In March of 2009 a silence fell over a packed SXSW event while the clacking of audio cables and random mic checks cut through the conversation and whoots of an anxious crowd. A couple seconds later the crowd would be experiencing a dancefloor experience with electronic beats, folk inspired guitar, and disco flair. Anyone who has heard Ishi live is in love with their catchy melodies and playful vibe. Ishi is the brain child of Brad Dale who produces edgy techno music for labels like Harmonious Discord and Red Music; and JT Mudd who has been involved in a majority of Dallas based music. In early 2009 Taylor Rea joined the group to provide a sultry female presence to the already sex-filled dance experience. To celebrate the release of Ishi’s full length album out this May “Into the Tree’s” Harmonious Discord is proud to present a set of remixes by local heavy hitters guaranteed to make you shake your dandelion.
Harmonious Discord 020 Ishi- Shake Your Remixes
1. Ishi- Shake Your Dandelion (Summer Dub)
2. Ishi- Shake Your Dandelion (Red Sean Remix)
3. Ishi- Shake Your Dandelion (Red Eye and Blixaboy Step Up Your Game Mix)
4. Ishi- Pastel Lights (PointBender’s Flikr Affair Mix)
Our first selection is a warm summer time rendition of the original courtesy of Ishi themselves. This version takes the synth heavy dance tune and takes it down a notch with floating rhodes samples and simple electro beats. This take pays homage to early deep house innovators with lots of natural shades that overall show the diversity of this super group. Next up is HD newcomer Red Sean with a woofer shattering galaxy disco edit. Sean takes the original elements and sets them in play with a huge electro disco bass. This one is bound for the airwaves and picks up halfway through with moving congas and sexy key changes. Red Sean provides a cut with instant classic written all over it! Next up is one of Dallas’s most dynamic duos Red Eye and Blixaboy. In their own regard each has accomplished immense in the digital realm with releases on notable techno, house, and dubstep imprints across the globe. This mix solidifies they are no one trick pony’s with a techy dubby cut guaranteed to get you lost in a swirl of pads and sub-bass. Halfway through comes the break into a dub inspired rhythm and lots of reverberated vocal snipps. Lastly comes a remix of another track being featured on Ishi’s May release called Pastel Lights by Harmonious Discord founder and label artist PointBender. This workout contains lots of 909 drums and vocal stutters that chop the vocals and melody into a syncopated playground. However, everything changes after the first drop when PB showcases the penetrating disco vibe that Ishi is known for. From here on out its all chopped everything and lots of funky bass variations. We hope you enjoy these remixes and be on the lookout for the full length album by Ishi out this May.
Timing is everything… So is the case of John T. Mudd & Brad Dale combining efforts through the arms of a beloved friend. This was first light of the journey known as Ishi. Material was brought by both forces to construct their first endeavors of a full length. Pulling sounds from organic to electric, the two merge their influences from folk to electro; folktronic. The process has been evolving for the past year and a half. Connecting the dots for the band’s commanding live presence, to the table comes singer Taylor Rea and drummer J.J. Mudd. On the brink of wrapping up final production for their 2010 release “Through the Trees”, Ishi now continues to expand their live schedule, sharing their music with all whom will listen.
Red Eye and Blixaboy
After only a short time working together Blixaboy (Wanz Dover) and Red Eye(Scott Canfield) have quickly proven themselves to be a dynamic duo in the electronic music world with their first two releases (remixes of Datarocks “Amarillion”, and Depthides “Lost In A Daydream”). Coming from two different worlds, they have combined their knowledge and skill in their respective fields to form a sound all their own. Wanz (founder of the new “Astroblaque” label, current SXSW Laptop Deathmatch champion) brings his extensive experience in live bands (Mazinga Phazer, Black Dots), and history of dub music. Scott adds his extensive experience in dj’ing (20 years) and knowledge of techno/house music (remixes and productions on labels such as Yoshitoshi, Robsoul, .dotbleep, Positiva) Together the worlds mesh into a bassy, detroit influenced, indie sound full of tricky beat structures, heady melodic dubstep vibes, and spacey synthy soundscapes. Sometimes for the floor, sometimes for the head, and sometimes for both, their quality production and unique approach will definitely catch your ear.
PointBender is the solo project of Grey member and Harmonious Discord label founder Sean Anderson. His musical footprint spans over a decade of releases and collaborations with innovative artists in many genres. In 2001, Grey (Eric Reeves and Sean Anderson) released their first EP on Guidance Recordings. They followed up with projects on notable imprints such as Fair Park, Blunted Funk, MVM, and multiple releases on their own label Harmonious Discord. The PointBender project focuses on minimal music with lots of intelligent syncopation and signature hip moving bass-lines. Often synth driven and strange, his music is sharp with a twist of nonsense. Sean started performing his live show in 2007 and has since played various venues across the globe. His debut album “Sifting Through Circuits” was released in August 2009 and showcased many selections from the live performances. In 2010, he followed up with remixes of Limacon, Perfect Strangers, and Ishi as well as another EP for musical charity project Musical Missionary. Be on the look out for a series of releases on his home label as well as inspired collaborations in the near future.