New Rocket Empire Album Out Now!

Rocket Empire are the Portland, Oregon based duo of Jon Cates and Dave Dish.  Their sound is a fusion of acoustic indie rock and down-tempo, on level with Kruder & Dorfmeister and Nightmares on Wax. Their first two albums ‘Rocket Empire’ and ‘See Me Speak in Color’ saw heavy support from SIRIUS XM Chill, KCRW, KEXP and SOMA FM Groove Salad.

Rocket Empire has seen an amazing global reach of fans and listeners. Their sound is hard to define at times, lush soundscapes and sometime minimal use of drums makes Rocket Empire's music a listening experience. Having roots in all genres of music, from classical to metal, the two combine influences and styles to create a truly unique sound. Stay tuned for the new album ‘Sky Float Sun’ coming on Aug. 19th featuring 16 new songs! 

Smoke N' Mirrors - Late Summer Sampler

Just in time to keep the summer going just a little longer, Smoke N' Mirrors comes correct with a three track deep house sampler. Leading things off is the dark & mysterious 'Sam' from Jimmy V via a Jimmy V and S.pacini remix. It's a heavy trippy psychedelic affair and brings plenty of deep late night headiness. Up next is Sleight of Hands alum DJ M3 with his cut 'Voltaire' that comes sprinkled w/ old school trippiness over a pulsing beat that's sure to light up the dance floor. Last, but certainly not least, Om's head honcho Shiny Objects rounds out the set with his bouncy  'Bring on the Night' that wraps up the collection into a tight cannonball ready to blast through the remaining summer days. 

Shiny Objects - Belden Lights Out Now

Shiny Objects brings you a heady tune that packs gritty, pulsing bass with dubbed out alien atmospherics. Inspired by many trips to the Sunset Campout in the mountains of California, Belden Lights embodies the psychedelic essence of this truly awe-inspiring gathering. The track packs a heavy vibe with classic rave breaks, converging as golden lasers sparkle on the trees. Those who’ve been to Belden will understand what we mean. Listen closely and Shiny Objects may just beam you up.

The B-Side “Something Special” is a heavy yet deep floor stomper more suitable for your 4AM sweaty underground expeditions. Enjoy!

Take the plunge! Tone of Arc - Lasting for You video

On the new b-side ‘Lasting for You’ Tone of Arc dive into the chill depths of dreamy downbeat. As one passes through a psychedelic adventure in space and folding time, we get a glimpse of how life is not so rare at all but quite the opposite as every star, planet and gaseous cloud we pass is alive and moving endlessly changing sporadically without notice much like the song. Everything has its time and place. This song embodies that exact idea, to be played at just the right time otherwise you would miss it completely.       

Tone of Arc - Shutters are Shaking

Om Records presents the new single from Tone of Arc’s epic Urgent Turquoise LP. ‘Shutters are Shaking’ is a hook heavy sing along that comes rooted in electronic pop playfulness featuring versions for Radio and Club DJ’s including an instrumental. On the stand out bonus track ‘Lasting for You’ Tone of Arc dive into the chill depths of dreamy downbeat.

Shiny Objects - Robot Heart Mix

While I’ve made many early morning expeditions to Robot Heart, this was my first adventure playing the famous bus. It was a bespoke musical experience and a true honor to play and become part of the family. Dust storms had been blowing amok that night, so many parties had been cancelled; yet so many fabulous people came out to dance and make it an unforgettable party.

My sound explores the spaces between groovy & psychedelic. I always try to bring a deeper experience to the dance floor without taking things too seriously. I want people to experience a heightened connection with the music, but most importantly just laugh and have a good time. I hope that vibe shines through in this recording. Much love.

Track List:

1) Sascha Dive “Get Out of the Ghetto Blues (Woody Remix)
2) Manuel Tur “Acorado” (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix)
3) Craig Bratley “Beat the Drum” (Midnight Special Mix)
4) Tuccillo “Moon Mondule”
5) Shiny Objects & Galen “Sunday Freeze” (demo mix)
6) Jaceo “Faust” (Fabian Argomedo Remix)
7) Umek & Zeta Reticula “Maqaram”
8) PBR Streetgang “Suel Baril”
9) Shiny Objects “Belden Lights” (demo mix)
10) ZZ & Dashdot “Make You Mine’ (Trav & Volta Remix)
11) Josh Butler “I Was There” (Miguel Bastida Remix)
12) Laura Jones “Love In Me” (Maceo Plex Remix)
13) Shiny Objects “Flutter Vision”
14) German Brigante “Polvo Mañanero”
15) German Brigante & Thomas Gandey “Sooner or Later” (Olivier Giacomoto Remix)
16) Shiny Objects “The Unfolding Universe”
17) DJ Soch “Up & Down”
18) Shiny Objects “The Velvet Slide”
19) Alex Kid “The Dope”
20) IO “Cabaret”
21) Walker & Royce “A Perfect Sound”
22) Shiny Objects & Galen “The Purest Sound”
23) Aidan Lavelle “Solaris Nights”
24) Joeski “All by Myself”
25) Click | Click “Freak” (Wildkats Remix)

Photo credit: John Dill

Om: The Beautiful Sounds of Enjoyment

Om Records presents The Beautiful Sounds of Enjoyment, a collection of top tracks all wrapped up into one pleasurable package. Prepare to dive into funky indie electronic numbers mixed with the late night deepness from the house spectrum. 

First up, SF power duo Tone of Arc channels all things funky into the building party jam ‘The Best Place to Fall.’ Followed by the No Regular Play mix of Maxxi Soundsystem & Thrilogy’s dreamy ‘300 Vows’ – a bomb track! Taking it even deeper, Bear Mountain remixes Blackbird Blackbird ‘Tangerine Sky’ and turns it into a house tempo. Om founder Chris Smith (AKA Shiny Objects) comes correct with his first of two tracks, the epic interplanetary excursion ‘The Universe Unfolding.’ Rounding out the first half are Climbers remixed by Thugfucker and Nico Stojan with an 11 min deep house banger. 

Electronic music legends Groove Armada are up next with their Balearic Mix of ‘Set Me Free,’ a most played tune on Sirius XM Chill. Om classic artist Marques Wyatt gets his signature song ‘For Those Who Like to Get Down’ given the Soul Clap treatment. Tone of Arc return with their standout cover of Spandau Ballet ‘Chant No. 1’ – we don’t need this pressure on! Closing the album out are Wildkats mix of Germany’s Click Click followed by the heady Pattern Drama ‘Patterness’ and Shiny Objects ‘The Velvet Slide.’

World Premiere - Tone of Arc covers Portishead 'The Rip'

Tone Of Arc bring a glimpse of real musicality to the underground scene mixing techno, punk, funk, 80’s, and nameless styles much like Zappa into colorful explosions of sound. Their show is something rarely experienced on the dance floor consisting of San Francisco producer/life long musician/vocalist Derrick Boyd on guitar; bass and keys and his wife, vocalist Zoe Presnick Boyd. Their fully mixed slew of original songs consumes the audience with a sense of bravado and daring blurring the line between traditional live performance and the microprocessor-obsessed futurism. 

On ‘Urgent Turquoise’ their first full-length album for Om Records, Tone of Arc take us on a 16 track sonic adventure comprised of 14 originals and two unforgettable covers (the already massive Spandau Ballet ‘Chant No.1’ and unforgettable Portishead ‘The Rip’). Styles upon styles are what we have on display here. From the standout first single ‘The Best Place to Fall’ to the very odd ‘Baboon Baby’, the musicianship and creativity is on full display here. Every listen gives a deeper experience to the album, and new standouts constantly jump out as if to say trick or treat! Perfect for Halloween or cuddling up by the fire or dancing under the full moon, this is an album worth your attention!

Blackbird Blackbird - Strawberry Light - New Album

Photo credit: Jacquie Ray

Photo credit: Jacquie Ray

Blackbird Blackbird is an artist you should know.
— KCRW
Blackbird Blackbird has made our heads spin with dense texturing and ear-worm hooks that take you far away to a place untainted by the imperfections of daily life.
— KEXP
Blackbird Blackbird can explore melancholy on downtempo slow-burners just as easily as he can reach the euphoric highs associated with build-and-dismantle electronica.
— THE BAY BRIDGED

Blackbird Blackbird's new release Strawberry Light is a gorgeous collection of unreleased rarities, remixes and b-sides from the enigmatic producer. 

World Premiere - Marques Wyatt (Soul Clap & Click Click Remixes)

Marques Wyatt is an ambassador of house music for the West Coast and a cornerstone of electronic music in Los Angeles since the 80’s. His Om Records classic ‘For Those Who Like to Get Down’ (originally released in 2002) was loved the world over and championed in London by Ben Watt and Jay Hannan (at their legendary Lazy Dog nights), in NYC by Little Louie Vega and Kenny Dope (at the infamous Masters at Work), in Chicago by the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Derrick Carter and of course in San Francisco by the likes of Mark Farina, Miguel Migs and Kaskade.

Now, 13 years later Marques continues to spread his brand of aural love in Los Angeles, and through touring the width and breadth of the United States and other continents. He globe trots everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, Shanghai to Barcelona, and Tel Aviv to Dubai with the mission to bring musical unity, love and celebration of life to all souls in his pathway.

Joining him on the remix duties are future stars themselves; Soul Clap and Click Click.  The Soul Clap Remix injects the original vocal sample with an extra dose of funk laced booty shaking deep house. Not to be outdone, Click Click builds on the vocal loop into a funky deep house groove that’s perfect for ripping up dance floors. Finishing out the package is the original Deep Sunday Retro Vibe Mix that still sounds great 13 years since people originally got down to it. 

World Premiere - Tone of Arc 'The Best Place to Fall' / 'Chant No. 1'

Tone Of Arc bring a glimpse of real musicality to the underground scene mixing techno, punk, funk, 80’s, and nameless styles much like Zappa into colorful explosions of sound. Their show is something rarely experienced on the dance floor consisting of San Francisco producer/life long musician/vocalist Derrick Boyd on guitar; bass and keys and his wife, vocalist Zoe Presnick. Their fully mixed slew of original songs consumes the audience with a sense of bravado and daring blurring the line between traditional live performance and the microprocessor-obsessed futurism.

Tone Of Arc's powerful stage presence draws from old school cats like Iggy Pop, The Clash, Talking Heads, and Bowie helping to partially define the originality of their music. Boyd himself describes these new directions in sound as discovering the infinite within the mortal remains and posits that this is the dichotomy of existence. Tone Of Arc, in short means the sound of the laws of creation, a name born from the wonder of the sound that holds all things in the universe together. This passionate couple, known for their joking and childlike spiritual presence gives their fans a feeling of being excited for life wherever they are. By constantly pushing their own musical and spiritual boundaries TOA transcends any environment common or cliché, breaking a path for curiosity and growth.

On their new single from their forthcoming Om Records debut TOA presents ‘The Best Place to Fall’ a hooky electronic oddity that comes rooted in punk funk. On the b-side they whip up a cover of 80’s band Spandau Ballet’s ‘Chant No. 1’. Stay tuned for the full length ‘Urgent Turquoise’ coming this Fall. 


World Premiere - Shiny Objects 'The Velvet Slide'

 

Having founded Om Records in 1995, Christopher Smith is an electronic music lifer. On his new EP under his Shiny Objects moniker he pushes the boundaries of deep house into new territory, exploring psychedelic grooves with dark vocals and dubbed out guitars. The result is an engaging collection of seven groove-heavy numbers for discerning DJ sets. The release is coming out on 6/16 but we'll be premiering new tracks right here! Stay tuned.

On the storming opener, ‘The Velvet Slide,’ there’s no denying the goose bump inducing bass line. Processed guitars masquerade as synthesizers, creating an otherworldly foundation for Shiny Object’s deep vocals.

Lyrics:
Wander in the moonlight 

Underneath the sequin lights

I’ll follow you till morning light 

Watching as the sky ignites

We’re floating a down velvet slide
 
Bathing in the sacred tide

I’ll see you on the other side

Searching with your second sight

The steady building ‘Flutter Vision’ lays out a rolling groove over up front effects with a chopped up trippy distorted vocal. 

Lyrics:

Vanity
You look good to me

A fantasy 
In between the sheets
 
With that pretty smile
You don’t miss a beat 

It’s no wonder why
I flutter at your feet

The eight-minute magnum opus ‘The Universe Unfolding’ is reminiscent of classic tripped-out rave anthems, brought up to speed into what could be the stand out track of the EP. 

Lyrics:
This is the sound
Of the universe unfolding

Light Washes over you
A beautiful morning

Halfway through comes the downbeat instrumental ‘Do It Now’ breaking the release up into two halves.

Fans of the excellent ‘Architects & Waves’ compilation will be familiar with ‘You’re My Fool'.

Lyrics:
I can see you standing next to me
 You’re wondering what to do
And I can feel your stare it’s blinding me
 Let the games ensue
I’ve been wondering what you’ll say
 You don’t know what to do
And it’s ok if you don’t have the words

 I want to get dirty with you
I want to get dirty with you
I want to play dirty with you
I want to get dirty with you

You’re my fool, I’m your fool, you’re my fool
 And that’s good enough for you
You’re my fool, I’m your fool, you’re my fool
 And that’s good enough for me

Where we going when the music fades
 I really can’t wait to see
Are you looking for a one night stand
Do you want to get dirty with me
Do you want to get dirty with me
Do you want to play dirty with me
Do you want to get dirty with me

You’re my fool, I’m your fool, you’re my fool
 And that’s good enough for you
You’re my fool, I’m your fool, you’re my fool
 And that’s good enough for me

I know what you want, so come and get it
 Waiting right here for you, come on baby
Let’s pick the pace, we aint got all night
I’ve got what you want, so come and get it
I’ve got what you want, so come and get it
Waiting right here for you, come on baby
We aint got all night
I’ve got what you want, so come and get it
I’ve got what you want, so come and get it

Perfect for getting down after dark.

Lyrics:
Every breath you take
makes me nervous

Every move you make
I get so nervous

That sparkle in your eye
It makes me nervous

Your legs and your thighs
They me so nervous

But I can’t get enough