Afro Monk Afro Monk

Keep it Fresh!

Last updated by at .

Speaker Humpin Remixes | Subvert

time September 28th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Speaker Humpin is one of the biggest tracks of the year from producer Subvert. He’s band together some of the biggest names in bass music to create multiple remixes. The allstar line up includes Samples, ill-esha, Opiuo, Glitchy & Scratchy, Knight Riderz, Dov & Funk Monsta, & Mark Instinct. Every single one of these tracks has its unique take on the original.

Without a doubt this is one of the best remix packs of the year and some of the best people not only producers are on this one. I can’t tell you enough how much each of these tracks drop. You’re going to have to pick them up and see for yourself how the crowd eats them up. I’m paticularlly fond of the Samples and ill-esha takes. ill-esha’s has a MC ontop of the beat which adds some new flow to the track. Samples of course has that signature bass driven beat that I can’t get enough of.

1. Speaker Humpin (Samples Warp Reece Mix) 4:16
2. Speaker Humpin (Mark Instinct Remix) 5:06
3. Speaker Humpin (Opiuo Remix) 5:27
4. Speaker Humpin (Ill-Esha Remix feat. MC Think Tank) 5:02
5. Speaker Humpin (Knight Riderz Remix) 4:38
6. Speaker Humpin (Glitchy & Scratchy Remix) 4:53
7. Speaker Humpin (Dov & Funk Monsta Remix) 4:10

Be sure to pick up the release here: Speaker Humpin Remixes

Category: Dubstep, Glitch Hop, Music | commie No Comments »

Lightning in Your Ear | The Do Lab

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

Lightning in Your Ear

The Do Lab presents Lightning in Your Ear! The album is finally out and is completely free or pay what you like. Anything you give as payment is given to http://criticalbeats.org. There’s a ton of quality tracks off this release so be sure to download this. It really does take me back to the festival. Much respect and love to everyone who is part of this.

The Confluence is doing big things and have quite some amazing releases due out in the near future. Check out this fresh video showing some fresh previews of what they have in store. Big ups to The Confluence and what they are doing.

Category: Downloads, Glitch Hop, Music, News, Videos | commie No Comments »

Kastle | Essential Mix | Artist Spotlight

time September 24th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

This weeks Fire Friday Mix comes from Kastle aka B. Rich! I was recently asked what I’ve been listening to as of late and def has been Kastle. I’ve been rocking some of his tunes for quite awhile now. It was totally a surprise when recently found out this past week that Kastle was actually B. Rich. I had the pleasure of hanging out with B. Rich for sometime when he played here at the local Get Low event. He was a real chill dude and hooked it up with some stickers for his label Party Like Us! Much respect goes out to him on this mix. This mix came out in early 2010 but damn does it still hold to the test of time.

Kastle Essential Mix Tracklist
01. Martin Buttrich – You Got That Vibe (Kastle Re-Flex)
02. Kastle – You Got The Love
03. Two Fresh – Whatcha Hangin Round Here For ft. Vince Harder & DOME (Kastle Remix)
04. Kanye West – Coldest Winter (Kastle Remix)
05. Kastle – Better Off Alone
06. Cassie – Me & U (Kastle Remix)
07. Kastle & Virus Syndicate – Need U
08. Heavyfeet – War ft. Jenna G (Kastle Remix)
09. Example – Won’t Go Quietly (Kastle Remix)
10. 92 Eternal – The Feeling (Kastle Remix)
11. Cosmic Revenge – Late Nights (Kastle Remix)
12. Blu Mar Ten – Nobody Here (Kastle Remix)
13. Kastle – Meu Amor
14. Kastle – Walking Away ft. Armanni Reign & Domonique
15. Kastle – Camera Phone
16. Sade – Soldier Of Love (Kastle Remix)

The future looks bright for Mr. Kastle. He recently put up a new mix for July which I’ve linked to below. He also has just posted a new remix this past week. His choice this time was Brandy’s I Wanna Be Down. Kastle also has an upcoming EP from the looks of it after posting a new track with fourth coming EP preview in the title.

Category: Artist Spotlight, Downloads, Dubstep, Fire Friday Mixes, Glitch Hop, Mixes, Music | commie No Comments »

Moog Festival 2010 | Line Up | Asheville NC

time September 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

Moog Fest 2010 in Asheville this year looks to be an unforgettable time. The festival has been moved from New York to Asheville where Mr. Moog himself spent the last part of his life. The Moog factory is actually located in the city. The festival celebrates Bob Moog pioneering technology and synths. I recently spent a long week-end in Asheville and let me tell you something, it’s one of the greatest places I’ve ever visited. Everyone in the city is so welcoming, talented, driven, and extremely dedicated to their community. After I left I knew I had to come back and what better reason than celebrating Halloween with all the freaks and check out an amazing festival. The line up is completely mouth watering.

The Full Line up for Moog Festival 2010:
Devo, MGMT, Massive Attack, Hot Chip, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Big Boi, Cee Lo Green, Jonsi, Girl Talk, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Caribou, Two Fresh, RJD2, Sleigh Bells, Bonobo, Mutemath, EL-P, Matmos, Jon Hopkins, Nosaj Thing, Emeralds, DRM-Funk, Omar, Souleyman, Four Tet, Mimosa, School of Seven Bells, Nortec Collective, Ikonika, The Octopus Project, Mountain Man, Saturn Never Sleeps, Kuroma, Dan Deacon, Headtronics, Dark Party, Projek Moog, Van Dyke Parks, Clare and the Reasons, Dj Spooky, The Volt Per Octaves, Alex B, Javelin, & Shout Out Out Out Oit

Rogue Fest 2010

Rogue Fest 2010

The same week-end local promoters and artist are coming together to pay their own respects. Wondrous Temple of Boom presents Rogue Festival. The side festival will include tons of artist, visuals, djs, music, etc… The location is TBA but expect something out in an open field or special location. To keep up with this event visit the FB page, RogueFest 2010. Homies Freddy Todd, myself, and other locals going to rock it! Last time I was in Asheville we rocked it till 7am so if you’re intown for Moog and want to keep partying come check out Rogue Fest! Be sure to say whats up if yah come out!

Ever expanding lineup to be updated:

Local Artists: Quetzatl, GalaxC Girl, Cleofus, Kri, Medisin, Intrinsic, D:Raf, Emory, Moving Temple, Brad Bitt, Numatik, Super Glitch Bros, Johan Ess, Dep, Disc-oh!, Colaborations with Sound

Super Special Guest Artists: Freddy Todd, Afro Monk, Pericles

Visual Artists: GalaxC Girl, Dave McDermott

Category: Events, Glitch Hop, Music, News, Trip-Hop | commie No Comments »

Decibel Festival 7 Seattle 2010 | Afro Monk’s Picks!

time September 22nd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

Decibel Festival 7

Decibel Festival is upon us today! I’ve put together my personal picks and where I hope to make it too this week. Unfortunately I won’t be getting into Seattle till Thursday night. After the Flying Lotus showcase was announced I had to buy an entirely new ticket since I was previously arriving on Friday night. I’m beyond words excited for the next couple of days! It’ll be my first time going to Decibel and Seattle. I met many Seattle residents when out to California for Lightning in a Bottle and can’t wait to link up with familiar faces across the States. The amount of talent in this festival will take you back. I see myself running around Seattle trying to catch as much as possible. Friday night is going to be complete madness!!!

I want to personally thank my buddy Pressha! He’ll be hosting me at his house. Much love to you for that and had to mention that since it’s a big deal to me. Thank you! Also much love out to Shilo from DanceFever5000, I know you put a list of events you chose and hope they are not the same exact one but do at the sametime, LOL. Big up to Bass Drop crew and all those out who are  in Seattle who made Decibel possible.

Wednesday

Workshop:
WORKSHOP 3 : BUILDING A CUSTOM CONTROLLER
& THE MIDI FIGHTER CONTROLLER 4:00 pm

Event:
GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL LABEL SHOWCASE
NEUMOS : 925 E Pike
PANTHA DU PRINCE /live + av/ 12:15 am – 1:30 am
LUSINE /live/ 11:15 pm – 12:15 am
GOLD PANDA /live/ 10:15 pm – 11:15 pm
MUX MOOL /live + av/ 9:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Visuals by ZACHARIAH WALKER
Doors open at 9:00 pm : 21+ : $18 Door / Free with dB Pass

Thursday

Workshop:
WORKSHOP 4 : FROM THE STUDIO TO THE STAGE 2:30 pm

Event:
FLYLO AND FRIENDS
NEUMOS : 925 E Pike
FLYING LOTUS /live/ 12:15 am – 1:30 am
ESKMO /live/ 11:15 pm – 12:15 am
LORN /live/ 10:30 pm – 11:15 pm
SAMIYAM /live/ 9:45 pm – 10:30 pm
TRUCKASAURAS /live + av/ 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Visuals by AUDIOPIXEL, KILLING FRENZY
& ZACHARIAH WALKER
Doors open at 9:00 pm : 21+ : $25 Door / Free with dB Pass

Friday

Workshops:
WORKSHOP 6 : CREATE A DIGITAL PROMOTION PLAN 1:00 pm (Shilo & Erica’s workshop!)
LECTURE 2 : THE ILL METHODOLOGY 6:00 pm

Events:
THE ART OF RHYTHM
MOTOR : 1950 1st Ave S
BEATS ANTIQUE /live/ 12:00 am – 1:15 am
EMANCIPATOR /live/ 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
PHUTUREPRIMATIVE /live/ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
PHIDELITY /live/ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Visuals by LOOPTID
Doors open at 9:00 pm : 16+ : $20 Door / Free with dB Pass

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY ON THE FLOOR
NEUMOS : 925 E Pike
MODESELEKTOR feat. PFADFINDEREI /live + av/ 12:30 am – 1:30 am
MOUNT KIMBIE /live/ 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
HEADHUNTER AKA ADDISON GROOVE /live/ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
TEEBS /live/ 9:40 pm – 10:30 pm
SHLOMO /live/ 9:00 pm – 9:40 pm
Visuals by CPU, AUDIOPIXEL & ZACHARIAH WALKER

Saturday

Events:
dB IN THE PARK
BROAD STREET STAGE : 400 Broad St
BLUETECH presents SATORI SOCIAL /live/ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NOSAJ THING /live/ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
NASTYNASTY /live/ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
MAT THE ALIEN /live/ 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
SPLATINUM /live/ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
PRESSHA /dj/ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Live mural painting by ERIC ORR (presented by CRANE Stand)
Gates open at 12:00 pm : All Ages / 21+ Beer Garden
$10 Door / Free with dB Pass

BEATS PER MOMENT
MOTOR : 1950 1st Ave S
VIBESQUAD /live/ 12:00 am – 1:15 am
ALEX B /live/ 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
LOW LIMIT OF LAZER SWORD /live/ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
MACHINEDRUM /live/ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Visuals by LOOPTID
Doors open to 10:00 pm : 21+ : $20 Door / Free with dB Pass

HOTFLUSH LABEL SHOWCASE
BALTIC ROOM : 1207 Pine St
SEPALCURE /live/ 12:30 am – 1:30 am
SCUBA /live/ 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
UNTOLD /dj/ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
INCYDE /dj/ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Visuals by KILLINGFRENZY & TASARA
Doors open at 8:00 pm : 21+ : $17 Door: Free with dB Pass

Sunday

Event:
dB IN THE PARK
THE BROAD STREET STAGE : 400 Broad St
PLASTICIAN /dj/ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
12TH PLANET /dj/ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
MARY ANNE HOBBS /dj/ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
PRAVEEN /dj/ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
JIMMY HOFFA /dj/ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
JUST ONE /dj/ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Live mural painting by ERIC ORR (presented by CRANE Stand)
Event begins at 12:00 pm : All Ages / 21+ Beer Garden : $10 at the gate /
Free with dB Pass

Category: Dubstep, Events, Glitch Hop, Music, Trip-Hop | commie No Comments »

Ron Winter | Drum Kit

time September 21st by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Ron Winter’s keyboard Drum Kit

I was browsing my news feed on Facebook and randomly came across a friend posting a link to this. It’s tons of fun and can create some fresh stuff. Not going to lie I spent a good 10min making a mini tune. I should of recorded it =\ Ron Winter is director and does many other things. The one thing that you might hold praise for him is that he directed one of Devendra Banharts videos, Baby.


Category: Art, Misc, Music, Videos | commie No Comments »

Mt Eden Dubstep | MEDS EP

time September 20th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

Mt Eden Dubstep / DnB the duo from New Zealand are prepping some new goodness for us all! I just received an e-mail late last night that they have been hard at work on a new release due out December 1st, 2010. The new release is called MEDS. The best part of this release is that they are giving it away for FREE!

Yup Mt Eden Dubstep’s next release will be completely free. They’ve gained tremendous amounts of popularity in the past two years when they first came together in 2008. They thank everyone who has supported them and sure they decided to do this for the amount of success they’ve had. They’ve reached out to the audience and bloggers and have come up with a hypothetical way of releasing this new EP so far. They will be starting their own blog in October and put out one of the tracks out each Monday. There’s a total of 8 tracks so each week they will release a fresh new tune.

Expect new tunes from Mt. Eden the first Monday of this upcoming month!

UPDATE: The album is out and you can download it for FREE. Expect an interview with them soon.

Mt Eden Dubstep  – Meds EP

Category: Downloads, Dubstep, Music, News | commie 7 Comments »

Mary Anne Hobbs | Burial & Kode9 Mix | Radio1 Finale

time September 17th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

This Friday it’s going to be a Special Fire Friday Mix. This week it comes from none other than Burial & Kode9. This mix was for Mary Anne Hobbs final Experimental show on BBC Radio One. It’s sad to see such an influential host leave the air waves. She was an inspiration to me and one of the first times I heard propa dubstep was her special Dub Wars show.

Mary Anne Hobbs has done so much for music that it baffles me. Going through the list of artist she has featured on the show is breathe taking. You can easily get every album of all the producers and bands she’s had on the show and pretty much call it the greatest collection of music. Much love to you Mary and see yah out in Seattle!

Now for a serious lesson by some of the original pioneers…

Burial and Kode9 Mix Tracklist
1. Speedy J – Tesla
2. Zomby – Natalia’s Song
3. Brandy – Never Say Never (El-B version 1)
4. Brandy – Never Say Never (El-B version 2)
5. Brandy – Angel (X-Men vocal mix)
6. Laurie Spiegel – Voices Within – A Requiem
7. Alena – Turn It Around (Hard House Bantons
8. Cooly G – He Da Biz
9. Theo Parrish – Soul Control feat. Alena Waters
10. KMFH aka Kyle Hall – Girl U So Strong (Wild Oats)
11. Terror Danjah – S.O.S.
12. Darkstar – 2 Chords
13. Prince – Condition of the Heart
14. Erykah Badu – Telephone
15. Foul Play – Being With U Rmx
16. A Guy called Gerald – Silent Cry

Download Burial & Kode9 Radio One Mix

Category: Downloads, Fire Friday Mixes, Mixes, Music, News | commie No Comments »

Afromonk.com Turns 1 Years Old!

time September 16th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Today marks the one year mark for this website. I can’t express what an amazing journey its been. Never had I imagined I’d have such a followership. Everyday it brings a smile to my face when I see how many visitors have come to the site. It just means that more people have found the site and interested in hearing new music.

I have to give thanks to all my friends and fans out there on the internet. Being able to share with the world all the amazing music out there with you is a honor. Much respect and love goes out to everyone I’ve featured on here.

Special thanks to Shilo of DanceFever5000 and Dr.Krank’s Music blog. They have been a huge inspiration for this blog.

Heress to another year of music!

Category: News | commie No Comments »

Dibiase | Machines Hate Me

time September 14th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

Dibiase’s debut full album, Machines Hate Me, is finally out! This has been one of the most anticipated albums for me this year. Towards the beginning of the year all I kept hearing about was Dibiase and all the amazing artists on Alpha Pup’s releases. Alpha Pup has not disappointed once and this one is no different. Dibiase’s sound is unique yet so familiar. Expect old school 8-bit sounds meshed with glitchy bass beats and over all positive energy.  It’s producers like Dibiase that get me excited because they are only pushing the bar further and further ahead.

I’m proud to see another LA producer emerge out into the world. All these brilliant artist have so much to share and give it seems that every day I question why I haven’t dropped everything and left to California. Much respect out to Dibiase for putting out a masterpiece and much love to Alpha Pup for providing the world with quality music that might of never been given a chance else where.

Dibiase – Machines Hate Me

1. Eternia
2. Phantom Power
3. Dusty Lungz
4. Atombreakin
5. Lumberjack
6. Neighborhood Watch
7. Skullcrack
8. Circuit Breakin
9. Clocked Out
10. Dubwreck
11. Price Is Righteous
12. Life Force
13. 3 Way Mirrors
14. Renegade Slap (Devonwho Collab)
15. Abstract

Enjoy the video for Skullcrack and get a small taste of what’s inside this beautiful 8-bit / chiptune masterpiece of an albums.

Category: Glitch Hop, Music, News, Videos | commie No Comments »