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.
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.
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.
Gold Robot just got the “labeled” treatment by the fine folks over at IMPOSE Magazine. Read about how the label started and where we’re headed. We also put together a new sampler of recent tracks for you to stream if you’re not familiar with the sounds coming out of the label. Thanks for everyone’s support over the years!
Everything Worth Mentioning, the second album from San Francisco hip-hop duo Meanest Man Contest (Noah Blumberg and Eric Steuer), is out on vinyl from Gold Robot and tape from us today, 10/29/13 - Liz’s birthday, incidentally, and roughly a decade since their debut long-player came out in 2003. Eric (and Gold Robot, for that matter) was a big reason why we moved ourselves and Crash Symbols to Oakland, CA for much of 2011/12, and though we’ve relocated again since then, it’s beautiful to finally have this cassette out after first exploring the prospect back in the Bay. The album itself is beautifully formed, textured backdrops of more or less exotic loops and samples for clever rapping, both informed by classic west coast prerogatives; record crate diving and urban tension. Lyrically, it shines, as with any of their projects (ie, Not the 1s), and seriously, after a decade (!!!) only short EPs and singles, nothing could be more satisfying.
Aquarium Drunkard presents Monster Rally - Volume II (A Mixtape), a new collection of danceable funk, afro-soul, incredibly smooth hip hop, rainy dub, and multi-ethnic garage rock. Grab it here!
Monster Rally’s new album titled Return to Paradise is out today digitally and as a limited edition 12”. Find it here!