Breaking news, the one and only Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar, has joined the Child’s Play Label. Child’s Play is a subprint of Om Records started in early 2009 to allow Om to explore the boundaries of electronic music. Bassnectar joins a roster that includes Amp Live (of Zion I), Greenskeepers, and James Curd. We have been huge fans of Bassnectar since we signed his “Float” single on then Om imprint, Colorforms.
2007 saw the release of his highly acclaimed “Underground Communications” album on Om. Since then, he has toured all over the world opening up for artist like Metallica and headlining the Lollapalooza’s electronic stage.
His first single, “Cozza Frenzy” will be out August 4th on iTunes. The single features remixes from Bassnectar himself as well as a Z-Trip remix. Bassnectar’s new artist album will be out this fall.
In celebration of his return, here is a bootleg free download from Bassnectar.
From Lorin: “I took the beat of a long-overdue unreleased tune called “Stretch Reflex” and melted it together with the synths and melodies from another song that was supposed to be on Underground Communication, but ended up getting saved for later. It was written as a pensive homage to the dead, the original melodics sound like a black metal song but in this version they have kind of a nice 1990’s Orb or FSOL feel to them…that sound will never get old for me! Then i took some of the prettier melodies from that song and mixed them with a Lupe Fiasco acapella (i looooove his voice) and it became one of my favorite tunes to close a party with.
So this week we give to you ‘Land of the Lupes’ which is the working title of this goofily random combination of sounds, and an unrelated homage to one of my favorite bands in the world, Land of the Loops. It will most likely be included as an instrumental on the upcoming album this fall, and that “Stretch Reflex” beat will most likely be released on my website as a DJ Tools & Loops collection.”
Posted by: g.win on July 24, 2009 @ 4:38 AM
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People Under the Stairs returns to Om Records with the 7th artist album called “Carried Away”, slated to come out Tuesday October 13th. Fresh off major festival gigs at Coachella and Bonnaroo (“Best Performance. Period.” – SPINMAGAZINE), the highly acclaimed duo, Fans of PUTS’ records know that unlike other hip hop / rap artists, there are no outside producers or of-the-moment guest emcees. People Under the Stairs are a completely true independent hip hop duo. Beats, rhymes, scratching, and chorus are all done by PUTS’ members Thes One and Double K themselves…..
Now over ten years and seven albums deep, People Under the Stairs have built a genre within hip hop of their own. Upbeat, crazy, balls to the wall and ridiculous “Carried Away” follows in true PUTS tradition. The new album was produced old school style in the same fashion as Rick Rubin (Def Jam Era) or Dust Brothers (Grand Royal, Pauls Boutique). Recorded entirely on reel to reel with tons of rock samples, distorted vocals, lots of cussing, drum machines, delays, yelling, the works. Wrap that all up with nods to A Tribe Called Quest (Double K does one hell of a Phife Dog), Beastie Boys, beer, and Luther Vandross and you’re guaranteed to get carried away!
AREYOU A VIP? The 1st pressing of the physical release will be wrapped around a die cut O-card and a fold out board game and poster. Each CD also comes with a special VIP (Very Important Partier) drop card that will allow fans to acquire exclusive material at the upcoming People Under the Stairs World Tour kicking off in September. For those who are not able to attend a PUTS show, the VIP drop card will also be good for exclusive online unreleased material. All these items craft a certified premium physical package that no true fan can deny!
Be prepared for People Under the Stairs to bring back true hip hop like only they can do!
We are so happy to welcome them back to the family and are so hyped about he new album.
Mark your calendars…the fun comes back to hip hop, Tuesday October 13th.
Here’s a classic for you in the mean time.
Posted by: g.win on July 24, 2009 @ 4:25 AM
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The most recent addition to Om’s roster of graphic contributors, Sam Flores is San Francisco’s most famous recent export. His unique characters and ability to combine both underground street culture and organic elements in his works perfectly reflects San Francisco. Sam’s work, along with a handful of other artist, have helped to build the clothing empire known as Upper Playground.
Most recently featured on the cover of Juxtapoz magazine, Sam just also finishedrunning a solo show called Egos, Addiction, and Other Bedtimes Stories at the Subliminal Gallery in Los Angeles.
Australia born and now London resident, Seb Godfrey is the man behind Drunk Park. Originally started as a skate shop and art studio, Drunk Park has since become a design house. Seb has carved out a niche in today’s music & fashion scene with his original ideas. His works have graced a clients list that ranges from Coca Cola to Om’s very own Mike Monday.
Om is celebrating our 15 year anniversary by collaborating with well known urban street artist, Sam Flores <a href=http://www.samflores.com target=_blank>(www.samflores.com). Sam Flores illustrated an exclusive piece to be used for the Om:15 release. His illustrations can be found on the double disc CD that hits stores July 21st. You can visit Upper Playground for an exclusive look at the digipack or check back here as we will reveal images as we get closer to the release date.
On top of the album release, there will also be Sam Flores x Om merchandise and limited digital prints. The digital prints are high quality 18”x24” prints on 30lb paper and shipped individually in flat shipping sleeves. Each piece is numbered out of 150 pieces.
You can purchase a copy of the print here at Om.
<a href=/gear/?type=4 target=_blank>Purchase Sam Flores x Om Collabo Print From Om
You can also purchase a copy of the print from one of these fine retailers.
Please note that these posters are only available for Pre-sale now. They will ship out on July 8th.
Contest: Enter To Win Print #15 Autographed By Om’s Family of Artist
Autographed By Mark Farina, Fred Everything, J-Boogie, Vikter Duplaix, Colette, DJ Heather, Greenskeepers, Raashan Ahmad, People Under the Stairs, Zion I, Chuck Love, DJ Fluid, and more.
How to enter:
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Om 15” in the subject line.
2. Please be sure to list your address in the email.
3. On August 30th, 2009, Om will draw one name at random to win the grand prize.
Posted by: g.win on June 23, 2009 @ 6:05 PM
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Ursula Xanthe Young is a local Bay Area painter, illustrator, and graphic designer whose specializes in taking people through an urban San Francisco fairy tale. This style has become her trademark. Her fine-lined illustrations and colorful modern paintings exude a style that is unique and appealing to art lovers of all kinds.
She finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of San Francisco and its surroundings, and is also highly influenced by her travels and the variety of beings that she encounters along the way.
A prolific and diverse artist, her design work can be seen on record covers, clothing, and accessories as well as on two murals in San Francisco’s Mission District. She has also done illustration projects for tattoo artists, custom-made clothing makers, and start-up companies.
Ursula exhibits frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has also shown and sold pieces in London, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, New York, Philadelphia, Anchorage, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
Through the history of Om, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most exciting artist, each with their own unique vision. Local Bay Area fine artist and staff favorite, Erik Otto recently just dropped a sick limited edition art book & box set. The Paper Fabric Wood [V.2] Set, features a signed hard copy art book, 1 original drawing on paper, 5 stickers, and 1 postcard all tied together in a reusable wooden box. Click here to check it out.
We’ve also recently enlisted Erik to design unique pieces for the official launch of the Om apparel line. The Erik Otto x Om collabo pieces can soon be found at boutiques all around the world. Continue to check the Om blog as we will officially launch the designs shortly.
We have some exciting news to announce! Om is teaming up with Nextaid, a non-profit we feel very passionate about, to build the HOUSE OF OM in South Africa. Nextaid has been working with the organization Youth with a Vision to help work on a community center and residential village in the poverty-stricken town of Dennilton. The House of Om will be a safe, comfortable, and loving house for 6 children who have been orphaned by AIDS.
For those of you who follow Om closely, you’ve probably seen us join forces with Nextaid on events, sales, and even a CD release. We are really excited to take the commitment one step further with the HOUSE OF OM. Help us make a change! Please copy the widget below and help spread the word. Post it on your Facebook, blog, website, Myspace, Twitter and more. People can securely donated through the widget. As we raise more and more money, you will see the amount we’ve raised directly in the widget (handled by Change.org). Om is also coming up with plans for fundraising events, sales, and other future campaigns that will raise money all going towards building this house and changing the lives of these 6 kids.
NextAid is a dance-music based nonprofit organization committed to developing and implementing innovative sustainable solutions to the challenges facing African children. To find out more about NextAid, please visit www.nextaid.org.
For more info on the HOUSE OF OM please click here.
Beats build hope!
Posted by: g.win on May 6, 2009 @ 11:16 PM
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Today marks a special day here at Om. To celebrate 15 years of forward thinking music, we’ve brought back our fan favorite series, Om Lounge. ‘Lounge’ was started by Chris Smith back in 1998 as an exploration into the newest realms of melodic, mid tempo beats. The series was the first ever ORIGINAL downtempo / chill out series. ‘Lounge’ helped to create a fan base consisting of connoisseur for all things mellow, funky, and seductively down-tempo. Over the years, the series has featured music from Thievery Corporation, Ian Pooley, Kaskade, Mark Farina feat. Sean Hayes, The Rebirth, Soulstice, Fila Brazil, as well as introduce the world to Samantha James, Colette, Colossus, J-Boogie, and more. Fifteen years and eleven editions later, ‘Lounge’ has helped to solidify Om as one of the premiere labels for downtempo electronica.
‘Lounge 15 Year Edition’ features a brand new track from Samantha James along side exclusive and new releases from Lisa Shaw, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Kissey Asplund, Woolfy vs. Projections, Rithma, and more. The newest edition also introduces the world to US’s answer to Tosca, Rocket Empire. Compiled by Om’s very own a&r man, Rob G….‘Lounge’ fans new and old will be very pleased!
Download A Free Track From Om Lounge (15 Year Anniversary Edition) down below.
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