Howard Ivans’ "Pillows (Version)" dub by Matthew E. White &"Red Face Boy" 7” out now on Spacebomb
Trey Pollard premieres at Impose
Trey Pollard premieres at Impose
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DUB: Howard Ivans - "Pillows (Version)" via Impose
Original: Howard Ivans - "Pillows"
In case you missed it
DUB: Howard Ivans - "Red Face Boy (Version)" via SPIN
Original: Howard Ivans - "Red Face Boy" via SPIN
"magnificent art-funk treasure"
"Dub is a process, invented and refined in Jamaica in the 1970s, that spread throughout the world and has come to inform almost all of the music we listen to in one way or another. At Spacebomb we are dedicated to this process and to the continuous redefinition of what a record can be. We want to see our recordings work in many different ways, in many different frames, maximizing what we do in the studio and demonstrating that a record can be malleable, bendable, and changeable. We are dedicated to improvisation not only as musicians, but as engineers, performers, producers, and creatures of imagination, and hope that our dubs stand as lively, fresh and courageous interactions.
"Pillows (Version)" was given life on November 5th in the Spacebomb attic. We took our work on Howard Ivans’ satin-lined R&B and sent it through a kaleidoscope of delay and reverb, sailing it through the Spacebomb void, through circuits, tubes, tape and out the other side. Improvising, reimagining, and playing with electricity until we discovered something–recognizable and related, but sincerely new.
Spacebomb holds tight to the idea that Dub is not a genre, but a way of interacting with recorded music--a process that becomes philosophy. This is truly the first time we have been able to share it with you. Thank you for listening."
- Matthew E. White
In 2012, Spacebomb dropped a bottle in an ocean, a record by Matthew E. White called Big Inner, the label’s inaugural work. It floated around the world and into thousands of new homes. For a small organization just starting out, it was more than just a success–it was a game changer. This fall, Spacebomb will again open its arms and gather around a man calledHoward Ivans, embracing a process to produce a magic piece of round plastic. SB003, all hail the mighty 45. All hail Howard Ivans, of indie pop darlings The Rosebuds and soft rock bad boys Gayngs. Here he’s stepping out solo, bringing along two mesmerizing, gut-sticking, and monstrously sexy tracks that tear away the walls between the future and the past, sadness and happiness, light and shadow. Howard Ivans reveals himself anew, with two brilliant flashes of chromatic-eyed soul.
Side A, “Red Face Boy,” is a blistering journey through the madness and insecurity of love, feet on the floor, glossy ‘n raw. Tight Virginia funk with obvious nods to the city formerly known as Minneapolis. Side B, “Pillows,” is a honeyed dream ballad, the trademark Spacebomb sound draped in silk: ravishing strings, stinging horns, and above all, an insistent and persuasive rhythm section. This is bedroom music and party music, for the wedding and the honeymoon, music for work or play. This is the music of Spacebomb & Howard Ivans, the music of our minds.
The game may have changed, but the Spacebomb players are still the same: Pinson Chanselle and Cameron Ralston, drum and bass rhythm kings; string arrangements by Trey Pollard; and horn charts by Matthew E. White. Hear the attic studio move and shake like a well-oiled machine, making records the Spacebomb way. A perfect match for Ivans’ vision, for the man who made a song-by-song cover album of Sade’s Love Deluxe, channeling all his love for the history of satin-lined R&B into creating (and crooning) these two remarkable songs.
The 21st century has a soul-shaped void in its heart and Howard Ivans is going to fill it until the grooves run out.