LR090 –
Bene’s World



LR090
Benedek – Bene’s World
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*total runtime 39min
*cover art from Dyami O’Brien

Get 2 know Nicky Benedek: a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and DJ. His compositions bridge the nebulous territories of house, boogie, hip-hop, jazz-fusion and experimental new age.

Born and bred in Los Angeles, Benedek began pulling inspiration from the city’s structural and visual dichotomies at a young age. He picked up a guitar at 9 years-old, taking note of any and all sonic surroundings, from prevalent West Coast G-funk to the synthesized sound effects in video games to a Herbie Hancock record pulled from his dad’s collection. Amongst a complex set of influences, funk took a hold on his heart by high school.

Bene’s World is Benedek’s second Leaving Records release, following last year’s Coolin’ EP as well as a full-length debut on the influential Peoples Potential Unlimited label. His catalogue also includes collaborations with Dam-Funk, Delroy Edwards and Tom Noble. Recorded between his Koreatown studio and the West LA home he grew up in, Bene’s World captures the characteristically-LA mingling of urban action and canyon seclusion.


photo: Robb Klassen




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Zjumk



LR121
Yialmelic Frequencies – Zjumk
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*total runtime: 53mins
*cover art and video by Adam Ferriss

Yialmelic Frequencies is the ASMR-triggering instrumental New Age music experimentations from Starseed Diva Dompé channeled from her home planet Yialmel. Zjumk collects the instrumental layers Diva has created and archived at dublab.com for her monthly guided-meditation radio show “Yialmelic Transmissions” – this is the first album in a series of volumes from this reserve. Expect more forthcoming full-length albums this year from Diva on Leaving Records.








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LIVE


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LR105
BANANA – LIVE
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*total runtime: 25min
*ltd 200 tapes w.risograph OCards
*ltd 500 vinyl

 

BANANA”LIVE”

Composed & Produced by Josiah Steinbrick

Stephen Black – Clarinet, Saxophone
Huw Evans – Guitar, Synthesizer
Josh Klinghoffer – Marimba, Synthesizer
Cate Le Bon – Piano, Vibraphone
Stella Mozgawa – Bass, Marimba, Percussion
Josiah Steinbrick – Vibraphone, Piano

1. Banana A
2. Banana B
3. Banana C
4. Banana D

Recorded by Samur Khouja at El Sereno
Assisted by Nathaniel Eras

Mixed by Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen & Josiah Steinbrick at Stones Throw Studios
Assisted by Jake Viator

Mastered by Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound

“Banana B” contains elements from Part IV of Kolm Ballaadi Poistekoorile by Heino Jürisalu & Part I of Instrumentals Vol. II by Arthur Russell

Arrangements on A, B, & C by BANANA

Art Direction by Josiah Steinbrick

Image sourced from the archives of Michael Dumontier

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The album itself was recorded live to reel to reel tape on March 29th 2016 to be aired as a special on dublab.com. This incarnation of the ensemble came together to serve as backing group for Cate Le Bon’s “Crab Day” promotional tour as well as the opening act. We performed in Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Cardiff, London, Los Angeles, and New York City. BANANA was a new experience for us. The sound of musicians I feel very connected to playing freely around composed pieces under my direction – exploring themes and theories of naturalism and modalism through repetition. For those in search of a bath, a rinse, a departure, or an expansion. Hopefully exotic, hopefully pleasant.

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