om:nia is a record label for artists we believe in to release a wide variety of music, everything from psychedelic jazz to drum & bass, threading a flow and feeling which will connect all the sonics together.
our first release is by one of our favourite artists and genius musician, stl. we spoke to stephan in great length about our concept and idea for the label, after some time he sent us these specific tracks. manoeuvring along dubby and dusty grooves, with dreamy melancholic ambient textures and a epic 17 minute -untitled dubscape-. this record is as much to dance too in a club as it is to listen too at home.
file under: mystical, ambient, dub, house, adventures
boogie box launched in style last year with a release from the mighty stl, and now they re revisiting that strong first step with a clutch of smartly selected remixes from some deep cover operators. juniper drops two dubs of -haze & kraze- that press squashed synth pressure, found sounds and splattering fx into tight but funky grooves with a distinctly nocturnal feel. fold s dub of -hide & seek- spaces things out beautifully, taking a crooked, steppers approach that works wonderfully with the source material. jonas friedlich s own dub of -hide & seek- takes a dustier path through the undergrowth, completing a package of truly non-conformist techno that chimes with stl s own outsider spirit.
solar phenomena are keeping up a busy and high quality release rate in 2018 with a fifth offering already. this one is a three tracker from stl, who already released his “if time would move backwards” ep on the label earlier in the year. the title track opens the account with blown out drums trudging along in ever changing patterns. swirling, lo-fi ambience adds scale to the track and encourages you to get lost in the middle of it all. “weed detective” is ten minutes of psyched-out and stripped back drum work at an inviting mid tempo. keys dance and heavily treated vocal sounds trip you out in slow motion. last of all, “scubbu babe” has finger clicks, bright and mild crazed keys and ad libbed vocal sounds all doing gymnastics round more of those trademark drums. once again, stl proves he operates in a world of his own.
a freshly constructed something analog disk has landed on planet earth in good faith and with the target to shift emotions, bones and your interiors. join the overall thrilling tune of this 12? with open ears and it will flow neat-sticky through your ready made receivers directly into intuitive grounds with the purpose to move, amaze and captivate. the sounds on stephan laubners new something vinyl are raining down straight out of deep blue skies. its unusual approach is coming nice yet mind-boggling and will vibrate your inner corners as soon as youve spotted the musical language within these stl translated rills. experimental circuits entangled with friendly sick delightful noises are navigating the record grooves of this lovely vinyl from first touchdown, up to the loop driven never-ending eternal endings. its like a cat-eyed walk with your exclusive night vision goggles in well known districts, deep down to the center or your senses. stls patched up noise has been machined and operated solely with modular gear plot-wise, and also includes those infamous stl drum momentums and dirty dim trademark touch, that you can find nearly everywhere with his sound sculptures. something vinyl series 30 is ready now to broadcast from your turntables, in order to send out joy & sincere emotions. it will silently knock on your secret shelter with the best & positive intentions.
2018 repress -- smallville records celebrate their 10th anniversary with the 3rd and 4th part of the ways series. it started in 2011 with twentyfour ways (smallville 24)- one 12, four tracks, four artists and with timeless music only.
solar phenomena welcomes singular rhythm master stl for a new ep that offers four fantastic tracks of dubby house. it is the label’s fourth release and finds the something label boss in a typically inventive mood.
first track spy vs spy opens things with shuffling drum loops and eerie synth details that hypnotises over seven minutes. atomsmasha has wooden hits and rough shakers peppering a soft, imperfect groove as awkward chords bring an unhinged edge to the mix. on the flip, summer breeze & brotherhood has loose keys doing an off kilter dance over stl’s trademark low-key drums where freebird zones you out with long held chords and detuned keys as cloudy, dusty kicks bring a barely-there groove deep down low. you know what to get from stl by now, but at the same time you can never get enough.
the elusive stl returns with a 3-track ep on his newfound home of dark matters. ‘nonzero sonics is the sixth label release to date, and their first to emerge this year. stephan laubner has enjoyed an accomplished career with releases on labels including perlon, smallville and echospace. despite a scarcity of interviews and public appearances, his reputation as a devoted audiophile and hardware enthusiast has afforded him a loyal following in underground music circles. this release marks the beginning of a new chapter with amiralis dark matters imprint. ‘nonzero sonics explores dark and twisted sentiments in avant-garde structures, consistently executed with impeccable detail. ‘no more words meditates on elements of dub and techno in an extended form, whilst ‘smooth selector establishes a stripped back groove replete with sub frequencies and cavernous echoes. closing track ‘out of the one places peculiar harmonies in a tranquil framework, exemplifying the diversity of a producer with true dedication to his craft
stephen laubner never fails to deliver the goods, whether on his own label something or elsewhere. having recently popped up on the untold stories, this time around hes dropping his uniquely crusty compositions on synthetic gold. after a quietly disconcerting ambient opening, the leftfield grind of the taphead pushes an uncompromising agenda of ragged bass and an unrelenting groove. october sunrise by way of contrast is a more intimate, sweet natured affair. syntax error too taps into the softer side of laubner s craft in a most mesmerizing of ways, but for the die hard fans fear not, there s also plenty of locked groove loops included to keep you tripping into infinity.
stl on smallville always means something special- fully-functional for the dancefloors worldwide but always poly-rhythmic, full of cryptic surprises and with the iconic stltwist. youll be caught within just a beat. full cover artwork as always by stefan marx.
the untold stories are back with the fourth release in their protagonist series. starting their 2016 release schedule with some positive vibes from something records boss stephan stl laubner, the ep entitled renbual nahpets, the story: two beautiful dub house originals on the aside, and a tripped out extended remix by cleymoore filling the bside. a welcome return for the label who lit up the beginning of 2015 with an impressive run of eps and va collections, looks like more to come this year!
the time has come for another artful something vinyl. influenced by strong orbital gravity forces, stl aka stephan laubner transmits deep and moody generated soundwaves once again from his headquarter place out into the world. these 12 inches are able to maneuver eventful emotional vibrations from out of morphic fields and active surroundings, steep surely and on-target, straight home and interior. with three dimension-bending tracks, this release lifts off and comes in queue with, and on top of the existing vast beauty of the something catalog - which in abstract channels actually and already can give soulfood possibly forever. svs29 continues to hold on functional proven techniques and sense-intensities and includes besides genuine new never heard reality checking digs, some well known rare energy loaded twists, remastered today. it shouldn’t be unmentioned that this vinyl comes in limited quantities, and as usual in good shape with an unmistakable drowned tonal aesthetic, that will resonate deep & low till the edge of imagination. with a far visionated flair and an awareness for primary instincts, something vinyl series 29 is taking you through the hatch of space and time in order to make you feel, dance and excite your sweeping senses. now please enjoy and groove in!
stl has been a firm favourite of phonica records ever since his first releases surfaced in the early 2000s. although he is highly revered within the underground scene, hes always kept a low profile and consistently pursued his own blend of boundary pushing abstract and experimental house & techno. the majority of his music has been released through his own something imprint but his unique productions have also found a home on perlon, smallville and detroits echospace. the two tracks on the amplified bleep package ep marks his first contribution to phonicas white label series and were extremely happy have him on board.
two raw extended trips from the mind of stl in a rare foray beyond his self-run something imprint. stephan laubner applies his usual auteur principles to these groove experiments, whose sounds circle round each other cagily, rough meeting smooth, organic meeting synthetic, all combining in a propulsive form thats classic stl. shifty hats on * crank notion* provide an insistent shuffle through which nauseous pads plot a dissonant course. * neat buzzl* is a grimier excursion in the undergrowth, little creatures scurrying left and right while the kick maintains its forward stomp. join stl and assemble music in these off-map excursions and see where you emerge.
we are happy to announce the third ep on echocord by one of our favorite producers, stephan laubner aka stl. stephan is mostly known from his own very famous label something. he has also been releasing on labels like perlon, sushitech, styrax, echospace and smallville. this new ep message of sound- is the first part of 2, contains 2 original stl tracks and 2 loops. inside out is a beautifull almost ambient like dubby tune, and heavy snow is powerfull dubby house track, perfect for the dancefloor.
mysterious hardware tinkerer stephan stl laubner is back with a 3 track + locked groove ep on the london based imprint mutual friend recordings entitled listen up! mind puzzlin is exactly that with a luscious lead line that will twist your head accomponied by stls signature rough and overdriven percussion. smile function has a more ominous tone with repeated guitar plucks that plant themselves into your consciousness. stl builds the groove expertly whilst retaining an other-worldly feel to the track. wrong is a real groover with a growling bassline accomponied by weird and wonderful interwoven patterns coaxed out of stls synths. the locked groove, titled listen up! loop is a nice bonus for the more adventurous dj out there.
another neat aural object has been sighted on turntables lately dealing with listeners on dancefloors and at beyond typical event horizons. the moving groove of this vinyl always comes to you vibrating, moody and murky. caring for you in every moment and every located area.
after his album at disconnected moments a while ago, smallville regular stl presents a new 12. within the 2 tracks, stephan laubner meanders along the crispy raw ways, always with the special groove that makes him stand out from everything youve heard. only stl knows how to keep this tension. welcome to euphoria.
*** vinyl only *** already rinsed by ricardo vilalobos & craig richards !
the myth. the legend. stl aka stephan laubner joins the lmd family. * on another frequency* showcases the stl signature sound to the fullest! this ep is an essential weapon for all types of dance floors! massive
we are happy to announce the second ep on echocord by one of our favorite producers, stephan laubner aka stl. stephan is mostly known from his own very famous label something. he has also been releasing on labels like perlon, sushitech, styrax, echospace and smallville. this new ep dubs etched into relief- contains 2 original stl tracks and remix by grad u. dubs end is a powerfull dubby house track, dirty and beautyfull at the same time, perfect for the early dancefloor. the dark future is a floating upbuilding dubby ambient track. the remix comes from grad u, which is a dub-techno treatment, peaktime bomb! grad-u is known from his own label red scale and from his releases on knowone.
the latest sound transmission from stephan laubner under his stl project alias comes in shape of a 12 inch vinyl for likeminded people who are interested in the d-i-y sound research of the something records audio sense facility.
the moment has come for the latest stl platter provocative titled time is just an illusion to take place on your turntable in order to spin for pleasure and delight. surfacing from the local diy remote headquarter, something is calling like minded listeners and friends of analog deep house jams to take a trip out with three time evaporating tracks and two continuous etched loops.
the stl project elevates you again on another lovely 12inch called magic23. with 4 tracks and 2 bonus loops, it is the continuation of the vinyl series in deep practiced something style and artful moody created beats and sound made by stephan laubner.
stephan laubner aka stl is a myth. a legend. releasing music on perlon, smallville and his own label something, he became a secret star to the worlwide scene of contemporary techno and house music. but still he seems to be an unknown person. on his new album release on smallville records, stl is back with a deep excursion into dubbed out science of sound.
12inch with printed inner cover sleeve! the stl project continues on another dope something vinyl pressing that will take care for shaking bodies and overt minds in order to feed you with stellar emotions and the need for moving your bodily parts. this cosmic transmission comes in a typical stl manner with dirty raw cruising beats and infectious scoring synth activities, ranging from freaky danceabilities to more relaxed and groovy house coolness in all maniac beauty. something for your heart and bones.
charge your batteries and get ready for the next album on something. this double 12inch with fullside cover and unflinching madman beat arts, is another stl sure shot, taking you for a ride to the worlds of the always amazing raw something vinyl series.
after the silent state 12inch and neurotransmitting clouds on a secret freeway, a contribution to our and suddenly its morning labelcompilation, stl is back on smallville with a full ep. three outstanding tracks that got everything we adore about him!
music is about passion, not competition. in this spirit the something vinyl series continues again with another stl record in his diy do-what-you-wanna-do style, including 3 house tracks aswell as a astro-science thrilling farspace interlude and loop introductions. the ascetic elements on this ep are the result of an isolated one man musical universe, where the love and passion for sound research is perhaps the strongest driving force behind the machines output. a bit of squelchy mircowave-acid, some sunny analog sequences and someting that seems to come out of a lovely b-movie track, where humanoids moving death proof onto the dancefloor feeling addicted to the groove. something 18 is probably that kind of vinyl which can be enjoyed the most when the time has come to loose yourself and let things flow into the positive. this 12 inch comes in limited quantities of 500 copies and is dedicated to all believers of the something vibe.
love it or leave it. stl has done it again. another four tracker of raw electronic beats and mind rumbling grooves. jacking house tracks composed on analog hardware, executed without any static computer arrangements, to keep the true spirit and feeling of each session alive. these sounds are like mad colourful old school gaming, taking the listener on adventures to head, feet and soul in all it s full maniac beauty. number 17 of the something vinyl series is another lovely manifest of an artist mind picture which is not easy to categorysize. surely it won t fit in any style and ear, but those who are already sold to stl s lo-fi kind of sounds will get another dope piece of vinyl in order to make them dance and listen. sweet transmissions from a universe dominated by sound. pressed on a handsome 12inch in very limited quantities !
stephans latest something vinyl series includes the mighty deep jacking stl business as well as experimental home listening adventures under his synthonic matter project. again a very personal feeling snapshot of someones life, transformed into sound and groove. use your ears and enjoy!
we again two flying something objects are located in the orbit, waiting for permission to land on your turntables and in the lay-by of your recordbag. this time with 13 pieces of stl deep shakin house madness, mindscratching lo-fi grooves, cranky energized synth activities, dope loops and sound effects. all pressed on a delicious double vinyl album with a limited printing of 500 covers! the music is all hardware based and sequenced. recorded in live sessions without any computer arrangements. surely the style is not for everyone and compared to others, probably seems a bit unconform, cat-headed or sometimes just different. but it s always true spiritual. an open minded artform with the sense for functionality. every track is talking to you in musical form without any barriers straight down to your feet and feeling. as in all something releases there is much sound personality and imagination inside, giving the listener a ticket to the fascinating world of beat orientated something music. get on board and enjoy the trip.
the something vinyl series continues this time with seductive house tunes and deep moments for the dancefloor and places beyond. five tracks and four bonus loops makes this the next typical warm vibrating something record, you have probably already expected. as the title suggests, its not a perfect clean and faultless production. there is the dirt and a sound inhabitant, for what stl records are well known for. experimentations in the worlds of hardware based tone generators and at the limits of analog signal processors. the tracks also deliberately dispense much static computer arrangements and were recorded mostly in live sessions to capture the actual feeling for each song. every being is a universe of its own, with all it s known and unknown places. there are mistakes and inner strangers which are made to learn and grow. this record is a recent snapshot from someones life, where the love for music and sound is maybe the most beautiful mystery!
we are proud to welcome a new artist on echocord, stl aka lunatik sound system aka stephan laubner. stephan is mostly known from his very famous label something. he has also been releasing on labels like perlon, sushitech, styrax, echospace and lately on the german label smallville.
something number 12 is a double album from stephan laubner featuring nine tracks and 4 bonus loops, residing somewhere between deep cranky scientifics and crazy shaking groove and listening experimatations. some tracks will make you dance and probably go nuts on the floor, while others excites your senses with a special irresistible attractive beauty.
the stl project continues with warm, soulful and dirty sounding tracks from the basement. this record features five moving deep chicago flavoured house tunes, plus the always appearing dope loops on the b-side. oldshool stylish melodies between raw and colourful beats, channeled through vintage hardware equipment direct to your ears. evolving percussion patterns will make you get inside the groove and feeling of each track. things for the dancefloor and moody listening places. ruff house music without any frills! besides the great stl tracks, there is also a dubby rmx from intrusion echospace.detroit on the flipside, which will get you even deeper into sound. something vinyl series 11. grab yourself one copy as long as you can!
stl is the production alias of stephan laubner who has been releasing material under a variety of pseudonyms on labels likeperlon, smallville, styrax and his own something records imprint over the past decade. stephans productions are like fine wine, they develop, mature and get better with age. his past releases have gained support and charts from detroit luminaries like derrick may & theo parrish to the berghain collective, ben klock, marcel dettmann & steffi. his recent licensing of silent state on cassys new simply devotion mix on cocoon, ames fabric mix, steve bugs the lab and earning the number 1 spot ingroove magazines chart all speak volumes about the level of love and passion he puts into his productions. with stephans check mate he pays homage to a sound we simply adore, a musical conceit only a select few understand, hand crafting his sounds with a variety of analog signal processors, vintage synthesizers and a loving touch reminiscent of the early deepchord years. this is one to treasure, made for repeat listening
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smallvilles compilation series and suddenly its morning glittery ends up with the fourth 12inch split-release. on the a-side, stl brings back the magical moment to the dancefloor- contemporary sounddesign meets funkyness at its best. smallville owner julius steinhoff presents his first solo track something like wonderful, deeply-driving real house music. watch out for the full longplay cd compilation feat move d & benjamin brunn, lowtec, christopher rau, sven tasnadi, lawrence and many more! and suddenly its morning…