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Very excited to introduce this wonderful new collaboration out on Melodic Records UK to you and OEM Radio. Archie Pelago is a three-man outfit originally from San Francisco now residing in Brooklyn and Grenier also hails from SF. The intersection of these two outfits has resulted in a stunning album that runs bleeds organic strings, horns, and drums that work alongside slick moving beats and throbbing bass. Compelling music that’s good for the head as well as the hips. You can stream the entire album over at XLR8R (thanks!), but definitely pick it up for yourself.
As many of you know, we also run and manage Radio Ultimae, which streams music exclusively from the Ultimae Records catalogue. We took it off line when we had to move streaming servers, but the label has recommitted to the station, so we are happy to tell you that it’s back up!
Ultimae’s catalogue includes 64 releases since 2001. They have etched out a particular sound that has certainly evolved over the years, but stays true to its cinematic and spacious sound. Their dedication to this sound makes their catalogue a non-stop mellow head-trip when mixed together and streamed. Radio Ultimae features songs from the entire catalogue as well as entire albums that are mixed together. Usually we can’t even tell the difference.
Here’s some tune-in instructions:
There will be a web-based player soon…stay tuned!
Saved Once Twice is not doomed to the typical trappings of heavily sample-based music—namely derivativeness. Sean Piñeiro has created an interesting and compelling work comprised of 14 little vignettes that range from haunting to wistful. The production sounds like it blends a lot of clever techniques, and at times sounds almost like a maximalist version of Murcof.
The LP comes out on June 23 on Christian Löffler’s Ki Records. Enjoy a couple of cuts from the album below:
Invisible Allies (Kilowatts + Bluetech) is back with a full length LP entitled Conversations with Bees. The album is mixed together for a cohesive listening experience, carrying you from one movement to the next.
We are hearing a lot of noteworthy things beyond the stellar composition and sound design that marks both Kilowatts’s and Bluetech’s solo work. Bees features a lot of organic instrument performances: violin, flute, tabla, a little bit of horn, and a light dash of (ethereal) vocal work. (We swear there’s some Fender Rhodes in there, too).
What is truly remarkable about this new album is the shift in sound. The duo’s first EP, Hyperdimensional Animals was a convergence of each artist’s established sound. Bees truly sounds like a new animal: transformed and distinct from either Bluetech or Kilowatts.
Take a listen:
I thought we had caught up with Motionfield’s releases a while back, but we recently found this album from 2009 had slipped our notice.
Under the Stars is a very tranquil affair and sounds pleasantly reminiscent of one of our favorite ambient albums of all time, Optical Flow. This album is not unlike an afternoon picnic in the clouds: beautiful pads, ambient swells, slow rhythms, driving rhythms, something for everyone really.
Liquid Stranger is back and stranger than ever. The Scandinavian dub fanatic comes at you with 5 new twisted, mystical, and oddly compelling jammies. We’ve always enjoyed Liquid Stranger’s take on psychedelic dub, which is to say he keeps it weird and experimental but always musical. The Molecule Man (Remix) has to be the serious mind-fucker, but we were especially taken with a 2 minute interlude called Brace For Impact, which features both a beatboxer and female vocalist (both of which are exceptionally rare on OEM Radio).
The Renegade Crusade EP is available from Interchill Records. You can stream the entire EP below…
Here is the video for the single The Gargon:
Oh man, our recent addition to the Warp Records promo service list has paid off again BIG TIME. Reachy Prints is Plaid’s 10th album in 25 years, and we got our hands on it for the OEM Radio library!
What can be said about Plaid? Their work is masterful and superlative. They are planning a US tour thankfully, so catch them live. We hear their visual show is unbelievable.
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