resonant body is the third studio album by octo octa (maya bouldry-morrison). maya recorded the songs at her cabin in new hampshire in order to channel the resonance of the forest, the beauty of the river, and the energy from the rituals she conducts within it. resonant body is the second release on t4t luv nrg, the label co-run by maya and her partner eris drew. it draws on the same themes of togetherness, embodiment, love, healing and survival that animated her acclaimed for lovers ep (technicolour, 2019).
second release from new york based label/party frendzone. this compilation features two tracks from elusive label stalwart ames henry (with paul kav on a1.) + an experimental tech- breakbeat composition from seasoned drum & bass producer fanu. finished with straight up hardcore junglism from label veteran octo octa.
when octo octa sent us the demos for her first full-length record since 2013, we were floored by how many tracks were single worthy. but, there was one that stood out as something entirely on its own, a song that in many ways sounded like nothing maya had ever released. since the beginning, we always knew we wanted to do something special with adrift, the 8+ minute space-age synth-dub techno tune. when we asked maya about doing a 12inch with remixes we were blindsided to learn she has never had any of her music remixed before. with some remixers in mind, she asked two of her favorites and they said yes. so, here we are to present hny-016 octo octa adrift, remixed by avalon emerson and dorisburg.
o2 returns to argot just behind the release of her 3rd album. pointed at dancefloors while simultaneously speaking to her songwriting capabilities, w/the a being smooth & spacey, & the b at first pensive, before flowering into a floor filler.
love notes (from brooklyn) serves up another winner, this time with the sonic stylings of the illustious (and also brooklyn based) octo octa, whose not unimpressive discography already includes releases on such heavyweight labels such as running back, argot, and deepblak. from the opening, echoed chords and unique percussive qualities of eyes low, through the spaced out funk of touch formation, to the early morning vibes of i feel, this ep delivers on all levels. this is the 9th release on this fine american imprint and they show no signs of slowing down their sonic agenda.
ahead of the release of a full length album by the same title, honey soundsystem records presents 3 breakout tracks on 12- vinyl from octo octa s -where are we going?-. side a features the -new school- breaks pumper -move on (let go) (de-stress mix) and the peak-time synth heavy tear jerker -on your lips.- on the flip we share the 9 and a half minute aquatic house opus -where are we going? pt. 2- “do you feel better?” — is the line maya bouldry-morrison aka octo octa repeats like a mantra on the final track of “where are we going?” her newest and second studio lp. “it was the question every single person asked me after coming out as transgender,” she told us “overall i do, but no, i don’t feel better at every moment, which is why the track slips out with a dour bass drone in addition to a beautiful pad. these days, both emotions are ever-present for me.” it is precisely this candor and intensity that immediately drew us in when maya sent over the lp to consider for the honey soundsystem label. as djs we are always looking for music that can speak in our sets, not just the highest caliber productions, but songs that represent the changing landscape of the queer dance-floor. “where are we going?” reads like a diary. with track titles like “no more pain (promises to a younger self)” and “move on (let go) (de-stress mix)” you can’t avoid the autobiographical messages of these songs, but maya leaves no booty un-shaken - this is still 9 four-to-the-floor house and techno beauties to rock your body. her willingness to even model for the cover art of this lp, proved this is a side to octo octa we ve never seen or heard before, an artist ready to let her fans experience an intimacy as deep as the synths and lead lines she has gained notoriety for. applying her years of international dj’ing, this album flows with intention and has effortlessly found its way back into our headphones and home stereo systems repeatedly - pro-tip: you can even have sex to it. needless to say this is the first time in a decade honey soundsystem has thrown itself at a contemporary lp and we know once you hear it, you will know where we are goin
brooklyn based producer shows off his knack for rich grooves, & melodies that are intoxicating in nature. the drive, & atmosphere are what led deepblak’s aybee to his work, & these ingredients on display as they speak to the head, & the feet.
new to the stay underground it pays gang, the eighth release on the label comes from none other than octo octa! you know him from his prolific run on 100% silk, and more recently for his ep on gerd jansons running back label at the top of the year. the man from brooklyn serves up 4 slices of that u.s. experimental house sound we love so much. on the a side, we have two versions of octo octa’s melancholic title track, requiem for the body. both as good as the other, it’s gonna be split for a lot of listeners on which is better. while both versions share certain elements, the second plays down the long keys of the first versions in favour of some stabby chord patterns. either way, proper 4 a.m. business!on the flip, we get a bit more ethereal with times two (loose version). simple yet effective, this one has a lot of atmosphere with those delayed vocal cuts over that late 80s bassline. closing out the record is when home. this one is a bit of a stomper at first until it brings in the lighter synth elements halfway through. someone, somewhere will have an epiphany listening to this track. if its you reading this, send in the results on the back of a postcard. all in all, another killer release that feels straight at home in the stay underground it pays catalogue
the man like octo octa: best known for his still devastating let me see you cut for 100% silk, the brooklyn producer graces running back with four fine cuts. creating the new, while respecting the old, the more times ep features heavy house (more times), twitchy house (fever dream), dubby house (take me to the dark) and breakbeat house with due respect to ltj bukem (dresses). thats a lot of house for your money. music for clubs and places that would like to be clubs. watch out for octo octa on the back of the brilliant cover.
new england deep house patriot kicks off the new year w/a real shot to the heart. jacking out the gate, followed by a creamy, serene slice of stereo software, a mesmerizing 3rd, & a high-stepping closer.
it is the first single he has released on a label besides 100% silk, the home of his two full-lengths and three eps. this shift is embodied in the tracks, too, as octo octa sharpens his effervescent sound to a harder, more floor-focused edge.
sophistication and elegance have not always been the strobe light honey for die-hard divers into the dance genre, but it has been octo octas strongest suit since his 2011 debut 12 inch on 100% silk, and here again are those initial ideas of identity and hunger for intimacy all leading to an adrift, uneasy feeling, only they have materialized into that instantly recognizable, authentic oo sound.
100% silk begs and pleads for all things octo – that eight-sided honest octagon: sweet, sad, shy, hopeful, blissful, light, lifting, longing. going deeper, swelling higher than his first >let me see you< 12 inch, >oh love< unifies touching human experience with technology, sound, and rhythm in a totality of vision.
almaty is a producer and dj from sweden, known for her adventurous and emotive sets throughout the Øresund region and its major cities copenhagen and malmö. influenced by rave experimenters andrea parker and future sound of london, she crafted “gennaro” - her first release ever which comes in a punchy package with remixes by octo octa, photonz and endian.
following on from the massive ashley beedle remix of mama unmask me (bb26), hannah holland s batty bass imprint welcome back underground new york duo, fatherhood. the striking collaboration of michael magnan and physical therapy, who remixed the carry nation in last year s as if bb release. this 12- includes mural and choppin onions, a melting pot of styles, born from ballroom, future jungle, trippy and retro house. on remix duties, octo octa is an artist who has continued to create beautiful, forward thinking dance music. her mix is no exception, get ready for the journey.
the second of two zentrum spinoffs is with us! as with the first, it comes loaded with four remixes. octo octa, vito & druzzi, cooper saver and turbotito, and lemonade all handed in top-notch reimaginings of tracks off jacques renault s debut lp, which came out just under a year ago, and they all somehow manage to be unique unto themselves while also sublimely bleeding into one another. octo octas rendering of mi casa samba serves as a propulsive beginning thats as dark and druggy as it is sharp and focused. vito & druzzis take on faith runs in a similar vein, but in a more stripped-back, drawn-out, and patient sort of way, it is nearly ten minutes long, so this is perhaps not a surprise. the b s remixes are brighter, sunnier, though that s not to say they re not bold. cooper saver and turbotito s redo of words has a certain funky swing to it that, paired with spacey synths and balearic bells and whistles, makes it ideal daytime disco fodder. the lemonade boys close the ep with their vibey take on faith. pads for days, a plump bass, and a focus on the original s sax make you wonder if the song itself somehow got stoned from a couple extra giant bong rips. a fitting way to end both the 12inch and the summer.
minor planets is releasing olde gods third ep, a record that will give completion to their first movement of releases started with a 7inch, followed by a 10inch and ended by this 12inch. the planet is growing big! haru matsuri ep comes with two originals and a fresh approach on the word remix, bringing together a remix of one of their original tracks by brooklyns finest octo octa, plus a re-remix of that same track, back to the hands of the olde gods.
detuned pianos, rough house beats and soulful vocal cuts makes doing your duty a deep, club oriented track with a classic feel. borrowed identitys beautiful remix conserves the original essence of the track and adds stabby techno elements and a punchy bassline, turning into a perfect peak-time tune for the rougher sets. pressure points is a dark, introspective track with a funky bassline that is suitable for the dancefloor, octo octa creates a deeper, smoother alternative to the original.
classic house torchbearer joins forces with octo octa, newbody, benny badge, the horses, sarah bates, sorcerer, ash williams, swinging & sweat in through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle r&b, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts & decadent disco.
gravious (real name alastair jackson) is a dubstep and electronic music producer based in glasgow. his early releases came via the hotflush label, and its scuba sub-label. more recent releases have come through highpoint lowlife, davey jones, saigon and broken bubble. now gravious offers halocyan his most ambitious work to date, the *rolling thunder ep*. the eps title track begins with glassy, plinking synths that segway into a rollicking, stuttering beat. pitched up vocals lend a 90s throwback vibe to this fun, uplifting number. hotly tipped new york producer octo octa (100% silk) cools down the original with loads of house flavor and his own pristine melodies. on the b-side, *release*, is a towering, glacial epic pushed along by a lurching, pulsating bassline and sensual, shifting vocals. closing out the record is *sulaco squares*, a taut, careful arrangement packed to the brim with colorful melodies and arpeggios.
die psychedelic space rocker gong praesentieren mit gong est mort, vive gong ein live-album der extraklasse. sie spielen nahezu alle highlights ihrer alben camembert electrique, radio gnome invisible, zero the hero und the witchs spell.
glücklicherweise haben weniger leute als gedacht ihr geld von den ersten beiden teilen der compilationserie -if this is house i want my money back- zurückgefordert. somit konnten sich tom bioly und benjamin fröhlich endlich daran wagen teil 3 zusammenzustellen. das konzept der compilation ist ziemlich einfach: es werden freunde, permanent vacation-stammkünstler und andere von den beiden gern gehörte produzenten, die dafür bekannt sind das genre house breit zu interpretieren, nach einem exklusiven track gefragt, die dann alle ihren weg auf eine schön gebündelte compact disc finden. dieses mal reicht das spektrum vom hot shot-producer mano le tough (der seinen permanent vacation einstand auf der volume 2 dieser serie feierte), manos maeve label buddy the drifter, der schwedischen house mafia in form von house dandy axel boman und edit ramajam hnny, dem aufgehenden stern am house-himmel lake people und dem permanent vacation schon langjährig verbundenen bostro pesopeo (gemeinsam mit dem münchner dj san quentin), bis hin zu dem heißen newcomer boska, dem tausendsassa willie burns, dem ebenfalls aus new york stammenden octo octa, den berliner meistern der melodien kim brown und den neuköllner acid kingpins achterbahn d amour (aka iron curtis & edit piafra). außerdem freuen wir uns über hotflush und den we play house-stammgast locked groove. jeder einzelne der genannten künstler ist absolut überzeugend in dem, was sie produzieren und obwohl sie die verschiedensten perspektiven auf das langlebige genre house music haben, kommt die musik auf dieser compilation in einem angenehmen fluss zusammen.