April 20, 2014 – Formerly Known As is honored to announce its Semi Final nomination for Label of the Year (5 or less employees) in the 2014 Libera awards. The LIBBYs will celebrate their third annual award ceremony on June 19, 2014, at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. These prestigious awards highlight various independent music, projects or artists released on an independently owned or controlled label from March 2013 – February 2014. This nomination is well deserved for Formerly Known As, highlighting the unconventional efforts of William and Gina Robinson who pulled the start up company together in less than 15 months. During their first year Formerly Known As contributed and released 12 CD based projects, countless music based products, programs and peripherals. Formerly Known As is the In-House label while FKACO is a California Media Holding Company For The Arts & Entertainment Industry including Independent Media Rights Management and Music Distribution. These two elements under the same corporate brand demonstrate an innovative company vision, which proves to be on the path towards redefining the traditional definition of a ”Record Label” in today’s artistic environment.
Formerly Know As shares the spotlight in the same category as Brainfeeder, Crammed Discs, Decon Records, Faderlabel, Ghostly International, Luaka Bop, Partisan Records/Knitting Factory, Tru Thoughts, Tuff Gong Worldwide And Yamaha Entertainment Group Of America.
Additionally AUDOCS is nominated for The Light Bulb Award, which celebrates the most innovative/creative marketing campaign for a project released by an independent label or artist. Audocs serves as FKACO’s digital online and mobile promotions platform, label and distribution service for worldwide accounts and is currently in Beta. Audocs based accounts and services are direct agreements and include content preparation (Metadata), media conversion, asset management, storage, playlist marketing, promotions and quarterly reporting.
Libera award finalist will be chosen by a panel of independent music experts from media, retail, distribution, marketers, and other strategic music partners and awarded on June 19, 2014.
California USA, Apr 22, 2014 – Considering All Things Beautiful (CATB), compiles Felah City Shafs Revival as a Fine tuned ambient drone, soundscape and sound track release. Completed in March of 2014, FSCR will also appear in the 4 album set of ‘Urban Sufi Music Volume One’.
Bil Basmala’s Visionary soundscape and layers took about 6 years to totally evolve. Starting out as the dUbeclEctric ep in the winter of 2008. And evolved into a 10 song album. Felah City features the title track ‘Abadan Thread’ (Foreva), fUshihojoki’s ‘oF the Field’, We, Anon, Kidwell, Scrape, All Love, Cosmic Isa, Nuevo Touche’ and Pure.
Considering All Things Beautiful presents Felah City Shafs Revival and plans to spawn several stems of the album including “The Pilot” revisited, Blaqods, dUBeclectric, Mont and fUshihojoki.
Lead Track: Abadan Thread (foreva)
Artist: Considering All Things Beautiful
Record Number: FKA26
Album Title: Felah City Shafs Revival
Release Date: 5/13/2014
Digital: Formerly Known As
CDr: Fringe Analog Recordings
‘Bil Basmala – On The Edge Of Forever’, Hasan’s retail-ready album for 2013.
California USA, Mar 31, 2014 – Now, FKACO releases Bil Basmala ‘On The Edge Of Forever’ CD for Record Store Day 2014 @recordstoreday on 4/19. Kicking Off A New Co-op Retail Program via Audocs @audocs, including 42 Stores In North America. Also Apart of the campaign is Bil Basmala ‘UHM w/Style’ begins Impacting Top 100 College Radio in the U.S. till 4/19/2014.
Originally released on Cd in 2013 by Formerly Known As, “On The Edge Of Forever” by Bil Basmala was also released in digital ‘Deluxe’, on 1/14/14. Including a special Booklet and 432 Masters by Eastern Department, preview here. Also released in 2013 in digital form was The Get Down and Counterpoint singles in the series.
‘On The Edge Of Forever’ – contains all the essential blends of artistic ‘strangeness’ of style. “The production. Dusty… Hard jazz, deep funk sounds, but taken so far and so deep from the source as to be absorbed and transformed. From some alternate reality where Dolphy and Mingus invented the MPC and jazz never ended, kept on going.”(Elmattic)
About the album
Title: On the edge of forever (Deluxe)
Artist: Bil Basmala
LABEL: Formerly Known As
US RELEASE DATE: 5/28/2013
EU. RELEASE DATE: 8/28/2013
Genre (s): Left-Field, Hip-Hop and Electronic Instrumentals
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – UHM (original)
California USA, Feb 16, 2014 –
SleepWalk (ERS Raw) from The SleepWalk Project,
Groundbreaking Original Dystopian Hip-Hop Debuts Spring 2014,
The time is now and straight out of ‘Brother From Another Planet’, a futuristic emceet travels back to earth and encounters a new paradigm of corporate based entities invading the independent thoughts and minds of the world.
Produced by T.S. Flour @psyopsogist, Lyrics by Hasan Robinson @bilbasmala. Mixed and Masterd by Paul ‘NASA’ Loverro @UncommonRecords.Release Date Apr. 15th 2014 on 7 inch, Fringe Analog Recordings and Formerly Known As/ Fka Co for Digital.Release Date Apr. 15th 2014 on 7 inch, Fringe Analog Recordings and Formerly Known As/ Fka Co for Digital.
The Los Angeles-based label will re-release “Explosive Approaches” by Equalib on cd and digital full-length
California USA, February 20, 2014 – FKACO has formed a partnership with independent hip hop label Scratch Of The Serial, run by Grammy-winning Amani K. Smith aka Burt Blackarach, to re-issue “Explosive Approaches” by Los Angeles hip hop group Equalib.
Consisting of group members Amani K. Smith and Marlowe Lewis (L.O.W.) Equalib gained notoriety in the late 90′s in the Los Angeles hip hop scene. Smith has since gone on to produce for Method Man, Redman, Aerosmith, KRS One and Busta Rhymes, and is part of the Public Enemy camp, producing for them for the past 15 years. Smith currently goes by the name Burt Blackarach. He has been touring extensively in the U.K. with Soup from famed hip hop group, Jurassic 5, for their new project, Fullee Love and Burt Blackarach. Hip hop heads and crate diggers have been rediscovering Smith’s vintage work before he became an acclaimed producer and DJ. Noticing the new interest and demand, FKACO signed a deal to re-release the classic album.
FKACO will re-release the debut EP “Explosive Approaches” this summer of 2014.
California USA, Mar 18, 2014 – Fringe Analog Recordings releases ’The Sound Conspirator’ by Psyopsogist
“PSY/OPSogist’s music is bad chemicals, a hurricane of rusty iron filings blotting out the sun. Specially selected for trailer park Cthulu cults. The Beat Game Dennis Hopper. No one else could make an instrumental meditation on Videodrome.
On a long car trip down William Gibson’s Sprawl once, on some empty Mississippi brown highway, I mistakenly taped a blast of roadwind into my cassette of Criminal Minded. That was some prefiguration PSY/OPSogist.
Someone complained about how he hooked a beat up once. He replied, ‘I make no-music.’ Hard, on-point drums. Jackson Pollack swirls of melody, anti-melody. Peerless use of vocal samples, crazy isht from old movies, from lost radio, from late-night TV you’re not sure you watched the next morning, maybe you dreamed that thing where the Air Force major said God is only in man, not robots? Descriptions don’t do it justice. It has a uniqueness, a thing-in-itself like no other. Soundtracks for movies that haven’t been made yet—Cities Of The Red Night OST and Music From The Motion Picture Mona Lisa Overdrive.” (Elmattic)
Bil Basmala And Eastern Department Step forward into soundtrack, archive and library music. A very intense release, each song exhibits its own character and depth to stand alone.
Producer, Bil Basmala
File Under, Soundtrack & Library Music
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Hojoki (ambiance)
Welcome To The Wonderful Worlds Of Soundesign, Electro-Acoustic, Instrumentalism and Soundtracks…
- Studio Original Recording
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Arz (Ambiance)
(California., 01/06/2014) Bil Basmala released a digital album called Constants Expansion. Formerly Known As via Fringe Analog Recordings will re:issue the album on Cdr+ , 2/4/14.
It is 17 tracks of futuristic landscapes for stage and screen. Exclusive Soundtrack Music and Minimal Soundscapes From Urban Sufi Music library release of minimal space, science fiction, sci-fi, alien, futuristic, high tech music.
Autolect Instrumental Series (California., 02/07/2014) FORMERLY KNOWN AS in collaboration with FRINGE ANALOG RECORDINGS will release INSTR MNTL by Autolect on 2/11/2014. It is a 3 cd boxset release from Celestines Progeny, Every Mans Universe and The Man That Fell To Earth. Produced By Bil Basmala (2004 – 2010)
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Holocon 13 (ins.)
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Levitate (ins.)
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Pyscosis (ins.)
Single from Bil Basmala, entitled ITS, a Spaghetti western theme (In The Sun).
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Its (Original)