Universus Vol II

Universus Vol II – Exclusive Download!

Circuitree Records make things easy for us. They send us music, it’s always great, and so we often post it – because it inspires us and hopefully you too. Send us your music (fire Chris an email) and if it’s good we’ll do the same, and we might even ask for an interview too.

 and every track is a banger, from the ethereal to the west coast funk-esque

Universus II is a compilation featuring Miranda Rae, Panther God, Peripheral, Luke Vibert, Jimmy Edgar, Ak Kids, RBTS WIN, and JP and Miracle Cat remixes of Sleepover and TFPP, and every track is a banger from the ethereal Miranda Rae and Peripheral collaboration, which we have an EXCLUSIVE on below, to Luke Vibert and Jimmy Edgar’s west coast funkesque bonus track, the rest of the compilation filling the gaps stylistically between the two moods. I Want to Smoke Your Hair (Miracle Cat remix) stands out for us especially, as a 90s R&B ballad as imagined by the possessed inhabitants of a second hand toy shop. You’ll have to trust us on that because the entire compilation goes live on the 24th of September, but you can get hold of the aforementioned collaborations right now for free…
05 Miranda Rae feat. Peripheral – White Noise by Oh Drat

Panther God

The Questions: Panther God

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Panther God is a DJ, producer and head of Oh Drat favourite label Circuitree Records. His style is healthily multi faceted, with the foundations of hip hop and dubstep layered with UK garage and lo-fi, and his latest release Touch and Feel, featured below, experiments with four on the floor techno and rave sound. We were itching to find out his answers to The Questions…

“I don’t know why anyone even bothers with the analog vs. digital discussion”

Name: Panther God

The name of the first song I was really proud of was called: “I Broke My Neck In Africa”  It’s a tune I wrote five years ago, all in one sitting, using the MPC and some vinyl samples.  It took about 8 hours and when I finished it, I literally collapsed onto the floor as a result of exhaustion.  It’s a tune I can still listen to, one that probably makes no sense from a music theory perspective, but is pleasing nonetheless.

Most fun person I’ve ever worked with:  Maybe Charlie Astro.  He’s the type of guy who can write a sketch for a new tune while you’re in the bathroom, giving one the sense that even collaborating with him is a just a matter of social exercise rather than necessary artistic practice for him.  Also Kent Hernandez aka Kentsoundz, who is a fantastic producer and lyrical coach.  He can pull vocalists up to their own next level with ease.  That’s a fun thing to witness.

Best musical advice I’ve ever been given:  “Work on projects, rather than just separate songs.” Mr. Len of Company Flow told me this at a show.  It makes a lot of sense although I have trouble thinking that way.

A piece of gear I couldn’t live without:  My Juno 106.  The older I get the more I love it.  I really am not a fan of digital or software synths.  If the knobs aren’t tactile, most of the time I’m not having fun.  Plus, analog gear does sound better…It’s not hard to prove.  I’ve got a VST Juno ensemble in Reaktor that sounds nowhere near as “good” as my real one.  I don’t know why anyone even bothers with the analog vs. digital discussion.  It’s baffling.

A piece of gear I wish I could live without:  Ableton Live.  I use it for everything these days and actually hate how CPU is always an issue with it.  I can’t even finish most tracks I start on it because mixing becomes impossible with all the audio dropouts and stuttering.  If and when it becomes 64 bit I’m hoping it’ll run smoother.  In the meantime I’m thinking of doing most of the processing outside of Live, running layers through hardware amps, compressors, filters, delays, etc.  It’s not cheap to do so, but probably worth the effort time and money involved.

My studio environment in three words:  Evolving, lean, impossible!

A song I wish I’d written: Any Burial tune, most Four tet tunes.

If I could do it all again, I’d:  Have kept my mpc, nord, and Boss SP 505, and focused way more on learning music theory that production.  After all production is secondary to the ideas in a track, not the other way around.

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Oh Drat Podcast March 2011

This month’s Oh Drat Podcast features a broad selection of everything from hip hop to acoustic soul, four on the floor electronica to blues. As always, you can subscribe in iTunes via the link below, and this month I’m experimenting with hosting on Mixcloud rather than Soundcloud – let me know if you think the service is better this way…

Tyler the Creator – Yonkers
Lo-fi Sunshine – Inside Looking Inside
J*D*a*V*e*Y – Lazy Daze
Panther God – Touch n Feel (Mindelixir Remix)
Jaetriks – Revolution of the People
A Daase – Goodnight
Shakka – Drivin’
Infinite Potentials – Lovesong
Sheila K Cameron – From My Room
Memotone – Sleeping with the Insects

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Interview: Sleepover

Sleepover is a collaboration between the artists Charlie Astro and Miranda Rae, coming out of a small independent label called Circuitree Records. Their first EP The Sun was released at the end of last year and I was a fan as soon as I heard it. Harnessing the magic of conference calling I chatted transglobally to Astro, Miranda, and label boss and fellow musician Paul Gaeta, aka Panther God about perfect imperfections, transferring their record to the stage, their remix competition and a heap more…

Oh Drat: Hi everyone – so, who have we got and where?!

Charlie Astro: I’m Charlie Astro, I’m from Miami and I’m currently in London….

Miranda Rae: I’m Miranda Rae, I’m from Minnesota originally but right now I’m in Chicago…

Panther God: I’m Paul, I go by Panther God musically and I also run Circuitree Records out of Ashville North Carolina.

OD: How about you guys start off by telling me how you came to become Sleepover?

CA: Okay, well… I met Miranda a few years ago when she came on a road trip with some friends of mine from Chicago to Miami

MR: Yeah, Spring break!

CA: Yeah, and I dunno, we just met and were like ‘we should collaborate one day’ and I guess it never really happened, and then in 2010 I moved to Chigago in the Summer and went to one of her solo gigs there, and we just met up and said ‘hey let’s make music!’… the next day I went over with my recording equipment and we set up a little makeshift studio in her basement and got to it.

MR: Yeah, it all happened in the basement of this apartment in Chicago!

CA: The entire album was recorded in that basement…

OD: Ah, so did you do it all in one trip, or…

CA: No no no, it was made over the course of perhaps a month and a half, two months.

“we both have classical musical backgrounds actually, we were both trained”

OD: And is it your different tastes coming together that make Sleepover what it is, or is it your similarities that gel?

CA: Um, we’d say both, I mean we definitely come from different backgrounds, musically, and we both have different interpretations, but we also have a lot of similar interpretations and the beauty is how we can sync all that together into this beautiful mixture of sound, and… magic!

MR: Yeah, I think it was really strong in the fact that we both came from different backgrounds in terms of music tastes, I know over the summer Charlie was showing me a lot of artists that I’m now obsessed with, I never listened to anyone like Four Tet or Flying Lotus, until we went to a concert in the park last summer which was so cool.

CA: We both have classical musical backgrounds actually, we were both trained – I took piano lessons for years, I’m actually a composition student, I was studying composition at the New World School of the Arts Miami, and Miranda has her degree from Columbia College in Chicago in Musical Theatre, right?

MR: Yep, I just graduated there, so we both definitely have… serious training, I suppose if you wanna call it!

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Exclusive: Advance Download of Next Sleepover EP Track

I recently interviewed Sleepover and their manager Paul Gaeta (aka fellow musician Panther God). Published next week, the guys touch on a variety of subjects including influences and directions for forthcoming work – it all sounded really exciting. Still, I don’t let myself get too worked up in anticipation for a group’s next EP when their current one is still so… current.

‘Fucking Evil’ retains the dust and noise that was so great about The Sun, but goes darker. Much darker

Until Paul sent me this. An exclusive, unreleased look into the future, Fucking Evil retains the dust and noise that was so great about The Sun, but goes darker. Much darker. Charlie Astro mentioned his new found love for uk garage, and the influence is clear in the skippy drum rhythm and gigantic sub bass. Mae’s vocals are more haunting than ever, the overall effect an expedition into a trip hop cum future garage domain and a scintillating glimpse at what’s next for Sleepover.

Don’t forget the Sleepover Remix Competition, which you have until the 23rd of February to enter, either.

Sleepover – Fucking Evil by Oh Drat

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