Redeye Welcomes Otá Records, Yippee Ki Yay Records and Duchess Box Records

September 28th, 2016


OTA Records

Otá is a Yoruba word meaning stone, and refers to the stone icons used in the West African spiritual practice of Ifa.

Formed in 1996, Otá Records is an independent production company and record label based in Oakland, California, dedicated to the music of internationally acclaimed Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa. Otá Records has released 16 Omar Sosa CDs, including the groundbreaking Roots Trilogy: Free Roots (OTA1003 – 1997), Spirit of the Roots (OTA1005 – 1999), and Bembón (OTA1007 – March 2000).





Duchess Box Records began in Berlin in 2014 with its debut release from Thee Nathaniel Fregoso And The Bountiful Hearts the new project from The Blood Arm.

The label was set up by Grant Box who had been co owner of the label Snowhite Records (The Sounds, Zoot Woman) before leaving to set up Snowhite PR, a promotion agency based in Berlin with clients such as The Brian Jonestown Masscare and The Dandy Warhols. Duchess Box was set up to release the artists he loved that didn’t have a budget for promotion or a structure for a DIY release.





Launched in San Antonio, Texas, Yippee Ki Yay Records was founded in the summer of 2014 with the goal of providing an artist-friendly, fun, and much-needed local platform for releasing a curated selection of garage, punk, and other rock-oriented music. A mixed catalog of Texas tunes soon took shape alongside an international roster from countries like Argentina, Canada, Sweden, and more from across the globe.

Yippee Ki Yay has gained a following promoting not only its artists’ music, but also release parties in DIY spaces, regional caravan tours with Yippee Ki Yay artists, and a successful first showcase at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2016. Now with Redeye Worldwide set as a distributor, Yippee Ki Yay is planning a variety of to-be-announced full-length projects from Texas artists and international artists currently in their early stages of recording, mixing, and mastering.



On Tour: Junior Boys & Roosevelt

September 16th, 2016

09/20 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat
09/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/23 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater
09/24 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
09/26 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
09/27 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
09/28 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
09/29 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
09/30 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
10/01 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
10/03 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
10/04 – Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre
10/06 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
10/07 – Orlando, FL – The Social

09/20 -Los Angeles, CA – Echo
09/21 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
09/22 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
09/23 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
09/26 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
09/27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
09/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
09/29 – Washington, DC – DC9
09/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle

Redeye Alert: The Frightnrs, Mykki Blanco, Hari Kondabulu + more

September 16th, 2016

– The Frightnrs Nothing More To Say is getting tons of great press. Clash Music says “The Frightnrs have emerged to take rocksteady in fresh directions, a 21st century overhaul for a classic – and oft-neglected – sound.” NPR calls the album, “A meticulously crafted and ruthlessly good record of unique reggae.” The New York Times also commented on the band’s authenticity, “From the start, both the band’s sound and presentation stood out from common Caribbean interpretations by other young American bands…favoring instead earnest ballads with a deep soul groove.”

– The larger-than-life rapper, Mykki Blanco, shares the stories and inspiration behind the 13 tracks on her long-awaited debut album on The Fader. Mykki is out today.

– Hari Kondabulu appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition earlier today. Mainstream American Comic is out now.

– Brian Eno Launches The Ship – A Generative Film. Find out more on Pitchfork.

– Noisey says Danny Brown “has no competition.” The New York Times recently interviewed him and he also talked ‘Nas and the new album’ with NPR.

-The New Yorker recently ran a feature on Dean Blunt’s Babyfather project.  BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow is out now on Hyperdub.

– Pitchfork gave a sweet 7.8 review for Tim Presley’s Wink on Drag City.  It’s out now and the review focuses on the collaboration between Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon.

Clash Magazine calls Douglas Dare’s “Oh Father” ‘beautifully heartbreaking.’ Aforger is out October 14th on Erased Tapes.

Pitchfork says Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy nail “Emotional High” via ‘fist-pumped, punk-pop fervor and raging DayGlo guitars.’

– Redeye is pleased to announce that Chatham County Line’s Autumn is currently the #1 Bluegrass album in America!

– Pitchfork calls Zomby’s Ultra “the most self-assured Zomby record in ages…” FACT says it “deconstructs UK club history but never loses sight of the dancefloor” and Mixmag states “This is the album Zomby‘s always promised to make and it’s everything we could have hoped for.”

– Stereogum premiered Gurr’s video for “Walnuts,” stating the track ‘exhibits a sunny sentimentality that’s infectious and calming.’

Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars Featured on Apollo’s “On Deck…” Playlist

September 15th, 2016


Apollo has launched an all-new playlist on Spotify this month called “On Deck” as part of our monthly spotlight series. “On Deck…” will feature a selected personality from the Redeye label family who will curate a playlist of music based on a topic of their choosing.

For the first installment of “On Deck,” Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars curated a playlist in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kill Rock Stars. The playlist features 25 songs and includes a song from each year of the label’s catalog of releases.

About her playlist, Portia had the following to say. “2016 is the 25th Anniversary of Kill Rock Stars!!  I wanted to make a playlist with one song from every year that the label has existed, and in doing so I realized that all the bands I was selecting have at least one woman in them.  That’s just a little bonus.  The main point is that each of these bands is amazing, and hopefully there will be some gems in here that listeners aren’t already familiar with.  Enjoy!”

“On Deck” will launch with a new host and playlist on the 15th of each month. In the months to come, we will feature many more labels and personalities from the diverse and rich Redeye label family.

Listen to “On Deck…Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars” now.

Redeye Welcomes Hausu Mountain

September 9th, 2016

Hausu Mountain

Hausu Mountain is a record label founded in 2012.The label operates out of Chicago, IL and focuses on releasing oddball electronic music.

“We had high hopes for Hausu Mountain when we placed the small Chicago outfit on our labels to watch list in January. Still, we couldn’t have predicted their incredible 2015. The label’s ragtag roster of artists held court over our Bandcamp column this year, delivering experimental music that was as challenging as it was fun” – Fact Magazine – #2 label of 2015