NYers rejoice! Denitia is headlining a STACKED record release show on Friday, July 21, at the iconic Baby's All Right in Williamsburg with support from CE of Quincy Vidal + special guests!
What’s left when you strip everything ceremonial away? It’s a terrifying question for most artists as interlocking layers of disguises and aliases and personalities can sometimes be the only barrier between you and the weight of the world’s expectations. The prospect of facing those anxieties while laid bare can spur many to wear those masks forever, but there are some artists who see distillation as the only way forward. Denitia Odigie knows that path as well as anyone. She was stricken with such severe stage fright as young performer that she asked people to turn around or close their eyes before she could begin. But that’s all changed, and she’s ready to face her audience eye to eye.
Denitia’s Ceilings is a portrait of an artist awakened. After moving to the Rockaways, an isolated, beach-side Queens community, Odigie found herself turning inward for inspiration. She set out to shed the protective layers her career had imposed and rediscover what songs and sounds came naturally to her. She also wanted this story to have her name on it: no more aliases, no more hiding.
Denitia discovered a fellow traveler in Daniel Schlett, the owner of the Williamsburg recording studio Strange Weather. The pair dug through stacks of Denitia’s demos, selecting the choice cuts that would eventually yield the Ceilings EP. The symbiosis between the pair can be felt through each song as Denitia’s sweeping compositions breathe and tighten at just the right moments. It starts with the anger and frustration on “Bound to Happen” where Denitia first faces the illusions surrounding her and shatters them to pieces. The song begins spare as a dirge but then fills with bright, vibrant synths as Denitia begins taking a sledgehammer to the ersatz world around her. That clear-eyed perspective is then cemented on “Waiting” and “Ceilings,” twin tracks that are meditations on the world’s self-imposed separations and segregations that serve as pleas to break down those barriers we unwittingly construct. The EP closes with “Planes,” a track Denitia has described as a song about the “constant longing for more, of wanderlust and desire.” The song’s spine is in its vibrant piano and drum composition that lets Denitia’s voice soar and search, a sign that Ceilings is only the beginning.
STYLES UPON STYLES WILL RELEASE DENITIA’S NEW EXTENDED PLAYER, CEILINGS, ON JULY 21ST, 2017 IN UNLIMITED DIGITAL FORM.
Styles will donate a portion of our proceeds from Ceilings pre-orders to S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective, a Miami and NYC-based organization focused on teaching leadership, social justice, healing and the arts to young women of color. Aside from the one-time monetary gift (we’ll tally up the sum on July 20th!), Styles and Denitia will collaborate with SSLC on a number of activities and workshops for the organizations.
For more information on SSLC and other ways to support their initiative, please visit www.soulsistersleadership.org
THIS FRIDAY 5/26!
SUS head honchos Phil & Cam will be DJing a fundraiser for Musicambia, a stellar institution that pairs music conservatories with prison systems. ✔️ them out at musicambia.org
We're partnering with our friend and confidant Boston Chery for a night of summer-setting vibes vibes vibes at one of our favorite spots, SISTERS Bklyn on Thursday May 25 at 9pm.
Chery & Raven Necole are serving up the Blue Dream jams with the Styles Upon Styles lads providing some opening apertifs 🍹
Steppin into Memorial Day weekend like 💙👌💙 join usssss
The second single from BAT's forthcoming debut vinyl LP, Exposure Therapy, "Session 4190" finds the producer submersing his trademark, rough-edged sound into an electroforming bath of flickering chords, distant kicks and heat-treated bass notes.
Exposure Therapy is out June 2!
Pre-order the LP here: http://www.susrecords.com/catalog/sus022-best-available-technology-exposure-therapy
🕶🕶🕶 Announcing the second edition of our SUSMIX cassette mixtape series: Space Jam's Early Morning / Late Afternoon 🕶🕶🕶
A close friend, rabble-rousing DJ and all around v-i-b-e aficionado, Space Jam approaches the line to knock down two distinct, classy aF sides for her SUSMIX02 mixtape entry. As a co-host on one of The Lot Radio's best programs every Monday morning with fellow SUSMIX selector, Kroba, as well as a founding member of probably our favorite crew of DJs ever, TURRBOTAX®, we're in good hands on the soothing, bumping, exceedingly fun Early Morning / Late Afternoon.
Scooping the physical tape is the only way to hear the mix in full, and we have a limited number of mixtapes that come wrapped in Space Jam's graffiti flowers on a thick O-card housing a clear+metallic red cassette: http://www.susrecords.com/catalog/susmix02-space-jam-early-morning-late-afternoon
E X C I T E M E N T
~the styles kids~
Kevin Palmer is back!
Announcing Best Available Technology's first album on wax. Exposure Therapy fuses muggy electronics, heavy-lidded rhythms and molten dub into abstract compositions that leverage the studio as an automated tool to siphon out an implied form of radical, rugged hip hop.
Exposure Therapy is available for pre-order and will be released on June 2, 2017 from Styles Upon Styles.
Kuxxan SUUM aka Zach Cooper returns with Misterthumbs, this time for the Them Flavors label.
Also check out their previous endeavor together, "Red Blambingo" from BASH003:
A new fiesta stemming from our SUSMIX series of cassettes featuring bone-shattering combos, ferocious finishing moves and the most daring DJs around town
STYLUS VS. STYLUS VOL. 1
NO COVER! NO RULES! A QUARTER PER PLAY!
Friday April 28 ~ 8 til latez
El Cortez @ 17 Ingraham St, Bushwick BK
A team of SUS coal miners recently did some digging into the vaults and found a small batch of rough cut gems. Listen as some of today's master machine manipulators take a hacksaw to Zac Nelson's pristine pop:
P.S. Watch this space for a big Best Available Technology announcement coming soon 😈
While you're at it, peep Clay's remix of Nightwalker from the Certain Creatures LP from 2015:
Check out an all-Styles-artists DJ set from SUS label heads PT & Cambo on Scott Murakami's WNYU Radio Show, Bentwave - featuring plenty of that new new forthcoming HEAT 🔥 🔥 🔥
"Every aspect of this sci-fi head trip is incredibly designed, and occasionally fools the eye into thinking the virtual to be, in fact, real."
In my recent work I’ve been looking at the merging of technology behind various interactive experiences such as first person shooters, walking simulators, architectural visualization and platforms such as Twitch. The idea that game engines grant us access to increasingly detailed simulated worlds that users can occupy and make their own experiences out of. The documentation and dissemination of these simulated experiences has become paramount.
The Love With U track had this interplay between a frenetic and spastic movement and then opening up into calmer and contemplative moments. It felt like a video game pacing in the sense of establishing a rhythm of interaction made up of narrative and action sequences. In direct response to the track, I developed a series of fully playable game environments and documented my movements and interactions within the game. From a whitewashed and corporate overworld to a dark and magical underworld and finally emerging in a luxurious penthouse and attainng some mysterious and final transendence.
I thought about this as a hypothetical speedrun through a modded game engine experience that was a blur of architectural visualization and traditional first person shooter. The speedrun has sort of taken over the role of the trailer, giving you a hyperlapse preview of a videogame but with a decidely personal touch. As with most video game trailers (and films), if you aren’t familiar with the lore of the setting, it’s a blur of backstories and mythologies that are only hinted at. I wanted to capture that feeling and drew from classical sculpture forms, stock transitions, video game archtypes (boss characters, underworlds/overworlds) and familiar architectural scenarios to help drive it home.
Check out the premiere at CREATORS:
"Once I learned how to do sound, it immediately elevated my relationships. It’s like a chef learning knife skills. It’s only going to help. It is a technical talent, but once you know it you can work right through it and focus on the creative."
Vorhees' Dana Wachs speaks with She Shreds magazine about how to find and hone your creative voice: