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Spoken Bird – Liquid Soul Mantra

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

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

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

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

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Exclusive Spoken Bird Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love more, fear less.

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

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Wormcast Mix Series Volume 5 – Duffrey

time January 12th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Wormhole Music Group presents: Wormcast Mix Series Volume 5 featuring Duffrey!  Wormcast bring about a collection of unreleased tunes from Duffrey and some of his friends, including Bogtrotter, Cello Joe, Stone Cactus, and vocalist, Chelsea Rain ni Sarasvatii, Enjoy!  A 32.44 minimix and psychedelic bass journey composed of fresh glitch feels!  Experience a transcending and mystical escape into galactic flashbacks as mind-expansive ignitions are well-crafted through genius composition and sleek introduction as each different journey within the mix smoothly transitions and evolves within it! Enjoy this FREE Download!

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Duffrey – Booted

time January 12th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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Duffrey self-releases “Booted” on his bandcamp on September 25th, 2015 – it’s a four-track EP composed of a bunch of remixes of classic songs such as “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman, “Roads” by Portishead, “Slow Wind” by R.Kelly, and “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy and Monica. Fusing funky, glitchy, squishy, bass-fueled soundscapes, Woody reveals depth like never before.  Intertwined within them are smooth R&B feels and lyrical intentions, a tasty and moving groove to fill your emotive highs hats, crescendos, snare sparks, sporadic vocalizations, scintillating beats, and organic vibes.  Shredding on the daily, this young producer is turning heads.

Duffrey is an electronic music producer with a unsatisfiable hunger for brain tickling soundscapes and funky bass. Woody Klann, a Oakland based drummer and musician from a young age, has been squeezing sounds from his environment since he can remember. His style is heavily influenced by a chilled-out west coast bass flavor introduced to him during his time spent in the NW and California.  Duffrey’s goal is to convert brainwaves into vibrational energy that takes control of your body and leaves you with a tingly sensation. From the grimest of glitch to a feel good mash-up, Duffrey keeps it interesting, fresh, and is ready to shred at all times.  Duffrey is a Street Ritual label and agency artist, be sure to catch him at a city near you! Bookings: becca@streetritual.com

Duffrey – Booted

Duffrey – Kiss Cupboard | Released on Street Ritual on 05/2015

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Psy Fi – Colors

time January 11th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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Psy Fi releases ‘Colors’ on MalLabel on January 7th, it’s a full length album featuring 10-tracks of solid dopeness!  It’s fresh and filled with hard hitting bass, glitch hop feels, psychedelic frequencies, intricate textures, 808’s, and mind blowing composition – it’s fire!  This also release screams out flawless sound design fused in with eerie sonic atmospheres and trippy crescendoing effects made possible through energetic vibrations and next level melodic vibes.  Miles does a great job of creating expansive ignitions as they rise through the depths of rich layered textures.  Along w/ the release are also 5 remixes of originals by Hollis, Perkulator, Muppet Punk, Hypha, & Wu Wei – all showing a remarkable taste of bass and deep collaborative and futuristic escapes!

Miles Ross is a West Coast bass producer hailing from the streets of the Bay Area in Oakland, where mass creativity leads and inspires.  On the path for loads of productive potential, Psy Fi will keep his soul uplifted as he digs deeper within himself to showcase his gift to the world.  I have yet to catch a live show as he I hear he exemplifies all-original live performances which range in diverse, mind-melting, rareness, and fluid exposure – a transcending effect which has left many emotive responses and high-rating depth.  Newly sign into the Re:Evolution booking fam, keep your eyes pealed for live performances in a city near you!

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Secret Recipe – The Cookbook

time December 23rd by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Secret Recipe self-releases his first full-length album, The Cookbook.  Formerly known as Intellitard, Secret Recipe is a whole new concoction created through the depths of his genius and ever-glowing brain.  Through his frequencies, Benji Hannus reveals psychedelic escapes, sparkly fusions, melodic glitch, & eerie-intergalactic purple bass  – a taste so fresh you melt through slurps.  A genre-bending mixologist, this rising artist is turning heads all over the industry; experience a phonic and polychromatic frequency through 12 tracks of weird squelches, get-downs, and creativity.  Revealing above, sick new artwork by Sponge!

The illuminating yet mysterious fresh bass venture of Secret Recipe has left many intrigued as he creates vivid frequencies – an expansion of the mind made possible through twisted and thought-provoking fusions, a newly formed imagination – it’s an elegant dessert.  Bizzare yet rhythmic leads make for an inventive composition as he swerves through deep 808’s, synth crescendos, and wobbly sonic expositions.  Spoken Bird is featured in this album, as they collaborated on the track, “Good Question” – a psyhop, lazer journey through future.  The ever-talented CloZee, hailing from France, also hopped in on the cooking with a smooth remix of one of my favorite tracks, “Interstellar Symphonies” – it’s trippy, percussive – it’s psytrap & glitch-hop imagination.

I aligned with Benji last February during his “Mental Vacation” release, and met him in ATX for a show of his!  Aside being an eclectic producer that stands out in the underground bass movement, Benji is a hard-working individual with a great sense of humor, mad respect!  Secret Recipe is also Co-Founder of a weekly called “Wormhole Wednesday’s” which takes place at the New Parish venue in Oakland, California, it’s a dope experience every single time – creative explosions!  Newly signed into Street Ritual Agency, his representation is cooking up a solid tour in 2016, so make sure to catch him near your city! Whether you want a new discovery, a jam to groove to while you cook, or a bubbling taste, this mixologist of bass can cook!

01/05/2016 | Dallas, TX | Future Funk Lounge | Granada

01/06/2016 | Austin, TX | Create Culture | Empire

01/09/2016 | San Diego, CA | Sypnatik Events | Spin

01/13/2016 | Lake Tahoe, CA | Bass Heavy | The Grid

01/15/2016 | Chico, CA | Bass Mint | Peking Chinese Restaurant

1/20/2016 | Santa Cruz, CA | Space Bass | Motiv

1/22/2016 | Olympia, WA | Outer Base | OLY Underground

1/23/2016 | Bozeman, MT | Zebra Cocktail Lounge

1/27/2016 | Arcata, CA | Whomp Wednesday’s | Jambalaya

1/28/2016 |Boise, ID | Insomnia | Fatty’s Bar

1/30/2016 | Salt Lake City, UT | Street Ritual X Omunity Collective Showcase | Metro Bar

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Staunch – Dissecting The Groove

time December 19th by John-Michael authorTags:

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If you were to ask me to name some of my favorite producers, right now. I’d absolutely list Staunch. If you’ve heard me DJ in the past year you’ll probably realize I throw in at least one Staunch track into my set depending on when and where appropriate.

My live DJ sets pretty much consist of tons of what we call modern glitch-hop. This duo are by in a whole different world when it comes to this style of music. It’s extremely funky and some may even it call it electro funk. I generally use to play chill downtempo music but recently I’ve moved to more dance based music and Staunch is my go to.

This album sums up all the incredible music they’ve put out over the years. It solidifies that they can put out some original music outsides of their staple remixes. It’s not common to have a full release that every single track is worthy enough to play on a dance floor and know it’ll crush. I can only hope that we’ll be seeing much more music from them. They are truly raising the bar.

 

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5AM – Deep See

time December 18th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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5AM releases ‘Deep See’ EP on Aquatic Collective today, December, 18th, 2015. It’s a four-track amalgamation through the depths of visions into the ocean, through breakbeat, glitch hop, live instrumentation, downtempo feels, and jazz vibes – it’s a true masterpiece.  Currently residing in New York, NY, Sam Andrus’ creativity is a breathtaking experience that syncs up magic into the now, a gateway of endless expressions has entered his soul. It’s full of depth, intricate patterns, grimey & squishy glitches, rhythmic melodies, and awe-inspiring composition.

Each track provides a story of its own, an evolving phase through higher levels of consciousness.  Experience a collaborative creation with friends: production/live guitar (Sam Andrus), live trumpet (Moses Cicero), acoustic guitar (Eviali).  This sonic journey will open up your chakras and reveal to you visions through the mind’s eye of the Universe and into the Akashic Records, a Deep See.  5AM is a producer to keep your eyes pealed for…he’s definitely one of my favorite producers, he’s had a few releases within the year that are pure clarity, always keepin’ it fresh.  Dope art work by 5AM himself!

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Mumukshu – Objective Reduction (Feat. KarmasynK)

time December 17th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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

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

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

Listen to the full 3-track EP:

Stay Connected w/ Mumukshu & KarmasynK:

Mumukshu: Soundcloud | Facebook

KarmasynK: Soundcloud | Website | Facebook | Booking

 

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Tipper – Its Like EP

time November 2nd by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , ,

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Tipper releases “Its Like” EP on October 14th, 2015 on Tippermusic.  Nu skool breakbeats set the theme for this release as it’s fused in with a leading funky, heavy bass, downtempo, and midtempo beats and feels – an overall experimental electronic experience. I dig how all of Tipper’s releases always go specifically unannounced and unexpected, a mystery slowly unraveling itself from the get-go.  Creating endless suspense, leading intriguement, and fresh innovation to his sound presentation, our ear pineals are in treat for more glitchy feels in comparison to a more downtempo approach earlier in 2015 – Fathoms EP.  Tipper’s gestures are legendary in variety as he’s truly an authentic master for various themes: intricate sound design, flawless melodies, ethereal soundscapes, hard hitting drums, mixdown, & live focus.

“Its like” EP consists of four-track escapes into glitch hop feels: Its Like, Distal, Table Flipping VIP, and Flares At Dawn.  “Its LIke” is a funky fresh glitch hop beat introduction as it reveals the theme to the EP – glitchy breakbeat. Turntablism takes a leading role in this track as crescendos and squish beats give of a glowing effect of brain strategization through alien gestures.  “Distal” is trickling melodic beats of intertwining rhythmic and glitchy soundscapes through intentional taste and variety.  Melodies on melodies on fresh fuse together to create an elaborate effect as elevating crescendos groove into discovery. “Table Flipping VIP” takes on a percussive role as its like a re-lived experienced and new vision of the original “Table Flipping” track he released on his EP, Forward Escape.  Illuminating and geometrical sound design over exceeds the gift of creation.  “Flares at Dawn” is a more downtempo approach than the latter – an ambient meditation can be felt as soothing synth effects expose in-depth yuminess.  It’s as if angelic drones through instrumentation is displayed in higher consciousness.  

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Russ Liquid – In Love [Lowtemp – (In Depth Album Review)]

time August 27th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , ,

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.

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