Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ssion's New Label Running Into Trouble

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 2:17 PM

You haven't been reading The Pitch if you don't know about the Ssion or Murderbot. Murderbot, aka a young DJ named Chris, recently relocated to Chicago and founded Sleazetone Records, on which he has released the latest Ssion single on CD and vinyl. However, Chris is having trouble getting the release out on the DJ-friendly digitial distro site Beatport. Below is the e-mail we received this morning from Chris. It's both a good primer on the Ssion's recent accomplishments and it contains a dilemma of which everyone who wants to dance to the Ssion at clubs should be aware.

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"Hi, my name's Chris, and I just want to release a record by the Ssion."

From: "Chrissy Murderbot / Sleazetone"

Subject: A favor for Murderbot / Ssion / Sleazetone — THIS IS IMPORTANT!

As many of you know, I recently started a second record label called Sleazetone. The initial release, a CD & 12" single by a really wonderful band called Ssion came out on Feb 12. There's been a lot of critical acclaim -- features in Better Propaganda, Big Stereo, Fluxblog, Gorilla vs. Bear, Imageyenation, Missing Toof, Music For Robots, Palms Out Sounds, Paper Thin Walls, Pitchfork, Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, RCRD LBL, Slutty Fringe, Stereogum, Pitch Weekly, GBH.tv, Pensatos, Vice, the Village Voice, XLR8R, a nice big feature in Urb's new Next 100 issue, and forthcoming reviews in Ghetto Blaster & Pitchfork. It has also been charting well in CMJ (Top 200 & RPM charts), and the live shows have been getting an EXCELLENT response. Cody (the lead singer) has just done a new video for Tilly and the Wall, in addition to his previous video and art design work for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, The Faint, Black Dice, etc. Basically, this is an amazing project.

(Click More for more.)

Beatport (a popular dance music MP3 sales site which specializes in high-kbps MP3s for DJs) currently works with Dead Homies (my other label), and originally agreed to sell the new Sleazetone releases as well, but then reneged (on THE DAY OF the release!) because according to them the release wasn't "traditional dance" enough. I think this either means "it's too poppy" or, god forbid, "it's too gay". Either way, it's bad news for me, for Ssion, and for people who like good dance / pop / independent music.

So HERE is what I am asking you to do: please copy the following message and e-mail it to the president of Beatport, Tom Hoch (tom.hoch@beatport.com). Here it is, and thanks in advance guys!

"Dear Mr. Hoch,

Hi! I am a fan of the band Ssion, I was wondering why their new releases ("Fools Gold" and the accompanying 12") weren't available on Beatport. I was recently informed by their label manager that Beatport had initially accepted the label (Sleazetone), but then backed out on the release date. I wanna buy a high-bitrate copy of this stuff--please don't make me go to iTunes!

Please let me know if/when the Ssion release goes online.

Thanks,

(your name here)"

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