I am honored and privileged to bring word on Afro Monk Record’s Debut Release. Futexture “The Science of How Things Unfold” combines top-notch production, with out of this world arrangements and the creativity to bring the listener to a higher dimension. No matter if you call this release IDM, FutureBass or Downtempo, Futexture, aka Danny Krantz, has taken the more sonically diverse elements of our genres and brought us a complete piece of work that will entertain the mind and tickle the ears. My first listen to this release was done after a long day kicked back with the cans on and a bit of a mood enhancer. Not only did the music grab a hold of me but it provided energetic boost to my whole body. Some would say thats just the herb, but thats what pure quality music should do to all of us! You should not just hear it, but experience it. I must congratulate both Futexture for such an amazing album that is sure to make quite a name for him, but also the founder of this blog, Mr. JM aka Afromonk for pushing through and bringing us his first debut release on the brand new record label. Now, with no more bullshit from me, I bring you the music!
One of the main motivating factors for me getting involved with Afromonk was to actively take part in the amazing community of talented individuals behind this music we all love. When I talked to the folks over at Be Green Records about their upcoming 2012 Benefit release I knew this was the kind of project I had to get behind. Not only am I excited to listen to this compilation of talented producers, but I love Be Green’s vision, that when we collaborate with our friends we can create the change we need in this world. He are a few words from the folks over at Be Green Records/Glitch FM.
“Music and art has enriched each of our lives so much, we have chosen to use it as a medium to do positive things. By collaborating with like minded individuals, we are able to do so much more as a community and to give back to the world around us. Focusing on feeding, clothing, sheltering, and providing medical care for those most in need, is our primary intention. We believe we can achieve this when we all come together.”
“Be the Change you wish to see in the World,” is one of the most inspiring quotes the creators of Be Green Records have ever been influenced by. And personally, through meeting countless individuals who want to help and just don’t know what they as one person can do, is the inspiration for this album. Many people gathered together, each doing just a little, does affect huge change, and since we are all passionate about music – we thought this would be the best way we could benefit from both worlds.
Also, looks like they are still taking submissions from producers and visionary artists. Get involved! Look for this release on the summer Solstice 2012.
This morning I decided to take a day off from chasing this spring’s amazing corn skiing to prepare for spring. Searching for a new Mountain Bike! As I sat in my sunny kitchen drinking a wonderful cup of coffee waiting to hear if my dream bike is mine I found a wonderful sonic gem. Proper Motion just dropped a new album, “A Refined Perspective” that is a great mix of classic funky jazz samples and energetic basslines. Music that grabs your mind and transports you do a different land has always been near the top of my charts and this release does just that. Includes, all the componets of modern bass music that I have grown to love and combines that with the soul of yesterday. Moments, of this release like “How Long” brought me back to my parents den where my farther was rocking the turntable with his classic jazz tracks. Colorado producers Noah Marion and Harrison Watkins have really stepped up to the plate on this one and taken their listeners on a wonderful sonic journey. I for one appreciate the time travel to keep my mind off of whether or not my dream bike will be hitting the trails this season. If the tunes are not enough Noah and Harrison have offered this entire realease for free on Soundcloud. Give it a listen and grab these tracks while they are hot!
I have been in the mountains for more days in a row then I can count. Snow was deep, turns amazing. Got home last night and woke exhausted to the sound of rain on my roof. All I can think about is a mellow morning with coffee and a big breakfast. Checking my email from the past week and I find a great recommendation from JM “Afromonk” that fits my mood perfect this grey day. The Human Experience’s release “The Art of the Way” is a gorgeous piece of music. David Block took last year to travel around the globe and grow as an human and this release shows just that maturity in the tracks. Sometimes it just takes stepping out of your normal day to day life and venture into the unknown to be inspired and unleash the inner creativity. I don’t know David Block, but from listening to “The Art of the Way” this morning I think he has succeeded. Check out his whole release on Bandcamp!
ChrisB just dropped a fantastic new EP this morning that totally kills it. 2 Songs full of gorgeous melodies layered over slightly glitchy beats with some atmospherics really showcase how ChrisB is taking his music to the next level! The release which can be found on Bandcamp is perfect preview to what we can expect to see this festival Season. Catch ChrisB at the Do Lab stage at coachella or check out his site to see the other venues he is playing this spring!
One of my favorite albums from GoldRush just got remixed by some of the freshest names in the game! Goldrush is dropping his 2ed release on Generation Bass with the help of some friends. Each a talented producer in their own right, re-imagines one of Goldrush’s original tracks off the Love Hz release. The result is a new creative look on what started as amazing tracks. These creative additions add elements of percussion, melodic atmosphere and dance floor ready beats! Love Hz Rmxd drops on March 23. Enjoy!
Desert Dwellers are super excited to release their newest release that has been fully funded by their fans through a kick-starter project! DownTemple Dub: Remixed will be released on April 3ed thanks to a huge rally from fans and friends helping to promote this project. This is just one more reason why our community is such a blessing to be apart of. Everyone benefits in this situation, new music, new live show. Now the music. Desert Dwellers put together a release filled with otherworldly down-tempo and psy-chill grooves. Some of today’s top producers took classic Desert Dwellers yoga dubs and remixed them into another dimension. Combining sounds of the future with the roots of years past this release is perfect for sitting back and allowing your mind to drift far from daily life. Prepare for a sonic exploration into higher dimensions! Remixes from Love & Light, Aes Dana, Kaminanda, Kalya Scintilla, Duke Mushroom, Eastern Sun, Drumspyder, Androcell, and Earthrise SoundSystem.
Sunmonx’s debut release “Power Salad” is one I have been waiting for all winter because I’m a sucker for live instrumentation blended with top notch production. Sunmonx consists of the Australian duo of Opiuo’s tight production style with Austero’s down under funky guitar rifts. This tight fusion of production blends together pieces from many genres including bass music, blues, and funk. I picked up moments that really reminded me of Signal Path’s funky guitar while other tracks slowed things down and had a much chiller organic sound. The Australians have been killing it this past year and this release is no exception. Power Salad is true to its name, a sonic fusion that explores new dimensions of the electronica spectrum.
Sunmonx is releasing “Power Salad” on March 21st, but you can get it Pre-Release on Interchill’s bandcamp and Addictech March 7th.
One of my favorite Bass Innovators Nico Luminous is providing a new audible treat with releasing his 3ed Ep entitled “Unearth the Diamond.” Personally, I only got turned on to the LA, based producer last year from JM the creator of Afromonk.com, but he has become part of my constant rotation, his tracks finding their way into my dj sets and mixes. Don’t get me wrong, just because I was late to the scene, Nico Luminous is a longtime member of the Bass community sharing the stage with some of the greats including, Vibesquad, Dave Tipper, and Heyoka. Hopefuly, I will have my first pleasure of hearing a live performance at the up and coming Lucidity Festival! The specific sounds that set Nico Luminous ahead of the pack in my mind is how he makes electronic music sexy. He stretches the limits of his software and pulls together elements of the bass genre into one seamless package that is a pure sex. Catch a show this spring and hear for yourself, Nico has a busy touring schedule taking him from Coasta Rica to Texas, Cali, Nevada, Utah and Washington. I hope to catch up to this talented individual this spring and enjoy the positivity his music brings to our community and the larger galaxy. In Nico Luminous words, ”Music is nourishment for the soul, a bridge to unseen worlds. I’m grateful to have dedicated my life to something that brings people together in Love and Peace.”
Pickup your copy of this Masterpiece and support one of the true Innovators of our Bass Community at his Bandcamp page.