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.
The fine folks at SPIN recently debuted the new video for Conveyor’s “Mammal Food”, which was directed by Zach Fleming and features trippy sleepwalking dude munching on broken glass and doughnuts. The track is off their recently released limited edition 7”, of which there’s a few copies left and you can grab one for yourself here.
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!