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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
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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
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While in San Francisco playing two sold out shows at the Fillmore, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay of Groove Armada dropped by Amoeba records to talk about “Whats In Their Bag” and their influences on the new ‘Black Light’ record.

Sneak Peak: David Bowie, Brian Jones Town Massacre, Roxy Music, Radio Slave, Chromeo, and more.

Posted by: on July 6, 2010 @ 7:00 PM
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Underworld announce brand new album ‘Barking’ set for release September 14th 2010 (13th in the UK). ‘Barking’ is the title of Underworld’s first album in three years, and their first to be constructed with a brilliant cast of co-conspirators. All the tracks were written by the band in their Essex studio before being given to handpicked studio heads from across the whole spectrum of dance music to add some of their style and creativity to the band’s raw material. The result is a pimped-up Underworld record and their finest collection of songs in over a decade.

The band officially releases the first new track ‘Scribble’ today (June 8th) exclusively on iTunes. Click Here to Purchase ‘Scribble’ now on iTunes.

Check for the Beatport exclusive pre-release of ‘Scribble (Netsky Remix)’ on June 15th.

The full single worldwide release of the full single on June 28th.

What people are saying about the new track:

“Essential Track” – Pete Tong, BBC Radio 1

“World Exclusive Premiere” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

“Their latest single is pure sun-streaked glory. “Scribble” is almost unrelentingly joyous, and vocalist Karl Hyde knows it too, singing, “And it’s okay/ You give me everything I need.” My thoughts exactly— and considering Underworld’s long-running existence, that’s a blessing for sure.” – Pitchfork

“Pretty melodic track” – Stereogum

“Underworld’s been together for 30 years, so long their original genres have come back into fashion. It’ comforting to know they’re still making relevant, thoughtful dance tracks we still want to bump.” – The Fader

“A gene-splice between Yellow Magic Orchestra and Grooverider blasting out over the dancefloor at Fabric on a Friday night.” – Pop Matters

“Fleet-footed and unashamedly euphoric” – Kev Kharas, RCRDLBL

“Euphoric drum n’bass!” – The Times

For more updates and information, visit Underworld’s Artist Page Here

Posted by: on June 6, 2010 @ 5:26 PM
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For the second installment of our beloved sub label Smoke N´Mirrors, we present the man with a thousand faces; Christopher Smith aka Afro Mystik aka Sutro Heights aka DJ Fluid aka Jaywalkers aka The Post Tool Project. The mastermind and founder of Om Records is back in the game under his new moniker Shiny Objects delivering a serious, deep, twisted, groovy piece of tech disco called Black Spaces. The enlisted remixers couldn’t be better; Mr. Dave Pezzner and Al Velilla.

Listen to Shiny Objects – Black Spaces (Original)

Available from June 1st on Traxsource.

Posted by: Alvaro on May 27, 2010 @ 5:11 PM
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Have you heard of a little group named Underworld?

The pioneer electronic duo, Underworld, are back with the first new single in two and a half years. “Scribble” is a new track featuring collabo with High Contrast.

The euphoric “drum & bass-lite” track is destined to blow up! It’s already Zane Lowe’s (BBC Radio 1) “Hottest Record In The World”, selected by Pete Tong as his “Essential New Tune”, covered by RCRDLBL, and already getting played on KCRW.

It’s a really exciting time to see legends of the electronic genre re-emerge to compete in a market where music is so heavily influenced by the genre that they’ve helped to craft. The full single with remixes will be released on June 21st.

We also here that there is a new album that drops later in September. I wonder what label it’s going to be on?

Listen: Underworld “Scribble”

Posted by: on May 21, 2010 @ 1:43 PM
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Attention all you Samantha James fans out there. We know you are live and active on our site and screaming for content. We’re giving you something special. In anticipation of her new album, “Subconscious”, we’ll be releasing leaks of tracks from the upcoming album every Monday & Friday leading up to the pre-release on iTunes on June 8th (everywhere else on June 22nd). You can already listen to “Waves of Change” and “Amber Sky” now.

You can listen to all the leaks here at Om Records or on Samantha’s Artist Page. You can also check out a Behind the Scenes of Subconscious video.

Share it, Facebook it, dedicate it, flip it or reverse it…Keep checking back every Monday and Friday for the next few weeks.

Follow Samantha James on Facebook here.

Posted by: on May 19, 2010 @ 4:42 PM
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Belgium-based band, Aeroplane is gearing to release up to release their debut artist album later this year. The boys recently joined a massive line up to celebrate Pete Tong’s 500th Essential Mix event at Circus Liverpool. They almost never made it to the gig after being here in the states for Coachella (check out Aeroplane playing Om / Child’s Play James Curd at Coachella) and having Volcano issues.

Download their mix here.

Listen & Download: Aeroplane 500th Essential Mix

Posted by: on May 11, 2010 @ 11:49 AM
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Groove Armada made a special appearance as the musical guest on BBC’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. They performed the fan favorite track, “History” with a special rare appearance from Will Young himself.

For those of you in the US, you can probably watch the episode soon on BBC America. (Update: You can watch the episode this Friday 4/9 on BBC America).

Visit BBC America For Times.

Click Here To Purchase Groove Armada’s “History”.

Posted by: on April 2, 2010 @ 5:54 PM
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A few weeks ago we had the oportunity to interview Fred Everything at the Om Studios about life,the Universe,San Francisco and his upcoming project in Om Records.

This was the result ;

AV ; Welcome Fred:

I’d like to start to talking about San Francisco.

You are originally from Montreal but you have been living in San Francisco for almost 3 years.

Which are the main differences that you see and what do you think about the current San Francisco scene?

FE; I think that San Francisco is a great city for so many different reasons.

The scene here is really good, and probably one of the best in the States, but there is so much more to the city. So much outdoor activities ,great restaurants, museums, music etc….. It’s a very complete city and i love the diversity you can find in the different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own identy (and even micro-climate) yet it all remains “San Francisco”. Unlike LA where I find it hard to get a feel of, San Francisco has a more personal feel which reminds me of Montréal.

AV; During the 90´s San Francisco had a very solid scene with a very characteristic sound.

How do you see things now?

FE: I know that it’s changed and people who’ve lived here all their life might say : it’s not the way it used to be, but when you think about it, things are not the way they use to be anywhere. There are new generations of people with new tastes and new needs and it’s up to us to adjust to this, without losing touch with who we are. Generally speaking tho, I think it’s a very healthy scene. In two weeks I´m playing at Temple. The same night, Greg Wilson is at Triple Crown , Jimpster at Mighty and Mark Farina at Supper Club! All of these clubs will have hundreds of people attending. Considering there are less than a million people San Francisco, I think it’s pretty impressive. You couldn’t have so many parties catered to the same crowd in most big cities. It also amazes me how there are very little politics considering amount of promoters, djs and clubs in this city. It’s good to have the freedom to play in different clubs all the time without worrying about local politics.

AV: But do you still think that the San Francisco scene has an identity as it used to have?

FE ;It’s not as “hippy” as it used to be but there is still a free spirited vibe about it I think. The music has evolved into something a little more experimental but It seems that House is back more and more. In fact I’m quite pleased of what I hear in the Techno scene, some nice fusion, more musical and slower music.

AV; You have been into the music business for quite a few years and you probably started producing electronic music with synthesizers, midi cables,old sequencers and lots of vintage hardware.

Now a days,you can buy a 500$ laptop and become a famous “musician”. How this fact has affected to you?

FE ; The music industry has changed drastically in the past few years where production has become more of a business card for touring.

It’s very hard nowadays to even justify recording musicians and singers or buying new equipment for the studio. I still do because I love it and this is what I do. Before, you could easily justify the expenses related to paying musicians, studio upgrade, etc. Nowadays it’s a lot harder as there is very little money in the production. We rely a lot more in the trade factor, where there is a lot of swapping. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to work for free and you can’t pay your rent with a mixtape! I manage the situation with passion and hard work because Im always making music and I always will. It’s just a little harder to juggle with. You can’t take 6 months off tour to write an album anymore, it’s just not possible.

AV ; And what is the role that technology plays in all this in your opinion?

FE ; Technology has democratized music a lot. I bought my first synthesizer as soon as I was able to work as a teenager, washing dishes in restaurants. At the end of the summer, I was able to afford only one keyboard. You couldn’t do much with just that. You had to spend thousands of dollars to just be able to make a decent demo.These days,kids are very spoiled. For a few hundred dollars, you can get Logic and make tracks from A to Z in it. This means that there is a lot more music out there, well produced but often lacking in a certain “je ne sais quoi”.

AV : I was some time ago in a conference listening to Francoise Kevorkian complaining about the amount of time that he usually spends trying to find music he likes in between the avalanche of weak releases on the digital portals. Do you think that so much music is something positive or negative for the market?

FE : Both. It’s good that people have access to the medium. It should´t be only accessible to people with money or with certain equipment but on the other hand so many tracks floating around, It’s overwhelming. Everybody is using the same equipment and everybody is starting to sound very similar and even if there are still different ways to work your sound into something unique, using the same technology, often people rely on presets and a certain “recipe” sound.

Before, every producer had his own signature from the equipment they were using and the way they were using it.

I think that back in the Disco days when everything was so much more difficult to do, the production was so much more amazing.

I was just listening to some old Gino Soccio record (he is actually form Montreal too) and his production sounds so amazing and so current that is incredible.

I’d love to just go back in time and being in one of their sessions and see how they were doing this with all the old vintage gear, tapes, Fx, etc…..

I still use a lot of old equipment but I mix it with new technology.

AV: Lets talk about your label ; what is Lazy Days?

FE ; Lazy Days is a Record Label that I started in 2005. I started the label as an outlet to release my own projects and eventually release other people’s music. I was frustrated to have to please certain labels with a certain sound and wanted to have more freedom about what music I wanted to create or release. At the time, I was shopping “Friday”, our first release, and nobody wanted to release it. It was a blessing in disguise as it sold 4000 copies on vinyl and got licensed to 10 compilations. A lot of people told me that It was the track of the summer in Ibiza that year.

The name came from a beach bar in Grenada (in the Caribbean) named Lazy Days where they had these big ply wood-carved letters spelling Lazy Days placed on big speakers. I took many photos and it became an inspiration for the label. It felt right with the philosophy of the label which is to release music at a slow pace, only when great stuff comes around. I also considered myself a Lazy Workaholic. I work all the time but at my own pace. Since then we have been releasing over 15 releases and throwing parties in different places all around the Globe like in Montreal, Fabric in London and Miami WMC. In the fall there’s gonna be a special release for the 20th single and 5 years of existence. We will have 4 great remixers doing their versions of their favorite track from the catalog. There’s also gonna be a retrospective mix compilation as well as a tour.

AV ; You are about to release a new project on Om Records which is the first installment of a new line of products called Om:Master Series. What is behind the concept behind it?

FE ; It’s a mix cd/showcase including all music that I’ve been involved with. It could be an original song, a collaboration, a remix that I did for someone or a remix that somebody has done for me. I’m really excited about the project and I think its good once in a while to be able to put a collection together especially since a lot of people not necessarily get to hear a lot of this music.

AV ; What has been the criteria to select the tracks?

FE ; Anything that I’m proud of or that I think stands out in my catalog.

I decided to concentrate on the past few years rather than doing a full retrospective. I also decided to only do one concentrated cd rather than a double or triple album. I’m gonna do a worldwide tour for it from May to September to promote the project. This is an in between albums project, until my next full artist album.

AV ; Your last album is a great collection of very solid pieces of music. What are you intending to do for the new album? Can you speak about it?

The last album, Lost Together, was written over 3 years ago already. Music has changed, my life has changed, I have different influences. I don’t think It will be a shocking change but more like an evolution. Unfortunately I can’t say how it’s going to sound until it’s done, as I don’t know myself. I know I’ve been slowing down the tempo slightly and looking at new collaborators. I’m planning on writing this year for a spring 2011 release.


Posted by: Alvaro on April 2, 2010 @ 11:08 AM
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