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CB Records and Mophono’s Halftone Society is proud to announce the first single from their new offshoot. Dubbed (the) “Halftone Society Rhythm Section”, it features some of the Bay Area’s most talented live instrumentalists. The project is a refreshing vocalbased departure from Mophono’s usual curiously obscure offerings, as it reimagines two eighties dance floor DJ classics “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards and “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean. The demand for this music became very apparent when Mophono’s “Cut Form Creator Dub” of “Caribbean Queen” was recently featured on the popular bay area compilation “off the beaten tracks”. On this new single,“The Halftone Society Rhythm Section” aims to pair the infectious sheen of eighties boogie with an inviting minimalism reminiscent of seventies funk standards. Young Aundee’s vocals channel a pop landscape full of rebellious souls, bankrupt lives and crumbling nations. The HSRS’s unpredictable approach to the A-Side, “Don’t Look Any Further”, finds the listener in a gritty drum heavy distortion bath of lush Rhodes and melodica choruses. On the B-side, with “Caribbean Queen”, The HSRS adds a layer of vulnerable grit to the silky original and expounds upon the island sound with Patrick Korte aka P Dub’s phenomenal drum work, warm dubs and a massive break down that calls for a rewind.
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CB Records is proud to announce the new 7” single by Mophono, “Lump Sum Slum Lord (CTB vol 2)”, the second installment in the limited edition vinyl series based on the legendary San Francisco party Change The Beat. Founded in 2006 by Mophono, The Gaslamp Killer, Citizen Ten and Aspect McCarthy, CTB was known as the most forward thinking weekly showcase in the world, Hosting acts like Flying Lotus, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Slum Village, Edan, Mono/Poly and Eprom. The tag line said it all, “Dirt Wave & Rock Electronique, Thug Jazz & Riot Funk, Psyche Madness & Funk Rock layered with the hardest instrumental & Dub beats from around the world!!!” Mophono’s unparalleled sense of instrumental narrative makes it difficult to neatly categorize his genre-refracting productions. His emphasis on simplicity and effectiveness yields captivating results. Side-A crashes through the skull, with hysterical, psychedelic, and pensive swells. Larger than life breaks accompany a backbone of brooding synth bass. Its no wonder this song was Detroit beatmaker Tadd Mullinix AKA Dabrye’s first choice to remix for the B-Side. Lauded as one of the world’s best producers of instrumental hip-hop, we hear Dabrye juxtaposing the original with a mature and wholly engaging interpretation.
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"CB Records is proud to announce the new 7” single by Mophono and The Gaslamp Killer titled “Murder Man (CTB vol 1)”, the first installment in the limited edition vinyl series based on the legendary San Francisco party Change The Beat. Founded in 2006 by Mophono, The Gaslamp Killer, Citizen Ten and Aspect McCarthy, CTB was known as the most forward thinking weekly showcase in the world, Hosting acts like Flying Lotus, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Slum Village, Edan, Mono/Poly and Eprom. The party description says it all, “Dirt Wave & Rock Electronique, Thug Jazz & Riot Funk, Psyche Madness & Funk Rock layered with the hardest instrumental & Dub beats from around the world!!!" The Gaslamp Killer and Mophono have worked together for over 10 years since their first meeting behind the turntables at a Halloween art party in San Diego. GLK and Mophono have consistently thrown back the boundaries of music and DJ’ing from the early days of CTB to working together extensively on GLK releases like Death Gate, Breakthrough and now this grimy new single Murder Man. There is an emerging vocabulary that accurately describes this experimental genre that Mophono calls Dirt Wave. The A side, with the surprisingly upbeat rhythms to the screeching breakdown at the end, “Murder Man” smashes a futuristic yet vintage sound that can be heard all over this new release. “Xposure” on the B side, is definitely not shy either. From freakout screams to the distorted bass and chaotic b-boy drums, this is definitely not for the faint of heart."
San Francisco Bay Area quintet Secret Sidewalk is proud to announce the long anticipated 7” Limited Edition Single, Cholo Curls Following the successful release of the 4-track album Truncate Mastadon the Dragon Wilson, Cholo Curls is an engaging blend of the avante-garde, electroacoustic, jazz sound that Secret Sidewalk has become known for. Secret Sidewalk is on the forefront of live electronic music performance with shows such as their brain child, “Smart Bomb”, the most forward-thinking live and electronic showcase in the Bay Area. Co Produced by Mophono, and recorded live at Circuit Studios San Francisco, this live experimental interplay is vivid in the dynamic composition of the B side Bibingka. Secret Sidewalk regularly performs live at events like the classic “Change the Beat” night (thrown by Mophono, Citizen Ten, and The Gaslamp Killer), Low End Theory (Los Angeles and San Francisco), South by Southwest (Grown Kids Radio SXSW Showcase), SF Offsides, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and Oakland’s 2nd Annual Hiero Day.
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