Monster Rally recently put together an amazing mix, this time for the fine folks at MTV Hive. His new album, Return to Paradise, is out now as a limited edition 12” and digitally.
On Monster Rally’s exclusive guest mix for MTV Hive, we find Feighan spinning roughly an hour of upbeat and relaxed jams. He’s put together a “collection of some of my favorite funk, hip-hop, soul, African jazz, early prog-rock, California surf, highlife and garage,” he told Hive.
Yalls just dropped a new mixtape called Freak Stance, which is released in advance of his new LP due out in early 2014. Sit down with it and enjoy the trip.
Conveyor will be playing a very special show on the evenings of Friday Dec 13th and Saturday Dec 14th. They will be performing an original score to THX 1138, the seminal movie by George Lucas, at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn. You can buy tickets here.
I can’t describe how cool this is going to be. Someone record it for me.
2013 GOLD ROBOT ROUND-UP
As we enter the last month of the year, we wanted to take a minute to remember each release on GRR that came out this year. By all measures, it was a wildly successful year for the label. Here’s what transpired:
Young Hunting - Hazel 12”
"When you have origins in Los Angeles, it’s easy to be inspired by the laid-back, sun-kissed lifestyle that represents the city. The dream pop quintet, Young Hunting, has definitely drawn inspiration from their hometown, but adds a greater depth of emotion by also drawing from their particular life experiences." - FILTER Magazine
Dim Peaks - Time of Joy 12”
"Time of Joy, an often ambitious debut whose sleepiness and ornamental simplicity belie its true eccentricities and endearing complexities." - I Guess I’m Floating
Monster Rally - Return to Paradise 12”
"If Martin Denny and Madlib had a fully grown musical lovechild, that harmonious little stitch-job would no doubt sound like Monster Rally. Cleveland-via-Los Angeles producer Ted Feighan makes blossoming instrumental hip-hop that owes just as much to the annals of exotica and Tropicália." - SPIN Magazine
Meanest Man Contest - Everything Worth Mentioning 12”
"Intense isn’t an adjective I’d use to describe Everything Worth Mentioning, but it does conjure emotions in a refreshingly understated fashion. One could see how it could unite disparate music communities — bedroom tweakers, synth-pop heads, backpacker hip-hoppers, Beck fans, and anyone with a fondness for overcast pop songs." - East Bay Express
Conveyor - Mammal Food / Pushups 7”
"Imagine the fret-abusing angles of early Battles plus some sunny surf-pop melodies fed through 49 distortion pedals and compressors and you’re coming close to the sound of Conveyor’s new track." - VICE Noisey
You can buy each of these releases on limited edition vinyl via our web store, or download them from your favorite digital retailer. As always, thanks so much for the support - we obviously couldn’t do what we do without all of you.
Slight break in the vinyl action to announce the release of a book by GRR founder Hunter Mack!
Beyond excited to announce the release of my first book titled “The Work of Words: A Visual Interpretation of Dylan Thomas Poem Titles”. I have been thinking about this work for 3 years and working on it for over a year. You can find more information on it HERE.
Tom Tom Club is an American new wave band founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, both also known for being members of Talking Heads. Chris recently asked Todd Webb (aka Seamonster) to try his hand at remixing their seminal track “Genius of Love”. The original hit song has been sampled by numerous artists over the years, and Seamonster’s take on it is pretty dang brilliant.