Blog - December 2009

MUD, cosmetics has partnered up with one of our favorite non-profits to create a palette / benefit line. The money raised from the line goes to NextAid. Female electronic / dance artist, DJ Rap, along with Om’s Colette & Samantha James star in the campaigns.

From MUD
At MUD, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful future. Whether we are collecting gifts for homeless women and children or adopting a family through the Salvation Army, MUD Cares about making a personal difference in the everyday lives of people in need. This is why we are proud to collaborate with organizations like NextAid to create our special, limited edition MUD Cares Palette of Eye Colors. These palettes make a great holiday gift – and are helping to benefit orphaned children in Africa who have lost their parents due to the AIDS epidemic.

This holiday season, you can help make a difference too – by purchasing a MUD Cares Palette of Eye Colors. These rich, earthy Eye Colors were hand-selected by members of NextAid to bring out the natural beauty of every skin tone. What’s beautiful about them? When you purchase one of these palettes, 100% of the proceeds go toward building a safe and sustainable home for a group of children. With only a few palettes left, we have almost met our goal. Please help us make a tangible difference in the lives of children in need. And remember – looking good never felt so great.

To purchase a MUD Cares Palette of Eye Colors or find out how you can help, visit: or

Posted by: on December 15, 2009 @ 3:50 PM
Posted in: Take Action
Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 15, 2009 @ 11:21 AM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

Om’s songbird, Samantha James, will release her sophomore artist album in the 2nd quarter of 2010. The first single, “Waves of Change” will be released in early 2010 and will feature a number of remixes. One remixer will have you all surprised! Keep checking back for more info on Samantha’s upcoming single and sophomore album.

Visit Samantha James’s Artist Page To Listen To Clips, Music Videos, and more.

Posted by: on December 15, 2009 @ 12:16 AM
Posted in: News

Om is teaming up with KCRW and Vieroy Santa Monica to present a unique New Years Eve experience. We’re bringing together some of the greatest music selectors of today for a night of food, drinks, and eclectic music.

Featuring Music Selection From

King Britt (FiveSixMedia, Om)
A legend and an amazing DJ / producer like no other, King Britt is well accomplished. As a member of the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets, King was credited for starting Ovum Recordings with Josh Wink, and has a production/remixing resume that includes everyone from Miles Davis and Zap Mama to Solange Knowles and Macy Gray.

Jason Bentley (Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW)
Jason Bentley is KCRW’s Music Director and host of one of the most influential radio shows in the US, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Jason is hands down, one of the most important music selectors of today.

Raul Campos (Nocturna, KCRW)
The night wouldn’t sound the same without Raul Campos spinning the soundtrack. Born and raised in East L.A., Raul has his finger on the pulse of what makes this city beat. House, down-tempo, urban-soul, and Latin rhythms blend together for a killer mix.

Jamie Strong (Stones Throw Records / Do Over)
With the official title of “Minister of Information” at Stones Throw Records, Jamie Strong is one of LA’s most important tastemakers. His weekly summer season event, titled, “The Do Over” has become one of the most important parties in Southern California. Past guests have included AM, Peanut Butter Wolf, Spinderella, A-Trak, and Om’s very own J-Boogie, JT Donaldson, and King Britt.


Posted by: on December 14, 2009 @ 10:26 PM
Posted in: Events

Today is my birthday, and to celebrate the UN has published the official Copehagen guest list. It runs to 3 volumes, and includes some suitably rock and roll entries. First prize goes to “The Compensators”. Whether or not they have a Motown history remains unclear, but it’s something of a supergroup either way. George Clooney’s in it, alongside Tommy lee jones. Sir David Attenborough is a ‘compensator’ too, presumably as MC, and so is the Bishop of London, maybe heading up the choir. To seal a record deal, they’ve also signed up Richard Benson, ‘founder of virgin unite’. Questions as to whether that’s a fairly transparent cover for Branson remain unanswered.

Another day, another EU proposal, this time a 50% cut in the rate of deforestation by 2020 and a complete halt by 2030. But Brazil said it did not want a specific target or timetable, which is a blow given that it has the biggest swath of trees in the world. The Brazilians are probably not too happy with Google either. They stepped in with a new technology that enables online, global-scale observation of changes in the earth’s forests.

Meanwhile, more than half the world’s countries pledged to only sign a deal that attempts to hold temperature increases to no more than 1.5 degrees. The current target is 2 degrees. They have day to day evidence on their side.

“We have two research stations, one in the pacific and one in the Caribbean. They both suggest a rise of 2 degrees is completely untenable for us,” said Dessima Williams, a diplomat speaking for island states. “Our islands are disappearing, our coral reefs are bleaching, and we are losing our fish supplies”. Tears were shed by delegates from sub-saharan Africa as they described the impact of climate change on their people.

Posted by: Andy Cato (Groove Armada) on December 14, 2009 @ 9:41 PM
Posted in: Take Action

Yesterday, the Times published an extract from a booklet I’d put together – a Condensed Version of Climate Change aimed at people like me who read the articles but felt a long way from the facts.

Following its publication, I temporarily deflected some of the venom that usually gets fired at the regular eco pundits.

The messages I received were split roughly into 3 categories.

1. You’re rubbish, you’re a musician so you don’t count, your songs are rubbish even though I haven’t even heard of you but if I had heard of you I’m sure they would be rubbish, you’re a hypocrite because you go on tour whilst telling us all this, you’re a second rate singer that doesn’t deserve a comment, but here’s a comment….etc etc

2. You’re a gullible idiot like everyone else, close minded and believing the lies you’re being fed. It’s all a natural cycle/sunspots/1500 year cycles or it’s not warming up at all.

3. You’ve haven’t thought of this, that and the other.

Category 1
You’re rubbish etc. Not much to say here, apart from the hypocrite angle. Touring is a tricky one, especially in a world where music is free and gigs are the only way to make a living. However, most people commenting seemed to think that we travel like U2, with a cast of thousands and stage sets the size of small cities. It’s not quite like that, with 15 of us sharing a bus, pulling a trailer full of gear, and an ‘entourage’ (a word that came up a lot) consisting of the bus driver. So if you’re going to exclude musicians who do that from having an opinion on climate change, then you need to exclude the hundreds of thousands of business men who fly as much as we do, and probably also regular burger eaters, given the contribution to global warming from beef cattle. I suggested we let everyone discuss it now, work out a solution, then standby that solution, even if it requires lifestyle changes from local food and holidays, to virtual-only touring. Not everyone agreed.

Category 2…

Continuing Reading Andy Cato’s Blog Entry Here

For More On Andy Cato and Groove Armada Visit GA’s Artist Page Here

Posted by: Andy Cato (Groove Armada) on December 14, 2009 @ 9:37 PM
Posted in: Take Action

Check out the new website from the MC half of Zion I, Zumbi. Blogging about any and all content, Zumbi gives you his take on current events, his random thoughts, an online store, and links to events and fresh new tracks. Bay area residents and hip-hop enthusiasts alike need to check it out.

Check out Zumbi’s website Zumbi808 Here

Posted by: admin on December 14, 2009 @ 12:00 PM
Posted in: News

All I have to say is “Sick!”.


Two distinct LA flavors that taste great together!

A few weeks back when we were sitting around fantasizing who in Los Angeles we’d want to collaborate for our recurring series, Tune in an Afternoon, we pretty quickly came up with Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel. When we contacted them, it turned out they were fans of each other and had been looking for an excuse to collaborate. It was decided that Nite Jewel would produce and that their favorite store, LA’s Future Music, would serve as the afternoon’s launching pad. From there, things just got creepy.

You can download the tune for free at Here

Posted by: on December 13, 2009 @ 9:56 PM
Posted in: Music

Big news of the day was a leak of a Danish document proposing the outline of a new agreement which didn’t involve the UN, or the Kyoto Protocol, the only current treaty on limiting emissions. Yvo de Boer,executive secretary of the Copenhagen talks, was keen to point out that “This was an informal paper ahead of the conference given to a number of people for the purposes of consultations”

Development agency representative Sol Oyuela was not so sure. “The document should not even exist. To be working on a rival text is a kick in the teeth to the UN process that has been negotiated for so long.”

The leaked document proposed $10 billion of aid for poorer countries to adapt to climate change. “Quite good” said an Oxfam representative. This isn¹t even enough to pay for our coffins² said an official representing the poorest countries.

Dissapointingly, the leak showed the rich and the poor divided on the amount of emissions cuts poor countries should make, the date by which global emissions should start to fall, and how any deal should be funded. Quite a lot to sort out in 12 days.

Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Organisations¹s (WMO), a body made up of the UK Met Office and equivalents around the world, announced that this decade has been the warmest on record.

“Oh but releasing that now is an attempt to influence the negotiations” said the same people who’d been giving out stolen emails last week . “That’s right” said the WMO.

The US space agency Nasa weighed in, predicting that a new global temperature record will be set “in the next one or two years”.

In a curious coincidence, Filipino Bernarditas de Castro Muller, an outspoken campaigner for the worlds’ poorer countries and at the
centre of climate negotiations for 20 years, was left off the list of the Filipino delegation just after a visit from Hilary Clinton. She was snapped up by Sudan, who seem to be offering shelter to out of favour diplomats.

The Copenhagen mayor sent postcards to all central hotels warning summit guests not to visit Danish sex workers. The prostitutes have negotiated a solution far more effectively than anything yet achieved by the summit delegates, and are now all offering major discounts to anyone carrying the mayor’s postcards.

The EU delegation showed some journalists around their rooms at the Bella Centre, where the negotiations are taking place. In a strange twist, they have been assigned rooms which carry the names of great Swedish inventions. Their meetings move between Safety Match, Adjustable Spanner, Cream Separator or Zipper. Meanwhile, as you would expect, the US have a hi tech operations centre, and the 132 countries that make up the G77 of the worlds poorest nations have a few broom cupboards.

Continuing Reading Andy Cato’s Blog Entry Here

For More On Andy Cato and Groove Armada Visit GA’s Artist Page Here

Posted by: Andy Cato (Groove Armada) on December 10, 2009 @ 11:08 AM
Posted in: Take Action

International man of mystery? Nah, just Frankie Flowerz AKA Mohan Das, straight out of Berlin, by way of Malaysia. Not the prototypical background, but that’s what makes Mohan the internationally known and respected DJ we’ve come to love. In the DJ game for nearly the past quarter century, Mohan has been rocking releases on German label Funkhausmusic for 10+ years now, spinning regularly on the global circuit since before I was in diapers, and has shared the stage with such esteemed artists as Etienne de Crecy, Laurent Garnier, Paul Van Dyk and a whole lot more. When he isn’t touring the world, releasing records, and heading his label’s A&R team, Mr. Flowerz finds the time to tutor students in production and DJ at the Noisy Academy in Berlin. What a guy!

Frankie Flowerz has been nice enough to bring to you, by way of Om Records, this hour-plus long dance podcast. Apparent straight from the get go, Flowerz’s bold influences of jazz and 70s funk make their input heard, especially around the 10 minute mark. This mix picks up some serious steam and seemingly gives meaning to the genre of electro-soul, combining two of the danciest styles out there. I love that throughout the 70 minutes or so, Flowerz mixes it up just the right amount to keep me on my toes, always guessing when the next drop is coming and what it’s going to entail. The best thing about this session is its flexibility: either lower the disco ball, spike the punch and start movin’, or dim the lights, throw yr feet up and sink into the couch; either way, you come hungry and leave happy.

Check out the podcast here.

Please check out the new single from Frankie Flowers ‘Groove on 98’ here.

Posted by: admin on December 10, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
Posted in: Free Downloads


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