As the son of British jazz pioneer Trevor Watts, a career in music really was the only choice for Sam Watts, AKA Maxxi Soundsystem. Over the last few years the Brighton based artist has risen up the ranks to become one of the most sought after performers on the international circuit, clocking up an impressive list of club and festival appearances. In tandem with his DJ career, his club-focused productions have been signed to a number of influential and highly regarded labels including Defected, Hypercolour, Moda Black, Maceo Plex’s Ellum and the mighty Nervous.
On his first single on OM Records, Maxxi joins forces with the enigmatic and mysterious producer Thrilogy; a new Bristol based artist that places an emphasis on darker more mystical elements. Together the two have created a rich, deep house track that speaks to the heart as well as the root. Joining them on the journey via their own remixes taking it even deeper are No Regular Play and Bells and Whistles.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on August 21, 2014 @ 11:26 AM
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YES! That’s right! Omies, we’ve got a very special radio premiere scheduled for ya. Tune into Jason Bentley’s Metropolis on KCRW this Sat night from 10PM-Midnight PST to hear a special premiere of the new Groove Armada ‘Love Lights the Underground’ EP.
Here’s some stellar news to kick off your week! Blackbird Blackbird will be featured on SiriusXM Chill next week as part of SiriusXM’s New Music Discovery Week. These are the artists deemed “Chillworthy” and will be highlighted on air all week – KYGO / SATINJACKETS / KRONO / THOMASJACK / BLACKBIRDBLACKBIRD & LONDONGRAMMAR. Tune in to Chill ch 53 all week!
Electronic music pioneers Groove Armada return to the dance-floor with their new six-track EP ‘Love Lights the Underground’ (coming September 9th on Om Records). Fans of their classic DJ sets around the globe will be pleased to hear the rumbling bass lines and heady underground vocals soaring across foot stompers destined to keep dance floors moving. Keep an eye on om-records.com for premieres starting in August.
Great news Blackbird Blackbird fans, Om is gearing up for a brand new single for the standout track ‘Love Unlimited’ on July 8th. Here’s the world premiere video for the track directed by Larkin Donley and Govind Rae! Check out the feature on SPIN and pre-order the single HERE and get the exclusive b-side ‘Waikiki’
‘The clip, directed by Larkin Donley and Govind Rae, details the beginning of a slow motion romance, and when our two stars eventually touch it unleashes some pulsing polychromatic imagery that functions as pretty salient visual analog to Maramag’s work.’ – SPIN
The wait is finally over! Pick up the fantastic new album ‘Tangerine Sky’ from Blackbird Blackbird now on iTunes and get the exclusive bonus track ‘Visionary’
See below for reviews, and scroll down to preview tracks on YouTube.
“As the title track of Blackbird Blackbird’s second LP Tangerine Sky opens, a warm polyphony of synths bounce radiantly to the beat of a driving kick drum presenting what seems to be a sort of instrumental prelude to the rest of the album. Suddenly, two and half minutes in, the dreamy vocals of Mikey Maramag appear all distant and blissed-out like a 3 O’clock wine buzz. For a guy who cut his teeth as the drummer for a hardcore band (Murder Practice), Maramag’s solo work as Blackbird Blackbird is about as sunny as it gets, having more in common with the chillwave warmth of Washed Out or the more tranquil sides of Ulrich Schnauss. While an album like this is enjoyable enough for its peaceful, mood-setting aesthetic, Tangerine Sky is also fortunate enough to contain some legitimate songwriting. Distressed lo-fi textures, Casio tones, and clever sequencing along with live guitars, bass, and drums make up the core of the album’s sound bed which wraps around some neatly melodic dream pop tunes like “Love Unlimited,” “Darlin Dear,” and “Rare Candy.” Some of the tweaked samples recall a gentler, hazed-out Passion Pit and like many artists working in that sonic bailiwick, the throbbing compression on a few of the tracks can become a bit trying. Still, it’s a stylistic choice that hardly deters from the songs, which coast along easily on a wave of homemade electro charm and Maramag’s sweet, late afternoon harmonies. Though beguiling in any climate, Tangerine Sky could easily become a soundtrack to the summer months." – Allmusic.com
“Often cited for occupying the same woozy musical neighborhood as Washed Out, Caribou and The Postal Service, San Francisco-based artist Mikey Maramag has defined a sound that’s all his own under his Blackbird Blackbird alias. On Tangerine Sky he finesses his ability to write melodically infectious songs fueled by electronic instrumentation. Upbeat songs come to him as easily as Kenyans win marathons, so that’s why the heartfelt digital soul of “There Is Nowhere” reminds us of range and that sad songs say so much. Essential track: “Treehouse” – Big Shot Magazine
“San Francisco-based Mikey Maramag, aka Blackbird Blackbird, has been a staple in the psychedelic poptronica genre for a while now. His textured, vivid soundstrokes blended with ghostly vocals takes listeners to other worlds. On June 3rd via Om Records, he will be releasing his Tangerine Sky LP.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on June 3, 2014 @ 8:35 AM
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