Posted on Jul 6th, 2011 in Announcements > Videos by Mr. Goldbar
Photos by Josh Wehle
There’s very few places where grimy Detroit hip-hop and Japanese grrrl-power riffs can coexist, or record crates where 5am warehouse techno and quirky synth pop stack right behind one another. Yet somehow it all makes sense together once we stamp it with the Fool’s Gold logo. Our latest signings expand the FG umbrella even wider, bringing sensual electro three-piece Cubic Zirconia and drum machine troubadour Party Supplies into the fold.
Cubic Zirconia have not-so-secretly established themselves as one of the most dynamic bands in New York. Tiombe Lockhart, Nick Hook and Daud Sturdivant have blended elements of house, R&B and experimental electronics to make what Dazed & Confused calls, “hyped-up, sexually-charged club music that is raw, unblinkered and very fresh…the real deal.” After several self-released singles and videos, the trio will release their debut album Follow Your Heart with Fool’s Gold on September 20th, featuring even more sweaty, polyrythmic rave-ups and guest appearances from Dam Funk, Drop The Lime and Bilal. “Fool’s Gold is all about breaking genre boundaries,” explains A-Trak. “Cubic Zirconia’s music challenges record store bins’ classification and I find that dope. Tiombe, Nick and Daud each have a rich musical history before combining as a group, and Cubic Zirconia feels like where that all gets supercharged. Go watch one of their live performances, you’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
Party Supplies is the stage name of Justin Nealis, a Queens-born producer and literal one man band whose handmade MPC symphonies and heartfelt stage presence blend hip-hop energy with anthemic indie hooks. His homegrown remixes for Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros turn festival favorites into cut and paste epics, and are just a taste of the original material he has in store. “Party Supplies gives me Madchester vibes, and makes me think of all the 80s and 90s alternative stuff I really love,” says Nick Catchdubs. “He can turn a breakbeat into a love song like nobody else. Plus he’s really a rap guy? And our actual neighbor? I knew we had to sign him immediately.” Party Supplies will be hitting the studio to record his first album this summer.
Stay tuned for more new music and surprises from the entire Fool’s Gold family all this summer, including the first EP in years from beloved French electronic duo Para One & Tacteel, Danny Brown’s long awaited XXX, and the latest singles from Kingdom, Telephoned, The Suzan and more.