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Kaminanda – The Infinite Breath

time February 4th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , ,

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Kaminanda releases ‘The Infinite Breath’, a full-length album on Merkaba Music.  Present is an evolved phase of sound through creative experience, intentional rise, and clear expansions made possible through ambient world bass, glitch, and dub amplifications.   Flowing are grooves and melodic soundscapes as they create a unique fusing of composition through layered textures, intricate pattering, and immaculately precise taste.  Kaminanda provides a moment of deep silence through psychedelic meditative gestures, all giving rise to healing tendencies.  An overall journey of creative explosions with more organic touches through healing vocal harmonics of the Astaris Miraculli & Irina Mikhailova, and hammered dulcimer grooves through Jamie Janover.  Experience a profound, mysterious, aligning, and next level release as Kaminanda has done it again!  A beautiful, symmetrical, and psychedelic visual representation of Kaminanda’s release pairs up with Luke Brown‘s profound artwork!

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Loom In Essence – DigitAlchemy

time February 3rd by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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Loom In Essence releases “DigitAlchemy” on Mycelium Music!  A laser, glitch, & psychedelic vibe and sound design is felt through downtempo and midtempo atmospheres which ignite hypnotic states through in-depth SciFi Bass leads. A breakthrough and emergence through the Universe captivates through mental imagery, an alignment through love, experimentation, and creativity.  An experimental producer, composer, and live guitarist, Aaron Bejerke, is a creative, mysterious, and mind-boggling creative with loads of potential and unique presentation.  It’s classical instrumentation meeting alien-production, a twist of imagination through organic melodies, intricate patterning, grimey whomps, illuminating crescendos…a Classical Producer is born!  It’s a rhythmic journey through evolving intriguing techniques, layered soundscapes, and eclectic triggers.  Mastered by Ion Driver , Art by Sponge.

I met Aaron this past Fall while traveling the West Coast, I found myself at a Wormhole Wednesday event in Oakland featuring Soulacybin, Warp9, Secret Recipe’s final set under his former name, Intellitard!  It was such a fun Thanksgiving weekend overall! We hung out at The New Parish before his set, spoke about music, art, music production, and then experienced a dope set, dude’s a genius!  This guy is one to keep you eyes pealed WIDE OPEN for.  Easily becoming one of my favorite producers.  Take a moment to sit down, be silent, and let Loom In Essence trigger treasures from within.  Three years in the making….this is a journey to be experienced deep into your mind’s eye.

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Spoken Bird – Liquid Soul Mantra

time February 2nd by Dalton authorTags: , , , ,

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Alex Gonzalez, more commonly known under his stage name ‘Spoken Bird’, is back with another solid installment in his panoply of cutting edge tracks with Liquid Soul Mantra. After 6 years in the mix, 28 year old Gonzalez is undeviating in releases that are growing in popularity throughout the future sound arena. Gonzalez has made a lot of advancement in his sound composition from earlier releases while continuing to manage his unique statement bass. He began djing parties in his college town and a quickly noticed a hunger for experimental sounds in the local community, so he began throwing renegade events to create an outlet for those in want. Once his eyes were set on making music and producing original content, he joined a round robin work group compromising of artists such as Devin Kroes, Itsurite, Urple Eeple, and Mia Lolita where they shared material and constructively critiqued each other’s work.

Feeling more seasoned and inspired, he was then able to open up and share his music with others.  While prolifically maintaining his solo endeavors, Spoken Bird also balances side projects ‘Lucid Solutions’ and ‘Triple Threat’ with friends and fellow artists Lazertooth and Elevated Mind. Along his journey there have been many stand out moments such as opening up for Polish Ambassador and Wildlight for a crowd of over 3,000 people and getting asked to perform at the festival that solidified his relationship with bass music, Symbiosis, in 2013. Fast forward a few years and the epic continues, with Alex’s newest chapter in the story of Spoken Bird.

This compilation highlights Gonzalez’s idiosyncratic style with distinctive bass lines, tastefully playful melodies, and pulsing composition. With his forward thinking sound design paired with a steady progression, this glitch hop collection will keep the energy high and the fairies moving. It was a pleasure to get to open up the space and detail a little more into the inner workings of this fresh EP release. Enjoy some inside perspective to the foundational mechanics and esoteric understandings of one of Afro Monks favorite new releases.

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Exclusive Spoken Bird Interview

Can you lend us some clarity into the title “Liquid Soul Mantra”?

The name actually came from an old poem of mine, which sadly has been lost in the digital ether on an old hard drive that failed. Essentially though it represents my own connection with water and with constantly being in a state of flow. It connects with the idea that our bodies are simply a vessel and our souls are eternal able to flow from one container to the next like water. If you fill a cup with water, the cup is the vessel and the water is the soul, if you drop the cup and it shatters, the vessel may be gone but the water is still there, if you dry it up with a towel the water is now in the towel but if you wring out the towel the water flows out, its fluid and free.

As always I love the signature lazer bass. I like how your style notably advances but the bass lines and kits seems to remain intrinsic to your sound. Is this something you try to achieve intentionally or something that ends up happening on its own?

A little bit of both. I try to use a mixture of new sounds and old sounds, and I have a big library of bass patches, synths, etc that I have created over the years and keep coming back to because I love the way they sound, other times I challenge myself to make new sounds and push the envelope. A lot of it also has to do with the nature of the synths I use (A lot of Razor for Reaktor and Serum from XFER Records) and the kinds of sounds they tend to be good at making.  

This is a very solid 3 piece release. Was this intended to be only three tracks or did it start as a single or the beginnings of a full length release?

It was actually a 4 track EP but sadly one of the tracks was an older one in a different version of Ableton, on an older computer and when I got my new macbook I wrote the other 3. When I came back to the older track [which I had managed to salvage from the failed hard drive I mentioned before] all of the patches and synths had reset themselves to the default synth sound so I basically lost everything. Instead of trying to redo all the sound design and synthesis I decided to just keep writing new songs, work on remixes for friends etc and just release this one as a 3 track EP.

Is there anything you might be trying to evoke in listeners through these new tracks?

My music has always been about painting pictures on silence with sound. Honestly I just hope that people can get lost in their own imagination or lost in the movement of their body on the dancefloor while listening to the music!

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From the start to the final product, how long was the process for this collection of tunes?

I’ve gotten faster at writing over the years and especially after getting my first EP out, which took me a looooong time to get together and get released [2 years of going back and forth], I dedicated myself to writing for at least an hour a day and trying to really focus on getting songs completed. For this EP I would say that from start to finish the whole writing process took me about 3~4 months and then getting together artwork, release strategy, a record label etc was another 3~4 months.

It’s hard for me to call, but I think I would have to say that “Moments of Clarity” stuck out to me most. All of the tracks embody a very bouncy, playful spirit, but MoC really paints a vivid picture with a banging lead verse, beautifully arpeggiated melody, and then to a glitchy, atmospheric break down. Can you give us any insight into the influence behind the title? a little bit of the process behind making it? Personal connection to it?

At the time I was going through a lot in my life, just kind of stressing out about student loans, finding a place to live, not having a fully stable relationship/being in a long distance relationship, struggling with the decision to quit my job and switch to working part time so I could focus more on writing music. Then it kind of hit me one morning, when I got into an argument at work with my boss and decided right then and there that it was time to quit and start focusing on music. I was so frustrated with everything and with working for someone else and not having enough time to work on my true passion, music, that it was kind of a moment of clarity for me. I put in my 2 weeks the next day and almost immediately found a part time job working 20 hours a week with extreme flexibility and 4 day weekends to go play gigs and write new music. It really marked a big shift for me, and I was super inspired after quitting my previous dead end job, so after putting in my 2 weeks I went home and began working on Moment of Clarity which was actually the fastest song of the EP to be written (from start to finish it took me 3 days which is the fastest I have ever completed a song).

As for the song-writing itself, I actually took a lot of inspiration from listening back to eDIT’s Crying Over Pros, hence the glitchy break down.

Could you shed some light into the assembly of your works? Take us into a day in the studio with Spoken Bird. Where does it start, how do you push through stagnation, how do you know when a piece is done?

I don’t really have a typical day in the studio as for me the inspiration always hits at different times and for different reasons though lately I’ve been noticing a trend of either getting inspired super late at night when I am coming back from a gig, etc and writing music into the wee hours of the morning, or getting really inspired right after waking up, taking a shower and drinking a cup of coffee.

Essentially though, when I get inspired I will open up Ableton and usually start with a melody or chord progression I am hearing in my head, and then build from there, usually adding rudimentary drums, and then a bass line to fit the chord progression, which will usually be super simple at first, and then once I have the notation for the bass line down I will go back in and tighten up the drums, make them more intricate, move kicks and hihats around to better fit the groove, etc. Then I will go in and add automation and different bass sounds to the bass line to start getting the signature “Spoken Bird” lazer bass sound. From there I will start adding more melodic elements like pads, stabs, ear candy, etc.

I think a big part for me as well is knowing when to drop a track or when to push through. A lot of producers talk about the idea of knowing when to stop polishing a turd, which is true, if you polish a turd, it’s still a turd at the end of the day. So you kind of have to know when an idea just isn’t good and to move on to something else.

With that said, I also think it’s important to know when to push through and keep writing. Sometimes I will have something I am just not feeling and will be thinking about scrapping it, and then I’ll take one element and change it to a different patch, or arpeggiate it, or maybe I’ll change the patch on a particular bass sound and all of a sudden BOOM! Now the track is banging and im feeling it and super inspired to keep writing.

I think it’s also important to know when to take breaks, give your ears a rest, or just simply stop listening to the same half a bar over and over again trying to get it exactly right. As that tends to happen a lot haha, sometimes my roommates will be like, “DUDE! IF I HEAR THAT SAME HALF BAR LOOP ONE MORE TIME!”.

Do you have any plans for Liquid Soul Mantra? Are you hoping to open up the space for some more touring or shows or simply keep the bass kittens prring?

I’m hoping that some of the right people take notice of the new music and I can begin to get more shows, play some new festivals and just keep spreading the music to dance floors across the country, but ultimately I am happy to just get the music in people’s ears. If I can convert one more person into a bass music fan, I am happy :)

Alright my friend, any last words you would like to share with your fans or the community?

Love more, fear less.

If you believe it, then live it and be it or leave it be.

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Wormcast Mix Series Volume 5 – Duffrey

time January 12th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Wormhole Music Group presents: Wormcast Mix Series Volume 5 featuring Duffrey!  Wormcast bring about a collection of unreleased tunes from Duffrey and some of his friends, including Bogtrotter, Cello Joe, Stone Cactus, and vocalist, Chelsea Rain ni Sarasvatii, Enjoy!  A 32.44 minimix and psychedelic bass journey composed of fresh glitch feels!  Experience a transcending and mystical escape into galactic flashbacks as mind-expansive ignitions are well-crafted through genius composition and sleek introduction as each different journey within the mix smoothly transitions and evolves within it! Enjoy this FREE Download!

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Duffrey – Booted

time January 12th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , ,

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Duffrey self-releases “Booted” on his bandcamp on September 25th, 2015 – it’s a four-track EP composed of a bunch of remixes of classic songs such as “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman, “Roads” by Portishead, “Slow Wind” by R.Kelly, and “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy and Monica. Fusing funky, glitchy, squishy, bass-fueled soundscapes, Woody reveals depth like never before.  Intertwined within them are smooth R&B feels and lyrical intentions, a tasty and moving groove to fill your emotive highs hats, crescendos, snare sparks, sporadic vocalizations, scintillating beats, and organic vibes.  Shredding on the daily, this young producer is turning heads.

Duffrey is an electronic music producer with a unsatisfiable hunger for brain tickling soundscapes and funky bass. Woody Klann, a Oakland based drummer and musician from a young age, has been squeezing sounds from his environment since he can remember. His style is heavily influenced by a chilled-out west coast bass flavor introduced to him during his time spent in the NW and California.  Duffrey’s goal is to convert brainwaves into vibrational energy that takes control of your body and leaves you with a tingly sensation. From the grimest of glitch to a feel good mash-up, Duffrey keeps it interesting, fresh, and is ready to shred at all times.  Duffrey is a Street Ritual label and agency artist, be sure to catch him at a city near you! Bookings: becca@streetritual.com

Duffrey – Booted

Duffrey – Kiss Cupboard | Released on Street Ritual on 05/2015

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Psy Fi – Colors

time January 11th by amalgamation23 authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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Psy Fi releases ‘Colors’ on MalLabel on January 7th, it’s a full length album featuring 10-tracks of solid dopeness!  It’s fresh and filled with hard hitting bass, glitch hop feels, psychedelic frequencies, intricate textures, 808’s, and mind blowing composition – it’s fire!  This also release screams out flawless sound design fused in with eerie sonic atmospheres and trippy crescendoing effects made possible through energetic vibrations and next level melodic vibes.  Miles does a great job of creating expansive ignitions as they rise through the depths of rich layered textures.  Along w/ the release are also 5 remixes of originals by Hollis, Perkulator, Muppet Punk, Hypha, & Wu Wei – all showing a remarkable taste of bass and deep collaborative and futuristic escapes!

Miles Ross is a West Coast bass producer hailing from the streets of the Bay Area in Oakland, where mass creativity leads and inspires.  On the path for loads of productive potential, Psy Fi will keep his soul uplifted as he digs deeper within himself to showcase his gift to the world.  I have yet to catch a live show as he I hear he exemplifies all-original live performances which range in diverse, mind-melting, rareness, and fluid exposure – a transcending effect which has left many emotive responses and high-rating depth.  Newly sign into the Re:Evolution booking fam, keep your eyes pealed for live performances in a city near you!

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NICO LUMINOUS – Love is Waiting

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

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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: , , , , , , , ,

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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!

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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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Secret Recipe – The Cookbook

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

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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.

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