Lotus - Monks - Featuring Gift of Gab, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born and more!
One of the defining and most popular acts in live electronic music, Lotus has never fit neatly in a simple categorization. The 5-piece continues to push boundaries with the September 10th release of Monks, a hip-hop album featuring Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Mr. Lif, Doodlebug (Digable Planets) and more. Using the band’s own studio work as a sample source, the music will have a familiar feel to Lotus fans but recontextualized as classic hip-hop. Monks will be available digitally (Name Your Own Price), iTunes, and on vinyl.
“The project started with a couple tracks we recorded with Mr. Lif,” explains Luke Miller. “From there, we just kept expanding to eventually include 11 different MCs and singers. Lotus is predominantly an instrumental band, so it was a lot of fun to create these collaborations.”
Instrumental interlude tracks push into more experimental to create cinematic vignettes. Jesse Miller states, “For the interludes, we went toward funk and jazz influenced beat music. Off-time drum beats, analog synthesizers, tape echo machines and even a baritone guitar were used to record these short evocative set pieces.”
“It’s Tribe meets Digable Planets with a tight facelift, however, this track’s brand of Botox is for the soul.” - Sarah Polonsky, VIBE
Enjoy this stream of “Cannon in the Heavens” featuring Lyrics Born, the first single off Monks. The track is currently premiering on VIBE, and also available for FREE as part of the SCI Fidelity Records 2012 Sampler Album.
The String Cheese Incident has hand picked the musical highlights of their 2013 summer tour, and offered them to fans for free as part of the Travelogue Summer 2013. Here’s a note from the band’s archivist, Larry Fox:
The mix kicks off with the SCI Classic, “Resume Man”, from July 4th in Austin, Then we follow that up with Kyle’s “Piece of Mine” from the Electric Forest, which features a really unique jam during the lead up. Next is the monster “Big Shoes” from Red Rocks. Once you’ve heard it, you’ll agree, those shoes are BIG! Then we get to the “Hideout Jam > Colorado Bluebird Sky” combination from Horning’s – the big set closer on night 2 prior to the big ‘She-Bang’. Finishing off the collection, another track from Electric Forest, the first night encore “Just One Story”.
We know you’ll enjoy “Travelogue 2013″, available now, for a limited time only, as a FREE download from www.LiveCheese.Com! We hope you’ll be inspired to explore the full recordings of these Incidents, and the rest of the Summer 2013 SCI Tour!
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the DANCE albums, Keller has decided to give away a free download of his “Laugh” remix project for a limited time. Here’s a note from the man himself:
“Hello music loving Freeks. About 10 years ago, I began working on my 7th record, ‘Home’. It was to be the follow up to my record ‘Laugh’. Unfortunately, the fine folks at SCI Fidelity records informed me that they weren’t even close to finished pushing the ‘Laugh’ record to radio stations, and anything else that I would record would have to wait until the plan for ‘Laugh’ was done. I was bummed…for at least a day.
Then I got the crazy idea to do a remix of ‘Laugh’. The label agreed, and I jumped right into sessions with a mad musical scientist (engineer,producer) named Jeff Covert. He and I had almost completed ‘Home’ by this time, and watching him work his crazy magic with the computer made me confident that with my ideas and his computer skills, this record could be rad.
The idea was to extract my favorite samples from the ‘Laugh’ and create new tracks around those samples. With Dave Watts on drums and Tye North on bass, being the total badasses that they are, it was easy to find samples. I had more than enough. The creative process was a blast.
The end result was a record called ‘Dance’ that I am extremely proud of and even more proud to re-release it as I originally intended for it to be heard. The entire record as one continuous track! And to celebrate 10 years of its existence, I am ecstatic to announce that for a very short time, you can have it…for Free! After that, the one track download will continue to be an option along side the cd and single track downloads at the discounted price of $6.99. A HUGE thank you goes to SCI Fidelity Recordsfor allowing this to happen.
Now excuse me while I shut up and DANCE. Please enjoy. – KW”
FREE one continuous album download of DANCE will be available via SOUNDCLOUD ONLY starting Tuesday, July 30th through Thursday, August 1st. Immediately after the FREE giveaway period ends, the continuous album download option will be available for $6.99 at Keller’s online merch store.
Today, The Infamous Stringdusters launch the world premier of their video for “Rockets”, exclusively at CMT Pure. Watch the video here and below. The television premier of the video will take place tonight (4/16), just before 8:30 PM ET on the network’s “CMT Edge” (check local listings).
The song “Rockets” – from the band’s most recent double-disc release, Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition (SCI Fidelity Records, October 16, 2012) - potently demonstrates a band blurring the lines between bluegrass playing technique, pop songwriting sensibilities and country music storytelling. The video, like the song/album, was produced (and filmed and edited) by unlikely partner – hip-hop producer Billy Hume (Ludacris, Nas). Look for The Infamous Stringdusters on tour this spring and summer. The band’s complete list of tour dates can be found HERE.
Lotus releases its latest studio album, Build, today on SCI Fidelity Records. Built on a foundation of beats evoking vinyl breaks, house, and big-beat, the album is a funky dance party from start to finish. The unmistakable sound of a tight live band is at the heart of the album. Lotus has spent years rocking live crowds and that energy is distilled to a strong studio concentrate of body-moving beats and muscular melodies.
Get your copy of Build now on CD, Vinyl or digitally at the Lotus online store, your local record store, or at an upcoming Lotus show near you. You can alsofind Build on iTunes, Amazon.com and digital retailers everywhere!