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Russ Liquid – In Love [Lowtemp - (In Depth Album Review)]

time August 27th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , ,

Russ Liquid releases “In Love” on Lowtemp Record Label founded by Gramatik and it’s his creation of love through sound structure and design ignited by real life events which triggered inspiration to create a soulful, jazzy, funky, groovy, and uplifting feel which is all set in his original downtempo and bass vibe.  Russ Liquid has been gaining a rapid momentum in the West Coast Bass music scene as a true innovator, and he will continue to stand out as both an eclectic producer and a passionate multi-instrumentalist (trumpet and flute).  This release is different yet similar to his previous releases, Promises and Foreign Frequency, where they are more consistent of deep purple bass lines and more ghostly soundscapes.  One thing that really remained the same is his signature downtempo bass style, my favorite.  In Love reveals an importance of change through sound and experimentation that is inevitable in today’s electronic music scene.  He’s like the sound version of Pablo Picasso, a futuristic colorful splash of genre-bending soundscapes; a seeker of depth and meaning.  I discovered Russ Liquid during end of 2011/beginning of 2012 and was immediately drawn to his style.  His intricate sound design, style, and continuous suspense and mystery illuminates an endless escape within sounds into unknown discoveries.  Months later, I met Russell Scott during the Summer of 2012 while hosting a co-production collaboration I was a part of, and his personality blends with his music – a very upbeat, compassionate, and creative artist who’s always down for adventure.

In Love consists of 15 experimental creations of genre bending sounds made possible through his creative spark:  DANCE Allegro, DRK KNIGHT, Freezer, How Long, Feral Cat, Twisted, The Way You Make Me Feel, NYC Blue, Sweetest Taboo, Peaker, Speedster, Thug Baby (ft. Freddy Todd), Chillian, With Love, and Acid for Wagner (featuring Thriftworks).  DANCE Allegro is a journey into another language, an allegro and upbeat jazzy vibe that will soothe your ear drums. West Coast r&b flow is present and tags along well with the spacey and groovy melody.  Fancy and rhythmic instrumentation creates echoes of cloud wonders heard through the high and mid pitched lyric –  an exquisite taste of sound and element mixture. DRK KNGHT changes the style up and reveals Russ Liquid’s experimental and diverse outlook.  With the 808 beat and snare incorporation, he ties in numerous bass waveforms to create a symphonic journey of sound.  With suspenseful twists of beats, xylophonic triggers, and laser bass, the fluidity gives off otherworldly energy, and snare melody adds to the suspension.  Mysteriously fusing fancy and rhythmic beats, he creates a spooky and lively vibe that will trigger new thought.  Freezer is a luscious wave of ear candy.  Synthesizer heaven can be heard across the entire track, as elements of all kinds flow along with it.  Liquid bass grooves brighten up the feeling of love, a future jazz odyssey.  This electricity of fresh frequencies, especially through brass (trumpet) instrumentation will make you feel as if you’re floating on Cloud 9.

How Long tells the story of the importance of patience through the craving sound texture that is exposed.  A more downtempo feel is present, a longing feeling is revealed through the vocals and can be felt as you hear lyrical callings: “So.. Long…”.  Eerie melodies and clicks make it an experimental trigger of inspiration.  Feral Cat is a sexy and psychedelic journey through a sonic waterfall experience in a space-jungle adventure.  The introduction is seductive and smooth as you hear initial flute instrumentation.  A very melodic and enchanting beat is created and syncs up well with low tone synth.  Lyrical drones of “Running” is then heard through the voice of a gentle and beautiful sounding female, a lingering feel.  Mid way through, a low tempo groove gives off a deeper and more sentimental vibe.  Twisted is enchanting as melodic bell beats strike the intro.  Bass growls and liquid wurbbles create a flexible feel of many moods.  A very rhythmic thematic soundscape will nurture the higher self.  Tempos are brilliantly twisted into magical scenic feels as Russ incorporates his live trumpet.  Soon after, a psychedelic journey of never before heard composition is revealed ultimately setting him apart from others.  His style is very distinct and forward thinking.  The Way You Make Me Feel is a love touch to the heart.  Vocalizations of the song title are sang in a low temp textures, an r&b effect.  This chill trap electronic vibe will invigorate and give you the freshest chills.  Silky bass lines and glitch crescendos blend well with trumpet effects, a true harmony.  

NYC Blue is another downtempo and synth festivity.  Synthesizers make up the theme of this track as his uniquely structured melodies dive into multiple shades of the color blue – a dive into the ocean, where Ocean Jasper is found – a healing touch.  Sweetest Taboo is the sweetest magical feel.  Liquid trumpet and 80′s synth covers a whole portrait, it paints the world.  Female vocals are pre dominant as they reveals lyrics that make love a possibility.  Jazz effects galore.  Peaker is a continuous wonder flow of jazz.  Lively melodies ring in the background while brass instrumentation and reed instruments brings us back to the late 19th/early 20th century while having a future feel.  A Peak of love.  Speedster is a steady fast synth race, a heart-pumping effect by the feeling of love.  A euphoric sound structure of piano and electric guitar loops are synchronized.  It reminded me of a mixture of jazz mixed with funky electronic feels - a get down.  Thug Baby(feat. Freddy Todd) is the aftermath of two luminous and distinctive worlds combining together, a glitch synth sync.  Chill trap beats and spacey frequencies have created a thug baby as the trumpet will lift you up.  Chillian is a chill innovation of Russ’s sounds.  The flute reveals a new dimension of feeling, all while being immersed in glitch twirls.  With Love is about the change of sound could go through when in that state of mind.  The most natural and powerful energy induced a sweet and rare freestyle of sound with incorporations of xylophonic sounds towards the end. Acid For Wagner (feat. Thriftworks) is an elegant, eerie, and trippy collaboration.  Sounds within sounds come through in all directions and will give you a chance to experience life and love in another universe.  Flute and experimental soundscapes blend very well together.

Russ Liquid has shown us a new feel, a fresh sound structure, and limitless experimentation – all while sticking to his signature roots and style such as bass, downtempo, jazz, and live instrumentation. He is, without a doubt, breaking musical boundaries. The mastery of “In Love” was created and inspired by real life experiences of being in love with another human and life, and all the ups and downs that comes along with it. Triggers to the heart chakra are some of most powerful and life-changing experiences we can experience – an uplift into another realm. This album gives off an atmosphere full of bliss and vibrant frequencies. The album is consistent of sounds of classic jazz, R&B, funk, glitch, techno, and world music – all in a downtempo setting. Russ’s fluidity with life and sound is captivating, to say the least – he is a master of his own design. His liquid grooves and intricate sound composition is immeasurable, he’s doing what not a lot of producers are doing – not following the trend. He is following his own style and heart and because of this, he’s destined to a bright future through love and sound. As time will continue to move forward, Russ Liquid’s style and taste will move along with it as splashes of imagination will trigger the most profound inventions. I recently caught a fresh live set earlier this month here in Austin, TX, and it was a fresh funky-disco illumination into the entire city of Austin and beyond. Look out for this next level thinking producer and instrumentalist as he will continue to captivate and explore sound and thus will discover possibilities of immerse himself in the importance of change.

 Listen to “In LOVE” out on Lowtemp: 

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Zebbler Encanti Experience – Freakquency [Gravitas Recordings]

time August 19th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , ,

Zebbler Encanti Experience released Freakquency on Gravitas Recordings on July 15th 2014, and it’s a gateway of vivid expansion of the mind made possible through twisted and thought-provoking mixed genre sound frequencies in a newly formed imagination.  Zebbler Encanti Experience is a psychedelic twist within itself, an audio-visual journey seen through the mind’s eye, triggered through auditory and sensory of high frequencies vibrating in multiple directions, as molecules of sound being presented in the most freaky instances.  Encanti is the mastermind behind the psytrap/bass/glitch/electro  sound design, production, and mastering of the audio sense, while Zebbler projects mind-bending visuals, a futuristic foundation of visible uplifts.  In his past, Zebbler has collaborated with the EOTO & Shpongle for visual enhancement, both having high experience and intellect of association in their field. This kaleidoscopic representation of sound will take you on a roller-coaster blast into infinity.  Is there anything more psychedelic and twisted than the Shpongle crew?  This album will reveal a new sound-universe, and bizarre visuals as seen in the “Freakquency” Video ; the embodiment  new-age advancement of next level thinking and experimentation.

Freakquency consists of 5 psychedelic ventures of their own:  “Perceptronium”, “Follow the Bubble”, “Neuron Dialect”, “Frequency”, & “Immediacy ft. Ganavya”.  Perceptronium is the idea that human consciousness is simply a state of matter, the idea that there are many types of matter (solids, liquids, gases), as there are many types of consciousness.  Through sound experimentation, Encanti fuses unimaginable genre-bending impossibilities and strategies of glitch sound filled with fluidity to create a unique audio experience.  Psychill patterns immediately blend into an upbeat electro high-frequency and warps a back-flip in your mind and dives into a mid-tempo dubstep atmospheric relief and repeat.  Follow the Bubble is like a video game full of speed and action, a psytrance feel.  It’s like mouse-trap – except through sound, I’d describe it as psytrap.  This mixture will make your heart race, it’ll give you electro energy, glitch-hop swerve, and chill trap 808 dub grooves.

Neuron Dialect is mystery waiting to be revealed.  Synthesizers and glitch frequencies mesh well to create an uplifting auditory experience.  Electronic bass feels and clicks make it a never-ending soundscape, a continuous blending of neuron activity running through a psilocybin experience.  Freakquency is psytrance at its peak, a multitude overload of freak-dance moves revealed through pupil-dilation, a Clock-Work Orange effect.  Midway, a bubble of glitch-induced beats pour out like laser rain drops.  Marching wurbbles and ziggles and inventions of all sorts take place in multiple instances such as reversing, fast-forwarding, ultimately creating and twisting sounds and distorted hip-hop lyrical “Freakquency” voice tones which can be heard sporadically.  Immediacy ft. Ganavya is a chill step vibe of groovy encounters.  A thousand sound thoughts per minute have slowed down the effect full of glitch patterns from the previous tracks and it reveals a chill out yet melodic atmosphere fused with deep-bass lines .

Zebbler Encanti Experience is a creation of sound advancement in the most inventive combinations of psychedelic triggers I have yet heard.  Steaming from having past collaborations with EOTO and Shpongle, the Zebbler Encanti Experience will reveal a fear-less creation of sound exploration and will lift you to another dimension.  They’ve been hitting a U.S.A. Summer Tour reaching multiple cross-country states, and the next stop is Burning Man, so if you’re going, be sure to catch them there next.  This Gravitas Recordings release adds to the glory of their experience, both outlets incorporate diversity in their projects, always on the next level, always pushing and searching for the most fresh sounds.  I’m eager to follow this duo more that is sure to surprise with their upcoming projects, you thought this was a crazy and new-found experience? I’m sure they have further ground-breaking projects of sound and visual mappings planned out for future releases, excited to see where these forward-thinking innovators will take us with experimentation of all levels.

Watch Zebbler’s Visual Projection Video of: Freakquency (music video by Zebbler Encanti Experience) .

Freakquency released on Gravitas Recordings:

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Krooked Drivers Music & Art Experience ["The Thing" Wednesday's in Austin, TX]

time August 17th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , ,

Krooked Drivers headlined “The Thing”, a Wednesday Weekly at Empire Control Room, Presented by Scoremore Shows here in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, July 30th, and it was fresh vibes all around.  Steaming hot from Denver, Colorado, Krooked Drivers, which consists of members Donnie Dalbora and Maddy O’neil, entered the electronic music scene in 2011 and have been gaining a constant momentum ever since.  This dynamic Electronic/Hip Hop duo bring the sounds of the past to the present moment by sampling vinyl, while blending their own creation of soulful melodies, ultimately creating a new-found experience, a blast from the past.  Deep bass lines, mind-twisting drum patterns, sampling, re-imagining, and mixing is all part of their own unique style in variation.  With having their first EP release, Somewhere In Between, in April 2013 which featured their popular single “Only For You”, they release a second album, Right Beneath Your Feet later that same year in November with Austin, TX- based label Gravitas Recordings. Earlier this Summer, in May[2014], they released a  half-hour, all original beat-tape entitled Here and Now, and their first full-length LP is set to be released this coming September on Super Best Records.

Krooked Drivers [Donnie Dalbora & Maddie O'neil]

I was very excited for this evening as this was my first time catching one of their live sets, they were pretty stoked on their first show in Austin as well, a conversation sparked through creative flame.  The air was lively that Wednesday evening at Empire Control Room, which featured an outdoor setting with visible live painters/artists such as Jason Smith, aka: Bild, Chops, aka: Wanderweird, and Zander Lampkin.  Supporting artists included Brede and Blunt Force, both local Austin favorites.  Jesse Brede, founder of Gravitas Recordings, opened up the night with a fresh Dj set, which consisted of showcasing bass-fueled tracks by Gravitas artists and like-minded musicians, a unique exposure in the most authentic originality.  Soon after, Blunt Force grooved on next and played a future funk PA set which kept the crowd lively and groovy.  Incorporating a live electric guitar during his set definitely added to the live experience in multiple instances.  Krooked Drivers set up on stage next and they performed a dynamic live set, their energetic and fresh presence took me on another level, while their signature style always followed through.

Bild Art [Jason Smith] Live Painting at “The Thing”

Jason Smith, aka: Bild [Bild Art], is not only one of the most active visual artists in the art community here in Austin, TX, but he is also active throughout festival season, some recent presence as a featured artist include: Art Outside ’13, and 2014 Summer festivals include Euphoria Festival , Sonic Bloom, Arise Music Festival, and approaching festivals include The Great North and Art Outside 2014 on October 24th – 27th.  A self entitled Unorthodoxian Geometrist, Bild’s prime creative endeavors consist of massive structure building, creating art by building whatever sparks his imagination, and uses wood and paint to make it reality.  His paintings consist of sacred geometrical shapes and alignments, giving 3 dimensional feel and otherworldly beings and figures can also be visible.  When not live painting weekly or on a daily basis, you can find Jason adventuring around town and the spontaneity that comes along with it.

Bild’s Painting [In Progress] at “The Thing”

Jason has an otherworldly signature style in his paintings, as every artist has their own unique creative look and feel.  An atmospheric psychedelic realm is visible, a circulation of geometrical alignments and cube shapes with thick yet light energy radiating around.

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Zander & Wanderweird Live Painting at “The Thing”

“Download” by Zander at The Thing

Zander uses aerosol/acrylic on canvas to create a psychedelic space-adventure, a journey through time-travel is revealed, an entrance into another realm, far beyond time and existence.  Vibrant colorations blend well with obscure surroundings giving it a 3-D effect.

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The Art Community in Austin, Texas is growing and flourishing, and Scoremore Show’s Weekly, “The Thing”, is part of it,  especially with 4th Wednesday’s booked by one of the talent buyer’s at ScoreMore Shows, Matt Switzer.  Some past booking’s include:  Thriftworks, JPOD, Plantrae, and Russ Liquid.  “The Thing” featuring Krooked Drivers, Brede, and Blunt Force was a memorable and creative adventure to say the least.  Another plus about this weekly is the fact that it’s FREE Entry with RSVP.  What more could one ask for?  It’s a place of discovery, it’s a thrilling creative experience at its finest.  An act of artistic co-creation of all sorts, seen through the eyes of the visual artists, performers, and audience themselves – it’s a place to let loose and get inspired.  As Summer nears an end, and the Fall season approaches, more weekly Wednesday’s await.   Approaching shows include Stickybuds on August 27th and Lafa Taylor on September 24th. 

Somewhere In Between [April 2013] by Krooked Drivers

 Right Beneath Your Feet by Krooked Drivers out on [Gravitas Recordings- Nov 2013]

Here and Now [Beat Tape - May 2014] by Krooked Drivers

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Keese | Panamint Chalice [MalLabel Music] | AfroMonk.com Exclusive

time July 1st by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Keese releases “Panamint Chalice” on San Francisco’s own MalLabel Music, and it’s a futuristic slow-motion tale of the mixture of genres, of purple bass infused Glitch-Hop wonders from the northern bay of Arcata, California.  West Coast Bass is an adventure of its own, just like a culture of the unknown experience of exploration.  This young producer is not afraid to take risks as he will continue to experiment and bring forth luminous rays of full-spectrum energy meant to ignite the possible.  Like super powers, these sound frequencies will produce rapid change and flashbacks, de-ja vu, psychic-abilities.  I hope your ear pineals, and your mind’s eye are ready for an experiment of psytrap, 808′s, and sub trips, psychedelic epiphanies through auditory sense.  Pick up your chalice glass and fill it up with a taste of your choice, I prefer clear liquid H20, and let these liquified sounds trigger a festive thought.

“Panamint Chalice” consists of 5 sound experiments sure to invoke invisibility, experience slow-motion effects, and time control – re-appearance into a different side.  These experimental creations are entitled, “Hot Curls”, “Panamint Chalice”, “Love Yourself”, “Less is More”, and “Bonkers”.  Hot Curls is a slow-motion step back, then 10 more steps forward into glitch fusion, and twirl of eerie crescendos of blended 808 beat and melodic freshness.  Panamint Chalice is a proper occasion.  An appropriate glitch stutter.  A groovy mid-tempo whomp, a rhythmic 808 laser illumination beats created to invoke change, like that of a chameleon.

Love Yourself is an electronic upbeat first sparked by 808 feel, and continuous balanced beat of signature “drops”.  Except they’re not “drops”, because they mesh well next to the prior soundscape, it’s more like a smooth twist of intelligent exposure of a new structured development of love.  Less is More opened up a new wave of energy that sparked past-life inspiration.  Intricate and delicate, yet powerful composition can be both felt and heard.  A theme of fading effects mesh well with what sounds like alien atmospheric callings, from under the ocean and up into space, that’s some psytrap for you.  Bonkers is a game of elegance meets chill, a coming of two worlds bound to cause technicolor bass whirlwinds of triggers.

Panamint Chalice is a boom of silver and gold minerals and psytrap trinkets found in a ghost town.  Keese’s creation of sound experimentation is definitely fresh, I’m very stoked to see his future projects.  He’s developing a rare sound in the West Coast Bass scene and isn’t afraid to express creations developed in his lab. Bass and Glitch Melodic encounters will sooth your brain waves, and blast you off into otherwordly sonic space sunset. Let these sound causations of realizations explore freshness. Here’s a free download of “Hot Curls”.

Listen Here: Panamint Chalice by Keese

Free Download of “Hot Curls”:

 

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Govinda – “Luminance” [Artist Spotlight]

time June 15th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Govinda released “Luminous” on May 20th, 2014, which marks his 13th release – 11 albums, 1 remix EP, and a Vinyl release. The alchemist of sexy world bass music is back with a luscious 8-track album full of hauntingly sexy vibes and illuminations with incorporations of various collaborations of heart-felt and powerful vocalists out of this seemingly illusion-full world. Shane Madden has developed such an otherworldly beat that is triggering brain waves and pulses through the eyes and souls of others. Get ready for a dynamic touch to the heart chakra which will uplift you and magically reveal and unlock the mysteries of the universe and beyond. “Luminance” brings forth a powerful rush of eerie and sexy frequencies that are sure to run chills down your spine, twice. His live performances are a mastery of perfection as “time” moves forth.  I’ve experienced his live performances countless times since 2011, the night that we met and became friends at a Banjos to Beats show in Dallas, TX. He always creates a uniquely powerful audible/visual experience, whether it’s just him on the stage or with one of his enchanting dancers.  He has gained a momentum which is about to create a luminous explosion of energy through us, a forth-moving otherworldly universe to come.  Shane Madden currently resides here in Austin,TX and when not at home with his family, or traveling on tour, or cooking up new Sacred Middle Eastern yet psychedelic frequencies, you’ll find him exploring and dining around town as he is an adventurous lively character.

Luminance” consists of 8-tracks: “Light Arrives” (feat. Bee Born)”,”Panther”  (feat. Irina Mikhailova),”Possibilities” (feat. ill-esha), “Levitated Dancer”, “Break the Spell” ( feat. Sophie Holt), Gypsy Side Show” (feat. Susan Zuzka Allan), “Angel Freezing (Jacked Up Mix)”, & “Om Tare (re-thought remix feat. Irine Mikhailova). “Light Arrives” (ft. Bee Born) illuminates the theme of the album – vibrant luminous escapades full of alien-esque whomps and laser space beams full of depth and emotion. Shane’s production style and composition is very forth-moving and his dark yet lively rhythms are yet again illuminated by Bee’s harmonious and seductive vocals.  “Panther” (ft. Irina Mikhailova) teleports me back to a spiritual ancient past composed of seductive melodies and bass growls and roars. His dexterous violin playing skills blend well with his trip-hop frequencies which are poured through the light of his alien-being while Irina’s vocals resonate with his beat, making it a two-way street. “Possibilities” (feat. ill-esha) delivers a hauntingly breathtaking message of possibilities. Govinda’s experimental production style meshed with ill-esha’s powerful lyrics creates a never-ending momentum of synchronicities. What enhances it even more is her mesmerizing vocals which reveal limitless emotion and feels. The production level is beyond future…it presents possible time-travel, foreshadows, past-life regressions, opens up channels, and astral projection all through textured rhythms of never-ending weaving bass twists of infinite possibilities beyond Earth and Time. Waking life.

“Levitated Dancer” builds up a crescendo of thrills and chills of trip-hop whomps. The portal to the unknown has been unlocked. A deep rooted ancient melodic downtempo beat will ignite a sixth sense. Textures of psychedelic feels will make your heart pump endless light. Aums and Mantras add to the overall mythical theme as his violin adds a luminous story of it’s own, a sacred touch of otherworldly soundscapes sure to levitate you and create an out-of-body experience.  “Break the Spell” (ft. Sophie Holt) howls in next, a full moon full of squelches and squishes meant to cast a spell. An unparalleled frequency of dream-state forces induced to create within you a lucid dream, and a feeling of continuous crave. A burning desire of fire felt within having being blinded my the love of your prey. These deeply felt lyrics blend well with his composition. “Gypsy Side Show” (ft. Susan Zuzka Allan) is another perfect addition to Luminance as it continues to illuminate the shadows of the universe. Another forth-moving culmination of hauntingly beautiful melodies that will take you to another realm through angelic drones of light. Both “Angel Freezing” and “Om Tare”(feat. Irina Mikhailova) are re-visited tracks with a whole new set of beats and laser beams accompanied by textured tones meant to amplify and deepen the experience.  “Angel Freezing (jacked upmix) completely froze time and teleported me into a celestial atmosphere full of depth and intricate wobbly composition.  “Om Tare (rethought mix ft. Irina Mikhailova) is a auditory exploration of sensual mantras by Irina Mikhailova.  The violin gracefully warms up with the other transcendental melodies.

Govinda is a power of light full of brilliance and the dedication that he feels for progression of his sounds is endless.  He has developed a style so mysteriously fresh that will continue to bring forth existence of other realms.  When asking Shane about the story behind this album he responded with: “As for the story, I think this album is about finding my light inside then finding tones, textures and melodies that beam it out again.” “Luminance” surely reveals his intention and is also sure to bring forth frequencies that will even trigger your own light inside, which will teleport you beyond time and space, and back to your spirit origin. As he continues to continuously experiment trip-hop melodies and instrumentation such as the violin, he will continue to push boundaries in today’s conscious bass music.

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Gladkill | “Accolades” EP [Foundations Recordings]

time June 14th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Gladkill releases “Accolades” under his newly found record label, Foundations Recordings, and is composed of 6 rich-filled future West Coast soundscapes spanning in multi-genre feels of bass music, R&B, hip hop, deep house, garage, & downtempo setting. After listening to “Acccolades” repeatedly, I can vouch that it’s fresh and has been created with limitless soul and intention which is made visible through its focus on melodic precision and intricate composition. Gladkill and co-founder, Sugarpill, launched their “Foundations Recordings” and its tour earlier this year in January with their debut launch party here in Austin, TX, a night which foresaw a promising future for the rest of the tour to follow. This marks “Foundations Recordings” first release, so stop whatever you’re doing, turn up your bass, and let it take you on a future chill wave journey.

Accolades is composed of 6 tracks: “Ether”, “Float Away”, “Velvet”, “Let U Go”, “Queens”, & “Accolades”.  “Ether” is full of 808 elegance and reveals a theme of the album- synth heaven freshness and future bass escapades.  Snares kick off stardust particles into space.  Perfection.  Electrifying composition of intricate elements blend exquisitely together.  “Float Away” is ignited through multiple pitches of 808′s and trigger pull in the beginning. “I can be I” and “My Love” r&b vocals stream across escapades of unique bass laser frequencies which hover symmetrically over breaks and clicks. “Velvet” continues the 808 rhythm with synth soundscapes that create a deeply felt chillttrap atmosphere. It has a mysteriously melodic vibe to it with its deep bass whomps sporadically illuminating space.

Let U Go” has a smooth harmonious structure and has a very sexy future soul vibe to it, especially with incorporation of r&b vocals fading in and out. Attention to detail is prime, and these vocals blend freshly with all other melodic elements. Future space bass and rhythms create a slow magic flow with synthesizer crescendos. “Queens” is so unique and chill, I really dig the xylophonic sounding key stokes blended with synthesizer eloquence. Clicks, breaks, and his silky signature sounds and bass interweaves beautifully and aligns intricately with celestial melodies. “Accolades” is a deep house design which is sure to rejuvenate you and teleport to the dance floor. Future soul crescendos will light up your third eye, and have you grooving away.

“The term “accolade” is defined as an award or privilege granted as a special acknowledgment of merit”, and Gladkill has just achieved this through mastery of his fresh futurebass release with a lot of depth and feels.  As he continues to develop signature silky sounds with focus on preciseness, he will continue to break through and lead soundscapes of the West Coast. These chill frequencies and amplitudes of mesmeric beats will enter your body and clear out and freshen you up.  It’s like these phonic travels I have experienced left me feeling balanced and clear.  If Edgar Allan Poe defines, in brief, “the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty”, then I define, in brief, Gladkill’s composition of sounds as the rhythmical creation of  Melodic Future Bass Music.

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Art Of Fact | Bodies of Water [MalLabel Music] | Afromonk.com Exclusive

time June 10th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , ,

Art of Fact releases his first release, “Bodies of Water”, on MalLabel Music today, Tuesday, June 10th. Taylor Willis is a glitch hop and psy dub producer based in the West Coast, more specifically Eugene, Oregon. He comes from a background full of classical and jazz instrumentation from early on in his childhood, as early as 12 years old. Art of Fact’s “Bodies of Water” will take you on a liquid journey through textures and rhythms deep within his sacred being that will arise frequencies of deep blue energies taken from the depths of the Ocean, the depths of the unknown sought to rejuvenate, cleanse, and invoke the third eye. Mysteriously weaving and blending sonic waves of beaming escapes and triggers, Art of Fact develops a chill sound soaked with emotion, truth, and visibility. These futuristic yet ancient grooves will leave you feeling liquified, consciously clear and will freshen you up. Spirals and twists of thoughts and questions will light up through sonic glitches and bass whomps directed to think outside the box, to read between the lines.

“Bodies of Water” consists of 5 original tracks: Liquid Dreams, Moonshine Showers, Rasta Rain, Velvet Dew Drops, and Charco, and 3 remixed versions of “Velvet Dew Drops” by Bless the A.M. Remix, Devin Kroes, & SOULULAR. “Liquid Dreams” is glitch hop heaven full of whomp depths and feels. It has a magical appeal to it, a very upbeat and rhythmic vibe full of beaming melodic beats that will vanish and re-appear giving the ultimate brain massage. “Moonshine Showers” is like an atmospheric venture into the oceans of the world, dives of exploration into the unknown discovering mystery and unraveling and unlocking myths. These discoveries are surrounded by an elegance of rhythm and unique composition of glitches and wurbbles which create an uplifting environment. “Rasta Rain” is like an ancient reggae groove full of proper hip-hop feels. These glitchy textures of waves and rains will ignite a cleansing effect, jah mon! “Velvet Dew Drops” slithers in next, a different body of water of 85 bpm is revealed assuring a quality of melodic perfection suited for deep meditation. This track will open up channels of luminous vibrations within you and those channels will reveal a sense of clarity, an acceptance to a new understanding that will ultimately direct new thought.  “Charco” is a mysteriously brilliant glitch hop extravaganza that will awake and levitate new possibilities. Splashes and Squrbbles of glitch and crescendo sounds exists within this story. A journey into the caves of the depths of the oceans dedicated solely in finding emotion and staying in tune.

The last three tracks are remixes of “Velvet Dew Drops” by three West Coast Bass producers: Bless the A.M., Devin Kroes, & Soulular. “Velvet Dew Drops” remixed by Bless the A.M. has a tempo of 90 bpm and it’s a neuro funk rejuvenation of technological escapes. “Velvet Dew Drops” remixed by Devin Kroes drops to a 113 bpm feel of conscious melodic bass music that will uplift, twist, and magically transcend you into a new dimension full of rich bubbling bass soundscapes. “Velvet Dew Drops” remixed by Soulular took me into a phenomenal level of luminous yet sacred geometrical bass frequencies and sexy psychedelic vibrations that will produce chills down your spine.

Art of Fact is the truth and is in fact like an artifact, the real deal. This EP is full of thematic diversity composed of dreamscape vibes of reggae, hip-hop, and avant-garde jazz blended with glitches and psydubs. Remember to catch your breath as you’re about to enter depths of the unknown, a vivid world of new thoughts. Mysteriously intertwining textures through watery glitches, and alien-esque escapades, a new life of sound is found within bass wurrbles of water. A portal has been opened, as if you’re about to enter some sort of existence beyond outer space, a feels of unlimited epiphanies, an enlightenment.

Bodies of Water: http://www.beatport.com/release/bodies-of-water/1308702

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Skytree | “Cirrus Sapiens” Concept Album

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

Skytree (of Re:Evolution Booking) recently released “Cirrus Sapiens”, an invigorating ancient touch to the heart chakra whilst creating a balance of clear energy aligning within yourself.  A magical and enticing story within a story that will ultimately reveal the truth has been created.  It will open up hidden passages, reveal forgotten truths, and bring forth luminous cosmic energy through sky crystals and bass forests.  Evan Snyder is an extremely driven and creative individual whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting back in 2012 during a show in Austin, TX… a very genuine soul with outstanding performances.  I’ve witnessed his sets twice in Austin, TX and he definitely creates an awesome experience.  Skytree is playing at numerous festivals across the nation this summer, but I especially can’t wait for his set at one of my favorite festivals, Sonic Bloom, happening on June 19th – 22nd 2014 in SouthPark, CO for their 9th annual gathering this year.  His creativity can be witnessed through the accomplished goal he set visible to the world on May 27, 2013.  After his debut release of “Crystal Consciousnesss” on 11.11.11 and “Treemixes V1″ on 12.12.12, his new collaborative album, “Cirrus Sapiens” (originally titled “Cloud People”), was set to be released independently later within the year, which was made possible through the help of his dedicated and loving fans whom contributed to his project via Indiegogo project.  In return, such individuals would receive an abundance of awards and co-creations once complete. It would be released digitally, on CD, and on custom USB drives (including limited edition wire-wrap crystal pendents).  Fast forward to NOW and a brilliant, uplifting soundscape has been fashioned.  “Cirrus Sapiens” was created in collaboration with several guest producers and instrumentalists over the past two years, and it incited within me a sacred awakening - it sparked within me the will to create.  It inspired me.  This fresh album is composed of three separate, 4-track sections, each with their own story and vibe, ending in ambience. “A trilogy of EPs in one album”.  Breathtaking artwork was created by Hayley Carloni and the mastering was done by Brendan Connors at Metronome Media Group’s Mastersuite Studio in NH.  I hope you guys  are ready for a spiritual and technological journey escape into a new universe full of  energies composed of organic psydub and ambient sound frequencies which will bring forth an atmospheric environment full of sky crystals, bass forests, and linguistic brilliance  - deep messages directed to create change.

“Cirrus Sapiens” is brought to light by the introduction track entitled “God Detector” featuring visionary artist and musician Michael Garfield.  Dennis McKenna’s voice is initially heard in D.M.T: The Spirit Molecule’s DMT:RMX project:  Meditators and people on Soulacybin, people in various transcendent states of mind, you see the same parts of the brain are engaged…and, what is the meaning?  What? Why is there a part of the brain that seems to be, for a lack of a better word, a “God Detector”, you know, What’s the evolutionary advantage to having some part of the brain that seems to trigger and mediate experiences of the transcendence?”  Through this hearing, there is a heavenly and melodic sound resonating along with these philosophical words, a clear introduction being revealed through rhythmic textures of harmonic waves of ambience and future bass.  A cloud of psychedelic lushness formation of “Sky Crystals” and “Bass Forests” is the theme of this track and the rest of the album to follow.  This track brings me one with nature through the sounds of blue monkeys and moose – it brings me one with the universe (especially through Michael Garfield’s strumming of the guitar and ukulele).  “Great Central Sun” smoothly channels next and it’s an amazonian gift composed of organic nature bird calls, flute instrumentation, and Skytree’s vocoder of the Hare Krishna mantra, a theological approach surrounding one’s original consciousness and goal of life to be pure love of “God (Krishna)”.  “Jah Tah” features Esseks & Jemineye, and it blends rhythmically with the previously heard flow of mantras and psydub composition.  A track composed of tribal sounds and bass beats by Esseks mixed with Navajo-esq maxims by Jemineye’s vocals that are meant to transcend you into a deep suited meditation.  “Star Forest” ft. Space Jesus adds to the perfect touch to the ending of the first section of this album with it’s ambient ancient dubstep atmosphere.  A very distinct drill of beats that are deep and soothing, and can especially be both heard and felt through the mesmerizing piano playing skills of Yoel B’nai Yehuda.

The second part of this album is illuminated through “Mana Machine” ft. Technicolor Lenses and Erothyme, and reveals a new theme.  Future bass beats mixed with cooperative experimental lyrical hip hop flow and texture programming by Erothyme meant to spread a message, a powerful one.  These next level flows blend very well with the dexterous guitar playing skills of Esseks.  Was a new genre just invented?  It’s like I have entered a celestial skyhop dimension filled with sacred energy, that can only be entered through progression within oneself: “Letting go of thought and tune into the waves of the heart space, everything in its right place.”  “Cloud People” features the vocals and dazzling electric bass of Skytree’s brother, Alan Snyder.  This collaborative effort has created a feels of ambience air, a whirlwind of deep-felt energy radiating from the ground, through textures of the trees in forests, veins of the leaves, and soon after an uplift into the clouds of the sky and beyond.  Cello instrumentation by Katherine S An adds to the tranquilizing feels of these tuning frequencies.  “Unstoppable Soldiers” ft. Waters has very potent lyrics, it speaks truths about being open about feeling exasperated.  These deep lyrical feels create an intention to go beyond the impossible, an unstoppable identity.  Skytree’s signature bass also feels deep truths and opens up passages to the unknown.  Ending the “second section” of Cirrus Sapiens, is “Distant Song of Earth” featuring AJ Block unifies and wraps it all up.  You can initially feel deep ambient and psybass frequencies suited fo deep meditation…it’ll levitate you as it takes you to yet another unimaginable dimension, it’s like I’ve entered a known galactic space satellite venture from a past life.

The third part of Cirrus Sapiens begins a new journey through “Record Keeper” featuring Tectum, a psychedelic producer. The collaboration of Skytree’s ambient yet future bass beats and skydubs mixed with Tectum’s production skills brings a creative product of formation. Some skytrance and treedubs for your mind, body, and soul. Additional drum machines by HEISS and Skytree’s strings add a glowing touch tied with singing bowls, hermit thrush and doves. “Skycell ft. LuneCell produced in collaboration consists of ambient psydub textures and squelches. Bell sounding illumination creates a bubbles of ever-changing tempos and frequencies which in turn give light to new psychedelic escapes. “Hexeract” ft. Supersillyus & D.V.S* is an ancient doozy consisting of breaks and cooperative programming of blips and bass by Supersillyus.  D.V.S* adds ambient energy through his masterful guitar skills which build unique sound waves that mesh well with other elements such as trippy vocals. “Magellanic Stream” ft. Laura Karuna is the last song of the third chapter, and the ending of this concept album. It reaches an exosphere knowing, a paradisaical outlook which is made visible by angelic sounding drones accompanied by quotes taken from DMT:RMX – The Spirit Molecule Remix Project.

“Cirrus Sapiens” will take you on a spiritual escape into a sacred geometrical atmospheric landscape full of Sky Crystals and Bass Forests. It will channel numerous escapes into endless dimensions through psydub, skyhop, and treedub frequencies. Each chapter tells a story of its own and creates a connection within your higher self, it almost leaves one hypnotized.  An awareness of the importance of clearing of the mind, body, and spirit is the theme of the entire album, a message to be spread. Take 55:55 minutes of your presence to feel a connection to our cosmic truth that exists within ourselves and our universe. A known past that lies within you will be brought to light.  We are all connected, we are all one.  Skytree is definitely breaking through his music journey as he continues to explore sounds within sounds from within, from his own Shamanic being.  Thank you Skytree and everyone involved in this project.

Check Out “Cirrus Sapiens”Cirrus Sapiens by Skytree

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Wut chu k’no aboot ze Bleep Bloop?

time July 1st by WubberStumpper authorTags: , , , , , ,

Bleep Bloop is the moniker that is Aaron Triggs, a bass music producer out of Northern California.

His style spans from Lazer Blap, Dubstep, and even to wonky-Glitch Hop, always pushing his productions further with every tune.

His sets are polytempo, fun filled sonic journeys comprised of original tunes, and remixes.

Bleep Bloop is signed to Gruntworthy, Lazer Town, and Prime Dub Records so look out for new original tunes on the regular.

We’ll start off with a free remix!

A full mix with unreleased material –

A free stream of his EP –

This is where you can purchase his EP on Addictech entitled, —> “Lazer Bouquet“. <—

For booking contact lazerlazerlazer@yahoo.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/bleep-bloop — Soundcloud
http://www.facebook.com.bleepbloopbass — Facebook
httP://www.twitter.com/bleepbloopbass — Twitter

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New Glitch and Bass Tracks / EA’s Picks

time March 15th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We get a ton of quality submissions to the website and unfortunately we often don’t have time to give them all a proper a write up with our full time day jobs, DJing gigs, and other various projects. I wanted to take the time to share just a few of the tracks that have come through that I’ve been enjoying as of late.  Make sure to check out their other sick tracks on soundcloud.com too!

Sick drumstep track from Hirshee! I haven’t heard a bad song from this producer yet:

New Remix from Eskmo:

New glitch-hop track from Cory O from the upcoming SpaceWork EP:

Every track that “A Girl and a Gun” is featured on is straight up fire!

New track from Profesher (Billy Blacklight):

Massive dubstep remix from Hot Mess:

If you’re into chill electronic music, def grab the new ep from Stumbleine featuring this beautiful track:

This new remix from Quartus Saul is a banger!

NastyNasty just released this face melter for free download:

This track from Shower Beer Graveyard is def a baby making remix, ha!

The Polish Ambassador has been bangin out sick glitch-hop remixes left and right!

Sick new track from Fractal Sky!

New one from Robokop!

The drop on this FEED ME  remix is redonculous!

Funky new track from the one and only Jobot:

Grab this new free track from Goldrush featuring the vocal stylings of Anneka:

Love this downtempo/glitch “Radiohead” remix from The Polish Ambassador:

Some dope futuristic luvstep right here courtesy of Nicoluminous:

Nice melodic dubstep remix from Carly-D:

This track is bonkers! The samples they used are clutch!

Some sexy spanish vocals on this one!

New track from Minnesota!

Another nice melodic dubstep remix from Akira Kiteshi:

Here’s a nice melodic glitchy track from producer, 1990:

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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