Dallas Observer Mixtape mixed by PointBender


Harmonious Discord has survived 17 years during the most turbulent times in the history of the music industry. Under the helm of Sean Anderson, also known as tech-house producer PointBender, the label has cranked out a sizable catalog of releases, mostly from Texas artists, and solidified a core audience of supporters at home and abroad. While riding that fine line between house and techno, the label has excelled at pushing definitions to the limit. The label bucks trends and stays consistent in its vision.

After a somewhat slow release year for the label in 2017, it has a stacked release schedule for 2018, including the new Vessel EP from Litex that dropped this week. For this week’s mixtape, Anderson explores some of the music of the artists of Harmonious Discord and discusses the high and lows of the label’s run.

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Harmonious Discord and Denied Showcase


Harmonious Discord and Denied Music team up to bring you a night of incredible underground Texas and beyond talent.

Join us at Shed Salon on March 16th, 2018 to hear artists showcasing the sound of two of the finest underground outlets of tech and weirdness… Harmonious Discord and Denied Music.

Free with RSVP. 21 and older only.

Featuring:

Pete Bones [Red Ant Records]
Brett Johnson [Classic, Tronic]
Dorian [Get Physical, Audiophile Deep, Harmonious Discord]
Jeffrey Tice [Fett, LB, Harmonious Discord, Denied]
Daniel Allen [Harmonious Discord/Denied]
Harmon and PointBender [Harmonious Discord/Denied]
Robert Roman [Motek/Denied]
Josiah Fontenot [Harmonious Discord/Denied]
Jeff Scroggin [Harmonious Discord/Denied]
Tobor Rellik [Harmonious Discord/Denied]

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/132514974229598/

Harmonious Discord Recordings has been the purveyor of offbeat melodies for DJ’s and producers “in-the-know” for over 17 years.

https://www.beatport.com/label/harmonious-discord/5383

https://www.soundcloud.com/harmonious-discord

Denied Music goes against the current like determined salmon up the run. Instinctual, graceful, and rigorous describe both the sound and drive behind the label. It is curated exploration of the raw and elegant – a rebellious journey driven by a passion that moves the body and occupies the mind.

https://www.beatport.com/label/denied-music/51584

https://www.soundcloud.com/denied-music

[HD051] Litex – Vessel


Harmonious Discord 051 Litex – Vessel

  1. Vessel (Original Mix)
  2. Vessel (Menahan Project Dub)
  3. Vessel (Daniel Allen Remix)

Eric Reeves is a staple in the seams of Harmonious Discord Recordings history.  A label cofounder and half of production duo Grey (alongside PointBender) that released notable music in the early 2000’s with features on Guidance Recordings, Fair Park Recordings, and Blunted Funk.  Since the duo ceased efforts, Eric has crafted his unique sound that features undertones of progressive rock, crystal clean production, and a knack for syncopated basslines.  In early 2017, Eric’s hibernation reached a close as he crafted a collection of original productions slated as a full album later in 2018.  In addition, he supported remix duty’s for Pablo del Monte on the label’s 50th release.  One stand out production in the forthcoming album was a warehouse-relevant, steamy techno machine.  Vessel wraps together modern synth design, spacial placement, and percussive maturity.  Vessel is a perfect taste of the onslaught of new productions coming your way in 2018.

 

On remix duties is New York resident and master of subtle brilliance Menahan Project.  Dub laden and packed with urban rumble this permutation offers a slow burn with character.  Texas’s own Denied Music head Daniel Allen returns to wrap our project, increasing the energy and moving to a percussion focus.  Daniel teases out carefully crafted accents, rich synth sweeps, and ever more percussive layers.  Exploring different territory than the original Allen’s contribution helps build into any abstract territory you wish to venture.

[HD050] Pablo del Monte featuring LaVoyce – Stay All Night


HD050 Pablo del Monte featuring LaVoyce – Stay All Night

  1. Stay All Night (Original)
  2. Stay All Night (Litex Remix)
  3. Stay All Night (Jeff Scroggin Dub)
  4. Emperor (Original)

Purchase: https://www.beatport.com/release/stay-all-night/2090521

 

Harmonious Discord ceremoniously announces its 50th worldwide release.  Over the past 16 years Harmonious Discord Recordings has been the go-to choice for abstract dj’s in the underground.  A small but powerful force in the Texas Electronic Music scene, Harmonious Discord has featured releases in all form factors (Vinyl, CD, Digital) with popular artists like Pezzner, Brett Johnson, Deepchild, Morgan Page, Arthur Oskan, PointBender, and Dorian.

London native and musical machine Pablo del Monte joins the label for it’s 50th release.  Pablo is the radio pilot for Brick Lane Radio and label head at famed East Recordings.  His productions range from classic sounding house music to edgy, provocative tech house projects.  Pablo first caught our ear with a stellar dub house track called “Dub Frequency”.  Pablo’s work with the label was a natural fit from the start and we are happy to introduce Pablo to the imprint as the label meets this important milestone.

While Pablo is a UK native, he has collab’d with Dallas, TX based vocalist LaVoyce to create a peak time driver called “Stay All Night”.  The original is a precise mixture of well-spaced percussion and a bass foundation that continues to deliver on dancability.  Pablo’s deliberate accents and fills never leaves the listener bored.  The dance between samples and synthesized accents provides a navigating principle that syncopates firmly as the song progresses.  This hallowed house classic is sure to “treat you right”.

Label co-founder and Grey Music Project artist Eric Reeves returns from deep hibernation with a smooth interpretation of Pablo’s original work.  Known for his dynamic bass programming and swung percussion, Eric delivers us a dynamic cleanse focusing on pervasive synthesizer programming and tightly controlled FX.  Mild hints of progression lead to a deepening of the elements earmarked by pad resonance and drifting delays.  Jeff Scroggin takes the un-charted back roads with his dubbed out wash of the original.  Urban, rough-and-tumble, and perfectly crafted Jeff accents the original parts with hypnotic dub chords and a driving sub-bass.  Emperor is one of the more impressive b-sides you are likely to encounter.  In fact, it really stands on it’s own, as emperors tend to.  And like it’s namesake, this tune requires your attention and respect.  Almost clinical drum programming perfectly aligned with sound design and synthetic manipulations.  The foundation provides the force while building accents finish the formula.  A commanding force of music, offering itself to it’s loyal listeners.

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