Pre-order the new digital album from Gulls! Raise the Frequency features incredible vocal contributions from PDX MC/Mystic Madgesdiq, Young Ecstatics A. Walker Spring, and amazing original art by the one and only Polygon Press. As well, RTF features the first digital availability of the highly praised Gulls 7″ on Zam Zam Sounds released in 2016.
This one is a dedication to personal and cultural growth, oneness and connection. Raise it up!
pre-orders of the Digital album and a limited edition TShirt now avail via BANDCAMP.
Killer review from one of our favorite sites, Textura!
“Boom Miami, the second chapter in Gulls’ twelve-inch series, matches the high standard set by the late-2010 Mean Sound outing. The new release serves up three ravishing electro-dub workouts by Boom Nation founder Jesse Munro Johnson of Portland, Oregon supplemented by a contribution from guest remixer Mike M. (Reporter/PDX). The title cut rolls out a crisp dub-funk groove that’s irresistible enough all by its lonesome, but Johnson adds to its allure by topping it with a bleepy, slightly Eastern-tinged motif that amplifies its trippiness. With no compromise to its entrancing melodic character, the track also receives a second treatment that’s slightly richer in percussive flavour and overall atmosphere and carries a smattering of funky house in its step too. Continue reading →
The BOOM MIAMI EP is the second installment in our Gulls 12” series. It features 3 original tracks further exploring the reaches of DUB SPACE, and SCI-FI POLY-RHYTHMICS. With Guest remix duties by MIKE M. (Reporter/PDX).
The majority of these tracks were recorded live in one take. Using a 12 channel mixer, a sequencer, and an array of analog equipment. Creating bass rich structures that are deceptively simple, raw and evocative.
Just a Little quickie Mix of some recent edits, and some fave musics.
Recorded Live @ Langano Lounge in PDX 6/17/2011
Tracklist: Baden Powell – “Lamento De Exu” – Gulls EDIT Phillip Glass – “Music in 12 parts/ part 4” – Gulls EDIT Maurizio – “M04A” Pearson Sound – “Stifle” The Rah Band – “Messages From The Stars” – Gulls EDIT Coulibaly Tidiane & L’Orchestre Dafra Star – “Bombossi” – Gulls EDIT Hot CHocolate – “I Just Love What Your Doing” – Gulls rverb Dub
“Portland, Oregon is a long way from any significant electronic-music hubs, and as for Jamaican influences—well, besides an out-of-the-way jerk chicken establishment or two, there isn’t much. But that isolation also entails the freedom to experiment, a quality amply evident in the first release from Portland’s Boomarm Nation, a label dedicated to “avant soundsystem musics” and inaugurated with an EP from the label founder’s solo project, Gulls. “Mean Sound” is a strange beast, with a syncopated rhythmic base that’s similar to dubstep and a 115-BPM tempo that couldn’t be more unusual for the form. A brawny synthesizer bass muscles the tune forward, leaving a trail of incidental sounds and stray percussion in its wake. The sounds seem to come from the cheaper end of the vintage-synth spectrum, but they lend their own character to the production. “Vetted” is a mid-tempo dub-Techno jam fashioned from spindly synthesizers and oodles of delay, and from all the manic action in the background, you can tell that these are real knobs being tweaked in real time. Strategy (Paul Dickow) rounds out the release with a “Mean Sound” remix that adds triple-time drum fills and spring reverb around the main synth riff, sounding like some undiscovered electro-dub relic from the late ’80s.”