NICO LUMINOUS self-releases “Love is Waiting” on December 9th, 2015 and it’s a fresh trip hop, chillout, and bass innovation through conscious, soul ,and downtempo production fused in with stylistic intention. This is Trip hop for Lovers. Still fully embodying full West Coast Hip-Hop spirit, this full-length album composed of 13 tracks, Nico brings back a fresh feel through classic bass lines, funky whistling melodies, lyrical depth, artist collaboration, minimal drums, and romantic-felt magic. I met Nico back at Art Outside ’13, as he was “scoping out the scene” before his set. Since then, I’ve been following his music! Hand painted Art Work by Hanz Haveron. feel good songs
West Coast musical artist Nico Luminous is a gifted DJ/Producer/MC/Beatboxer/Vocalist who takes a fun and soulful approach to creating electronic music. Bouncing drum beats, sparkling chord pads, futuristic bass synths fused with organic elements create his unique brand of “Glitch-a-Delic Soul Whomp”. Based in Los Angeles, Nico’s high energy performances and releases keep him travelling every weekend to a new city or festival. With a residency at the monthly “The Big Bass All Star Variety Show” in Hollywood as well as spots on KXLU radio and many other events this year in California, Austin, Oregon, Georgia, Arizona, Costa Rica and Canada. Nico is blazing a trail everywhere he goes and word is traveling fast about his signature party rocking style. He’s the only artist today performing with a wireless effects and looper pedal belt that seamlessly incorporates into his all original DJ sets. Influences of Hip Hop, Dub, and Dancehall are laden throughout and the music has an irresistibly uplifting vibe.
Check out “Moon Buddy Cadillac”, self-released by Nico Luminous himself 11/11/2014
DubCOliNG released ‘In Depth’ EP on Addictech Records on November 23rd, 2015 – it’s dope. Prepare for a 3-track journey led through funky, punchy, & heavy beats which are fused in through midtempo and organic rhythms – it’s a sonic amalgamation. Incorporating his pioneering turntablism skills, mind-twirling textures, growling bass, tribal depth, and psychedelic fire, DubCOliNG has become a master of his craft.
Intriguingly fusing deep and enchanting melodic style, he incorporates in-depth layering, crisp clicks, claps, and snare magic in a balanced manner. He leads through percussive intentions, and creates duality through his patterning of glitch-hop manifestations – a deep beat maker, he’s a dexterous scratcher. Fractaled Visions, a creative graphic / multimedia artist, created a psychedelic visual representation through the album art and envisioned it through red & blue escapes, a clear 3-D Merkaba, and lotus triggers.
I aligned with Colin about a year ago through his previous release, “Elevate”, and met him at an Austin, TX showcase 6 months later, super fresh live performance. A couple weeks ago while I was exploring NoCal, I also caught another live set at an elevating Mindful Massive show in his hometown, S. Lake Tahoe. He performed alongside Andreilien, Digital Rust, and Nas-Ja – sick stuff. Aside being a very skilled producer/creator, he is a down to earth individual, a funny guy that knows what’s good life and the importance of nature. Recently signed to Re:Evolution booking, be sure to keep your eyes pealed as Colin continues to explore the depths of his creativity… he will continue to evolve and surprise us with his inventive style.
Russ Liquid releases “In Love” on Lowtemp Record Label founded by Gramatik and it’s his creation of love through sound structure and design ignited by real life events which triggered inspiration to create a soulful, jazzy, funky, groovy, and uplifting feel which is all set in his original downtempo and bass vibe. Russ Liquid has been gaining a rapid momentum in the West Coast Bass music scene as a true innovator, and he will continue to stand out as both an eclectic producer and a passionate multi-instrumentalist (trumpet and flute). This release is different yet similar to his previous releases, Promises and Foreign Frequency, where they are more consistent of deep purple bass lines and more ghostly soundscapes. One thing that really remained the same is his signature downtempo bass style, my favorite. In Love reveals an importance of change through sound and experimentation that is inevitable in today’s electronic music scene. He’s like the sound version of Pablo Picasso, a futuristic colorful splash of genre-bending soundscapes; a seeker of depth and meaning. I discovered Russ Liquid during end of 2011/beginning of 2012 and was immediately drawn to his style. His intricate sound design, style, and continuous suspense and mystery illuminates an endless escape within sounds into unknown discoveries. Months later, I met Russell Scott during the Summer of 2012 while hosting a co-production collaboration I was a part of, and his personality blends with his music – a very upbeat, compassionate, and creative artist who’s always down for adventure.
In Love consists of 15 experimental creations of genre bending sounds made possible through his creative spark: DANCE Allegro, DRK KNIGHT, Freezer, How Long, Feral Cat, Twisted, The Way You Make Me Feel, NYC Blue, Sweetest Taboo, Peaker, Speedster, Thug Baby (ft. Freddy Todd), Chillian, With Love, and Acid for Wagner (featuring Thriftworks). DANCE Allegro is a journey into another language, an allegro and upbeat jazzy vibe that will soothe your ear drums. West Coast r&b flow is present and tags along well with the spacey and groovy melody. Fancy and rhythmic instrumentation creates echoes of cloud wonders heard through the high and mid pitched lyric – an exquisite taste of sound and element mixture. DRK KNGHT changes the style up and reveals Russ Liquid’s experimental and diverse outlook. With the 808 beat and snare incorporation, he ties in numerous bass waveforms to create a symphonic journey of sound. With suspenseful twists of beats, xylophonic triggers, and laser bass, the fluidity gives off otherworldly energy, and snare melody adds to the suspension. Mysteriously fusing fancy and rhythmic beats, he creates a spooky and lively vibe that will trigger new thought. Freezer is a luscious wave of ear candy. Synthesizer heaven can be heard across the entire track, as elements of all kinds flow along with it. Liquid bass grooves brighten up the feeling of love, a future jazz odyssey. This electricity of fresh frequencies, especially through brass (trumpet) instrumentation will make you feel as if you’re floating on Cloud 9.
How Long tells the story of the importance of patience through the craving sound texture that is exposed. A more downtempo feel is present, a longing feeling is revealed through the vocals and can be felt as you hear lyrical callings: “So.. Long…”. Eerie melodies and clicks make it an experimental trigger of inspiration. Feral Cat is a sexy and psychedelic journey through a sonic waterfall experience in a space-jungle adventure. The introduction is seductive and smooth as you hear initial flute instrumentation. A very melodic and enchanting beat is created and syncs up well with low tone synth. Lyrical drones of “Running” is then heard through the voice of a gentle and beautiful sounding female, a lingering feel. Mid way through, a low tempo groove gives off a deeper and more sentimental vibe. Twisted is enchanting as melodic bell beats strike the intro. Bass growls and liquid wurbbles create a flexible feel of many moods. A very rhythmic thematic soundscape will nurture the higher self. Tempos are brilliantly twisted into magical scenic feels as Russ incorporates his live trumpet. Soon after, a psychedelic journey of never before heard composition is revealed ultimately setting him apart from others. His style is very distinct and forward thinking. The Way You Make Me Feel is a love touch to the heart. Vocalizations of the song title are sang in a low temp textures, an r&b effect. This chill trap electronic vibe will invigorate and give you the freshest chills. Silky bass lines and glitch crescendos blend well with trumpet effects, a true harmony.
NYC Blue is another downtempo and synth festivity. Synthesizers make up the theme of this track as his uniquely structured melodies dive into multiple shades of the color blue – a dive into the ocean, where Ocean Jasper is found – a healing touch. Sweetest Taboo is the sweetest magical feel. Liquid trumpet and 80’s synth covers a whole portrait, it paints the world. Female vocals are pre dominant as they reveals lyrics that make love a possibility. Jazz effects galore. Peaker is a continuous wonder flow of jazz. Lively melodies ring in the background while brass instrumentation and reed instruments brings us back to the late 19th/early 20th century while having a future feel. A Peak of love. Speedster is a steady fast synth race, a heart-pumping effect by the feeling of love. A euphoric sound structure of piano and electric guitar loops are synchronized. It reminded me of a mixture of jazz mixed with funky electronic feels – a get down. Thug Baby(feat. Freddy Todd) is the aftermath of two luminous and distinctive worlds combining together, a glitch synth sync. Chill trap beats and spacey frequencies have created a thug baby as the trumpet will lift you up. Chillian is a chill innovation of Russ’s sounds. The flute reveals a new dimension of feeling, all while being immersed in glitch twirls. With Love is about the change of sound could go through when in that state of mind. The most natural and powerful energy induced a sweet and rare freestyle of sound with incorporations of xylophonic sounds towards the end. Acid For Wagner (feat. Thriftworks) is an elegant, eerie, and trippy collaboration. Sounds within sounds come through in all directions and will give you a chance to experience life and love in another universe. Flute and experimental soundscapes blend very well together.
Russ Liquid has shown us a new feel, a fresh sound structure, and limitless experimentation – all while sticking to his signature roots and style such as bass, downtempo, jazz, and live instrumentation. He is, without a doubt, breaking musical boundaries. The mastery of “In Love” was created and inspired by real life experiences of being in love with another human and life, and all the ups and downs that comes along with it. Triggers to the heart chakra are some of most powerful and life-changing experiences we can experience – an uplift into another realm. This album gives off an atmosphere full of bliss and vibrant frequencies. The album is consistent of sounds of classic jazz, R&B, funk, glitch, techno, and world music – all in a downtempo setting. Russ’s fluidity with life and sound is captivating, to say the least – he is a master of his own design. His liquid grooves and intricate sound composition is immeasurable, he’s doing what not a lot of producers are doing – not following the trend. He is following his own style and heart and because of this, he’s destined to a bright future through love and sound. As time will continue to move forward, Russ Liquid’s style and taste will move along with it as splashes of imagination will trigger the most profound inventions. I recently caught a fresh live set earlier this month here in Austin, TX, and it was a fresh funky-disco illumination into the entire city of Austin and beyond. Look out for this next level thinking producer and instrumentalist as he will continue to captivate and explore sound and thus will discover possibilities of immerse himself in the importance of change.
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.
My Pet Monster releases his solo debut, New Age Gangster, on MalLabel Music earlier this summer and it’s a “cinematic dubstep” extravaganza of many moods and eras. From Electro Swing to Hip Hop, this Ghetto Swing feel will have you swerving and feeling groovy, hop on the 1930’s millennium swing-hop. West Coast feels will regress you 3 generations down while remaining in present day flavor and flow. Ryan Summers resides in San Francisco, California and has been focused on the creation of this new sub-genre of electronic music. Artwork by Sparkuhl on the album art is very original, and brings in visuals that are in sync to the title: New Age Gangster. Adding to the album art cover, a pet monster is revealed next to six symmetrical women figures with a 30 – 40’s look. A new age of reaffirming the impossible, a mixture of sounds never thought possible, has come into a reality state. Classic sounds blended with present-day glitch and bass make it a journey of its own.
New Age Gangster consists of 3 original productions including incorporation of soulful vocals, and 3 remixes of the originals: New Age Gangster, When I Get Low I Get High, Baton Rouge Bounce, and remixes include:“New Age Gangster” by Samples,and “Baton Rouge Bounce” by Defunk andTimmy Tutone. “New Age Gangster” kicks off with mid tempo snare, and a momentum of rhythm accumulates, while whistles blend in the mix. Piano and brass instrumentation giving off a danceable beat. Woodwinds can sporadically be heard and the production of glitch hop squelches and future bass make it a unique creation. Combination of two opposing worlds mixing freshly. When I Get Low I Get High, is full of an upbeat tempo and female vocalizations of old-school swing music, with fine creation of sound design of bubble wurbbles and twists of lasers. Saxophone and snare give the swing a full effect, break down your best dance move, as the title suggests the style of swing dance.
Baton Rouge Bounce definitely has a southern touch to it. The track initiates with a banjo crescendo that foreshadows a steady swing, and old-school breaks. A very melodic swing vibe is present, with additions to well thought out glitch patterns. New Age Gangster remixed by Samples reveals his signature glitch-hop style filled with hard hitting bass lines – a crunk effect that will leave you feeling like the sound of lightning bolts striking. Very rhythmic composition blends well between the genre of My Pet Monster and his. Baton Rouge Bounce remixed by Defunk has initial piano key notes and saxophone instrumentation by My Pet Monster which is then meshed with incorporation of deep male vocals. Soon, Canadian producer, Defunk, crescendos an upbeat vibe full of glitch and funky and melodic bass beats for the rest of the track to follow. Baton Rouge Bounce remixed by Timmy Tutone adds in 808 explorations and a smooth feel, a future sound that is pleasant to the ear pineal.
The development of American “Swing” music in the 1930’s is back with a twisted and glitch-ed out vibe. My Pet Monster isn’t afraid to make his ideas an innovation, as this cinematic dubstep and glitch producer has shown in his first solo release. Tagging along to his creation, three well-respected bass and glitch producers joined in on the mix exposing endless support for his style with their own unique taste. I’m excited to see My Pet Monster continue to grow as an artist, especially after a release with a well-known established label. MalLabel continues to hit high charts as they will continue to expose artists and producers such as My Pet Monster. If you’re in the West Coast, be sure to catch artists branching out of this label the best way possible: LIVE.
Zebbler Encanti Experience released Freakquency on Gravitas Recordings on July 15th 2014, and it’s a gateway of vivid expansion of the mind made possible through twisted and thought-provoking mixed genre sound frequencies in a newly formed imagination. Zebbler Encanti Experience is a psychedelic twist within itself, an audio-visual journey seen through the mind’s eye, triggered through auditory and sensory of high frequencies vibrating in multiple directions, as molecules of sound being presented in the most freaky instances. Encanti is the mastermind behind the psytrap/bass/glitch/electro sound design, production, and mastering of the audio sense, while Zebbler projects mind-bending visuals, a futuristic foundation of visible uplifts. In his past, Zebbler has collaborated with the EOTO & Shpongle for visual enhancement, both having high experience and intellect of association in their field. This kaleidoscopic representation of sound will take you on a roller-coaster blast into infinity. Is there anything more psychedelic and twisted than the Shpongle crew? This album will reveal a new sound-universe, and bizarre visuals as seen in the “Freakquency” Video ; the embodiment new-age advancement of next level thinking and experimentation.
Freakquency consists of 5 psychedelic ventures of their own: “Perceptronium”, “Follow the Bubble”, “Neuron Dialect”, “Frequency”, & “Immediacy ft. Ganavya”.Perceptronium is the idea that human consciousness is simply a state of matter, the idea that there are many types of matter (solids, liquids, gases), as there are many types of consciousness. Through sound experimentation, Encanti fuses unimaginable genre-bending impossibilities and strategies of glitch sound filled with fluidity to create a unique audio experience. Psychill patterns immediately blend into an upbeat electro high-frequency and warps a back-flip in your mind and dives into a mid-tempo dubstep atmospheric relief and repeat. Follow the Bubble is like a video game full of speed and action, a psytrance feel. It’s like mouse-trap – except through sound, I’d describe it as psytrap. This mixture will make your heart race, it’ll give you electro energy, glitch-hop swerve, and chill trap 808 dub grooves.
Neuron Dialect is mystery waiting to be revealed. Synthesizers and glitch frequencies mesh well to create an uplifting auditory experience. Electronic bass feels and clicks make it a never-ending soundscape, a continuous blending of neuron activity running through a psilocybin experience. Freakquency is psytrance at its peak, a multitude overload of freak-dance moves revealed through pupil-dilation, a Clock-Work Orange effect. Midway, a bubble of glitch-induced beats pour out like laser rain drops. Marching wurbbles and ziggles and inventions of all sorts take place in multiple instances such as reversing, fast-forwarding, ultimately creating and twisting sounds and distorted hip-hop lyrical “Freakquency” voice tones which can be heard sporadically. Immediacy ft. Ganavya is a chill step vibe of groovy encounters. A thousand sound thoughts per minute have slowed down the effect full of glitch patterns from the previous tracks and it reveals a chill out yet melodic atmosphere fused with deep-bass lines .
Zebbler Encanti Experience is a creation of sound advancement in the most inventive combinations of psychedelic triggers I have yet heard. Steaming from having past collaborations with EOTO and Shpongle, the Zebbler Encanti Experience will reveal a fear-less creation of sound exploration and will lift you to another dimension. They’ve been hitting a U.S.A. Summer Tour reaching multiple cross-country states, and the next stop is Burning Man, so if you’re going, be sure to catch them there next. This Gravitas Recordings release adds to the glory of their experience, both outlets incorporate diversity in their projects, always on the next level, always pushing and searching for the most fresh sounds. I’m eager to follow this duo more that is sure to surprise with their upcoming projects, you thought this was a crazy and new-found experience? I’m sure they have further ground-breaking projects of sound and visual mappings planned out for future releases, excited to see where these forward-thinking innovators will take us with experimentation of all levels.
Krooked Drivers headlined “The Thing”, a Wednesday Weekly at Empire Control Room, Presented by Scoremore Shows here in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, July 30th, and it was fresh vibes all around. Steaming hot from Denver, Colorado, Krooked Drivers, which consists of members Donnie Dalbora and Maddy O’neil, entered the electronic music scene in 2011 and have been gaining a constant momentum ever since. This dynamic Electronic/Hip Hop duo bring the sounds of the past to the present moment by sampling vinyl, while blending their own creation of soulful melodies, ultimately creating a new-found experience, a blast from the past. Deep bass lines, mind-twisting drum patterns, sampling, re-imagining, and mixing is all part of their own unique style in variation. With having their first EP release, Somewhere In Between, in April 2013 which featured their popular single “Only For You”, they release a second album, Right Beneath Your Feet later that same year in November with Austin, TX- based label Gravitas Recordings. Earlier this Summer, in May, they released a half-hour, all original beat-tape entitled Here and Now, and their first full-length LP is set to be released this coming September on Super Best Records.
Krooked Drivers [Donnie Dalbora & Maddie O’neil]
I was very excited for this evening as this was my first time catching one of their live sets, they were pretty stoked on their first show in Austin as well, a conversation sparked through creative flame. The air was lively that Wednesday evening at Empire Control Room, which featured an outdoor setting with visible live painters/artists such as Jason Smith, aka: Bild,Chops, aka: Wanderweird, and Zander Lampkin. Supporting artists included Brede and Blunt Force, both local Austin favorites. Jesse Brede, founder of Gravitas Recordings, opened up the night with a fresh Dj set, which consisted of showcasing bass-fueled tracks by Gravitas artists and like-minded musicians, a unique exposure in the most authentic originality. Soon after, Blunt Force grooved on next and played a future funk PA set which kept the crowd lively and groovy. Incorporating a live electric guitar during his set definitely added to the live experience in multiple instances. Krooked Drivers set up on stage next and they performed a dynamic live set, their energetic and fresh presence took me on another level, while their signature style always followed through.
Bild Art [Jason Smith] Live Painting at “The Thing”
Jason Smith, aka: Bild [Bild Art], is not only one of the most active visual artists in the art community here in Austin, TX, but he is also active throughout festival season, some recent presence as a featured artist include: Art Outside ’13, and 2014 Summer festivals include Euphoria Festival , Sonic Bloom, Arise Music Festival, and approaching festivals include The Great North and Art Outside 2014 on October 24th – 27th. A self entitled Unorthodoxian Geometrist, Bild’s prime creative endeavors consist of massive structure building, creating art by building whatever sparks his imagination, and uses wood and paint to make it reality. His paintings consist of sacred geometrical shapes and alignments, giving 3 dimensional feel and otherworldly beings and figures can also be visible. When not live painting weekly or on a daily basis, you can find Jason adventuring around town and the spontaneity that comes along with it.
Bild’s Painting [In Progress] at “The Thing”
Jason has an otherworldly signature style in his paintings, as every artist has their own unique creative look and feel. An atmospheric psychedelic realm is visible, a circulation of geometrical alignments and cube shapes with thick yet light energy radiating around.
Zander uses aerosol/acrylic on canvas to create a psychedelic space-adventure, a journey through time-travel is revealed, an entrance into another realm, far beyond time and existence. Vibrant colorations blend well with obscure surroundings giving it a 3-D effect.
The Art Community in Austin, Texas is growing and flourishing, and Scoremore Show’s Weekly, “The Thing”, is part of it, especially with 4th Wednesday’s booked by one of the talent buyer’s at ScoreMore Shows, Matt Switzer. Some past booking’s include: Thriftworks, JPOD, Plantrae, and Russ Liquid. “The Thing” featuring Krooked Drivers, Brede, and Blunt Force was a memorable and creative adventure to say the least. Another plus about this weekly is the fact that it’s FREE Entry with RSVP. What more could one ask for? It’s a place of discovery, it’s a thrilling creative experience at its finest. An act of artistic co-creation of all sorts, seen through the eyes of the visual artists, performers, and audience themselves – it’s a place to let loose and get inspired. As Summer nears an end, and the Fall season approaches, more weekly Wednesday’s await. Approaching shows include Stickybuds on August 27th and Lafa Taylor onSeptember 24th.
Somewhere In Between [April 2013] by Krooked Drivers
Right Beneath Your Feet by Krooked Drivers out on [Gravitas Recordings- Nov 2013]
Here and Now [Beat Tape – May 2014] by Krooked Drivers
HÄANA released BRYM on June 03, 2014, an orchestral downtempo atmospheric soundscape felt with immeasurable depth, emotion, and talent. Hannah Thiem is the mastermind behind this production as she weaves her ambient production tempos and Nordic melodic roots with her dexterous and rhythmic violin playing skills that will create a clear and powerful cleansing energy within. BRYM marks her first solo album, and she withholds a diverse and expansive collections of previous works and collaborations. From having played countless festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, and Shambhala Music Festival and having past collaborations with Beats Antique, Random Rab, Irma Thomas, and The Human Experience, she will continue to immerse herself in the music world by making profound connections. The ambience and elegance of her stylings also creates heavenly echoes of lyrical bliss felt through her core, her soul. I met HÄANA exactly 5 months ago [March 16th] here in Austin, TX during a secret SXSW show featuring other artists such as Govinda at Black Swan Yoga, and felt profound elation for my new discovery of her uplifting and mesmerizing music – a dynamic performer with passion and intention. BRYM EP graphic was also designed by HÄANA, making her a multi-talented artist. Each track contains within it a heart-felt story, landscapes of hidden emotion and knowledge are revealed through each string note, within each beat, within each vocal chord – a divine spiritual truth.
BRYM consists of 5 golden tracks: “Skaldic Roulette”, “Phavet”, “Brym Al Mar”, “The Finding”, and “Sweetest Invitation”. “Skaldic Roulette” is initiated by minimal bass beat and ambient sonic soundscapes followed by violin wonders which sync up and blend rhythmically together. Its composition is brilliant, as she mysteriously reveals more depth through lyrical and poetic Scandinavian bliss: “Lights from across the sea…lost notes, in a bottle…on the shore…”. “Phavet” is a cinematic story of electronic production which really speaks to me, especially when it comes to the derivation and inspiration – from a traditional Finnish Folk Song…half of my nationality. Each bow draw across the each violin strings is luscious and energetic and will trigger and captivate emotion. “Brym Al Mar” is a thematic blend of liquid original dubstep feels and uplifting violin composition. Energetic vibes will freeze time and take you to ancient medieval past-life, made possible by sonic time-travel.
“The Finding” is a long-awaited journey found within each beat pulse of subsonic original creations and intentions. Luminous frequencies and violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice, angelic drones heard through overcoming’s of a shadow, a found self, a discovery. “Sweetest Invitation” is the sweetest invitation of sound seen through the eyes of the universe. A dramatic approach of cinematic electronic production is the theme of this track, as it will pull, twist, and spiral you up and down. Through sound, she reveals a narrative approach and will take you on a journey, an escape into spirituality and depths of the ocean heard through deep bass lines and violin technique.
HÄANA is a creative producer and a truly gifted violinist, and the BRYM EP surely reveals this. Very immersed with the study of Nordic and Middle Eastern traditions, she channels this knowledge and experiences in Eastern Europe through her own creation of sound and composition. Influenced by artists such as Massive Attack, Trentemoller, Phaleh, Bonobo, and Boards of Canada, she will continue to be inspired and therefore will continue to create around her passions and experiences. I really enjoyed Brym and the journey it took me on, it left a powerful impact on me, and was astonished with her craft of creations. I am excited to see HÄANA continue to grow as an artist, as she is a driven artist with visible passion. Ever since this release, she has been on a extended 2014 Summer Tour with many more dates being added as Fall approaches…be sure to catch her at her upcoming performances at Wanderlust Festival and Burning Man.
Psymbionic releases Part 2 of “Parallels” [Eye], on Gravitas Recordings on July 1st, 2014. This second part of “Parallels” explores a parallel genre to that of a heavier bass influenced feel for Part 1. It revels an atmospheric creation of downtempo/chill feels, an experiment that illustrates Psymbionic’s versatility, a dive into another realm – a pull into the Eye of the Storm. The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones, and through sounds, John Burchman, expresses a deep meditation of fulfilling low tempo frequencies, a whirlwind of cloud hypnotization. Clear and light sounding extraterrestrial communication reveals futuristic visions of new-world change, enlightened transformations, and exploration of versatility. Versatility of production is rare, and when a product of rarity is illuminated, full-depth creativity is expressed giving the creator a sense of forward thinking and acceptance of change as important factor in culture in many fields of life- Psymbionic has done that with Eye.
Eye consists of 5 auditory chill out portals: “One Thing” ft Cristina Soto,”How Am I Not Myself” ft. Govinda, “S ilkscreen” ft. Soulular, “Sonder” ft. The Digital Connection, & “Silkscreen ( ill-esha remix ). One Thing ft. Cristina Soto is downtempo galore, a future chill trap experience ready to sooth your ear pineals. Psymbionic’s rhythmic future bass composition and fluidity blends passionately with Cristina Soto’s mesmerizing vocals as she touches your heart chakra with her deeply thought lyrics, an angelic escapade. How Am I Not Myself ft. Govinda is initiated by Govinda’s sensual frequencies resonating from string instrumentation of the violin. High-pitched synthesizer and a lively melodic tempo on Psymbionic’s behalf symmetrically syncs up in addition, and a spacey future garage atmosphere is present. This tune calmly sooth your present state of mind and will unblock passages of a forgotten memory.
Silkscreen ft. Soulular is a co-production between the two, a chill-step portal, a swim into infinity, a closer pull into the eye of the storm. Souluar’s organic sound composition and spacey sounding downtempo dubs mesh well with Psymbionic’s signature melodic uplifts and glitch/bass exposure, this is the creation of two soulful producers joining forces. Sonder ft. The Digital Connection is a spacey chill tale into the unknown, an epiphany within an epiphany. This is a future bass mystery waiting to be revealed and is felt within electronica ambience. Psymbionic’s signature sounds can be heard sporadically thoughout the tune, and a deep rhythmic glitch fusion of The Digital Connection follows through creating a liquid groove. Silkscreen remixed by ill-esha is a glitch masterpiece full of limitless synth frequencies and melodies. She produces a re-occurring glitch pattern which gives it a mind of its own, it’s a distinction of rarity illuminating the original production, an aftermath of chills down your spine.
Submerge into the eye of the storm and prepare for a lift-off into explorations of the sounds and tempos of the universe and beyond. Psymbionic reveals a downtempo/chill side to his music production in variation and style. Not only does he create variety in Part 2 of “Parallels”, but also a variety of styles and collaborations of accomplished vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers. John Burcham is a driven force of light that isn’t afraid to explore other dimensions of sound frequencies, a creative and fresh outlook. Like a thread weaving together with other threads, and like sacred geometrical patters coming together, a flowing towards a creation of warmth is revealed as Psymbionic weaves sounds, textures, and rhythms together. This results in the creation of pulsating and radiating sounds meant to trigger brainwaves, and therefore release and cleanse energies, a fresh feel of relief. The fact that this was written, mixed, AND mastered by John himself amazes me. As AfroMonk himself likes to put it, Keep it Fresh.
Join the Gravitas crew this Saturday, July 5th at plug.dj‘s “Just A Chill Room” for Psymbionic’s DIGITAL album release party & Q&A!
Keese releases “Panamint Chalice” on San Francisco’s own MalLabel Music, and it’s a futuristic slow-motion tale of the mixture of genres, of purple bassinfused Glitch-Hop wonders from the northern bay of Arcata, California. West Coast Bass is an adventure of its own, just like a culture of the unknown experience of exploration. This young producer is not afraid to take risks as he will continue to experiment and bring forth luminous rays of full-spectrum energy meant to ignite the possible. Like super powers, these sound frequencies will produce rapid change and flashbacks, de-ja vu, psychic-abilities. I hope your ear pineals, and your mind’s eye are ready for an experiment of psytrap, 808’s, and sub trips, psychedelic epiphanies through auditory sense. Pick up your chalice glass and fill it up with a taste of your choice, I prefer clear liquid H20, and let these liquified sounds trigger a festive thought.
“Panamint Chalice” consists of 5 sound experiments sure to invoke invisibility, experience slow-motion effects, and time control – re-appearance into a different side. These experimental creations are entitled, “Hot Curls”, “Panamint Chalice”, “Love Yourself”, “Less is More”, and “Bonkers”. Hot Curls is a slow-motion step back, then 10 more steps forward into glitch fusion, and twirl of eerie crescendos of blended 808 beat and melodic freshness. Panamint Chalice is a proper occasion. An appropriate glitch stutter. A groovy mid-tempo whomp, a rhythmic 808 laser illumination beats created to invoke change, like that of a chameleon.
Love Yourself is an electronic upbeat first sparked by 808 feel, and continuous balanced beat of signature “drops”. Except they’re not “drops”, because they mesh well next to the prior soundscape, it’s more like a smooth twist of intelligent exposure of a new structured development of love. Less is More opened up a new wave of energy that sparked past-life inspiration. Intricate and delicate, yet powerful composition can be both felt and heard. A theme of fading effects mesh well with what sounds like alien atmospheric callings, from under the ocean and up into space, that’s some psytrap for you. Bonkers is a game of elegance meets chill, a coming of two worlds bound to cause technicolor bass whirlwinds of triggers.
Panamint Chalice is a boom of silver and gold minerals and psytrap trinkets found in a ghost town. Keese’s creation of sound experimentation is definitely fresh, I’m very stoked to see his future projects. He’s developing a rare sound in the West Coast Bass scene and isn’t afraid to express creations developed in his lab. Bass and Glitch Melodic encounters will sooth your brain waves, and blast you off into otherwordly sonic space sunset. Let these sound causations of realizations explore freshness. Here’s a free download of “Hot Curls”.