Blog - August 2010

Indaba Music, Filter Magazine and OM Records are proud to announce the winners to the Amp Live ‘Turn it Up’ Remix Contest featuring Mickey Factz. With over 300 entires, it was very hard to narrow it down to the final 3. Congratulations to Phlip Broden, Glitch and Vol for their creative work on transforming the original into their own.

1) PHILIP BORDEN – Turn It up Remix

After listening to all the talented & creative remixes that where submitted, hands, down, this was off the hook! This track brings me back to the golden age of hip-hop with a twist of new age sound, a perfect blend that can be easily digested. This remix of Turn It up couldn’t have been done better: whether in a club, iPod, laptop or whatever you got, it makes you want to Turn It Up!

2) GLITCH – Turn Your AMPLive up p p

This track right here is like a perfectly baked cake by Martha Stewart. Full of ingredients that keeps the ears hungry for more. Glitch takes you on a trip through space & time but keeps you from escaping this mortal plane with his choice of today’s hottest glitch tempo samples & synths. Any electronic fan has got to give it to Glitch for his innovative style.

3) VOL. – Turn It Up (VOL Remix)

Vol. starts off wit’ a piano that gets you leaning back right before synths come out from behind bushes to slap your ear drums. This what I’m going to call eclectic-electro funk; a massala of sound full. This track is only in third because there had to be one. Don’t get it twisted folks most definitely a heavy weight contender!

Amp Live Winners’s Profile Songs

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Posted by: Rob Reason on August 19, 2010 @ 1:43 PM
Posted in: Contests

It’s a sad sad week. Longtime supporters of Om and friends, Fat Beats has announced that they are closing their New York and Los Angeles locations. The indie hip hop retailer was once a mecca for a massive collection of beats ranging from mainstream to the underground. They were the go to people for anything hip hop related. The NYC store is closing on September 4th and the Los Angeles store on September 18th.

Fat Beats definitely held it strong. Mad love for Mark, Chris, Johnny, and the rest of the Fat Beats retail crew!

Posted by: on August 19, 2010 @ 10:39 AM
Posted in: News

Good friend Paul Harris of Dirty Vegas fame is offering a stream and download of his August 2010 promo mix. Full of big room tech house, this August Mix is perfect for the 2-5am hours. Besides working on a new Dirty Vegas album, Paul recently has combined forces with Alex Tepper producing high quality tech and tribal house. Stream or download the mix below.

Listen: Paul Harris August Promo Mix (Right Click Here To Download)

Posted by: on August 17, 2010 @ 3:51 PM
Posted in: Free Downloads

Check out the new music video from Brooklyn based downtempo group, Si*Se. The Latin track, ‘Buscare’, is off their latest GOLD EP.

The video was directed by Churchie Hill with post production by Chris Haney. James Bond (played by U.F.LOW aka The Crystal Pharoah) goes in search of the Golden Mic for his partner (played by Carol C). Obstacles played by Ryan Farley, Morgan Phillips and Neil Ochoa.

Catch Si*Se’s Carol C and The Crystal Pharoah perform a stripped down show here in San Francisco on September 8th for Sound Check presented by, Om Records, Svedka, and Americano at Hotel Vitale.

Free with RSVP here

Posted by: on August 17, 2010 @ 1:02 PM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

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Bassnectar killed it at Outside Lands this year. So much that the huge generator that could literally power a city block was overloaded and shut down for 10 minutes. There was no power anywhere to be found and the crowd was left confused. I found a mega-phone behind the stage and immediately gave it to Bassnectar where he was able to communicate the message to the people. Finally, the power went back on and havoc pursued. If you were there, you might have been lucky enough to grab one of the big Bassnectar beach balls blowing around in the crowd. Check the videos and photos below to get a better idea.

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Related: Watch People Under the at Outside Lands

Posted by: on August 17, 2010 @ 10:46 AM
Posted in: Music

“Less is more”. Easy to say, incredibly difficult to implement.

I often blithely bandy this phrase around, but in the final analysis rarely put it into practise in my music. I’m not confident enough to do it. To make something really simple you need an unshakeable belief that your ideas will speak for themselves in their most basic form. In short you need balls.

But at the half-way point of 10 tracks 10 weeks I’ve realised that one of the projects unintended (but very welcome) consequences is that I’m growing some.

(Of course this might turn out to be a bad thing as it’s possible that my “fear” is in fact an innate quality control device.)

While writing an unashamedly emotive track like “Lullaby” I’ve discovered what I knew already but never really followed through: using few parts makes the whole sound bigger.

So I spent many hours working on very little. For instance, the whole of Tuesday morning I just practised the piano part so that I didn’t have to quantize it. I wanted to retain a live human feel to the piano, essential if this track was to work. This was particularly difficult given that I don’t have a decent weighted keyboard, just a synth, which is like playing a bag of cotton wool.

I also focussed on the rhythm track for hours and experimented with different techniques for mixing it. The whole rhythm track consists of only five parts and rather than adding to it I worked hard on making what I had sing. I do confess to a wasted Wednesday of trying some extra rhythms, melodies and fluff but scrapped all of it, realising that if I was to get away with a tune like this it needed to be simple.

It’s ironic that after adding so little, “Lullaby” is the most expansive and symphonic sounding track I’ve produced. The result is what I imagine a power ballad written by Vangelis and Sebastien Tellier might sound like. It seems that less really is more.

Click here to get “Lullaby” in any format and any quality for free until September 27th 2010.

Posted by: Mike Monday on August 16, 2010 @ 9:07 AM
Posted in: Free Downloads

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Our friends at got to hang with Thes One and Double K at Outside Lands 2010. The fog may have been looming over SF, but that didn’t stop PUTS from kicking off the 2 day concert in typical PUTS party fashion. Check out the video here.

URB presents People Under The Stairs @ SF Outside Lands from Society Theory on Vimeo.

URB HD presents a Society Theory Production
SF Outside Lands Festival: People Under The Stairs

Executive Producer: URB
Producer: Matt Carvalho for Society Theory
Director: Phil Nacionales
Camera: Joey Carmelo, Phil Nacionales

Related: Watch Bassnectar at Outside Lands Music Festival.

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Posted by: on August 14, 2010 @ 11:52 PM
Posted in: News

Onitsuka Tiger is taking over Shoebiz on Haight Street all weekend for a special Outside Lands music party featuring an installation by Wendy MacNaughton and music by SF’s own 4onefunk. Bring down your Outside Lands ticket stubs for a special 15% off discount both Saturday and Sunday from 11-6pm.

Click here for more info.

Posted by: Jonthecorner on August 13, 2010 @ 1:01 PM
Posted in: Events

Get your Halloween costumes ready, Underworld are booked to headline Hard Festival’s Haunted Mansion 2010. The event will take place at the Shrine in LA over two days on October 30th and 31st. Underworld would be playing live on Sunday, October 31st.

Joining Underworld live will be A-Trak, Booka Shade, Crookers, Busy P, Brodinski, Bloody Beetroots, Erol Alkan, Rusko, Fake Blood, Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Calvin Harris, and many more.

Click here for presale tickets.

Posted by: on August 12, 2010 @ 5:30 PM
Posted in: Events

Samantha James release her new single “Subconscious” on August 10th. The title track off her sophomore album on Om Records is an upbeat jam summoning you to the dancefloor. The track features remixes from longtime collaborator Eric Kupper (Hed Kandi), Nacho Marco and Them Jeans.

Listen: Samantha James – Subconscious (Them Jeans Remix)

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Posted by: James Stair on August 12, 2010 @ 12:59 PM
Posted in: Music


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