Following on from 2008’s critically acclaimed Stop, Space, Return, Crazy P return for their fifth studio album When We On, released 27th September through Smoke N’ Mirrors for North America.
Alongside the wealth of brilliant remixes they have served up recently, When We On shows how far Crazy P have come since 2008. Whether it’s the anthemic ‘Beatbox’, with its freeform acapella work, grinding Prince—style guitar and haunting strings, the reflective ‘Eruption’, driven on by a rave piano figure and lead singer Danielle Moore’s plaintive cry of “Let me be the one you run to” or, at the other end of the scale, the Detroit techno-esque ‘Sonar’, with its increasingly frenetic payoff, this is an album packed full of potential singles. They might be crazy, but they sure know where the tunes are located.
“With Stop Space Return we wrote the majority of that as a band,” explains Jim Baron. “For this, we decided to strip it back to me and Toddy (Chris Todd. Guitar/Keys) writing with Danielle. We gave Danielle the Loop Station and she’s really taken to it. You can layer vocals, you can hear harmonies immediately, so she can jam along with us now. It shaped a lot of the vocal sound for the album. There’s a tune called ‘We Can Only Be Who Are’ which has big vocal layering, and there’s a lot of that. It’s probably a bit more… grown-up.”
Chris expands on the theme: “We had quite a big year last year for lots of different reasons and we had difficulties too and I think a lot of the writing came out of that. It’s a little bit more reflective and thoughtful than previous albums.”
For Danielle, it’s been a revelation in the way they work. “It was back to basics,” she says. “I’d have a go on the keyboards using two fingers or I’d have a go on the drum machine. It was like being at school or in a huge sandpit where you’ve been given loads of buckets to muck about with. We had a loop station as well which I’ve always been nervous of and this time it was like right let me have a go of this and it allowed me to record my vocals.”
For Danielle, the album narrative is the camaraderie between its protagonists. “Their friendship came through in creating this album. The way we worked created a lot of intimacy between us and a definite warmth to the album.”
Despite the suggestions of melancholy from the band, and they certainly know how to emote when the moment’s right, they haven’t forgotten how to party. “We’re open for service, we’re open for love,” sings Danielle. Crazy, but true.
The first single drops September 6th in North America on Om imprint, Smoke N’ Mirrors w/ remixes from Ron Basejam and Hot Toddy. Listen & Download to the single below! The album, “When We On” drops September 27th!
If you happen to be in Mexico on September 3rd please be sure to check out the Hellow Fest in Monterey, Mexico. Dirty Vegas has the honor to share the stage with electronic indy bands Empire of the Sun, Washed Out, Miami Horror, Local Natives and DJs R.A.C. and Jacques Renault.
If Everybody Pt. 1 wasn’t enough, we’re happy to bring you Pt. 2 featuring new remixes from Miguel Migs, Vernon and DeCosta, Ghosts of Venice, Kid Who and new versions from Aki Bergen and Hardsoul. Grab you free download of the Kid Who Remix at the bottom of this post.
Featuring disco legend Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, ‘Everybody’ evokes a soul-disco appeal with classic and current production values. Evelyn’s beautiful vocal talents soar over a blistering bass-line while textural synth stabs, funky guitar licks and warm melodies create the atmosphere.
Migs delivers his Disco-Tech Dub, stripping down the Original Album Version cutting up the vocals and exploring the territories of deep-soul-disco and tech.
Vernon & Dacosta take things into a moody-tech direction with deep hypnotic pads, steady synth stabs and a driving groove.
Ghost of Venice strips it down and presents a big room tracky-disco-loop dub.
Aki Bergen provides his quintessential deep house Vocal version layering Evelyn’s vocal with obscured effects for a darker moody feel.
Hardsoul’s dub pushes the envelope into the realm of upbeat, peak time dance floor biz.
While Kid Who shakes things up and gives us a pulsating edge to his well crafted thumping electronic dub.
Everybody PART 1 received such a diverse amount of positive feedback by all types of artists and we thank you for your continued support and open mindedness!
Posted by: Jonthecorner on August 23, 2011 @ 9:54 AM
Posted in: Music
Om:cast 024 features non other than Om Records veteran DJ & Tastemaker Still Rob G. Featuring brand new tracks from San Francisco’s own Pillow Talk (Visionquest) and unreleased Om Records / Smoke N’ Mirrors material from Body Language, Tiger & Woods, Woolfy and Edit Murphy the ‘Rooftop, Poolside’ name couldn’t be any more literal. Perfect for a long day basking in the sun, mojito in hand, the ‘Rooftop, Poolside’ creates the perfect vibe.
1. Pillow Talk – Long Lost Friends
2. Kamo – I Have You
3. The Owl – Feel Good
4. Edit Murphy – Brooklyn Nights
5. Mario Basanov – Lonely Days (Downtown Party Network Remix)
6. Andy Ash – Freak
7. Lonely C & Baby Prince – I Remember Those Days
8. Body Language – Falling Out (Tiger & Woods Remix)
9. DJ Phono – Gone (David August Vocal Remix)
10. Eats Everything – Heard That
11. Manik – City Kids
12. Bruce Springsteen – State Trooper (MAU Re-Edit)
13. Adam Port – Tell You
14. Little Dragon – Fortune (Marc Smith Re-Edit)
15. Miguel Migs feat. Me’shell Ndegeocello – Close Your Eyes (Woolfy’s Country Mix)
16. Young Edits – Some Things Take A Long Time
17. The Rurals – Ocean
18. Earth Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World
20-year veteran DJ and tastemaker Rob Grega is impossible to pigeonhole. With downtempo, hip-hop, funk, jazz, soul, broken-beat, house and minimal tech influences, his DJ and production style proves to be versatile and fresh in practice. From 2004-2009 Rob served as A&R at Om Records, helping to immensely build the sound of the more than 15-Year legacy Om has merited, signing tunes from underground acts such as Pezzner, Radio Slave, M.in and Frankie Flowerz, while sequencing music for many distinguished compilations including Sounds of Om v.6, Om Miami 2007 & 2008, Om Lounge 10, Om Chilled 1 & 2, a DJ Mag cover-mount, and even the label’s 15-Year Anniversary package. Currently holding residencies in San Francisco at the world famous Endup and Eve Lounge, Rob remains true to his eclectic, multi-genre sounds. More recently, Rob has been collaborating with Moulton Studios’ Homero Espinosa, as the duo Toil & Trouble. Their debut release, a remix of Wagon Cookin’s ‘Music is Not Far,’ drops on Smoke N’ Mirrors in summer 2011. Another fresh remix is also due on Yerba Buena Discos shortly thereafter.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on August 17, 2011 @ 11:44 AM
Posted in: Free Downloads
Om explores it’s downtempo roots on the latest single from Soulstice, Love Cliché. Featuring remixes from the world renown Nightmares on Wax, Turntable on the Hudson’s Nickodemus and our very own J Boogie. Take a listen below as the music speaks for itself.
LA, we’re coming down again! This time, we take over the Standard Hotel Downtown. This party is the last in the traveling pool party series and best part is it’s free! *Just Added, Body Language *DJ Set.
Posted by: g.win on August 9, 2011 @ 11:46 AM
Posted in: Events
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science is proud to bring you the first single “Undercover” from the forthcoming release also named “Undercover” out in October 2011. The single features vocalist Chrys-Anthony from San Francisco, CA and includes a remix from Jurrasic 5 famed producer and DJ, DJ Nu-Mark.
This past Saturday, Om and dubFrequency’s High Tide Pool Series moved to Tropicana at Roosevelt Hotel. Our friends GUESS, Perrier, Antenna Magazine joined in on the fun as we hosted a daytime party with special surprise guest DJ set from Juan MacLean.
Photos by Colin Young-Wolff. Visit LA Weekly to check out more photos.