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!”

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PointBender - Dusk Remixed (Harmonious Discord)

Harmonious Discord label boss and abstract artist PointBender reimagines Dusk Frontier with Dusk Remixed, featuring remixes by Dorian, Murr, and a PointBender redux. PointBender is the moniker of Sean Anderson, an independent artist living in Austin, Texas, who has also released work on imprints like Guidance, Thoughtless and Blaq.

Label mainstay and Carmen San Diego of monikers Brad Dale offers up an interpretation through his Dorian moniker. Brad has been featured on the label in many forms, most notably Molecule, Echo Conscious, and Ishi. A man of many talents and musical precision, Brad offers up a pensive rework formulating the hypnotic vocal takes into a backdrop of classic deep house atmospheres. Propelled even deeper by heavily plated live guitar and bass, Dorian’s rework puts the subconscious on auto-pilot as intensity and uncertainty mount. Lal co-pilot and independent artist Murr pulls in his twist of events, focused more of the range of vocals. Murr stays true to his signature methods, presenting shades like linear algebra, where the sum amounts to so much more than the parts. Our final rework comes from PointBender himself, offering up a stripped down, beat-driven alternative. This collection of remixes pushes more experimentation on the dancefloor while retaining some of the hypnotic elements of the original but with greater intensity.

Alinep (Asia Music) – “The Original Mix is tops.”
Raconteur (Stranjjur) – “PointBender Redux is solid! I also dig the Murr Remix.”
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) – “Solid production and song writing.”
DJ P-Rez (Not So Fast Records) – “Yes!! This is a great release.”
Makossa (Luv Lite Recordings) – “Solid Deep Vibe.”
Brian Bacchus (Summit Sessions Radio Show) – “Dorian’s Concrete Remix has a beautiful natural feel … really balances the vibe of this track.”
Salvatore Logicfusion (Deepinradio) – “Fresh and beautiful. Thumbs up!”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Brilliant. I love Dorian’s Concrete Remix.”
Hightower (JELEWA.de music blog) – “Nice EP. Nice vocals. Full support!”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “My goodness, this is special. Such beautiful tone and phrasing. I will be playing this a lot.”

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PointBender - Dusk Frontier (Harmonious Discord)

Harmonious Discord label boss and abstract artist PointBender returns with Dusk Frontier, his third and most expressly creative full-length album yet. PointBender is the moniker of Sean Anderson, an independent artist living in Austin, Texas, who has been putting out back-pocket releases for over fifteen years on imprints like Guidance, Thoughtless, Blaq, and his own imprint. Dusk Frontier is one-and-a-half years in the making and features collaborations from Toronto-based vocalist and Lal frontwoman Rosina Kazi, Texas-based dub artist Vegenaut, and techno artist Matthew Thompson. Sean took a new approach to constructing this album, focusing on recording single takes of audio directly and limiting himself to outboard gear with minimal computer intervention. In addition, the album features a multitude of live instrumentation with recordings of guitar, bass, drums, and clarinet alongside some personal field recordings. Dusk Frontier embodies a new outlook and direction for PointBender as an artist and is a taste of the future of the project.

Among the highlights is the title track which is a mixture of deep moods and cinematic overtures supported by driving percussion. Rosina Kazi provides a wide range of vocal phrases and complex harmonies over a field of growing synthesizer interplay. For "Brain Mud", Sean teams up with Vegenaut, a cross-genre artist with a flair for off-kilter glitchy dub works. Together they create a messy slow burn with smooth bass and a competing mixture of leads and synth sketches. There's also "Dub Creature", a canonical example of PointBender’s signature cinematic sound. Tightly controlled dub chords build into a druggy midnight bouncer with bass slides and plenty of dark arpeggios. The album closes with "Three Complications", an '80s-inspired piece that toes the line between indie-dance and a proper Balearic house song. There's much more to dig into here … each selection has its unique lens and language. Dusk Frontier is a thoughtful narrative on the boundaries of electronic music and how to push past cemented dance floor formulas.

Nick Warren (Hope Recordings) - "An excellent album. 'Brain Mud' and 'Dub Creature' are very fine."
Atish (Desert Hearts / Robot Heart) - "'Dusk Frontier' has an amazing vocal, and 'Dub Creature' has a really nice deep waviness. Actually I like all the tracks in some way … quite a bit to explore here!"
Anthony Pappa (Red Light District / Bedrock) – “Cool album. Some nice tracks here that will be used.”
Massimiliano Pagliara (Live At Robert Johnson) - "Digging 'Three Complications'."
DJ Aldrin (One With Music, Singapore) - "Wow … nice one!"
Kazuumi Ishii (Electronic Directory, Japan) - "A deep yet beautiful album."
Adam Warped (Whiskey Pickle / Strange Days) - "Nice work. Really enjoying the drone like ambience of 'Intro to an Aircraft'."
Alinep (Circle Music / Time in Manila) - "Big album here … all tracks are quality."
Harry Avers (NOICE!) - "Solid release … enough ear candy to listen to for days."
Jay Douzi (Runtomorrow) - "Digging this album … 'Steam Morris' is dope! I'm going to play it out this weekend."
Tariq Ziyad (Nu Urban ERA) - "A truly impressive musical journey. This is a great dance music album, the likes of which we used to get in the golden era. Excellent."
Esette (Substation Recordings / Girls on Decks) – “I’m loving ‘Passive Casio’ & ‘Three Complications’. This is a fun release with lots of diversity.”
Lee Guthrie (Click Therapy / Wiggle) – “’Pferd’, ‘Dusk Frontier’, and ‘Passive Casio’ all very nicely done.”

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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.