Our peeps over at URB have a new site with an interview with Thes One! Peep the link below and find out what’s up with the new album, hearing his beats on TV and having a shirtless angry Will.I.Am in his face.
The year 2005 was a year of inflection for Om Records for different reasons but one of the most remarkable ones was the Om residency in Ibiza hosted at El Divino presenting probably one of the most exciting,innovating and interesting line ups that the Mediterranean white island had seen to date.
During those magical 3 months, Om Records moved it’s headquarters to a magnificent Villa situated in the middle of a forrest between Ibiza town and Santa Eulalia del Rio and apart from enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, eating Bullit de Peix (a very unique and delicious fish Paella) and organizing endless after hours until the morning light, we had the chance to meet with a big part of the crazy summer fauna that inhabit the island from April till October.
Apart from all the promoters, disc jockeys, go-go dancers,club owners, wannabes, yoga teachers, taxi drivers, millionaires, opportunists and old hippies who we met with we also got in touch with an small group of visual artists who live there all year around. Peculiar characters who tend to hide from the crazy angry British tourists and who spend their time swimming naked on secret beaches (mainly by the north of the island),painting; creating beautiful pieces of art of all kinds.
One of the most remarkable ones is without a doubt is Jesus de Miguel also known as “Jesidi” or simply “Jesu” for the close friends. An artist born and raised in Guardo (a little Village in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula) who studied Art and New Visual Media in Salamanca (one of the most historical cities in Spain and where the oldest University of Europe is located) and whom after a few years working for big different important companies in Madrid ended up as the head of the art department of the Pacha Emporium (probably the biggest brand in Lifestyle/Night Entertainment in the world).
Since then, Jesu hasn’t stopped his frenetic activity as one of the most solicited artists on the island developing concepts and imagery for parties, clothing brands, record labels, clubs, and organizations such as the International Ibiza Film Festival or HOVI (International Home Video and Multimedia Ibiza Festival).
The love for the bizarre, a masterly use of the color in big canvas, surreal characters, subliminal and acid messages and an strong disobedience for the established rules are some of the characteristics of this genius artist who will shortly exhibit in San Francisco.
Check out the new Leftism Edits Vol. 2 release from two of the best in the game, Sake One and J-Boogie, as they work on tracks from the likes of Goapele, Outkast, and more. This little diddly shows off these two producers worldly skills as they transform tracks from different genres and cross breed them with all different sounds.
To kick things off on this new edits volume, Sake One funks with Goapele’s Milk n Honey, a track dependent on smooth r&b beats with oh so soulful vocals. In doing so, he transforms a hoooot song with some worldly qualities by replacing the simplistic backbeat with a fun reggae-style instrumental full of some serious slappin’ of bass. About halfway through the track some nice vocal effects add some welcomed burn to spice it up a bit.
Sake One then takes one of my favorite tracks in K’naan’s ABCs, and throws dome some serious tricks to give it some useful funk attributes. While the original version has more African style flare, Sake uses a wider array of instrumental sequences and effects to create a more worldly sound. Any fan of hip-hop or world music should give this a serious listen.
J-Boogie’s first contribution to the volume comes in the form of a latin remix of Mr. V meets Elvis Crespo track Sauve Drink Down. J’s production value adds some serious attitude to this track, giving more than just a traditional mix of string guitar and morocco shakers. A nice use of percussion and brass instruments works to keep the track moving the whole way through. At about the halfway mark the breakdown mixes things up even more, in the best way possible.
The last track, Outkast meets Brenton Allstars’ Studio One Story, really highlights J’s abilities as a producer and mixer. The opening sequence displays a multitude of interesting instrumental choices that on their own might look ridiculous, but somehow flow together seamlessly. He takes a track that already oozes personality with the unique vocals from Andre 3000, and turns it into an orchestral masterpiece, synthesizing the aural tracks with some serious groove beats. This track is a serious throwback to the Africa Bambaataa and P-Funk sounds of the past few decades; it’s a serious treat for your ears.
This volume is definitely worth having, especially for the price of free.
Grab the volume Here
Posted by: admin on November 28, 2009 @ 1:42 PM
Posted in: Free Downloads
We’re happy to finally bring you the new series in the Om Apparel line featuring graphics from urban street artist, Sam Flores. We’ve taken Sam’s art and applied it to garments like it has never been done before. The graphics are almost burned into the garments. The end result is a fitted, vintage-feel, high end, and light garment. All pieces in the line come with a tag that allows you to download a free music from Om. Full look book will be posted later this week.
The Leak…..You will be able to pick up the line at select fine retailers in 2010. Because there are those of you looking for unique and limited edition items for the holiday season, we’re leaking a small limited amount of units exclusively at the Om-records.com/store, just in time for the holidays.
Click Here to Pick Up the Line Before Anyone Else.
Posted by: g.win on November 27, 2009 @ 12:15 PM
Posted in: Style
In a glum 21st Century epoch of economic crisis, political unrest and nuclear menace, it is perhaps unsurprising that the style of music most feted for its pure, unadulterated sense of fun has crept its way, with a side-step shuffle and a double handclap, back onto dance-floors across the globe.
As melody replaces minimal as the buzz du jour, it is the dancing that once again takes centre stage leaving the uber-koolische backs slumped forlorn against the wall.
We are, of course, talking about D.I.S.C.O..
While some might argue that disco has never truly been away –hip-hop and house producers in particular have long plundered its resources to furnish their sample-laden oeuvre– surely the glitter-ball hasn’t shone as brightly over a scene since its infamous ‘demolition’ in 1979 as it has over the last two years.
Despite often being saddled with the annoyingly constricted ‘nu’ prefix, contemporary disco is a deceptively broad school encompassing a variety of quirky sub-genres. Whether your proverbial flavour is breezy balearica, irreverent italo or butt-shaking boogie, you can find it all down at the (nu) Discotheque.
In celebration of this musical renaissance we have profiled and interviewed some of disco’s brightest new stars. Clap-clap.
After becoming one of the most downloaded tracks ever on RCRDLBL.com, Colette drops the full single for “Think You Want It”. The first lady of Om (how many times has this phrased been used? ), enlists Pezzner, Sexual Chocolate, and Hanssen for remix duty.
Pezzner, busy working on his album for Freerange Records, gives us one of the stand out remixes on the single. Moody, deep, spacey, and heavily layered with cut-up vocals, claps, bass, and everything else we have come to love about Pezzner.
Sexual Chocolate delivers a Chicago fidget inspired version of the track that i’m sure you will hear in Colette’s DJ sets. Perhaps the most surprising remix is from Hanssen, who takes the track and Colette in a completely new direction!
Watch The Music Video For “Think You Want It” Here
One half of Groove Armada, Tom Findlay, has put together a special DJ mix podcast for online music magazine, Clash Music. The mix starts with disco and goes into big room house. The mix features tracks from Crazy P with remix from Hot Toddy (another Om artist you will see in 2010), LCD Soundsystem, Greg Wilson’s remix of A Guy Named Gerald, and our pal Worthy with Yankee Zulu. The DJ mix also features two remixes of Groove Armada’s new “I Won’t Kneel” single.
Groove Armada’s “Black Light” is out in Feb 2010.
Tom Findlay, Groove Armada, Dj Mix Tracklisting
01. “Reach Me” – Crazy P (Hot Toddy Remix)
02. “Bye Bye Bayou” – LCD Soundsystem
03. “Voodoo Ray” – A Guy Called Gerald (Greg Wilson Edit)
04. “Something About You” – Daniel Paul
05. “I Won’t Kneel” – Groove Armada (No Brainer + Mouj Remix)
06. “Shine On” – DJ T
07. “Wheel Me Out” – Was (Not Was) (Long Version)
08. “I Won’t Kneel” – Groove Armada (Mock & Toof Remix)
09. “White Lies” – Fenech Soler
10. “Concumbia” – Worthy & Yanky Zulu
11. “Gemini” – Marek Hemmann
12. “I Want Your Love” – Chic (Todd Terje Edit)
Click Here to Download The Mix From Clashmusic.com
Posted by: g.win on November 25, 2009 @ 2:04 PM
Posted in: Free Downloads
Atjazz and long time vocalist Clyde, drop their new single “Please You”. The single is a laid back subtle dance floor track that really simmers and gets your feet moving, one foot at a time. It’s crazy how closely Clyde’s voice resembles Pharrel Williams of NERD. In fact, the track sounds like a spacey deep house version of a track that NERD would have made. Atjazz does what he does best, producing a simple but lush deep house dance track, while also producing a memorable “song”.
The single features a remix by Garcy Noise, and Om’s very own Rob G.
Drop this joint and watch the girls do the dance floor shuffle.
Digital Pre-Release Exclusive @ Traxsource.com. Click Here To Purchase.
Listen To Atjazz Feat. Clyde “Please You”
Posted by: g.win on November 24, 2009 @ 7:15 PM
Posted in: Music
David Maisel is a visual artist from the Bay Area. You may have scene many of his pieces from his works titled, The Lakes Project. He most recently finished a residency at the Getty Research Institute. While going through Getty’s archives he discovered the museums old X-rays. These were taken by the museum to conserve the art pieces. The ghostly images lead David to create his most recent work entitled History’s Shadow comprises of these photographed and scanned X-rays.
“Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-familiarized and de-contextualized, yet acutely alive and renewed.”
For more information on David Maisel visit davidmaisel.com
Do you live in Europe? Have a Playstation 3? VidZone and PS3 will be partnering up with Groove Armada to offer PS3 home users something really special. To promote their new album, “Blacklight”, the Presentation Podium will be re-opened to deliver free music, interviews, a mini-game and of course rewards. Check out the trailer below.