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  • 01/17/2012

Sounds of the Universe Launches Label, Preps Single from Hieroglyphic Being

The physical brick-and-mortar record store has become an almost endangered species in the modern music landscape, but fortunately for all of us, shops like Sounds of the Universe (pictured above) are still alive and well. Now, the Soul Jazz-associated record store has decided to take the next logical step in its path of connecting music lovers to new sounds, and created its very own label. Sounds of the Universe's inaugural record will see a release later this month in the form of a limited-run, single-sided 12" from Chicago stalwart Jamal Moss, operating under his Heiroglyphic Being moniker. The track featured on the release, "Shikaakwa," is said to be a deep slice of adventurous house music that takes "a thumping, tape-crunched drum track programmed with a molecular attention to detail through a nine-minute tour of cosmic, cascading high-frequency synthesis and free-form melody." Doesn't sound too far off from the kind of thing we'd expect from a veteran producer who has been pushing the edges of house music further and further out for well over a decade now. The "Shikaakwa" single will be limited to 300 copies—complete with hand-etched artwork on its flip side—and will be available to purchase exclusively through the Sounds of the Universe website (and, we imagine, inside the physical store, as well).

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