Blog - August 2010

Rumors have it Dirty Vegas are making a come back. It has been a minute since we heard new material from the Grammy award winning trio, but a fly on the wall here at Om says something is brewing.
Most of you remember the band from their highly acclaimed (and aforementioned Grammy award winning) track, ‘Days Go By’. The tune gets a 2010 twist from up and coming dubstep producer, Mimosa. For fans of Skream, Rusko and Bassnectar, this track is sure to make your bass boom and tweeters bleed.

Click here and enjoy!

Posted by: James Stair on August 31, 2010 @ 4:40 PM
Posted in: Music

Part of a collaboration with the Smoke N’Mirrors label, Om is happy to present Hot Toddy’s ‘Late Night Boogie’. Hot Toddy is the highly original solo moniker for, Chris Todd, founding member and 50% of the hot UK group, Crazy P. Chris Todd has been writing music under the name of Hot Toddy since around 1998. His first releases were on the Nottingham based label Neon Heights and were part of a series of EPs called “Bright Lights” which featured local Nottingham artists. He then went on to release an album on the Manchester based label, Paper Recordings, called “Super Magic”, in 2001.

In preperation of the release of Late Night Boogie exclusively on Juno Download on September 7th, we give you an edit of Freakend by The Hue (JT Donaldson & Tim K). Download and Stream below.

Listen & Download: Hot Toddy “Freakend (The Hue Edit)” (Right Click To Save)

Posted by: Jonthecorner on August 31, 2010 @ 10:39 AM
Posted in: Free Downloads

If you don’t like babies then I’m sorry.

But ever since I heard the most amazing noises I’ve heard in my life – those incredible utterances that emanate from my first child Harry, I had to record them and use them in a piece of music.

It was Mrs. Monday who recorded most of them with her iPhone and it was a challenge to trawl through the hours and hours of coos, gurgles and shreaks without dying of an overload of cute.

The other difficulty with sampling baby noises is to avoid sounding mawkish, and I hope that by using the big fat funk groove and keeping it short and sweet I largely avoided this.

I suppose this tune is a little self-indulgent, and it might only work for me and Mrs Monday, but one of the points of this project is to do what I feel like, and I just had to give it a go.

But whatever you think about the finished piece I’m sure you’ll agree that my son Harry has a great future ahead of him – the quality of his vocal is simply stunning and you’ll have to take my word for it that he’s definitely got the moves. Watch out Justin Timberlake.

Listen to and download “Tiny Talk” for free here.

Posted by: Mike Monday on August 31, 2010 @ 7:06 AM
Posted in: Free Downloads

Check out a remix PPP’s Wajeed just did of NYC-based artist Dede. The track titled, ‘Phantom’ is a dope nouvelle-pop track originally produced by Home & Garden’s Tim K. Wajeed takes the original track and lays out some eerie tones and a cinematic drum beat turning the track into something reminiscent of an old school cinematic-french black and white film. Rumor has it she’s joining a roster of hip hop / soul heavy weights.

For more on Dede visit her Myspace here.

Listen: Dede “Phantom (Wajeed Remix)”

Posted by: on August 30, 2010 @ 9:21 PM
Posted in: Music

Skate and live is the vibe for the new Underworld video for Always Loved a Film debuted today on PitchforkTV. A reunion of old friends road tripping across the country bringing back the days of skating, boozing, mischief and picking up ladies in the convertible. This video hits home for me, so much in fact I had to share it with all my high school buddies making them promise we can have a reunion of a similar sort in the future. Check it out over at Pitchfork and keep your eyes peeled for info on Barking which drops September 14th on Om Records.

Posted by: Jonthecorner on August 27, 2010 @ 11:40 AM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

What makes a piece of music good?

Is it its ability to touch many people? Or that it stirs strong emotions? That its technically clever? Simple? Does it fulfill a function well (such as making you dance)? Is it original? Shocking? Fashionable? Timeless? Maybe it perfectly sums up the Zeitgeist?

All are valid reasons to decide that a piece of music is good, and depending on who you are, your judgement of its quality will depend on which combination of these are most important when you listen to it. Why we think of a piece of music as good is complicated, and crucially not the same as liking it. I don’t like much music that I know is objectively “good”.

The reason I’m talking like this is that I’ve been asking myself this question constantly this week. I wanted to do something more carefree than the last couple of tunes, and had this piano idea saved in my sketchbook since late 2008 which I thought would make a good starting point.

I spent four days adding to it, changing it, trying to make it more clever, powerful or original. But every time I altered it, the next morning I realised that my initial idea (that if my memory serves me took me about an hour to put down) was better – or closer to “good”.

You see, there’s a few criteria that have become important to me as a producer. Originality, emotion, and how technically complex or clever (while still sounding effortless and simple) the piece is make me think what I’m doing is objectively “good”.

But Old Joanna doesn’t tick any of these boxes. Its simple almost to the point of being naive and certainly couldn’t be described as cutting edge or original. But ironically that’s what I found appealing about it and throughout this week I confronted this disconnect between what my mind and my ears were telling me.

So – is it any good? I have no idea. But I like it.

Posted by: Mike Monday on August 26, 2010 @ 10:12 PM
Posted in: Free Downloads

Colette Marino, better known as DJ Colette, is and has been one of the hottest acts to come out of the Chicago House music scene. She is a resident DJ at the SmartBar in Chicago (along with close friend of Om Records, Kaskade) and rose to fame when she started to sing over her DJ mixes.

She has been called Om Records’ First Lady of House. Her album “Hypnotized” was the most downloaded house music album on iTunes in June 2005. Along with producing hit singles, she has performed at gigs and music festivals all over the world.

In this interview for 5 Mag’s anniversary project, she discusses her classical upbringing, her first time singing over a DJ, how she started DJing herself, and her close ties to Om Records.

Click HERE to check out this exclusive interview.

Posted by: James Stair on August 23, 2010 @ 10:30 AM
Posted in: Music

We’re stoked that K&D will be back touring America. Here is a preview of what the Kruder & Dorfmeister live show may look like. For all the date info click here.

Posted by: on August 19, 2010 @ 5:44 PM
Posted in: Music

Last night Om and KCRW hosted an event at the Americano’s patio featuring live performances from good friend, Shauna Regan and San Francisco troubadour, Sean Hayes. Who is Sean Hayes you ask? Sean Hayes is the voice behind a song many of you are familiar with called “Dream Machine” by Mark Farina.

With backdrops of the Bay Bridge and over 300 attendees, the event was a hit. Sean played tracks from his recent album, ‘Run with Wolves’ and even gave fans a cover of Talking Heads ‘Naive Melody’.

Special guest, KCRW’s Raul Campos was at the event to DJ and host!

Click here to see the photos.

Listen: Mark Farina Feat. Sean Hayes “Dream Machine”

Posted by: on August 19, 2010 @ 4:04 PM
Posted in: Events

In June of this year, the dance music world was hit with the devastating news that the disco/pop production duo Aeroplane had disbanded. With international success on the remix circuit, crafting sparkling disco gems for Friendly Fires, Robbie Williams, The Doves and Cut Copy to name a few, the news came as a shock.
While their album is still set for release on Wall of Sound, the future of the group is VERY questionable. Luckily, Stephen (one half) is continuing his pursuit of blissful disco music. Under the name ‘The Magician’ he delivers part 1 of his mixtape series ‘Magic Tapes’ and man, is it SEXY! Peep the new mixtape and get up on this before the sensual yacht leaves the station and you’re left high and dry, landlocked from lasciviousness.

Magic Tape One by TheMagician

Posted by: James Stair on August 19, 2010 @ 2:00 PM
Posted in: Music


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