Afro Monk Afro Monk

Keep it Fresh!

Interview with the Founder of Euphoria Music & Camping Festival

time April 16th by Sofia authorTags: ,

Euphoria Music and Camping Festival 2014 is back for its third year with a whole new transformed look and fresh new feel that was made possible by the collaboration of creative and forth moving mindsets, and it’s less than two weeks away, so get your passes if you haven’t already! I sat down with Mitch Morales, the founder of Euphoria, at Cenote, a restaurant off of East 6th here in Austin, TX and we talked about the creation of Euphoria, their expectations, their stellar diverse music lineup, and the new features for this year’s event such as camping, yoga, workshops, and art/installations! Mitch had some very interesting things to say, check it out:

What was your initial inspiration to create a festival three years ago?

It all started with going to a bunch of festivals the summer of 2011, all different kinds – EDC, Outside Lands, Electric Forest, and Art Outside which extended to the Fall of 2011, and really falling in love with the community, the crowd, and the experience of it. That feeling of going into a festival for a couple of days and somewhere along the way losing yourself and being able to find something there that you aren’t able to experience in a three or four hour concert. I feel that within the first two hours of a concert people are worried about getting drinks, finding their friends, and then the next thing you know the headliner comes on, and it’s all about the headliner, and then it’s over. So yes, just falling in love with the idea of creating an experience for people.

We initially thought it was going to be an easy thing to just, well, to create a festival, we had no experience in booking music, no experience on the actual stage production, we had nothing. I mean, I had like some basic marketing experience with ads and had a decent handle on social media, but, from besides that, nothing. We took the next six months and tried to figured it out and when day one of Euphoria’s first year in April 2012 came around… it was definitely a real eye opener….we realized it wasn’t going to be that easy – we had a lot to work on. I’ve always really wanted a challenge that I was passionate about and I think this was it. Fast forward to now and we’ve assembled a solid crew and we’re looking really good for two days, the venue is awesome, probably, I don’t know, maybe close to double the amount people from last year, which was about 3,000 per day…we added camping, which is probably the biggest addition that I am happiest about – being able to provide that experience for people so that they can show up Friday morning and not leave the experience until Sunday.

Why did you choose to name it Euphoria?

At the time we were trying to come up with a name, we had made a short list, but a lot of the names that we thought about were already taken. Really tried to keep it simple, but wanted to give it a powerful, uplifting vibe. I mean, it is the place where you’re “Happy” right? It can obviously have some interesting connotations, you know, a lot of things do, but we are trying to transcend away from those connotations and ultimately just want people to experience a euphoric state through the music and culture at Euphoria; we want to create a space where you can escape from the real world for a couple days and find your happiness.

So, you did mention camping earlier, what are other new features are included at this year’s Euphoria?

On top of camping, being back close to Austin was really big for us…also finding Carson Creek Ranch, which is an amazing venue on the banks of the Colorado River – you can see downtown, the skyline from the property, it’s surreal. See, we want everyone to camp, but we know that’s not everyone’s thing, so being close is key. We want people to be able to easily get there and it also adds to the safety of things because we can offer free shuttles from downtown through Bus to Show.  Also, just the time of the happenings this year, the doors are open at 12pm and go into 2am each night, and it allows us to put in a lot of additional programming in, and not just music but also art, performance, and bringing in art installations from, one being “The Fractoid” all the way from California which is really cool, so yeah, just basically developing the full festival experience versus last year, which was more of like a glorified two day concert.

One huge difference I noticed about this years Euphoria is the musical lineup and it’s diversity to its previous yeas.  Tell me a little about that and what triggered that change.

Well, I’ve always had a very wide musical taste…growing up in Texas I was more into Texas Country and Houston Rap, and my dad always had me listen to a lot of music from the 70’s such as The Eagles….a super wide variety. I also moved to and lived in Australia for a year and it was almost never impossible to not be exposed to house music, which is really big there, it’s still really big there, everywhere around the world. It was then that I fell in love with electronic music like trance and house, definitely European styles. So still at the time, I was way more into that genre of electronic music and it got a little tricky when it came to bookings acts knowing we didn’t have any experience with it… agents would throw all kinds of everything at us. I always wanted to have Jamtronica flavors in there too…we booked artists such as Archnemisis and Zoogma in 2012, and we had a stage dedicated to non-Euro styles with artists such as Supervision and Govinda, so it’s not like this years lineup just came out of nowhere, we have slowly been diversifying the music lineup as we continue to build Euphoria. And last year, we tried to keep the diversity going stronger but due to space limit at White Water Amphitheater more acts were limited, but we added artists such as Eoto, The Polish Ambassador, Conspirator, and Michal Menert.

Austin’s live music scene has really flourished this year…we felt the need to bring that vibe even stronger so we partnered up with Having a Ball Productions in Houston, and Kevin Woods with Inside Out Presents in Austin, TX to re-create and twist the feel of Euphoria for its third year. They were already entrenched in that scene and had buy-in through The Parish and through some other venues here in Austin, and it was through that and belief and trust that made everything come together, which really made me feel comfortable. I’m not going to lie, it’s hard because some people mention they only recognize half of those names on the lineup and, you know, if that’s what people want then that’s fine but for me, music festivals should be 50% of seeing the artists you really want to see and 50% of discovering artists that you didn’t even know existed but are going to fall in love with. I hope that people that aren’t too much into EDM are going to really dig Simon Patterson and others that are used to EDM will discover Beats Antique and be completely mind blown! That allows them to look them up after the festival and discover other acts that are similar to Beats Antique… it’s all about discovery and potentially finding your nitch you never really knew existed.

Which artists are you most excited about seeing live the end of the month?

It has got to be somebody I haven’t seen before…I’ve seen the majority of the bigger acts, but I think somewhere between The Floozies, Koan Sound, Simon Patterson, and Boombox. Well, the artist that I listen to the most is Simon Patterson, he has a lot of different styles that he can bust out at any given time, a very versatile artist. When we were booking the talent, a lot of people seemed worried about the lineup’s diversity, but that shouldn’t be the case. Something I am very interested to see is how all of the different genres, and the fans of those genres kind of co-exist. I mean, one doesn’t leave the stage right away, you know, so seeing that flow of people discovering different styles of music — just giving the audience the opportunity to discover something that’s not Mainstream EDM– there’s a ton of amazing music out there waiting to be discovered.

What kind of impact do you want to leave on people after the festival? Is there some sort of message you want to spread?

As far as a message, I think it’s about acceptance, I think that the “scene” has become so fractured. Being able to be open to new experiences and music – if it’s good music, it’s good music , if it makes you dance, it makes you dance – that’s all that should matter, and I hope this is a stepping stone for Austin to start bringing some of those fashions back together. Who cares if it’s one way or the other, or if it’s this type of person generally at a show versus another, that shouldn’t matter. People should be smart to understand that you just don’t have to like one thing, and, on that same note, I hope that just doesn’t stick to the music. There are things that are associated with…like, I don’t want to go as far as to say that we are a transformational festival, yet, but that’s the direction we aspire to be. It’s one of the reasons we are bringing the workshops, the music, the yoga, and the art all together in one place. I think it’s important to be able to give people exposure to a new environment that they didn’t even know existed…especially people coming from small towns. I grew up outside of Austin, and the world was very small to me, and traveling and living in a different country for a long time gave me the awareness of other things being out there. I don’t know if everyone else will get the chance to travel and live in a different country, but if that’s what you want to do, then do it. Giving people a global music movement perspective can definitely start opening doors. The goal is just really being part of the movement, having a positive impact, and I think we can help with that.

Category: Interviews, Music, Uncategorized | commie No Comments »

Emissions: West Coast Bass Culture Festival 2014

time April 9th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Proud to present the Afro Monk press release on Emissions Festival 2014!


Emissions is one of our favorite festivals here at Afro Monk. Check out what Tara had to say about last year’s event here! AND We love Emission so much, we’re also giving out TWO free tickets! Check HERE for more information on the contest!

Camp ? has graced the West Coast with so many amazing parties and events over the years, not to mention five legendary Emissions and some seriously epic Burning Man camps. I am super grateful for what they have contributed to the community and love to support them in any way. Their brainchild, Emissions, is a one of a kind festival that I look forward to every year. It’s relatively small in number, keeping it quite intimate; it’s casual, yet well organized; and it’s high energy, heavy hitting array of bass music is unmatchable. The family vibe is strong, seen and felt in abundant smiles, laughs, and hugs; the music is fresh and poppin all day; and the PK rig, BANGIN, to say the least.

It is being held for it’s second year at the lovely Belden Town, an adorable mini town nestled in the Feather River Canyon in Northern California. Belden is an excellent host for festivals with it’s shady camping and flowing river.  The beach stage is an awesome space and I can’t wait be to kickin it there listening to bomb music in what’s sure to be gorgeous weather. Mmmm….perfection.

Emissions’ lineup this year has shaped up to be, in my opinion, their best ever. I love and admire Camp ?’s dedication to bass music. They’re not trying to be overly trendy or #toofuture4you, nor are they adhering to what seems to be the standardized festival lineup we have become oh too familiar with on the west coast. They’ve instead done what hardly anybody else has been able to really grasp thus far this summer and created, simply, a solid lineup of high quality producers and DJ’s that are killing it right now. Let’s look closer at some of those artists:

Doshy: Long before I became a writer for Afro Monk, I was an avid reader of the blog. JM (Afro Monk)’s posts introduced me to a ton of music in 2010-2011, but by far the best discovery I ever made from the blog was the introduction to bass music producer Doshy. Hailing from Germany, this is Doshy’s first ever U.S. appearance! This a huge deal to me, being a crazy fan of Doshy since JM’s article in 2011, and I was starting to think I would never catch him live in the U.S. I’m sure there’s a grip of other Doshy fans feeling the same way. Sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

Deltron 3030: A man who needs no introduction, Bay Area native, Deltron, is the perfect headliner for this event. The influence of hip hop on bass music is evident in the work of essentially everyone on this bill, so I think it’s definitely crucial to have such a prominent and incredible rapper headlining. His most recent album has a super fun, higher energy feel throughout so I’m sure his set will be super tight(of course I’m hoping he’ll play hella from Deltron 3030 though!)

NastyNasty: A bay area bass music scene legend and one of my favorite producers of all time, NastyNasty sets have been a consistently amazing part of my experience within the west coast electronic music scene for 4+ years now. A cultivator of science fiction influenced sound design and polyrythmic soulfuness, his unique take on bass music is always on that next level tip. His live sets are flawless and always a great time. Can’t wait for his set!

G Jones: Anyone who reads Afro Monk regularly is well versed in the work of G Jones. I consider him to be at the forefront of the West Coast bass music sound, killing it harder than pretty much anyone right now.  I love his music and am always impressed with new releases. His performance is sure to be one of the best of the weekends and you can catch him a second time alongside Minnesota.

Starkey + Dev79: What can I even say about Starkey?? His signature Street Bass sound defines everything I love about future bass music and his live sets have been some of the hardest I’ve danced in my life. I’m super stoked to see him alongside Dev79, who I have yet to see live. Unmissable for sure!

DJ Pound: Another proprietor of the “street bass” sound, DJ Pound is sure to be a seriously epic set. I’m really stoked on this booking and to get to catch some of DJ Pound’s monstrous tunes played by the creator himself on a PK system. Associated with some of the most forward thinking and respectable labels in the game, Seclusiasis and Saturate , DJ Pound has been making moves this last year and his music speaks for itself.

Perkulat0r: I was just recently introduced to the sounds of  Perkulat0r when he played a show in Seattle and I can assure you he’s not to be slept on. I would consider him to be one of the most exciting up and comers in the scene, rockin an already highly developed sound, reminiscent of the type of glitch hop I used to really love but don’t hear as much anymore. Don’t miss this one!

Quarry: Dark, dreary, beautiful Quarry. I frequently go through phases where I lean towards darker sounds and Quarry’s post-sad aesthetic fits in perfectly with my current obsession with that feel. I was stoked to see him on this lineup and can’t wait to get catch his set!

Some more artists I look forward to seeing are The Widdler, Bleep Bloop, Boats, Cestladore, J:Kenzo, Guttstar, Hypha, Smashletooth, The Pirate, Pressha, Intellitard, VNDMG, Yheti, Son of Kick, Bogl…realistically I could go on and on, as the talent is rich this year and the lineup is nothing short of stacked! And as usual, the Bay Area and Northern California are being represented in their fullest majestic form by everyone from the headliners to the local favorites. Big ups West Coast artists and everyone else coming through for the event. And huge ups to Camp ? on their epic choice in lineup.

This is sure to be one for the books! Tickets available now but selling fast! First and Second tier already sold out, so get on the third ASAP.  You can buy tickets here and follow the Emissions Event Page for information and updates on the event. And as mentioned before, don’t forget we are doing a contest for two tickets! This festival is not too be missed and entering only takes a sec! ENTER HERE!
Can’t wait to see everyone on the dancefloor!!

Category: Downtempo, Dubstep, Events, Glitch Hop, Mid Tempo, News, Uncategorized | commie No Comments »

Emissions Festival Ticket Giveaway!

time April 9th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

“It is time to gather in the forest and dance in the trees. To immortalize this moment through sound, expression & people. In its 6th year, The Emissions Festival is a celebration of the rich, creative culture surrounding the west coast’s bass music & festival community. A reflection of the appreciation felt from these. It shares both a forward thinking lineup that stands out, and an intimate communal festival experience. All within a welcoming atmosphere of true enjoyment for the music & everything surrounding.
May 16th through 19th | Held in beautiful Belden, CA.”

You don’t want to miss this festival! Follow the instructions below; 2 random winners will receive full weekend tickets for Emissions.

By simply liking Afro Monk on Facebook, you are granted 3 entries to the contest.
By tweeting about this contest you are granted 2 entries.
By sharing a post about this on Facebook, you are granted 1 entry.
See below for instructions…. Now get going!

Afro Monk – Emissions Festival Giveaway

Purchase tickets to Emissions here!


Category: Events | commie 15 Comments »

Sonic Bloom 2014 | June 19th-22nd | South Park, Colorado

time March 27th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014 has moved to a new location, The American Safari Resort, and tickets are selling faster than they have ever sold over the 9 previous years.

I’ve been attending Sonic Bloom for over three years straight now. It has a special place in my heart due to the intimate nature of the festival and the fact that it is one of the main events in Colorado. Year after year the artist they book, the vibe created, and the community of people from all over come together to make it one of the premier summer festivals. I’ve done my fair share of traveling all over the US and believe that Sonic Bloom is the go to festival this year.

It has been awhile since I have writing about something and had decided not to write blog post anymore but Sonic Bloom I hold dear to my heart. This year I’ve decided to cut my festival travels down significantly but told myself that this is the one for me. Why? Tipper! The fact that there are TWO Tipper sets means there will be a chill downtempo set which is worth the cost of the travel and ticket easy. There are so many other talented artist worth mentioning as well but I can’t express how excited I am to see Tipper this year considering the new album just around the corner.

This year The Road to Sonic Bloom has officially kicked off. Here are the remaining dates and the talented artist that will be performing all over the States to help build the hype for the main event! I’ll be playing at the Miami, FL date so be sure to come out to The Nest =)

April 4th – 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious

April 5th – The Nest, Miami, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious & Afro Monk

April 10th – The Parish, Austin, TX
The Malah, Janover & reSunator

April 11th – Easter Island Festival, Keetonville, OK
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious, Psymbionic

April 12th – Sons of Hermann Hall
Janover & reSunator

April 25th – Omaha, NE – Abbott Sports Complex
Kaminanda, Nadis Warriors, MuzzY, Marvel Years, Krooked Drivers

May 2nd – 3rd – The Unified Field: official SONIC BLOOM pre-party at Cervantes, Denver, CO
Opiuo, Random Rab, ill-esha, Zoogma, Janover & reSunator, Whitebear, Defunk & more TBA

Be sure to grab tickets ASAP since pre-sales and tier one tickets have already sold out! The one thing that really stood out to me about this year is that due to the new location you won’t have to worry about taking shuttles to and from the parking area since there will be car camping available. The location also features an indoor saloon with a bar and DJ booth for some of your favorite artist to entertain. I’d also recommend looking into VIP passes as this year they include tons of goodies!

Keep checking back for the final announcements of artist and possible gives aways! This poster is for the 1st and 2nd wave of artist announcements. Believe it or not they still have additional artist to add =D

Category: Downtempo, Dubstep, Events, Glitch Hop, Mid Tempo, Music, Psychedelic | commie No Comments »

Soulacybin – “Gratitude” (Merkaba Music- Record Label)

time March 24th by Sofia authorTags: , ,

John LaBoone, aka Soulacybin releases “Gratitude” on Merkaba’s Record Label: Merkaba Music.  Have you ever had an out of body experience?  Have you ever wanted to take a journey to outer space and experience life in a different planet?  Maybe one we haven’t even heard of?  Have you ever wondered what time travel is like?  Do you want to tap into your consciousness?  A deep rooted ritual sound that will lift your soul and take you on an escape to a different dimension is that of Soulacybin’s sound. These organic sounds will awake you and take you to an ancient realm, a forgotten past-life that still lies within you – it routes you to your origin – your spirit/love.

“Gratitude” consists of seven lengthy tracks full of love, music for the heart, and each track will take you on a different journey. These seven tracks are entitled: “The Activation Part 1 ft. Alaya Love”, “Moldavisions”, “Sundari”, “Mycophagous”, “Alien Life”, “Synchromystic”, and “The Activation Part 2 (Sequencing Complete) ft. Alaya Love”.  Each track  tells a story, each contains within it a different theme but exposes the same intention – a moment to escape life on Earth and bring forth an unseen universe, limiltess possibilities, a vision to the known/unknown.  The vocals incorporated in “The Activation” Parts 1 & 2 by Alaya Love and the melodic sounds of the clarinet on “Sundari” by Allison Brubaker make these original tracks more deeply rooted to the heart and sets forth a true futuristic outlook/perspective on our purpose here.

Soulacybin’s sound is truly unique and is sure to ignite a very powerful feel and impact on the mind, body, and soul.  His heart and soul are influenced by psychedelic vibes and dubs…all in 432hz tuning.  This psychedelic sound is also mixed in with ambient/chill frequencies blended with glitchy bass wurbbles, which mesh well with some Eastern drum beats and vibes.  Initial sounds of “Activation” elevated me into a new existence and journeyed me through a twirl of unwinding mysteries being unfolded, a discovery through the essence of Mychophagy. I felt a connection through the universe, a shift in consciousness was visible. A higher frequency took into effect and allowed me to feel “Gratitude” …sequencing complete.

Category: Music | commie No Comments »

Tycho | Awake

time March 19th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

Isn’t it all about music that makes you feel alive? Music that evokes cognizance, music that invigorates you, music that immediately fills in any cracks in your spirit? Tycho has always done a stellar job at fabricating lush and refined melodies that sooth the soul; his new release, Awake, is the quintessence of this. It’s almost as though he can transform emotions into music, manifesting aural sensations that go beyond the eardrum. The exhilaration flips vice versa as well… While listening through this album your sentiments change from lively to mellow or cold to warm, depending on the track. You can tell that Scott Hansen put it all in while making this album; it speaks directly from his heart. His aim isn’t to impress the masses but rather to use music as his creative avenue for living life in its entirety. That’s how music should be.

“Awake”, out March 18 on Ghostly Recordings, is impeccably orchestrated from start to finish; I appreciate its concision and ephemeral nature. You have just the right amount of time to soak in the transient brilliance of the release without over-thinking how it makes you feel. The track “Awake” is stunningly simple and invites you to gently close your eyes and fall into the music. I love “See”; it makes my heart flutter a bit with its ambient effervescence. “Apogee” is a bit more melancholy yet also sprinkled with bright notes. The entire album is vibrant and each track is a unique puzzle piece to the cohesive whole. Listening to this release makes me nostalgic for days spent driving through rolling California coastal hills with nothing better to do than explore Mother nature’s treasures, daydream, ponder our existence, and simply let go. Let yourself surrender and awaken – check out Tycho’s Awake here.

Positive Vibrations.

~~ Taradactyl~

Category: Downloads, Music, Reviews | commie No Comments »

Euphoria Music & Camping Festival: April 25th-26th, 2014

time March 9th by Sofia authorTags: ,

Euphoria Music & Camping Festival is back this year with a whole new and re-amped look, a futuristic mind set, and a fresh new feel. Taking place the weekend of April 25th-26th at a new location, Carson Creek Ranch, the master minds of Vivid Sound Entertainment, Inside Out Presents, and Havin’ a Ball Productions have you covered with a whole new experience. Kevin Woods, a Co-Owner of Euphoria and founder of Inside Out Presents, sets his expectations:

“This year, expect to see a lot more live music, live art, yoga, workshops and art installations. We’ve been working really hard to provide Euphorians with an experience unlike anything they’ve seen before.”

Aside from an incredible and forth moving music lineup and a variety of key features, Euphoria will be hosting a camping environment for the very first time.  This mixture of collaborative efforts has transformed and brought light to Euphoria’s third year with major diverse headliners already announced earlier this year: Beats Antique, Lotus, Zeds Dead, and Gareth Emery, and predominant acts such as Bonobo (DJ Set), Koan Sound, BoomBox, Singularity, The Motet, The Floozies, Bro Safari, Keys ‘N Krates, Luke the Knife, DVS*, Eminence Ensemble, SunSquabi, Late Night Radio and much more.

The second round of the music lineup was recently announced on Thursday, March 6th and my heart was instantly filled with music love. Artist additions include a wide variety of talented acts such as: The Crystal Method, MAKJ, Styles and Complete, Opiuo, Crash Alchemy, Earphunk, Daft Phunk, Yonic, and The Magic Beans. Let’s rewind a little bit…The Crystal Method, the electric music pioneers, will be making their first North American festival appearance of 2014, so get ready for some old-school break beats. Earphunk and Earphunk plays Daft Phunk are sure to put on unique and vibrant performances and will bring the funk out of you, these guys are truly something special and I can’t wait to see them live once again. A favorite producer of mine that is sure to give you the ultimate brain massage with his syrupy bass sauce and funk is that of Opiuo. I had the pleasure of catching one of his live sets when he toured with VibeSquaD in 2012 and I can attest that he will give your feet the dance of a life time.

A plethora of local favorites in the Austin, TX community has also given this roster more love and light. Local producers/dj’s such as Blunt Force, Cactus Bath, Brede, and DJ Manny are not to be missed as each of them will bring with them distinct and fresh sounds surrounding genres of glitch, bass, psychedelic, and downtempo beats. I’ve seen each of these artists multiple times since living in Austin and they’ve got me hooked with their fresh sets – never failing to entertain the crowd with their creativity. Live acts such as: A Live One, Dimitri’s Ascent, Holding Space, and Transcontinental Trip will bring powerful sounding vibes, so be prepared to be mind blown. Do you all like Phish? A Live One is a Phish tribute band and they are on point when it comes to recreating their musical improvisation, extended jams, and blending of musical genres.  Dimitri’s Ascent brings forth a celestial explosion of pure expressive art . They perform a wide variety of instrumental/vocal music ranging from jazz, disco, funk, rock, and electronica. Holding Space will transcend and fill up the Euphoria space with their powerful yet innovative style and bring light to your consciousness. Be sure not to miss Transcontinental Trip as they never fail to impress with their live sets, bringing with them loads of energy and funky grooves.

Euphoria Music & Camping Festival 2014 has a multitude amount of surprises and love in store for us, so be sure to get your camping pass as they are on capacity to selling out. A collaboration of creative minds came together and have brought an incredible music lineup full of fresh international, national, and local acts mixed with numerous visual artists and workshops which will be released in detail soon. Taking place in a new location, Carson Creek Ranch is one of the oldest existing ranches in Texas consisting of two 20-acre pastures separated by Carson Creek on the banks of the Colorado River. Conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Austin, the grounds provide a picturesque camping setting while still being close to the comforts of the city. Come get down at the “Live Music Capital of the World” on April 25th-26th, 2014 to experience cutting edge visuals, unique stage design, improved dance tents, top of the line talent, wide variety of work shops, and creative live visual artists. A sunny weekend sure to bring a one of a kind experience for all of us.

Category: Uncategorized | commie No Comments »

Tara’s Winter Mix Fix

time March 1st by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

There is no denying the awesomeness of mixes. Put one on and float away on a roller coaster of delight without having to put thought toward what is next. There’s always that perfect mix for a road trip while driving by rolling landscapes or seasides or through the redwoods, another while prepartying and getting hyped up for a show with friends, another while lounging with some bomb food and a doobie by candlelight… You name it. I love the juxtaposition of light and dark that a lot of great mixes play around with. These are some of my favorites lately; tune on in! Most of them are free mixes that are great to add to your mobile library. So, without further ado:

I have been really digging ODESZA’s style (one of my favorite sets at Symbiosis ’13 too). It’s the best when you’re really feeling certain producers and then they release mixes – easy listening made even easier! Their NO.SLEEP mix series is a nice blend of instrumental hip hop vibes, fun trappy tunes, and lovely melodies. They are about to go on tour; I definitely suggest catching them at the city nearest to you!

Subdocta – “Heartbreak Lullabyes” Mix
I love this mellow mix done masterfully by the homie Subdocta, perfect for a stormy day or times of reflection. My favorite thing is discovering new great tunes while listening mixes; I was very stoked to hear “A Baru In New York (Flume Remix)- Yolanda Be Cool & Gurrumul” for the first time while tuning in to this. I also love his quote: “You can’t start a new chapter if you don’t turn the page.”


I can never get enough of MiHKAL’s sultry, flowy sets. This one makes me feel like I’m going on a cosmic journey to Alex & Allyson Grey’s The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in NYC, where it was recorded on the Winter Solstice.


STWO: From Paris with Love
French producer STWO has been absolutely crushing it lately; I have been seeing him pop up all over the place. With good reason, too! This chilled out mix features some other up and coming French producers… check it out. I imagine listening while eating a crepe and sipping coffee at a Parisian corner cafe (as cliche as that is).

Afro Monk – Late Night Sessions 009 – Bliss
Soak in Afro Monk’s auditory euphoria with this mix. I enjoy all of the Late Night Sessions he has been putting out; they remind me of tranquil nights spent with friends and loved ones talking about life, existence, and truths. Intoxicating.


JOKER – Winter Mix
JOKER never got out of the game. I used to jam his purple synth-driven tunes regularly and this mix reminds me why. I love his sense of adventure with ranging BPMs and blurring of genres here. I’m beyond excited to see him perform for the first time with MartyParty next week!


Mr. Rooney – Future Strange Mixtape Vol. XXVI
I have really been enjoying my friend Mr. Rooney’s style lately, and this mix exemplifies it quite well. Laced with groovy beats, tasteful remixes, and stellar mixing style, this one is satisfying from start to finish. Check out the other Future Strange mixtapes; these kids are doin’ good things!

Ta-Ku – Triple J Friday Mix
If this doesn’t put you in the zone then I’m not sure what will… This one is hypnotic and well mixed> Love Ta-Ku’s low-key sexy vibes.


The Widdler – Fall All Original Mix
All original mixes are always fun, and this one has a lot of “Oh, WOW” moments. At times it goes hard and heavy and at others evokes totally chilled out bliss. That juxtaposition of light and dark that I was talking about before :)


Nicoluminous | Exodub – We Got This Mix Series
The homie Nico and Exodub keep it fun and fresh with this mix. The incorporation of hip hop, future sounds, and 808 is intriguing and stimulating… check out this straight FIYAH!


The Do LaB presents In the LaB feat. Kaminanda at Coachella 2013 Weekend 1
I was very grateful that The Do LaB posted many of their Coachella sets from last summer for free download. I am a sucker for Kamininda’s style that fuses eclectic percussion, low frequencies, and squishy goodness. Another favorite set from the weekend is jOBOT’s.

I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear back about some of your favorite mixes as I am constantly adding to my listening repertoire. Love and Light


Category: Afro Monk Mixes, Downloads, Downtempo, Dubstep, Glitch Hop, Mid Tempo, Mixes, Music, Reviews, Trip-Hop | commie No Comments »

Psymbionic – “Parallels EP” – Part 1: “Storm” (Gravitas Recordings)

time February 25th by Sofia authorTags: , , , ,

Bass Master, Psymbionic, is back with a brand new spankin’ creation, deep music composition, a masterpiece of smooth and futuristic basslines filled with collaborations. This new full length album entitled “Parallels”, featuring the artwork of Joyce Su Design, is being released in a dual sense: Part 1 “Storm” and Part 2 “Eye”; this split release showcases two different parallel sound structures and is set for different release dates. Today, February 25th marks the release of Part 1 “Storm” and is out on Austin, TX’s own Gravitas Recordings, and, as always, is available for their motto vision: “free/pay-what-you-want” deal on bandcamp.

Part 1 of “Parallels” incorporates a super funky style meshed with rich heavy and distinct melodic basslines. Psymbionic’s 5-track release is an original creation and features the collaborative effort of like-minded hip-hop artists and producers/visionaries. The tracks are entitled: “Continuum” ft. Jay Fresh, “Slither”, “Parallels” ft. Vokab Kompany, “Facade” ft. ONE4ALL (Gravitas), and a remixed version of “Slither” by the legendary VibeSquaD. I know it may be Winter still, but if you give your ear pineals a treat and listen to Psymbionic’s magic bass, you’ll be sure to warm up – each track is brilliant…talk about a unique and creative explosion- the perfect “Storm”.

John Burcham is definitely on his game and you’re able to feel his dedication/passion for music in this release…a year in the making, well worth the wait. I really dig how he continues to expand himself as a producer by incorporating different elements into his composition. For example, both the tracks “Continuum” ft. Jay Fresh and “Parallels” ft. Vokab Kompany expose rhythmical lyrics of well-respected hip-hop artists which blend wonderfully with Psymbionic’s production style, giving it an overall sense of accomplishment. The collaboration of “Facade” with Gravitas producer, ONE4ALL, is full of futuristic bass sounds and gives off a soothing dreamy upbeat vibe. “Slither” has a more heavy and whompy vibe to it making it an adventurous excursion- a bass blast off into space! The 5th track is legendary VibeSquaD’s remix of “Slither” and it’s definitely a heater- very trippy influenced vibes with a smooth, yet drippy melodic structure.

I honestly can’t wait until the release of Part 2: “Eye” of “Parallels” in April, which will feature a downtempo aspect. I’ve been listening to John’s music since 2011 and it’s sweet watching him grow, he definitely has developed a unique sound. He’s very dedicated to his music, is a very creative individual, and will continue to explore different musical elements. This Thursday, Ascension Shows in Austin, TX is hosting his album release party at The Parish (dual album release party with Ill-esha’s latest album, Open Heart Surgery), a show not to be missed if you’re in the ATX area.

Category: Music | commie No Comments »

Sonic Geometry – “Let’s Restart the World” EP (Uxmal Records)

time February 22nd by Sofia authorTags: , , , , ,

Yesterday, Sonic Geometry released a new EP: “Let’s Restart the World” under UXMAL Records. This two track release is a perfect example of Andy Beyer’s continual exploration into diversifying and expanding his sounds – never failing to create and twist musical boundaries, ultimately creating his own sound. A little background, Sonic Geometry emerged in Boulder, CO in 2009. The definition of a very creative and unique artist emerging from today’s conscious bass music movement. Andy blends live glitch performances with heart-felt live electric guitar playing and has performed in multiple states across the Mid-West, the South, and the East coast.

These two extended tracks are entitled “Lets Restart the World” and “Sacred” and display a chillout vibe. “Let’s Restart the World” takes me into a journey, an unknown place, a vision for the future. The melodic introduction sets forth the theme for the rest of the track, it ignites a powerful vibe, which, in turn, meshes wonderfully with his rhythmical guitar sequence. A psychedelic, yet funky upbeat is also heard and felt, which reveals a depth of space and composure. Sonic G’s signature sound is very live and the blending of sounds and instrumentation smoothly aligns with the downtempo beat. This track lifts me up and makes me feel like a space traveler entering a magical exploration of limitless possibilities.

“Sacred” is like a Shamanic experience, a ritual, which can initially be heard through the element of Andy’s vocals. This chillout track also features passionate live guitar playing. This combination of signature beats/mid tempo breaks, followed with a funky yet rock-n-roll groove transmits magically. This hypnotizing twist is very unique and soothing…it’s like star dust particles being exposed into space for the very first time.

This is only the beginning for Sonic Geometry as he continues to develop his sound and image. I met Andy back in 2009 right as his musical project was coming to light and can verge that he pours all of his love and soul into his music. He is constantly pushing and promoting himself as a musician, and will continue to do so. Keep an eye out for this multitalented live electronic performer, he’s definitely on to something.


Category: Music | commie 1 Comment »