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.
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)
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.
Russ Liquid releases “In Love” on Lowtemp Record Label founded by Gramatik and it’s his creation of love through sound structure and design ignited by real life events which triggered inspiration to create a soulful, jazzy, funky, groovy, and uplifting feel which is all set in his original downtempo and bass vibe. Russ Liquid has been gaining a rapid momentum in the West Coast Bass music scene as a true innovator, and he will continue to stand out as both an eclectic producer and a passionate multi-instrumentalist (trumpet and flute). This release is different yet similar to his previous releases, Promises and Foreign Frequency, where they are more consistent of deep purple bass lines and more ghostly soundscapes. One thing that really remained the same is his signature downtempo bass style, my favorite. In Love reveals an importance of change through sound and experimentation that is inevitable in today’s electronic music scene. He’s like the sound version of Pablo Picasso, a futuristic colorful splash of genre-bending soundscapes; a seeker of depth and meaning. I discovered Russ Liquid during end of 2011/beginning of 2012 and was immediately drawn to his style. His intricate sound design, style, and continuous suspense and mystery illuminates an endless escape within sounds into unknown discoveries. Months later, I met Russell Scott during the Summer of 2012 while hosting a co-production collaboration I was a part of, and his personality blends with his music – a very upbeat, compassionate, and creative artist who’s always down for adventure.
In Love consists of 15 experimental creations of genre bending sounds made possible through his creative spark: DANCE Allegro, DRK KNIGHT, Freezer, How Long, Feral Cat, Twisted, The Way You Make Me Feel, NYC Blue, Sweetest Taboo, Peaker, Speedster, Thug Baby (ft. Freddy Todd), Chillian, With Love, and Acid for Wagner (featuring Thriftworks). DANCE Allegro is a journey into another language, an allegro and upbeat jazzy vibe that will soothe your ear drums. West Coast r&b flow is present and tags along well with the spacey and groovy melody. Fancy and rhythmic instrumentation creates echoes of cloud wonders heard through the high and mid pitched lyric – an exquisite taste of sound and element mixture. DRK KNGHT changes the style up and reveals Russ Liquid’s experimental and diverse outlook. With the 808 beat and snare incorporation, he ties in numerous bass waveforms to create a symphonic journey of sound. With suspenseful twists of beats, xylophonic triggers, and laser bass, the fluidity gives off otherworldly energy, and snare melody adds to the suspension. Mysteriously fusing fancy and rhythmic beats, he creates a spooky and lively vibe that will trigger new thought. Freezer is a luscious wave of ear candy. Synthesizer heaven can be heard across the entire track, as elements of all kinds flow along with it. Liquid bass grooves brighten up the feeling of love, a future jazz odyssey. This electricity of fresh frequencies, especially through brass (trumpet) instrumentation will make you feel as if you’re floating on Cloud 9.
How Long tells the story of the importance of patience through the craving sound texture that is exposed. A more downtempo feel is present, a longing feeling is revealed through the vocals and can be felt as you hear lyrical callings: “So.. Long…”. Eerie melodies and clicks make it an experimental trigger of inspiration. Feral Cat is a sexy and psychedelic journey through a sonic waterfall experience in a space-jungle adventure. The introduction is seductive and smooth as you hear initial flute instrumentation. A very melodic and enchanting beat is created and syncs up well with low tone synth. Lyrical drones of “Running” is then heard through the voice of a gentle and beautiful sounding female, a lingering feel. Mid way through, a low tempo groove gives off a deeper and more sentimental vibe. Twisted is enchanting as melodic bell beats strike the intro. Bass growls and liquid wurbbles create a flexible feel of many moods. A very rhythmic thematic soundscape will nurture the higher self. Tempos are brilliantly twisted into magical scenic feels as Russ incorporates his live trumpet. Soon after, a psychedelic journey of never before heard composition is revealed ultimately setting him apart from others. His style is very distinct and forward thinking. The Way You Make Me Feel is a love touch to the heart. Vocalizations of the song title are sang in a low temp textures, an r&b effect. This chill trap electronic vibe will invigorate and give you the freshest chills. Silky bass lines and glitch crescendos blend well with trumpet effects, a true harmony.
NYC Blue is another downtempo and synth festivity. Synthesizers make up the theme of this track as his uniquely structured melodies dive into multiple shades of the color blue – a dive into the ocean, where Ocean Jasper is found – a healing touch. Sweetest Taboo is the sweetest magical feel. Liquid trumpet and 80’s synth covers a whole portrait, it paints the world. Female vocals are pre dominant as they reveals lyrics that make love a possibility. Jazz effects galore. Peaker is a continuous wonder flow of jazz. Lively melodies ring in the background while brass instrumentation and reed instruments brings us back to the late 19th/early 20th century while having a future feel. A Peak of love. Speedster is a steady fast synth race, a heart-pumping effect by the feeling of love. A euphoric sound structure of piano and electric guitar loops are synchronized. It reminded me of a mixture of jazz mixed with funky electronic feels – a get down. Thug Baby(feat. Freddy Todd) is the aftermath of two luminous and distinctive worlds combining together, a glitch synth sync. Chill trap beats and spacey frequencies have created a thug baby as the trumpet will lift you up. Chillian is a chill innovation of Russ’s sounds. The flute reveals a new dimension of feeling, all while being immersed in glitch twirls. With Love is about the change of sound could go through when in that state of mind. The most natural and powerful energy induced a sweet and rare freestyle of sound with incorporations of xylophonic sounds towards the end. Acid For Wagner (feat. Thriftworks) is an elegant, eerie, and trippy collaboration. Sounds within sounds come through in all directions and will give you a chance to experience life and love in another universe. Flute and experimental soundscapes blend very well together.
Russ Liquid has shown us a new feel, a fresh sound structure, and limitless experimentation – all while sticking to his signature roots and style such as bass, downtempo, jazz, and live instrumentation. He is, without a doubt, breaking musical boundaries. The mastery of “In Love” was created and inspired by real life experiences of being in love with another human and life, and all the ups and downs that comes along with it. Triggers to the heart chakra are some of most powerful and life-changing experiences we can experience – an uplift into another realm. This album gives off an atmosphere full of bliss and vibrant frequencies. The album is consistent of sounds of classic jazz, R&B, funk, glitch, techno, and world music – all in a downtempo setting. Russ’s fluidity with life and sound is captivating, to say the least – he is a master of his own design. His liquid grooves and intricate sound composition is immeasurable, he’s doing what not a lot of producers are doing – not following the trend. He is following his own style and heart and because of this, he’s destined to a bright future through love and sound. As time will continue to move forward, Russ Liquid’s style and taste will move along with it as splashes of imagination will trigger the most profound inventions. I recently caught a fresh live set earlier this month here in Austin, TX, and it was a fresh funky-disco illumination into the entire city of Austin and beyond. Look out for this next level thinking producer and instrumentalist as he will continue to captivate and explore sound and thus will discover possibilities of immerse himself in the importance of change.
Electric Dandelion releases Metamorphosis on Muti Music [San Francisco] earlier this Summer, and it’s a deep sacred dub experience, an examination of the higher self, a psychedelic experience, an entrance to the portal of your spirit’s origin. Alan Joseph, both a producer and designer, resides and holds a residency in L.A., California, called BurnLA. I discovered Electric Dandelion at this year’s Sonic Bloom while wandering by the booths, when I spotted a booth full of recognizable beautiful and warm hoods of rich designs. It was then when I had a flash back to the previous summer  here in Austin, TX when someone had passed along his info on his hoods at a (Pre Burning Man Gathering, called Frabjous, for the unveiling of the Cathedral of Celestial Mathgic). Soon after, we chatted as I held my newly purchased and comforting hood that was to keep me warm the rest of the weekend in South Park, CO. He mentioned that he was performing at the Dome that Saturday. It is then when I discovered his exquisite dub and bass soundscapes, a first time live experience, a discovery of new sounds. With more than 10 years experience behind him with music production, Electric Dandelion can be seen as a versatile producer of many styles. From bass-filled journeys, to psychedelic melodic feels, all in a dub and downtempo atmosphere, he will hypnotize, elevate, inspire, and twist you into a luminous dimension.
Metamorphosis consists of 9 dub wonders full of dubs within dubs: Slither, Enchanted Memories, Ignite, Eclipse, Al, Whole Lotta Dopeness, Nathayan, Sacradelic, & Adea. Slither has a mysterious downtempo vibe to it, an electric slither of dubstep feels, attached with bass growls, and deep hitting bass lines will open up blockages. A crescendo soon follows and reveals a mixture of dub accelerations and fast forwarding glitch. “Could You know…” is sporadically heard throughout the track.. Enchanted Memories is a heavenly synth of initial snare strikes. A dub feel with trippy vocalizations can be heard. Hard-hitting bass lines create a rhythmic floor and will captivate the mind. It’s as if the memories are spoken of through sound, a story of realizations made possible through laser beams and otherworldly sound effects and composition. Ignite is an enchanting cast of melodic bass growls and 808 dubs. He really does a good job of twirling your imagination and wrapping it against a never ending glitch escape. Beats so fresh, beats so fresh.
Eclipse is a luscious synth exploration as it initially reveals a groovy flow and break down beat. The beat and vocals are ethereal throughout the entire song, as the second half is consistent with deep bass howls – an enchantment. Al has deep feels with the combination of dubstep and chilltrap on a midtempo beat. Crescendos are highlighted in this track, a very fresh outlook. Whole Lotta Dopeness is indeed a whole lotta dopeness. A dubstep flow is present with Hip-Hop vocalizations saying “There’s a whole lotta dopeness“, which is tied with sleek bass lines and sexy drops of glitch candy swirls. Midway through the track, there’s a glitch uplift, rather than a “drop”, brilliant. Nathayan is glitch downtempo with repetitive beat that is invigorating. A release of energy is felt through high semioccasional vocals. Sacradelic is a minimal trip hop illumination of synth hums and drones blended within. As the track progresses, ascending bass fixtures add their own eerie vibe as it perfectly syncs up with other elements. Adea is a downtempo fuse of intricate obscure elements, a bewitching sounding chant is fused in between giving it more of a spiral twist. Glitch bass lines create a slow motion dance as ascensions will take you back to phase 1.
Electric Dandelion is a deep spiritual guide filled with visible and audible expertise, a unique story of emergence made possible through his trip-hop and psychedelic love. This multi-instrumentalist has a unique vibe to him, both style and sound, he will continue to weave and create from the soulful entity within him. Metamorphosis is a cerebral journey felt through the heart of the composer and listener, it’s a deep meditation that will open up channels of new energy healing. It is a transformation of light and energy, it reveals possibility beyond Earth, it illuminates the importance of change and direction. In order to grow, we expose ourself to change, by either stepping out of our comfort zone, or eliminating a blockage in order to enter a new phase, Electric Dandelion has done that through dub sound. From having played at several festivals such as Sonic Bloom, Lucidity, Enchanted Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, and Burning Man, he will continue to push his creativity so be on the look out for him. If you’re a fan of Desert Dwellers, David Starfire, and Living Light, you will dig Alan’s sound world which is rooted in psychedelic dub influences that will immerse you into a deeper understanding of meaning.
My Pet Monster releases his solo debut, New Age Gangster, on MalLabel Music earlier this summer and it’s a “cinematic dubstep” extravaganza of many moods and eras. From Electro Swing to Hip Hop, this Ghetto Swing feel will have you swerving and feeling groovy, hop on the 1930’s millennium swing-hop. West Coast feels will regress you 3 generations down while remaining in present day flavor and flow. Ryan Summers resides in San Francisco, California and has been focused on the creation of this new sub-genre of electronic music. Artwork by Sparkuhl on the album art is very original, and brings in visuals that are in sync to the title: New Age Gangster. Adding to the album art cover, a pet monster is revealed next to six symmetrical women figures with a 30 – 40’s look. A new age of reaffirming the impossible, a mixture of sounds never thought possible, has come into a reality state. Classic sounds blended with present-day glitch and bass make it a journey of its own.
New Age Gangster consists of 3 original productions including incorporation of soulful vocals, and 3 remixes of the originals: New Age Gangster, When I Get Low I Get High, Baton Rouge Bounce, and remixes include:“New Age Gangster” by Samples,and “Baton Rouge Bounce” by Defunk andTimmy Tutone. “New Age Gangster” kicks off with mid tempo snare, and a momentum of rhythm accumulates, while whistles blend in the mix. Piano and brass instrumentation giving off a danceable beat. Woodwinds can sporadically be heard and the production of glitch hop squelches and future bass make it a unique creation. Combination of two opposing worlds mixing freshly. When I Get Low I Get High, is full of an upbeat tempo and female vocalizations of old-school swing music, with fine creation of sound design of bubble wurbbles and twists of lasers. Saxophone and snare give the swing a full effect, break down your best dance move, as the title suggests the style of swing dance.
Baton Rouge Bounce definitely has a southern touch to it. The track initiates with a banjo crescendo that foreshadows a steady swing, and old-school breaks. A very melodic swing vibe is present, with additions to well thought out glitch patterns. New Age Gangster remixed by Samples reveals his signature glitch-hop style filled with hard hitting bass lines – a crunk effect that will leave you feeling like the sound of lightning bolts striking. Very rhythmic composition blends well between the genre of My Pet Monster and his. Baton Rouge Bounce remixed by Defunk has initial piano key notes and saxophone instrumentation by My Pet Monster which is then meshed with incorporation of deep male vocals. Soon, Canadian producer, Defunk, crescendos an upbeat vibe full of glitch and funky and melodic bass beats for the rest of the track to follow. Baton Rouge Bounce remixed by Timmy Tutone adds in 808 explorations and a smooth feel, a future sound that is pleasant to the ear pineal.
The development of American “Swing” music in the 1930’s is back with a twisted and glitch-ed out vibe. My Pet Monster isn’t afraid to make his ideas an innovation, as this cinematic dubstep and glitch producer has shown in his first solo release. Tagging along to his creation, three well-respected bass and glitch producers joined in on the mix exposing endless support for his style with their own unique taste. I’m excited to see My Pet Monster continue to grow as an artist, especially after a release with a well-known established label. MalLabel continues to hit high charts as they will continue to expose artists and producers such as My Pet Monster. If you’re in the West Coast, be sure to catch artists branching out of this label the best way possible: LIVE.
Zebbler Encanti Experience released Freakquency on Gravitas Recordings on July 15th 2014, and it’s a gateway of vivid expansion of the mind made possible through twisted and thought-provoking mixed genre sound frequencies in a newly formed imagination. Zebbler Encanti Experience is a psychedelic twist within itself, an audio-visual journey seen through the mind’s eye, triggered through auditory and sensory of high frequencies vibrating in multiple directions, as molecules of sound being presented in the most freaky instances. Encanti is the mastermind behind the psytrap/bass/glitch/electro sound design, production, and mastering of the audio sense, while Zebbler projects mind-bending visuals, a futuristic foundation of visible uplifts. In his past, Zebbler has collaborated with the EOTO & Shpongle for visual enhancement, both having high experience and intellect of association in their field. This kaleidoscopic representation of sound will take you on a roller-coaster blast into infinity. Is there anything more psychedelic and twisted than the Shpongle crew? This album will reveal a new sound-universe, and bizarre visuals as seen in the “Freakquency” Video ; the embodiment new-age advancement of next level thinking and experimentation.
Freakquency consists of 5 psychedelic ventures of their own: “Perceptronium”, “Follow the Bubble”, “Neuron Dialect”, “Frequency”, & “Immediacy ft. Ganavya”.Perceptronium is the idea that human consciousness is simply a state of matter, the idea that there are many types of matter (solids, liquids, gases), as there are many types of consciousness. Through sound experimentation, Encanti fuses unimaginable genre-bending impossibilities and strategies of glitch sound filled with fluidity to create a unique audio experience. Psychill patterns immediately blend into an upbeat electro high-frequency and warps a back-flip in your mind and dives into a mid-tempo dubstep atmospheric relief and repeat. Follow the Bubble is like a video game full of speed and action, a psytrance feel. It’s like mouse-trap – except through sound, I’d describe it as psytrap. This mixture will make your heart race, it’ll give you electro energy, glitch-hop swerve, and chill trap 808 dub grooves.
Neuron Dialect is mystery waiting to be revealed. Synthesizers and glitch frequencies mesh well to create an uplifting auditory experience. Electronic bass feels and clicks make it a never-ending soundscape, a continuous blending of neuron activity running through a psilocybin experience. Freakquency is psytrance at its peak, a multitude overload of freak-dance moves revealed through pupil-dilation, a Clock-Work Orange effect. Midway, a bubble of glitch-induced beats pour out like laser rain drops. Marching wurbbles and ziggles and inventions of all sorts take place in multiple instances such as reversing, fast-forwarding, ultimately creating and twisting sounds and distorted hip-hop lyrical “Freakquency” voice tones which can be heard sporadically. Immediacy ft. Ganavya is a chill step vibe of groovy encounters. A thousand sound thoughts per minute have slowed down the effect full of glitch patterns from the previous tracks and it reveals a chill out yet melodic atmosphere fused with deep-bass lines .
Zebbler Encanti Experience is a creation of sound advancement in the most inventive combinations of psychedelic triggers I have yet heard. Steaming from having past collaborations with EOTO and Shpongle, the Zebbler Encanti Experience will reveal a fear-less creation of sound exploration and will lift you to another dimension. They’ve been hitting a U.S.A. Summer Tour reaching multiple cross-country states, and the next stop is Burning Man, so if you’re going, be sure to catch them there next. This Gravitas Recordings release adds to the glory of their experience, both outlets incorporate diversity in their projects, always on the next level, always pushing and searching for the most fresh sounds. I’m eager to follow this duo more that is sure to surprise with their upcoming projects, you thought this was a crazy and new-found experience? I’m sure they have further ground-breaking projects of sound and visual mappings planned out for future releases, excited to see where these forward-thinking innovators will take us with experimentation of all levels.
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.
“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.
Psymbionic releases Part 2 of “Parallels” [Eye], on Gravitas Recordings on July 1st, 2014. This second part of “Parallels” explores a parallel genre to that of a heavier bass influenced feel for Part 1. It revels an atmospheric creation of downtempo/chill feels, an experiment that illustrates Psymbionic’s versatility, a dive into another realm – a pull into the Eye of the Storm. The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones, and through sounds, John Burchman, expresses a deep meditation of fulfilling low tempo frequencies, a whirlwind of cloud hypnotization. Clear and light sounding extraterrestrial communication reveals futuristic visions of new-world change, enlightened transformations, and exploration of versatility. Versatility of production is rare, and when a product of rarity is illuminated, full-depth creativity is expressed giving the creator a sense of forward thinking and acceptance of change as important factor in culture in many fields of life- Psymbionic has done that with Eye.
Eye consists of 5 auditory chill out portals: “One Thing” ft Cristina Soto,”How Am I Not Myself” ft. Govinda, “S ilkscreen” ft. Soulular, “Sonder” ft. The Digital Connection, & “Silkscreen ( ill-esha remix ). One Thing ft. Cristina Soto is downtempo galore, a future chill trap experience ready to sooth your ear pineals. Psymbionic’s rhythmic future bass composition and fluidity blends passionately with Cristina Soto’s mesmerizing vocals as she touches your heart chakra with her deeply thought lyrics, an angelic escapade. How Am I Not Myself ft. Govinda is initiated by Govinda’s sensual frequencies resonating from string instrumentation of the violin. High-pitched synthesizer and a lively melodic tempo on Psymbionic’s behalf symmetrically syncs up in addition, and a spacey future garage atmosphere is present. This tune calmly sooth your present state of mind and will unblock passages of a forgotten memory.
Silkscreen ft. Soulular is a co-production between the two, a chill-step portal, a swim into infinity, a closer pull into the eye of the storm. Souluar’s organic sound composition and spacey sounding downtempo dubs mesh well with Psymbionic’s signature melodic uplifts and glitch/bass exposure, this is the creation of two soulful producers joining forces. Sonder ft. The Digital Connection is a spacey chill tale into the unknown, an epiphany within an epiphany. This is a future bass mystery waiting to be revealed and is felt within electronica ambience. Psymbionic’s signature sounds can be heard sporadically thoughout the tune, and a deep rhythmic glitch fusion of The Digital Connection follows through creating a liquid groove. Silkscreen remixed by ill-esha is a glitch masterpiece full of limitless synth frequencies and melodies. She produces a re-occurring glitch pattern which gives it a mind of its own, it’s a distinction of rarity illuminating the original production, an aftermath of chills down your spine.
Submerge into the eye of the storm and prepare for a lift-off into explorations of the sounds and tempos of the universe and beyond. Psymbionic reveals a downtempo/chill side to his music production in variation and style. Not only does he create variety in Part 2 of “Parallels”, but also a variety of styles and collaborations of accomplished vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers. John Burcham is a driven force of light that isn’t afraid to explore other dimensions of sound frequencies, a creative and fresh outlook. Like a thread weaving together with other threads, and like sacred geometrical patters coming together, a flowing towards a creation of warmth is revealed as Psymbionic weaves sounds, textures, and rhythms together. This results in the creation of pulsating and radiating sounds meant to trigger brainwaves, and therefore release and cleanse energies, a fresh feel of relief. The fact that this was written, mixed, AND mastered by John himself amazes me. As AfroMonk himself likes to put it, Keep it Fresh.
Join the Gravitas crew this Saturday, July 5th at plug.dj‘s “Just A Chill Room” for Psymbionic’s DIGITAL album release party & Q&A!
Skytree (of Re:Evolution Booking) recently released “Cirrus Sapiens”, an invigorating ancient touch to the heart chakra whilst creating a balance of clear energy aligning within yourself. A magical and enticing story within a story that will ultimately reveal the truth has been created. It will open up hidden passages, reveal forgotten truths, and bring forth luminous cosmic energy through sky crystals and bass forests. Evan Snyder is an extremely driven and creative individual whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting back in 2012 during a show in Austin, TX… a very genuine soul with outstanding performances. I’ve witnessed his sets twice in Austin, TX and he definitely creates an awesome experience. Skytree is playing at numerous festivals across the nation this summer, but I especially can’t wait for his set at one of my favorite festivals, Sonic Bloom, happening on June 19th – 22nd 2014 in SouthPark, CO for their 9th annual gathering this year. His creativity can be witnessed through the accomplished goal he set visible to the world on May 27, 2013. After his debut release of “Crystal Consciousnesss” on 11.11.11 and “Treemixes V1” on 12.12.12, his new collaborative album, “Cirrus Sapiens” (originally titled “Cloud People”), was set to be released independently later within the year, which was made possible through the help of his dedicated and loving fans whom contributed to his project via Indiegogo project. In return, such individuals would receive an abundance of awards and co-creations once complete. It would be released digitally, on CD, and on custom USB drives (including limited edition wire-wrap crystal pendents). Fast forward to NOW and a brilliant, uplifting soundscape has been fashioned. “Cirrus Sapiens” was created in collaboration with several guest producers and instrumentalists over the past two years, and it incited within me a sacred awakening – it sparked within me the will to create. It inspired me. This fresh album is composed of three separate, 4-track sections, each with their own story and vibe, ending in ambience. “A trilogy of EPs in one album”. Breathtaking artwork was created by Hayley Carloni and the mastering was done by Brendan Connors at Metronome Media Group’s Mastersuite Studio in NH. I hope you guys are ready for a spiritual and technological journey escape into a new universe full of energies composed of organic psydub and ambient sound frequencies which will bring forth an atmospheric environment full of sky crystals, bass forests, and linguistic brilliance – deep messages directed to create change.
“Cirrus Sapiens” is brought to light by the introduction track entitled “God Detector” featuring visionary artist and musician Michael Garfield. Dennis McKenna’s voice is initially heard inD.M.T: The Spirit Molecule’s DMT:RMX project: “Meditators and people on Soulacybin, people in various transcendent states of mind, you see the same parts of the brain are engaged…and, what is the meaning? What? Why is there a part of the brain that seems to be, for a lack of a better word, a “God Detector”, you know, What’s the evolutionary advantage to having some part of the brain that seems to trigger and mediate experiences of the transcendence?” Through this hearing, there is a heavenly and melodic sound resonating along with these philosophical words, a clear introduction being revealed through rhythmic textures of harmonic waves of ambience and future bass. A cloud of psychedelic lushness formation of “Sky Crystals” and “Bass Forests” is the theme of this track and the rest of the album to follow. This track brings me one with nature through the sounds of blue monkeys and moose – it brings me one with the universe (especially through Michael Garfield’s strumming of the guitar and ukulele). “Great Central Sun” smoothly channels next and it’s an amazonian gift composed of organic nature bird calls, flute instrumentation, and Skytree’s vocoder of the Hare Krishna mantra, a theological approach surrounding one’s original consciousness and goal of life to be pure love of “God (Krishna)”. “Jah Tah” features Esseks & Jemineye, and it blends rhythmically with the previously heard flow of mantras and psydub composition. A track composed of tribal sounds and bass beats by Esseks mixed with Navajo-esq maxims by Jemineye’s vocals that are meant to transcend you into a deep suited meditation. “Star Forest” ft. Space Jesus adds to the perfect touch to the ending of the first section of this album with it’s ambient ancient dubstep atmosphere. A very distinct drill of beats that are deep and soothing, and can especially be both heard and felt through the mesmerizing piano playing skills of Yoel B’nai Yehuda.
The second part of this album is illuminated through “Mana Machine” ft. Technicolor Lenses and Erothyme, and reveals a new theme. Future bass beats mixed with cooperative experimental lyrical hip hop flow and texture programming by Erothyme meant to spread a message, a powerful one. These next level flows blend very well with the dexterous guitar playing skills of Esseks. Was a new genre just invented? It’s like I have entered a celestial skyhop dimension filled with sacred energy, that can only be entered through progression within oneself: “Letting go of thought and tune into the waves of the heart space, everything in its right place.” “Cloud People” features the vocals and dazzling electric bass of Skytree’s brother, Alan Snyder. This collaborative effort has created a feels of ambience air, a whirlwind of deep-felt energy radiating from the ground, through textures of the trees in forests, veins of the leaves, and soon after an uplift into the clouds of the sky and beyond. Cello instrumentation by Katherine S An adds to the tranquilizing feels of these tuning frequencies. “Unstoppable Soldiers” ft. Waters has very potent lyrics, it speaks truths about being open about feeling exasperated. These deep lyrical feels create an intention to go beyond the impossible, an unstoppable identity. Skytree’s signature bass also feels deep truths and opens up passages to the unknown. Ending the “second section” of Cirrus Sapiens, is “Distant Song of Earth” featuring AJ Block unifies and wraps it all up. You can initially feel deep ambient and psybass frequencies suited fo deep meditation…it’ll levitate you as it takes you to yet another unimaginable dimension, it’s like I’ve entered a known galactic space satellite venture from a past life.
The third part of Cirrus Sapiens begins a new journey through “Record Keeper” featuring Tectum, a psychedelic producer. The collaboration of Skytree’s ambient yet future bass beats and skydubs mixed with Tectum’s production skills brings a creative product of formation. Some skytrance and treedubs for your mind, body, and soul. Additional drum machines by HEISS and Skytree’s strings add a glowing touch tied with singing bowls, hermit thrush and doves. “Skycell ft. LuneCell produced in collaboration consists of ambient psydub textures and squelches. Bell sounding illumination creates a bubbles of ever-changing tempos and frequencies which in turn give light to new psychedelic escapes. “Hexeract” ft. Supersillyus & D.V.S* is an ancient doozy consisting of breaks and cooperative programming of blips and bass by Supersillyus. D.V.S* adds ambient energy through his masterful guitar skills which build unique sound waves that mesh well with other elements such as trippy vocals. “Magellanic Stream” ft. Laura Karuna is the last song of the third chapter, and the ending of this concept album. It reaches an exosphere knowing, a paradisaical outlook which is made visible by angelic sounding drones accompanied by quotes taken from DMT:RMX – The Spirit Molecule Remix Project.
“Cirrus Sapiens” will take you on a spiritual escape into a sacred geometrical atmospheric landscape full of Sky Crystals and Bass Forests. It will channel numerous escapes into endless dimensions through psydub, skyhop, and treedub frequencies. Each chapter tells a story of its own and creates a connection within your higher self, it almost leaves one hypnotized. An awareness of the importance of clearing of the mind, body, and spirit is the theme of the entire album, a message to be spread. Take 55:55 minutes of your presence to feel a connection to our cosmic truth that exists within ourselves and our universe. A known past that lies within you will be brought to light. We are all connected, we are all one. Skytree is definitely breaking through his music journey as he continues to explore sounds within sounds from within, from his own Shamanic being. Thank you Skytree and everyone involved in this project.
Sonic Bloom 2014, the Unified Field, will be taking place at a new location, The American Safari Ranch in South Park, Colorado for its 9th annual gathering, an electrifying experience waiting to happen. Sonic Bloom was my first music camping festival, an initial inspiration into my musical journey – a trigger of transformational light. This is honestly, hands down, THE festival to experience during the Summer. Not only does it consistantly showcase forth moving and ground breaking talent, but it is an eye-opening experience both inside and out. It is a transformational gathering destined to nourish the mind, body, and soul. Aside it’s stellar musical lineup this year, they will also be hosting, as always, a wide-variety of unique features such as live painting, performance art, yoga, movement, speakers & workshops! Tickets are moving, time is passing, the moment is approaching…let’s all bloom creatively this summer!
Four predominant and forth moving headliners were announced in this vibrant lineup, a futuristic blessing: Tipper, Shpongle, Eoto, & Opiuo! Tipper will be performing TWO sets, his only appearance in Colorado in 2014, so don’t miss out on this special synchronicity of uplifting sound waves- he is known for his mastery of electronic music ranging from mid-tempo, glitch hop to downtempo melodic composition and recently released a new album “Forward Escape“…so come out and listen to his latest sounds in a sweet sound setting provided by the largest Funktion-One sound system to ever be showcased in Colorado. Along his set, will be the LEGENDARY visual artists Android Jones & Johnathan Singer…is this real life? Shpongle (Simon Posford Dj Set), of Twisted Records, was the final headliner announced, the perfect addition. I’ve caught his dj sets a couple times, and he never fails to satisfy with his downtempo yet psychedelic sound waves that will open new gateways within you. I am so stoked on Eoto, and so should you. Eoto, the dubstep duo that is 100% improvisational – a mix of organic sounds of live drums, bass, and guitar through a variety of programs come together to create a unique experience, and consists of members of The String Cheese Incident- Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Opiuo, a blooming funk and bass producer who has given me the ultimate brain massage every time is currently on tour, “World Tour”, and his mid stop is in CO – I caught him recently here in Austin, TX and experienced yet another fresh set.
Over 100 more artists will be performing at this years BLOOM. The entire lineup is too fresh, it consists of a plethora amount of rare talent surrounding the Zilla, Re:Evolution, familymoons, Merkaba Music, and sub.mission families. Such artists are continually rising from today’s national/international conscious electronic music scene: The Polish Ambassador, the premiere of Michal Menert Big Band, Zilla, OTT, Random Rab, Quantic (live band), Zion I, Break Science, Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother Dj Set), Quixotic, Vibesquad, Kalya Scintilla ft. Eve Olution, Desert Dwellers, Zoogma, Dopapod, Kaminanda, Mr. Bill, Supervision, Bird of Prey, Paul Basic, Fort Knox Five, Janover & Resunator, The Human Experience, Dirtwire, & Merkaba. I honestly can’t wait for The Sonic Bloom Orchestra which will feature a collaborative performance with names such as Eoto, Break Science, Zilla, ill-esha, Kaminanda, etc. The rest of the bill still showcases VERY talented up and coming national and international artists, so be sure to look out for: Skytree, Whitebear, Polar Vortex (a new audio-visual collab project from ill-esha & S∆UCEmonster), Mumukshu, kLL sMTH, Futexture, Deloscinari, Soulacybin, Dubvirus, Shwex, Quanta, Akasha, Psymbionic, D.V.S*, Sunsquabi, Marvel Years, Dynohunter, Michael Garfield, Sixis, andLiving Light. I’m getting all giddy over here just by looking over the lineup and writing about it… it’s like a dreaming state about to hit reality. I’ve had the pleasure of catching a great majority of these artists live within the past few years and I can assure it’s worth your time, both mentally and spiritually. I walked into this scene unexpectedly and am so happy I discovered this community. If you happen to be unfamiliar with this lineup or are only familiar with some of the artists, I highly suggest taking little time to discover something rare that will inspire you and potentially ignite the fire in your life purpose.
Featuring a breathtaking 360 degree mountain panorama and views of the continental divide, the new site in South Park adds to the magical touch of Sonic Bloom. The size of the site will allow for a car camping option, allowing just a short walk from the stage to cars/campsites. There will be an indoor saloon with late-night music and VIP packages will include optional on-site lodging packages. Among the many spaces and zones will be The Oasis Bath-house complete with private hot showers, a woof-fired sauna and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap “healing hub” where you’re able to kick-back, relax, enjoy the sauna, and get sprayed by delightful smelling soapy foam meant to rinse and cool you down. The Glassblowing Dome by the Colorado Project, the interactive recycled glassblowing demos by the Nectar Collector, Boomtown by Jimmy Bleyer & Temple of Visions, and the Hammock Zone by the Elevated Movement will definitely be lively and interactive. Beyond that, there are numerous amounts of other workshops, yoga classes, speakers, and live painters who will keep you learned and entertained.
A time to consciously unify on a beautiful weekend is approaching, so I hope you are ready for the ultimate life experience full of endless possibilities. Unifying a cast of some of the world’s most electrifying musicians, performers, visionaries, and artists, SONIC BLOOM, is an inspiring showcase of Colorado’s forth moving Conscious Music Scene. It has been credited for helping to break the careers of artists such as Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Beats Antique and Pretty Lights, so come out and engage in discovery of some of the most progressive electronic innovators and live electronic acts with styles that are out of this universe. Words can’t express how excited I am to return to a place that initially inspired me and will continue to inspire me. Thank you Jamie Janover and the whole Zilla and Sonic Bloom family for making this possible.
Watch Android Jones create the album art for the new Dave Tipper album “Forward Escape” in this time-lapse video: