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.”
Lavish Habits is a new electronic-infused indie label out of San Francisco.
As contemporary music progresses, it’s clear that pop and rock artists are turning to the innovative capabilities of electronics to make unique and exciting music. Lavish Habits aims to highlight artists who have a tendency toward pop and rock with a firm foundation in dance-oriented rhythms. The result is a merging of scenes that bring together the hedonism of dance music and indie hipness.
The label so far has three signees, including two SF-based artists, Blackbird Blackbird and Maus Haus, as well as Brooklyn-based Body Language. Each has their own signature sound that showcase different flavors in indie dance, from Blackbird Blackbird’s dream-infused chillwave, to Maus Haus’s gritty, vintage synth-laden rock, to Body Language’s funky, R&B-flavored jams.
Body Language’s first single from their upcoming Grammar EP gets a nice writeup from Spin.com and exclusive stream!
“The new single hails from the Brooklyn band’s new ‘Grammar’ EP
The sticky basement disco of Body Language is inescapable on their new single, “Lose My Head.” It’s the Pied Piper sporting a ‘fro and a space suit, banging drumstick to cowbell until there’s not a still body left in the room. Were it to be examined by scientists, they’d probably conclude that it’s equal part velvet and lasers. We are not scientists, but we can tell you this: it hails from the Brooklyn quartet’s September 18 EP, Grammar,and if you can keep a grip on your noggin whilst listening, you’re doing it wrong. The band made small waves with last year’s Social Studies LP but they’re a busy bunch nonetheless. Ian Chang drums for Matthew Dear, Angelica Bess has sung with Sepalcure (in The Black Swan no less), and main producers Grant Wheeler and Matt Young have written for Passion Pit, among others. A new long-player is on the docket for February 2013. Until then, get down, babies." – Spin Magazine Online
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
San Francisco’s Maus Haus has just been signed to Lavish Habits and are slated to release their upcoming seven-track Light Noise EP on October 2 (for digital), followed by the physical release on October 23.
“You wouldn’t be off base to consider San Francisco’s Maus Haus one of the brightest hopes in the city’s avant/indie realm. Picture Brian Wilson meeting Marcel Duchamp and departing together, arm in arm, to plan pocket symphonies…I’m betting these fellows won’t remain a mousy secret for long.” — Bay Area Guardian
Maus Haus is a concoction of Kraftwerk, the Beach Boys, and Sonic Youth steeped in a solution of glitchy noise, dirty drums, and buzzy synthesizers. Through this heady mix, the band is still eminently approachable, with catchy vocals, and moving rhythms. The resulting sound is patently unique, yet strangely familiar.
Since the release of 2009’s sprawling Lark Marvels, the band has progressed from a stage-filling 7-person ensemble to a powerful 4-piece with each member attending to multiple instruments, recalling the frenetic live performances of Battles. The upcoming seven-track Light Noise EP is slated for digital release October 2, and physical release October 23 by new imprint Lavish Habits.
Maus Haus has supported Crystal Castles, Dengue Fever, Autolux, Black Moth Super Rainbow, !!!, Javelin, School of Seven Bells, on both coasts and between. The band was awarded “Best New Synth Rockers” from SF Weekly, and “Band of the Year” from the Deli Magazine. In 2010, the band shared San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival main stage with artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Die Antwoord, and Holy Fuck.
Mysterious music-maker Edit Murphy is gearing up for a two-week tour coinciding with his upcoming “Brooklyn Nights” EP on Smoke N Mirrors.
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 latest track “Need You” first appeared on OM Lounge Vol. 12 and was released as a single on Smoke N Mirrors earlier this summer.
East Coasters will be able to catch him prior to the release as he moves up from Miami toward New York. Following the release, he will hit the West Coast starting in San Diego and ending in San Francisco at Monarch for the Smoke N Mirrors monthly.
In anticipation of the tour, Edit made a podcast for Music is 4 Lovers, the San Diego-based blog dedicated to deep, cutting-edge dance music. Edit certainly takes it deep, while accentuating, his signature sound that pays respect to the classic sounds of house and disco. The tracklist includes artists such as Vicenzo, Urulu, Bicep & Omar Odyssey, along with a track of his own titled, “California Love.”
9.20.12 – Electric Pickle, Miami
9.21.12 – E-Villa, Baltimore
9.23.12 – Le Bain, New York City
9.27.12 –The Office, San Diego
9.29.12 – The Standard Downtown, LA
10.2.12 – The Room, Hollywood
10.5.12 – Monarch, San Francisco
Keeping the Smoke N’ Mirrors residency alive, Crazy P Soundsystem brings their live dance music show to Monarch on Friday September 14th along with PillowTalk, Navid Izadi, and Shiny Objects.
Crazy P have been leaving their mark on the landscape of British dance music for over 15 years. They’ve made their name with a unerring combination of lushly structured songs and live power, whilst never forgetting their roots on the dance floors of the late 90s’ house, disco, and soul clubs. Preceding the return to fashion of disco and boogie, Crazy P’s brand new album ‘When We On’ is already being hailed as one of their finest.
LISTEN to Crazy P’s Live PA set from this year’s Garden Festival
Crazy P Soundsystem || PillowTalk (DJ set) || Navid Izadi (Live) || Shiny Objects
Friday, September 14th || 10pm – 4am || Monarch at 101 6th Street || 21+