Haj i Ji releases “Above & Below” on On The Perch Records, it’s a sonic amalgamation through enchanting electronic rhythms, dub visions, percussive leads, angelic chants, organic instrumentation, deep synth, lucid movement, and heavy bass/dubstep feels. It’s a remembrance of our ancient wisdom through organic roots, intentional depth, imaginative collaborators, and hypnotizing states. Originally written by Haj i Ji (formerly Sub Swara, Freek Factory, Nyxyss, Rising Smoke of the Hobo Kings) as a performance piece for international tribal belly dancer, Sera Solstice, this journey mysteriously and magically aligns further through HÄANA‘s violin, Raymond Sicam III‘s cello, River Guerguerian‘s percussion, & Imani White‘s vocals/percussion. This journey goes on further into present existence as it also features production remixes by Hobotech, HÄANA, Sub Swara, SUV, RSD, S.B.Yond, and Jaxx.
A spiritual & symmetrical visual representation of this gem is seen by the imaginative, elaborate, and mystical creation that is Mugwort, an exploration into divine awareness & interconnectedness through wisdom. Expanding and connecting into an evolving spiritual path through this saga release, experience a moving, intentional, & creative art piece through next level composition which brings forward an imaginative dive into timelessness. A deep, dark, clear, transcending, & dynamic presence has the power to cleanse and heal through Universal frequencies and balancing effects which create an overall majestic approach through a distinctly alluring path – “Above and Below” has triggered a powerful effect! Experience a distinct display of intentions by these imaginative artists stemming from all over the world and keep an eye out for truth behind these organic pioneers as they will continue to us a touch through ancient flavors, movement healers, and expressive styles. I predict future live orchestral and theatrical performances.
Above & Below
HÄANA remix [ Artist Spotlight]
HÄANA (LA): producer/violinist, fresh and upcoming voice in the North American bass music scene. Her production sensibility is informed by her natural gift for melody. HÄANA’s violin work is featured prominently in the original composition, and for her remix she explores a darker sound with a slowed down Dubstep feel.
Spundose will be releasing his second full-length album on Street Ritual – ‘Relatives’, on January 19th, Exclusive Addictech! 10 tracks. It’s a deep, organic, and genre-bending experience felt through ancient remembrance of downtempo, progressive, breakbeat, glitch, and psychedelic soundscapes. Crescendoing effects, intricately layered textures, atmospheres of different dimension, percussive leads, classic rhythms, and next level composition makes for a lucid and evolving journey. Take a deep breath, exhale, and let these frequencies fill your soul as they will transcend beyond time and space.
Spundose is a musician/music producer whose ancient-future sound fuses many elements to stimulate imagination and collective consciousness expansion. Supporting & catalyzing a curious, caring, and loving mindfulness within society, he provides intensely pleasurable sonic vibrations for the earminds of a progressive and sustainable culture! Chris Johannesen is continually pushing and breaking ‘the norm’ in contemporary electronic music as he’s continuously digging deeper into himself and evolving sounds way ahead of time. Artwork by Jonah K .
Keese releases “Panamint Chalice” on San Francisco’s own MalLabel Music, and it’s a futuristic slow-motion tale of the mixture of genres, of purple bassinfused Glitch-Hop wonders from the northern bay of Arcata, California. West Coast Bass is an adventure of its own, just like a culture of the unknown experience of exploration. This young producer is not afraid to take risks as he will continue to experiment and bring forth luminous rays of full-spectrum energy meant to ignite the possible. Like super powers, these sound frequencies will produce rapid change and flashbacks, de-ja vu, psychic-abilities. I hope your ear pineals, and your mind’s eye are ready for an experiment of psytrap, 808’s, and sub trips, psychedelic epiphanies through auditory sense. Pick up your chalice glass and fill it up with a taste of your choice, I prefer clear liquid H20, and let these liquified sounds trigger a festive thought.
“Panamint Chalice” consists of 5 sound experiments sure to invoke invisibility, experience slow-motion effects, and time control – re-appearance into a different side. These experimental creations are entitled, “Hot Curls”, “Panamint Chalice”, “Love Yourself”, “Less is More”, and “Bonkers”. Hot Curls is a slow-motion step back, then 10 more steps forward into glitch fusion, and twirl of eerie crescendos of blended 808 beat and melodic freshness. Panamint Chalice is a proper occasion. An appropriate glitch stutter. A groovy mid-tempo whomp, a rhythmic 808 laser illumination beats created to invoke change, like that of a chameleon.
Love Yourself is an electronic upbeat first sparked by 808 feel, and continuous balanced beat of signature “drops”. Except they’re not “drops”, because they mesh well next to the prior soundscape, it’s more like a smooth twist of intelligent exposure of a new structured development of love. Less is More opened up a new wave of energy that sparked past-life inspiration. Intricate and delicate, yet powerful composition can be both felt and heard. A theme of fading effects mesh well with what sounds like alien atmospheric callings, from under the ocean and up into space, that’s some psytrap for you. Bonkers is a game of elegance meets chill, a coming of two worlds bound to cause technicolor bass whirlwinds of triggers.
Panamint Chalice is a boom of silver and gold minerals and psytrap trinkets found in a ghost town. Keese’s creation of sound experimentation is definitely fresh, I’m very stoked to see his future projects. He’s developing a rare sound in the West Coast Bass scene and isn’t afraid to express creations developed in his lab. Bass and Glitch Melodic encounters will sooth your brain waves, and blast you off into otherwordly sonic space sunset. Let these sound causations of realizations explore freshness. Here’s a free download of “Hot Curls”.
Sonic Bloom, the Unified Field, the place of Discovery. “Discovery” has been a key word for me within the past couple years, a place of the found into consciousness and open awareness, especially through music in the transformational festival lifestyle. Living Light was a recent discovery for me through a compilation called “Resonant Mind” released by MerkaBa Music in May. Living Light is the solo project of Psylab keyboardistEartha Harris and she illuminates world beats with soothing dub electronic beats & melodies meant to lighten your mind, body, & spirit. Prior to the 9th annual Sonic Bloom venture last weekend, I discovered that her soothing presence would be performing and so I sought to discover more upon her upbringing, and the story behind Living Light. After a stellar performance at the Hummingbird Stage on Saturday, we sat down for a chat about inspirations behind her music, past music projects, upcoming album releases, intuitive dreams and experiences guiding her way, and her overall intention in life, all whilst being surrounded by the breathtaking panoramic mountain views of South Park, Colorado – and thus, a very profound and powerful conversation formed. Shout out to Lovemore Creations for a beautiful moment of life that was captured through photography.
•How long have you been producing music and was there a certain event(s) in your life that inspired wanting to become a music producer?
Well, music and I go way back – haha!… Apparently when I was one years old I often would wake up my parents singing! As I grew older, playing music was always my top fascination. I was lucky to have very supportive parents that were always able to provide me with musical outlets. It started out with a little Organ that I played through my toddler years, then a Commodore 64 in elementary school with a music program on it, and then I graduated up to portable Yamaha synthesizers through my elementary and teens years, eventually with built-in sequencers that I wrote my first full pieces on!
But when I was in college is when I first started learning music production on computer. My first electronic project that I was involved in, which I was a part of for about a year, is a group called The Machine of the Garden and it was the first time I was actually involved a real professional electronic act. Then, from 1998-2006, I had a solo project called Project Sphere, all of which was self-produced. The music is somewhat similar to what I produce now under Living Light but with my own added vocals. That said, I wasn’t really a part of a sub culture that was ready for that sound back then, so around 2007 I joined up with a band named Psylab, and I actually stepped away from production and dove into 100% live-keyboard playing. I’d often play 4-5 keyboards live at any given show. It was a wild ride!
•What kind of genre is Psylab?
All electronic, but also all live, and we’d play multiple genres. Some called us “livetronica”, but we were often categorized with jam bands since we did a lot of modal improv stuff even though we were electronic dance music. We played everything from dub to house to psytrance to drum & bass. We honestly felt we could experiment with any genre since we were playing it all live. So that was an amazing experience, but it was definitely like going through a touring boot camp though. It was grueling to be on the road all of the time with all of our massive amount of live gear that we needed in order to perform.
Performing as Psylab Keyboardist
When did Living Light come to Light, what’s the story behind it? ( Continuation )
It was actually born on December 21, 2012. I was fortunate enough to have a friend of mine who is a Biophoton Therapist (which is a very cool healing modality) lead a ceremony that weekend at our house in Boston, and I remember seeing this viral video of a Mayan Elder Speaks on 2012 and he said that between December the 20th and 22nd:
“You’ll have one idea, and that idea is your life’s calling, write it down right away because it could be fleeting, but when you have it, you’ll know it…”
And so while I was in this ceremony I had this vision of our sun cresting on the Earth’s horizon, and our whole galaxy cresting on the edge of a giant wave in space-time, and all matter and space connected through frequency, and all existence coming from star-stuff, from light. I then began talking with my friend about Bio-Photon Therapy, and at that moment she mentioned that it translated to “Living Light”.
I then jokingly said…
“That would be such a great band name!”
…and that’s when I realized that was the personal vision. And the more I thought about the meaning behind the name, the more it made sense to me – light as in photons, and light as opposed to heaviness. I had an insane desire to travel the world with my music, but I needed to lighten my load in order to do so. I couldn’t get past the East Coast with the full band since we had so much gear – and it was nearly impossible to afford to fly out to festivals. I realized those multiple meanings behind the name in that instant, and that I could live lightly by starting up this side project – putting a whole band on my back! And that’s when I decided to take this break to go back to music production.
And there’s more meanings – like living non-materialistically and environmentally responsibly – living lightly upon the Earth. We are technically all living light – we come from stars, ancient sunlight, and now finally our culture is working in earnest towards using environmentally responsible renewable resources.
There’s also even a mind set of living lightly. I was very bogged down into the western fear mentality behind news and politics for a long time. We have an almost cultural obsession with the negative. Then I went away to southern India, where technically things are also dangerous, but there is also a colorful playfulness that permeates, and there isn’t this nonstop fear propaganda that you see in the western world everywhere. But then I came back home to Boston just a few days after Boston Marathon Bombing tragedy, and I was greeted with intense terrorist propaganda everywhere – from billboards to infomercials on wide screen TVs all asking if I was “ready for a terrorist attack?”. The contrast was striking, and I quickly came to realize there was no greater fear than fear itself.
So all of these are meanings that are open for interpretation for each listener, and all of these are influences behind the sounds of the first album “Ecliptic Visions” – subtle messages I like to hint at through the music, through tones, textures, and samples of people you’ll hear in the tracks.
•Musically speaking, which artist(s) have been an inspiration to you?
One of my main inspirations is this obscure group called the Saafi Brothers. I first heard them in 1999. They have this beautiful dub groove that when you listened to it, no matter what mood you were originally in, you just started to feel so at peace. They incorporate such uplifting frequencies. They are definitely one of my main musical inspirations and have been for the last 15 years or so. It was only recently that I discovered the other light-minded & inspirational frequencies such as OTT, Bluetech, Kalya Scintilla, and Desert Dwellers.
•Your track “Perihelion” was just featured on “Resonant Mind” by Yaygons’ “Merkaba Music”, how does it feel to be featured on such a forth-moving conscious music label?
So blessed. I mean, between Yaygon and Desert Dwellers. Desert Dwellers actually found me at my second Living Light show and they signed me on the spot. They’re my main label, Desert Trax, and they’re such lovely people to work with.
It’s all a wonderful family that I give thanks every day to now be connected with. Everyone knows each other and works together so symbiotically and peacefully.
•What festival did that happen at? When the Desert Dwellers signed you?
PEX Summer Festival 2013, The Philadelphia Experiment in Maryland. I still have my wrist band on because that was a moment that changed my music career.I had an intensely vivid dream the night before where I was talking with two of my favorite musicians about how I really wanted to travel with my music, and well, long story short, they said,
” Find a festival we are both playing at and we’ll show you the way…”
I then suddenly woke up, immediately opened my laptop, and at the top of my Facebook news feed was the PEX Summer Festival lineup and – boom! Both artists were listed right there as headliners. I do a lot of dream work, so I immediately thought to myself, “I’m supposed to go to this.” I immediately bought a ticket, and a camp invited me to play a couple of unscheduled Living Light sets at a chillout dome. Treavor Moontribe and Amani Friend from Desert Dwellers were at one of those sets, and after I finished, they offered to release my music on their label, Desert Trax. I had been a fan of their music for years, but this was my first time meeting them, so needless to say I was pretty honored!
They’ve been a great support team in getting my music and name out and plugging me in with other light-minded individuals within the US festival circuit. In all my years as a musician, this is the fastest any project of mine has taken flight, and I would not be where I am today without these 2 beloved brothers and this whole beautiful sonic soul family.
Me: “So this was only a year ago?
LL: “Yeah, yeah!”
• Aside your track, what other artists did you dig on that compilation, was there a new discovery?
Yes, all of them are great, but a new pleasant surprise was Mr. Squatch. I just discovered him on this comp and absolutely love his work!
• If you could live anywhere in the states, or world, where would it be?
Well, I’ve been in Massachusetts my whole life and knowing I’ve lived in Boston for 18 years, I decided that this Spring I wasn’t going to do a 19th Winter in Boston [chuckles]. So, I am actually currently checking out areas. I recently stayed for a week in Santa Cruz right before playing at Enchanted Forest. Santa Cruz is pretty lovely, so right now that’s looking like my next destination. But [looks around] Colorado is really beautiful too! and Asheville, NC also has a really great vibe to it. So I am definitely spreading my wings. Relocation is on the horizon!
Living Light is on the right track of discovery as she is building momentum in the conscious and transformational lifestyle, she’s ultimately found her life purpose, a light of inner calling. This certified Yogi has new projects in store, so make sure you keep your eyes pealed for this one as her magical and transcendent vibes will embark a transformation within you! The newest release will be coming out this September, a remix album of her current full length “Ecliptic Visions” called “Ecliptic ReVisions” and will feature remixes of her tracks by predominant and forth-moving psydub, tribal, and sacred bass master minds: Kaminanda, Bluetech, Suduaya, Skytree, Smokesign, Erothyme, Supersillyus, Icaro, Heiss, Pr∆na, Om Frequency, Subcreature, and more. The next Living Light full length album “Tales from the Karman Line” is already in the works with a projected release date of Winter 2015. Step out of your shadow and let the living light clear your being and align your chakras. Take a moment to escape and return to your spirit origin of light and let the universe’s synchronicities flash back and forth through light triggers of imaginable twists and deep-rooted intuitions composed of dub frequencies.
•Other recent appearances have included tracks on Heiss’s “Awaken(D)” remix album, and an upcoming Desert Dwellers remix EP•
Living Light -Perihelion [MerKaba Music]
Living Light – ‘Ecliptic Visions’ Preview [Desert Trax]
Art of Fact releases his first release, “Bodies of Water”, on MalLabel Music today, Tuesday, June 10th. Taylor Willis is a glitch hop and psy dub producer based in the West Coast, more specifically Eugene, Oregon. He comes from a background full of classical and jazz instrumentation from early on in his childhood, as early as 12 years old. Art of Fact’s “Bodies of Water” will take you on a liquid journey through textures and rhythms deep within his sacred being that will arise frequencies of deep blue energies taken from the depths of the Ocean, the depths of the unknown sought to rejuvenate, cleanse, and invoke the third eye. Mysteriously weaving and blending sonic waves of beaming escapes and triggers, Art of Fact develops a chill sound soaked with emotion, truth, and visibility. These futuristic yet ancient grooves will leave you feeling liquified, consciously clear and will freshen you up. Spirals and twists of thoughts and questions will light up through sonic glitches and bass whomps directed to think outside the box, to read between the lines.
“Bodies of Water” consists of 5 original tracks: Liquid Dreams, Moonshine Showers, Rasta Rain, Velvet Dew Drops, and Charco, and 3 remixed versions of “Velvet Dew Drops” by Bless the A.M. Remix, Devin Kroes, & SOULULAR. “Liquid Dreams” is glitch hop heaven full of whomp depths and feels. It has a magical appeal to it, a very upbeat and rhythmic vibe full of beaming melodic beats that will vanish and re-appear giving the ultimate brain massage. “Moonshine Showers” is like an atmospheric venture into the oceans of the world, dives of exploration into the unknown discovering mystery and unraveling and unlocking myths. These discoveries are surrounded by an elegance of rhythm and unique composition of glitches and wurbbles which create an uplifting environment. “Rasta Rain” is like an ancient reggae groove full of proper hip-hop feels. These glitchy textures of waves and rains will ignite a cleansing effect, jah mon! “Velvet Dew Drops” slithers in next, a different body of water of 85 bpm is revealed assuring a quality of melodic perfection suited for deep meditation. This track will open up channels of luminous vibrations within you and those channels will reveal a sense of clarity, an acceptance to a new understanding that will ultimately direct new thought. “Charco” is a mysteriously brilliant glitch hop extravaganza that will awake and levitate new possibilities. Splashes and Squrbbles of glitch and crescendo sounds exists within this story. A journey into the caves of the depths of the oceans dedicated solely in finding emotion and staying in tune.
The last three tracks are remixes of “Velvet Dew Drops” by three West Coast Bass producers: Bless the A.M., Devin Kroes, & Soulular. “Velvet Dew Drops” remixed by Bless the A.M. has a tempo of 90 bpm and it’s a neuro funk rejuvenation of technological escapes. “Velvet Dew Drops” remixed by Devin Kroes drops to a 113 bpm feel of conscious melodic bass music that will uplift, twist, and magically transcend you into a new dimension full of rich bubbling bass soundscapes. “Velvet Dew Drops” remixed by Soulular took me into a phenomenal level of luminous yet sacred geometrical bass frequencies and sexy psychedelic vibrations that will produce chills down your spine.
Art of Fact is the truth and is in fact like an artifact, the real deal. This EP is full of thematic diversity composed of dreamscape vibes of reggae, hip-hop, and avant-garde jazz blended with glitches and psydubs. Remember to catch your breath as you’re about to enter depths of the unknown, a vivid world of new thoughts. Mysteriously intertwining textures through watery glitches, and alien-esque escapades, a new life of sound is found within bass wurrbles of water. A portal has been opened, as if you’re about to enter some sort of existence beyond outer space, a feels of unlimited epiphanies, an enlightenment.
It has been awhile since the last AfroMonk.com Exclusive. I received a collection of new tracks from the homie Guttstar recently and fell in love with one of the tracks. I first became familiar with Guttstar when I heard Kastle’s remix of his tune. After that I made sure to reach out to him and connect. Turns out he is another brother in arms in the SEO game.
His original sound was a lot more focused around the lush pretty dubstep/luvstep vibe. I’ve always enjoyed what he has done musically and finally got to see it live at Emissions this summer. Stellar guy. It makes me happy to see that despite his direction moving more towards the whole trap game that he’s still making tunes like Speaker Seduction. The track has that purple luvstep feel to it but has hints of trap and that new sound we’ve been hearing a lot of.
There’s a lot of new music come from him so be on the look out. There’s even talks of a split EP with G Jones but nothing set in stone. We will see what happens with that but I’m hoping that Afro Monk Records will be releasing that 😉 If you haven’t already checked out his collaboration with G Jones (Disko Rekah remix), I highly recommend it.
Nothing but Love and Respect goes out to the homie Guttstar and hope you all enjoy this exclusive tune <3
I’ve put together this mix series for all those people who crave for music to jam to on their headphones. I wanted to create something that you can put on when you want to sit back or lay around with relaxing music.
The internet is filled with so much dance music and club bangers. I’m tired of it and too be honest I know that there’s so much good music that is overlooked at times because they aren’t meant for the dance floor. I’ve looked back at all the mixes I’ve done and wasn’t content with it and felt like I needed to do this. I want to be remembered for creating something that is for the chill music lovers.
Right now I’m at a weird place in my life where I’ve become burnt out on bass music and even typical club music that is expected when you go out to a show. This is my way of showcasing where my heart has been. I hope the day will come where I’ll be able to find bookings on the regular where this is type of music I’m asked to play vs the banging hits.
I can’t thank you all enough for even downloading this collection and reading this. I want YOU to know that I am grateful. This is for YOU and no one else. Share this and enjoy it with your lovers and friends.
– JM aka Afro Monk
ARTIST INFO INSIDE ZIP ABOVE & INCLUDES ALL 3 MIXES
ONE4ALL is one of Texas’ best-kept secrets. Augustine lives in Austin and is ready to start turning heads. He caught my attention awhile back before I even moved to Texas with his Lil Wayne Deuces remix. During the time I lived in Texas I got to spend quite a large amount of time with him and also rage a few shows together. He’s a great guy and his music just keeps getting better and better.
Augustine has been hustling the past few months releasing tons of new material and just put out a single with Sugarpill that crushes. Not to mention his Beat King’s Crush remix absolutely makes a crowd explode. I just got back from Wakarusa and while watching the homie Wizard throw down he dropped Augustine’s Crush remix and it totally set the tone for the rest of the set. I’m happy to share another new fresh beat by ONE4ALL. This is a remix of another Texas resident Anna Love. This remix is super chill and adds a great vibe during any set. Augustine totally warped the original into something sweet and melodic. I’ve been using this one quite a bit since I heard it and happy to share with you all.
ONE4ALL is one of the hardest working guys online to me. He is a Mod in my turntable.fm room and always previewing his new material in the room or playing originals. He deserves your attention and worth scooping out more of his music. Don’t be surprised to be hearing more of his name especially with his upcoming EP and collaboration (Connect4) with The Digital Connection out of Colorado. I’ve had the opportunity to hear some of the music they’ve written together and know that you’ll all love it as much as I do. I only wish the best for Augustine and know he’s headed on the right track to the top.
Jake Robertz might be a new name you’ve never heard of until recently. I will tell you that you probably have heard tons of his music though. Jake formerly was 1/2 of Knight Riderz. Nick and Jake have gone separate ways and Jake has begun to pursue his solo career. It brings a smile to my face to bring you another AfroMonk.com Exclusive! After hearing his first EP, Something Inside, I was hooked. Knight Riderz the past two releases had gone a direction I personally wasn’t into considering how aggressive it got but hearing Jake’s new material cheered me up. He has a unique style that doesn’t really encompass the old Knight Riderz sound but has a chill vibe that I adore.
Jake’s Purity Ring remix is stunning! If you’re into 808s than you’ll love this tune! Not to mention the vocals add such depth to the tune that you can’t help but jam out to this one. After hearing his debut EP and this remix it should be obvious that despite parting ways from Knight Riderz he is still on the right path! We have already begun talks of a possible Afro Monk Records release in the near future!
Intelepaths is a collaboration of the talented woman, ill-esha, and the homie, Unlimited Gravity. The two of them have had their own success working on their solo projects but a handful of events unfolded to have them work together on this new union.
They’ve put together a few tracks together that I’ve heard and blessed to be sharing this debut track. They’ve chosen Adina Howard’s Freak Like Me. The vocals Elysha put down on this one are incredible. If you haven’t heard of ill-esha sing live yet you’re missing out. Now add Ronnie dropping some vocals in the background of the chorus. The vibe and energy is just a small tease to what they have in store. I had to pleasure of playing one of their new tunes at Emissions this past week-end and hope everyone who hasn’t left to Symbiosis could grab this one. Freak Like Me is the perfect tune for any set. Who doesn’t want to find a freak out there =D
One of the things that Intelepaths reminds me about is how there is no limit to what you can do music. The EDM scene consist of instrumentals for the most part. The two of them bring so many pieces of the puzzle together to create a new blend of EDM. The vibes aren’t as focused on the dancefloor as much and creating beautiful music with good energy. Ever since I’ve been talking to Elysha about this collab I find such positivity and love behind it. Don’t expect crushing bangers with insane drops. Intelepaths represents the art of playing live set with live vocals, beatboxing, looping, and free styling organic sounds. The true experience is seeing to joining forces of both of them in a live set environment.
There is a small EP that is in the works but there are no official dates as of now. What I’ve heard so far is fantastic and always get excited to share the music they’ve both created together. It’s great to hear tracks that include original vocals from both a man and woman.
There’s much more ahead for these two. Elysha relocation to the States has opened the door to a lot more shows and availability to work with other artist. Ronnie is finishing up school and ready to show everyone what he has been working on and accomplished with his MHSM family. Expect a lot of new things from both of them working together and on their own. This isn’t the last you’ll hear of this.
Enjoy the first official Intelepaths tracks here from AfroMonk.com <3