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Afro Monk – Glitch-Hop Memoirs | Glitch Classics

time June 3rd by John-Michael authorTags: None

I’ve put together a mix that tells the story of glitch-hop to me. This mix features some of the most influential producers that inspired me to start this blog and become a DJ.

The goal was to showcase what I considered Glitch-hop. The recent definition of glitch-hop in 2014 is very different from what I called around 2009 era. Glitch-hop was much more related to hip-hop and remixes done in the 90-110 BPM range. The common theme was that there were glitched up edits and effects. Today it’s usually tied to what I call Midtempo breaks. It’s also become a lot closer to dubstep and even into a new subgenre of glitch-hop that we call neuro-hop. It’s a cross of the heavy aggressive dubstep music at a lower BPM than 140. This is of course my personal opinion but it’s worth noting that this mix features the early days of glitch-hop or even sometimes called laser bass.

One of the underlying reason I created this was to almost say good-bye to my DJ career. I’ve stopped taking gigs for the most part and no longer play every week. I’m burnt out. The past year and a half I was playing on a weekly basis for a minimum of 90mins. It was a blast but I’m exhausted and thought creating an old school glitch-hop mix would be fun. The early days I felt like I had no clue of what I was doing but knew what I wanted to do. This is me going back and creating a mix that’s a bit more polished and could listen to and reminisce of those times. Majority of these producers have evolved for obvious reasons and cool to hear these tracks and compare to their modern day music. It’s also going to be great to reference later to all the new people

I hope you enjoy this mix.

Nothing but love goes out to these artist. I can’t thank them enough for providing such incredible memories. I was going through a rough time in my life when I first started this blog and DJing. Music really got me through this pain and filled that empty hole.

Producers Featured: Virtual Boy, Samples, edIT, NastyNasty, EPROM, Ooah, ill-ēsha, ill.Gates, The Glitch Mob, Freddy Todd, Mimosa, MartyParty, Of Porcelain, Kraddy, Nosaj Thing, Pretty Lights, Nalepa, and Bil Bless

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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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Booms and Claps Compilation

time May 27th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , ,

Booms and Claps is a West Coast based collective of bass music lovers, who review singles and albums, as well as cover events through their website. ”Where wonky meets beautiful meets gangster” is the site motto, which is a platform I can definitely get behind, and as I know some of the writers personally, I know their passion for discovering and promoting cutting edge, high quality music is real.

As one of the first major projects, the site has released a really well put together and dynamic compilation, Booms and Claps Vol.1. The lineup of contributors is really dope, composed of variety of producers ranging from established members of the bass music community such as Profresher, Guttstar, Yheti, and The Digital Connection, to exciting up and comers like Perkulat0r,+verb’s new project, Max Vibrationz, and Boats, along with a variety of artists I hadn’t heard of before.

The compilation showcases a range of bass music styles, circling through a multitude of aesthetics and feels, bringing you in and out of both foreign and familiar musical landscapes. Being that the artists involved were handpicked by the Booms and Claps staff, it is safe to assume all of the producers involved with the project are here to stay, so this compilation is a great chance to get familiar with some of them. Listen to some of my favorite tracks on the compilation, Profresher’s “Owl Day”, Swagu’s “Niteboi”, and Dalton Richmond’s “High End” below.

As a writer for a small scale publication, I always appreciate other websites that are keepin the underground bass blog world alive and I look forward to hearing much more from the Booms and Claps writers in the future.

Download the Compilation here
Booms and Claps Twitter
Booms and Claps Facebook 



 

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly

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It Ain’t Right – Warp9 (Blunt Force ReFunk)

time May 22nd by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , ,

Blunt Force has reFunked Warp9′s track “It Ain’t Right” and let me tell you something, it’s fresh as funk! Brian Gustafson is definitely a Texas favorite as he blends electro-soul funk with mesmerizing glitchy basslines that will leave you feeling groovy. A prominent member of the Philos Records family, he incorporates a live electric guitar during his future funky fresh and glitchy sets, creating a euphoric atmosphere of extraordinary audible and visual sensory enhancement and experience. With having recently released a spankin’ new EP, “A Brighter Tomorrow“, Brian is on a quest of continual discovery and is gaining momentum within the music industry, so look out for him!

His remix of “It Ain’t Right” is the perfect feel for the summer as it consists of an uplift full of continual technicolor crescendos mixed in with funk instrumentation of the trumpet and his dexterous guitar playing sequences. Followed throughout the track is a very rhythmic magical touch of glitch hop heaven and soothing deep bass drops.  He does a pristine job of building the momentum and letting loose at the most unexpected yet perfect timings. I’m a believer of feeling rejuvenated and vibrant and this track is the perfect example of lifting me up on that level.

This is just the beginning for this young and artistic producer currently residing in Austin, Texas. Not only is his music so uniquely crisp, but he’s full of good vibes and is always down for a good time with friends. Want to catch him live soon? Well you’re in luck! He will be performing at Summer Camp Festival this Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd-25th and soon after at WAKARUSA on June 5th – 8th!

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Pacific Standard | Local Honey EP

time May 15th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , ,

Pacific Standard, comprised of producer Trevor Kelly and emcee Ro Knew, will be taking the Pacific by storm. This duo represents the quintessence of the West Coast Bass scene, integrating the best of both worlds with their elements of hip hop and electronica. Their new EP, Local Honey, is delightful and inventive. The sax-laden beat that Trevor lays down is catchy; I positively dig its swankiness! Ro Knew then throws it down with his clever and inventive rhymes that offer up an appealing narrative.

When I hear this original track I literally envision nourishing honey drops oozing from a honeycomb. Bliss. I love the message that these guys are endorsing; that natural and raw remedies trump Western forms of medicine. I am such a believer and proponent of this and it’s refreshing to hear the message communicated in such an expressive and engaging manner. Without pollinators and flowers our world would not be the same and many affirm that pollinators’ sweet nectar has awesome immunizing effects. One way or another you can’t deny that it tastes damn good!

The remixes by B.Bravo and Le Moti are distinct and both are very well done. I have always enjoyed B.Bravo’s style; his remix blends in some retro yet futuristic sounds nicely. Le Moti chops it up a bit and then smoothes it out making for a really pretty and renewed version of the track.

Together the Pacific Standard dudes are simply synergetic. Seeing them perform this track together at Lucidity during Trevor Kelly’s set at Audiowaska was a highlight of the weekend; their spirit was contagious! Their energy was emanating out into the crowd, making for some unforgettable moments. This teaser made me really want to hear more of what they are capable of.  Pacific Standard will be performing at Emissions Festival this weekend, if you’re attending don’t miss them on Sunday at 5pm at the Beach Stage (this is always where the party is at during magical Belden days anyways, so it will be damn near perfection!). I can’t wait to experience what else these guys bring to the table. See you West Coast bass enthusiasts there!

Did I mention that this release is free on SoundCloud? Grab it below and drizzle some of that local honey in your life!

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“Resonant Mind” Compilation | Merkaba Music

time May 14th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , ,

Merkaba Music Record Label, which is an eclectic, original sound which represents an awakening of experimental music on our planet, released its latest compilation, “Resonant Mind” on May 5th, all of which was compiled by Kalya Scintilla, a member of Re:Evolution Booking.  Let’s rewind a little bit, Merkaba Music is based in Australia and came to light on October 2012 with intention and focus on “The Merkaba”, which is a crystalline energy field that is comprised of specific sacred geometries that align the mind, body, and heart together – it is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms.  ”Resonant Mind” marks its 17th release and this compilation is definitely worth 87.35 minutes worth your time and presence.  Picture it as a universal gift, a sound wave that will uplift and nourish your mind, body, and soul. “Resonant Mind” consists of 15 original organic yet glitch-ed out and psychedelic tracks by various artists including: ”Awakening World” by Expedizion & Sixis, “To And Afro” by Mr. Squatch, “Magic Touch” by Master Minded, “Jerry’s Dream” by Somatoast, “Perihelion” by Living Light, “Kuru” by Occult, “Organic Architecture” by I Awake, “Through the Eyes of Time” by Globular, “Moonkaba” by Seamoon, “Annanika” by Itom Lab, “Cybrosion” by Bogtrotter, “Tendrils” by Ecometric, “The Dissolve” by Subaqueous, “Imaginary Lines” by Erothyme, and “Trambling Soul” by Mindex.  I’m completely amazed by this compilation which is full of psychedelic dubs and sacred bass soundscapes felt in a downtempo and mid tempo setting.  I was familiar with about 6 out of the 16 artists whom uphold similar views about the virtues of music, sound, and divinity from all over the world, and was very content in discovering new artists with such unique talent and depth.

The structure of this compilation is brilliant and blends very well together, this flow of meditation is initiated by “Awakening World”, a collaboration between Expedizion & Sixis which creates a fresh and clear introduction which is composed of an organic psychedelic atmosphere focused on tapping into your consciousness.  You can then feel mesmerizing midtempo break beats wrapped in a warm, squishy, yet dubby funk-bubble within “To And Afro“ by Mr. Squatch.  “Magic Touch” by Master Minded then enters the flow and it’s quite the magical story of the heart full of psychedelic and dreamstep waves, a very luscious vibe – a very masterful taste with incorporation of middle eastern melodies. “Jerry’s Dream” by Somatoast has got to be one of my absolute favorites because of its mysteriously elegant yet squishy rhythmic flow which features the voice of Jerry Garcia in a cosmic setting – a technicolor twirl of imagination.  A very organic feel with soothing flute instrumentation can then blissfully be felt when “Perihelion” by Living Light enters the bass-esque journey…it creates a new understanding that opens up new channels through world beats which are synchronized with soothing and rejuvenating electronic melodies, followed by the melismatic chanting of Hindu mantra. This flow is then given a twist when ”Kuru” by Occult transcends… it creates a deep meditation and levitation within,  it’ll teleport one into an unknown dimension through its deep bass lines and original dubstep groove.

“Organic Architecture” by I Awake still continues the deep meditation that was felt within “Kuru” but gives spark to a fresh new melody with a very organic appeal to it, it’s full of lively clicks and breaks in a flowing midtempo approach.  Another favorite is ”Through The Eyes Of Time” by Globular which has a trippy and world-beat atmosphere, an alien-like sound from a different universe. Its glitchy and psychedelic Eastern upbeat vibe will have you time-traveling through space, a classic Globular frequency that tells a story through the eyes of time and evolution which reveals truth.  ”Moonkaba” by Seamoon transitions very smoothly after Globular and has a similar feel, a very exotic psychedelic chillout beat that makes space-traveling still possible, it arises mystical atmospheres with its twisted lead sounds.  Welcome to a world of infinite possibilities is the theme of ”Annanika” by Itom Lab which is  composed of very glitchy soundscapes with limitless intelligent composition, a lot of different styles and thought can be both felt and heard through its glitch entirety.  Both “Cybrosion by Bogtrotter and “Tendrils” by Ecometric are truly a unique encounter in this compilation due to their unique sound design of glitchy detailed wurbbles and bell sounding echoes which blend well next to each other.  ”The Dissolve” by Subaqueous also has a mysterious sound pattern with a lot of depth in this downtempo melody…I felt as if my whole being dissolved into the melody and, as a result, I became the “air” element on Earth.  ”Imaginary Lines” by Erothyme has an acid funk feel to it, it feels like I’m bouncing on the moon, these electro-acoustic glitch patterns definitely uplifted me into a new level of being, it directed me into a new path.  Kalya Scintilla ties this uplifting compilation together with “Trambling Soul” by Mindex which exposes a trip-hop feel, a very experimental track full of a lot of intention to the heart in entering a new phase of revelation.

This compilation resonates with my heart; each track is like a vibrant treasure hidden in an ancient pyramid waiting for the secrets of the Universe to be revealed and therefore unlocked. Each contains within it a journey, an escape into the present moment reminding us to live in the now. A deep-rooted meditation that will hypnotize you and teleport you to an ancient past life that will re-awaken you and direct you to your purpose here on Earth. These organic ambient textures and patterns of sound will sooth your being and these glitchy and sacred bass frequencies and amplitudes will guide you through a rich tapestry of spiritual healing vibes and will have a vibrantly uplifting impact and therefore enlighten and bring forth “One Consciousness”.  The ‘Merkaba’ enables us to experience expanded awareness, connects us with elevated potentials of consciousness, and restores access and memory of the infinite possibilities of our being. When the Merkaba meditation is performed correctly, the Merkaba fluidly integrates our intuitive and dynamic aspects of our mind and spirit, which I was able to experience through “Resonant Mind”.

Click Here to Listen to “Resonant Mind”: Resonant Mind – Compiled by Kalya Scintilla by Various

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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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Warp 9′s New Album “In Search of StarBass Alpha” (Adapted Records)

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

Warp9′s latest EP - “In Search of Starbass Alpha” was recently released under Adapted Records and is the definition of a futuristic 70′s disco party – a funky galactic extravaganza blast into outer space, a future bass atmosphere that will leave you feeling groovy. Warp9′s level of production skills and original funk truly makes for a unique creation who sure knows how to blend frequencies and therefore his audience never fails to get the funk down.  Adam Schechter has been creating under this project for 10 years now, and he falls under the record label and production company called “Massive Ideas” based in Miami, FL. Do you want to journey into a funkadelic escape into outer space? Well now is the time – ready, set, lift off!

This galactic album consists of five spaced-out grooves: “Planet Funkatron”, “AstroDisco”, “Inter-Jah-Lactic”, “Star Gazing”, and a remix of “AstroDisco” by Funkanomics. This search begins in “Planet Funkatron”, which gives light to the theme – “funk”, and exposes it’s main elements – bass, melody, and rhythm which ignite a powerful dancing get down! Soon after you will find yourself having an “AstroDisco” dance party all over outer space, maybe even dodging laser beams and asteroids in the continuation of the search of StarBass Alpha. “Inter-Jah-Lactic” is definitely a favorite, it has a reggae vibe to it, also, hence the “Jah” in the title and the Jamaican vocals and melody in the beginning of the galacticness. Ever wondered what going “Star Gazing” will sound and feel like? Well, Warp9 shows us how to star gaze which ultimately leads us closer to our search. The remix of “AstroDisco” by Funkanomics gives it more of a mid tempo approach, slowing the get down and gives off those funky fresh bass lines and brass instrumentation.

These funky beats and melodies will uplift your mood and transform you into a space creature venturing light years away into the cosmic truth. Each track is crafted with twisted bass lines and the sound design in each escape builds up a hurricane of unimaginable sounds, giving its listeners the ultimate brain massage. This album is filled with love and brilliance, and Warp9 has a major intention for us, finding Starbass Alpha and having a grooving time while getting the FUNK down!

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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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