Just under their new alias for about a month, Crushendo (formerly Slim Thugz) is already crushing it! They’ve brought their sound to a whole new level with the Drop Logic EP. I have heard multiple listeners express how impressed they are with the EP, and producers tell me that they love playing out some of the tracks to get a crowd moving. It’s impossible not to move while listening in to this rhythmic, booty shakin’ bass. My favorite off the EP is “Nickel$ and Dimes”; it has a catchy harmony along with a vivacious bassline – sounds just right!
While I loved the gentle pleasing melodies that Slim Thugz produced, I might even prefer the direction that Crushendo is going in thus far. I feel more bounciness, depth, and thought put into their tunes. Having followed Cody and Julian’s music from the start, I’m stoked to watch their evolution; there is notable improvement and enthusiasm coming from the two. They self-proclaim their music as “jazz-step”. I love it!
Luke with Blunt Instrument sent over their new release “The Pocket” over a week ago and it has been my nonstop soundtrack for all my mountain adventures this week. I was feeling guilty that I couldn’t get to town sooner to get a post up about these killer tunes. These guys are coming out swinging and can backup the noise they are creating. Dropping their first release in over a year on Simplify Recordings, Blunt Instrument worked hard in the lab to bring some fresh tight productions to the table. Each tune is polished and ready to destroy some dance floors. I can tell you from personal experience that these tunes put your brain in a perfect mindset for playing in the powder slopes! My favorite tune on the Ep is the title track, the pocket, with its driving beats and its energy filled bass, but I’m just a ski bum with a music addiction. Don’t take my word check this release out for yourselves.
Must admit if I had to pick 3 acts that I would be really excited to watch perform this summer, Blunt Instrument, would be on that list. Hopefully they will make it stateside. Make sure to keep up with with their plans and any new tunes they release on their facebook page. Http://facebook.com/bluntinstrument
The Chinese calendar indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year, thus Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. This event is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar; the origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. It’s also supposed to mark the end of the winter season. Man, I hope that’s a lie because there is essentially no snow in Tahoe right now. Is everyone else feeling the suffering that is this winter, damnit? That means I am out of here on a journey to the incredible Chinese New Year of the Dragon Celebration!
This Friday, February 10th, Raindance and An-Ten-Nae are throwing an event of EPIC proportions in San Francisco. Of course, I am most looking forward to the top-notch music lineup that will bless our eardrums all night long. We’ve got a solo ediT set; this in itself is enough to make me want to go. If anyone, this guy is THE pioneer of bass. Perhaps overshadowed by his fellow Glitch Mobbers, the extremely talented Ed sometimes goes underrated. What a privilege to get to see him solo – can’t wait for that one! Another set I just can’t wait for is Nasty Ways, comprised of EPROM and Boreta from The Glitch Mob. These are two of the most talented producers/DJs joining forces… yes please! I experienced their live debut at a SnowGlobe afterparty and it was mind-blowing – definitely the highlight of the weekend for me. The rest of the bill is just as exciting, featuring four rooms of first-rate DJs including Loefah, Govinda, JPOD (also caught him live recently and was amazed), Lowriderz, Ana Sia, Wick-It, Mochipet, David Satori, NANDA (killed it in the wee morning hours of Freaker’s Ball), Little John, & El Papa Chango. Not only are they bringing in an insane lineup, but they’re also providing entertainment in the form of a parade, dragon dance, stilt circus, dancers, dragon mask making, instillations, tea, and rad visuals. I can’t wait to see 1015 Folsom transformed into an eclectic environment with some of the most marvelous talent! Anyone who can make it should get their ass to Raindance & An-Ten-Nae’s Chinese New Year Celebration!
When I first heard that pioneer of bass Stephan Jacobs was putting together a remix album of Mad Era and In the Vortex I was beyond stoked; those two EPs bring back some of my favorite music memories of 2011. Then when I saw the list of producers behind the remixes I became even more pumped! The compilation includes banger tracks from the likes of Mr. Bill, jOBOT, Freddy Todd, Psymbionic, Ruff Hauser, Jupit3r, Knowa Knowone, and more. The album did not disappoint – these remixes are hot and I will definitely be bangin’ them in my headphones for quite a while. I have been following Stephan Jacobs’ music for years and it is a pleasure to hear some of my other favorites throw a spin on his already excellent tunes. The 12-track album starts off with a bang with One4All’s remix of Tatter which is also my favorite of the release. It’s upbeat, catchy, and melodious with just the right amount of bass, providing every component necessary for a memorable track. Another favorite is ChrisB.’s remix of Izzo feat. Smash LeFunk… it has some very nice brass instrumentals paired with crunk samples and a nice steady beat. Although I haven’t heard much about Dubvirus, I also found his remix to pop out to me; it’s beautiful in an odd and heavy way. Stephan Jacobs certainly provided an expressive and agreeable canvas for the remixers to work with!
Seeing Stephan live is an awe-inspiring experience that I recommend to all. His set at Lightning in a Bottle 2011 was legendary and I would say one of the best of the entire weekend. He also crushed it at SnowGlobe 2011. He has never let me down during a live set; his contagious energy and sincere passion for bass music are undeniable and compelling. He will be playing at SnowBall in CO in the beginning of March so be sure to catch him play if you’re there! I know that he is a huge influence on many other electronic musicians as he is a master of his craft, and I’m always looking forward to hearing more from the man!