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.
Monster Rally’s debut album Coral is finally being re-released as a limited pressing on classic black vinyl. The repressing will be released on May 6, 2014.
Coral is a collection of old and new tracks from Monster Rally, all recorded between May and November of 2010. Half of the LP features tracks taken from MR’s first three eps: EP, Palm Reader, and Color Sky. The other half of the album includes new material which reflect a variety of influences. Coral draws from African highlife to Bahamian Calypsofrom, and other sounds from all over the globe. The LP is intended to be listened to as a whole, with each track cascading into the next, creating a brief journey back into a time that never really existed.
Alphabet Bands recently named “Annabelle” by Young Hunting the #4 track of 2013! The track is off Hazel, their debut LP. We still have a few copies of the limited edition 12” available here. Video above courtesy of DTLA Live.
Here’s what Alphabet Bands had to say on the track:
One of the greatest pieces of musical storytelling we heard all year came from Los Angeles quintet, Young Hunting. The standout track of a wondrously understated and gorgeous debut album, “Annabelle” might just be one of the most heartwrenchingly beautiful things we’ve ever heard. There are no extraneous flourishes; no flamboyances and each detail augments the narrative of the lyrics and aural caresses of the musical arrangements. The drumbeat acts as harbinger of the woe to come, a slowed down take on the drums that would precede an execution, and the trumpets which join as denouement is reached are a mournful lament for the loss experienced. It sounds divine, gentle melodies and almost imperceptible nuances within that stir your soul and send your heartstrings reverberating like crazy.
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.
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.