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Mindful Massive

time January 8th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Mindful Massive is a collective stemming from South Lake Tahoe, California since 2011.  Founded and inspired by Ryan Kandell, aka: Irieyes, they’re known for their eclectic, fresh, and awe-inspiring conscious events, they are known for massive elevating growth, from a event production stand point and from an inside-out experience.  The crew also engages in lighting, staging and design, sound, concert touring, and visual craft! Their mission is “to create, inspire, and invent new ways to bring music to the Massive.”  I first heard of the Mindful Massive crew Winter of 2014 when I was writing Nas-Ja’s bio!

I was definitely inspired when I was traveling around that region of the U.S.A  a few weeks ago, and was lucky enough to check out one of their events which featured Andreilien, Digital Rust, Dubcoling, Oneness, Blue Louie, Nas Ja, Subdocta, & Benjah Ninjah.  The stage design was next level, very geometric via laser woodcut creation, two stages made for an ever growing experience as hundreds of music lovers danced away.  A spectrum of kaleidoscopic lighting and psychedelic visuals were present, as they featured mind-altering visions through dope talent, Fractaled Visions and Sophos collaboration gave a balancing effect that was well received.

Design by Irieyes


Sound was of high quality, smooth, crisp, and mind-expanding feel.  Overall, the evening was an experience to be remembered.  If you’re in California, or anywhere else in the United States, I highly suggest checking out one their gatherings as they’re as fresh as it gets.  Mindful Massive is expanding their concert tour, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing this collective growing through the nation.  Aside Mindful Massive, Ryan has recently jumped on board with the Re:Evolution family as a Talent Agent.  His networks have been of continuous collaboration and growth, I’m eager to see the projects that Ryan continues to build within the artistic and creative underground.

Ryan, aka: Irieyes, Founder of Mindful Massive | Stage design: Mindful Massive


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Majestic Ent & EC Presents: The Road to Sonic Bloom: Bluetech, IAMNOBODI, ProJect Aspect, The Digital Connection

time January 6th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Majestic Entertainment & Euphonic Conceptions Present:  The Road To SONIC BLOOM featuring Bluetech, IAMNOBODI, Project Aspect, and The Digital Connection!  Taking place on January 14th in Denver, CO at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, this is as fresh as it gets on the regular out in the mountains!  Leading the industry in Colorado, and outside states, both of these communities will continue to inject fresh talent into the music industry. I remember experiencing endless Cervantes and EC Presents shows back when I used to reside in Colorado during their years of developing stages (2007 – 2011). Ticketing: Limited Availability

Bluetech set I can already predict will be very lucid, elevating, and legendary.  Stoked on my first IAMNOBODI’s set as I’m a fan of the Soulection crew.  Looking forward to Project Aspect live set in a hot minute, I’m sure he will throw down some magic.  I am especially stoked to check out my friend Ricky’s (The Digital Connection) set as he always impresses!  I haven’t experienced a live set since his last one in Austin, TX, stoked to listen some new , esp that new drippy downtempo ( Chasing The Midnight Sky release). Present now speaking, I am embarking on a continued journey into my old stomping grounds, Boulder, Colorado, next week for the rest of Winter and am eager to experience a Cervantes show (Denver) for the first time in a few years.

Sonic Bloom’s initial lineup will be revealed on January 11th, so be sure to stay tuned, as they are known for giving light to rising talent stemming from all over the underground electronic scene.  Having already announced 2 nights with the legendary Tipper, they are expected to gear growth through innovation and consistent lineups full of dope, eclectic, and underground gems.

Bluetech sound:

Sonic Bloom 2015

Listen to The Digital Connection – Chasing The Midnight Sky ( released September 2015 ) out on Gravitas.  Experience a full-length album, 10 tracks, full of fresh downtempo feels, Ricky Shine is continually perfecting his craft.  Embodying fresh underground talent with eclectic creation through music production, he always puts forward a next level phase.   The chillout side of  The Digital Connection is immersed with emotive depth, acoustic instrumentation, psychedelic vibes, and bass magic.

Stay Connected w/ Majestic Entertainment and Euphonic Conceptions

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NICO LUMINOUS – Love is Waiting

time December 31st by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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

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Path of the Moose – Tonight’s the Night [ Wormhole Music Group ]

time December 30th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , ,


Path of the Moose releases “Tonight’s the Night” track on Wormhole Music Group.  Discover Path of the Moose – they’re a collaborative project stemming behind two long time best friends – DRRTYWULVZ and Know Matter.  Connected through inspirational world of Burning Man, and through real life moose experiences, both of these creators reveal a unique touch and style which evolves through bass pathways and elevations.  “Tonight’s the Night” is grimey bass tack fueled with 808’s, whompy beats, intricate and spectacular sound design, growling injections, and love intention.  Art Work by Duffrey!


Both of them are solid dudes and solid friends.  Having aligned and spent time digging into their creative process of present and future presentation, I foresee the beginning of grand creative soundscapes injected into the underground scene.  After holding numerous Burning Man sets, and West Coast event presence, they’re collaborating more than ever, they’re geared into a new found vision.  Keep your eyes peals for Path of the Moose as 2016 is looking fresher than ever.  Stay connected w/ Path of the Moose


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B. Bravo & Starship Connection

time December 29th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

B Bravo

B. Bravo has to be one of the most under rated producers and musicians that I know. I don’t remember the first time I came across his music but it was probably a recommendation from NastyNasty or Epcot. There was a time where all I was into was bass music and kept hearing how Funk was coming back. I’ll be straight up and say that funk, soul, jazz, etc… isn’t something that I was too familiar with at the time.

The first time I heard Computa Love, I got goose bumps. It was game over and I understood why funk and R&B were coming back. He’s probably the first producer that really got me into the funky talkbox vocals. I’ve run into him a few times all over the country and have to say this guy is as real as it comes. He always has a smile on his face and ready to groove.

Starship Connection is one of his side projects which consist of him and Teeko. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it live but it’s high on the list of acts I’d like to see live. I was jamming to some funk and randomly remembered about Starship Connection. I took to Google and searched Starship Connection, hit the video tab, and was pleasantly surprised to find a Boiler Room recording. I’ve watched it twice now and had to post about B. Bravo and Starship Connection.

I also found some recent new music on his soundcloud and totally digging everything. Highly highly recommend checking out B. Bravo, Teeko, and Starship Connection’s music. It’s straight up sexy r&b funky music. Your girl/boy will appreciate the soundtrack.

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Hedflux – Remixed (Part 2)

time December 28th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , ,


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.

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Secret Recipe – The Cookbook

time December 23rd by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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!

01/05/2016 | Dallas, TX | Future Funk Lounge | Granada

01/06/2016 | Austin, TX | Create Culture | Empire

01/09/2016 | San Diego, CA | Sypnatik Events | Spin

01/13/2016 | Lake Tahoe, CA | Bass Heavy | The Grid

01/15/2016 | Chico, CA | Bass Mint | Peking Chinese Restaurant

1/20/2016 | Santa Cruz, CA | Space Bass | Motiv

1/22/2016 | Olympia, WA | Outer Base | OLY Underground

1/23/2016 | Bozeman, MT | Zebra Cocktail Lounge

1/27/2016 | Arcata, CA | Whomp Wednesday’s | Jambalaya

1/28/2016 |Boise, ID | Insomnia | Fatty’s Bar

1/30/2016 | Salt Lake City, UT | Street Ritual X Omunity Collective Showcase | Metro Bar

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DubCOliNG – In Depth

time December 22nd by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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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.

Listen/Support here

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The Goal of Afro Monk

time December 22nd by John-Michael authorTags: None


The past few days I’ve spent a lot of time thinking what I would want to accomplish with the website back in action. I’ve had numerous talks with Sofia about it.

At its core it’s a place where music is showcased. There are hundreds of music blogs out there and obviously want our site to have a unique theme to set it apart. The reason I started the blog in the first place was to have an outlet for sharing music but also to fill the void of a break up. It eventually became almost like my own personal journal. The post were more about telling a story or account of meeting the producer and describing who they were to me. It’s crazy to think that some 7 years have gone by now.

Reflecting on everything and thinking ahead, I’ve decided to make the website be more of a story again. Speaking about the music more in a personal way versus a technical writing piece. It’s so common to have a detailed album review. I want Afro Monk to be more of a journal. Expect rants, commentary, thoughts, ideas, and all sorts of nonsense about different topics. I let Sofia know that and to embrace her creative side with the website as well.

I want people to be aware that this is what I foresee the website to be as I reconnect with it. I also want to thank all the people who have shared their stories with me over the years. Starting the website changed my life and brought so many new people into my life. I’m looking forward to meeting new people again as well as reconnecting with the old.

It has been a rough 2015 for me. I think I’m finally getting back to a stable emotional place in my life and excited to be back. 2016 is definitely going to be refreshing to bring in. I have high hopes for

Thank you all for the support over the years. You have no idea how much it means to me. The blog was never meant for money, fame, sex, popularity, or ego. It’s a place where I could express myself freely. Thank you for supporting that and reading my emotional out pours <3

– JM

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Bassline Drift – Ten Moons

time December 19th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , ,


Bassline Drift is a unique duo emerging in the underground bass scene.  An enchanting fusion of heavy bass & world beat roots spark truth through angelic drones of the vocalist.  The act involves Keli Marks, a creative and dope producer hailing from Austin, Texas, and an alluring vocalist, “Sink” Lindsay from New York, whom happened to encounter each other on soundcloud.  Aside being spectacular artists, they’re both genuine beings with passionate drive.  I met Keli at the Green Belt in ATX last two Summer’s ago through a good friend of mine, Alex (he’s also an artist).  And this past summer, I got the chance to meet Sink when she flew down from NY to ATX for their first live performance together at Spider House Ballroom.  Awaiting their first performance together, I was eager to check them out.  Flawless. Imaginative.  Intriguing. Passionate. Dynamic. They blew my mind away!


This September, they released their first full-length album entitled, “Ten Moons” – it’s an in-depth, emotive, and elevating experience through hard hitting basslines, hauntingly beautiful lyrics, genius composition, and mysterious feels – it’s an escape into duality, a conjoining force of two breathtaking souls.  Be ready to embark on a journey of endless feels as each artist brings a unique voice to the groove.  The release consists of 7 tracks: 6 original, and 1 remix of “Bassline Drift” by Froogle.  The duo also soon fell into the eyes of Gravitas Recordings, and since have released a couple singles through that outlet.  Discover a fresh taste of innovative style as each artist inspires each other through growing life experiences that have brought them together.

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