San Francisco’s Maus Haus has created a very special cover of minimal-wave cult-classic “In Ultra-Violet” by Cinema 90. As story has it, Cinema 90 was a band from Seattle who gained a following for the song “In Ultra-Violet” despite it being the only song that they ever released. Maus Haus has turned this 80s fast paced nu-wave classic into a modernized dreamy adaption.
Edit Murphyʼs upcoming “Brooklyn Nights” EP shines like a bright star in the sky, achieving classic house vibes with glowing synth chords, a soft kick drum, and R&B-style vocals. The effects give the track an echoing quality that perfectly complements its soulful depth.
Fantastic Man spices up “Brooklyn Nights” by adding organic percussion, bass, and delayed keys. The track wanders playfully through a development of subtle build-ups and funky, groovinʼ basslines.
Savileʼs remix stretches out the vocals, creating a slow-building jam perfect for a sunrise set. Weaving in a variety of elements and a meandering synth, his mellow interpretation pulls apart just as smoothly as itʼs built up.
In “Beverly Thrills,” Edit Murphy takes a turn for disco as he develops a shimmery atmosphere complete with a short funky bassline loop. He ties it all together with sultry female vocals that add that extra bit of allure to an already glittering dance-floor gem.
Edit emerged almost a year ago, in October 2011, with his Motown Edits series. Edit reworked tracks from a handful of originators of Motor City soul, including Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Stevie Wonder. The release quickly gained attention all over the Internet, with support from equally mysterious edit-maestros, Tiger & Woods. His most recent track “Need You” first appeared on OM Lounge Vol. 12 and was released as a single on Smoke N Mirrors earlier this summer. The Brooklyn Nights EP will be released world-wide on September 25th, 2012.
“Brooklyn dance-pop act Body Language make music practically designed for remixes.” — PITCHFORK
“Sunny and buzzing!” — FADER
“Body Language are in the same ballpark, quality-wise, as, respectively, early Madonna, the disco label Prelude’s 1982 output, and CSS doing an impression of Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. That is some ballpark. It is possibly the greatest ballpark there is.” — THEGUARDIAN UK
“Body Language may traverse an impressive range of styles, but the group has only one clear motive: to move bodies on the dance floor.” — NPR
Fresh off the success of last year’s Social Studies LP, Body Language have returned with a new EP (Grammar, out today on Lavish Habits) and a full-length disc that’s set to drop in early 2013. Both of which streamline the Brooklyn quartet’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B. Or as they put it, “Our world still exists in an indie- disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”
That’s certainly the case with “Lose My Head”— a floor-filler that’s driven by late ‘70s funk licks and diamond-encrusted keys—and the rest of Grammar for that matter, from the soaring harmonies and glitter ball grooves of “The First” to the wobbly synth lines and Motown-schooled choruses of “I’m a Mess.”
With his heavy Bay Area roots and unique sound, The Whooligan is a tastemaker in his own right, so you can imagine why it’s impossible for us to ignore what he is up to these days. Here at Om we have been lucky enough to have The Whooligan put together some of his favorite dance tracks of the past year/ summer for our latest Om:Cast.
This Om:Cast takes listeners on a danceable tour starting with some jazzy, Sunday morning music by Jessie Ware then morphing into some booty popping bassy jams like Q-Tip’s Work It Out (Disclosure Booty Call Edit). There’s something for all groovy music lovers in this ingenious mix which blends elements from different genres creating one cohesively smooth sound. The Whooligan pulls jams from a lineup of A+ producers, including Eats Everything, Julio Bashmore, Disclosure and more, ensuring quality music for all.
Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)
Eats Everything – Entrance Song (Original Mix)
Kraak & Smaak – Hold Back Love (Lovebirds Remix)
Scuba – Adrenalin
Q-Tip – Work It Out (Disclosure Booty Call Edit)
Bondax – You’re So
Maribou State – Got Me Down (Bondax Remix)
George FitzGerald – Shackled
Julio Bashmore – Ask Yourself
Disclosure – What’s In Your Head
Kyodai – Breaking (Original Mix)
Huxley – Let It Go (Eats Everything Refuse)
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)
Eats Everything – The Size
Julio Bashmore – Au seve
Disclosure – My Intention Is War (Fig II)
Dusky – Mystics (Original Mix)
Shadow Child – So High
Wake up to a pandemonium of sound with StereoHeroes’ “Deviations Vol 1” EP, out now on Child’s Play records. The French electronic duo bring chaotic rhythms and pounding basslines into all three high-powered tracks. Combining their influences from techno, house, ghetto tech, hip-hop and rock, StereoHeroes have been crafting their anarchic style and keeping dance floors alive worldwide since 2008. “Waxworks” dives into a spiraling techno beat accompanied by hypnotic samples, while “Numbers” continues to dive into the deep end with a steady and rapid pulse. “Blackbot” escalates into an systematic uproar, bringing together their limitless rhythms and finishing off with a de-stressing breakbeat.
Ian Pooley – ‘Know What’s Up’ is out today on Smoke N’ Mirrors everywhere!
Known for his consistently-smoldering dancefloor romancers, Ian Pooley has brought us yet another gem with “Know What’s Up.” A classic R&B vocal rolls on top of a groovy bassline, while layers of uptempo claps and zipping synths give this track some serious energy. The Barbena remix is slower and stripped-down: the vocals have been tweaked and texturized, and spacey synths lend dramatic stabs to a simplified bassline. The Show-B remix takes you deep underground, deconstructing the original track down to an echoing series of throbbing beats and ghostly voices. A slow, continuous build of layers create a perfect ‘afterparty’ vibe.
If you’ve ever met a vinyl DJ in your life, you will know that these wax “purists” sure loves their records! Here at Om Records, we agree: we think that records have something magical about them! Vinyl holds the key to that “warm sound,” not to mention other vinyl-related treats (such as scratching and all other types of turntablism) that cannot seem to be perfectly recreated on digital machines. In other words, nothing beats these the charm of these phono-monsters! Scroll down and check out all of the delicious vinyl treats that Om Records, Smoke n Mirrors and dirtybird records have released so far this year. Click the image of the vinyl to check it out in-store…
Posted by: Kathryn on June 13, 2012 @ 10:22 AM
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Our good friend and SF-based producer Justin Martin made his very first release on dirtybird records in 2005. Seven years later, he delivers his long-awaited debut artist album with the very same smile and fun loving attitude he’s had since the beginning. “Ghettos & Gardens” is exactly as advertised – a tender and tough collection of songs that build you up with sweeping strings, then break you down with earth shattering basslines. It’s sunsets vs. cyclones, roses vs. razors, and bunny rabbits vs. wolverines.
Maybe it’s the streets of San Francisco that made his music this way – a place where you can see a beautiful woman and a crippled homeless addict on the same city block. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the famous dirtybird Golden Gate park parties, where Justin’s loving parents make tacos and chop fresh salsa while total freaks lose their minds in front of the massive sound system. Not a whole lot of producers are just as influenced by E40 as they are by LTJ Bukem, and even fewer of them played the jazz saxophone in high school.
Whatever is going on, most people would say that Justin is one of the most charismatic likable DJs to walk the earth. In this album Justin demonstrates his unique ability to blur the lines between musical genres, taking us through beautiful melodies, UK basslines, moody funk and devastating drops. You can hear the meticulous produc- tion techniques in every track – from the slow Hip-Hop style of Hood Rich to the heavy duty low-end of Molokini. The whole thing is fresh and uplifting like the smell of ozone after a lightning strike. Ghettos & Gardens sounds like nothing else out there – it could not have come from anyone but Justin Martin.
Buy the album version now from iTunes
Buy the DJ version now from Beatport
Buy the DJ version now from Bleep
Buy the vinyl now from Surus
Buy limited-edition “40 Bundle” packs, complete with dirtybird goodies & signed swag! Justin’s Bandcamp
Ghettos & Gardens World Tour
May 02 – Santa Cruz @ Motiv
May 04 – LA @ Avalon
May 05 – Las Vegas @ Artisan
May 11 – San Francisco @ Mezzanine
May 19 – Pyramid Lake @ Symbiosis Festival
May 25 – Irvine @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival
May 26 – Detroit @ dirtybird
Jun 01 – Birmingham @ Rainbow Warehouse
Jun 02 – Manchester @ Sankeys
Jun 03 – Bristol @ Love Will Save the Night
Jun 09 – London @ Fabric
Jun 15 – Philadelphia @ Philadelphia Experiment
Jun 16 – Washington DC @ U Hall
Jun 20 – Boston @ Phoenix Landing
Jun 22 – Miami @ Electric Pickle
Jun 23 – Charlotte @ Dharma
Jun 29 – Atlanta @ Masquerade
Jun 30 – New Orleans @
Jul 01 – Toronto @ Keating Pub
Jul 06 – SF @ Monarch
Jul 13 – Kauaii @ Café Portofino
Jul 14 – Honolulu @ Asylum
Jul 20 – UK @ Secret Garden Festival
Jul 21 – Ibiza @ Sankeys
Jul 27 – Denver @ City Hall
Jul 28 – NYC @ Verboten
Aug 03 – SF @ dirtybird
Aug 04 – LA @ Hard Summer
Aug 05 – BC @ Basscoast Festival
Aug 10 – Portland @ Refuge
Aug 11 – Seattle @ Electric Tea Garden
Aug 17 – Albuquerque @ Effex Nightclub
Aug 18 – El Paso @ Lowbrow Palace
Aug 24 – Grand Rapids @ Bass Camp
Aug 25 – Dallas @ It’ll Do Discotech
Aug 31 – Edmonton @ Level 2
Sep 01 – Rouyn-Noranda @ Emerging Music Festival
Sep 02 – Chicago @ North Coast Music Festival afterparty
Sep 03 – Montreal @ Piknic Electronic / dirtybird BBQ
Sep 07 – Paris @ Social Club
Sep 08 – UK @ Bestival
Sep 09 – Ibiza @ Space
Sep 15 – Barcelona @ Lolita
Sep 22 – London @ Bugged Out
Posted by: Kathryn on May 22, 2012 @ 1:22 AM
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London-based house producer Maya Jane Coles has been quickly climbing to the top of the House Music world, and for good reason; from remixing A-list artists from Little Dragon and MK, to being hailed as “breakthrough DJ of 2011” by Pete Tong, to contributing to institutions like BBC’s Essential Mix, her rise to prominence has been well-earned, and not to mention, impressive to watch. Recently, the pint-sized power-house released her first commerical mix CD for DJ-Kicks.
“I wanted [the DJ Kicks mix] to showcase my diversity,” says Coles. “I don’t just do one thing and I wanted it to reflect that. Most of the mixes I’ve put out there so far have been house based, but I also produce stuff under the Nocturnal Sunshine monicker, which is more two-step/bass influenced stuff. This mix evolved into something that wasn’t just four-to-the-floor.
This eclectic mix is a contemplative journey through a multitude of tracks that span across the sonic landscape, enticing you with pretty trilling chimes, rumbling basslines and everything in between. Starting out with the muted synth chords and broken post-garage beats of ‘Loqux & Past’ by Deft, the mix gradually acquires a more rhythmic weight, care of tracks such as ‘In My Cocoon’ by Bozwell. Coles’s own ‘Not Listening’ is a driving cut built on a pounding yet melodic groove and exclusive to this DJ-Kicks mix. Another Coles exclusive, ‘Meant To Be’, (this time in her Nocturnal Sunshine guise) marks the transition to a more shuffle-y, two-step-influenced passage. Coles’ 22-track mix is genre-spanning, and yet, is unified by the earthy and hyper-sensory sound that has brought Coles to the heights at which she now stands.
As this mix proves, Maya Jane Coles is a true source of heat and light in an otherwise over-saturated, dreary musical landscape. Since Coles’ star is only just beginning to peak up over the horizon, we know we can expect more of her light to shine upon us in the near future – especially since she is currently in the process of making a full-length album! We can’t wait :) Don’t miss Maya on her world tour!
23/05/12 – Stereo – Montreal, Canada
24/05/12 – Monarch – San Francisco, USA
25/05/12 – Morgan – Brooklyn, New York, USA
26/05/12 – TBA – Detroit, USA
27/05/12 – Detroit Movement Fest – Detroit, USA
01/06/12 – Big Beach Boutique – Brighton, UK
02/06/12 – Field Day – London, UK
03/06/12 – Love Saves The Day – Bristol, UK
04/06/12 – Evolution Festival – Newcastle, UK
10/06/12 – Parklife Festival – Manchester, UK
16/06/12 – Sonar Festival – Barcelona, Spain
28/06/12 – Hove Festival – Arendal, Norway
30/06/12 – Hideout Festival – Novalja, Croatia
08/07/12 – T In The Park – Balado, Kinross, UK
13/07/12 – Melt! Festival – Ferropolis, Germany
15/07/12 – Benicassim 2012 – Spain
29/07/12 – Camp Bestival – Dorset, UK
11/08/12 – Loveland 2012 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
07/09/12 – Bestival – Isle of Wight, UK
Posted by: Kathryn on May 17, 2012 @ 5:59 PM
Posted in: Music