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While the eclecticism of his debut album The Find won him many fans, Watts Happening pushes the envelope to reveal even more about MC/producer Ohmega Watts and continues to challenge the expectations of what a rap album could be.  The record includes collaborations with lauded Philly-based MC/producer Jneiro Jarel and up n’coming Brazilian vocalist Tita Lima who appears on the DJ-friendly Brazilian-tinged excursion “Adaptacao.”  Watts wrote “Are You Satisfied” for Bay Area blues n’funkstress, and one of James Brown’s favorite female vocalists Sugarpie Desanto, inspired by recent losses she suffered in a tragic fire at her Oakland home.  London instrumentalist, and label mate, Shawn Lee also provides some key sounds from his over-stocked studio.  The album includes features from favorite Watts cohorts like the Lightheaded crew, Triple Grip and Theory Hazit.

Ohmega Watts has a wide-eyed, all-encompassing, set of musical influences that range from the more obvious soul and funk tunes, to being a big fan of Stereolab and Broadcast, psychedelic Brazilian sounds, to music by UK producers like Quantic and Mr Scruff.  As such Watts Happening follows on from his debut album, The Find, exploring and presenting a multitude of beats, rhythms, and styles.  With The Find he threaded these sounds together for the first time and his popularity grew organically from a virtually-unknown MC to one who has performed all over the USA including dates like Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot with Lyrics Born and The Greyboy Allstars.  He has headlined the MusicFest NW show, and played dates with Breakestra, The CoupLifesavas, De La Soul, Blackalicious, RJD2, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Masta Killa, and Count Bass D.  In addition he has toured throughout Europe and Japan.

ImageRolling Stone described his album as being full of “Funky soul and razor-sharp dance-floor cuts,” and continued, “this is hip-hop that everyone - not just fans of the genre - can enjoy".  Cutting edge UK mag Dazed & Confused described him as “One of the freshest talents to have emerged out of hip-hop's leftfield in the last five years.”  And The Source added, “Ohmega takes it back to when it was only about beats and rhymes, when Jam Master Jay was more than a memory and the culture had harmony."

Since recording The Find he has appeared on records by Galactic, Shawn Lee, Quantic, Connie Price and the Keystones, and Australian act The Bamboos.

On Watts Happening there’s a handful of party-pleasing dance-floor fillers in all different shapes and sizes including the hard-hitting Afrobeat drum-powered “The Platypus Strut” which was made with a cast of musicians from the red-hot LA funk and soul scene like Miles Tackett on guitar (Breakestra) and Todd Simon on horns and flute (The Lions, Connie Price, Antibalas etc).  The space-funk of “Work For Wealth” featuring fellow-Portland-based musicians Ragen and Barry of Triple Grip, and rap cuts like “Eyes and Ears” and “Triple Double” will also keep the DJs happy.  There are also mellow or thought-provoking tunes like “No Delay,” inspired by the movies Born Into Brothels and Boys of Baraka, “Found” addressing a Watts’ religious transformations and “Gone With The Wind” which opens with a tasty jazz drum lick.

+ CD includes a vocal AND an instrumental disc.

+ Making of & music video from the album to air in the weeks before release date.

+ Ohmega Watts podcast on iTunes to air in October

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Watts Happening

 

TRACK LISTING 

01. What's It Worth

02. Triple Double Feat. Theory Hazit

03. No Delay Feat. Surreal of the Sound Providers

04. Shorty Shouts

05. Model Citizen

06. Few and Far Between

07. Eyes and Ears Feat. Jneiro Jarel of Shape of Broad Minds

08. Roc the Bells Feat. Lightheaded

09. Adaptacao Feat. Tita Lima

10. Saywhayusay

11. Are You Satisfied Feat. Sugar Pie DeSanto

12. Dedicated

13. Memory Lane Feat. Genahral Victor

14. Found
15. Work for Wealth Feat. Ragen Fykes and Barry Hampton of Triple Grip

16. The Platypus Strut

17. Freak Out

18. Gone with the Wind
 

 

TOUR DATES 

  OCT 05 2007
@ Raw Sushi and Island Grill
523 E. First Ave.
Spokane, Washington
$8.00 / All Ages

OCT 06 2007
@ Nectar
412 N. 36th St.
Seattle, Washington
www.nectarlounge.com


OCT 10 2007
@ Doug Fir Lounge
890 E Burnside
Portland, Oregon
$10 / 21+
www.dougfirlounge.com


EUROPE DATES / with Theory Hazit and Braille of Lightheaded*

OCT 12 2007
@ Hof Ter Lo
w/ De La Soul
Antwerp, Belguim


OCT 13 2007
@ La Maroquinerie
Paris, France


OCT 16 2007
@ Tuesday Club
Sheffield, UK


OCT 18 2007
@ Rira
Dublin, Ireland


OCT 20 2007
@ Cargo
London, UK


OCT 22 2007*
@ Bar Guru
Athens, Greece


OCT 24 2007*
@ TBA
Heidelburg, Karlstorbahnhof


OCT 25 2007*
@ Mekker Club
Baden, Switzerland


OCT 27 2007*
@ Rote Fabrik
Zurich, Switzerland


OCT 28 2007*
@ Stadgarten
Cologne, Germany


OCT 29 2007*
@ Ampere
Munich, Germany

OCT 30 2007*
@ 103 Club
Berlin, Germany


OCT 31 2007
@ Caberat Aleatoire (Ohmega & Theory only w/ Hocus Pocus)
Marseille, France


NOV 1 2007
@ Paradiso (Ohmega & Theory only)
Amsterdam, Holland

AUSTRALIA DATES : NOV 23
@ The Espy
Melbourne

NOV 24
@ Oxford Art Factory
Sydney

NOV 29
@ The Step Inn
Brisbane

NOV 30
@ Rosemount
Perth

DEC 1
@ Rockit Bar

Adelaide

US DATES:

NOV 06 2007
@ Mac's Bar
2700 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, Michigan
$7 / 18+
www.macsbar.com


NOV 07 2007
@ The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana
21+
www.thejazzkitchen.com


NOV 09 2007
@ Darkroom
2210 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
$10 / 21+
www.darkroombar.com


NOV 10 2007
@ The Dinkeytowner Cafe
412 1/2 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota
$5 / 18+
www.tenthousandbreaks.com


NOV 14 2007
@ Chasers Nightclub
8005 E Roosevelt St.
Scottsdale, Arizona
www.chaserslive.com

 


 

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