The first proper LP by Yalls, titled United, will drop on May 6th. It is being released as a limited 12” on clear vinyl + digitally. Pre-order yours now.
Over the past few years, Berkeley-based songwriter/producer Dan Casey (better known as Yalls) has issued everything from sun-kissed synth-pop to quirky hip-hop instrumentals, glitched excursions of post-aughts soul, to tropical-tinged, vocal-led boom-bap. He has regularly delivered immersive one-offs, inventive remixes, and guitar based works under his own name, Casey has built a reputation as a producer who may be hard to pin down in exact terms, but is always reliable for delivering delicious hooks and poignant melodies.
United, the first proper full-length album by Yalls, is a cohesive amalgamation of the sound Casey has been exploring. It combines elements of mid-60’s funk, modern experimental beatmaking, and pop music - firmly placing the listener in a unique space somewhere between defunct dance halls and outer space.
A new Yalls track has recently been released into the wild, listen to “Lifestylist” below. It’s a burbling, tranquil trip - and we love it. Look out for a new Yalls LP in early 2014, and grab the Fantasy 7” right here.
(image courtesy of The Bay Bridged)
Monster Rally recently stopped by the studios of KUCI (Irvine, California) for a live performance and interview. Listen to it here or stream below. His latest album, titled Return to Paradise, is out now as both a limited edition gatefold 12” and digitally.
Finally, we’re able to announce a new LP by Meanest Man Contest! Everything worth mentioning drops on 10/29 as a limited pressing of 250 12” records on white vinyl. Pre-order it here!
"Merit, the 2003 debut from California duo Meanest Man Contest, remains an underrated collection of DJ Shadow-indebted instrumental hip-hop that contains a seductive darkness inside its psychedelic tapestries. A decade later, Noah Blumberg and Eric Steuer are back with Everything Worth Mentioning, out October 29th via Gold Robot, and those familiar with Merit might be thrown for a loop by the first single, “In the Dark”, which is more tear-stained electro-pop than anything that approaches good ol’ boom-bap— but it still retains the DIY bedroom charm of their older material. “Do you ever think of me in the dark?”, dolorous vocals ask as they’re stretched across a woozy bed of synths; elsewhere, guitars shimmer like rays of mid-morning light, giving our first taste from Meanest Man Contest’s return a bittersweet flavor.” - Pitchfork
Our good friend Dan Casey (aka Yalls) recently re-named his solo guitar-centric project and announced the debut album Empty City. The record will drop in October on the very excellent Ceremony Recordings. In addition to premiering the lead single on NPR’s All Songs Considered, he also spoke with IMPOSE about the project. We have all heard bits and pieces of demos over the past year, but let me promise you that this is an album you won’t want to miss.
Monster Rally’s Return to Paradise will drop on October 29th as a limited edition 12” record + digital. The pressing is limited to 250 copies on Ocean Blue vinyl and 750 copies on Classic Black vinyl. It also features a single-gatefold jacket and a printed inner sleeve. One person who pre-orders the album will also receive a test pressing featuring a custom handmade jacket by Monster Rally.
Following his move to Los Angeles from Ohio, Ted Feighan has returned with the next installment in his growing oeuvre as Exotica beatsmith, Monster Rally. Feighan’s third full-length as Monster Rally, Return to Paradise, is decidedly faster paced and more percussion-heavy than last year’s Beyond the Sea, producing an aesthetic that closely resembles his live performances. The tracks melt together in a mysterious, blissful, and romantic haze invoking that signature Monster Rally thrill of being in a timeless, hypnagogic limbo. The album is pure pictorial fantasy, translating the images of a half-century of National Geographics into 17 tracks that’ll have both tiki drink connoisseurs and scotch aficionados swaying and bopping to the sweat and crackle of Feighan’s latest beatscapes. As with his past releases, Feighan is eager to have his passport stamped, reluctant to stay in one paradise for too long. His wanderlust samplings travel from Peru to Japan, Detroit to Maui, and Ghana to Barcelona expressing the pageantry and ceremony of destinations only the truly intrepid have tasted before.
The artwork of Return to Paradise is greatly inspired by the LP jackets of classic Exotica albums: Martin Denny’s Quiet Village, Les Baxter’s Jungle Jazz, and Arthur Lyman’s Bwana to name just a few. Over fifty different varietals of flowers and plants from around the world decorate the blossoming arrangement on R2P’s cover. In addition, the packaging features printed sleeves showing a take on traditional Hawaiian patterned prints of native flowers and tropical birds. The inside of the gatefold jacket is a visual imagination of the kind of space Return to Paradise inevitably occupies.