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.
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)
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!
Meanest Man Contest recently sat down with the East Bay Express to talk about the group and their new album titled Everything Worth Mentioning. Read the interview here, and order the limited edition 12” here.
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
Dim Peaks are headed out on a mini-tour in support of their new “Time of Joy” album which dropped this week. For those of you in California, get one of these dates on your calendar.
Wednesday 9/4 Oakland CA @ The Night Light w/ FRONDS, DJ Cousin Frankie
Friday 9/6 Fresno CA @ Tokyo Garden w/ Fatty Cakes, Seventhember