AIMES is the production moniker and musical alter ego of Alabama born, Brooklyn resident, Aman Ellis. His music is psychedelic at heart, provoking hints of new-wave, italo, and cosmic disco. Lush synths and washed out vocals juxtapose big kicks and silky bass lines. The self-dubbed “Space Pop” explores vast sonic territories, keeping a close affinity to other-worldly psychedelia and interstellar weirdness.
“On Holiday”, his latest single and Dither Down debut, comes ready for the party – not only with it’s celestial original, but also a trio of remixes from ROTKRAFT, FUTURE FEELINGS, and SARE HAVLICEK. The result is the soundtrack to a party in the stars, the sort of pulsating blissed out romp, that you can see the denizens of Liquid Sky partaking in, if they were magically and cosmically transported to where the aliens were partying. It’s 80′s Pyramid Club cum Berliner after hours rave, unapolgetically decadent. This, is the best kind of head music.
A mix of some of our upcoming releases in 2014. Mixed by DJ Chicus.
Tracklisting: Aimes – On Holiday (Rotkraft Remix) – Out March 25 Soft Touch – Out this Spring Galaxians – Out this Spring Soft Touch – Out this Spring Aimes – On Holiday (Sare Havilcek Remix) – Out March 25 Soft Touch (Chrome Canyon Remix) – Out This Summer Soft Touch – Out this Summer Sunrise Highway – Out this Fall Galaxians – Out this Spring Orthy – Oasis – Out Now Orthy – Night Touch (La Royale & Yesco Remix) – Out this Spring Peak Twins – Out this Summer Peak Twins (Ultracity Remix) – Out this Summer Soft Touch (Walker & Royce Remix) – Out this Summer Orthy – Oasis (Aimes Remix) – Out this Spring
Being in love is rad. When you’re deep in it, all you want to do is share that feeling with the world. That’s exactly what Orthy has done on the E.M.I.L.Y. EP, his second musical missive and testament to his wife. The four songs on E.M.I.L.Y. are the resulting work of months of writing and recording at the couple’s home in Austin, TX. Drawing on their mutual love of all things house music, power pop, and new wave, E.M.I.L.Y. plays out as the soundtrack to the couple’s history. Continuing with the message of his debut EP Sueños, the songs on E.M.I.L.Y. are steeped in the timeless tableaux of youth, life, and the carefree confidence love allows.
Released on NYC imprint Dither Down, E.M.I.L.Y. also boasts a remix by Greco Roman’s own Baio, aka Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend.
For their upcoming EP, Body Move (Dither Down), Travmatic and Marosy sought out to create something that immediately evokes a classic house sound but updates it with their own fresh take on the genre. Their recent foray into music production was the next, logical step for a couple of kids who grew up obsessing over all shades of dance music and have recently been drawing inspiration from a variety of labels such as Henry Street Music, Dust Traxx, Dirtybird, and Get Physical. They have put on shows and DJed together for many years and have recently been heard around town at the roaming Kaviar Disco Club parties, which have been notable for bringing likeminded artists such as Claptone, Club Cheval, and Homework to NYC for the first time.
Their latest release, on Dither Down, showcases two original productions, along with remixes courtesy of Boxwork and Tough Love. “Body Move” is a jacking, peak time tune that centres around an infectious vocal sample, while “Got To Work” features classic sounding piano stabs that recalls some of the finer moments from the Strictly Rhythm back catalog. Catch Travmatic and Marosy in NYC, DJing everywhere from late night gigs in sweaty clubs to airy rooftops on sunny summer afternoons.
“Run, but don’t run away” opens the chorus of this new single, a unique collaboration between South African musician Gazelle, Dither Down mainstay Jogyo and vocalist Devi Mambouka. 3 NYC-based transplants of African descent who have come together to create an invocation to “Change your perspective” and “Face your fears.” The result is “R.U.N”, an acronym of sorts that Jogyo says means “Remember Union Now.”
Also included on the single is a spaced out vocal remix from Sao Paulo via NYC dub legend Strikkly Vikkly aka Victor Rice. The single concludes with the Strikkly Vikkly Dub version that strips the track back down to its African core.
The name, JOGYO translates from sanskrit as “Pure thoughts or stillness among action.” The band, JOGYO is about flow, surrendering to the constant change and harnessing it to create a sonic bombast that is hard to compare to any other. JOGYO’s debut single Rude Boy has been making the rounds for a short while and after getting requests from some amazing producers to remix the song, we decided to take the plunge.The 12” release features remixes from NYC mainstays Whatever/Whatever and Eli Escobar, along with Switzerland’s Wildlife!
Taking the song to the refreshing land of funky nu disco house, is Whatever/Whatever, a new production DJ collaboration from veteran NYC DJ’s Justin Strauss and Brian Mette. Along with being the resident DJ at the Mudd Club, The Ritz, Area, Tunnel and Limelight, among many others, Strauss has remixed artists ranging from Depeche Mode to Luther Vandross to 808 State & Beyonce and in 1974, his band Milk n’ Cookies was signed to Island Records. The man is legendary. Mette, has previously released records and mixes under the name Carlton Banks. Their recent projects have included remixes for Jacques Green, Chinese Flash Mob, Yacht, Lenny Kravitz, and Foster The People.
Over the past 10 years, NYC DJ Eli Escobar has built a reputation around his parties, emerging as one of the most popular DJs on the NY dance scene. Having remixed everyone from Holy Ghost! to Britney Spears, Escobar has recently garnered attention for his original tracks including his popular release, “Work It” which was released earlier this year on Dither Down Records and he will release his debut full length album early next year on Plant Music. Eli’s take on Rude Boy is definitely one of his hardest hitting and turns Rude Boy into an in your face early 90’s acid freakout.
Between remixes for the likes of The Very Best, Poirier, The Dø, and Marina & The Diamonds, Switzerland’s Wildlife! managed to find the time to squeeze in this rousing dancehall meets bass take on Rude Boy. Wildlife! Is currently wrapping up the final tracks for his 2012 debut full length album, crashing together British punk rock legends with Jamaica’s reggae avant-garde.
And a bonus cut, a remix of ThundaCat by Boston’s mighty SPF 5000.
The Soundmen – Funny Feeling (Featuring All Dom Wrong)
Over the past two years, The Soundmen have become one of the hottest and most buzzed about production teams, remixers, and DJ duo in music. Comprised of Scott Durday, a talented drum and sample programmer, and Justin Jamison, a trained studio engineer and multi-instrumentalist, they draw from the sounds of their past to create music for the future.
The duo has been hard at work for 2012 and are proud to release their first official single via Dither Down Records. The song “Funny Feeling” is a genre bending, nostalgic trip down memory lane; laced with the bright synths and signature bounce of what listeners have come to expect from Soundmen productions. The track features the woozy vocals of The Glass (Plant Music) front-man Dominique Keegan, also known as All Dom Wrong. The single is out now on Dither Down Records with remixes from buzzing french producer MR KS and the soaring sounds of Panic City.
Already in high demand due to his immensely popular NYC parties, including Brooklyn’s Tiki Disco and the weekly Night People at Le Bain at the Standard, Lloydski is now applying that earned NYC style and swagger to his own original productions..
Lloydski’s debut single on Dither Down Records, “Go To Sleep,” is a late night plea for sanity. Produced by Lloyd along with help from Dither Don Tim Wagner (33Hz), “Go To Sleep” is a playful, downtempo, electro disco track that recalls early 80s italo and new wave while being a thoroughly modern affair.
Remixes on the single are courtesy of Mexico City wunderkind and Electrique Records label manager, La Royale. Born in 1990, La Royale loves cats, drum machines and his SH101.
NYC RELEASE PARTIES:
Sat. 9/1 Night People @ Le Bain at the Standard
w/ La Royale, Lloydski, Blu Jemz and Eli Escobar
Sunday 9/2 @ Tiki Disco at Roberta’s (Bushwick)
w/ La Royale, Lloydski, Andy Pry and Eli Escobar
Here’s a little preview of stuff we have dropping over the next month… Cheers!
Go To Sleep (La Royale’s Do Not Sleep Version) – Lloydski
Go To Sleep (La Royale’s Mexican Underground Version) – Lloydski
Go To Sleep – Lloydski
Little Things (Trap.Avoid Remix) – Walker & Royce
Little Things – Walker & Royce
Stephanie All Night (Whatever/Whatever Dub) – 33Hz
Stephanie All Night (Whatever/Whatever Remix) – 33Hz
Rude Boy (Whatever/Whatever Dub) – Jogyo
Rude Boy (Whatever/Whatever Remix) – Jogyo
Rude Boy (Eli Escobar Dub) – Jogyo
ThundaCat (SPF 5000′s Afro-Snarf Jam) – Jogyo
Little Things (Eli Escobar Dub) – Walker & Royce
Funny Feeling (Featuring All Dom Wrong) [Mr KS Remix] – The Soundmen