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  • We are proud to present our third release of 2015, BST009: ‘Marble Room’, from the ever talented LA based producer and DJ, Queen Leaf. These fantastic tracks have been in the queue for awhile now and we are overjoyed for them to be seeing the light of day.

    BST009 will be out 05.26.15 in digital format. Stream the title track via XLR8R below.


    BST009 comes from the talented LA producer and DJ, Queen Leaf. Joseph Craig presents 'Marble Room’ as an unrestricted alternative interpretation of contemporary bass and club music that exists somewhere between dance floor ready productions and leisure listening. The sound that Craig further explores on this release finds him feeling more at home than ever. 'Gone’ starts things off with crawling and spacious percussions loosely held together by drifting pads and the satisfying consistency of a subtle vocal sample. 'Marble Room’ accelerates from the comfortable head nodding groove of 'Gone’ and toys with constant and aggressive deconstruction and reconstruction while sustaining the listener’s interest through its dynamic and metronomic qualities.

    On remix duties are No Secrets affiliates Patrick Brian and Moiety. Brian, a recent Terror Rhythm alum, helms the remix of 'Gone’, and rebuilds it into a cavernous club ready piece that typifies the sound of No Secrets. Moiety takes the rhythmic and percussive elements of 'Marble Room’ and restructures them to fit comfortably on a 4x4 grid, turning the original production into a churning dance floor work out.


    Pre-Order 'Marble Room’ directly from us here: http://goo.gl/qGd27T

    Tracklist
    1. Gone (5:36)
    2. Marble Room (6:00)
    3. Gone (Patrick Brian Remix) (5:18)
    4. Marble Room (Moiety Remix) (6:26)

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  • Sanctuary Sunday: Blankstairs Label Showcase

    05.17.15 / 7-10pm / Free
    at XHURCH
    4550 NE 20th Ave
    Portland, OR 97211

    Performances from:

    BEN GLAS (Blankstairs // NYC)
    Ben Glas is an Interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon, where he is attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art, contemporarily. In his work, Ben is attempting to slow down, even to write this passage, and continue the age-old conversation between life and art. Through multimedia installations, sound and video work, Ben seeks to add to an ethereal dinner conversation that may be read as a guide to life’s mysteries. Or not. He is human. Blankstairs will be releasing Glas’ stellar sonic debut later this year.

    DAPPER DAN (Blankstairs / Pastel Voids // PDX)
    Dapper Dan is the industrial/noise project of Charlie Perez who often performs as Metropol. Charlie has been experimenting with rhythm and the outer reaches of musical and sound manipulation for a few years now and has successfully crafted an idiosyncratic sound drawing on inspirations from dance and club music, to early musique concrete compositions as well as celestial and psychedelic experiences. Perez’s work has primarily manifested itself via his tape imprint, Pastel Voids. Blankstairs will be releasing the debut 12” from his collaborative project, Dream City, in the coming future.

    WARREN MATTOX (Blankstairs // PDX)
    Warren Mattox is the co-founder of the PDX/NYC based record label, Blankstairs. His sound consists of visually informed production influenced by experiments in visual art which have lead to arrangements with an emphasis on texture and color. Sonically, warmth and repetition manifest as a means of conjuring the comfortably hypnotic with inspiration from the modern edge of industrial landscape as a counter-weight, leading the listener into states of duality resting somewhere between induced psychedelia and the clarity of sobriety. Presently Warren and Nathaniel are working on a collaborative musical project to be released in the coming future.

    visual work from:

    NATHANIEL YOUNG (Blankstairs // NYC)
    Nathaniel Young is the co-founder of Blankstairs and lives and works in New York, NY. Growing up in Portland, OR Nathaniel is highly influenced by his environment as it manifests itself through nature and urban landscapes. Creative inspiration is also realized through a highly spiritualized upbringing, and his obsessive fascination with the minuscule and seemingly meaningless observations of his present domain. This immense satisfaction with the mundane affords him the ability to visualize and conceptualize in ways others may consider unconventional. When not working in the sonic medium or managing the logistical demandings of Blankstairs Nathaniel works as a photographer.

  • BST008 is currently available at the following NYC shops:

    Co-Op 87 Records

    Rough Trade NYC

    Halcyon the Shop

    BST008 is currently available at the following online US retailers:

    Experimedia

    Apothecary Compositions


    more shops to come

  • UPCOMING SHOWS

    Josef Gaard at Q Nightclub / SEATTLE / 4.21.15 / 9pm-late
    w/ John Talabot and Marc Piñol

    Nathaniel Young & First Circle at TAG TAG TAG Magazine Launch / NYC / 4.23.15 / 7-10pm

    Archivist (live) at Machine House Brewery / SEATTLE / 4.24.15 / 10pm-4am
    w/ Refracted, WNDFRM, and Raj 

    Warren Mattox at Renn Fayer / PORTLAND / 5.1.15

    First Circle at Bossa Nova Civic Club / NYC / 5.12.15 / 10pm-4am

    Blankstairs Showcase at Sanctuary Sunday / PORTLAND / 5.17.15
    w/ MMH, Ben Glas, and Warren Mattox

    Josef Gaard at Kremwerk / SEATTLE / 6.5.15 / 9pm-dawn
    w/ Shifted, Blackhat, Fugal, Nick Bartoletti, Knifecream, and Dr. Troy

  • DOUBT DJ set at Information Warehouse / PDX / April 2015

    (image by Kristen Dalen)

  • We are proud to welcome two incredibly talented DJs to the Blankstairs family. First Circle and Mapes have been exploring dance floor iterations in New York City and the surrounding areas for a number of years now with their captivating sets and intense attention to detail and selection. We couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with these two fantastic individuals and we’re excited to watch them flourish and set bodies into motion in and around New York City and beyond.

    Take the time to visit their artist pages and familiarize yourself with their quality output.

    + www.blnkstrs.com/first-circle

    + www.blnkstrs.com/mapes

  • BLANKSTAIRS Presents:

    Doubt (Mistress / Don’t Be Afraid // MINN)

    Metropol (Blankstairs / Pastel Voids // PDX)

    Ghost Dub (Dropping Gems // PDX)


    4.10.15 // $10 // 10pm - late

    Undisclosed Location (TBA)

  • visual piece created for CONCEPT ( NYC / March 2015) by Nathaniel Young