If atmospheric worldly downtempo beats are your thing, check out the new album from Sven Van Hees. We’ve enlisted Sven in the past on remix duty for our very own Chuck Love. The Belgium producer just dropped a new album entitled, “Maverick”. The album is full of tropical worldly electronica lounge music that any fan of Naked Music, Bitter:Sweet, Ananda Project, Bajka, Tosca, Samantha James, and Hotel Costes would appreciate. (Check out “You Got A Hold Of Me”.)
The album is out now on Sven’s own Your Lips label.
Buy The Physical CD Here
Visit iTunes and Beatport To Listen And Purchase “Maverick”
Featuring an all new remix and instrumental dedicated to the smooth taste of Colt. Don’t let it fool ya! These are limited to 1,000 copies pressed on beer colored vinyl (yes!). The only way to pick one up is to bring your Very Important Partier card to a PUTS show or stay tuned to this blog. We will reveal other ways to touch copies. Keep drinkin’ yall.
Who wants a quart?
Who wants a 40?
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 22, 2009 @ 2:51 PM
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This is not the first time we’ve written about Will Saul. He and Mike Monday teamed up for one of the best remixes of Juan Maclean’s “Happy House”. “Balance” is the perfect name for Will Saul’s new mix CD. This ambitious work jumps all over the spectrum of electronic-related music. It dips into the disco-house, swings by indie-synthpop awesomeness, and falls into the depths of dub-house. Some of the big artists remixed in the three CD collection include Hercules and Love Affair, Bats for Lashes, Modeselektor Feat. Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Sly & Robbie, Sally Shapiro, Liquid People, Daniel Wang, Wolf + Lamb, Carl Craig, DJ T, Dixon, Burial, and Morgan Geist (of Metro Area) (Click Here For Full Tracklisting). This thing is a dense mix of texture and style, but it maintains a sort of balance that is Will Saul’s execution and futuristic-house style.
Forgive my corny metaphor, but I really feel like Saul is flying me through this mysterious cluster of electronic weather patterns. As I listen to it via headphones, I cannot help feeling like I’m on a plane about to go Buenos Aires; I’m just going to start over. You know? This feeling only augments as I hear actual planes taking off in the last track. It’s a Liquid People’s “Sons of Dragons remix”. Now that I think about it, this is a great CD for a three-hour flight. It balances perfectly dance-ability, ambiance, emotion, and tension/resolution. The only downside about the airplane setting would be the inability of moving around, but you know, dancing in your mind can be equally rewarding.
Despite what I got out of it, I think anyone could appreciate one or more elements in this album. There is so much to choose from: awesome polyrhythms, big bass swells, elusive staccato-tones, pad textures that whiz by you and crash into syncopated chords. The adhesive that binds all these tracks together is Saul’s futuristic-house, almost vinyl-vintage sound, which makes it very pleasant. There is nothing directly abrasive; however, tension does build (subtly) and darkness does descend, but this is always resolved with an interesting swing out.
Some adjectives/tags/ideas: utopia, futuristic house, eclecticism, indie, synth-pop, dub, house, techno, yoga, the future, travel, running, planes, your dream city.
I highly recommend you pick up Saul’s October release Balance 015.
Click Here To Purchase Balance 015 Mixed By Will Saul From Amazon.com
Click Here To Check Out The Full Tracklisting & Listen To The Mix
Mixing funky-ass beats, intelligent hard hitting rhymes, and glossy guest vocals from the likes of Destani Wolf, Silya, and Aima, the new Crown City Rockers album ‘The Day After Forever’ brings the heat on every track. Just because we can, OM is giving out a free track from the album, called “Astroshocks.” It’s a dope track that highlights CCR’s old-school influences, with MC Raashan Ahmad spitting hot rhymes over percussion-heavy rhythms. Like the rest of the album, the beats on this track are just the right amount of saucy, meaning you can bump this all night and keep a party going. On the contrary, you can kick back, relax and unwind with some of the softer joints on the album like “That’s Life” ft. Jason Jasper. My personal favorite track is “Go Away.” It combines silky smooth background vocals, an R&B-style beat, and socially conscious lyrics. Ahmad throws down super hard across the track, but especially so when he exclaims, “what happen? Everybody yappin’/ Got in my head even took away my passion/ All about the rappin, now about the business/ They don’t go away, now I’m back on my fitness.”
All in all, The Day After Forever is a more-than-solid album that needs to be COPPEDRIGHTAWAY.
If you’re in the Bay Area tonight, make sure to stop by PST at 330 Ritch for the special mix cd release party for OM Records’ recording artist J-Boogie. J-Boogie has teamed up with Exact Science for an exclusive Soul Vibrations t-shirt and every purchase is accompanied by a free mix cd entitled ‘The Bay and Beyond,’ exploring the depths of Bay Area music and beyond. Make sure to show your face early as there will be free t-shirt and mix cd giveaways while supplies last.
On another note, here’s J-Boogie’s top 24 joints filling up his hard drive.
Sean Paul – imperial Blaze
Chelly – Took the Night
Keelay and Zaire – Alright by Me
Izza Kizza – Kizzaland Mixtape
BK-One – Radio Do Canibal
DJ Kicks – Chromeo
Drake – Closer To My Dreams (ft. Andreena Mill)
Alice Russell – Pot of Gold Remixes
Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So Maybe No (King Most Refix)
People Under the Stairs – Trippin at the Disco
Othello + DJ Vajra – Active Balanced f/ Now On & Mayer Hawthorne
Soulico – Exotic on the Speaker
Aldo Vanucci – Bastard Jazz EP ROL Presents: Jackson Lovers
Various – Everyday Dubs
Scott – Bah
Shantel – Planet Paprika
Baaba Maal – Television
Casual Sax & The Saxual Revolution – The Blow Sven Theory – The Inst.
Crown City Rockers – The Day After Forever
Midnight Star – Midas Touch (Platurn Rmx) Feat. Kat O1O
Breakestra – Dusk till Dawn
Brownout – Aquilas & Cobras
Jern Eye – Vision
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 19, 2009 @ 4:53 PM
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Om Records in conjunction with Digital Soul,Miami Boutique Hotels and Supperclub Amsterdam is proud to announce Om:ADE 2009 featuring DJ Heather, Pezzner (live), Soul Migrantz, DJ Fluid, Al Velilla plus Digital Soul Residents Dekky, Jeff Alexander, Steve Boomselecter, Dru69 & Ian Soul. In celebration for our 15 Year Anniversary and the Amsterdam Dance Event, we are taking over the legendary Supperclub venue for an intimate night with Om Records Djs. The first 50 people through the door will be receiving a free Om15 cd courtesy of yours truly. Click here to purchase presale tickets.
In preparation for Om:ADE, we are offering an exclusive download of Pezzner ‘Live at Kontrol’ recorded at The End Up in San Francisco on October 3rd, 2009. Kontrol is one of SF’s best monthly electronic events specializing in the finest of minimal techno and forward thinking house music. Featuring heaps of brand new productions, remixes and originals, Pezzner’s signature deep house will be taking Amsterdam by storm. Click here for more information on [KONTROL].
For Booking, Contact:
North | South America | Asia | Australia
Nneka G (Agent) APT Entertainment Inc.
Europe | UK
Andrew Kelsey (Agent)
Blue Collar Entertainment Europe
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 19, 2009 @ 12:44 PM
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Roskow Kretschmann, otherwise known as Sygaire is 1/6th of eclectic producers, Jazzanova. Together with longtime friend, Defcon (LSD / Disco Diamant), the duo have been releasing singles that fuse hip hop, electro, soul, boogie, rare grooves, and more.
Definitely one of the hottest tracks and signings ever. We’re proud to be releasing the new single, “The Latest Feat. Capitol A”. The single contains a b-side electro mix that will have b-boys, DJs, and the general public freaking out. Listen below to instantly be transported back to the days of Newcleus “Jam On It” and Afrika Bambaataa “Planet Rock”, only with a nu-school flare.
Listen To Sygaire & Defcon Feat. Capitol A “The Latest (Electro Mix)”.
Buy the digital release at Beatport.com
12inch Also Available At Retailers
Posted by: g.win on October 19, 2009 @ 11:15 AM
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We’re all well aware of Miguel Migs’ ladykiller looks but he also uses his skills on the decks to make panties drop worldwide. One listen to his honey-soaked new mix Get Salted Volume 2 and you’ll see why. Migs perfectly synthesizes house with elements of soul, funk and jazz to create an elegant mix that satisfies from beginning to end. The mix is just funky enough to keep your body jacking with well placed vocalsthroughout from scene heavyweights such as Lisa Shaw, Tortured Soul, and Tim Fuller adding just the right dose of sexy. Miguel does a good job of balancing his own productions and remixes with some choice cuts from favorites like Joshua Heath, Jay-J, and Fred Everything. Look for standouts like Dirty Culture’s “Not Another Jazz” and “88 Keys To Love” by Nathan G to get any party started. So in case you have written off Mr. Migs as another pretty boy DJ, take a listen to Get Salted Vol. 2 … and prepare to have your panties drop!
Birthdays represent elevations and progressions of life and there’s no better way to celebrate then to put together musicians of different musical backgrounds and styles in one studio session. The homies at Plug Research and ArtDontSleep have the vision, as well as a free 30 minute mp3 download entitled ‘Happy Birthday Flying Lotus’ featuring Flying Lotus, Exile, Shafiq Husayn, Stephen Thundercat Bruner, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Computer Jay, Isaac Smith, Jim Lang, Alla Koi, Andres Renteria and Matthew David.
If you’re at CMJ next week, make sure not to miss the Om endorsed event Can I Get You High presented by Vtech and Plug Research featuring Bilal with a six piece band, Exile feat. Blu, Shaifq Husayn featuring Miguel Atwood-Freguson and Thundercat, J. Rocc, Dj Spinna, Large Professor, Blu Jemz and hosted by Pharoahe Monch. For more info, visit Plug Research. Flyer posted below.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on October 16, 2009 @ 10:27 AM
Posted in: Events
What up internet, the name’s intern #1 and I’m here to bring you recaps of the Bay Area’s finest events. Last night I had the pleasure of seeing RJD2 spin some of his favorite tracks at Vessel’s hipster frenzied Infatuation.
The eclectic set, which ranged from atmospheric hip hop to funky, 80’s pop brought an equally eclectic audience, and everyone from the diehards in front to the curious onlookers in the back seemed to be having a good old time.
Not to mention Infatuation’s 2 for 1, well-poured drinks. A lot of fine drinking glasses lost their life last night due to the slippery conditions on the dance floor. The place was packed and the floor was glassy.
Vessel’s DJ booth didn’t have enough room for RJD2’s gear, and thus we got a more mashed up, Serato-scratch live set. I think that RJD2 is best served on 3 or 4 turntables, but I still had a really good time last night, and I’m glad I witnessed the man throw down his favorite tunes.
Also, a shout out to DJ Centipede who really rocked it. He pumped the audience up with a subtle remix of RJD2’s “The Horror”, the first track off the 2002 critically acclaimed album Deadringer. Look out for this guy.
In full recap, I think the night gets a 2.5 out of 4. Had RJD2 brought his own decks, the number would be higher.
I’m intern #1 and I’ll be reviewing indie/electro/dance shows in the up and coming months. Next time I hope to bring you pictures. If you have any photos of this show or those in the future, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll put them up. You Heard It First: Here’s an insider’s note, RJD2 will be dropping a remix of Bassnectar on Om’s Childs Play imprint. Joining him on remix duties for Bassnectar will be DJ Vadim, Nosaj Thing, Robot Koch, Amp Live, and Mexicans With Guns. Should be dropping very very soon.
Posted by: Intern #1 on October 15, 2009 @ 11:18 AM
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