Publicist, the solo drum and electronic project from Trans Am and Weird War drummer Sebastian Thomson, fuses live drums and vocoded vocals with spacey dance rhythms and funk synth bass lines. Thomson sees himself as “of the people and for the people,” preferring to perform on dance floors rather than on a stage.
His first release from Dither Down Records,theHardwork EP, includes the two original tracks “Hardwork” and “I Wont”, and remixes of both songs from Nick Chacona, Walker & Royce & Galactic Classics. The EP is available digitally now and on vinyl November 15th.
Here is Luke Wyatt’s tripped out video art music video:
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Publicist, the solo drum and electronic project from Trans Am and Weird War drummer Sebastian Thomson, fuses live drums and vocoded vocals with spacey dance rhythms and funk synth bass lines, all performed by Thomson. The artist sees himself as “of the people and for the people,” preferring to perform on dance floors rather than on a stage. Since 2009 Publicist has brought his dynamic live show to the stages of Europe and America appearing with acts such as ESG, Joakim, Lindstom and Tussle. Publicist’s previous releases include the 2009 12” with Ian Svenonius, Momma/Stone Age and the Keep it Off the Record EP from 2010, among others.
The artist’s first release from Dither Down Records, the Hardwork EP, includes the two original tracks “Hardwork” and “I Wont”, and features remixes of both songs from both established and up and coming remixers. The EP’s title song showcases Publicists’ trademark ferocious synths and beats interlaced with his vocoded vocals, resulting in a track that dares listeners to not get down and sweaty. For the “Hardwork” remix, Publicist has teamed with the up and coming pair of Walker & Royce. Made up of Sam Walker (AKA Hotline) and Gavin Royce, who currently head up the A&R department at Nurvous Records, the duo has been garnering attention for both the artists they have been signing, along with their own productions and recently mixed their labels’ compilation album “Introducing: Nurvous Records Vol. 1.”
The digital release of the “Hardwork” EP includes an additional remix of the title song by Brooklyn’s Nick Chacona. Chacona began his producing career in 1999, and in 2003 released “Band Practice,” the b-side to his mysterious promo-only Pool Party project. His debut full-length release “Love In The Middle”, which was released in 2010 on Moodmusic, garnered attention and praise in the electronic music press around the world. In addition to his solo work, Chacona has recently been in demand as one half of “Beg to Differ,” his production project with Wurst Music Company Head Roy Dank.
On “I Wont”, Publicist’s second original track on the EP, the artist shows that his music is not just about rousing drum beats and funky bass lines as he ironically sings throughout the chorus, “I wont sing about you anymore.” With his remix of “I Wont,” Galactic Classics brings in a bouncy and dubby sound and fuses it with Publicists’ funky disco bests and vocoded vocals. Galactic Classics is Valerian Marguery, a France based up and coming Cosmic Disco producer and graphic designer. His debut album will the first full length album released by Dither Down Records and is scheduled to be released on cassette and digital this winter.
Dither Down is a new label headed up by Tim Wagner of 33Hz and DJ Chicus of the reggae label, Redbud Records. Blending their love of Indie Pop with Disco, Dub, 80s electro and House, Dither Down releases songs by up and coming New York artists and pairs them with the best new remixers from around the world.
Side A: Prins Thomas, the man who never leaves the studio, comes up with another of his epic Nordic cosmic reworks of ‘Under the Sun, creating a tension-building tripped-out chugger with bongos au go go and a double acid lines a-gurgling. Summer Anthem Alert!
Side B: Eli Escobar remixes ‘Night Spot’, a heart pounding dancefloor house with Chicago written all over it. Which leaves Trap.Avoid to provide us with a beachy minimal disco remix of “Under The Sun.” Yum.
Then, we have our new vinyl only release from 33HZ.
Since 2005, 33Hz has been fusing electronic music and classic songwriting to achieve their brave and noble mission of bringing classy disco and pop into the 21st century.
With this mission in mind, Dither Down is proud to present this exclusive vinyl release of dance floor ready remixes of 33Hz’s new singles “Under The Sun” and “Nightspot.” Remixers include Prins Thomas, Eli Escobar and Trap.Avoid
After rocking dancefloors this past fall with their Dither Down debut ELEVATOR getting played by everyone from Aeroplane to Milo, live Acid Duo Trap.Avoid return with PRESENCE, a monster piece of Italo-tinged Acid Synth Funk.
The original mix of PRESENCE is joined on the 12” release by renowned producer and DJ Nick Chacona’s disco house remix of the song. Chacona’s remix features clean and sultry high synth lines and acid arps bubbling over a driving bass pulse pushing to a conga break climax.
On the flip side, New York Electro House dynamic disco duo John Selway and Ulyssees AKA The Neurotic Drum Band are joined by Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato for their post punk piano and percussion percolator remix of Trap.Avoid’s original tune LITTLE COUNTRIES.
The digital EP also includes Trap.Avoid’s original mix of LITTLE COUNTRIES and the bonus Moroder-like Disco Vocal track IS THIS THE ARGUMENT?
On the same day we are releasing a special vinyl-only 12″ collection of remixes of 33Hz’s next two singles featuring remixes from Prins Thomas, Eli Escobar & Trap.Avoid.
Though often compared to artists like MIA, Lykke Li, and Santigold, Boshra al Saadi AKA SAADI’s unique sound is a reflection of a multi-cultural, multi-national upbringing. Setting out to accomplish her folk star dreams upon arriving in New York City at 17, she began by cutting her teeth as the co-front woman in indie rock band Looker. With her solo project SAADI, her sound shows traces of her vast and diverse influences ranging from dancehall to traditional arabic dabke, from Brian Eno to Lady Saw, resulting in a real fusion of sound that would lend itself to a sweaty dance floor or a darkened bedroom.
“Bad Seeds,” Saadi’s second single for Dither Down Records, comes hot on the heels of her well received first single “Clotheslines.” “Bad Seeds” is a track with a delicate beat and perfectly spare guitars that fuse indie pop, reggae & afro rock in perfect multi genre harmony.
Included in the digital download is a remix of “Bad Seeds” by New York music blog darlings The Soundmen. Comprised of Justin Jamison and Scott Durday, the Soundmen are well known for their remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi and Nelly Furtado; now they have used their rousing beats and innovative sounds to create a heart pounding remix of “Bad Seeds” as well as a remix of the Clotheslines b-side “Dodecahedron.”
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“Bad Seeds” is featured in the March cover video for DETAILS, featuring Vanessa Hudgens: