Already garnishing early heat from The Hype Machine, Fader, and SF Weekly, Blackbird Blackbird’s “Boracay Planet” drops today via Lavish Habits! Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of San Francisco-based wünderkind Mikey Maramag. His unique style of dreamy folktronica recalls influences from all ends of the musical spectrum; deeply textured, hypnotic songs pay homage to psychedelic pop the likes of Caribou and Washed Out, while the warmth of analogue instrumentation spliced with digital artifacts hints at contemporaries James Blake, Four Tet and Mount Kimbie.
Anthemic, dream-driven themes inspire Blackbird Blackbird’s work, where layers of electronic texture drape over organic sounds and ghostly vocals. Within elongated song structures, Blackbird Blackbird harnesses thematic elements of dynamism and composition to create depth and complexity, while never losing sight of his pop sensibilities.
Blackbird Blackbird’s debut album Summer Heart was lauded by modern tastemakers, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Fader, XLR8R, Rcrdlbl, and more. Recently returning from a whirl-wind European tour, Blackbird Blackbird has been signed to the Lavish Habits imprint out of San Francisco. His new Boracay Planet EP features remixes from the likes of American bass music virtuoso Grenier (aka DJ G) and Atlanta’s foremost proprietor of rave music, Distal.
As an alternative to mainstream media, college radio has been an outlet for listeners to discover up-and-coming artists. CMJ, short for College Music Journal, has been a key curator for music played on college radio stations nationwide since 1980. Along with their charts, reviews, and news pieces, CMJ presents hundreds of talented artists in a number of clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn each fall for their annual festival. This year, October 16 – October 20 begins another round of CMJ Music Marathon in which the Lavish Habits’ Blackbird Blackbird, Maus Haus, and Body Language will be making appearances at the following venues on the following dates:
Blackbird Blackbird @ Santos Party House, NYC (link)
Blackbird Blackbird & Maus Haus @ Pianos, NYC (link)
Blackbird Blackbird & Maus Haus @ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
Maus Haus @ The Delancey, NYC (link)
Body Language @ Soho House, NYC
Body Language @ Bar Matchless, Brooklyn (link)
Posted by: Intern #1 on October 12, 2012 @ 4:42 PM
Posted in: Music
The most recent Om:Cast comes to you from none other than L.A.‘s Heidi Lawden! This Friday she will be rocking the decks at our third installment of the Smoke N’ Mirrors residency at Monarch alongside Edit Murphy, TK Disco and Shiny Objects. This “up-tempo mix of up-front music” in her own words:
“I realized recently that I first DJ’d around 19 years ago. I played in London with DJ’s such as Danny Rampling and The Horsemeat Disco boys as well as some U.S legends such as Pal Joey and Tony Humphries. After relocating to L.A I stepped away from DJing to focus on a music job by day. The lure of buying music and love of playing is not something that ever leaves you however, so I’m now thrilled to be building a loyal following Stateside and playing most weekends.
Excited would be an understatement when OM asked me for a mix, and in honor of the upcoming Smoke and Mirrors party I decided to do an uptempo mix of upfront music. I recorded it live in one take. SF crowds are super sophisticated and knowledgable , you better come prepared when you play there and with so many excellent local DJ’s I feel especially honored to be invited back. Next up I’m heading into the studio to make the kind of music that makes me dance all night long in the hopes it will make others do the same, and after the compliments I got for my vocals on Locussolus ‘Next To You’ I think I’ll step up to the mic too."
Join Heidi and the rest of us at the Smoke N’ Mirrors party at Monarch this Friday:
Smoke N’ Mirrors Presents Edit Murphy + Friends
October 5th | 10pm – 4am | 101 Sixth Street, SF CA
Bassnectar fans, get ready for his newest Freestyle Mixtape! Featuring tracks from his upcoming Freestyle EP, Bassnectar also pays homage to fellow Omies Zion I and Ming & FS! Big ups to Loren for a great mix! Click through and enjoy :)
01. Dancer In The Dark Intro – Audiovoid Remix
02. Bassnectar – Freestyle feat. Angel Haze
03. Jantsen – When The Beats Drop (Bassnectar Remix)
04. 6 Blocc – Ammunition Sample Pack (Bassnectar Recut)
05. Bangladesh – 100 [Acapella]
06. Dead Prez – Hip Hop [Acapella]
07. Bassnectar – Rap with a T [Instrumental]
08. Hudson Mohawke – Thunder Bay (Bassnectar Edit)
09. Zed Bias ft Juiceman & Simba – Jigga Up (Bassnectar Remix)
10. Ming & FS – Madhattan Bound (Bassnectar Remix)
11. Zion i – Human (Bassnectar Remixxx)
12. Bassnectar – Infinite
13. Bassnectar & DC Breaks – Breathless feat. Mimi Page
14. Son of Kick – From Here
15. Bassnectar & Double You – I Am A Laser (2012 Remaster)
16. Dusk & Blackdown – Kuri Pataka
17. Ed Solo – Egyptian Horns (Bassnectar Remix)
18. Bassnectar – Butterfly feat. Mimi Page (Bassnectar Remix)
19. Bassnectar – Hologram
“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 has just released their seven-track ‘Light Noise’ EP on Lavish Habits today!
San Francisco’s 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.
Blackbird Blackbird’s newest single “All” is out on Lavish Habits. The new single shows off his pop sensibilities, thick with echoing guitar plucks and soothing, lightly-treated vocals. Chiming synths and fluttering clicks splash color on top of a melancholic tone. Clean four-to-the-floor beats and a lovely synth lead dissipate into dreamlike samples of incomprehensible speech and smooth, lapping waves.
Also on the release is Distal’s remix of Blackbird Blackbirdʼs “Keep It Up,” taking it into a dark, barreling techno track. Blackbirdʼs crooning vocals stab into the rolling kick drum, complete with frenetic bubbling effects. The beat is broken up with touches of two-step futurism and at the very end, a playful flute appears to brighten the fade out.
Check out the official music video to the single here!
Smoke N’ Mirrors released Edit Murphyʼs latest EP today, “Brooklyn Nights,” 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.
Two decades ago, Chicago-native Mark Farina began experimenting at his DJ gigs, dropping slower, deeper tracks along the lines of disco classics, acid-jazz, hip hop, and downtempo. In Chicago, which is primarily known as a house music town, his selections were deemed more appropriate for home listening than for the dance-floor. Despite this, Farina continued to develop his sound, which soon after became coined as Mushroom Jazz. A few mixtapes followed, but his experiment-turned-endeavor finally got off the ground in his new home, San Francisco.
Farina juggled between his two residencies of Chicago and San Francisco until he made a permanent move to SF in 1994. He saw opportunities in the city with its vibrant music scene, which featured a slew of promoters catering to fans across a broad spectrum of music styles including hip hop, jazz, house, and reggae to Wicked-style breaks and techno. A couple years before he made his move, he teamed up with Patty Ryan-Smith to throw his own Mushroom Jazz club night.
The Monday night party became an integral part of the SF scene, gathering an eager following for five years. Farina continued the legacy of Mushroom Jazz when he hooked up with Om Records to release his Mushroom Jazz compilation series.
The Mushroom Jazz compilation grew stronger with each volume, with Mushroom Jazz 4 breaking onto the Billboard Electronic chart at #20 in 2002, with Mushroom Jazz 5 appearing moving the needle up to the #12 spot on the same chart in 2005. The momentum continued accumulated with Mushroom Jazz 6 coming in at #1 on iTunes Electronic chart, and to date, cumulative sales of the Mushroom Jazz series have reached over a quarter of a million copies!
The rest, my friends, is history!
“For many downtempo fans, Mushroom Jazz is where it all began.” –BPM
“The most influential American contribution to the laid back beats scene.” –URB
“Mark Farina is an expert in creating seamless downtempo mood pieces.” –FILTER
“Mushroom Jazz sets the benchmark for quality in the field of jazzy soul and hip hop.” –DJ Mag
Posted by: Kathryn on September 21, 2012 @ 3:12 PM
Posted in: Funny Stuff
Hello Omies!! Just wanted to reach out and make sure that all of our Omies from around the world are friends with us on our social networks. Below are links to the social networks of Om Records as well as some of our closest friends.
Facebook us, tweet at us, pin us, tumble us, share, care, and be aware! We love to interact with our fans, so please don’t hesitate to send us a tweet, a ping, a kiss, a PM or anything that strikes your fancy :) See you on the web…
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.