Hedflux released “Remixed Part 2” on December 14th, 2015 on Luminus Music, and it’s a swirling exploration of psychedelic amalgamations through tech, funk, and glitch soundscapes as they spark stylistic innovations and ever-twisted blend of creativity. This release brings about 5 re-mixes of classic Hedflux tunes from Bad Tango, Oversoul, Charlie Kane, Martopeter and Tummy Talk, it’s an elevating journey into Non Stop, Revolve, Rhythm Prism, and Wanderlust. Composed of liquid grooves, rhythmic lush, intentional beats, funky feels, scintillating breaks, and crescendoing psy effects, this journey will expand and flourish through inside-out. I met Steve at Envision festival this past February, super thrilled to have experienced a live set, as his on-stage presence was very clear, rhythmic, and elevating – the vibe was a jungle path through dance moves, beats, breaks, and swerves. Aside a dope set, Steve’s authentic and genuine presence makes him a solid friend.
Hedflux is the psychedelic music project of DJ/producer/sound psyentist Steve Young. Originating from Scotland, and immersed in electronic music for more than two decades, Steve started deejaying in 1992 and learned music production at home while pursuing an academic interest in Physics and Mathematics. After graduating in 2004 with a PhD in Quantum Physics, he left academia and spent five years working in the tech industry, during which time a relentless desire to live from the heart inspired him to finally quit employment in 2010 and embody his musical passion completely.
Combining the rhythmic elements of breaks and techno with the sonic geometries of psytrance, Hedflux has become synonymous with the styles known as “psybreaks” or “psychedelic tech-funk”, leading the way for a growing group of artists who resonate with the sound, and bringing together people from separate musical scenes. The seminal 2010 track “Mindcell” exemplifies the style; spending 10 weeks at the top of the Beatport Breaks chart, and becoming the 3rd top selling tune of the year, Mindcell went on to win the “Best Track” award at the 2011 Breakspoll Awards. Hedflux has toured extensively across the UK, Europe and Australia for the last five years, and his sound is now diversifying and expanding into more mid-tempo rhythms and grooves. In 2014 he launched his own record label Luminus Music, and is actively working to bring fresh new talent into the fold through his online tutorials, lectures and workshops.
Hedflux will be embarking on his first North American Tour in Spring 2016.
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!
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.
Electric Dandelion releases Metamorphosis on Muti Music [San Francisco] earlier this Summer, and it’s a deep sacred dub experience, an examination of the higher self, a psychedelic experience, an entrance to the portal of your spirit’s origin. Alan Joseph, both a producer and designer, resides and holds a residency in L.A., California, called BurnLA. I discovered Electric Dandelion at this year’s Sonic Bloom while wandering by the booths, when I spotted a booth full of recognizable beautiful and warm hoods of rich designs. It was then when I had a flash back to the previous summer  here in Austin, TX when someone had passed along his info on his hoods at a (Pre Burning Man Gathering, called Frabjous, for the unveiling of the Cathedral of Celestial Mathgic). Soon after, we chatted as I held my newly purchased and comforting hood that was to keep me warm the rest of the weekend in South Park, CO. He mentioned that he was performing at the Dome that Saturday. It is then when I discovered his exquisite dub and bass soundscapes, a first time live experience, a discovery of new sounds. With more than 10 years experience behind him with music production, Electric Dandelion can be seen as a versatile producer of many styles. From bass-filled journeys, to psychedelic melodic feels, all in a dub and downtempo atmosphere, he will hypnotize, elevate, inspire, and twist you into a luminous dimension.
Metamorphosis consists of 9 dub wonders full of dubs within dubs: Slither, Enchanted Memories, Ignite, Eclipse, Al, Whole Lotta Dopeness, Nathayan, Sacradelic, & Adea. Slither has a mysterious downtempo vibe to it, an electric slither of dubstep feels, attached with bass growls, and deep hitting bass lines will open up blockages. A crescendo soon follows and reveals a mixture of dub accelerations and fast forwarding glitch. “Could You know…” is sporadically heard throughout the track.. Enchanted Memories is a heavenly synth of initial snare strikes. A dub feel with trippy vocalizations can be heard. Hard-hitting bass lines create a rhythmic floor and will captivate the mind. It’s as if the memories are spoken of through sound, a story of realizations made possible through laser beams and otherworldly sound effects and composition. Ignite is an enchanting cast of melodic bass growls and 808 dubs. He really does a good job of twirling your imagination and wrapping it against a never ending glitch escape. Beats so fresh, beats so fresh.
Eclipse is a luscious synth exploration as it initially reveals a groovy flow and break down beat. The beat and vocals are ethereal throughout the entire song, as the second half is consistent with deep bass howls – an enchantment. Al has deep feels with the combination of dubstep and chilltrap on a midtempo beat. Crescendos are highlighted in this track, a very fresh outlook. Whole Lotta Dopeness is indeed a whole lotta dopeness. A dubstep flow is present with Hip-Hop vocalizations saying “There’s a whole lotta dopeness“, which is tied with sleek bass lines and sexy drops of glitch candy swirls. Midway through the track, there’s a glitch uplift, rather than a “drop”, brilliant. Nathayan is glitch downtempo with repetitive beat that is invigorating. A release of energy is felt through high semioccasional vocals. Sacradelic is a minimal trip hop illumination of synth hums and drones blended within. As the track progresses, ascending bass fixtures add their own eerie vibe as it perfectly syncs up with other elements. Adea is a downtempo fuse of intricate obscure elements, a bewitching sounding chant is fused in between giving it more of a spiral twist. Glitch bass lines create a slow motion dance as ascensions will take you back to phase 1.
Electric Dandelion is a deep spiritual guide filled with visible and audible expertise, a unique story of emergence made possible through his trip-hop and psychedelic love. This multi-instrumentalist has a unique vibe to him, both style and sound, he will continue to weave and create from the soulful entity within him. Metamorphosis is a cerebral journey felt through the heart of the composer and listener, it’s a deep meditation that will open up channels of new energy healing. It is a transformation of light and energy, it reveals possibility beyond Earth, it illuminates the importance of change and direction. In order to grow, we expose ourself to change, by either stepping out of our comfort zone, or eliminating a blockage in order to enter a new phase, Electric Dandelion has done that through dub sound. From having played at several festivals such as Sonic Bloom, Lucidity, Enchanted Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, and Burning Man, he will continue to push his creativity so be on the look out for him. If you’re a fan of Desert Dwellers, David Starfire, and Living Light, you will dig Alan’s sound world which is rooted in psychedelic dub influences that will immerse you into a deeper understanding of meaning.
kLL sMTH (of Majestic Entertainment) released “Telescopic Future” on Addictech.com this past Monday, June 16th. This 4-track album is future glitch-hop at its finest as these labyrinthine triggers and designs of forthcoming sounds will sooth you as a whole, both mentally and physically, it’ll bring forth a Telescopic Future. Kristoffer Edland, a Loveland, Colorado native, has been producing music for nearly six years now. I discovered kLL sMTH’s glitch soundscapes in 2012 as a friend introduced me to him and soon after I experienced a fresh live set at a small gathering in Austin, TX we held a couple months later called Alloveus. These frequencies from outer space are designed to take you far beyond a galactic future, a place of the unimaginable. These sounds create a crystalline structure, they tell the story of growth, an evolution of sound, an innovative mindset, illumination of change.
“Telescopic Future” consists of four well-crafted auditory glitch hop cosmos sure to clear and cleanse: “Oragami Peanut”, “Transcendent Delusion”, “Telescopic Future”, & “Katzenjammer”.“Oragami Peanut” is an art of sound which foreshadows the rest of the album. Like an Origami, it reveals jaw dropping technique and design, an ethereal escape full of glitch and whomps, which blend symmetrically and rhythmically within the illuminations of lively melodies. “Transcendent Delusion” is a mystical dream escape, a dream within a dream, a step into a reality check and back into an ancient-alien pyramid; full spectrum. This downtempo, glitch-ed out delight is very luscious with fresh vibes. “Telescopic Future” took me on a parallel dimension, its organic frequencies will enter your being and leave you feeling refreshed as in the aftermath of a spiritual psilocybin journey. Soothing flute-esque instrumentation will relax your brain waves. “Katzenjammer” is an otherworldly crystal quartz. A never ending sonic sunset of kaleidoscopic glitch twirls for your ear pineals. Elegant and driven composition in effect.
Keep your eyes pealed, and wide opened for kLL sMTH as he is turning heads in the electronica glitch-hop community. His soundscapes mesh very well with that of Tipper’s vibe, a limitless technicolor imagination of glitch wonders enabling telepathic sound communication. From having played countless festivals and shows in the Mid West, West, and South, and having past releases on Simplify Recordings, Muti Music, and Prime Dub, he is, without a doubt, gaining a rapid momentum. Kris is really an innovator thinker when it comes to producing music. Each melody creates its own story, it’s like he’s fitting the pieces together to a seemingly endless experience, it’s like he’s communicating with aliens.
WTF!?! Super stoked to be attending this event for my second time. WTF is a really well put together and elaborate event, focused not only on showcasing some of the best electronic music from all over the world, but emphasizing the creation of a fully immersive festival experience. Nestled between striking views of Mt. Hood and an extensive valley, the festival grounds are literally surrounded by beauty, which is further highlighted by sculptures, interactive art, and live artists to complete the visual atmosphere. The event almost seems reminiscent of a festival much larger than it is, while still creating and supporting the sense of an intimate environment. There are 5 stages total, each hosting a unique feel and vibe. Due to the ridiculously perfect lineup at the Effin Stage last year, I hardly spent any time at the main stage a.k.a the WTF stage, but was impressed with it nonetheless. Placed on a sprawling grass meadow, the WTF stage holds up to everything I want out of a main stage: ample room to both dance and kick it, elaborate lighting and a simple, yet professional looking stage.
(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) )
The aforementioned Effin stage is my personal favorite and is the perfect side stage, hosting most of my favorite acts from 2013’s event in an intimate yet poppin environment. The one big issue that I know was shared by many others last year was with the dirt dancefloor of the Effin Stage, which resulted in hacking dirt induced coughs, deeply dirty bodies, and unwelcomed dirt mustaches. BUT I’ve heard that the WTF has spent the year fixing this problem and the Effin Stage will be all grass this year! This was a major selling point for me returning this year and I’m really looking forward to getting down, hacking coughing free.
WTF’s pool stage (“The Splash Stage”) is truly the highlight of the event and one of WTF’s most unique elements. The pool stage pops off from 11-6 daily and the vibes are always right. The pool is about knee deep and gets changed every day, so the water stays relatively fresh and since it was quite hot last year and will likely be the same this year, the pool is super crucial to stay chill. The surrounding grass area and sandy dance floor leaves plenty of room for those not in the pool to still enjoy the party. I seriously CAN NOT wait for this year’s pool party, especially Friday’s lineup which includes Geno Cochino, Jobot, and Trippy Turtle!
I never made it into the OMG Lounge last year, as it was only available to those who purchased the OMG experience , so I was really happy to hear that this year the OMG lounge will be open for all people 21 and over! The OMG Lounge hosts an awesome lineup of local and visiting DJ’s throughout the day and into the night in a comfortable environment with drinks and food for sale.
And finally there is the Late Option Lounge (LOL Stage), which is coming back with a new and improved custom designed stage set up. The LOL stage is another relatively unique part of WTF, hosting a variety of types of performances from live music, to comedy, to beatboxing, to cabaret, to some like kind of weird but totally amazing, undefinable stuff. LOL Stage runs late, starting at 10 and going till sunrise!
One of the most exciting element of WTF is the 100% Funktion One sound . I really commend the WTF crew for recognizing the importance of this! It shows me that they truly want their festival to be of the highest level. Literally everywhere that the WTF crew has set up sound in this event is completely Funktion One. It’s nothing short of heavenly.
They also have a silent disco, movie screening area(Decked Out Cinema), hookah lounge, amazing vendors, and a wide selection of classes and workshops. Yes, I know, it sounds incredible…and it is! I can officially guarantee you, that you will not be bored at this event. There is something for everyone and the entire weekend is stacked with all the materials necessary for a good time.
(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) )
Music by Day
FRIDAY: Kaytranada : Kaytranda is easily the act I am most looking forward to in this event. Kevin Celestin is a canadian producer who has taken the beat music world by storm over the last year. He’s young, his style is super fresh and unique, and overall innovative. His jazz influenced beats are just simply amazing and he’s won the hearts of thousands of fans all over the world. Including mine! Great booking on WTF’s part. Catch him right before Cashmere Cat and directly after Giraffage at 10 PM on the WTF Stage!
Cashmere Cat: I’m sure most of you are familiar with self declared “cute music” of Cashmere Cat, but if you haven’t seen him live, it’s an absolute must! He’s an amazing DJ and plays lots of unreleased tracks and remixes in his live set. Such a great artist, can not wait to get down to him on the WTF Stage at 11 PM!
Robot Koch: I’ve been a fan of Robot Koch for quite a few years now and have yet to catch him live. I’m stoked to see him still getting great sets at festivals and am excited to groove to his multi-layered, melancholic beats at 8 on the main stage, Friday night.
Also, make sure not to miss Giraffage, Trippy Turtle, Nightmares on Wax, Geno Cochino, Washed Out, Jobot, Noah D, and Natasha Kmeto!
SATURDAY: G Jones: DUH! This Bay Area producer is at the forefront of West Coast Bass Music. His almost all original live sets are epic every single time and he is certainly one of the performances I am most excited for. NOT TO BE MISSED! 7 PM at the Effin Stage on Saturday night.
What So Not: Australian producers have been straight killing it these last two years and none has received more recognition than Flume. What So Not is the brainchild of Flume and Emoh Instead and their tunes, especially massive hit “Touched” have been getting tons of love over the last year. What So Not is a lot more hip hop influenced than Flume’s solo project and Emoh Instead’s DJ skills are legendary, so it should be a really high energy and fun set! Check em at 10 PM on the main stage.
Smasheltooth: BAY AREEEAAAA!!!! Being from Santa Cruz, I’ve been watching Smasheltooth sets since her very first at Freaker’s Ball 2009. You can always rely on her to put together a unique, dynamic, and straight up gangster set, chock full of good ol RAP MUSIC <3 She’s a great DJ with a ton of energy and steez for miles. Catch her in the OMG Lounge on Saturday night at 10 PM.
Also, make sure not to miss RL Grime, The Librarian, Pressha, Phutureprimitive, and Goldrush!
SUNDAY : We Got This Showcase : We Got This is a collective of West Coast artists, headquartered in Portland. Their showcase on Sunday night starts at 3 and goes till 7, featuring the talent of Spekt1, Prism Lab, Exodub, Tiger Fresh, Chase Manhattan, Doc Riz, and a special guest at 6:30. The crew is generally hip hop and future bass oriented, so these will be some top notch dancing hours!
OTT: Ott is a long standing favorite in the West Coast festival scene and all over the world. Ranging from chilled out ambient dub to organic influenced psychedelic music, Ott is a widely experienced and dynamic producer who makes trippy, earthy, and soulful music. Come get down to him at 8:30 on the main stage, Sunday night.
Vindata: Vindata is a two person duo from L.A. Combining Hip Hop and R&B influences with more experimental Indie sounds, Vindata makes some really beautiful, rich, and soulful music and should be a lovely live performance.
Also, make sure not to miss VNDMG, Fort Knox Five, The Dirty Bird Pool Party, DJ Balance, and PRSN!
What The Festival is shaping up to be one of the best parties of the summer, so I really hope to see many of you out there. Tickets still available till Thursday and then at the gate Thursday and Friday! BUY TICKETS HERE
(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) )
Govinda released “Luminous” on May 20th, 2014, which marks his 13th release – 11 albums, 1 remix EP, and a Vinyl release. The alchemist of sexy world bass music is back with a luscious 8-track album full of hauntingly sexy vibes and illuminations with incorporations of various collaborations of heart-felt and powerful vocalists out of this seemingly illusion-full world. Shane Madden has developed such an otherworldly beat that is triggering brain waves and pulses through the eyes and souls of others. Get ready for a dynamic touch to the heart chakra which will uplift you and magically reveal and unlock the mysteries of the universe and beyond. “Luminance” brings forth a powerful rush of eerie and sexy frequencies that are sure to run chills down your spine, twice. His live performances are a mastery of perfection as “time” moves forth. I’ve experienced his live performances countless times since 2011, the night that we met and became friends at a Banjos to Beats show in Dallas, TX. He always creates a uniquely powerful audible/visual experience, whether it’s just him on the stage or with one of his enchanting dancers. He has gained a momentum which is about to create a luminous explosion of energy through us, a forth-moving otherworldly universe to come. Shane Madden currently resides here in Austin,TX and when not at home with his family, or traveling on tour, or cooking up new Sacred Middle Eastern yet psychedelic frequencies, you’ll find him exploring and dining around town as he is an adventurous lively character.
“Luminance” consists of 8-tracks: “Light Arrives” (feat. Bee Born)”,”Panther” (feat. Irina Mikhailova),”Possibilities” (feat. ill-esha), “Levitated Dancer”, “Break the Spell” ( feat. Sophie Holt), Gypsy Side Show” (feat. Susan Zuzka Allan), “Angel Freezing (Jacked Up Mix)”, & “Om Tare (re-thought remix feat. Irine Mikhailova). “Light Arrives” (ft. Bee Born) illuminates the theme of the album – vibrant luminous escapades full of alien-esque whomps and laser space beams full of depth and emotion. Shane’s production style and composition is very forth-moving and his dark yet lively rhythms are yet again illuminated by Bee’s harmonious and seductive vocals. “Panther” (ft. Irina Mikhailova) teleports me back to a spiritual ancient past composed of seductive melodies and bass growls and roars. His dexterous violin playing skills blend well with his trip-hop frequencies which are poured through the light of his alien-being while Irina’s vocals resonate with his beat, making it a two-way street. “Possibilities” (feat. ill-esha) delivers a hauntingly breathtaking message of possibilities. Govinda’s experimental production style meshed with ill-esha’s powerful lyrics creates a never-ending momentum of synchronicities. What enhances it even more is her mesmerizing vocals which reveal limitless emotion and feels. The production level is beyond future…it presents possible time-travel, foreshadows, past-life regressions, opens up channels, and astral projection all through textured rhythms of never-ending weaving bass twists of infinite possibilities beyond Earth and Time. Waking life.
“Levitated Dancer” builds up a crescendo of thrills and chills of trip-hop whomps. The portal to the unknown has been unlocked. A deep rooted ancient melodic downtempo beat will ignite a sixth sense. Textures of psychedelic feels will make your heart pump endless light. Aums and Mantras add to the overall mythical theme as his violin adds a luminous story of it’s own, a sacred touch of otherworldly soundscapes sure to levitate you and create an out-of-body experience. “Break the Spell” (ft. Sophie Holt) howls in next, a full moon full of squelches and squishes meant to cast a spell. An unparalleled frequency of dream-state forces induced to create within you a lucid dream, and a feeling of continuous crave. A burning desire of fire felt within having being blinded my the love of your prey. These deeply felt lyrics blend well with his composition. “Gypsy Side Show” (ft. Susan Zuzka Allan) is another perfect addition to Luminance as it continues to illuminate the shadows of the universe. Another forth-moving culmination of hauntingly beautiful melodies that will take you to another realm through angelic drones of light. Both “Angel Freezing” and “Om Tare”(feat. Irina Mikhailova) are re-visited tracks with a whole new set of beats and laser beams accompanied by textured tones meant to amplify and deepen the experience.“Angel Freezing (jacked upmix) completely froze time and teleported me into a celestial atmosphere full of depth and intricate wobbly composition. “Om Tare (rethought mix ft. Irina Mikhailova) is a auditory exploration of sensual mantras by Irina Mikhailova. The violin gracefully warms up with the other transcendental melodies.
Govinda is a power of light full of brilliance and the dedication that he feels for progression of his sounds is endless. He has developed a style so mysteriously fresh that will continue to bring forth existence of other realms. When asking Shane about the story behind this album he responded with: “As for the story, I think this album is about finding my light inside then finding tones, textures and melodies that beam it out again.” “Luminance” surely reveals his intention and is also sure to bring forth frequencies that will even trigger your own light inside, which will teleport you beyond time and space, and back to your spirit origin. As he continues to continuously experiment trip-hop melodies and instrumentation such as the violin, he will continue to push boundaries in today’s conscious bass music.
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, andLiving 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:
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 collaborationbetween 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” byMr. Squatch. “Magic Touch” byMaster 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” bySomatoast 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” byOccult 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 Seamoontransitions 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”.
There is no denying the awesomeness of mixes. Put one on and float away on a roller coaster of delight without having to put thought toward what is next. There’s always that perfect mix for a road trip while driving by rolling landscapes or seasides or through the redwoods, another while prepartying and getting hyped up for a show with friends, another while lounging with some bomb food and a doobie by candlelight… You name it. I love the juxtaposition of light and dark that a lot of great mixes play around with. These are some of my favorites lately; tune on in! Most of them are free mixes that are great to add to your mobile library. So, without further ado:
ODESZA -NO.SLEEP Mix Series I have been really digging ODESZA’s style (one of my favorite sets at Symbiosis ’13 too). It’s the best when you’re really feeling certain producers and then they release mixes – easy listening made even easier! Their NO.SLEEP mix series is a nice blend of instrumental hip hop vibes, fun trappy tunes, and lovely melodies. They are about to go on tour; I definitely suggest catching them at the city nearest to you!
Subdocta – “Heartbreak Lullabyes” Mix I love this mellow mix done masterfully by the homie Subdocta, perfect for a stormy day or times of reflection. My favorite thing is discovering new great tunes while listening mixes; I was very stoked to hear “A Baru In New York (Flume Remix)- Yolanda Be Cool & Gurrumul” for the first time while tuning in to this. I also love his quote: “You can’t start a new chapter if you don’t turn the page.”
MiHKAL – LiVE at CoSM I can never get enough of MiHKAL’s sultry, flowy sets. This one makes me feel like I’m going on a cosmic journey to Alex & Allyson Grey’s The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in NYC, where it was recorded on the Winter Solstice.
STWO: From Paris with Love French producer STWO has been absolutely crushing it lately; I have been seeing him pop up all over the place. With good reason, too! This chilled out mix features some other up and coming French producers… check it out. I imagine listening while eating a crepe and sipping coffee at a Parisian corner cafe (as cliche as that is).
Afro Monk – Late Night Sessions 009 – Bliss Soak in Afro Monk’s auditory euphoria with this mix. I enjoy all of the Late Night Sessions he has been putting out; they remind me of tranquil nights spent with friends and loved ones talking about life, existence, and truths. Intoxicating.
JOKER – Winter Mix JOKER never got out of the game. I used to jam his purple synth-driven tunes regularly and this mix reminds me why. I love his sense of adventure with ranging BPMs and blurring of genres here. I’m beyond excited to see him perform for the first time with MartyParty next week!
Mr. Rooney – Future Strange Mixtape Vol. XXVI I have really been enjoying my friend Mr. Rooney’s style lately, and this mix exemplifies it quite well. Laced with groovy beats, tasteful remixes, and stellar mixing style, this one is satisfying from start to finish. Check out the other Future Strange mixtapes; these kids are doin’ good things!
Ta-Ku – Triple J Friday Mix If this doesn’t put you in the zone then I’m not sure what will… This one is hypnotic and well mixed> Love Ta-Ku’s low-key sexy vibes.
The Widdler – Fall All Original Mix All original mixes are always fun, and this one has a lot of “Oh, WOW” moments. At times it goes hard and heavy and at others evokes totally chilled out bliss. That juxtaposition of light and dark that I was talking about before
Nicoluminous | Exodub – We Got This Mix Series The homie Nico and Exodub keep it fun and fresh with this mix. The incorporation of hip hop, future sounds, and 808 is intriguing and stimulating… check out this straight FIYAH!
The Do LaB presents In the LaB feat. Kaminanda at Coachella 2013 Weekend 1 I was very grateful that The Do LaB posted many of their Coachella sets from last summer for free download. I am a sucker for Kamininda’s style that fuses eclectic percussion, low frequencies, and squishy goodness. Another favorite set from the weekend is jOBOT’s.
I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear back about some of your favorite mixes as I am constantly adding to my listening repertoire. Love and Light