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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!
BUY TICKETS HERE

(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 Clear Shadow 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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Autograf

time February 21st by Taradactyl authorTags: , ,

I’m all about soulful, funkadelic tunes with nice electronic elements sprinkled about, so I was delighted when a friend tipped me off to Autograf. Their remixes are stellar; they are expressive and succeed in smoothly blurring the lines between genres. Who needs genres anyway? Stir up a pot of  uplifting rhythm, futuristic blips, deep vibrations, and mellow flow and you’ve got Autograf. Their sound is full and hypnotic yet crisp. It’s more on the house-y side than I am usually drawn to, but I am diggin’ their sound. Groove to this!

 

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The Originalz

time September 19th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , ,

The Originalz have been crushing it lately. Hailing from Sebastopol, CA, this talented duo keeps shit fresh and fun! This summer they have been popping up on festival lineups left and right and I have to say that it’s much deserved; I have had the pleasure of catching them multiple times live and they give off an incredible radiant energy. There’s never a dull moment in a performance by The Originalz… every time I have seen them everyone is getting DOWN and dirty. Having kicked it with them on a few occasions, I have to say that both Troy and Derek are charming, super chill dudes. They’re spreading just the right love and positive energy that our bass community thrives upon. Catch them next at Trill God Campout in Ashland, Oregon next weekend (September 27-30), which looks to be off the chain!

The Originalz’ newest release, Get Lucid, out on Gravitas Recordings, is like a cosmic journey through a seamless soundscape. I would highly recommend checking out and downloading this stellar release (name your own price). If you give your eyes a rest and let go it can actually evoke a sense of lucid dreaming (and the radical album artwork doesn’t hurt with that).  I am a sucker for melodic innovative beats and these guys deliver that along with slapping gangsta bass, futuristic glitch, and sultry frequencies. Their tunes will satisfy music lovers across the board, with influences ranging from hip hop to purple. Their sound is full and exuberant. They recently did a remix for my boy SELBY and it turned out to be quite delicious! I actually can’t seem to get it out of my head. Their newest track, Holla’, is fire as well! The Originalz are only going upwards with their dope beats, killer performances, and authentic personalities… watch out for these guys!

Listen to and download Get Lucid here!

~Taradactyl~

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Hecka ❘ Artist Spotlight

time July 4th by Molly authorTags: , , , ,

Sometimes I listen to an album way too much. Like waaaay too much. Case in point, Hecka’s The Cheese (although at the time it was released under the creator’s most notable moniker, Grimblee, he has changed it to Hecka since then). I listened to that EP so much last summer that my friends would walk into my house and be like “oh, you’re listening to Grimblee…again”. I never got sick of it and I still listen to every song on it pretty regularly. I was kind of amazed by the release since I was quite familiar with Grimblee as a producer and although I held him in very high regards skill wise, I’m not super into heavy dubstep, so therefore I wasn’t super into his music. But after exploring the work he has done under Hecka, I am tempted to go back to his older stuff and re-examine it, because obviously his range is really impressive and his set I saw at Infrasound a few weeks ago was a ton of fun.

Hecka’s music is influenced by an aesthetic I have been alluding to a lot in my posts recently. It’s a sound I am obsessed with and seek out passionately. Soulful and retro, heavy in melody and grandiose, it’s big, it trots on the border of epic and cool versus coked out and cheesy, but his skill and overall high quality taste keeps it from slipping too far the wrong way (although I’d totally be lying if I said I’m not down for the coked out cheese music :p I just know it’s not everyone’s forte). You can also hear some serious Juke and Garage influence in the drums, making it a hypnotizing and interesting listen. So far he’s released two albums under Hecka -Personal Thoughts and now, The Cheese, both for free download, both amazing. Plus I’ve been loving every track on his soundcloud. All around fun and dance floor ready stuff, I recommend it to anyone looking for some fresh and unique vibed out summer beats. Sounds even better when played outside in the sunshine!

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly



The Cheese by Hecka

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Ahab | Artist Spotlight

time May 7th by John-Michael authorTags: ,


It has been awhile since I’ve made a post but Molly and Tara have been holding it down =)

Alright, now to business. Adam aka Ahab is someone I had to bring your attention too again. It has been awhile since I’ve moved back from Texas and Adam is one of those producers I got to connect with while there. People ask me all the time who I’ve been jamming too and figured that the next few post should be about those up and coming producers that I see a bright future ahead of them.

Ahab has had a few releases on his own and with Black Market Pharmacy.
I got a small taste of some freshies directly from him the other day. Now as I’m going through some music for some upcoming shows I’m playing, I thought to myself. Man, I need to make sure to hype this guys name out there because it’s only going to get better. If there’s a young new producer that is really standing out but making music that reminds me of the past lazer bass stuff, it’s Ahab.

I think we’ll be hearing the name Ahab a lot more as time progresses. He’s young and developing into an extremely talented producer. It’s always great to see a friend mature and develop their sound. Not to mention there’s the whole Black Market Pharmacy project that he is part of which consist of some other close friends.

Be sure to check out his Soundcloud to keep up with all his upcoming music! =D

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Mumukshu ❘ Artist Spotlight

time May 2nd by Molly authorTags: , , ,

Recently I’ve been obsessed with the cheesiest music.  Think super colorful and vibrant and bright, or as me and my best friend call it, “Azn Baby Music” because of it’s total absolute freshness and cuteness. But when listening to Mumukshu’s music, which fits into none of the above, I find myself back in the grimey swamps of bass I once knew very well.  And I could not be happier to be here.  His deep and textural sound exudes a heavy, dark, and alien flavor. There’s some excellent appropriately murky sound design in there with some very well done and interesting tribal vibed melodies. I’m sure it will really speak to some of you cosmic drifters, whether your journey be internal, external, or somewhere in between. I especially love his collaboration work with Shwex, whom you should all be expecting a post on quite soon. Associated with the mighty Enig’matik Records, he fits in well with the atmospheric, cutting edge, and indefinable work we’ve all come to know and love from the label.

Mumukshu, pictured above with Plantrae on the violin in Tahoe, is Jake Penn from Minneapolis, who’s currently studying Music and Technology at CalArts in LA and is starting to pop up more and more on lineups in the area. He’s young, inspired, and has a ton of potential, so start following him now, because we’re expecting some really great work from him in the coming year!

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly

 

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TNGHT ❘Artist Spotlight

time May 2nd by Molly authorTags: , , , ,

Similar to my post on Rustie, I feel the need to write this because I am completely blown away that I’m still introducing these guys’ work to people. In my humble opinion, Lunice and Hudson Mohawke are two of the most important producers in all of electronic music and when I first heard they were teaming up to create a collaboration project, I was elated to say the least. TNGHT (pronounced “tonight”) is the result of these two musical mastermind’s coming together and oh my god, is it some successful teamwork.

I feel completely silly using the term “Trap” when I feel like I have been listening to music composed in that exact fashion for years now. Maybe I’m spoiled because I grew up in the thriving Bay Area music scene, but this type of music is nothing new and I wish we could just look at music as music instead of needing to create these specific genres that get obsessed over and then for the most part almost always fall off because of it. Hip hop and electronic music have always ran parallel to one another and the similarities of most contemporary hip hop beats and electronic dance music are too extreme for me to even consider there to be a difference. But if you have found the recent popularity of the slightly minimalist hip hop/bass music hybrid we as a community now call Trap to be your forte, then you are in for quite a treat, because nobody does it quite like TNGHT does. Both of these dudes are very talented producers and are at the forefront of freshness, so you can expect basically anything that comes from them to be epic.

They released the below track for a slew of U.S. tour dates that included both weekends at Coachella. I was lucky enough to see them perform live on a great sound system in San Francisco on 4/20 and their stage presence, energy, and sheer skill made it one of the better shows I’ve ever seen. So for you first time listeners, let me introduce you to what could be your new favorite group.

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly

TNGHT – Acrylics
TNGHT – TNGHT

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Rustie ❘ Artist Spotlight

time May 2nd by Molly authorTags: , , ,

There’s truly no words for how I feel about this producer’s work. His last album revolutionized my taste in electronic music and despite it’s 2011 release date, is still getting plays on the daily. He is far from new, having made tracks with Joker a few years back, and is definitely way past the point of “up and coming”, but yet I still find myself having to introduce his music to the poor people who somehow missed his huge shoot in popularity after the release of the one and only, Glass Swords. The artist I am talking about is Russel Whyte, known by most as Rustie, and I believe it to be absolutely crucial for every fan of electronic music to give his work a chance.

Glass Swords, his 2011 debut album, was by far my favorite release of that year and is without a doubt one of my favorite albums of all time. The release was massive and received rave reviews from listeners and critics alike. At that point in time, I hadn’t heard anything like it before. His shiny fresh synth work creates an otherworldy experience and it is the exact kind of musical world I want to always be in – lush and epic with heavily retro, hip hop, and science fiction influences. It is truly the music of my dreams and it so freaking well done. The two times I have seen Rustie perform, first in the desert at Symbiosis and then in a tiny, grimy basement club at SXSW, have been beyond phenomenal and incredibly fun, so I highly advise to do your best to not miss the chance to see him when he’s in the states. Basically all I’m trying to say is that I LOVE THIS MAN!

His most recent release,Triadzz/Slasherr definitely reflects the current state of electronic music, while still keeping a strongly unique Rustie style. Both of the tracks are absolutely amazing pieces that will straight kick your ass on the dancefloor. I anxiously await the announcement of a second album from him, but for now the perfection that is Triadzz and Slasherr will definitely keep me somewhat satisfied. Happy listening!

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly



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Penthouse Penthouse ❘ Artist Spotlight

time May 2nd by Molly authorTags: , , , ,

The last few days, the soulful and smooth beats of Penthouse Penthouse have been gracefully playing on repeat in the background of my life. I originally thought I didn’t know much about the two dudes behind this collaboration project , Preston James and Mike Parvizi (Papi), but I recently figured out that Preston James is Preston Walker from the excellent live electronic duo, Virtual Boy, a group I really loved after first seeing them perform live in 2010 but haven’t heard much from the last couple years.

Their name fits perfectly with their style of music, alluding to long nights that turn into early mornings on a top floor penthouse suite, Moët in hand, silk sheets, and booty all around. Penthouse Penthouse is part of the always impressive Team Supreme, a collective of top notch producers that take part in what’s basically a weekly beat competition, in which each producer is given an artist chosen BPM, two samples, one transition sound, and one remix and then creates a one minute track that is put together with everyone else’s into a podcast. I love the idea, it’s super fun, but not only that, the execution is amazing, for every producer involved in the project as well as the guests they choose are incredible. I was introduced to Penthouse Penthouse through their Team Supreme entries, but have now fallen in love with the work they’ve already put out on their soundcloud and can’t wait to hear more from the two.

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly


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