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kLL sMTH – Flummoxed

time March 21st by Dalton authorTags: , , , , , ,

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Artwork: Matik

Audiophile kLL sMTH is back with another avant-garde and highly polished envelope-burning release “Flummoxed” sending listeners through a six track journey of laser landscapes and breakbeat backspins. From the sultry vocals of “Syzygy” to the intricate low ends of “Mutton Chopper”, Kris Edland has delivered another brain-tickling and diverse installment in his musical career, staying true to his sound while continuously pioneering new musical territory. The exotic textures, outlandish swing, and engaging playful nature will certainly stay on serial repeat, keeping observers endlessly trying to solve it’s rubiks cube of sound. Please enjoy this ingenious opus of one of our favorite glitch hop masterminds, as it pulls you through a world of sophisticated sound design, multi instrumental melodies, and dexterous bass leads.

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Tryptich – Sunspot [ Luminus Music ]

time March 17th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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Tryptich releases ‘Sunspot’ EP on Luminus Music today, March 17th, 2016, and it’s a funky fresh glitch hop into outer space – it’s a mode of discovery.  Grooving in with psychedelic twists, dope and mind boggling basslines, and tripped-out melodic twists, Tryptich generates a lush space-funk rhythm through four midtempo epics.  An atmosphere of smooth reverberation is felt as eerie crescendos provide an alien-like surface into presence.  How did we end up here? An emotive, trippy, melodic, & morphological approach through “Lost” is ignited through laser bass, which is then fueled by innovative and fresh beats, which then creates an overall extension of psychedelia and innovation.  “Air Lines” swings in by with that psy-hop-funk vibe and reveals sporadic vocals, a true glitch hop theme, this journey sets a smooth outlook as each transition fuses in magically together.

“Sunspot” hits the spot with its luminous feel and continuous rhythmic presence of intricate and grimey characteristics.  Tryptich’s composition really makes for an intriguing and innovative soundscape of “psychedelic space-funk” as he will reel you into w known state of thumping alternative whomp states.  “Ooze Cruise (feat. Mise)” is like an aquatic bass escape into deep layered textures and patterns, it’s an entrance into higher levels of consciousness.  This collab screams out EPIC as you feel a triggering rush of light enter your entity through beams of radiating beats and enhancing grooves booming in and out of this world as crescendos ( 3.51 – 3.54 esp) reveal imagination ! Saam Hodivala’s “Tryptich” project is a recent discovery for me and he’s instantly becoming a favorite! Looking forward to more from Trypitch! Artwork by Caspian Kai (Design By Kai)!

Big shout out to Hedflux, the mastermind behind Luminus Music, and Tryptich on this release! Don’t sleep on these guys!

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Cualli – Birds of Bliss

time March 9th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , ,

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Cualli releases “Birds of Bliss” – a mid tempo journey on the legendary Merkaba Music.  Inspired and written while exploring the tropics of Costa Rican and Amazon jungles (of Northern Peru) in 2015, Aaron triggered deep inspiration which reveals extraordinary depth.  A soothing, captivating, & invigorating bass extravaganza is composed of fluid transitions, organic melodies, funky vibes, and psychedelic lush which provide an overall balance of being in tune.  Cualli is a rhythmic and innovative world class composer, and through this release, his soundscapes encompass a wide-range of glitch hop, ambient, and electronic visions made possible through the love of nature: birds, ocean, trees, sands, and jungle magic.  Staying true to it’s 432hz roots and Pura Vida vision, the track “Dragon” set the tone and tempo of the rest of the 8 track album following a ceremony that left him experiencing higher levels of consciousness.  Aaron is a genuine and a passionate creator.  I met him in Austin, Texas and his lively presence can be felt not only through his sounds, but his humble nature! Big ups!  A true collaborator, “My I” features his love, Sophia Boedecker!

Art: Jacob UnMess!

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Sonic Geometry – Sunken Cities (Feat. Second Species) [ Artist Spotlight ]

time March 8th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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Sonic Geometry – Sunken Cities (feat. Second Species) [ EDM.com Premiere ] on March 7th, 2016.

On March 15th, 2016, Sonic Geometry will be releasing his first official debut EP, “Islands of the Blessed”, on Street Ritual. A departure from SG’s previous singles of rock-fueled, glitch & electro-funk, Sonic G takes us on a chillout and psychedelic expedition into an astral dive where an amalgamation of deep sub bass, exotic melodies, rich textures, alluring rhythms, & guitar leads come to life. Echoing, layered, & aquatic atmospheres reveal a new found vision as lucid triggers are felt within emotive and spiritual elevations – it’s an entrance into timelessness. Experience a transformational shift through sonic time travel, experience a fresh and evolving state where ambience will trigger conscious & creative breakthroughs.

“Islands of the Blessed is the debut EP release from Sonic Geometry. A departure from SG’s previous singles of rock-fueled electro-funk, this EP is an escape to a celestial sea where an alluring blend of aquatic sounds and ambient melodic textures create an elevating and pensive atmosphere. Themes of love, dreams, and catharsis travel across expanses of space-time in ships of our imagination, weaving their way through electro-organic layers in a deep ocean that reflects our own emotional and spiritual transformation. ” – Sonic Geometry

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Gone Gone Beyond – Ain’t Givin Up On Love

time February 18th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

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David Block, aka, The Human Experience, has a new side project: Gone Gone Beyond, unleashing Future Folk, Indie visions from within!  Featuring a collaborative and imaginative music project with The Human Experience, featuring flawless composition by Paul Weinfield on guitar and Danny Musengo on vocals.  This new found experience reveals depth through profound lyrics, hypnotic vocals, smooth melodies, and organic feels – it’s a story of truth through soul.  Take a journey into 6 soundscapes that will clear, elevate, and inspire.  A mind-boggling blend of wide-ranging rhythms, tempos, and beats create pulsating sensations as they rise through crescendos.  WoW! What a journey to be felt!

The Human Experience has done it again!  Since self-releasing his first full length album, Inaudible Sounds in 2010, EP releases, singles, and a second full-length album, Harmonic Transformation, on Street Ritual in 2011, he continues to expand.  He’s also engaged in numerous collaborations with long time friend, Knowa LusionDavid’s creativity is flourishing growth through timelessness .  Gone Gone Beyond is a fresh project I am excited to see grow, be sure to keep your eyes pealed for this unique, dynamic, and soothing trio.

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Spoken Bird – Liquid Soul Mantra

time February 2nd by Dalton authorTags: , , , ,

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Alex Gonzalez, more commonly known under his stage name ‘Spoken Bird’, is back with another solid installment in his panoply of cutting edge tracks with Liquid Soul Mantra. After 6 years in the mix, 28 year old Gonzalez is undeviating in releases that are growing in popularity throughout the future sound arena. Gonzalez has made a lot of advancement in his sound composition from earlier releases while continuing to manage his unique statement bass. He began djing parties in his college town and a quickly noticed a hunger for experimental sounds in the local community, so he began throwing renegade events to create an outlet for those in want. Once his eyes were set on making music and producing original content, he joined a round robin work group compromising of artists such as Devin Kroes, Itsurite, Urple Eeple, and Mia Lolita where they shared material and constructively critiqued each other’s work.

Feeling more seasoned and inspired, he was then able to open up and share his music with others.  While prolifically maintaining his solo endeavors, Spoken Bird also balances side projects ‘Lucid Solutions’ and ‘Triple Threat’ with friends and fellow artists Lazertooth and Elevated Mind. Along his journey there have been many stand out moments such as opening up for Polish Ambassador and Wildlight for a crowd of over 3,000 people and getting asked to perform at the festival that solidified his relationship with bass music, Symbiosis, in 2013. Fast forward a few years and the epic continues, with Alex’s newest chapter in the story of Spoken Bird.

This compilation highlights Gonzalez’s idiosyncratic style with distinctive bass lines, tastefully playful melodies, and pulsing composition. With his forward thinking sound design paired with a steady progression, this glitch hop collection will keep the energy high and the fairies moving. It was a pleasure to get to open up the space and detail a little more into the inner workings of this fresh EP release. Enjoy some inside perspective to the foundational mechanics and esoteric understandings of one of Afro Monks favorite new releases.

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Exclusive Spoken Bird Interview

Can you lend us some clarity into the title “Liquid Soul Mantra”?

The name actually came from an old poem of mine, which sadly has been lost in the digital ether on an old hard drive that failed. Essentially though it represents my own connection with water and with constantly being in a state of flow. It connects with the idea that our bodies are simply a vessel and our souls are eternal able to flow from one container to the next like water. If you fill a cup with water, the cup is the vessel and the water is the soul, if you drop the cup and it shatters, the vessel may be gone but the water is still there, if you dry it up with a towel the water is now in the towel but if you wring out the towel the water flows out, its fluid and free.

As always I love the signature lazer bass. I like how your style notably advances but the bass lines and kits seems to remain intrinsic to your sound. Is this something you try to achieve intentionally or something that ends up happening on its own?

A little bit of both. I try to use a mixture of new sounds and old sounds, and I have a big library of bass patches, synths, etc that I have created over the years and keep coming back to because I love the way they sound, other times I challenge myself to make new sounds and push the envelope. A lot of it also has to do with the nature of the synths I use (A lot of Razor for Reaktor and Serum from XFER Records) and the kinds of sounds they tend to be good at making.  

This is a very solid 3 piece release. Was this intended to be only three tracks or did it start as a single or the beginnings of a full length release?

It was actually a 4 track EP but sadly one of the tracks was an older one in a different version of Ableton, on an older computer and when I got my new macbook I wrote the other 3. When I came back to the older track [which I had managed to salvage from the failed hard drive I mentioned before] all of the patches and synths had reset themselves to the default synth sound so I basically lost everything. Instead of trying to redo all the sound design and synthesis I decided to just keep writing new songs, work on remixes for friends etc and just release this one as a 3 track EP.

Is there anything you might be trying to evoke in listeners through these new tracks?

My music has always been about painting pictures on silence with sound. Honestly I just hope that people can get lost in their own imagination or lost in the movement of their body on the dancefloor while listening to the music!

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From the start to the final product, how long was the process for this collection of tunes?

I’ve gotten faster at writing over the years and especially after getting my first EP out, which took me a looooong time to get together and get released [2 years of going back and forth], I dedicated myself to writing for at least an hour a day and trying to really focus on getting songs completed. For this EP I would say that from start to finish the whole writing process took me about 3~4 months and then getting together artwork, release strategy, a record label etc was another 3~4 months.

It’s hard for me to call, but I think I would have to say that “Moments of Clarity” stuck out to me most. All of the tracks embody a very bouncy, playful spirit, but MoC really paints a vivid picture with a banging lead verse, beautifully arpeggiated melody, and then to a glitchy, atmospheric break down. Can you give us any insight into the influence behind the title? a little bit of the process behind making it? Personal connection to it?

At the time I was going through a lot in my life, just kind of stressing out about student loans, finding a place to live, not having a fully stable relationship/being in a long distance relationship, struggling with the decision to quit my job and switch to working part time so I could focus more on writing music. Then it kind of hit me one morning, when I got into an argument at work with my boss and decided right then and there that it was time to quit and start focusing on music. I was so frustrated with everything and with working for someone else and not having enough time to work on my true passion, music, that it was kind of a moment of clarity for me. I put in my 2 weeks the next day and almost immediately found a part time job working 20 hours a week with extreme flexibility and 4 day weekends to go play gigs and write new music. It really marked a big shift for me, and I was super inspired after quitting my previous dead end job, so after putting in my 2 weeks I went home and began working on Moment of Clarity which was actually the fastest song of the EP to be written (from start to finish it took me 3 days which is the fastest I have ever completed a song).

As for the song-writing itself, I actually took a lot of inspiration from listening back to eDIT’s Crying Over Pros, hence the glitchy break down.

Could you shed some light into the assembly of your works? Take us into a day in the studio with Spoken Bird. Where does it start, how do you push through stagnation, how do you know when a piece is done?

I don’t really have a typical day in the studio as for me the inspiration always hits at different times and for different reasons though lately I’ve been noticing a trend of either getting inspired super late at night when I am coming back from a gig, etc and writing music into the wee hours of the morning, or getting really inspired right after waking up, taking a shower and drinking a cup of coffee.

Essentially though, when I get inspired I will open up Ableton and usually start with a melody or chord progression I am hearing in my head, and then build from there, usually adding rudimentary drums, and then a bass line to fit the chord progression, which will usually be super simple at first, and then once I have the notation for the bass line down I will go back in and tighten up the drums, make them more intricate, move kicks and hihats around to better fit the groove, etc. Then I will go in and add automation and different bass sounds to the bass line to start getting the signature “Spoken Bird” lazer bass sound. From there I will start adding more melodic elements like pads, stabs, ear candy, etc.

I think a big part for me as well is knowing when to drop a track or when to push through. A lot of producers talk about the idea of knowing when to stop polishing a turd, which is true, if you polish a turd, it’s still a turd at the end of the day. So you kind of have to know when an idea just isn’t good and to move on to something else.

With that said, I also think it’s important to know when to push through and keep writing. Sometimes I will have something I am just not feeling and will be thinking about scrapping it, and then I’ll take one element and change it to a different patch, or arpeggiate it, or maybe I’ll change the patch on a particular bass sound and all of a sudden BOOM! Now the track is banging and im feeling it and super inspired to keep writing.

I think it’s also important to know when to take breaks, give your ears a rest, or just simply stop listening to the same half a bar over and over again trying to get it exactly right. As that tends to happen a lot haha, sometimes my roommates will be like, “DUDE! IF I HEAR THAT SAME HALF BAR LOOP ONE MORE TIME!”.

Do you have any plans for Liquid Soul Mantra? Are you hoping to open up the space for some more touring or shows or simply keep the bass kittens prring?

I’m hoping that some of the right people take notice of the new music and I can begin to get more shows, play some new festivals and just keep spreading the music to dance floors across the country, but ultimately I am happy to just get the music in people’s ears. If I can convert one more person into a bass music fan, I am happy 🙂

Alright my friend, any last words you would like to share with your fans or the community?

Love more, fear less.

If you believe it, then live it and be it or leave it be.

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Mumukshu – Objective Reduction (Feat. KarmasynK)

time December 17th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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One of my favorite tracks that I jam to on the regular is “Objective Reduction”, a collaboration between Mumukshu and KarmasynK (International artist from India), released on Shanti Planti earlier this past Summer, 05/17/2015.  It’s 1 of 3 tracks in Mumukshu’s “Abstract Systems” EP.  Jake and Ruturaj are very good friends, they became good friends after meeting in CalArts in Los Angeles, California two years ago.  When they lived together, Jake (Mumu) was the only other person in CalArts who knew what “psy” was …. they instantly bonded and became friends & roommates.

Jake (Mumukshu) introduced me to West Coast flavours and showed me Tipper..and he was friends with this psy artist, luuli,  that I would drop tracks of and thus because of all this we really connected.  I have been working on music literally every second I can for the past 2 years…no break, no movies, no traveling, no fun weekends at all.” – Ruturaj (KarmasynK)

Discover KarmasynK:

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Ruturaj Wankhede, aka: KarmasynK, is a 22 year old International producer hailing from Pune, India, and is currently living in LA, California, and has recently sign to Street Ritual Agency!  He’s an ever evolving and innovative sound alchemist in roots of Glitch-Hop, Bass, IDM, Drum & Bas.  He has had multiple releases out on several different labels from all of the world including Street Ritual, Swamp Music, Glitch Hop Community, and Shanti Planti.  He’s currently a Senior at the California Institute of the Arts and is expected to graduate w/ a BFA in Music Technology Summer of 2016.  He’s played at several festivals such as Serenity Gatherings (USA 2014), Mo: Dem (Croatia), Blessed Coast Gathering (SoCal), and club shows in LA area.  He has shared stages and opened up for leading artists in the electronic music scene such as Thriftworks, Random Rab, Bluetech, Akasha Experience, HeavenlyFather, Bwoy De Bhajan, Machine Drum, Phutureprimitive, Landswitcher, Mumukshu, Mr Rogers, and kLL sMTH.

Listen to the full 3-track EP:

Stay Connected w/ Mumukshu & KarmasynK:

Mumukshu: Soundcloud | Facebook

KarmasynK: Soundcloud | Website | Facebook | Booking

 

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HÄANA – Brym EP [Artist Spotlight]

time August 16th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

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HÄANA released BRYM on June 03, 2014, an orchestral downtempo atmospheric soundscape felt with immeasurable depth, emotion, and talent.  Hannah Thiem is the mastermind behind this production as she weaves her ambient production tempos and Nordic melodic roots with her dexterous and rhythmic violin playing skills that will create a clear and powerful cleansing energy within.  BRYM marks her first solo album, and she withholds a diverse and expansive collections of previous works and collaborations.  From having played countless festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, and Shambhala Music Festival and having past collaborations with Beats Antique, Random Rab, Irma Thomas, and The Human Experience, she will continue to immerse herself in the music world by making profound connections. The ambience and elegance of her stylings also creates heavenly echoes of lyrical bliss felt through her core, her soul.  I met HÄANA exactly 5 months ago [March 16th] here in Austin, TX during a secret SXSW show featuring other artists such as Govinda at Black Swan Yoga, and felt profound elation for my new discovery of her uplifting and mesmerizing music – a dynamic performer with passion and intention.  BRYM EP graphic was also designed by HÄANA, making her a multi-talented artist.  Each track contains within it a heart-felt story, landscapes of hidden emotion and knowledge are revealed through each string note, within each beat, within each vocal chord – a divine spiritual truth.

BRYM consists of 5 golden tracks: “Skaldic Roulette”, “Phavet”, “Brym Al Mar”, “The Finding”, and “Sweetest Invitation”.  “Skaldic Roulette” is initiated by minimal bass beat and ambient sonic soundscapes followed by violin wonders which sync up and blend rhythmically together.  Its composition is brilliant, as she mysteriously reveals more depth through lyrical and poetic Scandinavian bliss: “Lights from across the sea…lost notes, in a bottle…on the shore…”.  “Phavet” is a cinematic story of electronic production which really speaks to me, especially when it comes to the derivation and inspiration – from a traditional Finnish Folk Song…half of my nationality.  Each bow draw across the each violin strings is luscious and energetic and will trigger and captivate emotion.  “Brym Al Mar” is a thematic blend of liquid original dubstep feels and uplifting violin composition.  Energetic vibes will freeze time and take you to ancient medieval past-life, made possible by sonic time-travel.  

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“The Finding” is a long-awaited journey found within each beat pulse of subsonic original creations and intentions.  Luminous frequencies and violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice, angelic drones heard through overcoming’s of a shadow, a found self, a discovery.  “Sweetest Invitation” is the sweetest invitation of sound seen through the eyes of the universe.  A dramatic approach of cinematic electronic production is the theme of this track, as it will pull, twist, and spiral you up and down.  Through sound, she reveals a narrative approach and will take you on a journey, an escape into spirituality and depths of the ocean heard through deep bass lines and violin technique.

HÄANA is a creative producer and a truly gifted violinist, and the BRYM EP surely reveals this.  Very immersed with the study of Nordic and Middle Eastern traditions, she channels this knowledge and experiences in Eastern Europe through her own creation of sound and composition.  Influenced by artists such as Massive Attack, Trentemoller, Phaleh, Bonobo, and Boards of Canada, she will continue to be inspired and therefore will continue to create around her passions and experiences.  I really enjoyed Brym and the journey it took me on, it left a powerful impact on me, and was astonished with her craft of creations.  I am excited to see HÄANA continue to grow as an artist, as she is a driven artist with visible passion.  Ever since this release, she has been on a extended 2014 Summer Tour  with many more dates being added as Fall approaches…be sure to catch her at her upcoming performances at Wanderlust Festival and Burning Man.

Watch “Brym Al Mar” Official Video:

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What The Festival 2014

time June 15th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

WTF!?! Super stoked to be attending this event for my second time. WTF is a really well put together and elaborate event, focused not only on showcasing some of the best electronic music from all over the world, but emphasizing the creation of a fully immersive festival experience. Nestled between striking views of Mt. Hood and an extensive valley, the festival grounds are literally surrounded by beauty, which is further highlighted by sculptures, interactive art, and live artists to complete the visual atmosphere. The event almost seems reminiscent of a festival much larger than it is, while still creating and supporting the sense of an intimate environment. There are 5 stages total, each hosting a unique feel and vibe. Due to the ridiculously perfect lineup at the Effin Stage last year, I hardly spent any time at the main stage a.k.a the WTF stage, but was impressed with it nonetheless. Placed on a sprawling grass meadow, the WTF stage holds up to everything I want out of a main stage: ample room to both dance and kick it, elaborate lighting and a simple, yet professional looking stage.

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 


The aforementioned Effin stage is my personal favorite and is the perfect side stage, hosting most of my favorite acts from 2013’s event in an intimate yet poppin environment. The one big issue that I know was shared by many others last year was with the dirt dancefloor of the Effin Stage, which resulted in hacking dirt induced coughs, deeply dirty bodies, and unwelcomed dirt mustaches. BUT I’ve heard that the WTF has spent the year fixing this problem and the Effin Stage will be all grass this year! This was a major selling point for me returning this year and I’m really looking forward to getting down, hacking coughing free.

WTF’s pool stage (“The Splash Stage”) is truly the highlight of the event and one of WTF’s most unique elements. The pool stage pops off from 11-6 daily and the vibes are always right. The pool is about knee deep and gets changed every day, so the water stays relatively fresh and since it was quite hot last year and will likely be the same this year, the pool is super crucial to stay chill. The surrounding grass area and sandy dance floor leaves plenty of room for those not in the pool to still enjoy the party. I seriously CAN NOT wait for this year’s pool party, especially Friday’s lineup which includes Geno Cochino, Jobot, and Trippy Turtle!


I never made it into the OMG Lounge last year, as it was only available to those who purchased the OMG experience , so I was really happy to hear that this year the OMG lounge will be open for all people 21 and over! The OMG Lounge hosts an awesome lineup of local and visiting DJ’s throughout the day and into the night in a comfortable environment with drinks and food for sale.


And finally there is the Late Option Lounge (LOL Stage), which is coming back with a new and improved custom designed stage set up. The LOL stage is another relatively unique part of WTF, hosting a variety of types of performances from live music, to comedy, to beatboxing, to cabaret, to some like kind of weird but totally amazing, undefinable stuff. LOL Stage runs late, starting at 10 and going till sunrise!


One of the most exciting element of WTF is the 100% Funktion One sound . I really commend the WTF crew for recognizing the importance of this! It shows me that they truly want their festival to be of the highest level. Literally everywhere that the WTF crew has set up sound in this event is completely Funktion One. It’s nothing short of heavenly.


They also have a silent disco, movie screening area(Decked Out Cinema), hookah lounge, amazing vendors, and a wide selection of classes and workshops. Yes, I know, it sounds incredible…and it is! I can officially guarantee you, that you will not be bored at this event. There is something for everyone and the entire weekend is stacked with all the materials necessary for a good time.

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 

Music by Day

FRIDAY:
Kaytranada
: Kaytranda is easily the act I am most looking forward to in this event. Kevin Celestin is a canadian producer who has taken the beat music world by storm over the last year. He’s young, his style is super fresh and unique, and overall innovative. His jazz influenced beats are just simply amazing and he’s won the hearts of thousands of fans all over the world. Including mine! Great booking on WTF’s part. Catch him right before Cashmere Cat and directly after Giraffage at 10 PM on the WTF Stage!

Cashmere Cat : I’m sure most of you are familiar with self declared “cute music” of Cashmere Cat, but if you haven’t seen him live, it’s an absolute must! He’s an amazing DJ and plays lots of unreleased tracks and remixes in his live set. Such a great artist, can not wait to get down to him on the WTF Stage at 11 PM!

Robot Koch: I’ve been a fan of Robot Koch for quite a few years now and have yet to catch him live. I’m stoked to see him still getting great sets at festivals and am excited to groove to his multi-layered, melancholic beats at 8 on the main stage, Friday night.

Also, make sure not to miss Giraffage, Trippy Turtle, Nightmares on Wax, Geno Cochino, Washed Out, Jobot, Noah D, and Natasha Kmeto!

SATURDAY:
G Jones
: DUH! This Bay Area producer is at the forefront of West Coast Bass Music. His almost all original live sets are epic every single time and he is certainly one of the performances I am most excited for. NOT TO BE MISSED! 7 PM at the Effin Stage on Saturday night.

What So Not: Australian producers have been straight killing it these last two years and none has received more recognition than Flume. What So Not is the brainchild of Flume and Emoh Instead and their tunes, especially massive hit “Touched”  have been getting tons of love over the last year. What So Not is a lot more hip hop influenced than Flume’s solo project and Emoh Instead’s DJ skills are legendary, so it should be a really high energy and fun set! Check em at 10 PM on the main stage.

Smasheltooth: BAY AREEEAAAA!!!! Being from Santa Cruz, I’ve been watching Smasheltooth sets since her very first at Freaker’s Ball 2009. You can always rely on her to put together a unique, dynamic, and straight up gangster set, chock full of good ol RAP MUSIC <3 She’s a great DJ with a ton of energy and steez for miles. Catch her in the OMG Lounge on Saturday night at 10 PM.

Also, make sure not to miss RL Grime, The Librarian, Pressha, Phutureprimitive, and Goldrush!

SUNDAY :
We Got This Showcase 
: We Got This is a collective of West Coast artists, headquartered in Portland. Their showcase on Sunday night starts at 3 and goes till 7, featuring the talent of Spekt1, Prism Lab, Exodub, Tiger Fresh, Chase Manhattan, Doc Riz, and a special guest at 6:30. The crew is generally hip hop and future bass oriented, so these will be some top notch dancing hours!

OTT : Ott is a long standing favorite in the West Coast festival scene and all over the world. Ranging from chilled out ambient dub to organic influenced psychedelic music, Ott is a widely experienced and dynamic producer who makes trippy, earthy, and soulful music. Come get down to him at 8:30 on the main stage, Sunday night.

Vindata : Vindata is a two person duo from L.A. Combining Hip Hop and R&B influences with more experimental Indie sounds, Vindata makes some really beautiful, rich, and soulful music and should be a lovely live performance.

Also, make sure not to miss VNDMG, Fort Knox Five, The Dirty Bird Pool Party, DJ Balance, and PRSN!

What The Festival is shaping up to be one of the best parties of the summer, so I really hope to see many of you out there. Tickets still available till Thursday and then at the gate Thursday and Friday!
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(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 

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Govinda – “Luminance” [Artist Spotlight]

time June 15th by Sofia authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Govinda released “Luminous” on May 20th, 2014, which marks his 13th release – 11 albums, 1 remix EP, and a Vinyl release. The alchemist of sexy world bass music is back with a luscious 8-track album full of hauntingly sexy vibes and illuminations with incorporations of various collaborations of heart-felt and powerful vocalists out of this seemingly illusion-full world. Shane Madden has developed such an otherworldly beat that is triggering brain waves and pulses through the eyes and souls of others. Get ready for a dynamic touch to the heart chakra which will uplift you and magically reveal and unlock the mysteries of the universe and beyond. “Luminance” brings forth a powerful rush of eerie and sexy frequencies that are sure to run chills down your spine, twice. His live performances are a mastery of perfection as “time” moves forth.  I’ve experienced his live performances countless times since 2011, the night that we met and became friends at a Banjos to Beats show in Dallas, TX. He always creates a uniquely powerful audible/visual experience, whether it’s just him on the stage or with one of his enchanting dancers.  He has gained a momentum which is about to create a luminous explosion of energy through us, a forth-moving otherworldly universe to come.  Shane Madden currently resides here in Austin,TX and when not at home with his family, or traveling on tour, or cooking up new Sacred Middle Eastern yet psychedelic frequencies, you’ll find him exploring and dining around town as he is an adventurous lively character.

Luminance” consists of 8-tracks: “Light Arrives” (feat. Bee Born)”,”Panther”  (feat. Irina Mikhailova),”Possibilities” (feat. ill-esha), “Levitated Dancer”, “Break the Spell” ( feat. Sophie Holt), Gypsy Side Show” (feat. Susan Zuzka Allan), “Angel Freezing (Jacked Up Mix)”, & “Om Tare (re-thought remix feat. Irine Mikhailova). “Light Arrives” (ft. Bee Born) illuminates the theme of the album – vibrant luminous escapades full of alien-esque whomps and laser space beams full of depth and emotion. Shane’s production style and composition is very forth-moving and his dark yet lively rhythms are yet again illuminated by Bee’s harmonious and seductive vocals.  “Panther” (ft. Irina Mikhailova) teleports me back to a spiritual ancient past composed of seductive melodies and bass growls and roars. His dexterous violin playing skills blend well with his trip-hop frequencies which are poured through the light of his alien-being while Irina’s vocals resonate with his beat, making it a two-way street. “Possibilities” (feat. ill-esha) delivers a hauntingly breathtaking message of possibilities. Govinda’s experimental production style meshed with ill-esha’s powerful lyrics creates a never-ending momentum of synchronicities. What enhances it even more is her mesmerizing vocals which reveal limitless emotion and feels. The production level is beyond future…it presents possible time-travel, foreshadows, past-life regressions, opens up channels, and astral projection all through textured rhythms of never-ending weaving bass twists of infinite possibilities beyond Earth and Time. Waking life.

“Levitated Dancer” builds up a crescendo of thrills and chills of trip-hop whomps. The portal to the unknown has been unlocked. A deep rooted ancient melodic downtempo beat will ignite a sixth sense. Textures of psychedelic feels will make your heart pump endless light. Aums and Mantras add to the overall mythical theme as his violin adds a luminous story of it’s own, a sacred touch of otherworldly soundscapes sure to levitate you and create an out-of-body experience.  “Break the Spell” (ft. Sophie Holt) howls in next, a full moon full of squelches and squishes meant to cast a spell. An unparalleled frequency of dream-state forces induced to create within you a lucid dream, and a feeling of continuous crave. A burning desire of fire felt within having being blinded my the love of your prey. These deeply felt lyrics blend well with his composition. “Gypsy Side Show” (ft. Susan Zuzka Allan) is another perfect addition to Luminance as it continues to illuminate the shadows of the universe. Another forth-moving culmination of hauntingly beautiful melodies that will take you to another realm through angelic drones of light. Both “Angel Freezing” and “Om Tare”(feat. Irina Mikhailova) are re-visited tracks with a whole new set of beats and laser beams accompanied by textured tones meant to amplify and deepen the experience.  “Angel Freezing (jacked upmix) completely froze time and teleported me into a celestial atmosphere full of depth and intricate wobbly composition.  “Om Tare (rethought mix ft. Irina Mikhailova) is a auditory exploration of sensual mantras by Irina Mikhailova.  The violin gracefully warms up with the other transcendental melodies.

Govinda is a power of light full of brilliance and the dedication that he feels for progression of his sounds is endless.  He has developed a style so mysteriously fresh that will continue to bring forth existence of other realms.  When asking Shane about the story behind this album he responded with: “As for the story, I think this album is about finding my light inside then finding tones, textures and melodies that beam it out again.” “Luminance” surely reveals his intention and is also sure to bring forth frequencies that will even trigger your own light inside, which will teleport you beyond time and space, and back to your spirit origin. As he continues to continuously experiment trip-hop melodies and instrumentation such as the violin, he will continue to push boundaries in today’s conscious bass music.

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