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Om Unit to release debut album “Threads”on Civil Music

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2013 by E.N.

om unit _threadsThreads is the debut album from London producer Om Unit, to be released on Civil Music in October 2013.

While this is a debut full length for Om Unit, real name Jim Coles, it is in fact the producer’s fourth studio album, following from work in the 2000s under the name 2tall. Having reset the clock on his artistic output in 2010, Coles has spent the past three years refining a unique sound as Om Unit via collaborations with Machinedrum on Planet Mu, releases on Goldie’s Metalheadz, dBridge’s Exit Records and Civil Music, his own Cosmic Bridge label and the short-lived Phillip D. Kick alias that fleshed out the links between Chicago’s footwork, jungle and slow/fast. The confluence of all this work takes full flight on Threads.

Artist Om Unit
Title Threads
Label Civil Music
Release Date 28-Oct-2013
Format 2×12” Vinyl/ CD / Digital
Cat: CIV059

Tracklist

1. Folding Shadows
2. The Silence (feat. Jinadu)
3. Healing Rain
4. Jus Sayin’ (feat. Gone The Hero)
5. Drift Interlude
6. Reverse Logic
7. Corridor 2013
8. Nagual
9. Patients (feat. MC Jabu)
10. Deep Sea Pyramid
11. Wall of Light
12. Jaguar
13. Wicker and Pearl
14. Governer’s Bay
15. The Road (feat. Charlie Dark

Across its fifteen tracks Threads articulates Om Unit’s musical journey from his beginnings to the present. It references his hip hop background, in the swung out, hypnotic headnod of ‘Wall of Light’ and the positive message of ‘Just Sayin’’, a collaboration with the mysterious Gone The Hero, (who will be stepping out of the shadows on Jneiro Jarel’s Label Who imprint in 2014,) and touches on the music that has impacted him in recent years such as dubstep, the bassweight of which anchors the album. Dubstep’s influence is most obvious in the eyes-down roller ‘Nagual’ and the deeply emotive ‘The Silence’ featuring vocalist Jinadu. There are also hints of slow-mo house’s chug, a sound Coles first experimented with upon taking the Om Unit name. It’s this slow groove that drives the spellbinding ‘Patients’ featuring Young Echo’s MC Jabu, who gives life to the beat with poetic raps, and it’s also central to the 2013 reworking of ‘The Corridor’, a track from the first Om Unit release. Here Coles slows the original’s key elements down even further while managing to keep all the slow moving, hypnotic magic of the original.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the album is grounded in Coles’ junglistic roots, a relationship that has driven much of his recent output and DJ work. Here it takes on its most refined form yet, equally apparent throughout but obviously manifested on the most dancefloor friendly tracks: ‘Jaguar’, ‘Wicker and Pearl’ and ‘Governer’s Bay’. These three tracks close the album but not before one more parting shot, the deeply meaningful ‘The Road’ featuring London’s urban poet, and legend, Charlie Dark.

http://www.omunit.com/

Download: Fantastic Mr Fox -xlr8r Podcast 244

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by E.N.

Download: Fantastic Mr Fox -xlr8r Podcast 244 

01 Kuedo “Work, Live and Sleep in Collapsing Space (Laurel Halo Remix)” (Planet Mu)
02 Hounds of Hate “Trident”
03 Fantastic Mr Fox feat. Alby Daniels “Yesterday’s Fall” (Black Acre)
04 A$AP Rocky feat. Schoolboy Q “Brand New Guy”
05 Caracal “Elements” (Black Acre)
06 Unknown “Untitled”
07 Fantastic Mr Fox feat. Alby Daniels “San’en” (Black Acre)
08 Rishi Romero “African Forest (Original Mix)” (Made in NL)
09 Todd Edwards “Shall Go” (Body High)
10 Fantastic Mr Fox “Untitled”
11 Auntie Flo “Oh My Days (Pearson Sound Remix)” (Huntley & Palmers)
12 Tyree “Nuthin Wrong” (Dance Mania)
13 Fantastic Mr Fox “Pascal’s Chorus (Instrumental)” (Black Acre)
14 Pariah “Rift” (R&S)
15 Brey “Juno” (Svetlana Industries)
16 The Analogue Cops & Blawan “45 Dollars” (Restoration Records) vs. Fantastic Mr Fox “Evelyn (acapella)” (Black Acre)
17 Squarehead “Steer Me Wrong” (Bad Taste)
18 Murlo “At the Knees”
19 Kodiak “Spreo Superbus (Girl Unit Remix)” (Numbers)
20 Logos “Error 808″ (Keysound)
21 Pariah “Signal Loss” (R&S)
22 Kuedo “Work, Live and Sleep in Collapsing Space” (Planet Mu)

 

http://www.xlr8r.com

Slick Shoota “8 Bit Beauty” EP on Loose Squares(STREAM)+Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by E.N.

ARTIST: Slick Shoota
TITLE:
“8 Bit Beauty” EP
FORMAT:
digital EP
LABEL:
Loose Squares
CATALOG #:
LOOSE L704
RELEASE DATE:
March 26, 2012
TRACKLIST:
1. “Love You You You”
2. “8 Bit Beauty”
3. “Hit The Flow”
4. “Eye Turn Red”
5. “Beby”

About

Slick Shoota is a producer from Trondheim, Norway who has developed his own unique musical style—a combination of juke, garage, booty bass, breaks, and old school jungle. He’s already been getting attention for his remix work, covering a diverse range of artists and labels: Fuzzy Logik (Safe & Sound), Dev79 (Slit Jockey), Heartbreak (Mad Decent), Mr. Mitch (Butterz), Joss Ryan (DVA Music), Falty DL (Planet Mu), and more.

His first EP for Loose Squares contains five tracks of forward-thinking, boundary-pushing juke hybrids—from booty-meets-grime party-smashers like “Eye Turn Red” and “Hit The Flow” (featuring up-and-comer5kin&bone5), to the soulful, garage-inspired “Love You You You” and “Beby”. We here at Loose Squares are really excited to present these new sounds. A must have for 2012!

Download:Slick Shoota – Blaze it


Listen EP,baby i love you!

some feedback so far…
“Perfect release!” -Crookers (Fools Gold)
“Finally!! Slick Shoota never fails!” -Munchi (Mad Decent / Enchufada)
“I love melodies and sounds like this. Hot tracks!” -DJ Gant-Man (Dance Mania / Fools Gold)
“This EP is Massive” -Mumdance (No Hats No Hoods / Mad Decent)
“This EP made my day! These tunes are HOT!!!!” -Cardopusher (Frijsfo / Tigerbeat6 / Hyperdub)

Diskotopia Various Artists Volume One (Diskotopia)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by E.N.

V/A
‘DISKOTOPIA VARIOUS ARTISTS VOLUME ONE’
(DISKOTOPIA)

Released date: 6th February 2012
Format: CD / Digital

Coming at the start of a second year of releases, ‘Diskotopia Various Artists Volume One’ is a showcase of the Diskotopia sound.

The label has been grouped together with labels like Night Slugs, Numbers, Hessle Audio, but Diskotopia take a more borderless approach to electronic dance music. Not just for the club, but also made to be appreciated in any setting, the artists represented on this compilation reference a variety of styles from house, techno, UK garage, post-rock, boogie, R&B, grime and even jazz. Although standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the most current and cutting-edge music around, the Diskotopia output has a strong sense of timelessness, meaning that as well as being very “now”, the sound has a longer shelf-life. The label has rapidly been gaining great support and high praise from likes of Addison Groove, Hyetal, Om Unit, Rinse FM, Boomkat, XLR8R, Fact, Numbers.

Set up by UK ex-pat Matt Lyne (A Taut Line) and Japanese female DJ Am Rhein in Osaka in 2005 as a DJ and visual collective, Diskotopia ran frequent events for four years before moving to Tokyo in 2009. BD1982 joined the crew in late 2010, and helped evolve it into a record label. The ethic behind the label comes directly from the premise of the Diskotopia events: a barrier-free approach to quality music. In 2011 Diskotopia released singles and EPs by A Taut Line, Hong Kong In The 60s, BD1982, Visionist, Greeen Linez and Slackk. Diskotopia remixers have included Optimum + Ikonika (Planet Mu, Hyperdub, Night Slugs), Starkey (Ninja Tune, Planet Mu), 80s legendary post-punk act Dominatrix, Royalty, BNJMN (Rush Hour), Photomachine, Murlo, Pacheko.

Tracklisting:
01) BD1982 – Sunshine
02) Visionist – Tropics
03) Savage – I Want It All (BD1982 Refix)
04) RLP – Kreep
05) Optimum – Ghost House
06) Shy One – 40,000
07) A Taut Line – Clouds At Night
08) Hong Kong in the 60s – You Can Take A Heart (Diskotopia Dub)
09) Awa – She Sea
10) Greeen Linez – Sallot Ski
11) Bun / Fumitake Tamura – Ri
12) LDFD – Wumpa Fruit
13) DJ Maar – Acid Clapperz (Diskotopia Dub)
14) Greeen Linez – Feel The Pressure (The Phantom Remix)
15) Lamin Fofana – Nia Long
16) 80kidz – Miss Mars (Diskotopia Dub)
17) Greeen Linez – Feel The Pressure (Nites Remix)
18) BD1982 – VHS Nite (Starkey Remix)

http://diskotopia.com

Kuedo – Severant: album stream

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by E.N.


Kuedo – Severant: exclusive album stream at Guardian
Dont miss this amazing album from Kuedo,check for more info HERE

Planet Mu to Release Kuedo’s “Severant” LP + Album Preview

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by E.N.

 

Planet Mu to Release Kuedo’s LP
Severant
(Oct. 17, 2011)

Album Preview Available from Planet Mu

“Ex-Vex’d man goes solo, results are amazing. - XLR8R

On his debut long-player ‘Severant’, Jamie Teasdale a.k.a. Kuedo has made an album of dreamlike music, loaded with his own preoccupations with futurism and escapism, that’s very different from his musical past as one half of Vex’d.
 
With his intentions re-evaluated for the making of this album, his process to capture them has evolved to a more automatic way of creating tracks, cutting back on the endless technical options available to the modern producer and rendering them at a quicker pace to reveal a lighter, more truthful music, as he puts it: ”On the side of modernism”.
 
In terms of feeling, ‘Severant’ explores the space between the detached world of the imagination and the real-time world; that feeling of coming out of a daydream, on the edge of the drift from the day-to-day grind. Jamie says of this moment ”As reality shapes imagination and escapism affects your choices in the real world, there is a strange relational loop between the two and the space in between the two. There’s a bitter sweetness in that gap, it has a certain emotive quality, kind of in between being and non-being”.
 
Again, musically ‘Severant’ is inspired by related themes. It sounds as if it’s in a sweet spot between the emotive, innately futurist synth soundtracks of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, borne from a time when the very idea of futurism was more prevalent, in combination with musical ideas and inspiration from the emotionally ambivalent, materialist fantasies of ‘coke rap‘ such as The Clipse. Rhythmically the record is influenced by what Jamie calls ”the two ultra modern musics of modern times”, footwork from Chicago, which Planet Mu has explored in depth on its recent releases, and again the drum machine grids of coke rap. Jamie says ”I wanted to capture a really futurist sentiment, kind of melancholy and grand luminescent, so I used the instrument that most evokes that for me – that sweeping Vangelis brass sound.”  And on coke rap he talks about the emotional ‘half being’ of the music, the energetically charged, detached ambivalence of the MCs, and the admission that the MCs could be ”fantasising without admitting to doing so.”
 
The title ‘Severant’ refers to stark changes of circumstances in Jamie’s life when the album was made and the music works strangely like scenes from a film: tracks are concise and direct and one of the albums great and unusual strengths is that on repeated listens different songs rise to the surface and the album repeatedly changes and develops in the listeners ears and mind.

‘Severant’ Track Listing

01 VISIONING SHARED TOMORROWS
02 ANT CITY
03 WHISPER FATE
04 ONSET (ESCAPISM)
05 SCISSORS
06 TRUTH FLOOD
07 REALITY DRIFT
08 ASCENSION PHASE
09 SALT LAKE CUTS
10 SEEING THE EDGES
11 FLIGHT PATH
12 SHUTTER LIGHT GIRL
13 VECTORAL
14 AS WE LIE PROMISING
15 MEMORY RAIN

 

Planet Mu to Release Tropics’ LP Parodia Flare

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by E.N.


Planet Mu to Release Tropics’ LP Parodia Flare
(Sept. 20, 2011)

Music in the purest, simplest form possible, offering you the chance to feel every emotion at once.” – FACT Magazine
One of the more warm and tender producers to grace Planet Mu’s extensive roster” – XLR8R

Tropics is Chris Ward, a British producer and multi-instrumentalist in his early 20s who came to our attention last year. During the time we signed and released his first single ‘Soft Vision’, his early unreleased tracks and remixes were being given attention from the likes of Pitchfork and others, so we knew we were onto something special.

Since that time things have moved on. He’s released two singles and the synth-pop of his early tracks has evolved into a more substantial and personal sound on this, his debut album. ‘Parodia Flare’ features Chris as a multi-instrumental auteur, playing drums, guitar, and a range of synths and electronic boxes, as well as singing on these songs.

Coming from a family where music was always played, it made sense as a musician for Chris to act almost as a conduit by wiring the sounds he enjoyed growing up with into his own creations. The music he makes weaves vintage sounds, the Rhodes keyboard (an instrument associated with Jazz fusion sits central to the songs on this album), alongside banks of old synths, software and guitars, live drums and electric bass. Tropics is a suitable name for Chris’s music as each song is like a warm analogue jungle of sounds, drawn into focus by Chris’ naive singing voice and his knack for a lush melody. Given that the album was recorded in a walk-in wardrobe at his house, the steamy heat that the album gives off is a testament to his imagination.

The opening short ‘Navajo’ sets the scene with atmospheric clouds of reverbed chords and electric guitar, quickly followed by recent single ‘Mouves’ with its gently sung verses disappearing into clouds of echoey Rhodes chords and floating synths with low-slung New Order-esque bass and soft drums keeping the track in shape.

Next up ‘Parodia Flare’ majestically stretches shimmering keyboard tones and a light guitar over a tight bass and drums, gently teasing out the serene atmosphere. ‘Going Back’ features a keyboard refrain borrowed from a 70’s jazz fusion track, with a low bass and Chris snowy voice cutting through the middle of phased guitars.

‘Wear Out’ is the morning after, sounding like an exhausted take on late period Beatles, with a lolloping drum beat and horns that sound like they’re drunk, interrupted by shimmering marimbas while cold keys screech in the background.

‘Celebrate’, revised for the album, is a vortex of aerial dub, with echoes and reverbs layering and looping over a very minimal drum and sub-bass, the whole track moving in glorious slow motion.

‘Figures’, meanwhile, delicately projects Chris’s whispered vocals onto a chord borrowed from late 80s Detroit techno, inside a chilly electronic atmosphere that gradually breaks into an 80’s electro funk bassline.

‘Telassar’ is a soft focus 80s synth epic, while ‘Playgrounds’ is more upbeat, with lyrics remembering the past. ‘After Visiting’ is made out of a strange airy atmosphere, full of tiny dropped-in details and smudged synths stretched over minimal drum pads borrowed from dubstep, while ‘Sapphire’ is based around a repeating piano refrain, guitar, sax and vocals.

Final track ‘On The Move’ sounds like prime Chicago post rock but with the Mizell brothers on production, it’s musical mixture that tidily bookends the album.
Parodia Flare Tracklist
01 NAVAJO
02 MOUVES
03 PARODIA FLARE
04 GOING BACK
05 WEAR OUT
06 CELEBRATE
07 FIGURES
08 TELASSAR
09 PLAYGROUNDS
10 AFTER VISITING
11 SAPPHIRE
12 ON THE MOVE

Machinedrum GBYE from the album Room(s) 2011 Planet Mu(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2011 by E.N.

Planet Mu to Release DJ Diamond’s Footwork Opus ‘Flight Muzik’!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by E.N.

DJ Diamond’s Flight Muzik to Be Released on Planet Mu!
(Planet Mu, August 8th)

DJ Diamond is 24 year old Karlis Griffin from the West Side of Chicago. He has been producing music since the age of 13 and DJing since 20, heading the ‘Flight Muzik’ clique of footwork producers.

You might recall his two tracks from Planet Mu’s ‘Bangs & Works Vol.1′ footwork compilation of last year. In addition he’s also released several mix cds in Chicago, but this, his first international album showcases his unique style of footwork music.

DJ Diamond is a brilliant producer with his own distinct style and an unusual ear for unexpected sonic and rhythmic combinations within the footwork template. Often he thoroughly edits samples into tiny trance-inducing, techno-like stabs. Combining this with a penchant for neon synths and loose, broken drums (that are often more effect-laden and freeform than those of of his peers) and you have a sound which has an intriguing, deeper, dreamlike feel.

The breadth and quality of his production is clear when you listen to this album. Take opener ‘Rep Yo Clique’s woozy drawling synths and tribal tom patterns next to ‘Speakerz n Tonguez’ with it’s snapping snares, minimal, repetitive voice samples and martial, detailed drum work. Then a track like ‘Torture Rack’ which is like grime in outer space: a minimal bassline and some samples from a computer game, while a bass kick stumbles at half time, swarms of percussive detail giving it drama. It’s a brilliant exercise in wonky tension. The extraordinary ‘Decoded’ comes across like a kind of amalgam of trance and prog rock bombast at 160bpm while ‘Wreckage’s’ high pitch saw noise is like a strange metallic bird-call, over light cymbals, gabba-like kicks and metallic claps. ‘Digimon’s’ harmonic microedits could even be an SND track transported to Chicago. Finally the album’s closer ‘I Choose You’ rolls out over a heavily edited and processed soul sample, it’s drums rolling off at odd angles to almost seasick effect.

Flight Muzik Track Listing
01 REP YO CLIQUE (REMIX)
02 SPEAKERZ ‘N’ TONGUEZ
03 UH
04 POP THE TRUNK
05 HORNS
06 VIBE
07 TORTURE RACK
08 DECODED
09 DOWN BITCH
10 WRECKAGE
11 DIGIMON
12 REP YO CLIQUE
13 BURN DAY BOY
14 SNARE FANFARE
15 GO HARD
16 I CHOOSE YOU

Planet Mu to Release Machinedru​m’s ‘Room(s)’ + FREE MP3!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2011 by E.N.

Machinedrum to Release Room(s) on Prolific Label Planet Mu
(July 25th, Planet Mu)

Premieres Bonus Track “TMPL” on RCRD LBL

“This multi-instrumentalist rewards the careful listener subtle tempo shifts and unexpected sounds that make him an artist in his own right.” – XLR8R

“A little dubstep, a little hip-hop, a little ambient, a little jungle, a little Chicago footwork, Machinedrum, real name Travis Stewart, makes dance music with immediacy from a pile of disparate parts and ideas.”
– RCRD LBL


Travis Stewart is a producer who’s always been admired by the electronic cognosenti, both as a solo producer in his project Machinedrum and also as one half of Sepalcure on Hotflush recordings. After a break from producing he started to resurface in a major way last year with the ‘Many Faces E.P.’ on Glasgow’s LuckyMe label. However, for ‘Room(s)’, his latest album on Planet Mu, he’s well ahead of the curve, approaching the album in a way he’s never worked before.
The tracks on ‘Room(s)’ were started on the spur of the moment, often whilst traveling and finished in the studio, with the notion in mind that great moments of inspiration are fleeting so it’s best to grab on to that moment when it happens and squeeze it for all its worth.  Travis says of this process; “I feel like the energy of a song is lost the longer you spend working on it.  This experiment in becoming less attached to my work essentially lead to a lot of songs that are connected sonically and aesthetically.”
On ‘Room(s)’, this ‘spur of the moment’ energy meant that Travis’ productions have turned the 160 bpm footwork conventions inside out. Here he fills the usually fierce, stripped down form with elegant sun kissed and impressionistic songs, built from r & b, autotune and dance music history’s most exuberant stabs and kicks. Building on his background as a hip hop producer, he casually creates a beautiful new kind of high-speed detail-packed mutant pop that, like the early post-rave sounds of ambient jungle, is psychedelic, exhilarating and strangely relaxing in it’s fast-paced washes of synths and drums.
 
The album opens with ‘She Died There’, building incomprehensible looping swirls of cut-up vocal over precise, cool synths and agile kicks and snares. ‘Now U know Tha Deal..’ builds a new romantic flavoured synth melody over flat, heavy bass, slowly adding tough diva vocals and layers of warm chords to create something that approximates uk garage in a different matrix. ‘Sacred Frequency’ marries organ stabs and a catchy psychedelic chorus to create a triumphant and completely unexpectedly dizzying anthem. On ‘U Don’t Survive’ he mixes the dubbed out, autotuned lyrics ‘Out on the street you don’t survive, now is the time to realise’ over garage stabs and half speed hip hop drums, creating an exhilarating, airy rush. ‘Come1′ approximates a linear piano rave tune, but morphs into a blissed out shoegaze anthem halfway, while ‘Youuniverse’ adds congos and swelling Detroit chords over cavernous bass swells. The amazingly propulsive ‘GBYE’ cuts vocals up over sharp footwork-esque chord stabs like Todd Edwards on fast-forward, while ‘The Statue’ starts off minimal and dubbed out before building into a waterfall rush of needle-like snares and vocal loops. ‘Lay Me Down’ is sparser, leaving more space for dreaminess, building in woody, jungle-like drum breaks, while ‘Doors’ is more linear and subtle, adding in tiny details as it progresses, like a techno track. ‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’ finishes the album in an ambient style, with just the chords and vocals remaining, having omitting the rhythms, which by now might have been internalized by the listener to float away.

Check out, download, and share the bonus track “TMPL”, which premiered on RCRD LBL.

Tracklist for ‘Room(s)’
1.She Died There
2. Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real
3. Sacred Frequency
4. U Don’t Survive
5. Come1
6. Youniverse
7. GBYE
8. The Statue
9. Lay Me Down
10. Door(s)
11. Where Did We Go Wrong?

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