the past. He work is currently being featured all around the world in private galleries. If you are ever in San Francisco, be sure to drop by Haight street to get a glimpse of a Doze Green piece.


This legend is another artist with ties to Om. His was commissioned to produce art for Om’s hip hop series, Deep Concentration. The CDs are still in print and available in the Om store here. The Om office also houses a 11 ft x 11 ft exclusive Doze painting on canvas done for Om.



Visit <a href=http://www.dozegreen.com target="_blank">Dozegreen.com for more information on Doze Green.

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Posted by: g.win on February 14, 2009 @ 4:02 AM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation



Dave Flores has longtime ties to Om Records. Originally commissioned to design the cover art for the Om’s Colorform series, Dave Flores has been producing some really interesting stuff as of late. Op top of digital work, Dave has been teaming up with the likes of Kid Robot to produce a line of vinyl figures.

Visit Davidfloresart.com for more info on David Flores.

If you are in LA on July 18th, check out his showing.

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Posted by: g.win on February 14, 2009 @ 12:59 AM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

Flavor Innovator is the ish....

The truth, the business, the pixels; Flavor Innovator also known as Steve Ha is the dude. I started working with him back in 2002 on my first big hip hop show in the Bay, MF Doom at DNA Lounge. We broke in to the scene together, Steve designed the fliers and i ran and booked the shows. It was a great partnership until the day came when he had so many clients hiring him that i had to wait in line for my designs. Go Flavor Innovator! Time passed, Steve had a monopoly on flyer designs for the Bay Area and i was hired to Om Records. We then started working on album covers and cd projects and he flipped the Zeph & Azeem ‘Rise Up’, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science ‘Soul Vibrations; and E Da Boss ’Go Left’ 12inch designs for me without a blink of an eye. For me, he is one of the most talented graphic designers that i have ever worked with. To this date, his client list is over a 100 deep ranging from artists like Lyrics Born to clothing companies such a Exact Science as well as building websites; he is the real deal hollyfield. Peep this little in depth interview courtesy of Satva and Vimby.com. Look closely for the jonthecorner appearance living large of 3rd and Townsend. Steve you are the MAN!

Check out the Flavor Innovator Website.
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Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 10, 2009 @ 12:19 PM
Posted in: News
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