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5 Electronic Artists that Stood Out at CMJ 2013

October 22, 2013 Artist News No Comments

CMJ-2013While 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.


Blue Sky Black Death, Sister Crayon, The Range at Cameo Gallery

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 Unofficial CMJ Party: Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt at Output

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.


Pitchfork CMJ Showcase: Ryan Hemsworth, KELELA, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Fields, Huerco S., Mas Ysa, J-Cush at 285 Kent

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.

LAZERPOP CMJ Party: The Hood Internet, Chrissy Murderbot, E-603 at Glasslands

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.

Freeloader Friday: Beach Day, Conveyor, Lovely Bad Things, Menahan Street Band, Matthew Dear and TESTAMENT

August 3, 2012 Freeloader Friday 1 Comment

Happy Friday and Happy August, Freeloaders! We can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by already. So to start August off with a bang, we have a lot of free tracks and videos for you today from Beach Day, Conveyor, Lovely Bad Things, Menahan Street Band, Matthew Dear and TESTAMENT.

Happy listening!

Beach Day: “Beach Day” via SoundCloud or YouTube
Beach Day out now on Kanine Records

Conveyor: “Woolgatherer” via SoundCloud
Conveyor out now on Paper Garden Records

Lovely Bad Things: “I Just Want You To Go Away” and “Dinosaur Song” via YouTube
New Ghost/Old Waves out now on Volcom Entertainment

Menahan Street Band: The Crossingvia RollingStone
The Crossing out October 30th via Dunham/Daptone Records

Matthew Dear: “Her Fantasy (Poolside Remix)” via Pitchfork
Beams out August 28th via Ghostly International

TESTAMENT: “Native Blood” via YouTube
Dark Roots of Earth out now via Nuclear Blast Records

Behave and You’ll Get a Taste of Matthew Dear’s Upcoming Album with “Her Fantasy”

June 4, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Matthew Dear, Her Fantasy, BeamsIf you’re a fan of Matthew Dear‘s EP Headcage, released in January this year, you’ll remember the dense, mutating cluster of breaths, whispers and assorted technicolor sounds that coalesced into a hearty chug. Take that as Mr. Dear —  the DJ/dance-music producer/experimental pop artist/bandleader – offering an early taste of what to expect from his fourth full-length Beams, the first since his 2010 shadowy masterpiece Black City.

Speaking of early tastes… Matthew just recently released “Her Fantasy,” the celebratory lead single from the album that signals its queasy optimism in classic Matthew Dear avant-pop form — that is, without verses and choruses per se, but by hustling through a series of wickedly catchy sections. The twisted internal logic of these sections becomes clear as the song progresses and builds to an ecstatic climax.

Beams, which is slated to hit stores in the U.K. and E.U. on 8/27 and in North America the next day, was recorded in Dear’s home studio and mixed at Nicolas Vernhes’ Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn. The album evokes a day-lit dreamworld at once strange and familiar, and though its dancefloor-ready tempos, major keys, and sun-warmed synths may signal Beams as the lighter, brighter response to its predecessor, if you take a closer look you’ll see that it actually reveals a squirming mass of oddball details. Matthew’s latest productions creak and groan like anxious organisms, with slivers of guitar, electric bass and drum kit darting in and out among the synths and samples.

It may be odd to hear this former techno-wunderkind playing rock music, but the manic punk pulse of the track “Earthforms” is just one facet of Beams‘ kaleidoscopic journey. Call it a well-mixed cocktail of optimism and uneasiness or a battle between musical mischief and lyrical maturity, Beams is the latest transmission from one of pop music’s most fascinating creative minds!

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Choir Of Young Believers Goes Searching For “Rhine Gold”

April 2, 2012 Artist News No Comments

choir of young believers rhine goldWith the release of their acclaimed debut, This Is for the White in Your Eyes, Choir Of Young Believers became a powerful new talent, possessed of a fully formed vision, compositional ingenuity, and a tenor to die for.

While White in Your Eyes racked up overwhelmingly positive international press, it can practically be seen as a soft launch for Choir of Young Believers’ masterful new album Rhine Gold, which just recently hit stores on Ghostly International.

Led by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, Choir expands on the the success of White in Your Eyes. Now a proper band, the collaborative dynamic has imbued their sound with more authority and daring, as Choir inhabits a wholly unique space where intimate folk, classic Krautrock, big-sky Americana, avant-garde composition and bombastic theatricality seamlessly serve the same master.

Like Choir’s music, Makrigiannis’ powerful voice unifies the ambitious scope of Rhine Gold by sounding at once dolorous and magisterial. The rich, enveloping production does wonders to corral such creative largess under a unified, sepia-toned song cycle.

See for yourself in their live session of the song “Rhine Gold” from their latest album by the same name:

Choir of Young Believers – Rhine Gold (live session) by BangOn

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