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Black Spade New Remixes

Hot off the press, Om Records recording artist Black Spade just sent me a couple remixes he finished up in LA before he heads home to St. Louis. First up, Spade gives his filtered keys interpretation of 88-Keys ‘Stay Up! (Viagra)’ feat. Kanye West. Spade uses his own brand of electro hop to give this song a whole new vibe. Make sure to check out 88-Keys ‘The Death of Adam’ instores now! Next, Spade gives Jesse Boykins III ‘Tabloids’ a whole new face lift. Once again, Spade use of off kilter drums and electro keys creates a style unique to his own. Make sure to keep an eye out for more from Spade, i hear rumors of possible collaborations with Naledge of Kidz in the Hall??? Click the banner to download.

Make sure to check out Black Spade’s ‘To Serve With Love.’

Posted by: Jonthecorner on November 18, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
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Click the banner above to bump some tracks from the new album and get a free download.

West Coast hip-hop music of the 1990s had a kickback vibe that transported listeners directly into the backyards of their favorite MCs. With their new album “Fun DMC,” People Under the Stairs take you back to a time before hip-hop made you think of commercials for Doritos, iPods, and reality TV. As an old school hip-hop fan, any reminder of that laid back Sunday afternoon hip-hop is welcome in my book, and this album is definitely worth listening to. The track ‘The Ultimate 144’ showcases the lyrical backbends of People Under The Stairs, and hits you with a bit of that old school feel. People Under the Stairs’ dedication to the old school shines through again in the track ‘Anotha (BBQ)’ which has already secured a solid place in my kick back summer time play list. The influences of 90s hip-hop are strong in this album, and serve as a welcome reminder of the hip-hop classics. As you find yourself drowning in chopped and screwed hooks and product placement in the current world of hip-hop music, People Under the Stairs throws out a musical life raft with their “Fun DMC” album. Whether you are throwing a funky house party or a backyard barbeque, “Fun DMC” will give you that break that you need, and carry you to another time in music, a time where there are no distractions between artist and listener, a time referred to by many as “back in the day.”

What do you think of the new album? Leave a comment.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 12, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
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World Premier: Raashan Ahmad 'Peace' Animated Video

I couldn’t be more juiced to announce that Raashan Ahmad’s new video for his track ‘Peace’ has finally dropped and is ready and waiting to be consumed by the hip-hop loving public. Throughout his new album, “The Push,” Raashan echoes the themes and sounds of the roots of hip-hop music, intertwining social and political trials and tribulations with personal struggles and discovery. The ‘Peace’ video’s vintage vibe runs smoothly together with Raashan Ahmad’s thoughtful lyrics and classic beats. With the world in a current state of panic, Raashan is preaching peace on an individual and a global level. Combining the creative forces of director Eric A. Leppo and the passion behind Raashan’s lyrics leads to the creation of this dope video. When describing the collaboration process Leppo has said, "We realized we were both independently trying to get some similar messages across so it made a lot sense to combine forces through this project. To do justice to the topic of peace in our war- filled times, I could see from the start this would need to be a dense four minutes of animation visually and ideologically. After listening to the song and talking with Raashan about it, I came to see the song as an appeal for peace to the world, and at the same time as also a huge thought provoker, doing everything from prodding us to think about why someone might say “Peace!” instead of “bye,” to making us consider the general concepts of peace and conflict in and among different countries, classes, religions, time periods, races, species and beliefs." There is no doubt that the song and video do the message of ‘Peace’ mad justice!

Raashan Ahmad ‘Peace’ Video from Om Records on Vimeo.

Produced, directed and animated by Eric Leppo.

Click here to listen to the new album.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 11, 2008 @ 12:17 PM
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FREE DOWNLOAD Mike Monday LoveFest Podcast


With the economy down the tubes, I’m sure that many of you (like myself) are desperate for some exciting activities to partake in at the end of your stressful work week that wont break your bank or max out your credit card. Well, if you check out the Podcast section on the Om site, we have added another Podcast for our fly ass LoveFest afterparty for your listening pleasures. This one’s for all you fist pumping, rump shaking electronic music lovers. Mike Monday, the man who brought you last week’s iTune’s video of the week from his newest album ‘Songs Without Words’ shut it down at the LoveFest afterparty with a techno electronic mash up that will get your heart pumpin’ and your blood flowing for a solid 40 minute jam sesh. Mike Monday’s set brought down the house at the Mezz after Love Fest, and now we are bringing the party to you. So hop on over to the Podcast section of the Om site, lace up your adidas, and get to steppin’.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 10, 2008 @ 11:35 AM
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Bombay Dub Orchestra: Free Download 'Journey'


Recorded in London, Mumbai & Chennai, Bombay Dub Orchestra’s sophomore release once again combines chilled electronica with the cinematic lushness of a full Indian orchestra. 3 Cities also features contributions from many of India’s finest soloists and vocalists who help to bring the group’s uniquely dubbed, South Asian sound to new levels of beauty.

Step inside the sound of 3 Cities, Bombay Dub Orchestra’s sophomore release, and experience the crossroads where Mumbai, Chennai, and London musically meet. Since the release of their self-titled debut, the name Bombay Dub Orchestra (consisting of composer/producers Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay) has built quite a reputation. From main-stage performances at the UK’s Big Chill Festival and Djing across the globe, scoring feature films to remixing such world-renowned artists as Bob Marley, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Bebel Gilberto, fans and critics have been eagerly awaiting their next album. For 3 Cities, both Hughes and Mackay traveled to Mumbai and Chennai to record with the cities’ premier musicians and vocalists before returning to London to mix the album. 3 Cities is where their cinematic soundscapes meet Indian Classical and electronica featuring a huge cast of over 75 musicians.

Courtesy of Six Degrees.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 7, 2008 @ 2:14 PM
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J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science 'Revolution, Video

J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science “Revolution” video
feat. Lyrics Born & The Mamaz

This new video features our political move to get out the vote.
Taken from Soul Vibrations on Om Records. VOTE: Nov 4th, 2008!

Please share, post, embed, and enjoy!

Click here for J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science new and updated tour dates.

Posted by: J Boogie on November 3, 2008 @ 10:52 AM
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Voting is so important and this is a pivotal time in our country. Whether you vote for Obama or McCain make sure you vote informed. But the main thing…get your funky ass out there and vote.

In these last days leading up to the election, I wanted to offer a special contribution to Obama’s cause. As I would watch the election coverage, I kept chanting ‘O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma,’ realizing it reminded me of George Kranz’s ‘Din-Daa-Daa’ from the movie Breaking 2, Electric Boogaloo. The idea popped in my head to produce a special ONE rendition to help get the word out that this is one of the most important elections in America’s history. So many people are always complaining about how things could be better in this country but have never voted. This song is dedicated to act of voting; as an American it is one of our most important natural rights. Get to the polls and let your voice be heard!


People Want Change, People Want Change

Have the nerve to complain, but don’t do a thang

You are the WE is yes we can, you have the power to change the world

You can complain but it still wont change

You need to let your voice be heard

O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma

People Want Change, People Want Change

Then how can it change if you don’t make the change

Now is the time to make the stand

You have the power to move the world

You can complain but it still won’t change

You need to let your voice be heard

O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma

Posted by: The One on October 30, 2008 @ 12:35 PM
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King Britt Love Fest After Party Podcast


If you have been walking around in a fog over the past two weeks, kicking yourself for not coming to the Om Records’ Love’s a Trip – Love Fest after party, you can cease the self inflicted suffering immediately, because you are about to get something like a second chance. There is hope after all!! The entire set from the Love Fest after party spun by musical chameleon, producer and DJ King Britt has been uploaded onto our podcast section for your listening and dancing pleasure. While it would be impossible to fully recreate the amped vibe of the Love’s a Trip party, this pod cast should do the trick to get your body rocking and your booty shaking.

King Britt brought his eclectic musical knowledge to the turntables on the main floor of the party for this upbeat set. The set begins with a sound that I’m sure many of us would be happy to wake up to every morning and go to bed to every night, and that is sound clips of our future president Barack Obama’s vision for change!! These Obama shout outs are supported in the set by some masterful remixes of some of my favorite hip-hop jams (both old and new) including MIA’s ‘Paper Planes,’ Kanye West’s ‘Work Out Plan,’ and Petey Pablo’s ‘Freak a Leak.’ The set wouldn’t truly be a Love Fest after party set, however, without spinning into a serious bass thumping electronic dance music break down. So, lace up your black and gold adidas, turn the lights down, and proceed to the land of musical enjoyment

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 28, 2008 @ 1:25 AM
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Cates&dpL Blast

Click the banner above to download the Cates&dpL (Bootleg Remix) of Nina Simone ‘Fly High’

In the music game since 2003, talented duo Jon Cates and Dave Lind, collectively known as Cates&dpL are preparing to drop their first full-length album with Om Records entitled ‘Through the Weekend’ in 2009. Cates&dpL were signed to Om in the spring of 2008, and bring a unique sound and versatile style to the electronic music division of Om. This duo have been featured on many of Om’s most popular compilations of the past year, including ‘Om Ibiza 2008,’ ‘Downtempo Garden,’ ‘Sounds of Om Volume 6,’ ‘Om Chilled 2’ and ‘Om Miami 2008.’ In addition to providing their fans with original works, Cates&dpL have proven to be remix masters and have earned much notoriety in their short career including a #1 remix on Beatport’s Breaks Downloads, a feature on James Zabiela’s DJ Mag CD and a feature on the Global Underground Paris compilation – mixed by Nick Warren.

The new album “Through The Weekend,” which drops in 2009, showcases Cates&dpL’s chameleon-like ability to provide an array of different sounds and styles, always keeping their listeners on their toes. Check out their artist page HERE and check back for more info about the release of “Through the Weekend” coming soon.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 27, 2008 @ 1:01 AM
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J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science 'Inferno' Video World Premier

Check it out! Filmed in San Francisco at the world famous Club Mighty, ‘Inferno’ is a tribute to the old school roller skating jammy jam. The video features Lunar Heights rocking the mic and a colorful cast of SF’s finest busting moves on the hard woods.

More on J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science:

“The latest release, Soul Vibrations, is a funky mash up of hip hop and soul, dubbed out with great collaborations from a slew of artists on the underground music scene.” – Nu-Soul Magazine

“SF resident Justin ‘J-Boogie’ Boland indulges the cities cravings on his second proper album, which mixes pan-global urban music styles and myriad vocal talents for a satisfying multicultural creation.’ – SFBG

“Man, this record is fresh. For those that never forgot the groove – we salute you! For real, listening to ‘Soul Vibrations’ reminds me of that first day of summer when everything is just perfect. This is EXACTLY the type of sound I needed in my life right now…” – The Rub

“Using numerous guest vocalists and rappers, J-Boogie brilliantly mashes up soul, jazz, hip-hop, dance, and dub to create a wonderfully inventive and totally individual musical style,” – XLR8R

“Too many jocks see barriers between house, disco, and hip hop, whereas J-Boogie only sees opportunities, and that’s part of what makes him so special” – Alarm Magazine

“[With Dubtronic Science] J. Boogie once again proves why he’s one of the best in the game by always moving forward, keeping the productions tight, and ALWAYS having a track with a good beat so you can dance to it.” – URB

“Pick virtually any track to be captivated by the depth and vitality of the arrangements, the ways in which bumping beats, rap vocals, jazz horns, and all the other myriad elements pull together… Simply put, this is essential music” – Toledo Blade

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 23, 2008 @ 1:26 AM
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