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Psymbionic | Parallels Part 2 – Eye [Gravitas Recordings]

time July 4th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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! 

Listen/Download “Eye”: Parallels (Part 2: Eye) by Psymbionic

 

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Skytree | “Cirrus Sapiens” Concept Album

time June 5th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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 in D.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.

Check Out “Cirrus Sapiens”Cirrus Sapiens by Skytree

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SONIC BLOOM 2014 Preview | South Park, CO | June 19th – 22nd

time May 31st by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , ,

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, and Living 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:

Life Raft for a Death Trip from Android Jones on Vimeo.

 

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The Widdler – “OGO” (MalLabel Music)

time May 18th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , ,

The Widdler released “OGO” on MalLabel Music on Tuesday, May 13th and currently stands #4 on Beatport’s “Dubstep Top 100 Releases”.  If you’re not familiar with The Widdler, now is the time to start familiarizing with this innovative producer that is pushing boundaries in the underground dubstep and bass music scene. He has a very creative original spooky spark to him, which is revealed through his unique sound design – he is an innovator and originator of “dub” sound.  A little bit about The Widdler, he was born in Tel Aviv and is currently residing here in the music capital of the world, Austin, TX.  Yoni Oron has been playing and producing music since he was 10 years old, and constantly practices to perfect his skills. Recently signed to OWSLA Records, he incorporates daily mix sessions into his everyday life, which is revealed through his impeccable performances – I witnessed his latest performance at Barcelona here in Austin a couple months ago during SXSW and it was a thrilling night full of deep felt bass dubs.

“OGO” consists of 6 rich yet spooky dub filled tracks: “Gitfukt”, “Killa Bitz”, “Lobster Trap”, “Martian Ambassador”, “Ogo”, and “Space Balloon”-  each containing within it a very mysterious vibe, taking you on a whirlwind of unimaginable bends, twists and spooked-out frequencies.  ”Gitfukt” follows a deep bass heavy theme, a sign of what to expect in this release; these original dubstep frequencies meshed with laser sounding beams will hypnotize then levitate you, twist and spiral you out onto a high energy and ghostly filled atmosphere.  “Kill Bitz” slithers with a mystical vibe to it, eerie bass growls will enter your ear pineals and take you on a video game space tour, an unexpected mission, a challenge aimed to clear a shadow.  “Lobster Trap” is definitely a favorite, it’s like a maze; a turn of events waiting to happen; a space battle filled with minimal dubs mixed with heavy sounding vibes and intricate xylophonic melodic sounding strikes which blend perfectly with the short vocal incorporations.  

Martian Ambassador” is initiated with a passage filled with deep groove and midtempo feels of dubs and wurbbles, which reveal an otherworldly being: The Martian Ambassador. “Ogo” is the spookiest of them all, an arrival to a new destination, “Ogo”; a condition of mental divergence, he finds himself on the planet “Ogo”, part of an intellectual elite…a construct of  his psyche.  These deep bass drops create energies of Shamanic cleansing that is heard through ancient Widdler signature and mind blowing audible vibrations.  This release concludes with a high feel, a bounce off on the “Space Balloon”, a continuation of deep bass dubs and multitude amount of vibrant arpeggios can be felt then released.

“OGO” showcases a variety of dub styles and frequencies, and will cleanse the shadows of your soul through deep dub triggers of bewitching sound composition.  A leading figure in what has been deemed the “Deep Dub Renaissance”, he will, without a doubt, continue to keep breaking boundaries, making the impossible possible, and therefore will lift you off into space, maybe even higher – he will take you to an extraterrestrial landscape waiting to be discovered.  His organic, melodic, tribal and visionary sounds are challenging the paradigm in the dub step scene. Creating original and groundbreaking dubstep “drops”and crescendos, The Widdler will invigorate and clear your being.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “OGO”: Ogo by The Widdler

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Aversive – “Inner Visions” EP (MalLabel Music)

time May 6th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , ,

Aversive’s EP, “Inner Visions“, was released on MalLabel Music (based in San Francisco) on April 24th, 2014 . Aversive is an up and coming DJ and Multi-Genre Bass Music Producer currently residing in Canada and she definitely knows how to break boundaries. Ultimately twisting fresh bass lines, her sounds are filled with futuristic and psychedelic frequencies and downtempo amplitudes, giving a vibe of a dreamscape sound experience. So much diverse emotion can be felt and heard through this EP, which will lead you to your own escape, your own inner visions. Influenced by Amon Tobin, Tipper, Opiuo, Fila Brazillia, and Mr. Bill, Aversive portrays a similar feel but adds her own creative touch and approach through her inside-out.

This diverse EP consists of four multi-genre bass-fueled, yet glitch-ed out and futuristic tracks: “Breakspeak”, “Visions of the Heart”, “Ghetto”, and “Dreams”. “Breakspeak” kicks off with a mid tempo and psychedelic world beat feel, it’s like she’s guiding us into a spiritual journey all initiating from the heart. It is then meshed up with low-key vocals and glitched-out wurbbles blended with an upbeat funky melodic beat, giving it a mysterious vibe with rhythmic control. “Visions of the Heart” spoke to my heart, it has such a lively creative dubstep sound meshed with a theme surrounding heavy bass line drops full of midtempo rhythms. “Ghetto” took me on a Neuro-Funk journey that is out of this world, maybe even out of this universe – its composition delivers a unique story full of original drum and bass and neuro funk sounds which blend perfectly with vocal additions. “Dreams” took me on a dreamstep experience – it emanates a flowing downtempo approach full of dubs and soothing vocals, a dreamy outlook.

Aversive’s sound design is quite unique, a very creative producer who explores multiple bass music genres such as glitch hop, neuro-hop, drum & bass, dubstep, and dreamstep. These funky yet psychedelic wobbles and wurbbles will open up gateways to many possibilities in the mind/spirit and will therefore create a flowing dance environment and unique and mysterious spiritual journey. Pause whatever you’re doing right now and let Aversive guide you through a magical experience full of spiritual bass music that will bring light to your inner visions which will elevate you into a new state.

 

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Emissions: West Coast Bass Culture Festival 2014

time April 9th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Proud to present the Afro Monk press release on Emissions Festival 2014!

 

Emissions is one of our favorite festivals here at Afro Monk. Check out what Tara had to say about last year’s event here! AND We love Emission so much, we’re also giving out TWO free tickets! Check HERE for more information on the contest!

Camp ? has graced the West Coast with so many amazing parties and events over the years, not to mention five legendary Emissions and some seriously epic Burning Man camps. I am super grateful for what they have contributed to the community and love to support them in any way. Their brainchild, Emissions, is a one of a kind festival that I look forward to every year. It’s relatively small in number, keeping it quite intimate; it’s casual, yet well organized; and it’s high energy, heavy hitting array of bass music is unmatchable. The family vibe is strong, seen and felt in abundant smiles, laughs, and hugs; the music is fresh and poppin all day; and the PK rig, BANGIN, to say the least.

It is being held for it’s second year at the lovely Belden Town, an adorable mini town nestled in the Feather River Canyon in Northern California. Belden is an excellent host for festivals with it’s shady camping and flowing river.  The beach stage is an awesome space and I can’t wait be to kickin it there listening to bomb music in what’s sure to be gorgeous weather. Mmmm….perfection.

Emissions’ lineup this year has shaped up to be, in my opinion, their best ever. I love and admire Camp ?’s dedication to bass music. They’re not trying to be overly trendy or #toofuture4you, nor are they adhering to what seems to be the standardized festival lineup we have become oh too familiar with on the west coast. They’ve instead done what hardly anybody else has been able to really grasp thus far this summer and created, simply, a solid lineup of high quality producers and DJ’s that are killing it right now. Let’s look closer at some of those artists:

Doshy: Long before I became a writer for Afro Monk, I was an avid reader of the blog. JM (Afro Monk)’s posts introduced me to a ton of music in 2010-2011, but by far the best discovery I ever made from the blog was the introduction to bass music producer Doshy. Hailing from Germany, this is Doshy’s first ever U.S. appearance! This a huge deal to me, being a crazy fan of Doshy since JM’s article in 2011, and I was starting to think I would never catch him live in the U.S. I’m sure there’s a grip of other Doshy fans feeling the same way. Sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

Deltron 3030: A man who needs no introduction, Bay Area native, Deltron, is the perfect headliner for this event. The influence of hip hop on bass music is evident in the work of essentially everyone on this bill, so I think it’s definitely crucial to have such a prominent and incredible rapper headlining. His most recent album has a super fun, higher energy feel throughout so I’m sure his set will be super tight(of course I’m hoping he’ll play hella from Deltron 3030 though!)

NastyNasty: A bay area bass music scene legend and one of my favorite producers of all time, NastyNasty sets have been a consistently amazing part of my experience within the west coast electronic music scene for 4+ years now. A cultivator of science fiction influenced sound design and polyrythmic soulfuness, his unique take on bass music is always on that next level tip. His live sets are flawless and always a great time. Can’t wait for his set!

G Jones: Anyone who reads Afro Monk regularly is well versed in the work of G Jones. I consider him to be at the forefront of the West Coast bass music sound, killing it harder than pretty much anyone right now.  I love his music and am always impressed with new releases. His performance is sure to be one of the best of the weekends and you can catch him a second time alongside Minnesota.

Starkey + Dev79: What can I even say about Starkey?? His signature Street Bass sound defines everything I love about future bass music and his live sets have been some of the hardest I’ve danced in my life. I’m super stoked to see him alongside Dev79, who I have yet to see live. Unmissable for sure!

DJ Pound: Another proprietor of the “street bass” sound, DJ Pound is sure to be a seriously epic set. I’m really stoked on this booking and to get to catch some of DJ Pound’s monstrous tunes played by the creator himself on a PK system. Associated with some of the most forward thinking and respectable labels in the game, Seclusiasis and Saturate , DJ Pound has been making moves this last year and his music speaks for itself.

Perkulat0r: I was just recently introduced to the sounds of  Perkulat0r when he played a show in Seattle and I can assure you he’s not to be slept on. I would consider him to be one of the most exciting up and comers in the scene, rockin an already highly developed sound, reminiscent of the type of glitch hop I used to really love but don’t hear as much anymore. Don’t miss this one!

Quarry: Dark, dreary, beautiful Quarry. I frequently go through phases where I lean towards darker sounds and Quarry’s post-sad aesthetic fits in perfectly with my current obsession with that feel. I was stoked to see him on this lineup and can’t wait to get catch his set!

Some more artists I look forward to seeing are The Widdler, Bleep Bloop, Boats, Cestladore, J:Kenzo, Guttstar, Hypha, Smashletooth, The Pirate, Pressha, Intellitard, VNDMG, Yheti, Son of Kick, Bogl…realistically I could go on and on, as the talent is rich this year and the lineup is nothing short of stacked! And as usual, the Bay Area and Northern California are being represented in their fullest majestic form by everyone from the headliners to the local favorites. Big ups West Coast artists and everyone else coming through for the event. And huge ups to Camp ? on their epic choice in lineup.

This is sure to be one for the books! Tickets available now but selling fast! First and Second tier already sold out, so get on the third ASAP.  You can buy tickets here and follow the Emissions Event Page for information and updates on the event. And as mentioned before, don’t forget we are doing a contest for two tickets! This festival is not too be missed and entering only takes a sec! ENTER HERE!
Can’t wait to see everyone on the dancefloor!!
~Molly

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Sonic Bloom 2014 | June 19th-22nd | South Park, Colorado

time March 27th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014 has moved to a new location, The American Safari Resort, and tickets are selling faster than they have ever sold over the 9 previous years.

I’ve been attending Sonic Bloom for over three years straight now. It has a special place in my heart due to the intimate nature of the festival and the fact that it is one of the main events in Colorado. Year after year the artist they book, the vibe created, and the community of people from all over come together to make it one of the premier summer festivals. I’ve done my fair share of traveling all over the US and believe that Sonic Bloom is the go to festival this year.

It has been awhile since I have writing about something and had decided not to write blog post anymore but Sonic Bloom I hold dear to my heart. This year I’ve decided to cut my festival travels down significantly but told myself that this is the one for me. Why? Tipper! The fact that there are TWO Tipper sets means there will be a chill downtempo set which is worth the cost of the travel and ticket easy. There are so many other talented artist worth mentioning as well but I can’t express how excited I am to see Tipper this year considering the new album just around the corner.

This year The Road to Sonic Bloom has officially kicked off. Here are the remaining dates and the talented artist that will be performing all over the States to help build the hype for the main event! I’ll be playing at the Miami, FL date so be sure to come out to The Nest =)

April 4th – 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious

April 5th – The Nest, Miami, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious & Afro Monk

April 10th – The Parish, Austin, TX
The Malah, Janover & reSunator

April 11th – Easter Island Festival, Keetonville, OK
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious, Psymbionic

April 12th – Sons of Hermann Hall
Janover & reSunator

April 25th – Omaha, NE – Abbott Sports Complex
Kaminanda, Nadis Warriors, MuzzY, Marvel Years, Krooked Drivers

May 2nd – 3rd – The Unified Field: official SONIC BLOOM pre-party at Cervantes, Denver, CO
Opiuo, Random Rab, ill-esha, Zoogma, Janover & reSunator, Whitebear, Defunk & more TBA

Be sure to grab tickets ASAP since pre-sales and tier one tickets have already sold out! The one thing that really stood out to me about this year is that due to the new location you won’t have to worry about taking shuttles to and from the parking area since there will be car camping available. The location also features an indoor saloon with a bar and DJ booth for some of your favorite artist to entertain. I’d also recommend looking into VIP passes as this year they include tons of goodies!

Keep checking back for the final announcements of artist and possible gives aways! This poster is for the 1st and 2nd wave of artist announcements. Believe it or not they still have additional artist to add =D

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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:

ODESZA -NO.SLEEP Mix Series
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.”

 

MiHKAL – LiVE at CoSM
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

~Taradactyl~

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Omega | Fearless EP

time October 21st by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

I’m such an Omega fan boy. This guy is the mad scientist of our community. The amount of talent and knowledge he has is incredible. Chris is also one of the most loving humans I’ve met. The music he puts out is HUGE and gets quite intense compared to what I’m use to listening too. What’s also interesting is how gnarly his music can be but he’s in full control and sometimes you can hear his giddy laugh during his sets. It’s almost as if Omega has this dark evil nature but his true nature is almost shy by how massive his sound comes off.

Omega is by no means a new kid on the block either. He has be an integral part of the rising Colorado electronic music scene. You might not see him out as often but don’t worry he’s working inside his lab creating and mastering tunes. One thing that many people don’t know about yet is his project YuYu (1/2 Omega, 1/2 Cualli). If you’re not that into these aggressive massive basslines and live more for the funk you’ve got to keep your ears out for the YuYu material. It’s more along the lines of live instrumentation. You’ll have to hear and see it to understand.

You don’t usually find such explosive dubstep on this blog but I have nothing but respect and love for my friend, Omega. Check this out and support music. Major shout outs to UnMess for such amazing album art on this one!

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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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