Archive for April, 2012

April 13, 2012

Betty Black Asks “Am I Not Your Girl?”

BETTY BLACK
AM I NOT YOUR GIRL? (SINGLE)
FRAU PINK /KID RECORDINGS 
KIDD 10015
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE:  
APRIL 17, 2012

The Southern Gothic Chanteuse Returns With The Hypnotic Second Single From Her Forthcoming Bad Weather EP“Am I Not Your Girl?” Out Digitally April 17th On Frau Pink/KID Recordings

Hot on the heels of her recent single, BAD WEATHER, BETTY BLACK (aka Sylvia Gordon) returns with the lustful slow-burner AM I NOT YOUR GIRL? (the second single from her forthcoming BAD WEATHER EP, slated for release in May).

The release marks the next chapter in the artist’s string of increasingly essential releases that delve inward to expose the full depth of her emotions through potent literary narratives about love, loss, longing, salvation, rapture, fulfillment and escape with razor-sharp intensity and brute-force determination.  This has become the hallmark of her output, so it’s not surprising that she’s become an in demand songwriter and collaborator with some of pop and electronic music’s biggest acts like Black Eyed Peas, Moby, Telepopmusik, Kelis, Chris Brown and Benny Benassi.

With AM I NOT YOUR GIRL?, the sultry pop practitioner continues to grapple with all things carnal and sensual delivering a visceral, barbed-wire tale about intense yearning, fixation and desire for a departed lover who’s spurned her for another, causing unraveling emotional turmoil and desperation. “I’m the one who’s been here all along” she implores passionately before making her intentions perfectly clear with a captivating clarity and force: “How I give it all to you, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do…am I not your girl? Am I not your girl? I know that you need me, I know you still care, I know you can feel me hanging in the air, I know that you want me, why don’t you just give in?”

Melding influences from country, southern gothic rock, Delta blues, pop and avant-garde experimentation, she boldly carves out a haunting, surreal and majestic sound all her own. The dense hazy instrumentation shimmers with an artful sheen as it moves from a desperate plea to an urgent exotic attack. Emphasis on the vocals and words brings a rich imagery and ambition to the piercing track embellished with eerie keyboards, guitar, deep rumbling bass, sharp militaristic drums and howling backing vocals.

The single is backed by a remix from longtime collaborator and former Kudu (now Art World Killer) band mate, Deantoni Parks. The acclaimed avant-garde/experimental drummer, songwriter and producer (who’s worked with everyone from Mars Volta, John Cale, Meshell Ndegeocello, Moby, Lenny Kravitz andSade) delivers an intricate and buoyant late night groove punctuated with jagged distorted percussion, rumbling bass, ominous keys and radiant piano that finds an unlikely middle ground between abstract electronica, “witch house” and dub-step. Black re-sings the song recasting it as a soaring seduction where her lyrics take on a more defiant sexual overtone.

Black produced what would become the official version of AM I NOT YOUR GIRL? after requesting her guitarist,Avi Bortnik, to re-harmonize Parks’ urban electronic version. She added her sly signature beats and smoldering synths of a dark and dusty timbre which sound like the aural equivalent to a cinematic love story set under a lonely roadside lit by flickering neon signage.

Parks’ Mix is featured in the single’s striking video where Black (who also directed the clip) enlists several drag artists including  New York gender bender, Jordan Fox, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 contestant, Sharon Needles, to cleverly bring her searing portrayal to life. It’s another ambitious move for the artist who refuses to limit herself and is always eager to transform and experiment.

AM I NOT YOUR GIRL? closes with a brilliant take on Madonna’s classic 1984 hit, DRESS YOU UP. Stripping away the bouncy, drum beat-driven dance of the Material Girl’s original, Black reinvents the song into an ornate atmospheric lullaby laced with lush strings, hypnotic sax, slow pulsing drums, twinkling keys and supple velvety croons that immerse you in its hazy expanse.

April 12, 2012

AUTOMAGIC – IRIS (THE REMIXES PART ONE)

AUTOMAGIC
IRIS (THE REMIXES PART ONE)
KID RECORDINGS 
KIDDEP 10011
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE:  
APRIL 17, 2012

GENRE: INDIE DANCE. ELECTRONIC, NU DISCO, PROGRESSIVE HOUSE  
FOR FANS OF: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, JUAN MACLEAN, AEROPLANE, CLASSIXX, HORSE MEAT DISCO, BUZZIN’ FLY 

Following the success off their debut, single, “SHIMMER”, leftfield, New York-based post-disco / indie-dance producers/remixers AUTOMAGICWILLIAM LYNN (aka DJ Will of notorious NYC gay artzine and monthly dance party Spank) and BRYAN WRIGHT – return with their sophomore release for KID Recordings, IRIS (THE REMIXES PART ONE).

The buoyant future classic about love at first sight, missed opportunities and heartbreak weaves emotionally-charged, dubbed-out vocals punctuated with driving percussions, percolating bass, sparkling melodic keys and soaring synth washes creating a radiant slice of euphoric melancholia that takes cues from New Order’s dance-driven, subtle pop introspection,

Through their music (on influential labels such as Buzzin’ Fly, Peace Bisquit/Curve, A Touch Of Class and Definity), inspired DJ sets and exploits, AUTOMAGIC has carried the torch for NYC clubbing while building a loyal international fan base and critical acclaim. Heavily influenced by the post “disco-not-disco” soundtrack that catapulted acts like HUMAN LEAGUE, TALKING HEADS, HEAVEN 17, CABARET VOLTAIRE and SECTION 25 into popular consciousness at seminal Downtown haunts like Danceteria, The Loft and Mudd Club, the duo has crafted a signature sound capturing the nostalgia of the classic early 80s while infusing it with a crisp modern edge.

Already buzzing with widespread support  from HORSE MEAT DISCO, BEN WATT, JOHNNY DYNELL, AOL MUSIC, TIMEOUT NEW YORK, TOMMIE SUNSHINE, PENGUIN PRISON and more, IRIS (THE REMIXES PART ONE) features potent reworks from heavyweights like DFA’s own JUAN MACLEAN and RICHARD MOREL alongside emerging underground stars ALLIES FOR EVERYONE, DJ BANDER and BEST MATE.  Look out for IRIS (THE REMIXES PART TWO) to follow in May.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“Great!”  AOL Music
“Don’t sleep on Automagic…one of New York’s unspoken heroes of deep, underground indie dance” Tommie Sunshine
“Loving this… beautifully sparkling, yet slightly left-field, house all around. Hotness!” Bruce Tantum, TimeOut NY
“A great late nighter! Very very nice!” Dave Cannalte, Promo Only
“Gorgeous. It brought on the most beautiful flashbacks as soon as it started” Johnny Dynell

TRACKLISTING:
1. Original Mix
2. The Juan Maclean Dub Mix
3. Richard Morel Club Mix
4. Bander ‘Stare Into Your Soul’ Mix
5. Allies Aceed Dub Mix
6.  Best Mate Remix

April 2, 2012

Morel “I’m So Low” Dave Aude Remix

Morel “I’m So Low” Dave Aude Remix
Taken from the new Morel EP “Heaven and Martini”s
Out April 24, 2012 on Outsider.