Balcony View – A Portrait of Nothing
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Balcony View returns with A Portrait of Nothing.
Powerful echoing rhythms. Wave after wave of marching chords. Patient landscapes with soft gradients. The pleasing lights of dawn and dusk. A smooth surface pulled taught over rolling forms. The warm tones of an afternoon. Slow tempo versus raw expression. Pale, luminous passages balanced by splashes of color. Set against a dark wall of time. The nearness of distance, not background or foreground. Cycling between immediate reality and sleepy abstraction. The journey home is long, but Portrait points the way.
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The newest artist from Step Pepper. Minimal, deep house from Denver, CO.
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Lazydawg – Pastel and All This
Omari Jazz + Jack Vogt = LΔZYDΔWG
It was impossible to miss the oozing potential of Lazydawg's 2011 basement bedroom beat tape Warped Cream. Disguised as just another lo-fi love-letter, to the repeat listeners it was a neon engine from another dimension. Surely this overlooked mini-masterpiece was only a preview of the full-length effort taking shape behind the scenes.
Pastel and All This is Lazydawg's first proper LP. If Warped Cream was a window, Pastel is the door. Step inside to a record that's gleaming with sonic energy, a comfortable and carefully produced musical collaboration brimming with bouncy beats.
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Urbandy – The Far Off Sounds
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Urbandy has been astro-traveling and he's brought back some space oddities. The Far Off Sounds includes remixes, mash-ups, familiar names, dense sound collage, weird samples, and a bunch of old school breaks.
Have you ever been lost in space, or drifted among clouds of stars? Have you ever heard the crackle of Earth's radio signals from a billion light years away? Have you ever crash-landed on a distant planet? Or witnessed the omnipotence of a planet-sized super being? Do you dare venture into the abyss?
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All Too Much!
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Watch the video at ThePersonShow.com
Download includes bonus track and digital photo booklet. All Too Much! was a new-media exhibition by Andrea Really at Montevallo College of Art in early 2015, with music by Omari Jazz. The show included paintings and a video installation. "The Person Show" video was produced & directed by Andrea Really and stars Jonathan Evans. Original soundtrack 'All Too Much!' by Omari Jazz on Step Pepper Records.
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Download includes a free digital photo booklet & liner notes.
Freaky Deakys are a band from Birmingham, AL who blend styles of psych, surf, rhythm & blues, and punk. Their self-titled debut EP is out now on Step Pepper Records.
Photo by Christina Daley
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In Snow – ef∙fort
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IN SNOW is a four-piece instrumental band from Birmingham comprised of Christopher Suda, Michael Pocus, Brooke McCarley and Samuel Porter. For an in-depth account of the In Snow story, read Anthony Vacca's recent exposé for WELD magazine.
The album was recorded and mastered at Feedback Audio in Birmingham, the band having won the studio time at a raffle for DIY Birmingham‘s second anniversary party. It's a powerful, sweeping, and sometimes heart-breaking record. The ensemble consists of guitar, drum, bass, violin, effect pedals and even sampling.
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Urbandy is a producer from Birmingham and the head of Step Pepper Records. His new EP, the first of two successive albums, is a dusty, lo-fi indulgence. Free album download includes the bonus track "Live with change", video clips, animated album cover, & liner notes.
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The new album from Now I Am Become Death (aka Blake Ortego). A dark, lusty, 808 bass-scape. Watch videos for "The Feeling" & "The Trust" directed by Blake Ortego. And in case you missed it, check out Blake's Step Pepper debut Now I Am Become Oni Jijo, a soundtrack album created for the upcoming video game 'Oni Jijo'.
Sellswords & Courtesans
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It is said... long ago, ancient rulers made heavy use of sellswords, professional sword-slinging mercenaries with extraordinary prowess and skill. These near-mythic warriors sold their talents to the highest bidder, looting villages and emptying the coffers of kings.
Prime8 Pimpin's new album Sellswords & Courtesans is a beat tape steeped in old school tradition, an hour-long collection of instrumental beats and breaks.
Prime8 Pimpin: "This all started when I came into possession of a binder full of Asian cinema. Most of the films I picked were Ronin or Samurai films but there were also ...
Loveislight – Gim
Eerie strings, drum lines, dazed and sleepy soundscapes, a finely woven journey of damaged loops, and colorful fragments of torn wallpaper. Loveislight's approach to hip-hop is both reverent and experimental, a patient crate digger's palace, bright and breezy with snappy drums, moments of concern and wistful nostalgia. Simple yet satisfying, brief but brilliant, laid-back and ethereal, Loveislight's new album Gim is another place and time altogether.
Check out the teaser. Fullscreen HD with headphones recommended.
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Jack Vogt – Space Order 121
Jack Vogt is back with a new EP, Space Order 121, a collection of five palpitating rhythms to whet your appetite for a forthcoming LP.
Space Order 121 is a clearing house for deep-sea creatures and kind-in-the-mind orphans. This time, Vogt steps into the foreground to deliver a mature work that's swift, spin-able, and just short enough to make you hit repeat.
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Knoll – The Social Flirt
Knoll is Kevin Wright of Birmingham. His debut LP The Social Flirt: A Harsh Soundscape In Two Parts was released as a limited edition cassette, available at Knoll shows only. Stream the entire album here.
The album was recorded in two days by C. Blanton at Spare Room Studios in Birmingham and was mastered by Jamie Vance at Sound of Birmingham. Art direction by Garrett Smith.
MackONE – TAoS / T+FBE
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MackONE's newest album is not a double-album, but rather a dual experiment in sound; twin sessions that deal with manipulating sound in an ever-expanding realm of possibilities. MackONE talks about his approach:
MackONE: "The Activity of Sound was constructed from a mixing board that had some effects on it... and also had a keyboard running through it. The mixer had a feedback loop on it, looping one of the channels of the board to its auxiliary returns. The sounds from the board were run through different guitar pedals (a digital delay pedal being chief among them) and ...
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Jack Vogt returns with his first proper LP since 2012's seminal Step Pepper debut Sea Creatures. Meditation's equally strange beauty blossoms in eager abundance.
Newer fans of Vogt, still "buzzing" from 2014's delicious Sweet Buzz EP, will find Meditation high on a mountain top, reflecting on past adventures yet conscious of the road ahead. No less colorful than previous titles, there is however something grounded about the album's core elements, attenuating the glassy futurism of recent works to instead meditate upon the vast wavelike forms of terra firma.
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