[audio:http://www.aloveislight.com/audio/somemotorsgallop/10 The Mess.mp3|titles=The Mess|artists=LoveIsLight] Buy Some Motors Gallop by loveislight on Bandcamp. LoveIsLight is a Birmingham-based artist and musician. His debut LP Some Motors Gallop is a dependable blend of solid instrumentals, lost breaks, colorful broken melodies and eclectic mashups. More from loveislight.
[audio:http://www.urbandy.com/audio/Urbandy/15 the purple cloud.mp3|titles=The Purple Cloud|artists=Urbandy] Buy Urbandy's self-titled debut on Bandcamp. Urbandy has been with us a long time. His solo debut LP is much anticipated. Now it can be told. Check out the teaser for Urbandy's self-titled debut album. More Urbandy on SoundCloud.
[audio:http://www.mackone.net/audio/beatjihad/01 Inside the Noise Factory.mp3|titles=Inside the Noise Factory|artists=MackONE] Buy MackONE's Beat Jihad on Bandcamp. Beats, radical books, internet, electronic media. This is BEAT JIHAD. More MackONE on SoundCloud.
[audio:http://www.mackone.net/audio/musiccave/02 On The Walls.mp3|titles=On The Walls|artists=MackONE] Buy Sounds from the Music Cave by MackONE on Bandcamp. From out of the depths comes Sounds from the Music Cave, a fresh cauldron of dark, heavy electronic beats. Follow MackONE deep underground to his secret subterranean laboratory. The third album by MackONE, available now! Check out the teaser for MackONE's newest EP Sounds from the Music Cave. Also check out mackone.net
[audio:http://www.jackvogt.net/audio/seaCreatures/02 USS Obi-Wan Kenobi.mp3|titles=USS Obi-Wan Kenobi|artists=Jack Vogt] Purchase Jack Vogt's debut album Sea Creatures. Step Pepper welcomes Jack Vogt. His new album Sea Creatures is "like visiting a world in which clouds are the dominant species". Jack is also one half of LAZYDAWG, alongside Omari Jazz. Sea Creatures marks his solo debut. Check out the teaser for Jack Vogt's Sea Creatures. More Jack Vogt on SoundCloud.
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/warpedcream-track15.mp3|titles=Track 15|artists=LΔZYDΔWG] Purchase LΔZYDΔWG's Warped Cream mix. Step Pepper welcomes Omari Jazz & Jack Vogt. We're releasing their free collaborative mixtape from back in April called WarpedCream. Omari and Jack live in two different cities so they work together online. They make raw beats with lots of texture. Omari talks about LΔZYDΔWG and the WarpedCream mix: "The way we worked on the tape had either of us doing drums or adding samples. We also tried to put a lot of the older songs we did earlier in the tracklisting. So the tape is sort of a progression of our collaborative skills over time. ...
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/urbandy-oldhouse.mp3|titles=Old house|artists=Urbandy] Urbandy II (Outtakes) by Urbandy on Bandcamp. Urbandy II, the companion to Urbandy's self-titled debut. Check out the teaser for Urbandy II...
[audio:Nocturne.mp3|titles=Nocturne|artists=MackONE] Visit the microsite to download the entire album FREE. Urbandy, MackONE, & Awkwardsilence release A Variety of Structures Both Simple and Complex. The album contains three solo tracks and the collaborative track "Yawning Inner Processes". Urbandy and MackONE cast smooth down-tempo beatscapes on "Gold Star" and "Nocturne" while Awkwardsilence gnashes tribal teeth on "Afrikan Riddims". Enjoy.
[audio:mono desire rmx.mp3|titles=Mono Desire rmx|artists=Urbandy] Buy the Urbandy/Awkwardsilence split EP. Urbandy & Awkwardsilence release a new split 7 inch. Urbandy keeps it raw with his remix of M. Delago's hung drum hit "Mono Desire". Awkwardsilence walls you in with space.
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/antlrd-slurmingnam.mp3|titles=Slurmingnam|artists=ant'lrd] [download-code id="1"] The digital release of Pop's Lair by ant'lrd is available now on iTunes. The album is filled with hazy beats, dense sound collage, and uncompromising weirdness. The vinyl 7" will hopefully be released in late-November. We're only pressing 300 copies so don't miss out! For updates, stay tuned to step-pepper.com or visit Step Pepper Records on Facebook.
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/02ItNotRead.mp3|titles=It Not Read|artists=Obsolete Gangster] Buy SLAW by Obsolete Gangster on Bandcamp. Obsolete Gangster is Colin Blanton of Chicago. His LP SLAW has been released as a limited edition cassette, available at Obsolete Gangster shows only. Can't make it to a show? You can stream the entire album at obsoletegangster.com. Recording and artwork by Colin Blanton (AKA Obsolete Gangster) at Spare Room Studios in Birmingham and was mastered by Jamie Vance at Sound of Birmingham.
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/The King of Drugs.mp3|titles=The King of Drugs|artists=MackONE] MackONE's debut album Headnod Injuries is a colorful, up-tempo instrumental beat tape showcasing his love for sampling, hard-hitting breaks and funky rhythms. MackONE's angular style, unique choice of samples and heavily layered compositions offer the listener a fresh new take on an old school sound. More MackONE on SoundCloud.
[audio:http://step-pepper.com/audio/endofsummer.mp3|titles=End of Summer Mix|artists=Urbandy] The End of Summer mixtape on Bandcamp Urbandy's first official mixtape. End of Summer travels both forwards and backwards, mixing classic soul and modern funk. Beat and breaks that get you high and let you down easy. The perfect mix for a languid summer Sunday.
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/valleyofthegods.mp3|titles=Valley of the Gods|artists=MackONE] Download the Valley of the Gods 2-track single MackONE releases the new single Valley of the Gods. The track comes paired with the B-side These Myths Have Led Us Astray. MackONE sifts through the remnants of an ancient landscape to bring us hard hitting beats and snappy jazz breaks.
Visit KNOLLMUSIC.COM to stream the entire album. Knoll is Kevin Wright of Birmingham. His debut LP The Social Flirt: A Harsh Soundscape In Two Parts has been released as a limited edition cassette, available at Knoll shows only. Can't make it to a show? You can stream the entire album at knollmusic.com. The album was recorded in two days by Colin Blanton (AKA Obsolete Gangster) at Spare Room Studios in Birmingham and was mastered by Jamie Vance at Sound of Birmingham. Art direction by Garrett Smith.
[audio:http://www.step-pepper.com/audio/07 Expects.mp3|titles=Expects|artists=Jack Vogt] Stay Kind in the Mind by Jack Vogt on Bandcamp. Jack Vogt's follows his lemony debut Sea Creatures with the equally refreshing Stay Kind in the Mind EP — a colorful, up-tempo beat tape — an electronic treat — a solid blend of future funk, compressed kicks and fluttering rhythms. He even threw in a few breaks (just in case). Check out the teaser for Jack Vogt's newest EP Stay Kind in the Mind. Also check out Jack's previous LP Sea Creatures.
[audio:http://www.faroffsounds.com/audio/faroffsounds_128k.mp3|titles=The Far Off Sounds|artists=Urbandy] Subscribe to our podcast or visit the microsite to download your free copy. Urbandy has been astro-traveling and he's brought back some space oddities. The Far Off Sounds includes remixes, mash-ups, familiar names, dense sound collage, weird samples, and a bunch of old school breaks. Have you ever been lost in space, or drifted among clouds of stars? Have you ever heard the crackle of Earth's radio signals from a billion light years away? Have you ever crash-landed on a distant planet? Or witnessed the omnipotence of a planet-sized super being? Do you dare venture into the abyss? Check out ...
Balcony View returns with ‘A Portrait of Nothing’.
Powerful echoing rhythms. Wave after wave of marching chords. Patient landscapes with soft gradients. The pleasing lights of dawn and dusk. A smooth surface pulled taught over rolling forms. The warm tones of an afternoon. Slow tempo versus raw expression. Pale, luminous passages balanced by splashes of color. Set against a dark wall of time. The nearness of distance, not background or foreground. Cycling between immediate reality and sleepy abstraction. The journey home is long, but ‘Portrait’ points the way.
MackONE’s newest album is not a double-album, but rather a dual experiment in sound; twin sessions that deal with manipulating sound in an ever-expanding realm of possibilities. MackONE talks about his approach:
“The Activity of Sound was constructed from a mixing board that had some effects on it… and also had a keyboard running through it. The mixer had a feedback loop on it, looping one of the channels of the board to its auxiliary returns. The sounds from the board were run through different guitar pedals (a digital delay pedal being chief among them) and then routed to an audio interface, and then I used a digital workstation to manipulate that further.
“Tape+Feedback Experiments used the same approach but with the addition of a Tascam tape recorder / mixer that was playing an old tape of Christmas music. I started playing the tape backwards and ran it into the same sort of guitar pedal setup, with the digital delay pedal, a compressor pedal, reverb, chorus, things like that… an assortment of pedals, and once again into the audio interface and into my digital workstation.
URBANDY / AF THE NAYSAYER / YARVY / PRIME8 PIMPIN
$7 / 18+ / Doors @ 8PM / Show @ 9PM
Friday, September 13th, Step Pepper Records and Self-Educated Vinyl present Dolo Jazz Suite, a traveling live event showcasing original jazz and hip-hop influenced electronic music. Your monthly check up for future beats, glitch, hip-hop, and more…
Time: 11:00 pm EDT, 10:00 pm CDT, 9:00 pm MDT, 8:00 pm PDT
AF THE NAYSAYER (Lake Charles)
Prime8 Pimpin (Baton Rouge)
It was impossible to miss the oozing potential of Lazydawg’s 2011 bedroom / basement beat tape Warped Cream. Disguised as just another lo-fi love-letter, to the repeat listeners it was a neon engine from another dimension. Surely this overlooked mini-masterpiece was only a preview of the full-length effort taking shape behind the scenes.
‘Pastel and All This’ is Lazydawg’s first proper LP. If Warped Cream was a window, Pastel is the door. Step inside to a record that’s gleaming with sonic energy, a comfortable and carefully produced musical collaboration brimming with bouncy beats.
Omari Jazz: “Lazydawg is a common ground between our solo stuff. We just bring our aesthetics together to create another entity. I definitely think of it as a singular character with its own story.”
Jack Vogt: “It gives us a lot of room to explore different sounds and processes. one of us will make a beat and the other will start putting stuff over it, and then the beat evolves into this crazy sonic wolf-monster, and we put a leash on it and call it Lazydawg.”
Check out the teaser:
Eerie strings, drum lines, dazed and sleepy soundscapes, a finely woven journey of damaged loops, and colorful fragments of torn wallpaper. Loveislight’s approach to hip-hop is both reverent and experimental, a patient crate digger’s palace, bright and breezy with snappy drums, moments of concern and wistful nostalgia. Simple yet satisfying, brief but brilliant, laid-back and ethereal, Loveislight’s new album ‘Gim’ is another place and time altogether.
Check out the teaser. Fullscreen HD with headphones recommended.