The ‘Gum Drop XCVIII: Hear New Rainbow Arabia, Win A VTech IS9181 Wireless Music Hub

As Rainbow Arabia, Los Angeles couple Danny and Tiffany Preston concoct a kaleidoscopic blend of electronics, low-tech dance beats and what sounds like a Sublime Frequencies comp on repeat. The duo’s second EP Kabukimono is out 7/28 via Manimal Vinyl, but you can enjoy the slinky, celebratory “Harlem Sunrise” today. We spoke with Tiffany about the song, and there’s a much bigger story behind it than we expected: Read her detailed explanation while you take a listen.

This time around we also offered the chance win a VTech IS9181 Wireless Music Hub.

On winner gets the VTech IS9181, a Wi-Fi music streaming device. As VTech describes it:

The IS9181 un-tethers music lovers from their computers with sound quality unparalleled by PCs so digital music from around the globe can be enjoyed in the living room, bedroom or anywhere in the home … VTech’s streaming music hub offers built-in 3W front-facing tuned stereo speakers, as well as a 10W subwoofer with class D amplifiers for a powerful bass response. Once users connect the IS9181 to any wireless network (802.11 b & g), they can enjoy a variety of music offerings from more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations worldwide.

If connected at home, users also can access audio files (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real) stored on their Wi-Fi-enabled PCs or Macs. For more music flexibility, the IS9181 also includes an auxiliary audio cable to play files from digital audio and CD players or any other device with a 3.5mm headset jack. It also can be connected to other audio systems/speakers via RCA connections.

Some of the features in point form:

  • Best-in-class 802.11 digital Wi-Fi technology, providing superior range and streaming rates
  • Internet radio streaming from 11,000 stations; ability to search for any stations that stream online
  • Internet radio station search from VTech’s site or on the device itselfthird
  • Ability to preset favorites on the product or online
  • PC or Mac-stored MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real music file playing
  • Ability to connect an MP3 player or any audio device with a 3.5mm headset jack using the provided cord
  • Ability to connect the IS9181 (via RCA connections) to other audio systems for streaming access
  • Internal 2.1 speakers
  • Convenient remote to browse, select and control music from across the room
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Battery-operated option (requires six AA batteries, not included)

This is what it looks like:

You’ll find additional information at VTech. You can maybe win one for yourself if you enter to win here. A few more days remain if you want to take home a Diana F+ Lomo Camara.

CONTEST ENDS 08/05/09 AT 12PM EST.