Sports Coach (aka J Thatcher May) is from Boston, MA. This album was made by a dog named Beau. He lives in a city of neon lights and purple skies. He rides a motorcycle and wears a leather jack as well as sunglasses. Beau is a loner…. but he’s loved.
1. beau and his dreams
2. late night city no more
3. beau and his awake thoughts
4. finding the bones again
5. cool guy pretty cool to me with the shades on
6. at the beach don’t mind the salt love the rocks
7. tear it up no sweat
8. eating grass is nutrients, alright ?
9. shades off and alone, thinking
10. late night city cruising
Album recorded, mixed, + mastered by Sports Coach
Album art and photos on cassette by Sports Coach
Album art text by Connor Lepre
Cassette design by Sports Coach + A. Stewart
Photos of cassettes by Elle DioGuardi
Slomile Swift’s smartly titled ‘Sharper Blade, Safer Knife’—the follow up to last year’s short and sweet “Keep Back” EP—is no less funky, no less groovy than its predecessor, with an expertly crafted ensemble sound, layered grooves and fat bass lines, sly samples—cleverly edited—with deceptively simple arrangements resembling something like musical slight-of-hand.
There’s a endearing humor in the use of sports TV snippets to setup certain drops—the key components behind Swift’s forward motion—but the record has a solid instrumental core, hitting hard and full, with only a passing reverence to the sample-laden productions of yesterday. Here, Slomile Swift has created five wholly original compositions, with live instrumentation and a consistently thoughtful undercurrent of melodic bass.
Get the DUAL-EP cassette version, with reversible insert. Contains two separate albums; one on each side. (+download codes)
Side A—Sharper Blade, Safer Knife (2016)
Side B—Keep Back (2015)
Cover art for ‘Sharper Blade, Safer Knife’ by Chris Stewart
Cover photo for ‘Keep Back’ by Tanner Short
Dead Balloons is a trio from Birmingham, blending styles of garage, punk, folk, and progressive rock. Discover Sam Sanders’ frenetic and exact drumming, Rollie Kraus’ complex and melodic bass lines, and Chris Seifert’s compelling lyrics and powerful vocal delivery. We’re releasing their first EP on cassette, with their first full-length album set to release in mid-2016.
Step Pepper is excited to introduce Slomile Swift (though not exactly a newcomer) from Baton Rouge Louisiana. We’re re-releasing his ‘Keep Back’ EP in anticipation of his forthcoming album ‘Sharper Blade, Safer Knife’ arriving early 2016.
Blending electronic dance music’s synthesizers and hip hop’s sample-laden production, Slomile Swift, from Baton Rouge, makes his Step Pepper debut with his abrasive, yet soulful; accessible, yet eclectic; brash, yet melodic productions.
The self-titled debut album by CYDNY—aka Ryan Coath from Chicago. It’s a calm, cool collection of smooth electronic sounds, downtempo rhythms, spooky synths, and thoughtful ambient passages. At once both energetic and restrained, the album glows with a soft, smoldering intensity.
Cover art by Austin Vesley. “Drifts” artwork and additional design by Urbandy.