[HD048] Discordian Dreaming 8

Harmonious Discord 048 – Discordian Dreaming 8

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The Harmonious Discord label ceremonially introduces each year with a new installment of its Discordian Dreaming series, previewing what the label has in store over the coming months. This eighth edition features an abstract collage of sounds fitting for an evening of mindful expansion and dance floor excursions. Included are label mainstays Dorian, Onium, Tobor Rellik, and Josiah Fontenot plus appearances by new artists Triptique and Joshua Davidson alongside the return of legacy legend Litex. This set will offer a shine of interest to every tech-house collector.

Onium begins the release with dub laden saxophone serenade. Crisp percussion and tense atmospheres collide with dense melodies. Dorian resets with an afro-cuban-inspired percussive techno journey. A beautiful mixture of celebration and energy, “Run Run Run” is a full narrative told in music. Joshua Davidson makes his debut on the label with a pensive, deep tech-house performance. Warm accents roll through this cut and Josh shows that his talent for creating complex moods is polished. Josiah Fontenot follows with a non-typical linear techno composition. With a strong focus on character and warmth this tracky bicep beat continues to deliver. Dallas native Tobor Rellik moves us onto the dance floor with a plucky tech-house tune with automation into filthy territories. Triptique then provides a nightclub-favored alternative with hypnotic sweeps and Moroder-esque bass lines. HD001 artist Litex returns with a heavy and driving track that flows into spacey progressive territory but stays crisp with technique.

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[HD047] Jeffrey Tice – Aurora

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

  1. Aurora
  2. What’s Going On?
  3. What’s Going On? (Daniel Allen Remix)
  4. Been Alone
  5. Been Alone (Plastic Pope Remix)
  6. 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.

[HD046] PointBender – Dusk Frontier

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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[HD045] Josiah Fontenot – Lazy Brute

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Harmonious Discord 045 Josiah Fontenot – Lazy Brute
June 16th, 2016

1.Lazy Brute
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!