Jeffrey Tice - Chromatic (Harmonious Discord)

For many people, the rich tapestry we experience is a mixture of shades, hues, and palates that paint a vibrant and ever-changing outlook of our world and its changes. For Jeffrey Tice much of that tapestry is undefined. Born color blind, Jeffrey interprets art through a restricted lens. That has not stopped him from loving and appreciating the diversity of the world. Jeffrey’s music bursts with color, defying uniformity. A mainstay on the Harmonious Discord imprint, Jeffrey’s sound has evolved to encompass his many years of experience living in Austin and San Francisco, within two of the most vibrant music communities in the country. Chromatic is a five-selection project that weaves through intricate shapes and colors with common uplifting themes and progressions.

Chromatic lifts spirits and moves feet with perfectly tempered, well-intentioned grooves. Jeff decided to use a TB-303 throughout most of the EP, carefully distinguishing its use in each selection. In “Chromatic,” the 303 sits on top of perfectly placed melodies and collides with ever-ascending energy. “Haruspex” opens with dulcet synths and quickly drops into a proper dance floor rhythm. Tones rumble and dance as the song builds. Keeping the vibe light but the precision exact, “Haruspex” drives us deeper into the chromatic scape. “Once Again, My Friend” changes the mood with a rough-edged acid creeper. Packed with intensity and nostalgia-inspired vocal work Jeff offers a driving rendition certain to spark foot movement. Label front-man PointBender joins the project to offer a different take on the acid journey. In normal ‘bender fashion, the remix offers similar roughness with a smooth interplay of bass and synthesizer construction. The remix culminates in a melodic reprise of colliding synthesis amid blurred vocal abstraction and driving percussion. “Last Dance for Dionysus” closes the EP with class. Percussion-filled and west-coast inspired, this selection brings the fresh waves of the bay to the listener.

Nick Warren (The Soundgarden / Hope Recordings) – “Chromatic is a wicked track, and I’m digging the PointBender remix as well.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex Radio Show) – “This is sooo nice! Haruspex is my favorite, although I love the full release. This is a beautiful body of work.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Love the acid!”
Matt Prehn (Oh So Coy) – “There’s something catchy about Chromatic, fresh take for sure.”
Miles Buckingham (Radioactive FM) – “Finely textured and propulsive.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Last Dance For Dionysus is the cut!”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Loving the sonic diversity of this release with Chromatic and the PointBender remix topping my chart.”
Jeannie Hopper - (WBAI FM) – “Excellent sonics on this release, Wow! I’m loving Chromatic and Haruspex.”
Jennifer Kyle (Radioactive FM, Wellington) – “Awesome bit of Acid, great release all around.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel show) – “Beautiful EP, I love the flow and emotion of it, especially on Chromatic. Full support!”

Available Now From Beatport, Traxsource, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Jeffrey Tice - Embarcadero Station (Whiskey Pickle)

Incoming fresh for 2017, Embarcadero Station is the latest from San Francisco based producer Jeffrey Tice. The former Austin local and resident selector at the Capital City’s hallowed incubator of rave culture, Proteus, touches down with two gorgeous cuts for the Whiskey Pickle label. Lead cut, “Embarcadero Station”, is a shimmering, bottom heavy work-out that touches on the halcyon days of yore when UK acts like Underworld and Faithless reigned supreme. Crunchy kicks and claps are accented by delicate Arp synths and cascading stabs and melodies … lovely tackle right here.

On the B-side the listener is greeted by the equally blissful “You & Me (We Are The Same)” which follows suit with perfectly balanced rhythms and angelic chords. The ’90s flair remains strong with classic stabs and chirpy vocal cuts while the bass line keeps everything nice and tidy for upwards of eight minutes.

Tapped for remixes, Jeffrey connects both of his homelands (Texas & California) by enlisting fellow Austin producer / DJ Coy West and SF based outfit The SyntheTigers. Mr. West steps up first to tackle “Embarcadero Station” and does a lovely job stripping back the groove to create a hypnotic and dub-flavored rework. The SyntheTigers take full advantage of the garage-styles present on “You & Me (We Are The Same)” and amp them up to eleven. Maxing out every vocal bit to create an R&B-fueled floor-shaker, The SyntheTigers turn in something incredibly special that even Todd Edwards would approve.

Chris Fortier (Fade) – “The Coy West Remix sounds good.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Both versions of Embarcadero Station are doing the biz for me.”
Doza (LawnChair Generals) – “Embarcadero Station is a full and fun cut.”
Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Recordings) – “You & Me (We Are The Same) is a true gem.”
Andrew Emil (Four Play Music) – “I Dig the SyntheTigers Remix.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95) – “Whiskey Pickle steps into 2017 with a triumphant release.”
Ken Liu (Headset Hi Fi radio show) – “Really like the SyntheTigers Remix, but loving the original more. Will play on the broadcast.”
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing) – “Very Catchy!”
Distant People (Soul Elements Radio Show) – “You & Me (We Are The Same) is smooth, and the SyntheTigers Remix is wicked.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Killer…Embarcadero Station is such a positive track, will do damage!”

Available Now From: Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, And Spotify.

Jeffrey Tice - Aurora (Harmonious Discord)

San Francisco native Jeffrey Tice has a talent for seeing color in the blank spaces. Jeff’s roots are in early electronica but that doesn’t stop him from adopting the methods of the future. The Aurora EP is Jeff’s sophomore release on Harmonious Discord Recordings following the success of his first project, “Where Do You Go?”. Four outstanding original cuts – the title track, “What’s Going On?”, “Been Alone”, and “Cape Tape Leisure” – comprise this musically minded dance floor collection. Austin resident and Denied Music boss Daniel Allen provides us a blissful reprise, and longtime contributor of sonic oddities Plastic Pope returns to the label with a signature of strange.

Aurora” provides a great balance between floaty ethereal accents and driving funk bass. A snappy rhythm section helps move the experience forward with jovial flare. “What’s Going On?” changes tone with a serious intro, built-in tension, and masterful dub design. Rich in texture and methodical in structure this tune is an essential dance floor tool. Daniel Allen returns to deliver an inspiring heater that elevates the mood to euphoric atmospheres with rich chord interplay and spacious arpeggiations. “Been Alone” delivers immediately on thick garage and deep house constructs, including a building analog bass pattern that begs for foot movement. HD’s mysterious but ever consistent provider of strangeness Plastic Pope makes a much anticipated return, offering a small slice of insanity with hints of breakbeat, jackin’ Chicago house, and quirk. Jeff ends the EP with a disco-inspired whale sonnet named “Table Cape Leisure”. Pressed with rim shots and summer fair this funk jam session can fit within the borders of a diverse set of music.

Tensnake (Defected / Permanent Vacation) – “Originals are nice.”
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) – “Very advanced sounds, production and arrangements. Really pro job.”
Ken Liu (Headset Recordings) – “Cleverly produced pack of tunes. Table Cape Leisure is really special. Aurora is extra nice as well.”
DJ P-Rez (Not So Fast Records) – “Wow, this release is solid!! The originals and the remixes are dope. Some of these will definitely be in this weekend's sets!”
Edground (Grooveland Music) – “Very nice release.”
Dr. Best (Radio Z) – “Table Cape Leisure is my favorite here.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Lovely EP from Jeffrey Tice, difficult to pick a favourite, a strong EP!”
Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul Radio) – “Nice assembly of grooves and varying tensions of house - workable for club floors!”
Deepshizzol (MyHouse YourHouse) – “Daniel Allen’s remix of “What’s Going On?” is top draw!”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95 / Nova Planet Radio Show) – "Rich package! Funky tracks full of lush pads, punchy basslines and catchy vocals which will move everyone.”

Available Now From: Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, And Spotify.

Jeffrey Tice - Where Do You Go? (Harmonious Discord)

San Francisco resident Jeffrey Tice finds art and inspiration in unexpected places, whether it's gazing on the renegade street art of his hometown or crafting homages to his childhood heroes through his moniker Copy Correct. Outside of his re-works he exhibits a strong ability to harness everyday inspirations into warm and inviting musical works.

"Where Do You Go?" is a tale laden with a sentimental cast of memories and dreams and the intersection of warm experiences and a yearning to reach greater heights of happiness. The intro alone is a pensive reminder of soft autumn stillness with a steady build into more inviting dance floor material. Introducing the remixes, longtime house music veteran and Jacob London cast member Hanssen returns to the label to offer his unique blend of synthetic mastery and forward thinking tech edge to deliver a blend of perfected pads and driving arpeggios. Harmonious Discord mainstay Vital next ensures that the late night hours are covered with a techy rework, offering a more stripped down formula than the deeper original. Mexico’s Ivan Dbri completely flips the script with a deeper dub reminiscent of the Terry Lee Brown Jr. Dub Till Dawn series. It's NY-meets-Berlin with this sultry mix of late night pads. Label bosses PointBender and JDN round out the remix work with a chunky tech diversion that features chord repeats and a cornucopia of percussion. Finally the package includes another blissful contribution from Jeffrey perfect for house-minded mix sessions. "Folsom" embodies a brisk bay afternoon, and compliments its warmth with prevalent techno bass and vocal trickery. Stay tuned for more music from Jeffrey Tice on the Harmonious Discord imprint as the label celebrates its 15 year anniversary in the next year.

Larry Tee - "Hot!"
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - "Both originals are really good. Feeling Vital's remix the most, but all very nice indeed."
Randall Jones (Audio Therapy / Baroque) - "Cool tunes!"
Leigh Morgan (Fancy Human / Urban Torque Transmissions) - "Deep! Yeah, this is cool stuff here … grooves a plenty."
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "Cool stuff across the release here. 'Folsom' has a lovely vibe, while Ivan Dbri's remix really is excellent. Proper deepness."
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "Good deepsters here."
Hector De Mar (Liquid Music / Ritmik Records) - "The PointBender and JDN remix is the one for me."
Myxzlplix (Kodawari / Sunclock) - "Quite nice. The Hanssen remix comes with some fresh vibes."
Lorenzo al Dino (7th District Inc. / Royal Plastic) - "Solid production."
KP London (FEEL Radio Show) - "Hard to pick just one track … all of them are well done."
Brian Bacchus (Summit Sessions Radio Show) - "Great, groovy release. 'Folsom' was the highlight for me … it's just well layered and melodic with a nice smooth flow."
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX Radio Show) - "Difficult to pick one out from this selection of nicely contrasting mixes. However, the Ivan Dbri mix goes proper deep and immersive."
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) - "This is great … loads of remixes all delivering quality but for me it's 'Folsom' that steals it. A fine piece of music!"

Available now from Beatport.