Sixis may be a new name to you, but the influence on and from his sound is closer to ancient. Heavily textured and deeply organic, Sixis’ music represents to me the holiness of the merger of technology and nature. Alien like pads, swampy bass, and rhythmic drums create a natural yet unique experience, encompassing the listener in a deep, hypnotic embrace- warming the soul, exciting the conscience.
Sixis is the moniker of Bay Area native to Pacific Northwest transplant (hey, like me!), Ben Taecker-Wyss. Ben is currently attending Evergreen State College (hey, like me!) to study music production on a serious level. His first official release, Transhuman EP, put out by Substruk Records, blends tangibly thick bass with earthy elements to create a powerful energy, full of movement and oozing with psychedelic creativity. His sound design is excellent and his music complex and interesting, reminiscent of early work of the legendary Heyoka. After extensive listening of his soundcloud, I can hear the improvement in his most recent work and am really looking forward to seeing what this up and coming artist has in store for us in 2013! Big ups, Sixis!
Dave Tipper is one of the most talented producers alive. He has helped pioneer many genres of music including the Break and Glitch Hop sound. He has set the standard of recording in 5.1 surround sound and has released a collection of music that most would consider divine in nature.
I’ve had to luxury of seeing many live performances by him over the years. There’s two distinct sides to Tippers music. There’s the uptempo glitch-hop bass sets that will get you moving and then there’s the organic downtempo sound journey. I can say that his downtempo set at Symbiosis 2012 was the most unique and beautiful pieces of auditory sound that I’ve ever experienced in my life. I felt as if I was a small child rediscovering sound.
This February in Austin, Texas, Dave Tipper will be doing a special one time performance with the theatrics group, Quixotic. They are an artist collective comprised of aerial acrobatics, dancer, film makers, fashionistas, musicians, and visual artist. I had the pleasure of seeing them at Wakarusa and was totally blown away by the amount of production that goes into their show.
The Tipper Quixotic Experience is what they are calling it and assure you that it’s something you won’t want to miss. Once I saw the announcement of the show I immediately looked up plane tickets to Austin, Texas and bought a flight.
It is rumored that Tipper will also be moving more towards the live downtempo sets in 2013. There is no confirmation of this but you better believe that I’m praying with all my heart to get at least half set of downtempo. The event is a post Valentines Day called Cirque de L’amour. The events name translates to Circus of Love. I can’t tell you enough how excited I am to return to Austin, where I left a big piece of heart. It only seems like the proper time to revisit one of the most amazing cities in the States.
If you’re a follower of Tipper, enjoy theatrical performance, and never been to Austin, Texas I highly recommend considering flying or driving to this event. Many of you might have a strong opinion of Texas but I can create an endless list of why Austin is one of the greatest cities in the country. One of the best ways to describe Austin is by comparing it to New Orleans except it’s WAY CLEANER and super progressive compared to the rest of Texas. It’s the live music capital of the US and for good reason. There are tons of quality venues, bars, bands, DJs, etc that reside in the city. It’s also quite cheap and filled with tons of educated young people who attend The University of Texas.
If you’re reading this. Thank you for what you have done for the electronic music community. I think I’m speaking on behalf of all your fans. We want another downtempo release (feel free to make it another surround sound album).
For more details visit the Cirque de L’amour FB event page.
Also if you plan on attending be sure to say Hi if you see me =)
If you need some convincing on why this man is one of the most talented.. Click this to stream one of the greatest pieces of music created in my opinion, Broken Soul Jamboree.
I have a very personal love for Greg Jones’s music. He lives in my hometown of Santa Cruz, California and I have seen him play countless times, mostly at small bars and our much loved outdoor parties, more commonly referred to as renegades. Known originally as Grizzly J, he was easily one of my favorite local DJs; never disappointing me in a set, never sounding like the person before or after him, and always keeping me dancing from start to finish. Eventually I started to notice his original productions. Tracks like his “Totoro” Remix and “Stardust” genuinely impressed me with their melodic and whimsical feel. Enamored with his somewhat distinctly Bay Area sound, I soon realized he was going to become an important part of the local bass community.
A couple years down the road, a name change, and a jump in popularity later, G Jones is making some of my favorite music out there. His work in 2012 landed him a spot on both me and Afro Monk’s top of the year lists. His latest EP “Transmissions”, released on the wonderful MalLabel Music is a fantastic mix of heartfelt melodies, thick basslines, and hyphy undertones. “Heart Cave VIP” took a quick lead for my favorite track, as I had fallen in love with it in his excellent New Originals 2012 Mix last summer, but by my second or third listen, the complex movement and glitchy aesthetic of “Kretek” had me sold. Oh, and did I mention there’s a freaking Widdler remix on there?
G Jones’s live sets are a mix of epic originals and really well chosen works of others. I was lucky enough to see him perform last weekend at a great warehouse party in Tacoma, Washington and it was probably my favorite set I’ve seen so far in 2013. I highly recommend checking him out if he’s on the bill of a show you’re attending. Or even better, try and get your favorite local promoter to book him now, cause I know this kid is only going up from here.
It is not very often that I completely obsess over all a producers work. You’ll hear me talk a lot about diversity frequently. I haven’t felt so good about telling you all about a producer in awhile because the spark is rarely there for me. Now I present to you one of my favorite producers. He has reminded me that sometimes it’s ok to dance around and just party. It’s going to be really hard to play sets and not play 3-4 tracks from him, it’s that good.
Alright so there’s no way to describe this guys music besides that he’s a master of using samples and creating some of the most elaborate remixes. This is not to say that he strictly does remixes but he brings some classic pieces of music into this new world of electronic music that will have you wonder if the original is even worth listening to anymore.
Defunk has generally one common factor in all his work, It’ll make you move! I’ve been shying away from listening to dance music but wow if I ever wanted to remind myself that sometimes music can be tasteful as well as create a party, this is it.
I will also say that as I start preparing to dive into the studio and produce my first release. Defunk is becoming a major inspiration for me. Right now I’m stacking tons of classic funk, soul, swing, jazz, etc… and I hope to create a classic downtempo release. Defunk’s music has many of these elements as its backbone and it’s mind blowing to hear how he has restored an old sound into something so breath taking. I only dream of being able to accomplish such a task.
I ‘ve attached his recent Winter mix below but be on the look out for a new release from him in the coming future. Ultimately this mix consist of a little of everything and totally love how he has pieced it together. I will warn all of you that it does get pretty heavy but it’s not the focus. It’s definitely a party mix and highly recommend listening to it. Now if you want to have a crazy experience just skip all the mixes and listen to each of his tracks one by one. The best part is that you can download almost everything on his soundcloud. Big up man. This is a DJ’s goldmine. Enjoy!
Hello everyone! This is the first of many posts I will be contributing to this fantastic blog! I figured I would start out with a list of my favorite releases and artists from 2012, so as to give the readers an idea of my taste and preferences. 2012 was an excellent year for electronic music. I felt that comprising a list of the so called “best” would be impossible because of the sheer amount of innovative, unique, and genre defying beats that were released last year, so I chose instead to write about my personal favorites.
1. TNGHT – TNGHT
2. Eprom – Metahuman
3. S-Type – Billboard
4. Tipper – Puzzle Dust
5. Blackbird Blackbird – Boracay Planet
6. G Jones – Mirage
1. Rwina Records
3. Saturate Records
4. Friends of Friends Records
5. Ghostly International
6. MalLabel Music
Favorite New Discoveries:
2. Lindsay Lowend
3. Pyramid Juke
5. Mr. Carmack
6. Cashmere Cat
Favorite mixes/recorded live sets :
1. G Jones – New Originals 2012
2. NastyNasty – LazerBrain
3. Salva – Boiler Room set
4. RL Grime – Boiler Room Set
5. Groundislava – Boiler Room Set
6. Doshy – Live@Redlight Radio Amsterdam
Gem and Jam Festival is celebrating its 7th year! It’s the largest gem and mineral show in the world! The event is held in Tucson, Arizona and features an large outdoor venue. The event also features a musical festival alongside it. The legendary visionary artist Alex Grey will also be doing live painting all three days as well as hosting a drawing workshop!
I’m really looking forward to attending this festival to start off 2013. I’ve never spent time in Tucson and can only imagine that it’ll be gorgeous. If you’re thinking of attending there’s a travel package that includes 3 day tickets, hotel, and poster for $450. It’s my understanding that there is only a limited amount of packages available so grab them A.S.A.P. You can grab a 3 day pass for $80 if you’re not interested in lodging.
This weeks Fire Friday Mix comes from Whitebear. It has been awhile since we’ve posted about Whitebear. This mix caught my attention and have been totally blown away by it. If you’re into weird downtempo organic bass music similar to Tipper this is what you’ve been waiting for. This mix has such a good vibe too it. This mix is one of the better mixes I’ve heard this year. I day dream all day with this music.
I’m not sure if all the music that is on here is new or not but the selection is incredible. I don’t know what’s going on over there in Australia but it must be something in there water because they seem to be creating these amazing producers. It’s my life long dream as a DJ to go visit Austalia and New Zealand. There’s so much talent over there and can only imagine how insanely beautiful it must be. I haven’t done much research on if we can expect a new release from Whitebear but if there is I’ll be sure to post about it. It does look like there’s a N American / Canada Tour being worked out. Be sure to keep up to date with that!
I hope you all have an enjoyable week-end! This mix is something great to put on anytime you want to relax and trip out to some stellar downtempo, The energy shines so much in this mix <3
Kayla Scintilla feat. Alice Spacedoll- Break Belief Bounce (Whitebear Remix)
Whitebear- Fever Dreams
Shwex x Mumukshu- Elements of Antiquity
Whitebear- Auric Sight
Whitebear- Primal Stomp
Whitebear- New Evolutionary Paradigm
Whitebear- Lost in Vibrations
Shwex x Mumukshu- Elements of Antiquity (Whitebear Remix)
Brujo's Bowl- Gyananakashu (Eye of Knowledge)
Thriftworks aka Jake Atlas just put out a FREE ep called, Hydromancy. I don’t even know where to begin with this review. I’m the biggest Thriftworks fan boy out there. If you were to ask me who are my favorite producers making music today are, I’d answer Thriftworks every time. Jake puts out a quality of music that is completely unmatched. Originality is one of the biggest things I push and Jake never disappoints. He is one of the poster children of Glitch Hop today. He mixes downtempo weird vibes with traditional hip-hop style. The product is always lush mellow beats that take you through emotional journeys of sound.
One of the things that stands out to me the most on this EP is the use of an MC on Die Gracefully ft. DH the Mythicalifornian. Jake has used vocals before but never as clean as this. DH vocals add that depth to the track that is often forgotten. I’m usually not a fan of male MC vocals but this track is taken to another level with such a smooth verse. The rest of the EP sounds like extensions of all of Thriftworks previous releases. I will say out of all his previous releases this one is the most experimental. I also can’t applaud Jake enough for getting super weird on this EP. It’s a dance floor market out there and it’s not very often you see producers experimenting with such ambient downtempo soundscapes.
If it were up to me I’d love to see more artist move in this direction. There’s a lot of music out there that is left unheard due to the mellow tones that are neglected by mass media. This EP should be listened to when you can kick back and enjoy a full experience. All you producers who are reading this. Take notes and remember that balance is key. Making club bangers can be fun and enjoyable but remember how much can be conveyed when you forget about popularity and focus on deeper messages with sound. Thriftworks is a prime example that it’s possible to succeed as an artist making weird music.
I recommend you ALL to download this and be sure to check out the rest of his music.
Enjoy the weird revolution! Also look out for his collab EP with Russ Liquid.
I’ve heard some of the tracks this summer during some of their solo sets and WHOA.
Here’s a mix from myself for Fire Friday Mixes. There has been so much going on around Trap music. I think that overall this trap craze has gotten a bit excessive but it’s better than other trends (style) out there. This was put together mainly as a promo mix and show you how I would mix and glitch it. Too be perfectly honest it was to see if I even had it in me. As much as we can enjoy a certain style of music the real question is can you mix it.
This came out better than I actually anticipated actually. It was also fun recording it. There’s a certain level of appeal you can go for with trap music and there’s another where you can get straight hood with it. After hearing this mix a few times due to its short nature it’s something I’m proud of. Could I mix a hour of trap? Sure, I feel confident now that I can but who know when I’ll never do it or record a mix that long of solely Trap. That’s the thing about trap, it’s something used to sprinkle up a set but not sure if I’ll go straight trap. This mix is something that works for me when that craving appears.
Hope you can enjoy this even if you love or hate trap. It’s my personal take on it.
Random Fact: I named this mix Mon Calamari as a Star Wars reference. Mon Calamari is the particular species Admiral Ackbar which had the infamous “It’s a Trap” phrase.
Kalya Scintilla is one of those producers I hope you’ve all come across before. As much as I would like to say there’s plenty of music like this that I really enjoy out there, I can’t. The good part is that this album totally met all the expectations I had. Every single one of the producers who remixed Kalya Scintilla tracks did an incredible job. You always have to worry about a few that sneak in that you wonder this doesn’t really work but nope. They all take the original sound and translate it in a way that gives it their own personal style but will most likely appeal to the fans of Kalya Scintilla.
I’ve almost striven to keep my post to people I’ve interacted a bit with. After all these reviews or takes on music are just for you to check out. You might hate my I love or love what I hate but this is where I get to say what I think =) And this is one of the best albums I’ve heard all year! This was enjoyed while just hanging out in the living room chillen. It’s Halloween and this album create the perfect way to enjoy a night in away from this crazy world. Releases like these are the type you always hope for. Your favorite artist remix something you already love plus you discover new ones totally make you dig deeper and look for that special gem. The best part is you know you’ve already hit gold on this one.
I’m hoping that in the near future I’ll get to met the creator of this original music. This summer I missed all the opportunities and the stars didn’t align. My understanding is that he is from Australia which might make it difficult but you never know lately. Despite all that I’m sure they will be a chance eventually and that’s what counts. It will bring me great pleasure to shake the hand of his. That all said lets not forget the talented team of producers that represent this collection of music. It’s a special thing when you see a mix of artist come together to create something so outstanding standing alone as well as a union.