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Afro Monk’s WMC 2013 Recommended Event List

time March 6th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

WMC 2013 is shaping up to be one of the most diverse years for electronic music. Many of you know about Ultra as the main event but I’ve gone ahead and put together a list of shows that I feel caters more to the bass music lovers out there. There are so many options this year in all spectrum of EDM, that any electronic music fan will be sure to find something for them. This by no means is the end all be all but these are the parties that caught my attention and think you should know about.

As crazy as this sounds, this is not the completed list. There will most likely be more additions but I am still waiting for confirmation.

Thursday 3/14

Stache Bash WMC
Who: Sir Charles
Where: The Goose (Coconut Grove)

Friday 3/15

Big Gigantic & Griz
Where: Grand Central (Downtown)

Ultra Afterparty
Who: Earphunk / The Brass Topper / EONS
Where: Will Call (Downtown)

Saturday 3/16

PLM Showcase
Who: Michal Menert / Paul Basic / Supervision / SPECIAL GUEST
Where: Delano Hotel

United D&B and Noxiuz: Drum & Bass
Who: Blokhe4d / E-Decay / Soulpride
Where: Eve (Downtown)

Free Bass WMC – Breaks + Bass Music
Who: FreQ Nasty / Monk
Where: Chalk (South Beach)

Beat Machines
Who: Beat Machines (Afrobeta) / Tusk
Where: Will Call (Downtown)

Sunday 3/17

*Massive Ideas Afterparty: Multi Genre Bass
Who: Archnemesis
Where: Will Call (Downtown)

Where: Bardot (Midtown)

Wednesday 3/20

*Massive Wednesdays: WMC Edition
Who: Keyes N Krates / Break Science / Stylust Beats
Where: Moksha (Design District)

S!NK Pool Party – Multi Genre Bass
Who: Badklaat / Hizzleguy / Shiverz / AD / Subfiltronik / MuK
Where: Carlton Hotel (South Beach)

Galaxy Music Gathering II – Breaks
Who: Afrika Bambaataa / Spacemen / Soul Oddity vs Otto Von Shirach
Where: Discotekka (Midtown)

RAMiami – Drum & Bass

Who: Andy C / Goldie / Delta Heavy
Where: Therapy (Downtown)

Techno Sluts WMC – Electro, Multi Genre Bass
Who: Anthony Rother / Hybrid Soundsystem
Where: Mekka (Downtown)

Thursday 3/21

Living Room Sessions WMC
Who: Flume / Shlohmo / Jerome LOL
Where: Bardot (Midtown)

World of Drum and Bass WMC

Who: LTJ Bukem / DJ SS / John B
Where: Euphoria (Downtown)

SMOG vs Basshead – Multi Genre Bass
Who: ƱZ / Doctor P / Craze / Goldie
Where: Mekka (Downtown)

Bright Future WMC
Who: Roska / Gooddroid / Somejerk
Where: Will Call (Downtown)

Audioplayground WMC – Drum & Bass
Who: Stunna / Stereotype
Where: Kill Your Idol (South Beach)

Friday 3/22

Pachanga Island WMC
Who: Satchi Om
Where: Miami Beach

Future Sound of Breaks XI
Who: Modestep / Cookie Monsta / Deekline / Kill City & Whiskey Pete
Where: Mekka (Downtown)

Hospitality WMC – Drum & Bass

Who: High contrast / Camo & Krooked / Craze
Where: Therapy (Downtown)

Young Turks WMC
Who: Jamie XX / John Talabot
Where: Bardot

Audioplayground WMC – Electro, Breaks

Who: $uper Geniu$ / Kounterakt vs EVO
Where: Kill Your Idol (South Beach)

Who: Sazon Booya / Yellow Claw
Where: Eve (Downtown)

Saturday 3/23

Pretty Lights, Headtron, Embrace, TSIS: Apres
Who: Michal Menert / Mimosa / Russ Liquid / Griz
Where: Mekka (Downtown)

Out of the Blue
Who: Four Tet / Jamie XX
Where: Villa 221 (Downtown)

Sin City Miami – Multi Genre Bass

Who: P Money / N-Type
Where: Eve (Downtown)

Free Bass WMC – Breaks
Who: Krafty Kutz / Freestylers / Dj Icey
Where: Chalk (South Beach)

Stank Love WMC
Who: Bailey / A-Sides
Where: Jazid (South Beach)

Sunday 3/24

*Massive Ideas WMC Close Out
Who: EOTO / Kaminanda / Futexture
Where: Will Call (Downtown)

Wednesday 3/27

*Massive Wednesdays
Who: Gladkill / Ark IX
Where: The Stage (Midtown)

Afro Monk WMC’s 2013 DJ Sets

Friday 3/15 – Earphunk / Brass Topper* @ Will Call
Sunday 3/17 – Archnemesis @ Will Call
Wednesday 3/20 – Keyes N Krates / Break Sci / Stylus Beats @ Moksha
Sunday 3/24 – EOTO / Kaminanda / Futexture @ Will Call
Wednesday 3/27 – Gladkill / @ The Stage

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Taz & Akka❘Synergy EP Mix (RWINA021)

time February 21st by Molly authorTags: , , , ,

Since first falling in love with electronic music in 2008, I have never underestimated the importance of having extremely trustworthy music sources. There is an insane amount of music out there, some great, some terrible, and unless you’re ready and willing to spend hours searching through the depths of Soundcloud to find two, maybe three, new artists you genuinely like, then you’re left with what I have figured out to be the best options: blogs(but you’re on Afro Monk right now, so I’m assuming you’ve already got this one down ) and following labels. It’s not true for every record label, but many often focus around a genre or style. To find a record label you really love is like finding a key. They are doing the dirty work for you, sifting through hundreds of promos and hours of research to find artists that are going to represent the label and their sound. There are many labels I love and follow devoutly, but my favorite is Rwina Records.

Rwina Records is an Amsterdam based collective, specializing in innovative, underground bass music, heavy in science fiction and gritty futuristic influences and not afraid to push the boundaries. Rwina means “never ending chaos” in Moroccan, and the label stays true to the title with every release. Their international array of releases is impressive and consists of some of the best in underground bass music including Eprom, NastyNasty, Starkey, Doshy, and Krampfhaft.

Although I own and love so many of Rwina’s releases, I’ve never know much about the man behind it all, Akkachar a.k.a Akka. What I definitely did not know, was that a release by him and label mate, Taz was going to become one of my favorite pieces put out by the label ever. After a series of collaborative works spanning over three years, the two recently graced us with a mini mix of their upcoming spring release, Synergy. The mix is a futuristic hip hop hybrid, blending old school video game vibes with lush and dreamy like synths, producing perfect dance floor bangers for humans and cyborgs alike. Each track is unique and brilliant within itself,  but as a group, works together effortlessly. I absolutely love it and am ecstatic for the official release of the EP on April 1st.

Love and Low Frequencies,

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Camp ? ❘ The Campilation

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

Oh Camp ?, words cannot describe the fun I have had getting down on your dusty dance floor. Whether it be on the playa, or at their festival, Emissions, or at all night parties in the bay, their shows and gatherings have been the backdrop of some of the best nights of my life. What always not only impresses me, but totally wins me over, is their tendency to book a ton of truly up and coming artists. And not just a few thrown at the bottom of the billing with a shitty time slot, but awesome quantities of them. Youngins’, innovators, the potential next big thing, Camp ? is paying attention and trying to get them on a sound system near you. I can not express how important this is to me. There are so many incredible producers getting zero bookings while the same mediocre DJ’s and producers play at every other show or festival. Yes, I understand that is where the money lies (In NAMES. People love them big names.) and although the electronic music scene often times promotes the facade of being some kind of ultra conscious, society defying movement, money is still the driving factor of many of these parties. But whatever, that notion just makes me appreciate communities like Camp ? and their party philosophy even more. With that being said, I love and support Camp ? in any way I personally can and here is a chance for you to do the same (and score some amazing tuneage while you’re at it!)

I introduce to you, The Campilation, an 18 track compilation released on the ever killing it, MalLabel music, to raise funds for Camp ?’s 2013 Burning Man camp. The compilation is home to tracks from a range of artists and styles, including some more established names such as Minnesota, Stylust Beats, Love and Light, and Sugarpill, as well as a collection of other very talented producers. I’ll admit my devout obsession to glitch hop has been dwindling over the last year so it was so refreshing to hear some great stuff from the genre, especially from two of my favorite, and in my opinion, highly underrated artists, Kll Smth and Mad Zach. The variation in style makes it hard to choose a favorite, but Guttstar, an amazing producer who if you aren’t familiar with, you should be, really brought it to the table with his atmospheric yet bangin track, “Where Do Dead Stars Go?”.  I also may or may not have listened to G Jones’s “West Cliff” 4-5 times before changing to the next song. But we all already know how I feel about him ;)

Whether you’re planning on attending this year’s Burning Man or not, know that by buying this album you are supporting a truly great organization of bass loving humans. And if you are hoping to make it to the playa this year, know that your financial support will be going to one of the most poppin camps in all of Black Rock City. Regardless of the philanthropic aspect, this is a great release for all kinds of bass music lovers and I hope you all love it as much as I do.

Love and Low Frequencies,

Purchase The Campilation 

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SIXIS❘Transhuman EP

time February 9th by Molly authorTags: , , ,

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!

Love and Low Frequencies,

Purchase Sixis – Transhuman EP

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The Tipper Quixotic Experience | Cirque de L’amour | Austin, Texas

time February 4th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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.

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G Jones ❘ Transmissions

time February 1st by Molly authorTags: , , , ,

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.

Love and Low Frequencies,

Purchase G Jones – Transmissions

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Defunk | Artist Spotlight

time January 27th by John-Michael authorTags: ,

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.

Introducing… Defunk











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!

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Top Bass Music 2012 ❘ Molly’s Picks

time January 25th by Molly authorTags: , , , ,

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.

Favorite Releases:
2. Eprom – Metahuman
3. S-Type – Billboard
4. Tipper – Puzzle Dust
5. Blackbird Blackbird – Boracay Planet
6. G Jones – Mirage

Favorite Labels:
1. Rwina Records
2. LuckyMe
3. Saturate Records
4. Friends of Friends Records
5. Ghostly International
6. MalLabel Music

Favorite New Discoveries:
1. 813
2. Lindsay Lowend
3. Pyramid Juke
4. RuddyP
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

Favorite Tracks (No particular order) :
1. RuddyP – “I Want U”
2. TNGHT – “Goooo”
3.  Lindsay Lowend – Cosmonaut
4.  Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night (Djemba Djemba Remix)”
5. Groundislava – “Cool Party”
6. Tipper – “Jook”
7. Grimblee – “Cheddar”
8.  Eprom – “Regis Chillbin (Machinedrum remix)”
9.  Eprom – “Sun Death”
10. Lindsay Lowend and Jonah Baseball – “Brian Williams”

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Gem and Jam Festival 2013 | Tucson, Arizona | Feb 7th-9th

time January 10th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

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.



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Whitebear | Paradigm Shift | Total Eclipse Festival Live Set

time November 30th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

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

Mumukshu- Wakefulness
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
Whitebear- Earthquake
Shwex x Mumukshu- Elements of Antiquity (Whitebear Remix)
Brujo's Bowl- Gyananakashu (Eye of Knowledge)

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