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ot to, not to – Goshen LP

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Following on from Reckonwong’s Magical Journey mix and Nicholas Jar’s latest album, ‘Sirens’, VA native Ot To, Not To will release his new album on NYC label Other People this November.

Ot To, Not To is the alias of Ian Mugerwa, a VA based musician who makes experimental RnB. Combining low fidelity electronic recording techniques with unconventional song structures, his music pays homage to dusty old blues recordings.

Mugerwa first beginning making ‘Goshen’ age 19, after leaving his hometown of Fairfax for Richmond. Whilst sleeping on friend’s floors, he would sneak into the Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) music facilities at night, with borrowed audio equipment and record until the early morning. Here he began exploring new aesthetics in Black Music through the use of non-traditional methods, creating RnB that starkly contrasts the clean, sterile contemporary form.

On lead single ‘Regretta II’, Mugerwa subtly layers white noise synthesis to create a damp backdrop to the arrangement, whereas on tracks like ‘Withdrawal and Restraint’ and ‘Never’ he layers, he mixes 40+ cello tracks to create the illusion of a full orchestra. Throughout ‘Goshen’, Mugerwa also used button click samples to create the illusion of audio triggering. All tracks were recorded using a combination of both Ableton Live and a broken Tascam 4-track tape deck — most of the drums were recorded last.

deliberately focuses on experimentation within the context of pop music, believing that music is most innovative when unorthodox ideas are made accessible to all.Ot To, Not To Througout ‘Goshen’,

The album draws influence from Mugerwa’s appreciation for imperfection and tape recording, the compositional variety of Jim O’Rourke and bands like Sweet Trip and Coil’s informed use of synthesis, rhythm and mood, as well as artists like Phil Elvrum and Mark Hollis. In addition, ‘Goshen’ is steeped in the countless tapes of Congolese, Zairian and Afro-Latin music played to him throughout his childhood by his Ugandan father.

Tracklist:
1. Withdrawal and Restraint
2. Mamama
3. Little One
4. Regretta II
5. Addiction and Indulgence
6. Never
7. Ever (Kalimba II)
8. Regretta I (ft Noah Smith)

Nicolas Jaar – Sirens LP

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Critically acclaimed Chilean electronic artist and producer Nicolas Jaar’s upcoming full length LP, Sirens, is out digitally September 30 and on CD and vinyl October 14via Jaar’s own Other People label. The album—which consists of six tracks that each flow seamlessly into the next—is Jaar’s most topically cohesive and politically-minded record to date. Sirens is available for pre-order at https://store.other-people.net/ and via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/nj_sirens_itunes

Jaar is embarking on a tour this fall with tickets for all shows on sale now. The complete list of tour dates is below.

Additionally, Jaar recently launched his ambitious new online project, The Network, which fans can explore at http://other-people.network. Sirens will premiere via Channel 333 on The Network in the coming days.

Currently based out of New York City, Jaar has received extensive critical praise since the release of his debut 2011 album Space Is Only Noise. He has contributed to BBC Radio 1’s prestigious “Essential Mix” series, winning “Essential Mix of the Year” in 2012, and has performed alongside friend and collaborator Dave Harrington in Darkside. Jaar is founder of the Other People imprint, which has put out releases by a diverse group of artists ranging from Lydia Lunch to DJ Slugo.

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SIRENS TRACK LIST (CD & DIGITAL)
1. Killing Time
2. The Governor
3. Leaves
4. No
5. Three Sides of Nazareth
6. History Lesson

NICOLAS JAAR LIVE
October 15                   Atlanta, GA                                             Terminal West
October 17                   Houston, TX                                   WOMH Downstairs
October 18                   Austin, TX                                                           Emo’s
October 19                   Dallas, TX                                            Granada Theatre
October 21                   Albuquerque, NM                                                     El Rey
October 22                   Phoenix, AZ                                       Crescent Ballroom
October 23                   Santa Ana, CA                                                Beach Goth
October 24                   San Diego, CA                            Observatory North Park
October 26                   Los Angeles, CA                          Fonda Theatre (sold out)
October 27                   Los Angeles, CA                          Fonda Theatre (sold out)
October 28                   Berkeley, CA                          The UC Theatre (sold out)
October 29                   Berkeley, CA                          The UC Theatre (sold out)
October 31                   Seattle, WA                                                       Neptune
November 1                 Vancouver, BC                              Commodore (sold out)
November 2                 Portland, OR                                       Wonder Ballroom
November 5                 Denver, CO                                             Gothic Theatre
November 7                 Minneapolis, MN                                            First Avenue
November 9                 Chicago, IL                                   Thalia Hall (sold out)
November 10               Toronto, ON                  Danforth Music Hall (sold out)
November 11               Montreal, QC                              Theatre Berri (sold out)
November 12               Providence, RI                                     Columbus Theatre
November 13               Philadelphia, PA                              Theatre of Living Arts
November 15               Washington, DC                                                 9:30 Club
November 16               New York, NY                             Webster Hall (sold out)
November 17               New York, NY                             Webster Hall (sold out)
November 18               New York, NY                             Webster Hall (sold out)
November 21               Cologne, Germany                                                     Ewerk
November 22               Munich, Germany                                             Muffathalle
November 24               Milan, Italy                                                        Alcatraz
November 25               Turin, Italy                                          Teatro Concordia
November 26               Strasbourg, France                              La Laiterie (sold out)
November 28               Lille, France                                   L’Areonef (sold out)
November 30               Paris, France                                       Trianon (sold out)
December 1                 Brussels, Belgium                                  AB Hall (sold out)
December 2                 Utrecht, Netherlands                                    Tivoli (sold out)
December 3                 Amsterdam, Netherlands                            Paradiso (sold out)
December 5                 Manchester, UK                                 Granada TV Studios
December 6                 London, UK                                        Heaven (sold out)
December 7                 London, UK                                        Heaven (sold out)
December 9                 Berlin, Germany                                Columbiahalle

Nicolas Jaar on Tour

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Critically acclaimed Chilean electronic artist and producer Nicolas Jaar announces huge run of live shows, with tickets on sale for all shows this Friday. See below for a complete list of dates.

Jaar recently launched his ambitious new online project, The Network, which fans can explore at http://other-people.network.

Currently based out of New York City, Jaar has received extensive critical praise since the release of his debut 2011 album Space Is Only Noise. He has contributed to BBC Radio 1’s prestigious “Essential Mix” series, winning “Essential Mix of the Year” in 2012, and has performed alongside friend and collaborator Dave Harrington in Darkside. Jaar is founder of the Other People imprint, which has put out releases by a diverse group of artists ranging from Lydia Lunch to DJ Slugo.

NICOLAS JAAR LIVE

October 15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
October 17 Houston, TX WOMH Downstairs
October 18 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 19 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
October 21 Albuquerque, NM El Rey
October 22 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
October 23 Santa Ana, CA Beach Goth
October 24 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
October 26 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre
October 28 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
October 31 Seattle, WA Neptune
November 1 Vancouver, BC Commodore
November 2 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
November 5 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
November 7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
November 9 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
November 10 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
November 11 Montreal, QC Theatre Berri
November 12 Providence, RI Columbus Theatre
November 13 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
November 15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
November 16 New York, NY Webster Hall
November 21 Cologne, Germany Ewerk
November 22 Munich, Germany Muffathalle
November 24 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
November 25 Turin, Italy Teatro Concordia
November 26 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
November 28 Lille, France L’Areonef
November 30 Paris, France Trianon
December 1 Brussels, Belgium AB Hall
December 2 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli
December 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
December 5 Manchester, UK Granada TV Studios
December 6 London, UK Heaven
December 9 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle

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Reckonwrong’s Magical Journey

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Reckonwrong is a young producer from London whose EPs for Whities and Pinkman have worked diverse influences from the colourful and exuberant ends of techno, post-punk and soundsystem music into a singular and loose-limbed dancefloor sound. His music flirts with goofball humour as much as heart-on-sleeve pathos, adding up to an emotionally rich musical world that will be further uncovered on his forthcoming vocal-led single for Whities.

This mix for Other People is a step away from his club sets and breaks new ground in its idiosyncratic form. While it started life as a live take, the recording has been teased apart with scissors and tape, heavily cut with original vocal and instrumental layers and dubbed into new atmospheric spaces, resulting in a uniquely heady trip which tumbles across the boundaries of its eclectic tracklist and into a vivid psychedelic swirl.

You’re going on a magical journey…

Video: High Water – Bad Touch

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At the start of this month BK-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Will Epstein released Crush, his debut album as High Water, on Other People. He recently spoke with Interview about this debut and today premieres with them a new video from the album, for the track “Bad Touch.”

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The “Bad Touch” music video is the latest micro-cinema from High Water. Set in a deep-woods hut, the film is a visual return to the drafting table–one that zips up the nuclear potential of a tumultuous heart into a single room. A piano, ten fingers, two eyes, a mouth, and a window–a metronomic montage of a many-eyed surveillance network turned inward. The swift, smooth cycling of images cradles both the sputtering, palpitating beat and Epstein’s sweet-yearning, incantatory vocals. Behold here High Water, perched upon the bedroom transmitter, as he syncs up to the creator/destroyer frequency of the cosmos above. So good luck…

Album Singles
Changed The Locks” (Lucinda Williams cover)
Moonlight Mind
Crush

Tracklist:
Moonlight Mind
Bad Touch
Forecast
Woman in the Dunes
Changed the Locks
Seattle
Run Around You
Railroad Song (reprise)
Crush

Video: Dave Harrington Group – White Heat

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The Dave Harrington Group will release Become Alive via Nicolas Jaar’s Other People on April 15th. We’ve already posted the title track here. Now, the group has shared a new music video for the LP cut “White Heat,” directed by Artem Aisagaliev.

Dave Harrington Group – Become Alive

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The Dave Harrington Group will release Become Alive via Nicolas Jaar’s Other People on April 15th.

“I used to be someone who didn’t really care about recording. I would play house parties, free jazz in art galleries, whatever. All live, all the time… When we started Darkside, that’s when I became really excited about making a record and started seeing recording and working in the studio as a creative outlet. Then, I got really inspired by that specific moment in history when jazz improvisation meets studio technique, the late ’60s, early ’70s—and I just wanted to get a bunch of close friends together to play.” Dave Harrington (Darkside)

Listen to the title track below. Other People will release Become Alive on April 15th.

Nicolas Jaar – Fight

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Nicolas Jaar delivers another fine installment of his “Nymphs” series. Below you can stream the nearly nine-minute track “Fight”, which follows this year’s “Nymphs II” and “Nymphs III” 12″s on his own Other People label. The “Fight (Nymphs IV)” is out now digitally via R&S.

InLensk – Obratno EP

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Other People is excited to debut the work of 19-year-old Russian producer Gena Volgarev, aka InLensk, with the Obratno EP. Translated as backward, or conversely, Obratno seems obsessed with and frustrated by a sense of nostalgia that can never lock its focus. Finely etched, highly detailed rhythms retain a cerebral cool fluttering over, under, and around melancholic digital melodies that bend and degrade sporadically.

Meanwhile, the tactile use of filtering, extreme pans, and hypnotic microprogramming reveals an interest in sound’s ability to shift temporal perception and evoke a purely neural response. Yet there’s an intuitive warmth to a track like “U 1”, where a percolating guitar-line seeps through the austerity of a woody, lo-bit groove.

Other People’s Imaginary Feast

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Nicolas Jaar has celebrated the 100th issue of his Other People label with a collaborative project called Other People’s Imaginary Feast, featuring Holly Herndon, William Basinski, Julia Holter and more.

The drummers are controlling all the samples you hear on the video with the help of a new hardware/software system called Sensory Percussion created by Nico’s longtime collaborator Tlacael Esparza. This new technology enables drummers to easily control an unlimited array of electronic samples, synths and audio effects with any acoustic drum kit. (It made its debut on Kickstarter last week.)

The full piece is up on http://www.other-people.net and it features additional arrangement and processing.