The Originalz have been crushing it lately. Hailing from Sebastopol, CA, this talented duo keeps shit fresh and fun! This summer they have been popping up on festival lineups left and right and I have to say that it’s much deserved; I have had the pleasure of catching them multiple times live and they give off an incredible radiant energy. There’s never a dull moment in a performance by The Originalz… every time I have seen them everyone is getting DOWN and dirty. Having kicked it with them on a few occasions, I have to say that both Troy and Derek are charming, super chill dudes. They’re spreading just the right love and positive energy that our bass community thrives upon. Catch them next at Trill God Campout in Ashland, Oregon next weekend (September 27-30), which looks to be off the chain!
The Originalz’ newest release, Get Lucid, out on Gravitas Recordings, is like a cosmic journey through a seamless soundscape. I would highly recommend checking out and downloading this stellar release (name your own price). If you give your eyes a rest and let go it can actually evoke a sense of lucid dreaming (and the radical album artwork doesn’t hurt with that). I am a sucker for melodic innovative beats and these guys deliver that along with slapping gangsta bass, futuristic glitch, and sultry frequencies. Their tunes will satisfy music lovers across the board, with influences ranging from hip hop to purple. Their sound is full and exuberant. They recently did a remix for my boy SELBY and it turned out to be quite delicious! I actually can’t seem to get it out of my head. Their newest track, Holla’, is fire as well! The Originalz are only going upwards with their dope beats, killer performances, and authentic personalities… watch out for these guys!
AfroMonk.com has officially been around for four years now. It’s crazy to think that it’s been that long now. I have to thank everyone for the support. I never imagined that this site would gain such a following over the years. During it’s peak the site was receiving 15,000 visitors a month. It’s not that much in respects to other popular websites. What counted was the community of people that made up those 15,000.
There haven’t been as many updates as of late and I have personally moved away from writing post myself. Tara and Molly are still getting some post done and hope they continue to post. This website will always remain live despite the lack of post. There is so much music on here that even though it’s dated it could lead to new discovery.
I’ve moved from spending a lot of time writing post on my free time to digging for new music and prepping live DJ sets. I’ve been lucky to have a hell of a team over the years to keep the site going. So much love goes out to PBJ, EA, Wubber Stumpper, Ed, Tara, and Molly. I don’t think this site will ever get back to the regular daily post schedule but time to time when something catches our eye or a major event is coming up we’ll post about it.
One thing that I have to say besides thanking the readership and followers of the blog is that anything is possible if you put your mind too it. I started this blog with a year or so of experience in my career as a SEO. I used that skill set and knowledge to build this simple WordPress site. It took me a few hours to build this site and over the years I’ve simply added a few widgets and tweaks. The reason I feel it was successful was because it was consistent. Almost every day I would post in it’s prime and share all sorts of music that I believe was not getting the press or coverage it deserved. I told a story about each of the artist because I only focused on people I had interacted with on the internet and in person. The site was founded on the idea of sharing music that was niche at the time. Over the years I’ve seen many of the artist I’ve written about become EDM stars. As cliche as it sounds, build it and they will come. You just got to have passion, unique content, and streamlined process.
Bass Mtn Festival, held September 13-16 on the Yuba River outside of Truckee, CA, is exactly what everyone needs to wind down after the Burn yet stay funky and get down. If you weren’t at Burning Man… well, all the more reason to get that much needed bass fix with the fam! Bass Mtn is an intimate gathering designed to cultivate deep seeded friendships old and new. Rather than purchasing a ticket as a commodity like most festivals, participants get memberships for a tribe or family like arrangement that thrives on community and nurturing vibes. In its third year, this festival is going to knock everyone’s socks off with its attention to detail and unparalleled ambiance. Prepare for mind warping psychedelic bass and visuals, elaborate stage design, thought-provoking workshops, unbelievable art (both live and gallery), rejuvenating yoga, organic and delicious food, holistic soothing healing, and a soul-warming tea lounge. What more could you ask for out of a weekend in the stunning tree groves and crystal clear waters of the Sierra Nevadas? Nothing, if you ask me! It’s a weekend that is set up perfectly for pure bliss and connection…. All you have to do is show up with an open heart and mind.
Among the countless nooks there will be two stages, the Reflection Stage nestled in the pines and Crunk Creek Stage down by the undeniably refreshing waters of the Yuba River. Both will provide music blessing our eardrums with some of the best music I can think of, period. Kalya Scintilla’s tantalizing eclectic bass never lets me down; add the overall atmosphere that will be Bass Mtn and we will be howling at the moon in exuberance! Love and Light have always been favorites of mine (and they’re just so damn loveable) and I can’t wait to get down to their bubbly womps. David Starfire has blown me away multiple times (the one that always comes to mind is BM 2012 when he played an incredible Beatles remix set at Fractal Nation). Knight Riderz will bring the dirty gangster bass that is sure to please. Andreilien will melt our pineal glands with his twisted bass lines. I’m always stoked to see Stephan Jacobs with his percussive dirty bass that is impossible to stand still to (check out his newest tunes on his Soundcloud…. I am DIGGIN’). Sugarpill will always be in my top 5… I can never get enough of his futuristic party bass and enjoyable demeanor. I might be most excited to see the ever-rising Digital Rust, whose productions are flawless and put me into a trance. Lately I’ve been so into the effervescent gangster bass that The Originalz have been putting out (and they’re the best peoples!). The homie Zeb always throws down super badass reggae infused bass sets that get you moving. I could go on forever about how stoked I am on this stacked lineup that also includes a plethora of local talent, all such good peoples that deserve only the best.
Big ups to the Mindful Massive crew for working so diligently to make this event as beautiful as I know it will be. These guys are based out of South Lake Tahoe and have been killing it for three years; they started from just a seed that has been cared for with love and just the right amount of water to grow from a seedling and bloom brilliantly. If you’re ever in South Lake Tahoe on a Tuesday do not miss their Massive Tuesday event… they are constantly bringing in awesome talent and providing vibes and frequencies that will make you go home feeling better than ever before.
Check out the Bass Mtn website for information about the extremely reasonable memberships (note – memberships at the door are cash donation only, no ATM or cards accepted), music, directions, preparations, and more. See you in the woods… surround yourself with love and frequencies at Bass Mtn this weekend!
Symbiosis continues to create unique and all-sensory experiences for its participants that cultivate human growth, collaboration, and community. Symbiosis Gathering, held on September 19-23, looks to be the most spiritually transformational gathering of 2013. Last year Symbiosis was incredible and unforgettable, and this year’s is guaranteed to blow your mind just the same or more! The gathering coincides with the Harvest Full Moon, the Autumnal Equinox and the International Day of Peace. Nestled in rolling hills at Woodward Reservoir just outside of the bay area, its location is prime; imagine listening to unparalleled groovy beats while wandering on grassy knolls or floating in the water with family new and old. The experience, however, will not only be pleasing to your eardrums. It will likely cause all-sensory gratification – visual, mental, aromatic, tactic, even your taste buds may do a little dance once or twice. It’s all about connections; all are welcome and participants will transcend any mental boundaries they may have had coming into the festival. Everyone is encouraged to get involved to create a mutually contributive and interwoven community. The aim is to co-create something beautiful that will never be forgotten… and surely that will happen.
The music lineup for Symbiosis Gathering is extraordinary; it’s unlike any lineup that I have ever seen, and that’s saying something! There is a completely diverse array of sounds and rhythms that will resonate throughout the forest and hills. Including some of the world’s most talented live musicians among the likes of STS9, Shpongle, Mount Kimbie, Hudson Mohawke, Emancipator, and Star Slinger, the bill is stacked and sure to please. The performances that I look forward to the most include RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, Lapalux, Ott, Phaeleh, Sun:Monx (one half of this duo is Opiuo and I have never seen them on a lineup), Kalya Scintilla, Michael Menert, Guadi, Random Rab, Bluetech, The Coup, Bird of Prey, Djemba Djemba, G Jones, The Human Experience, Kaminanda, Mr. Carmack, Zeb, Wala, and Thriftworks. There will be plenty of unique and quality sounds surrounding you, including elements of dub, IDM, eclectic bass, galactic, sacred dance, Edwardian ball, shamanistic, percussion, ambient, beatboxing, wind instruments, strings, lyricists… the list goes on. I really think that each of the musical acts will be stunning, thought-provoking, and the flowing lifeblood of the festival.
Another awe-inspiring aspect of Symbiosis Gathering will be art installations and stage designs (on four stages!). Everywhere you look there will be artists at work in tune with the rhythm of the gathering, as well as intricate yet vast installations open to interaction and interpretation. Other aspects of the gathering that I look forward to are ceremonies, comedic acts, delicious organic foods, healing, yoga, workshops, a marketplace, and psychedelic bingo (sounds intriguing!).
I am looking more and more forward to Symbiosis Gathering each day. I know it will be life-changing in more than one way and am excited to open my senses to new possibilities! Check out the Symbiosis Gathering website for more details and to purchase tickets, and get ready to drink some delicious liquid sunshine by the lake with us!
If you have any doubt in your mind that you want to come expand your soul and awaken your chakras at Symbiosis, check out the recap video from last year!
This happens more than you think. I don’t even know what to think.
Look I’ve heard many people say how this is a common chord progression in music. I get it. The problem lies in the fact that this is possible. It shows how artist like Daft Punk are as large as they are with a common chord progression. When I first heard this I freaked out. The video was recorded in 2011.
It just shows how the marketing and advertising push that the song Get Lucky had and still gets is insane. There’s that much music being made for this to happen and it’s that similar in my book that I had to show people.
Some serious cosmic fire was dropped today by the wildly talented and always unique G Jones. I can not imagine this producer ever putting out something I didn’t totally love and this release was certainly up to par. I was stoked to see he had worked with one of my favorite labels, Doshy’s Robox Neotech, to compile a perfect addition to the bad ass, futuristic, and psyphy collection of releases from the label.
The Eyes EP comes to us in a great time of the year for music. Full of memories from summer events already passed, many of us are entering into our final phase of festival season and have been listening to a lot of the same music for the entire summer. Because of that, this is the kind of release I get really, really excited for. It fits in well with the current state of west coast bass music but it stands out as somewhat of a ‘primus inter pares’ (most among equals), as G Jones really does carry a unique flavor that gives his music a certain somethin’ somethin’ that I and many other bass aficionados can not get enough of. “Vanishing Point” and “Stars” immediately stuck out to me as favorites, showcasing some of my favorite elements of G Jones’ work in his expressive drums, psycrunk-y swagger, and pristine sound design. His work with Mad Zach is also really impressive and I look forward to hopefully hearing more from the two. Highly hip hop and hyphy influenced, slightly spacey, and loaded with bass, this is get-down-worthy, dance floor gold.
In the past year, G Jones has shaped up to be one of the most noteworthy up and comers in the game and this EP is one of many obvious examples of why he is so deserving of his following. Like seriously, this kid completely slays it. Check it out. And if you’re going to be at Burning Man you can catch him Thursday night/Friday Morning at 1 AM at CAMP ? (2:00 and I) or 3 AM at Grid City with Bleep Bloop (2:00 and E), as well as SATURDAY at 3 AM at CAMP ? with Minnesota (2:00 and I). I will be at all three.
Sometimes I listen to an album way too much. Like waaaay too much. Case in point, Hecka’s The Cheese (although at the time it was released under the creator’s most notable moniker, Grimblee, he has changed it to Hecka since then). I listened to that EP so much last summer that my friends would walk into my house and be like “oh, you’re listening to Grimblee…again”. I never got sick of it and I still listen to every song on it pretty regularly. I was kind of amazed by the release since I was quite familiar with Grimblee as a producer and although I held him in very high regards skill wise, I’m not super into heavy dubstep, so therefore I wasn’t super into his music. But after exploring the work he has done under Hecka, I am tempted to go back to his older stuff and re-examine it, because obviously his range is really impressive and his set I saw at Infrasound a few weeks ago was a ton of fun.
Hecka’s music is influenced by an aesthetic I have been alluding to a lot in my posts recently. It’s a sound I am obsessed with and seek out passionately. Soulful and retro, heavy in melody and grandiose, it’s big, it trots on the border of epic and cool versus coked out and cheesy, but his skill and overall high quality taste keeps it from slipping too far the wrong way (although I’d totally be lying if I said I’m not down for the coked out cheese music :p I just know it’s not everyone’s forte). You can also hear some serious Juke and Garage influence in the drums, making it a hypnotizing and interesting listen. So far he’s released two albums under Hecka -Personal Thoughts and now, The Cheese, both for free download, both amazing. Plus I’ve been loving every track on his soundcloud. All around fun and dance floor ready stuff, I recommend it to anyone looking for some fresh and unique vibed out summer beats. Sounds even better when played outside in the sunshine!
Pressha is one of my favorite DJs period. There aren’t many that I’ll openly say this about. It’s hard not to post every single mix he puts out. It has been awhile and this new mix is lushish. Matt has been my go to for bumping bass music without having to worry about having a heart attack. The way he balances and mixes tracks is unmatched in the bass community.
Matt has recently started working on production with Humpfree Lowgart to create the dynamic duo, Slumber Party. You can get a small preview of their upcoming EP in this mix. I’m really excited to see these guys coming together to put out some original music.
I’ve recently started to move away from my traditional go to artist and music. The whole future bass thing has pulled me away from the west coast sounds. If there’s one person that I know that will continue to put out the type of mixes I do enjoy it’s Pressha. He has a very similar format for his mixes that I use to incorporate in mine: unreleased material, sexy bass, and big support to the homies on the come up.
I’m making my way to Seattle next week for MozCon and looking forward to spending some time with him. Random fact, this guy can cook one hell of a meal. Be sure to grab this mix and check out all of his previous mixes.
FutureBass.fm, is my new project that I launched. It’s an online radio station that focuses on obviously future bass but as well as downtempo, trip-hop, chill out, future garage, deep house, soul, funk, etc… Ultimately the goal was to create a stream of music that plays 24/7. The music on the station will be crowd sourced by taste makers like yourself.
There will be LIVE radio shows as well as a new unique format for listeners to get involved. Playlist Shows are time blocks for individual users to host their own show that features some of their favorite tracks that they want to share. All that is required is sending in your 15 tracks (minimum) every week or every other week. Those tracks will stream on the station for your designated time slot. You can get creative and record yourself talking and submit those sound bites along with the tracks.
One thing that I want to stress is the fact that this station will focus on playing CHILL music. There will be no raging dubstep, electro house, trap, moombahton, etc… Expect music to vibe too at any hour of the day.
As time progresses I hope to create unique playlist for each hour of the day. Right now I’ve been uploading some of my favorite tracks randomly and have the station play them. Eventually there will be set types of music for certain blocks of the day if there isn’t a scheduled live show or playlist show.
Now I welcome you to go check out FutureBass.fm!
Get involved and apply for a show!