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Great Dane ❘ Beta Cat

time May 8th by Molly authorTags: , , ,

I. Love. Team Supreme. They’ve been my #1 crew around for awhile now, so a release from the label or from any of the original members is always such a treat. One of my favorite team members is definitely Great Dane. His fresh take on beat music well represents everything I love about Team Supreme’s brand: forward thinking but not unpalatably futuristic, really well made and masterfully produced, and staying true to a distinctly West Coast feel. This is Great Dane’s second full length album (check out what JM had to say about his first, Alpha Dog), both of which have been released by the much loved Los Angeles label, Alpha Pup.

I’ve always known Great Dane to be an excellent producer, but this particular release really showcased his range and spoke to a lot of my current musical preferences. Although much of the album is super club friendly in his use hyphy clicks, rap samples, and speaker rattling bass, there’s also this spacey lusciousness throughout that creates a really unique and memorable listening experience. That same airiness adds a layer of depth that can be hard to capture in hip hop influenced electronic music and is certainly well welcomed. This album solidifies Great Dane as one of the most exciting beat producers in the game right now and I look forward to seeing a lot more from him this year!

Some favorites that have stuck out so far:
Swinger

Killum

Blue and Green

Descent http://alphapup.bandcamp.com/track/descent

Stream and buy the whole album here: Beta Cat by Great Dane

Also, check out Afro Monk favorite, G Jones’, flip of ultra banger, “Daisy”! Just released a couple days ago.

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SANGO ❘ DA ROCINHA 2

time May 8th by Molly authorTags: , , ,

Soulection pretty much owned 2013 and their reign has been staying strong into this year as well. The collective’s emphasis on both club friendly and softer, romantic sounds have gained them not just street cred and respect within the beat music scene, but true fans who follow their every release and love the label dearly. One of my favorite members of the collective is Sango and never have I loved him more than when he released Da Rocinha 2 in January.

Da Rocinha 1 was Sango’s exploration into the Brazilian genre, Baile Funk. I looked into the genre more after listening to the album a few times and found it’s a not only a term for a type of music but the entire scene surrounding it. Baile Funk became prevalent in Rio De Janeiro underground parties and clubs in the 80′s. Influenced by American hip hop and especially Miami Bass, Baile Funk combines western dance music with Portuguese rap and Samba inspired drum beats, heavy in 808′s.

I really enjoy Sango’s take on the genre in both Da Rocinhas, but especially #2. Da Rocinha 2 has been favorite LP released so far in 2014 since it’s release and still holds that position. I don’t know if it’s my beach town roots, taste for travel, or love for summer, but I often gravitate towards music that carries a tropical feel. Being that this album is an experimentation into a genre formed in the magical land of Brazil, the tropical summer vibe is super present throughout the release. The album dropped in January, but it’s perfect for summer, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a must!

Full album stream/purchase here :Da Rocinha 2 by Sango

Love and Low Frequencies,
Molly <3

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Aversive – “Inner Visions” EP (MalLabel Music)

time May 6th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , ,

Aversive’s EP, “Inner Visions“, was released on MalLabel Music (based in San Francisco) on April 24th, 2014 . Aversive is an up and coming DJ and Multi-Genre Bass Music Producer currently residing in Canada and she definitely knows how to break boundaries. Ultimately twisting fresh bass lines, her sounds are filled with futuristic and psychedelic frequencies and downtempo amplitudes, giving a vibe of a dreamscape sound experience. So much diverse emotion can be felt and heard through this EP, which will lead you to your own escape, your own inner visions. Influenced by Amon Tobin, Tipper, Opiuo, Fila Brazillia, and Mr. Bill, Aversive portrays a similar feel but adds her own creative touch and approach through her inside-out.

This diverse EP consists of four multi-genre bass-fueled, yet glitch-ed out and futuristic tracks: “Breakspeak”, “Visions of the Heart”, “Ghetto”, and “Dreams”. “Breakspeak” kicks off with a mid tempo and psychedelic world beat feel, it’s like she’s guiding us into a spiritual journey all initiating from the heart. It is then meshed up with low-key vocals and glitched-out wurbbles blended with an upbeat funky melodic beat, giving it a mysterious vibe with rhythmic control. “Visions of the Heart” spoke to my heart, it has such a lively creative dubstep sound meshed with a theme surrounding heavy bass line drops full of midtempo rhythms. “Ghetto” took me on a Neuro-Funk journey that is out of this world, maybe even out of this universe – its composition delivers a unique story full of original drum and bass and neuro funk sounds which blend perfectly with vocal additions. “Dreams” took me on a dreamstep experience – it emanates a flowing downtempo approach full of dubs and soothing vocals, a dreamy outlook.

Aversive’s sound design is quite unique, a very creative producer who explores multiple bass music genres such as glitch hop, neuro-hop, drum & bass, dubstep, and dreamstep. These funky yet psychedelic wobbles and wurbbles will open up gateways to many possibilities in the mind/spirit and will therefore create a flowing dance environment and unique and mysterious spiritual journey. Pause whatever you’re doing right now and let Aversive guide you through a magical experience full of spiritual bass music that will bring light to your inner visions which will elevate you into a new state.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucidity Festival 2014 | Review

time May 2nd by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

 

I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that every participant left from Lucidity Festival with a renewed lust for life and a nourished spirit. Together we breathed new and unique energy into those woods and together we co-created something so magical and beautiful, it was almost surreal. Synchronicity abound, the weekend was full to the brim with soul warming connections, jaw dropping art, and formulaic chaos like none other.

I went into the weekend with no expectations and was blown away by the result. This year I experimented by focusing more on the overall experience rather than concentrating mainly on musical acts. I truly enjoyed cruising from one space to the next and being welcomed and immersed in the different vibes of each respective village. I also abstained from alcoholic beverages and was very pleased with having a clear mind to soak in the totality of the splendor around me. I highly recommend staying sober at a festival; your experience will be so much more mindful and memorable. While the festival sold out, Lucidity really felt intimate. Perhaps it was the sense of inclusion and participation in the air that made me feel this way. Our nurturing and talented family surrounded us all.

Here were some of the most memorable moments for me…

• Starting the weekend off with The Rainbow Girls was excellent; these girls embody the female essence in such a strong and positive way. They had just the right ratio amount of bubbliness and badassery; the whole crowd was beaming from ear to ear.

• The Opening Ceremony was absolutely incredible; everyone there was glowing and I could feel the presence of each participant uniting to bless each other, the land, and themselves. Astarius Miraculii’s performance of his Spirit Rap was beautiful. There was an aura of such peace and tranquility I will never forget. I remember thinking to myself, “THIS is what it is all about.” It was a beautiful way to begin the weekend and set things off just right.

Opening Ceremony Bliss
Photo by Trevor Selby

• Later that night my favorite performances were by 2NUTZ and Haywyre. Coloradan duo 2NUTZ was a great transition into night time; everyone pulled on their dancing shoes and got down to their glitched out bass. Haywyre’s melodic dub was a treat; I was stoked to see him live for the first time.

Heart Centered Vinyasa Flow with Kishan Shah on Saturday morning was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate and prepare me for the wonderful day. Music was soulfully provided by one of my all-time favorites, The Human Experience. Does it get much better than this? Following the deep stretches, Kishan led us in an experiment wherein everyone had to be touching at least one other person at all times, but everyone was in constant movement. It was truly beautiful and each and every participant was full of smiles and unforgettable giggles. This was such a beautiful moment and any adverse feelings were lifted off of our chests!

• For the rest of the day I wandered amongst the different villages and made connections with lovely people. I loved mingling at the Healer’s Sanctuary; the vibe was unparalleled. I got caught up with the Yosef Stone’s Crystal Council meeting, chatted about essential oils, and was mesmerized while watching Astarius Miraculii provide didgeridoo healing transmissions.

• SpinCycles’ Warriors’ Dayparty was a lot of fun; JOBOT, ChrisB., Morillo, and some other talented DJs performed some really fun sets. Overall amazing vibe!

• Later on Saturday Digital Rust and Tipper both provided brain melting gooey goodness that pleased all. I don’t think there was a single person having a bad time in that crowd!

The Lucid Stage came alive at night.
Photo by Trevor Selby

• On Sunday our camp hosted a Pancakes & Mimosas Brunch (more like lunch as it started a bit later) at the Lunatic Fringe. We really enjoyed providing yummy nourishment (pancake + nutella + berries, anyone?) and libations for all. Our friend was playing at the Jenkstars stage so lots of booty shakin’ was to be had.

Trevor Kelly’s set on Sunday afternoon at the Audiowaska Stage was truly one for the books and some of the most fun I had all weekend. Nothing compares to an all-original set and Trevor put so much love and energy into this experience that was enjoyed by all. It was a treat getting a sneak peak of his new project Pacific Standard, comprised of Trevor and rapper Ro-Knew. PWest also spit some rhymes which was fun. It was a rager and we were all getting down in the front; every time I looked around I saw smiles for miles and I felt the most supreme vitality in mine and the crowd’s being. What a wonderful celebration of life!

Trevor Kelly crushing it
Photo by Trevor Selby

After the weekend I felt invigorated and ready for a coastal road camping trip with my lover (whom I met at Lucidity 2013). I will never forget Lucidity’s endless moments of bliss and harmony; the woods will forever resound with our remarkable presence. I am so grateful for this experience!

Until next time, Lucidity!
Photo by Trevor Selby

~Taradactyl

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Interview with the Founder of Euphoria Music & Camping Festival

time April 16th by Clear Shadow authorTags: ,

Euphoria Music and Camping Festival 2014 is back for its third year with a whole new transformed look and fresh new feel that was made possible by the collaboration of creative and forth moving mindsets, and it’s less than two weeks away, so get your passes if you haven’t already! I sat down with Mitch Morales, the founder of Euphoria, at Cenote, a restaurant off of East 6th here in Austin, TX and we talked about the creation of Euphoria, their expectations, their stellar diverse music lineup, and the new features for this year’s event such as camping, yoga, workshops, and art/installations! Mitch had some very interesting things to say, check it out:

What was your initial inspiration to create a festival three years ago?

It all started with going to a bunch of festivals the summer of 2011, all different kinds – EDC, Outside Lands, Electric Forest, and Art Outside which extended to the Fall of 2011, and really falling in love with the community, the crowd, and the experience of it. That feeling of going into a festival for a couple of days and somewhere along the way losing yourself and being able to find something there that you aren’t able to experience in a three or four hour concert. I feel that within the first two hours of a concert people are worried about getting drinks, finding their friends, and then the next thing you know the headliner comes on, and it’s all about the headliner, and then it’s over. So yes, just falling in love with the idea of creating an experience for people.

We initially thought it was going to be an easy thing to just, well, to create a festival, we had no experience in booking music, no experience on the actual stage production, we had nothing. I mean, I had like some basic marketing experience with ads and had a decent handle on social media, but, from besides that, nothing. We took the next six months and tried to figured it out and when day one of Euphoria’s first year in April 2012 came around… it was definitely a real eye opener….we realized it wasn’t going to be that easy – we had a lot to work on. I’ve always really wanted a challenge that I was passionate about and I think this was it. Fast forward to now and we’ve assembled a solid crew and we’re looking really good for two days, the venue is awesome, probably, I don’t know, maybe close to double the amount people from last year, which was about 3,000 per day…we added camping, which is probably the biggest addition that I am happiest about – being able to provide that experience for people so that they can show up Friday morning and not leave the experience until Sunday.

Why did you choose to name it Euphoria?

At the time we were trying to come up with a name, we had made a short list, but a lot of the names that we thought about were already taken. Really tried to keep it simple, but wanted to give it a powerful, uplifting vibe. I mean, it is the place where you’re “Happy” right? It can obviously have some interesting connotations, you know, a lot of things do, but we are trying to transcend away from those connotations and ultimately just want people to experience a euphoric state through the music and culture at Euphoria; we want to create a space where you can escape from the real world for a couple days and find your happiness.

So, you did mention camping earlier, what are other new features are included at this year’s Euphoria?

On top of camping, being back close to Austin was really big for us…also finding Carson Creek Ranch, which is an amazing venue on the banks of the Colorado River – you can see downtown, the skyline from the property, it’s surreal. See, we want everyone to camp, but we know that’s not everyone’s thing, so being close is key. We want people to be able to easily get there and it also adds to the safety of things because we can offer free shuttles from downtown through Bus to Show.  Also, just the time of the happenings this year, the doors are open at 12pm and go into 2am each night, and it allows us to put in a lot of additional programming in, and not just music but also art, performance, and bringing in art installations from, one being “The Fractoid” all the way from California which is really cool, so yeah, just basically developing the full festival experience versus last year, which was more of like a glorified two day concert.

One huge difference I noticed about this years Euphoria is the musical lineup and it’s diversity to its previous yeas.  Tell me a little about that and what triggered that change.

Well, I’ve always had a very wide musical taste…growing up in Texas I was more into Texas Country and Houston Rap, and my dad always had me listen to a lot of music from the 70’s such as The Eagles….a super wide variety. I also moved to and lived in Australia for a year and it was almost never impossible to not be exposed to house music, which is really big there, it’s still really big there, everywhere around the world. It was then that I fell in love with electronic music like trance and house, definitely European styles. So still at the time, I was way more into that genre of electronic music and it got a little tricky when it came to bookings acts knowing we didn’t have any experience with it… agents would throw all kinds of everything at us. I always wanted to have Jamtronica flavors in there too…we booked artists such as Archnemisis and Zoogma in 2012, and we had a stage dedicated to non-Euro styles with artists such as Supervision and Govinda, so it’s not like this years lineup just came out of nowhere, we have slowly been diversifying the music lineup as we continue to build Euphoria. And last year, we tried to keep the diversity going stronger but due to space limit at White Water Amphitheater more acts were limited, but we added artists such as Eoto, The Polish Ambassador, Conspirator, and Michal Menert.

Austin’s live music scene has really flourished this year…we felt the need to bring that vibe even stronger so we partnered up with Having a Ball Productions in Houston, and Kevin Woods with Inside Out Presents in Austin, TX to re-create and twist the feel of Euphoria for its third year. They were already entrenched in that scene and had buy-in through The Parish and through some other venues here in Austin, and it was through that and belief and trust that made everything come together, which really made me feel comfortable. I’m not going to lie, it’s hard because some people mention they only recognize half of those names on the lineup and, you know, if that’s what people want then that’s fine but for me, music festivals should be 50% of seeing the artists you really want to see and 50% of discovering artists that you didn’t even know existed but are going to fall in love with. I hope that people that aren’t too much into EDM are going to really dig Simon Patterson and others that are used to EDM will discover Beats Antique and be completely mind blown! That allows them to look them up after the festival and discover other acts that are similar to Beats Antique… it’s all about discovery and potentially finding your nitch you never really knew existed.

Which artists are you most excited about seeing live the end of the month?

It has got to be somebody I haven’t seen before…I’ve seen the majority of the bigger acts, but I think somewhere between The Floozies, Koan Sound, Simon Patterson, and Boombox. Well, the artist that I listen to the most is Simon Patterson, he has a lot of different styles that he can bust out at any given time, a very versatile artist. When we were booking the talent, a lot of people seemed worried about the lineup’s diversity, but that shouldn’t be the case. Something I am very interested to see is how all of the different genres, and the fans of those genres kind of co-exist. I mean, one doesn’t leave the stage right away, you know, so seeing that flow of people discovering different styles of music — just giving the audience the opportunity to discover something that’s not Mainstream EDM– there’s a ton of amazing music out there waiting to be discovered.

What kind of impact do you want to leave on people after the festival? Is there some sort of message you want to spread?

As far as a message, I think it’s about acceptance, I think that the “scene” has become so fractured. Being able to be open to new experiences and music – if it’s good music, it’s good music , if it makes you dance, it makes you dance – that’s all that should matter, and I hope this is a stepping stone for Austin to start bringing some of those fashions back together. Who cares if it’s one way or the other, or if it’s this type of person generally at a show versus another, that shouldn’t matter. People should be smart to understand that you just don’t have to like one thing, and, on that same note, I hope that just doesn’t stick to the music. There are things that are associated with…like, I don’t want to go as far as to say that we are a transformational festival, yet, but that’s the direction we aspire to be. It’s one of the reasons we are bringing the workshops, the music, the yoga, and the art all together in one place. I think it’s important to be able to give people exposure to a new environment that they didn’t even know existed…especially people coming from small towns. I grew up outside of Austin, and the world was very small to me, and traveling and living in a different country for a long time gave me the awareness of other things being out there. I don’t know if everyone else will get the chance to travel and live in a different country, but if that’s what you want to do, then do it. Giving people a global music movement perspective can definitely start opening doors. The goal is just really being part of the movement, having a positive impact, and I think we can help with that.

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Emissions: West Coast Bass Culture Festival 2014

time April 9th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Proud to present the Afro Monk press release on Emissions Festival 2014!

 

Emissions is one of our favorite festivals here at Afro Monk. Check out what Tara had to say about last year’s event here! AND We love Emission so much, we’re also giving out TWO free tickets! Check HERE for more information on the contest!

Camp ? has graced the West Coast with so many amazing parties and events over the years, not to mention five legendary Emissions and some seriously epic Burning Man camps. I am super grateful for what they have contributed to the community and love to support them in any way. Their brainchild, Emissions, is a one of a kind festival that I look forward to every year. It’s relatively small in number, keeping it quite intimate; it’s casual, yet well organized; and it’s high energy, heavy hitting array of bass music is unmatchable. The family vibe is strong, seen and felt in abundant smiles, laughs, and hugs; the music is fresh and poppin all day; and the PK rig, BANGIN, to say the least.

It is being held for it’s second year at the lovely Belden Town, an adorable mini town nestled in the Feather River Canyon in Northern California. Belden is an excellent host for festivals with it’s shady camping and flowing river.  The beach stage is an awesome space and I can’t wait be to kickin it there listening to bomb music in what’s sure to be gorgeous weather. Mmmm….perfection.

Emissions’ lineup this year has shaped up to be, in my opinion, their best ever. I love and admire Camp ?’s dedication to bass music. They’re not trying to be overly trendy or #toofuture4you, nor are they adhering to what seems to be the standardized festival lineup we have become oh too familiar with on the west coast. They’ve instead done what hardly anybody else has been able to really grasp thus far this summer and created, simply, a solid lineup of high quality producers and DJ’s that are killing it right now. Let’s look closer at some of those artists:

Doshy: Long before I became a writer for Afro Monk, I was an avid reader of the blog. JM (Afro Monk)’s posts introduced me to a ton of music in 2010-2011, but by far the best discovery I ever made from the blog was the introduction to bass music producer Doshy. Hailing from Germany, this is Doshy’s first ever U.S. appearance! This a huge deal to me, being a crazy fan of Doshy since JM’s article in 2011, and I was starting to think I would never catch him live in the U.S. I’m sure there’s a grip of other Doshy fans feeling the same way. Sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

Deltron 3030: A man who needs no introduction, Bay Area native, Deltron, is the perfect headliner for this event. The influence of hip hop on bass music is evident in the work of essentially everyone on this bill, so I think it’s definitely crucial to have such a prominent and incredible rapper headlining. His most recent album has a super fun, higher energy feel throughout so I’m sure his set will be super tight(of course I’m hoping he’ll play hella from Deltron 3030 though!)

NastyNasty: A bay area bass music scene legend and one of my favorite producers of all time, NastyNasty sets have been a consistently amazing part of my experience within the west coast electronic music scene for 4+ years now. A cultivator of science fiction influenced sound design and polyrythmic soulfuness, his unique take on bass music is always on that next level tip. His live sets are flawless and always a great time. Can’t wait for his set!

G Jones: Anyone who reads Afro Monk regularly is well versed in the work of G Jones. I consider him to be at the forefront of the West Coast bass music sound, killing it harder than pretty much anyone right now.  I love his music and am always impressed with new releases. His performance is sure to be one of the best of the weekends and you can catch him a second time alongside Minnesota.

Starkey + Dev79: What can I even say about Starkey?? His signature Street Bass sound defines everything I love about future bass music and his live sets have been some of the hardest I’ve danced in my life. I’m super stoked to see him alongside Dev79, who I have yet to see live. Unmissable for sure!

DJ Pound: Another proprietor of the “street bass” sound, DJ Pound is sure to be a seriously epic set. I’m really stoked on this booking and to get to catch some of DJ Pound’s monstrous tunes played by the creator himself on a PK system. Associated with some of the most forward thinking and respectable labels in the game, Seclusiasis and Saturate , DJ Pound has been making moves this last year and his music speaks for itself.

Perkulat0r: I was just recently introduced to the sounds of  Perkulat0r when he played a show in Seattle and I can assure you he’s not to be slept on. I would consider him to be one of the most exciting up and comers in the scene, rockin an already highly developed sound, reminiscent of the type of glitch hop I used to really love but don’t hear as much anymore. Don’t miss this one!

Quarry: Dark, dreary, beautiful Quarry. I frequently go through phases where I lean towards darker sounds and Quarry’s post-sad aesthetic fits in perfectly with my current obsession with that feel. I was stoked to see him on this lineup and can’t wait to get catch his set!

Some more artists I look forward to seeing are The Widdler, Bleep Bloop, Boats, Cestladore, J:Kenzo, Guttstar, Hypha, Smashletooth, The Pirate, Pressha, Intellitard, VNDMG, Yheti, Son of Kick, Bogl…realistically I could go on and on, as the talent is rich this year and the lineup is nothing short of stacked! And as usual, the Bay Area and Northern California are being represented in their fullest majestic form by everyone from the headliners to the local favorites. Big ups West Coast artists and everyone else coming through for the event. And huge ups to Camp ? on their epic choice in lineup.

This is sure to be one for the books! Tickets available now but selling fast! First and Second tier already sold out, so get on the third ASAP.  You can buy tickets here and follow the Emissions Event Page for information and updates on the event. And as mentioned before, don’t forget we are doing a contest for two tickets! This festival is not too be missed and entering only takes a sec! ENTER HERE!
Can’t wait to see everyone on the dancefloor!!
~Molly

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Emissions Festival Ticket Giveaway!

time April 9th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

“It is time to gather in the forest and dance in the trees. To immortalize this moment through sound, expression & people. In its 6th year, The Emissions Festival is a celebration of the rich, creative culture surrounding the west coast’s bass music & festival community. A reflection of the appreciation felt from these. It shares both a forward thinking lineup that stands out, and an intimate communal festival experience. All within a welcoming atmosphere of true enjoyment for the music & everything surrounding.
May 16th through 19th | Held in beautiful Belden, CA.”

You don’t want to miss this festival! Follow the instructions below; 2 random winners will receive full weekend tickets for Emissions.

By simply liking Afro Monk on Facebook, you are granted 3 entries to the contest.
By tweeting about this contest you are granted 2 entries.
By sharing a post about this on Facebook, you are granted 1 entry.
See below for instructions…. Now get going!

Afro Monk – Emissions Festival Giveaway

Purchase tickets to Emissions here!

~Taradactyl~

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Sonic Bloom 2014 | June 19th-22nd | South Park, Colorado

time March 27th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014 has moved to a new location, The American Safari Resort, and tickets are selling faster than they have ever sold over the 9 previous years.

I’ve been attending Sonic Bloom for over three years straight now. It has a special place in my heart due to the intimate nature of the festival and the fact that it is one of the main events in Colorado. Year after year the artist they book, the vibe created, and the community of people from all over come together to make it one of the premier summer festivals. I’ve done my fair share of traveling all over the US and believe that Sonic Bloom is the go to festival this year.

It has been awhile since I have writing about something and had decided not to write blog post anymore but Sonic Bloom I hold dear to my heart. This year I’ve decided to cut my festival travels down significantly but told myself that this is the one for me. Why? Tipper! The fact that there are TWO Tipper sets means there will be a chill downtempo set which is worth the cost of the travel and ticket easy. There are so many other talented artist worth mentioning as well but I can’t express how excited I am to see Tipper this year considering the new album just around the corner.

This year The Road to Sonic Bloom has officially kicked off. Here are the remaining dates and the talented artist that will be performing all over the States to help build the hype for the main event! I’ll be playing at the Miami, FL date so be sure to come out to The Nest =)

April 4th – 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious

April 5th – The Nest, Miami, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious & Afro Monk

April 10th – The Parish, Austin, TX
The Malah, Janover & reSunator

April 11th – Easter Island Festival, Keetonville, OK
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious, Psymbionic

April 12th – Sons of Hermann Hall
Janover & reSunator

April 25th – Omaha, NE – Abbott Sports Complex
Kaminanda, Nadis Warriors, MuzzY, Marvel Years, Krooked Drivers

May 2nd – 3rd – The Unified Field: official SONIC BLOOM pre-party at Cervantes, Denver, CO
Opiuo, Random Rab, ill-esha, Zoogma, Janover & reSunator, Whitebear, Defunk & more TBA

Be sure to grab tickets ASAP since pre-sales and tier one tickets have already sold out! The one thing that really stood out to me about this year is that due to the new location you won’t have to worry about taking shuttles to and from the parking area since there will be car camping available. The location also features an indoor saloon with a bar and DJ booth for some of your favorite artist to entertain. I’d also recommend looking into VIP passes as this year they include tons of goodies!

Keep checking back for the final announcements of artist and possible gives aways! This poster is for the 1st and 2nd wave of artist announcements. Believe it or not they still have additional artist to add =D

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Soulacybin – “Gratitude” (Merkaba Music- Record Label)

time March 24th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , ,

John LaBoone, aka Soulacybin releases “Gratitude” on Merkaba’s Record Label: Merkaba Music.  Have you ever had an out of body experience?  Have you ever wanted to take a journey to outer space and experience life in a different planet?  Maybe one we haven’t even heard of?  Have you ever wondered what time travel is like?  Do you want to tap into your consciousness?  A deep rooted ritual sound that will lift your soul and take you on an escape to a different dimension is that of Soulacybin’s sound. These organic sounds will awake you and take you to an ancient realm, a forgotten past-life that still lies within you – it routes you to your origin – your spirit/love.

“Gratitude” consists of seven lengthy tracks full of love, music for the heart, and each track will take you on a different journey. These seven tracks are entitled: “The Activation Part 1 ft. Alaya Love”, “Moldavisions”, “Sundari”, “Mycophagous”, “Alien Life”, “Synchromystic”, and “The Activation Part 2 (Sequencing Complete) ft. Alaya Love”.  Each track  tells a story, each contains within it a different theme but exposes the same intention – a moment to escape life on Earth and bring forth an unseen universe, limiltess possibilities, a vision to the known/unknown.  The vocals incorporated in “The Activation” Parts 1 & 2 by Alaya Love and the melodic sounds of the clarinet on “Sundari” by Allison Brubaker make these original tracks more deeply rooted to the heart and sets forth a true futuristic outlook/perspective on our purpose here.

Soulacybin’s sound is truly unique and is sure to ignite a very powerful feel and impact on the mind, body, and soul.  His heart and soul are influenced by psychedelic vibes and dubs…all in 432hz tuning.  This psychedelic sound is also mixed in with ambient/chill frequencies blended with glitchy bass wurbbles, which mesh well with some Eastern drum beats and vibes.  Initial sounds of “Activation” elevated me into a new existence and journeyed me through a twirl of unwinding mysteries being unfolded, a discovery through the essence of Mychophagy. I felt a connection through the universe, a shift in consciousness was visible. A higher frequency took into effect and allowed me to feel “Gratitude” …sequencing complete.

Soulacybin – Gratitude by Soulacybin

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