New Single: Sev Seveer “Circus Sideshow” (Free Download) + Vinyl Pre-Order

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Chicago beat savant and Push Beats resident producer, Sev Seveer returns with a brand new project for the Beats of All-Nations catalog.  Challenging the laws of music theory in his latest probe,  Smithereens, available worldwide on July 8, 2016!  With this announcement we are also very excited to announce pre-orders on a very small run of vinyl (our first) and a free download of the first single, “Circus Sideshow.”  Hit play, and we’ll let Sev break it down from there.


“Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque) is the launch point that I’d like to present to listeners of Smithereens. I feel that it’s a well-defined example of the techniques and themes that I’m exploring in the project. With Smithereens as an ode and journey into Neo-Impressionist divisionism/pointillism from a sonic angle, as well as Gestalt psychology as it pertains to visual art, I wanted to portray in the single a sense of fragmented wholeness. Polyrhythms that might initially be confusing; texture, ambiguous harmonies (Is it in key? Is it out of key?) that if listened to enough times start to really make sense, because as explained by Aristotle, “a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Parade de cirque is a painting by Georges Seurat of various sideshow acts playing for passersby at a circus near place de la Nation in Paris; it is among my favorites of his work that I’ve explored for its bold and complex use of lighting to define spatial relationships.

Russian painter and musician Wassily Kandinsky is another artist whose work I explored for this project, particularly his assignment of colors to musical tones. I was inspired to create an instrumental that is the sonic mirror of the contrast of warm and cold colors I perceive in observing Parade de cirque. For instance, how to use reverbs with the digital artifacts of time stretched audio to sonically resemble the painting’s wonderful bubbly glow, used so creatively to indicate contrast between the depth of a stage band and the closer trombonist playing before a crowd standing in the dark. Most importantly, even the glow itself is composed of still tinier plops of uniquely arranged fragments of color. Unified macro/microscopic dissonance.

RasOm, who created the artwork for my last project, Constant Elevation: Odessa Star, took the reins on the first of two Smithereens covers. His work in digital pixel sorting is very similar in nature to the lighting techniques seen in Pointillist arrangements. He was able to chop and screw a great photo of a leaf print on a random sign in Northwest Chicago, taken by Mike Bump, and transform it into a piece that fit the original concept perfectly. Thanks for listening, visualizing, and reading. Peace and enjoy.”
-Sev Seveer

Since our first official release, Constant Elevation:  Odessa Star, Sev Seveer independently released the Convergence EP and more recently, Shelfie Baps, a mix of unreleased rap beats.  He also had a featured production spot on our compilation Seasons Change and various hip hop projects along the way, including an entire EP with Highest Low, released earlier this week.

Highest Low x Sev Seveer: Life’s a Beach

Words by Mike Styles:
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Chicago Rap Duo, Just Wise and Snotty Pippen, better known as Highest Low, team up with the Sev Seveer on the beats for their latest official release, Life’s A Beach.  The EP is packed with punchy rhymes, comedic relief, life’s highs and its lows.  What about the beats?  Sev has kept plenty busy in 2016, with the recently self-relesead Shelfie Baps and his upcoming project on Beats of All-Nations, Smithereens (look out for the first single this week).  No simple shit here.  In an interview on the premiere of the record at TheseDays.News, Highest Low expressed “We think our homie Sev Seveer, who made all the tracks for the project, is a really dope beatsmith with a distinct style that contrasted well with us. Plus he’s got the illest head nod in the game!”  We think this Life’s a Beach is the a perfect drop for the first day of Summer, enjoy it!

#NOWPLAYING: LIVING ROOM SESSIONS x BEATS OF ALL-NATIONS

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Last month we took the crew to the One Santa Fe building in Downtown Los Angeles met with the homie AJ Mendzter at Living Room Sessions, called some friends, plugged in the turntables and flipped on the camera.  Check the sets from Porchlite, Mike Styles, Radius ETC (Live Beat Set) and El Toro Negro!  Shout out to everyone who came to hang with us!

Follow Porchlite at
facebook.com/porchlitemusic
soundcloud.com/porchlite


Follow Mike Styles at
soundcloud.com/mikestyles


Follow Radius at
soundcloud.com/radiusone
etcrecords.com
instagram.com/radiusetc


Follow El Toro Negro at
soundcloud.com/d-musicologist

NuTropic: Sounds Without Borders

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Summer heat is approaching…let’s keep them feet moving with the NuTropic tribe and Co. In June we bring talent from LA and the Bay – welcoming Mike Styles, Gingee, and Wonway Posibul. Sounds without borders…all the way around!

June 2nd | The Short Stop | Echo Park, LA, CA | 9pm | free | 21+

//Mike Styles (Beats of All-Nations)https://beatsofallnations.com/
//Gingee (Magic Garage / Soundpaint)http://www.gingeeworld.com/
//Wonway (Makossa / Latin Soul Brothers)https://soundcloud.com/wonway/sets/mixes

+ residents
//Manohttps://soundcloud.com/manoymano
//Maple Syruphttp://soundcloud.com/djmaplesyrup
//NewLifehttps://soundcloud.com/voodoo-killer
//Seanohttp://soundwavesradio.com/seano

Live mixes @ https://www.mixcloud.com/Nutropic/