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Complexion – The Future Beats Show 108 + The SEVENth & Joose The Conqueror

time April 18th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Complexion - The Future Beats Show 108 + The SEVENth & Joose The Conqueror

Complexion is probably one of my favorite DJs. I use to keep up with his weekly radio show, The Future Beats Show. There are tons of people who are avid followers of labels like Soulection but the real deep vibes I mess with are what The Future Beats show features.

I’m at the office and wanted a fresh new mix to listen to while I get some task done. It randomly came to me to check out Complexion on Soundcloud. To my delight there was a brand new mix but noticed tons of the old mixes were gone. Apparently Soundcloud took down his account and he has taken a break for awhile. Glad to see him back on Soundcloud and wish him nothing but the best. I can only hope for my new project to be as successful as his show. Joe Kay was a huge influence on me back in the day but Complexion is the real hero now. Enjoy!

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time April 14th by John-Michael authorTags: None


I created this website over a lonely week-end nearly 7 years ago.

The look and feel of the website has stayed the same since its birth.

It’s time for a change.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that there will be a complete redesign of coming soon!

The recent few years I was completely burnt out from the scene and the music. I’ve been fortunate enough to have amazing friends over the years to keep things going when I was feeling uninspired. There are not enough THANK YOU’s I can say to all the people who have been there.

I finally feel rejuvenated from taking a break from writing and music.

Going forward I’ll be the sole contributor to the website.

I posted about what the purpose of was back in December. I’ve been thinking about it extensively and believe that despite these changes, it will still stand true. The major difference is that it’ll be more of my own personal selections and be designed to find new music. There will be some other new features but you’ll see…

The tone of the site will be very informal.

It’s about discovering new music and reacting to it.


– JM



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Hoffman – Serenity

time April 12th by John-Michael authorTags:

Hoffman Serenity
Hoffman, I have no idea how I found you but I did.

I’ve recently had to rebuild my music collection that I lost. This process has been inspiring me to start writing about the music. It’s refreshing to get back into music as I’m having to start from scratch.

Hoffman’s Serenity is one of those albums that I can listen to completely through and not have to worry about skipping a track. It’s pretty chill music but still has that punch and motion to keep you grooving.

I’m use to constantly going through new music.  I’m having to go back to build some of the most recent music, I love. This album was one of the few that I had to go back to.

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Data Rebel – Reborn

time April 12th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Data Rebel Reborn

Data Rebel’s Reborn is one of those albums that I generally put on in the background quite often. I randomly came across his music on Spotify via one of the playlist created by them. I can’t remember the name of the track that was featured but it made me search for more. I’d categorize this album as downtempo, chill, and glitch. It reminds me of early edIT, Of Porcelain, and Slidecamp.

I found this album on Bandcamp after I did some research about him and it totally blew me away. This came out in March 2015 and feel like it’s one of those albums that never got the attention it deserves, hence this blog post. I’ve never interacted with him online but hope this gives more attention to music like this.

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Koyo – Blow

time April 11th by John-Michael authorTags: ,

Koyo Blow

Koyo was played for me a few weeks back now by my close friend Naseef. We were at a pool party that I just had played for a few hours and were driving home. I’ll admit I was quite buzzed and had Naseef drive my car to drop some friends off. Rarely will I give anyone the opportunity to play music in my car. Yes, I’m an asshole, but there aren’t that many people I can trust when you’re as picky as me. Naseef, is well aware of this and I’m sure took notes from the set I just had played at the pool party and cue’d up this album from Koyo.

I’ll be straight up and say that I haven’t been too inspired by music lately, especially since my laptop got stolen. This album completely blew me away. We were driving down to Miami and every track made me take a mental note on how they would work into one of my DJ sets. If you’re into the whole Soulection/Future Bass sound, this album is totally up your alley.

Koyo, is definitely one of my favorite producers right now. It’s also worth noting that everything I’ve checked out on Lush since this release has been on point as well.

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B. Bravo & Starship Connection

time December 29th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

B Bravo

B. Bravo has to be one of the most under rated producers and musicians that I know. I don’t remember the first time I came across his music but it was probably a recommendation from NastyNasty or Epcot. There was a time where all I was into was bass music and kept hearing how Funk was coming back. I’ll be straight up and say that funk, soul, jazz, etc… isn’t something that I was too familiar with at the time.

The first time I heard Computa Love, I got goose bumps. It was game over and I understood why funk and R&B were coming back. He’s probably the first producer that really got me into the funky talkbox vocals. I’ve run into him a few times all over the country and have to say this guy is as real as it comes. He always has a smile on his face and ready to groove.

Starship Connection is one of his side projects which consist of him and Teeko. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it live but it’s high on the list of acts I’d like to see live. I was jamming to some funk and randomly remembered about Starship Connection. I took to Google and searched Starship Connection, hit the video tab, and was pleasantly surprised to find a Boiler Room recording. I’ve watched it twice now and had to post about B. Bravo and Starship Connection.

I also found some recent new music on his soundcloud and totally digging everything. Highly highly recommend checking out B. Bravo, Teeko, and Starship Connection’s music. It’s straight up sexy r&b funky music. Your girl/boy will appreciate the soundtrack.

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The Goal of Afro Monk

time December 22nd by John-Michael authorTags: None


The past few days I’ve spent a lot of time thinking what I would want to accomplish with the website back in action. I’ve had numerous talks with Sofia about it.

At its core it’s a place where music is showcased. There are hundreds of music blogs out there and obviously want our site to have a unique theme to set it apart. The reason I started the blog in the first place was to have an outlet for sharing music but also to fill the void of a break up. It eventually became almost like my own personal journal. The post were more about telling a story or account of meeting the producer and describing who they were to me. It’s crazy to think that some 7 years have gone by now.

Reflecting on everything and thinking ahead, I’ve decided to make the website be more of a story again. Speaking about the music more in a personal way versus a technical writing piece. It’s so common to have a detailed album review. I want Afro Monk to be more of a journal. Expect rants, commentary, thoughts, ideas, and all sorts of nonsense about different topics. I let Sofia know that and to embrace her creative side with the website as well.

I want people to be aware that this is what I foresee the website to be as I reconnect with it. I also want to thank all the people who have shared their stories with me over the years. Starting the website changed my life and brought so many new people into my life. I’m looking forward to meeting new people again as well as reconnecting with the old.

It has been a rough 2015 for me. I think I’m finally getting back to a stable emotional place in my life and excited to be back. 2016 is definitely going to be refreshing to bring in. I have high hopes for

Thank you all for the support over the years. You have no idea how much it means to me. The blog was never meant for money, fame, sex, popularity, or ego. It’s a place where I could express myself freely. Thank you for supporting that and reading my emotional out pours <3

– JM

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Staunch – Dissecting The Groove

time December 19th by John-Michael authorTags:

Staunch - Dissecting The Groove

If you were to ask me to name some of my favorite producers, right now. I’d absolutely list Staunch. If you’ve heard me DJ in the past year you’ll probably realize I throw in at least one Staunch track into my set depending on when and where appropriate.

My live DJ sets pretty much consist of tons of what we call modern glitch-hop. This duo are by in a whole different world when it comes to this style of music. It’s extremely funky and some may even it call it electro funk. I generally use to play chill downtempo music but recently I’ve moved to more dance based music and Staunch is my go to.

This album sums up all the incredible music they’ve put out over the years. It solidifies that they can put out some original music outsides of their staple remixes. It’s not common to have a full release that every single track is worthy enough to play on a dance floor and know it’ll crush. I can only hope that we’ll be seeing much more music from them. They are truly raising the bar.


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A Path Untold – Secret Subtle Light

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

A Path Untold - Secret Subtle Light

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve personally written a review for the website. A Path Untold is one of the few releases I actually listened too in its entirety in a long time in one sitting. Everything about it I enjoyed. The problem was that when I was listening to it, I didn’t realize it wasn’t tagged properly since it was sent to me via zip and couldn’t find anything about A Path Untold. It took me a few hours to track down the origins of the zip. It was from a close friend Mike Folk (1/2 of Aligning Minds).

The reason I couldn’t find anything about A Path Untold was because this was the first release coming out of the new label Aligning Minds Records. I was completely floored and excited at the same time because it meant a new label to showcase the chill, downtempo, psychedelic vibe. This album encompasses all of those emotions and tones. This is the perfect album to put on when you want to relax and meditate.

I don’t know much about A Path Untold personally but Mike just let me know there will be a remix album coming out soon. I’m looking forward to hearing the reinterpretations of some of these tracks. Mike also let me know that Aligning Minds Records will be putting out a new Aligning Minds album in 2016 as well as an entirely new release from A Path Untold. Keep your ears out for those as I’m sure they’ll be top notch releases for 2016.



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Afro Monk Resurrection

time December 14th by John-Michael authorTags: None


It’s time.

I’ve stepped away from the website due to some technical issues that arose. There were too many things going on in my life at the time to address them. Thankfully with my incredible developer we migrated everything over to new hosting.

The golden age of music blogs has ended. There was a time where music blogs where were people found new music. I can’t thank every person enough when they approach me and thank me for introducing them to X producer or DJ.

My initial thought of overhauling was to bring something new and adapt to modern look and feel. I’ve decided to wait to see what the initial response is of this return. There are many possibilities I’ve been considering for 2016 but lets see what the future holds. The website will stay in the same fashion when first launched for now.

2015 was a dark time for me and looking forward to reconnecting with the music community. I recently lost all my music and Ableton projects. Rebuilding my collection from scratch will inherently be reflected on the producers and music that will be featured going forward. Please feel free to reach out to me personally if you’ve worked with me in the past. I’ll be looking to hear how your music has evolved over the years.

I also want to announce that I’m naming Sofia the editor of the blog. I’ll be looking to her to set the tone of the blog again. She was doing a great job before the website starting encountering issues.

Thank you again for all your support over the years and hope to bring you some music you’ll enjoy in 2016!


JM aka Afro Monk


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