Stereocure is proud to present “On My Own,” the debut single from Denver-based producer/vocalist Elliott Baker, aka Crystal Ghost. “On My Own” is an introduction to the world of Crystal Ghost that Baker has constructed through sound, illustration and design. Baker’s work explores fantasy in the everyday, combining disco-inspired productions with earnest lyricism. With his first EP coming out on Stereocure on November 4, and a handful of upcoming live dates, Crystal Ghost makes a spirited invitation with this opening statement.
The new single + b-side from Faith Harding, aka Novelty Daughter, offers a glimpse into her disparate inspirations as she pairs her roots as a jazz vocalist with newer ventures in beat-making and production. Fresh off of a collaboration with label-mate A Sol Mechanic on his recent “just pick me up” EP, “Impatiens” and “Still Warm” show off Novelty Daughter’s growth as a producer and her ability to lyrically turn herself inside-out. Harding recently moved to Brooklyn where she is writing and recording her first full length, physical LP (slated for release on Stereocure in Spring 2015) and playing a consistent stream of live shows.
A Sol Mechanic’s newest EP “just pick me up” solidifies his evolution from beatmaker to producer-vocalist as he ties together blissed-out productions with achingly soulful vocals. David Blazer, the man behind A Sol Mechanic, has garnered a formidable reputation on Soundcloud for his west coast inspired beats that are as emotionally charged, as they are hard-hitting. Featuring a collaboration with label-mate Novelty Daughter, the “just pick me up” EP is a sign of the sun-drenched sounds to come from the prolific A Sol Mechanic.
Los Angeles producer David Blazer, aka A Sol Mechanic, has spent the last few years making beats in his bedroom, digging through endless samples and amassing devoted Soundcloud followers. His new single “Take it Slow” shows off his transition from beatmaker to songwriter, and his desire to explore nostalgia as a means of connection. “I’m starting to think more and more about storytelling in my music. Sometimes in moments of high intensity, things feel like they are in slow motion. The song touches on my desire to relive those moments and find a deeper connection with people, with someone.”
Family Photo is five-piece band currently spread out across Boston, rural Ohio, and Salem, Oregon; but all members are linked by their origins in Sacramento. After three years, two EPs, two tours across the country, and countless experiments in genre-defying musical explorations, the band has finally arrived at its first full length album. All We Ever Do is the product of the band’s relentless efforts over the years to innovate and invert the world of pop music. Their music is a series of songs at its core, but the ways those songs are colored becomes deeper and more complex with every listen. The matrix of chamber arrangements, the jittering electronics, the dense harmonies and sudden style shifts contribute to the music’s searching quality—finding what’s familiar and making it strangely new. For this band of wandering virtuosos, All We Ever Do is just the beginning..
“Hear ye, hear ye! How dare ye go up against the king who do his thing tri-yearly?” - King Geedorah Bass music adventurer Kuh Lida returns for the third time this year with BALL IT OUT BACK IT UP, a six track release that finds the young Chicago producer expanding his sound palette even further: trap 808s rumble, glitch flutterings sizzle and crack, and the jittering of footwork rhythms permeates the length of the record. Kuh Lida can never be pinned down—the music is relentlessly unpredictable. His craft is made of fragments, which at one moment come together to make us dance, the next moment fall apart and leave us in disbelief. .
Subharmonic and soaring, David Blazer’s glistening new set of beat structures spreads over twelve minutes of unraveling repetition. His solo production project A Sol Mechanic explores instrumental hip-hop in the present moment, as it can exist in new moulds and forms. His latest Everything All the Time is a miniature batch of experiments that envelop tinkling percussion sounds, modern jazz harmonies, rusted vocal samples, and treated field recordings. David’s sense of space has never been more dymanic: sounds appear from high and low, near and far, leveling out into a carefully balanced blend of classic neck-breaking swagger and thoughtful futurism. .
The music swirls up from the ground in a wisp of cold air, creaking amongst shifting leaves. It comes to rest on a few fingerpicked chords, circling and shifting as more sounds are taken up, drum skins humming and voices crooning around and around. The folkish weavings of Ohio-based five piece band Peaks are nuanced as they are simply stated, as close as they are just out of reach. Their two new offerings “A Slip” and “Upstate” consider what it means to look for a home, in people, places and time. The result is a music of warmth and knowing, of seeking and waiting.
A thin chord, sharp and grainy, like a harpsichord forgotten in a dusty attic—this is the sound that brings us into the closing track of hwut, the latest handful of tunes by RYV, aka Charlie Abbott. Throughout the record’s densely compact journey, we continually encounter these subtle pops and sizzles, disembodied mutterings, and distorted gasps for air, as if walking through an atmosphere where something is wrong—where sounds are out of place, searching for each other and the place where they might have come from. But this is where RYV’s music thrives: auditory uncertainty mixed with relief, sonic surprises among waves of bliss. Transducing tinkling glitches into swirling rhythms and tonal planes, the young producer dots his aural landscape with sounds both momentary and expansive, frenetic and slowly evolving. The sounds do come together in the end, compelling us to return with them, again and again.
~A big city story of the one thrilling moment in a man’s life that can only be called High Adventure~ This new collection of fuzzed-out breaks and radio drama collages from the back catalog of Stereocure co-founder Kuh-Lida (aka Myles Emmons) sometimes reads more like a sound walk through his own thrift store than a beat tape. Veiled behind layers of dust and tape hiss, the veteran producer presents us with a sound world that he has created out of found objects and hazy imagination, shattered bits of magnetic tape and broadcasted nostalgia. Directing our senses through a maze of swerves and spin-outs at every turn, the music somehow fits together like a jigsaw puzzle, or a vinyl record chopped into a hundred pieces and reassembled with paint and peanut butter. Through thickets of glitch and throbbing blotches of rhythm, this A/B tape release is an auditory adventure from start to finish. ~Wherever you are, look around you. Watch, but don’t live it: this thing we call High Adventure~
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