Podcast Twenty Four

July 10th, 2013 by Hobbess

Podcast Twenty Four features two mixes from Northwest beat producers. Nice Nate, residing in Seattle comes at us with a refreshingly nostalgic setlist of mostly originals bubbling with vocal chops and hard hitting kick-snares. Next is Dropping Gems’ very own Bone Rock who delivers a mysterious set of tracks that offer a very interesting rendition of classic hip-hop heaters. Sit back and enjoy this surely head-nodding collection of tunes. Artwork by Kaya Halil Sumer.

Please download this episode and subscribe to the podcast series through iTunes. You can also directly download it here.

Nice Nate tracklist:
1. Danny Brown – Die Like A Rockstar (nice nate Remix)
3. Nice Nate – yew.lxve
4. The Young Evils – Dead Animals (nice nate Remix)
5. Nice Nate – traynes&&&
7. Nice Nate – gobstopper feat. Beatronome
8. Nice Nate – nite

Bone Rock track list:
1. Lord Finesse – You Know What Im About
2. Unknown – gunether
3. Nothern Draw ft DeadLanguage – fuse
4. Unknown – bolo
5. TKO Capone – King Koopa (Bone Rock RMX)
6. Slim Thug – Still Tippin’
7. Unknown – lasttwohundreddollars
8. Unknown – youagain
9. Busta Ryhmes – Woo Hah!! (Got You All in Check)
10. Unknown – maing
11. Unknown – damnear
12. Unknown – pulsimon
13. Linkin Park – In the End
14. Nice Nate – Moments
15. Sticky Fingaz – excerpt from American Rap Stars
16. Dr. Maxine Mimms – again&again&again
17. Common – I Used to Love H.E.R.
18. Unknown – magnetic
19. Unknown – magneticII
20. Lauren Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
21. Unknown – please
22. Unknown – titletrack

Natasha Kmeto – Crisis

June 18th, 2013 by Digifid

On Crisis, the new LP from Natasha Kmeto, this siren of soulful bass charts her voyage into evermore personal territory, tapping into the raw energy of life in flux. The album narrates Kmeto’s experience from last year to yesterday, a time of upheaval and soul-searching. It’s also a time of new relationships, of build ups and break downs, of the heat of love and the fever of love’s pursuit.

In much the same way that sparks can fly at the drop of a hat in public, only to smolder privately into something deeper, so too do the roiling synths storms of Crisis slip easily into a single drum and Natasha’s lone voice. The album happens at the intersection of ambition, confusion, exploration, and barely-bridled sexual energy. After the gyrating tumult of the album’s body runs its course, Kmeto delivers the listener into the dreamy playfulness of the final tracks, resolving the record into a sort of calm, for the moment.

In order to capture the feeling of these chaotic moments Natasha took an intentionally disciplined musical approach, selecting just a handful of sonic materials from which to construct to the album. The combination of classic synth and drum machines sounds blend seamlessly with her own timeless voice. And while the elements become familiar over the course of the album, they never really show up in the same way twice. Like with any substantial piece of art, however, the only true way for us to describe Crisis would be for us to sit you down and listen to it.

Crisis is available now on iTunes and via Bandcamp where you can also find limited edition cassette tapes.

Any Octave Vol. 2

June 8th, 2013 by Digifid

Fresh from the subterranean rivers and lakes connecting the continents of our planet comes Any Octave Volume 2. Any Octave is a subterranean screw-music mix series helmed by DG crew member Citymouth. Composed of cassette and vinyl RnB jams reclaimed from the badlands, the material on Any Octave occurs in the liminal space between screwed-and-chopped edits and fully original production. Sonically, the compositions are ”of and about” the deep zone, heavily lo-fidelity and psychedelic, intended for your headphones or car or mountaintop, mainly designed for staring off into the distance. The second installment of this series features two 15-minutes mixes, Side A by New Zealand’s $PL▲$H ¢LUB 7 and Side B by the prolific, warble-obsessed throwback master, ohio-based Contact Lens. This mix is Vol. 2 of 99. It can be downloaded or bought as a limited edition cassette featuring special cs-only album artwork by the talented Geneva Snyder.

Giraffage + Mister Lies 6/27

June 3rd, 2013 by Hobbess

Thursday June 27th, we’re bringing back Alpha Pup’s Giraffage alongside Mister Lies and Portland’s own Citymouth and Quarry at Rotture. More info and RSVP here.

Podcast Twenty Three

May 21st, 2013 by Hobbess

Podcast Twenty Three features mixes from two sizzling dance music producers coming from our home-base in Portland. The first set comes from Miracles Club, delivering a highly energized setlist of sparkly house. Next, our very own Breakmode delivers us a driving collection of future-funk tracks that will surely break through the clouds and bring the summer you’ve been waiting for. The next hour will surely make you feel at ease and be a forecast for the months to come. Artwork by Kaya Halil Sumer.

Please download this episode and subscribe to the podcast series through iTunes. You can also directly download it here.

Miracles Club tracklist:
1. That Magik (Bobby Browser Remix) – C.L.A.W.S.
2. Transmit – Jason Kendig
3. Chango (Leech Club Mix) – The Miracles Club
4. Nite Birds – Poisonous Relationship
5. Lonely Sea (Emotion II Emotion Remix) – Alexis Blair Penney
6. Ex Sited (Vakula Remix) – Garben Eden
7. VI – Temples
8. Believe (C.L.A.W.S. Night Mix) – Finesse

Break Mode tracklist:
1. Silver – Break Mode
2. We Go Straight Ahead – LeSale
3. Buoyant Voyage (Break Mode Dreamix) – Acid Farm
4. Take Your Time (Break Mode Doin’ It Right Re-work) – SOS Band
5. Morning Edit – Break Mode
6. Roland Times – Etbonz

Crisis LP Release Party 6/22 @ Holocene

May 21st, 2013 by Hobbess

Natasha Kmeto is set to release her new LP ‘Crisis’ on June 18th and we are throwing a record release party at Portland’s Holocene on June 22nd. The event featuring Grown Folk, Ben Tactic and LincolnUp is part of the Closer Music Festival. RSVP and more info here.

Gem Drops Three

April 16th, 2013 by Digifid

Gem Drops Three’ is the latest installment of our flagship compilation series, and since we’ve evolved considerably as a crew, it’s only natural that our celebrated collection takes on a new form as well. The Gem Drops series began as a way for us to do two things: connect with artists we love, and then draw lines between each other until we’d encircled everybody enough for our listeners to get the picture. Curated by label founder Aaron Meola, each volume was a snapshot of that time and place for us as musicians and as friends. The reach of those first two editions opened our eyes to the power of our community and the artists we care about.

We’re now excited to bring Gem Drops to an even wider audience, especially because we are able to offer our release on vinyl for the first time, a dream realized thanks to our new partnership with Seattle’s Fin Records. For this installment we’ve narrowed the focus a bit, selecting just six tracks from the nearest and dearest within DG, most of who are slated to release material for us down the line. These tracks showcase the diversity of styles we’ve become known for, taking the temperature of a crew headed for many new things in 2013. For this particular release we’re covering the following genres: gritty forest beat, maximalist shuttle launch, underground lake narrative, late-night loner keyboard, futuristic hip hop, and emo-juke.

12″ 45rpm purple vinyl pre-order here, shipping early May.

Track list:
1. DJAO – One
2. Ghost Feet – Voka
3. Citymouth – How2hoodryte (Feat. Bone Rock)
4. Philip Grass – Onit
5. M. Constant – PerkyPat
6. Wires for Salu – Overture

DJAO premiere via Dummy
Ghost Feet premiere via Noisey
Philip Grass premiere via Earmilk
M. Constant premiere via Live For The Funk
Wires for Salu premiere via XLR8R

Gem Drops Three is available digitally now from all retailers and via our Bandcamp.

Gem Drops Three Release Show At Doug Fir

April 3rd, 2013 by Hobbess

We’re very excited to be hosting our first show at Doug Fir, one of our favorite venues in Portland, on Sunday 4/28. The lineup features the world debut performance by Wires for Salu plus M. Constant, Ghost Feet, DJAO, Citymouth ft. Bone Rock, and Philip Grass who all contributed to the release. Advance tickets here, more info and RSVP here.

Podcast Twenty Two

March 25th, 2013 by Digifid

Podcast Twenty Two features mixes from a pair of mind bending coast to coast acts. The very talented Swarvy repping Philly starts us off with an all original mix of smooth spring-time cuts followed by a very solid selection of heaters from Portland’s blissed-out Philip Grass duo. Artwork by Patti Miller.

Please download this episode and subscribe to the podcast series through iTunes. You can also directly download it here.

Swarvy tracklist:
1. SeaGully – Swarvy
2. longshotFromearth2whereUrstanding – Swarvy
3. wat ah ass – Swarvy
4. quikmeds [ft.Deleon] – Swarvy
5. givethanks – Swarvy
6. I G otM usic – Swarvy
7. whackneighbors – Swarvy
8. worldsLargestSupermarketCouch – Swarvy
9. haaste – Swarvy
10. youvechanged – Swarvy
11. as you were – Swarvy
12. im .lost – Swarvy
13. primrose – Swarvy
14. EarthReceivedTime – Swarvy
15. dundun – Swarvy
16. thereUr – Swarvy
17. breadcrumbs – Swarvy
18. hooove – Swarvy
19. moveable_doe – Swarvy

Philip Grass tracklist:
1. Elsa - Bill Evans Trio
2. I Feel You -  Flora Purim
3. Butterfly Dreams - Flora Purim
4. Excerpts from The Universal Mind of Bill Evans
5. Don’t Let Go - En Vogue
6. Portlambiance (throughout) - Philip Grass
7. untitled - Philip Grass
8. Miles High Samba - Adjaman
9. The Mahdi. (Prod. Marcasso) - The Underachievers
10. Cold Winter - Khryo
11. Don’t Cha (Acapella) f/ Busta Rhymes - The Pussycat Dolls
12. Foolishness - MJTIII
13. ******* - Space Ghost
14. Travels - Kenja
15. mdat (feat. Divine Interface) – Time Wharp
16. Excerpts from Minnie Riperton 1975 Interview
17. Give Up - Philip Grass
18. Completely - Philip Grass
19. us n me (slw.kng remix) - Philip Grass
20. LOVE - Blum
21. Damn - Rekchampa

Natasha Kmeto @ SXSW

March 8th, 2013 by Digifid

Natasha Kmeto will be heading down to Austin, TX for SXSW next week and playing a handful of shows. Also be sure to check out the recent mix she did for Live For The Funk.

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