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Tycho | Awake

time March 19th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

Isn’t it all about music that makes you feel alive? Music that evokes cognizance, music that invigorates you, music that immediately fills in any cracks in your spirit? Tycho has always done a stellar job at fabricating lush and refined melodies that sooth the soul; his new release, Awake, is the quintessence of this. It’s almost as though he can transform emotions into music, manifesting aural sensations that go beyond the eardrum. The exhilaration flips vice versa as well… While listening through this album your sentiments change from lively to mellow or cold to warm, depending on the track. You can tell that Scott Hansen put it all in while making this album; it speaks directly from his heart. His aim isn’t to impress the masses but rather to use music as his creative avenue for living life in its entirety. That’s how music should be.

“Awake”, out March 18 on Ghostly Recordings, is impeccably orchestrated from start to finish; I appreciate its concision and ephemeral nature. You have just the right amount of time to soak in the transient brilliance of the release without over-thinking how it makes you feel. The track “Awake” is stunningly simple and invites you to gently close your eyes and fall into the music. I love “See”; it makes my heart flutter a bit with its ambient effervescence. “Apogee” is a bit more melancholy yet also sprinkled with bright notes. The entire album is vibrant and each track is a unique puzzle piece to the cohesive whole. Listening to this release makes me nostalgic for days spent driving through rolling California coastal hills with nothing better to do than explore Mother nature’s treasures, daydream, ponder our existence, and simply let go. Let yourself surrender and awaken – check out Tycho’s Awake here.

Positive Vibrations.

~~ Taradactyl~

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Tara’s Winter Mix Fix

time March 1st by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

There is no denying the awesomeness of mixes. Put one on and float away on a roller coaster of delight without having to put thought toward what is next. There’s always that perfect mix for a road trip while driving by rolling landscapes or seasides or through the redwoods, another while prepartying and getting hyped up for a show with friends, another while lounging with some bomb food and a doobie by candlelight… You name it. I love the juxtaposition of light and dark that a lot of great mixes play around with. These are some of my favorites lately; tune on in! Most of them are free mixes that are great to add to your mobile library. So, without further ado:

I have been really digging ODESZA’s style (one of my favorite sets at Symbiosis ’13 too). It’s the best when you’re really feeling certain producers and then they release mixes – easy listening made even easier! Their NO.SLEEP mix series is a nice blend of instrumental hip hop vibes, fun trappy tunes, and lovely melodies. They are about to go on tour; I definitely suggest catching them at the city nearest to you!

Subdocta – “Heartbreak Lullabyes” Mix
I love this mellow mix done masterfully by the homie Subdocta, perfect for a stormy day or times of reflection. My favorite thing is discovering new great tunes while listening mixes; I was very stoked to hear “A Baru In New York (Flume Remix)- Yolanda Be Cool & Gurrumul” for the first time while tuning in to this. I also love his quote: “You can’t start a new chapter if you don’t turn the page.”


I can never get enough of MiHKAL’s sultry, flowy sets. This one makes me feel like I’m going on a cosmic journey to Alex & Allyson Grey’s The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in NYC, where it was recorded on the Winter Solstice.


STWO: From Paris with Love
French producer STWO has been absolutely crushing it lately; I have been seeing him pop up all over the place. With good reason, too! This chilled out mix features some other up and coming French producers… check it out. I imagine listening while eating a crepe and sipping coffee at a Parisian corner cafe (as cliche as that is).

Afro Monk – Late Night Sessions 009 – Bliss
Soak in Afro Monk’s auditory euphoria with this mix. I enjoy all of the Late Night Sessions he has been putting out; they remind me of tranquil nights spent with friends and loved ones talking about life, existence, and truths. Intoxicating.


JOKER – Winter Mix
JOKER never got out of the game. I used to jam his purple synth-driven tunes regularly and this mix reminds me why. I love his sense of adventure with ranging BPMs and blurring of genres here. I’m beyond excited to see him perform for the first time with MartyParty next week!


Mr. Rooney – Future Strange Mixtape Vol. XXVI
I have really been enjoying my friend Mr. Rooney’s style lately, and this mix exemplifies it quite well. Laced with groovy beats, tasteful remixes, and stellar mixing style, this one is satisfying from start to finish. Check out the other Future Strange mixtapes; these kids are doin’ good things!

Ta-Ku – Triple J Friday Mix
If this doesn’t put you in the zone then I’m not sure what will… This one is hypnotic and well mixed> Love Ta-Ku’s low-key sexy vibes.


The Widdler – Fall All Original Mix
All original mixes are always fun, and this one has a lot of “Oh, WOW” moments. At times it goes hard and heavy and at others evokes totally chilled out bliss. That juxtaposition of light and dark that I was talking about before :)


Nicoluminous | Exodub – We Got This Mix Series
The homie Nico and Exodub keep it fun and fresh with this mix. The incorporation of hip hop, future sounds, and 808 is intriguing and stimulating… check out this straight FIYAH!


The Do LaB presents In the LaB feat. Kaminanda at Coachella 2013 Weekend 1
I was very grateful that The Do LaB posted many of their Coachella sets from last summer for free download. I am a sucker for Kamininda’s style that fuses eclectic percussion, low frequencies, and squishy goodness. Another favorite set from the weekend is jOBOT’s.

I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear back about some of your favorite mixes as I am constantly adding to my listening repertoire. Love and Light


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Dub FX | Theory of Harmony

time January 29th by Taradactyl authorTags: ,

Dub FX has been on my radar since day one… I remember seeing ridiculous videos of him absolutely killing it busking back in the day. He (deservedly) became a worldwide phenomenon with his incredibly talented looping; he adds layer after layer of beatboxing which eventually culminates in a beautifully intricate and dope beat. He weaves together a story during live busking performances by beatboxing, singing soulfully, and adding pedal effects. You have to watch a video of him – believe me you will be mesmerized by this dude’s abilities. Check it out below. He travels and performs with his fiancée, Flower Fairy (if you hadn’t already been intrigued enough) and together they do everything on a completely independent basis.

I guess I didn’t realize until lately that the Aussie has multi-faceted talents. Not only does he manifest a badass live performance, but he also produces some radical beats in the studio. I love his new album Theory of Harmony; the name is quite fitting as it is feel-good music that encourages togetherness and peace within and without. Dub FX says about the release, “I’ve been traveling so much over the last seven years, meeting people from all continents and all walks of life. I’ve developed a conscious philosophy of peace, positivity, joy and healthful pursuits…”. It shows through his soulful and uplifting music. The lyrics inspire listeners to look at the big picture and see life in a positive light.

Reggae isn’t normally really my thing but Dub FX has managed to make me lean towards that type of sound. Perhaps it’s the pleasant blending of hip hop, reggae, drum and bass, and dub vibes that tugs on my heart strings. This infusion makes me just feel damn good. There is a richness as well as a authenticity about this album that can’t be ignored. Check out Dub FX for some awesome unique tunes that anyone would enjoy – support this talented artist by buying his new album here.


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Afro Monk | Afrodisiac Mix Series

time August 17th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Afrodisiac is a collection of music that I felt needed to be created.

There’s a movement happening right now. I’m calling it Future Bass.

I’m in Love with it. It’s that feel good music.

I made a huge pile of some of my favorite tunes and cut it up into three mixes.

Expect a lot more of this. chill sexy background music.

This is for all the people out there who just want to vibe.

Thank you for all the support.



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Pressha | I’ll Take You There

time July 2nd by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Pressha is one of my favorite DJs period. There aren’t many that I’ll openly say this about. It’s hard not to post every single mix he puts out. It has been awhile and this new mix is lushish. Matt has been my go to for bumping bass music without having to worry about having a heart attack. The way he balances and mixes tracks is unmatched in the bass community.

Matt has recently started working on production with Humpfree Lowgart to create the dynamic duo, Slumber Party. You can get a small preview of their upcoming EP in this mix. I’m really excited to see these guys coming together to put out some original music.

I’ve recently started to move away from my traditional go to artist and music. The whole future bass thing has pulled me away from the west coast sounds. If there’s one person that I know that will continue to put out the type of mixes I do enjoy it’s Pressha. He has a very similar format for his mixes that I use to incorporate in mine: unreleased material, sexy bass, and big support to the homies on the come up.

I’m making my way to Seattle next week for MozCon and looking forward to spending some time with him. Random fact, this guy can cook one hell of a meal. Be sure to grab this mix and check out all of his previous mixes.

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Afro Monk | Afrodisiac Volume 1

time May 26th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

I have been spending a good amount of time revamping and tweaking my sound lately. There of tons of new producers I find on a daily basis that are inspiring greatly. I am really feeling this movement to slow jams 90s R&B mixed with sullen bass, it’s totally future. Even if it’s not, I love it.

I’ve been digging and finding gold. At first I wanted to release this as one giant 2+ hour mix. Now after some serious thought, I changed my mind. The logic was that many of the tracks will get lost if all put into large one play. Each individual track means a bit more in this format, which is what I’d like to convey.

The past month I’ve been working with a close friend, Warp9, on production. The vibe and feeling that I’ve been trying to create in my own music is very much on this tip. One of my goals would be to create mixes similar to this one made up of my own production.

Now sit back, relax, and turn the lights down and enjoy <3

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D.V.S* | Hit the Clouds Running

time April 19th by Taradactyl authorTags: , ,

There is no denying the raw talent of D.V.S*. He manages to blend guitar and electronic frequencies in a unique and tasteful manner. His range of sounds is actually quite astounding. Throughout his new release, Hit the Clouds Running, he incorporates funk, jazz, 80’s, and other varied sounds in a way that makes listeners want to move. It’s fun, upbeat, feel-good music that’s good for your ear holes. While you’ll often find me gettin’ weird to crazy-ass beats, this type of music so speaks to my soul. It’s crisp and refreshing – just nice easy listening. However don’t mistake that for simplicity, for it’s far from that! D.V.S* is a sound wizard casting tasteful resonant spells on us all with his complex yet effortless tunes. I particularly enjoy Heartmaps; it has an awesome buildup that I love and then some radical outer-space feeling sounds, all on top of a catchy beat.

D.V.S* first got on my radar with his remix of Emancipator’s Jet Stream which was very impressive. Since then he has only climbed up from that; I also loved his 30 track double album, Coming up for Air. Quality sounds all around. I was stoked when I heard that he linked up with Gravitas Recordings, one of my favorite labels. Gravitas has been killing it lately overall, with stellar releases from D.V.S*, Ill-Esha, Goldrush, ChrisB., Aligning Minds, One4All, Mr. Bill, The Digital Connection, and so many more!

Grab D.V.S*’s Hit the Clouds Running for free here!


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Thriftworks | April 2013 Mixtape

time April 17th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Thriftworks just released a fresh new mix this week filled with unreleased material. As many of you know I’m a Thrifty fanboy. This mix is nothing but lush new material that will please any previous fan and/or any newcomer to his music.

The only thing that I can complain about this mix is that it’s not as long as I’d like. The mix run for a tad bit over 30 minutes. I just didn’t want it to end. Too be honest I was completely taken back by the release of this mix. If you told me that Jake had a new mix in the works with the bulk of the music being unreleased material I wouldn’t have believed you. It just makes me wonder how much music Thriftworks is really sitting on. I’m also sure we’ll be seeing a release of a collab EP with Russ Liquid that doesn’t even have much presence on this mix as much as I’d think.

Now sit back, relax, hit play, and dive into the world of Thriftworks!

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Phutureprimitive | Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places Pt. 1

time April 10th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , ,

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything from Phutureprimitive. He’s always been one of my favorites with his smooth, gorgeous signature sound. He always manages to lure me into a trance, whether chilling and listening, or experiencing his live performance. There is always attention to detail, with plenty of texture interweaved throughout each track. This is my kind of music. As much as I can appreciate the more recent evolution into eclectic, experimental, and trap (eh actually, not really with the latter) sounds, music like Phutureprimitive’s will forever be my go-to, almost like frequencies of comfort. I love the natural ebb and flow of his style. You don’t even have to try to dance to this music and can easily lose yourself in the deep yet soothing resonations. If you let it, it will take you on a sonic journey into another dimension.

I enjoy his newest release, Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places Pt. 1, very much. It incorporates just that… both darkness and luminosity. It gets me thinking about equilibrium; for when you light a candle you also cast a shadow. In “Only You” he incorporates darkness with the wubby dubstep sounds, but then veers off into a bright effervescent hook. That range is quite satisfying to me! I absolutely love Phutureprimitive’s remix of Jillian Ann’s “Passes Away”. It also embodies both obscurity and beauty effortlessly. Then there’s his remix of The Human Experience’s “Dusted Compass”. He does a marvelous job of reworking an already beautiful song and making it his own. It’s common for remixes to sound chopped up and unincorporated, as if there are two songs in one. Not with this one. It sounds organic and elegant… meant to be. I’m excited for what Part 2 will bring!

Phutureprimitive is on tour with another favorite, Ill-Esha; be sure to check them out if they are making a stop near you! Both display breathtaking live performances so you don’t want to miss them! I am personally hyped to see them both at Lucidity Festival this weekend in Santa Barbara! Find their tour dates below or on Phutureprimitive’s website.
Get Phutureprimitive’s Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places Pt. 1.

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
― Mary Oliver




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Afro Monk | Trip Down Memory Lane | Valentines Day Mixtape 2013

time February 15th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Trip Down Memory Lane, is a collection of some of my favorite trip-hop classics. I’ve always wanted to put something together that showcases the music that I love and have so many memories tied to with Love. Happy Valentines Day <3

Featured Artist: Me, Bjork, Portishead, Wax Tailor, Massive Attack, Hooverphonic, Lamb, Tricky, Jem, Team Sleep, I Monster, Bang Gang, 8mm, Zero 7, Air, Halou, Dj Krush, Frou Frou, Lovage, Goldfrapp,  & RJD2

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