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Anna Love | Artist Spotlight

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

Anna Love has become of my favorite people here in Texas that I’ve met. I honestly wrote her off the first time I saw her play but after following her online and getting to talk to her I realized that maybe I made a huge mistake. Just because I’m not impressed the first time doesn’t mean I forget and stop paying attention. After realizing what a misread I had on her I made it a point to invite her out to play a show for me here in Dallas. That set totally changed my outlook and knew that she had incredible talent and soon to be great artist.

Anna has been posting some of her own original work online and can’t be happier to see another Texas producer rise up. She might have been MIA from Texas for awhile but the way she is hustling with all her projects such as her monthly event in Austin, Broken Teeth, Tropical Bass, DJing, and producing expect to see her name a lot more often.

My favorite thing about Anna besides her music is her passion. The things she says and expresses online and off are inspiring. She has no fear and does what she does cause she wants to express herself. The most recent tracks she has posted online have sold me and hope to eventually add her to the Afro Monk Records roster. I’m glad I reached out to her and have become friends with her. Keep on it girl!

Check out some of my favorite tracks she has worked on:

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Freddy Todd & S.P.E.C.T.R.E. | Honey, I Crunk’d Tha Kidz

time September 25th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

Freddy Todd & S.P.E.C.T.R.E collaborate on two massive tracks for all of you to enjoy. It’s been some time since we’ve heard some new material from Reuben but damn he hasn’t lost his touch by any means. I saw his set at Sonic Bloom and damn I’m glad I came over despite Tipper being on the main stage. Freddy just put out another full release out recently that has everyone excited. These two power houses might have just messed around a few days and put this together but the result is an incredible two track EP. I’d love to see more of these appear. Everyone is traveling around hanging out while playing shows and sometimes results in a few colab tracks. I think I speak for everyone when I say that more people should be throwing these small EPs together and just throw them on Bandcamp or Soundcloud for the fans to enjoy.

Honey, I Crunk’d Tha Kidz and Space Cowboy are two extremely hype tracks filled with crunk’d up vocals. The energy that these two create is spectacular and perfect for any headlining slot. I’ve been droppin Space Cowboy and damn it goes off. I love the subtle intro it has and eventually builds into this bangin tune. Not to mention got to love the ’cause i’m a space cowboy’ sample!

Here is a preview for you all. It will be officially released on the 27th of September on Bandcamp. Expect much more from S.P.E.C.T.R.E and especially Freddy Todd.

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Signal Path | Souls Unswayed

time September 24th by Mr Ed authorTags: ,

Signal Path is helping us celebrate the fall equalnox with their third installment of this years quadrILLogy. The team of Ryan Burnett, Damon Metzner, and Matt Schumacher have done it again with a genre crossing blend of live instrumentation and massive bass productions. As their sound continues to grow and change, I would expect this EP to be well received in a scene they helped pioneer.

My friendship with Signal Path began way back in the Missoula days when Ryan was beginning to explore his interest in electronic music. The journey the band’s music has taken has been quite the ride. From the early days, of producing in a cabin that couldn’t be worth half as much as the equipment inside, to a multi piece live electronic act, to today’s 3 man team we have all enjoyed the music.   I look forward to hearing their future experimentation with creative bass sounds and live instrumentation.

Now the music! Each of the 6 tracks is sure to take your mind to a new place far from the ordinary.  The track, “Crossing The Rubicon” hits home with Ryan’s classic guitar sounds blended with driving drums and bass.  It sure got me dancing around my room!   “Change Like The Weather (Make It Mo’ Better)”  really mixes things up with some funky guitar, sensual vocals, and Damon’s drums create an atmosphere that is sure to have the ladies on the dance floor!

Souls Unswayed by Signal Path

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ill gates | The ill. Methodology

time September 23rd by Mr Ed authorTags: , , ,

Ill Gates has been in is lab for many years working on the epic slammer of a release, The ill. Methodology.  The wait is finnally over!  On October 3ed, he will drop this dynamic collaboration which is a who’s who of the EDM scene.  MUTI Music’s 100th release is destined for greatness with collaborations with Ben Samples, Ana Sia, Mimosa, Datsik, Opiuo, Masia One, Filastine, Dov, D. Schaerf, and more.

He has decided to treat us all to a free download with a track called Open Your Eyes that was co-produced with Captain Hook.  They didn’t hold back anything producing this dubstep Gem.  It comes out swinging with hard hitting kicks and continues right into a driving bassline.  I’m sure we will hear this one killing the dance floor!

My personal favorite track on the album right now, is Thrillogy co-produced with Opiou & Vent.  It has that classic Opiou sound we love to get down with, but the Ill Gates influence drives it over the top.  Just when you think your feeling its groove, the break drops tempo and pounds the track home.  Sure winner!

Grab “Open Your Eye”s here!

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Ben Samples | Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne – Motivation (Screwed) Afro Monk Exclusive

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

Afro Monk Exclusive - Kelly Rowland ft Lil Wayne Motivation (Samples Screwed)

Ben Samples has hit the legendary status that I knew he would become years ago. I got this in my e-mail a few days ago and was asked to put it out. I figure I post this because lately I’ve been telling the people close to me how hip-hop is what is doing it right now in sets. We all know how quickly Dubstep has been rising but the truth is most of the crowd wants something they know and can sing along too.

This track is a perfect example of what is working right now. Grab a sexy R&B track which has someone spitting on it and add some bass, rearrange some pieces, give it your signature sound and you’ve got a hit. Truth is we all know the top DJs and Producers are the ones who can play things people have never heard and also the hit they all know. The balance or mixture of these two things is exactly what works at clubs, bars, house parties, etc… You want to appeal to the masses but have a unique take on it so they remember you. Ben Samples understands this and has continuously proven that this works. I can’t tell you how many sets I’ve seen where someone uses one of his remixes or originals and the crowd goes nuts. Why? Well even when I drop one of his tunes I get that feeling this is what people want me to be playing yet get some additional bass and version they might not know but can predict whats going to happen so they can still follow the beat and dance too.

I hope you enjoy this and throw this one into your playlist. It’s great to hear something along these lines after his releases of heavy bass dancefloor remixes of some of the classics. After listening to this the first time on my phone when I received it I smiled and knew that this would instantly become a track I’d be hearing quite often at shows.


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Afro Monk . com 2 Year Anniversary!!!

time September 16th by John-Michael authorTags:

Two years ago on the 16th I began this website. Never did I imagine that this site would become what it is now. My major influence was from Shilo who runs Dancefever5000. She had created a source where she covered all the West Coast producers and events. I had just found out about and starting to DJ. It’s insane to think back to this time… Things have changed quite a bit.

This past week-end I spent it in Austin for Movin’ Decibels Dub City Limits… They brought in Love & Light, Stephan Jacobs, Sugarpill, Chris B, Gladkill, & NastyNasty. Being in the crowd and spending the week-end with them really took me back to reflect on where this all started. Two years ago I would of never imagined to be so close to these superstars around the States. Now I can’t imagine all these artist not part of my life. Thank you for all the support you have given this site! This site is nothing without its readers and artist who produce and share their music with the world.

I took a look at the site analytics and since its launched there has been a total of over 100,000+ unique visitors to the site.  It’s unbelievable.

Thank YOU!

PS: There will be a special post this week to celebrate the 2 years! I’m thinking top 2 in multiple categories.

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