Human Pitch + Styles comin' in hot n' heavy on Friday Aug 5th at Trans-Pecos, serving up a house and disco-inflected throwdown with BIS's inimitable Tom Noble, PTP's kaleidoscopic Abby, Styles' latest signing Thaddeus Nelson JR on the live disco tip, and Rioux of Human Pitch spinning vibes vibes vibes throughout.
Continuing his unintentional tradition of remixing Styles releases, Matt Morandi aka Jahiliyya Fields (L.I.E.S.) collapses and revives Ohal's "All Mine" into an ecstatic, machine-addled prayer for love and hope and everything the current US media dynasty shuns. Let's flip that narrative together.
Download the WAV of Matt's remix below for free. We suggest donating a $1.00 in exchange for the free music to NYC's Ali Forney Center, an important institution for supporting, housing and educating LGBTQ youth in New York.
Ohal's debut album, Acid Park, is available now on Styles Upon Styles. Jahiliyya Fields' latest album, Chance Life, is available now on L.I.E.S. Records.
The police are killing our Black families.
Read a 15-point report from the Center for Popular Democracy and PolicyLink - 'Justice In Policing' - on ways you can exact change on those who refuse to admit wrongdoing or indict tax-funded murderers.
(photo courtesy of Justice In Policing)
The Wire streams Ohal's 'Wintertime' in their 389th Office Ambience Chart:
Make sure you scoop the latest issue of the magazine to read a full page review on both Acid Park and Cancelled Faces!
Buy either / both here: https://ohal.bandcamp.com
"Twilight I am walking the rim of the snow-covered frozen lake. Music, as if, playing from speakers hidden in hollowed blue/grey bare trees! Spooky! Hauntingly setting the scene. In the distance, an owl's piercing cries join in the mix........ Towards a silent night- a holy night? Solemn tonal reflections shearing across the ice and snow." - Doug. December 2015
A favorite Crown Heights selector and one-third of Archie Pelago, Zach "Kroba" Koeber shares a trail of styles, cuts and favorites on his new mixtape, Orgone Blister. Kroba's thicket of tunes binds contemporary classical, microsound, symmetrical metal and swing standards into an aural manifestation of a sunset hike through the Putnam County backwoods (keep the river on your right and avoid those cave dwelling time travelers).
A confidant of the SUS crew and one of the most passionate, encyclopedic diggers we know, it's an honor to have him inaugurate our little tape series for fans, friends, fellow diggers, spinners and listeners.
There are 30 copies of the 90-minute mixtape available. A small portion of the mix will be available when you scoop the tape, but the full experience is bound to its ferrous component.
"I'm no longer interested in any natural-versus-unnatural taxonomy at all—it feels contrived and false to me." Ohal chats with Jesse Ruddock on Acid Park, her apartment's studio, writing with Brian Eno and more for BOMB Magazine. Read here.
Acid Park and her Cancelled Faces OST are available to buy now.
co-founder Phil / PT will man the Record Fair decks from 3:30 - 4:15PM next Saturday, May 14 ~ playing new and forthcoming material O N L Y ~ see you there
"Future, past and present blend. They drag out and seep through each other, blurring bounds and edges. A memory surfaces, an image, and it is no longer clear what belongs where and if it ever really did.
'All Mine' addresses nostalgia and longing in a state of separation. Imbued with different meanings with various contexts over our lives - a divorce, the death of a parent, leaving home - each of its iterations, to me, evokes the same sense of contracting time. Everything exists at once and all times are parallel. Like a film strip where all the frames already exist, when we see frame 31 and after it frame 32 it seems like frame 31 is gone, but in reality all the frames exist together at the same time on the strip.
When my father passed away, I found great comfort in this notion. At any moment we are the sum of all the different times we lived and will live. Your present self and past self exist in your future self, and your future self is contained in your past self. All time is eternally present, all time is unredeemable.
The video for 'All Mine' represents a sudden glance into the cross-section of time where past, present and future amalgamate and become a single mass, an object, no longer constricted to a linear axis. Time unfurls in front of you, overcome with nostalgia even though you are not sure what causes that sentiment. Longing becomes a feeling that points back towards itself, no longer connected to a single time or place." - Ohal
purchase 'All Mine' from Bandcamp
jar moff deconstructs ohal's score for the film cancelled faces - listen below and grab an instant download of the remix when pre-ordering the digital version of cancelled faces from iTunes: https://itun.es/us/PDDCbb
Purchase "Chi'ren" from Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1QLGled
"Acid Park is about the encouraging whisper of a mechanistic demon you hear upon waking, taunting you that the right balancing act between too much and too little will lead you to the perfect equilibrium. There's a promise of a sky that will tear the clouds apart and open with a vision for you. A shuttle forward to the next level where nothing can touch Mario, and he's just hanging with a squeaking mushroom. But by evening you remember that the universe is shapeless and infinite, that your brain can't even imagine what Nothing is. You think that you too are an agent of chaos, and all you are left with is throwing sticks on the ground and putting together temporary self-contained equilibriums of meaning. Then, sometimes, you're stuck at war with bullets flying around. Your friends are dying, and you can’t just drive down to their homes. You settle to the night. You know you like the triangle more than the square, it's better when the 3rd oscillator is modulating, and throwing sticks on the ground is fun." - Ohal
"Composer Zach Cooper's debut album blends acoustic instruments, synthesizers and electronic effects into a shifting whole that's part chamber music, part post-rock, and part musique concrète." - Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork)
The Sentence is out now worldwide / shipping from SUS headquarters. place an order now and we'll include a special newsprint poster ~ ch'yea
For those of you not yet acquainted with Quincy Vidal, now’s the time. The Brooklyn duo comprises of Le’Asha Julius and Caleb Eberhardt (CE), who combine their vocal, MCing and production skills in their soulful, thought-provoking and truly original creations. “No style is more present than the singular, alive and confident voices of Quincy Vidal. Day-in-the-life odysseys through a fiercely modern take on Golden Age hip hop” – still stands as the most succinct description of QV’s music.
Chi’ren is the latest project emanating from New York’s notorious two-piece. With production credits split between CE and Space People, the EP’s seven tracks unearth musical memories from the nineties, through to the noughties and tens. Le’Asha and Caleb’s anecdotal lyrics touch on love, anger, sex, betrayal, and – along with the wolf boy artwork – the loss of childhood innocence. A theme that resonates deeply coming from two young-blood virtuosos of NYC hip hop, and it doesn’t even end there. Styles Upon Styles is releasing an early download of the EP alongside a limited edition hoodie which features the cover art. A portion of the proceeds will then be donated to Food Bank NYC.
Quincy Vidal’s Chi’ren will be available on all digital music stores come April Fool’s Day. Full info available here.
If you could compare the creation of Boyhood to a record, it would be Zach Cooper’s The Sentence. The North Carolina-based composer shares his life story — or at least his musical life — in his debut album, available March 18 throughStyles Upon Styles. Cooper fuses high school demos and solo compositions, guiding the listener through his earlier years in New York to his University of Vermont experiences, where he studied music theory and composition. The experimental composer also invited Steve Klimowski and Bonnie Thurber-Klimowski of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble to contribute to the LP, along with Reverend Kiah Abendroth, who recorded their additions in a chapel in Vermont.
The Sentence’s 12 tracks spell out a message: “This is for us to incite stillness in our hearts and minds.” Each song is a different word from the sentence and Cooper recently released videos for “Us” and “Minds.” Though the mood changes as the album progresses, moving between avant-garde chaos and meditative ambiance, the record remains experimental at its core. Of The Sentence, Cooper said, “I hold the music of The Sentence very dear to my h(ear)t. It carries the sounds and love of friends, mentors, ancestors and Spirit. I hope that listeners can feel the love and stillness born into this music and open their h(ear)ts to it.”
Listen to The Sentence below and pre-order the album here.
Out April 1st, SUS014 will see Brooklyn's Quincy Vidal join the Styles family with a 7-track EP of hard-hitting hip hop entitled Chi’ren.
Stream the first single, “Third Rail” now and pre-order a very limited edition hoodie equipped with an early download of the full EP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Y77FfipXs
Check out more on QV here and stay locked for more to come throughout the month of March.
Streamable previews now available for all 12 dazzling tracks on The Sentence, the debut album from Zach Cooper. Styles Upon Styles will release The Sentence on vinyl and digital on March 18, 2016. Listen below.