While CMJ is traditionally a buzzfest for Indie bands, there’s always some great Electronic music to be found as well. Although EDM has been the big story this year, Indie and underground Electronic music has also flourished. And as with all things Indie, The Orchard distributes some of the best. Quite a few found their way into CMJ shows, and we here at The Orchard want to share the bounty of good music.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
Blue Sky Black Death has a cinematic approach to Hip Hop beatmaking that long since left genre boundaries in the rearview. They are more than capable of making everything from Drone to Apocalyptic Trap to Synth Pop, and have collaborated with vocalists like Jean Grae, Myka 9, Deniro Farar and Nacho Picasso (to name just a few). But their music is most ambitious when they head off into their own inner worlds. Symphonic compositions like their seminal 2008 record Late Night Cinema or the very Bristolian release A Heap of Broken Images inevitably draw comparisons to legends like Massive Attack.
Sister Crayon is another great Electronic act The Orchard distributes. Starting as a solo act reliant on loop pedals and guitar, the addition of MPC beats and a full band has resulted in a remarkable sound not unlike a higher-fi Coco Rosie. Their full length Bellow is excellent. I also have to mention The Range — even though he’s not an Orchard artist, the introspective beats on his recent full length Nonfiction (stream here) make for one of the most compelling beat-driven albums of the year.
Ghostly International are a label The Orchard is certainly very proud to be working with in 2013. They’ve distinguished themselves not only with consistently innovative and expertly crafted music but also with gorgeous art and expertly executed marketing campaigns. Unsurprising, then, that their CMJ showcase was not only at the best new club in NYC, but also packed with great artists. Headliner Com Truise‘s analog night driving music sounds like sex on that soundsystem, and the rest of the Ghostly lineup no doubt kept things classy. You can always expect synthy delights and atmospheric vibes in this lineup from one of the most tasteful labels in bass music.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
There’s a reason you can’t escape the name Ryan Hemsworth. Few producers can evoke emotion from layered samples the way he does, and almost none has his ear for weird Pop production. He’s been remixing and collaborating his way to the top of the internet charts for a few years now, but his debut album Guilt Trips is coming out today — stream the whole thing on Pitchfork Advance.
Chrissy Murderbot has a lot of hats — he’s a producer with several albums out on heavyweight Electronic label Planet Mu, he runs two labels (Loose Squares and Sleazetone, both of which we proudly distribute) and he’s a Dance music historian (his Year of Mixtapes project is like the Smithsonian of Dance music). Most of all though, he’s a DJ dedicated to making people sweat with funky, high energy club music infused with ribald humor. Heavily influenced by the juke and ghetto House of his hometown, Chicago, Murderbot makes future music rooted in an encyclopedic understanding of the past. Highly recommended.