Record Label: (iN)Sect Records
Reaganometry aka Reagan VanMatre and Butcher Bear aka Butch Webster, come to you from deep inside the TEXAS border. Born and raised in Temple and Austin, respectively, they have been pushing the envelope separately and together for the last 12 years. They met while working in the group Attack Formation, and went on to write and release 3 LPs with that group. Since then, they have been creating electronic sound scapes that focus on the ethereal, Reaganometry, and the dark chords filled with fierce drum blasts, Butcher Bear.
Their new split LP, entitled “R&B”, is the first vinyl offering from both of these guys. The music inside this package is night and day between the two of them. Instrumental experimental music with a Bear on one side and an ex-president at the helm who is dreaming in color on the other. Highlights include a cover of another (iN)sect artist, “GFY” written by California Party Girls with Butch flipping the drums from the as-yet- unreleased ‘all-drum’ LP by another Texas man, AADM OUR HATLEY. Reaganometry provides extra keys on side “BB”, while Butcher Bear offers some extra guitar work on the “R” side. This is a mind-bender but a truly solid offering from TEXAS
This marks their first vinyl release together. And it’s on black wax. Photography by Exclamation Marc Artwork by RECSPECT
Further carving out it’s place as the home for cutting-edge R&B, Fresh Selects is proud to present the beginning of something special. A formidable songwriter working behind the scenes with major R&B stars for years now - Inglewood, L.A.-based multi-talent, SiR, is now stepping to the forefront with his official solo debut. Effortlessly combining his instantly recognizable voice and universally relatable songwriting with the rawness of the indie L.A. beat scene - SiR defines his own sound that’s both refreshingly new and immediately digestible at the same time. A rare combination of mass appeal and artistic integrity, he’s poised to bring pop appeal to the underground, and substance and a unique ear for production to the mainstream. On his full-length debut, Seven Sundays, his writing covers the full spectrum of a relationship - from infatuation to heartbreak, playful indulgence to addictive co-dependency, and ultimately, growth through letting go. Throughout the album’s 14 tracks, each one single-worthy in it’s own right, SiR flexes his pen game through both personal soul-bearing, vivid storytelling and lighthearted shit-talking alike. SiR’s recent writing placements include Jill Scott’s new single “Fool’s Gold,” plus forthcoming songs by Melanie Fiona (including a duet w/ Mr. Stevie Wonder), Robert Glasper & Anita Baker, Bilal & Tweet, Tyrese & Marsha Ambrosius, and about a dozen others. His debut LP also boasts an all-star line-up of producers, including Knxwledge (known for his work with Kendrick Lamar, Joey BADA$$ and Blu), Iman Omari (Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign), DK The Punisher (Justin Bieber, Dom Kennedy), Chris Dave (Blue Note recording artist, drummer for Adele, D’Angelo), J LBs (Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies), Alvin Isaacs II (Boyz II Men, Trey Songz) and Tiffany Gouché (Iggy Azalea, Little Simz) - making it an audible time capsule of an exciting moment-in-time for an entire new wave of Los Angeles talent. With all of the stars aligned in it’s favor, it’s a safe bet that Seven Sundays will prove in time to be the seminal West Coast R&B album of 2015!
From Leaving Records, the debut album from drummer Deantoni Parks – John Cale, Sade, The Mars Volta, Flying Lotus collaborator. The relationship between music and technology is always evolving ... but true music can not exist without a soul. Some extraordinary musicians augment their natural talents with technology, adopting its benefits to fuel their own singular vision, and that is the basis of Deantoni Parks' debut album Technoself. Parks is one of the finest drummers working today, displaying a sleek and intuitive balance between raw rhythmic physicality and machine-like precision. He can play on one hand what many great drummers could not achieve with two – which he does frequently. His skills have seen him perform with artists such as John Cale, Sade, The Mars Volta, Flying Lotus and his own boundary-pushing group KUDU, among others. Notable collaborations aside, Parks is an artist in his own right, constantly in motion and expanding towards something new. On Technoself, you hear Parks totally in control. Three of the tracks were recorded live in a session at Dub Lab, the others in a studio. In his own words, "The sound result of Technoself is a digestion of sounds being refined, filtered, and re-arranged in the time period of the average thought." There are no overdubs or loops on this record. The sound is that of "segmented, split-second curated soundscapes atop a highway of refined, war-drum rhythms." The album plays out like a percussive crash course winding through Parks' diverse influences and moods, where the only constant is Deantoni's unmistakable sense of movement. In this case, the most important piece of technology turns out to be the human body.
"Anyone looking for proof that John Coltrane's exalted status is so deserved need only to glance at the amount of time this album took to record. In just three days (Oct 24 - 26, 1960), Coltrane managed to almost effortlessly produce this milestone of modern jazz, and the impeccable Jones/Tyner/Davis line up that supports Coltrane solos ('But Not For Me') give the entire session the feeling that we are experiencing pure genius."
Chief and Deheb join forces to bring you “Leaf”, a full-length instrumental album showcasing the seamless result of two deft beatmakers merging their individual signatures into a unified craft. Both artists each have a long history in beat-making, Chief and Deheb have worked alongside but never together, and to share a task that's usually tackled by one seemed like a challenge and a new thrill to the two. The use of samples taken from original Brazilian music in the two producers' collections was the starting point for the creation of ”Leaf”. Using the gorgeous textures and atypical sounds to fashion an atmosphere rather than make a typical beats album with over-used long samples was the end goal.The result of this synthesis between two seasoned beatmakers' flair is an elaborate, slow-paced and subtle collection of instrumentals that materializes each contributor's ideas into a solid and distinctive new identity. A collection of eleven laid back instrumental pieces that submerge you in a lavishly soulful atmosphere, “Leaf” is yet another must-have contribution from the Feelin' stable to the beats scene.