Harmonious Discord 047 Jeffrey Tice – Aurora
San Francisco native Jeffrey Tice has a talent for seeing color in the blank spaces. Jeff’s roots are in early electronica but that doesn’t stop him from adopting the methods of the future. The Aurora ep is Jeff’s sophomore release on our imprint following the success of his first project “Where do you go?”. Jeff is now asking, what’s going on in a new collection of musically minded dancefloor tunes. Austin resident and Denied Music boss Daniel Allen provides us a blissful reprise and longtime contributor of sonic oddities Plastic Pope returns to the label with a signature of strange.
Harmonious Discord 047 Jeffrey Tice – Aurora
- What’s Going On?
- What’s Going On? (Daniel Allen Remix)
- Been Alone
- Been Alone (Plastic Pope Remix)
- Table Cape Leisure
Aurora provides a great balance between floaty ethereal accents and driving funk bass. A snappy rhythm section helps move the experience forward with jovial flare. What’s Going On changes tone with a serious intro with built in tension and masterful dub design. Rich in texture and methodical in design this tune is an essential dancefloor tool. Daniel Allen returns to deliver an inspiring heater that elevates the mood to euphoric atmospheres with rich chord interplay and spacious arps. Been Alone delivers immediately on thick garage and deep house constructs, including a building analog bass pattern that begs for foot movement. HD’s mysterious but ever consistent provider of strangeness Plastic Pope makes a much anticipated return offers a small slice of insanity with hints of breakbeat, jackin Chicago house, and quirk. Jeff ends the ep with a disco inspired whale sonnet named Table Cape Leisure. Pressed with rim shots and summer fair this funk jam session can fit within the borders of a diverse set of music.
Harmonious Discord label boss and abstract artist PointBender returns with his third and most expressly creative full-length album yet. PointBender is the moniker of Sean Anderson, an independent artist living in Austin, TX who has been putting out back-pocket releases for over 15 years on imprints like Guidance, Thoughtless, Blaq, and his own imprint Harmonious Discord. Sean’s third album is a project 1.5 years in the making with collaborations from Toronto based vocalist and Lal frontwoman Rosina Kazi, Texas based dub artist Vegenaut, and techno artist Matthew Thompson. Sean took a new approach to constructing this album, focusing on recording single takes of audio directly and limiting himself to outboard gear with minimal computer intervention. In addition, the album features a multitude of live instrumentation with recordings of guitar, bass, drums, and clarinet alongside some personal field recordings. Dusk Frontier embodies a new outlook and direction for Sean as an artist and showcases a taste of the future of the project.
Intro to an Airplane is an ambient sound design experiment recorded and produced completely on an airplane using recordings of the air vents, people, and field noise with the aid of some heavy FX processing. The title song Dusk Frontier is a mixture of deep moods and cinematic overtures supported by driving percussion. Rosina Kazi showcases a wide range of vocal phrasing and complex harmonies over a field of growing synthesizer interplay. Splashes of percussion and bass slides help grow the space in between until the break where warming chimes drift the listeners into a greyed abstraction. Steam Morris is another deep selection focusing on smoky old world undertones. Live clarinet and evolving pads keep the mood pensive as support from drum machines and synths grows to complicate the mood. For Brain Mud, Sean teams up with Vegenaut, a cross-genre artist with a flair for off kilter glitchy dub works to create a messy slow burn with smooth bass and a competing mixture of leads and synth sketches. Passive Casio starts a nice divergence to rough and tumble urban techno jams. The song was recorded in a single session inside a beat machine with tons of automation and sound morphing. By the second breakdown the song is in complete chaos embodied by gritty distortion and staggered delays. Dub Creature is a canonical example of PointBender’s signature cinematic sound. Tightly controlled dub chords build into a druggy midnight bouncer with bass slides and plenty of dark arpeggios. Pferd continues on the dubby theme with gargantuan bass and a variety of capped and swung drum fills. Likely one of the dancier of the pieces, Pferd works well as a dancefloor tool. We finalize the album with an 80’s inspired emotional journey called Three Complications. Sean uses guitar and vocals to accompany the warm lush pads and arpeggios of that toe the line between an indie musical piece and a proper Balearic house song. While each selection has its unique lens and language the album as a whole is a thoughtful narrative on the boundaries of electronic music and the ability to abstract away from cemented dancefloor formulas.
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Harmonious Discord 045 Josiah Fontenot – Lazy Brute
June 16th, 2016
2. Lazy Brute (Iván Dbri and Rocko Remix)
3. The Cold Winter Wind
4. The Cold Winter Wind (Tobor Rellik Remix)
5. Knight Moves
**Artwork by Cory Hubbell
***Mastering by Brad Dale
Josiah Fontenot first made an appearance with an oddly spacey tune on 6th installment our annual compilation Discordian Dreaming under the moniker El Natured. Since then he has been sending us collections of blissful hardware recordings that pay homage to some of the most defining sounds of the early 2000’s. We are excited to share with you his first full EP under his true name. Lazy Brute is a collection warm analog offerings with many beautiful shades of imperfection.
The collection starts off with the original of Lazy Brute that provides us with some full frontal distorted drum work alongside some well-tempered acid lines. The original progresses into a fully flourished set of conjoining melodies and accents that define it as a proper head trip. Mexican resident by way of Canada Ivan Dbri partners up with Rocko to take the forward nature of the original and put it in the context of New York signature house sound. With hints of garage and an earth quaking bass line the remix gives disciplined structure to the abstract nature of the original. The Cold Winter Wind changes directions to a minimally constructed, bell-driven deep house vibe. Remnants of early Jeff Samuel and Villalobos works flutter around with artistic, playful synth and drum accents. This tune rides the barrier of techno house in a way that will compliment many of our multi-genre artists. For the remix, we hired on Texas staple Joshua Kynd under his deeper moniker Tobor Rellik. Josh give the original a playful tech house bounce while keep the mood light and melody driven. Heavy attractions enter the arena as the piece moves forward, this will be a great tool to get the floor full. Our last selection Knight Moves is more of a proper tech-house workout complete with heavy basslines and 1980’s accents. Lots of strong progression and pitch bent pads for keeping the dancefloor “tubular”. Expect to hear more from Josiah and friends in the upcoming year and look for Beatport now on every dance/music site!
Harmonious Discord 044 Jeff Scroggin – Deep Knows
01. Deep Knows (Original Mix)
02. Deep Knows (Jay Tripwire Mix)
03. One Note Acid
04. One Note Acid (Daniel Allen Remix)
05. New Dubbs
In February of 2016 Harmonious Discord celebrated it’s 15-year anniversary. From a gang of scrappy young adults pressing vinyl with their collective tip money to a label known for pushing the boundaries of house and techno music with releases from some of the most highly acclaimed musicians in the electronic landscape. 2016 will bring a string of new projects for the label as they embark on even more journey’s to bring the sound of the discordian underground to the masses.
This release features Austin, Texas native Jeff Scroggin with three superb moving techno compositions. Deep Knows is warehouse jam with ample funk pressure. Complex beds of percussion and synth stabs dance together to create a highly musical techno selection. Vancouver based industry powerhouse Jay Tripwire makes his debut on Harmonious Discord after a successful 2016 album called 8 channels. Jay applies his years of savage noises to the rework and takes the old-school elements strait into the realm of the outer world. Next up is One Note Acid, a seemingly simple construction with surprising variations that take the simple cadence into more complex territory. The progressive movement builds into a manage of carefully placed synthetic elements and drives towards darker moods as the piece evolves. Denied Music label boss Daniel Allen premieres on Harmonious Discord as well with his Miami deep shade version of Jeff’s original. There is plenty of high resonance automation to ensure that the build drives the dance floor insane just until the music spirals into a disorienting pitch drop. Jeff rounds us out with New Dubbs, a heady percussive driven and deep pulsating concoction complete with dub influences. You can expect to see more of Jeff on the label throughout the next couple years and hope you are as excited about this collection as we are.
Anthony Pappa – Cool EP. The Jay Tripwire remix is the one for me. l will support it.”
L.A. Williams – “‘Deep Knows’ hits the heavy into the deep.”
Louis Osbourne (All Night / Made To Play) – “Really nice EP. All tracks are very good. Jay Tripwire’s mix stands out though.”
Spettro (Get Physical Music) – “I love the bouncy vibe on Jay Tripwire’s mix.”
Lil’ Mark (Leftroom) – “‘New Dubs’ for me … nice tracks.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “A truly excellent EP here, with all involved doing damage. The originals are the ones for me, with the bassy building vibe on ‘One Note Acid’ really working well.”
Terry Mullan (Coin Slot) – “The Daniel Allen remix of ‘One Note Acid’ … solid track.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) – “Right trippy. Should do some heads in for sure.”
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) – “Feeling ‘New Dubs’ … very, very tasty. Phew!”
Tee Cardaci (Low Down Grooves / Sine Qua Non) – “Really impressed with every track on this one … massive!”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Superb. I love the diversity in style across these … each one is simply fantastic. ‘One Note Acid’ … what a journey!”
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing Radio Show) – “Seductive deep techno … definitely the good stuff.”