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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Some say that the earth was created by two massive stars colliding billions of years ago. Each one contained its own individual properties to form a new entity of life, thus the earth was born.
Om Records and Om: Hip Hop have just collided to form “the new new” AKA Child’s Play Records; a bastard child dedicated to combining the electronic and techno sounds of Om and the hip hop rhymes and beats of Om: Hip Hop. Fresh on the map, life has already begun with the signing of Bay Area Producer and Remix Technician Amp Live (Zion I),Bassnectar, Greenskeepers out of Chicago and James Curd. Today marks the official announcement of the label as well as the worldwide release of Amp Live’s first single, ‘Gary is a Robot.’ Featuring Trackademicks (Fools Gold) and Micro Jaxson, ‘Gary is a Robot’ has already started to catch traction worldwide and has been described as a ‘very nice hip hop electro blend from 2050.’ Make sure to stream the track below and if you like, click the iTunes link to cop.
On the horizon, Child’s Play will be releasing a new EP from Greenskeepers called ‘Vampire’ in June. The Greenskeepers vibe is merging rock electro cool with a tongue in cheek twist. Look out for more info on the release in the weeks to come.
Listen: Amp Live feat. Micro Jaxson & Trackademicks
My man J-Boogie is all about keeping it so fresh and so clean. A true DIY artist, J-Boogie has is starting the summer off on a good note rocking shows along side Little Louie Vega, ESL Music, Bassnectar, the SF Giants and more. But the momentum is not stopping as he’s packing up the tent and heading to country side of Manchester, TN to light it up at Bonnaroo for 3 days of smokiness. The dude is straight keeping it organic! Later this year he’s rocking two days at the High Sierra Festival as well as Earth Dance in September. Make sure to keep up on his tour dates by visiting our events page.
In other news, my man just won a Bay Area Grammy from the SF weekly. Voted the best club dj in the Bay for his diversity of music ranging from hip-hop, reggae, house, drum ‘n’ bass, Latin music, bhangra, downtempo, adult contemporary, dub, folk, cumbia and…..ah yea country western! He deserves serious props for his ability to adapt like a chameleon behind the decks to rock any situation.
Last but not least, for taking the time to read this, we had to give you something for best price; free! CLICKHERE to grab a mp3 of J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science ‘Leave it all Behind’ (Dub Remix) featured on the Soul Vibrations Remix Project.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on June 5, 2009 @ 10:00 AM
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Our favorite production duo from Portland, Cates&dpL are gearing up for their next single ‘351’ due out on June 30th. Back in April we conducted a remix contest via SOUNDCLOUD in which the winner would get his remix officially released with the single. Unfortunately, we ran in to a little problem, there were simply too many quality remixes submitted and we couldn’t just pick one. The end result is a 8 track release with 7 remix winners including Hanssen (Jacob London), Forest Avery (fellow Oregonian), Ezekiel Bickford, Oliver Maier, Pete Dooman, Rob Slac of Chillin Music & Earth Delivery. Just to give you a taste, stream the original production below and look out for the digital release later this month. Don’t forget to download the Cates&dpL ‘Live June Podcast’ after the jump including new productions from Audio Soul Project, Mike Monday and some handy original and remix work from the dynamic duo.
Om: Hip Hop recording artist Raashan Ahmad just dropped a little treat by the office, ‘Soul Power.’ In between the release of his first solo record ‘THEPUSH’ and the next Crown City Rockers record (released this Fall), Raashan created a 13 track release consisting of all brand new tracks mostly recorded in 2009. Stemming from a result to add new songs to his live show, Soul Power features Aceyalone, Wafeek from St. Louis, Ragen Fykes and production from Woodstock, Headnodic, Kat O1O and more. Peep the track list below and some thoughts on the project from Raashan himself. Make sure to click the banner above or the link after the jump for a free download of Lambada.
1. Mobstar Life – Produced by Woodstock
2. Move – feat. Aceyalone produced by Kas One
3. Stay – Produced by Raashan Ahmad
4. Soul Train – feat. Wafeek/Ragen Fykes Produced by Ebo
5. Breath – feat. Aima Produced by Kas One
6. Lambada – Produced by Headnodic/Kat O1O/Raashan Ahmad
7. Day after Day – Produced by Stefonix
8. Celebrate – Produced by Headnodic
9. Fairy Tale – feat. Ragen Fykes Produced by Headnodic
10. Money – feat. Alex Newman Produced by Kas One
11. Cornbread – Produced by D.J. Enki
12. Patience – Produced by Stefonix cuts by D.J. Vajra
13. Oakland – Produced by Kat O1O
Not an album, not a mixtape , not an E.P.
Some words from Raashan Ahmad:
Thirteen original songs mostly recorded in early 2009. After touring the United States to promote my first solo album The Push, I discovered that I wanted to add more bangin’ songs to my live set. Soul Power is the result. When I I say “soul power”, I’m talking about about what gives my soul, my spirit power—which is music! This project was especially born out of all that I learned being on the road so I have to give thanks to the folks who have made me feel at home while away from home; who have blessed me with food, shelter, ciphers, laughter, conversation, money, memories, general nonsense, and love. Also mad thanks to the artists who blessed this project with their talent. Please support! Lastly check out all the projects coming from my Crown City Rockers crew! Our new album coming in the Fall 2009. Hit me up and let me know what you think.
Peace – Raashan
It’s Monday, and we’re back on the grind. Nothing better than tuning in to a little online radio to get you out of that early morning groggy-ness. Om Hip Hop’s own Dj E Da Boss has something special going on called Grown Kids Radio, teamed up with a couple local heavyweights; Spinnerty, Diversify, Brown Majic and the Cyclist. All coming from radio background, this crew embodies the music and event driven community of the Bay Area showcasing local to international talent once a week with an online podcast. If you’re in the mood for artists such as Black Spade, Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Jazzanova, Madlib, J-Dilla, Mr. Scruff and The Herbalizer, then this is the place for you. Click here to grab all three episodes and make sure to stay tuned in for more.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on May 4, 2009 @ 10:40 AM
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Sometimes fan appreciation is underrated, but it’s the things like this letter we received from Germany that keeps the flow moving in the office. Ulli Hackl is a fan of Raashan Ahmad and we are a fan of Ulli Hackl. Peep the letter below.
The letter came with a self addressed label and one US dollar for postage. Ulli is in luck, cause Raashan stopped by the office yesterday and signed 5 cd’s which we will be sending shortly. In honor of Ulli we are giving out a special download from Raashan Ahmad’s solo record, The Push. Stream and download ‘Give Thanks’ below and check the video after the jump.
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!
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Direct from our homies Zion I, The Geek the Beat video is next level. Even noticed by Kanye West himself, the Alice and Wonderland themed video is shot through the rabbit hole in a house with the address of 808. The song itself show’s Amp Live’s diversity of production with drum & bass esq production. Mc Zion aka Baba Zumbi crafts his lyrics to perfection whiles he travels through the different environments of the next dimensional world. Click the banner to check out the video.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on April 15, 2009 @ 12:06 PM
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