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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!!

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G Jones❘Eyes EP

time August 22nd by Molly authorTags: , , , , , ,

Some serious cosmic fire was dropped today by the wildly talented and always unique G Jones. I can not imagine this producer ever putting out something I didn’t totally love and this release was certainly up to par. I was stoked to see he had worked with one of my favorite labels, Doshy’s Robox Neotech, to compile a perfect addition to the bad ass, futuristic, and psyphy collection of releases from the label.

The Eyes EP comes to us in a great time of the year for music. Full of memories from summer events already passed, many of us are entering into our final phase of festival season and have been listening to a lot of the same music for the entire summer. Because of that, this is the kind of release I get really, really excited for. It fits in well with the current state of west coast bass music but it stands out as somewhat of a ‘primus inter pares’ (most among equals), as G Jones really does carry a unique flavor that gives his music a certain somethin’ somethin’ that I and many other bass aficionados can not get enough of. “Vanishing Point” and “Stars” immediately stuck out to me as favorites, showcasing some of my favorite elements of G Jones’ work in his expressive drums, psycrunk-y swagger, and pristine sound design. His work with Mad Zach is also really impressive and I look forward to hopefully hearing more from the two. Highly hip hop and hyphy influenced, slightly spacey, and loaded with bass, this is get-down-worthy, dance floor gold.

In the past year, G Jones has shaped up to be one of the most noteworthy up and comers in the game and this EP is one of many obvious examples of why he is so deserving of his following. Like seriously, this kid completely slays it. Check it out. And if you’re going to be at Burning Man you can catch him Thursday night/Friday Morning at 1 AM at CAMP ? (2:00 and I) or 3 AM at Grid City with Bleep Bloop (2:00 and E), as well as SATURDAY at 3 AM at CAMP ? with Minnesota (2:00 and I). I will be at all three.

Love and Low Frequencies,

Get the full album for FREE here

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Robot Robinson | Robot Koch + John Robinson

time April 8th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

I’d have to say the most listened to albums in my car are the ones from Robot Koch. His beats is the go to stuff while i’m cruising along driving into the city or going out to party. His beats hypnotize in this sick ill way. If you’re into the Doshy stuff I posted earlier this week check this out! Robot Koch is the producer behind all these tracks and the ridiculous flow of John Robinson on top of each track. John does an incredible job on spitting verses and hooks. I’m usually quite not too big on MCs or rappers but man I’d totally let this guy drop some words on top of my set and if anyone knows how I feel about that it’s saying A LOT!

One thing that really cheered me up about this release is that it was pressed to vinyl. I need to figure out how to order this here to the States. This needs to be in my vinyl collection. I’m listening to this whole thing over again and seriously wow. I’m totally blown away by this. This really is the next level stuff. There’s a line John drops where he goes “Robot is the future” and I could not agree more. These insane beats with a sick flow is what I think is the next phase of electronic music. I also believe the sexy melodic idm stuff has a huge future coming back as the heavy aggressive bass lines will eventually get old very quickly and the complete opposite is what everyone will be hoping to hear. Big ups to Robot Koch and John Robinson!

Be sure to check out the video for the single!

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Doshy | SpaceDrifter

time April 1st by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

Doshy!!! I don’t care what anyone says this guy is one of the baddest in the business. This guys beats are straight up some of the most original and unique tracks ever. I’ve been meaning to post his Remix EP for awhile now but been so backed up. Today he unleashed a FREE EP!!! Just when he treated us to a preview of the new NastyNasty EP on Robox Neotech, the label he runs. He bust out with this release

You would think I would be posting about Jasper’s new release but straight up this shit is way too ill. Every track is incredible! I’ve listened to this 3 times already. This might be one of my top 3 releases of 2011 already. I’m always blown away by his work and got excited reading his post about possibly giving away a few tunes but damn that was quick. Doshy, THANK YOU! Hook it up with a promo copy of the new NastyNasty =P

If you haven’t heard of Robox Neotech I feel bad for yah son! Their releases have some of the freshest wonky/glitchy/IDM out there. Their recent catalog is pretty much all I listen to in the car besides Elfkowitz & Gladkill.  Much Love the whole Robox Neotech family! I can’t thank you guys enough for the work and risk you put into pushing this sort of sound. Ok enough ass kissing but damn they deserve it and needs to be heard!!!

DOWNLOAD!!! Doshy – SpaceDrifter

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Demokracy | Double Star EP

time February 11th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

Every once in awhile I feel like I’m completely behind on music. My good friend +verb tipped me off on probably my favorite label right now, Robox Neotech. It’s captain and head honcho is Doshy, one of the illest around. Don’t sleep on ANYONE on this label. Demokracy is the next release for them and WOW. Seriously WHOA.

Demokracy provides some of the best earcandy I’ve experienced in years. Double Star EP is a collection of well placed glitch, wonky, beats, bass, and mind blowing samples working all so fluently. Chances are you’ll probably hear this and your mouth will drop or you’ll throw your headphones to the ground and be like JM what the hell was that. Either way it’s all sort of win in my opinion. You can grab this EP on Beatport on February 12th. All I know is the track Voight Kampff is going into my set as we speak. Time to warp this bitch! Expect much more from this label as some of the headiest cats in the game are prepping their releases. The beloved NastyNasty will be putting out a release that I’m dying to get my ears and hands on. Also +verb will be putting out a release on here that I can only pray it appears one day when I wake up sometime soon.

Thank you Doshy and everyone part of the Robox Neotech family for providing some of the most innovative new sounds. Expect to hear tons of stuff like this when you see me live. These beats are just way too much fun to play with.

Now for a special gift from them, a tune for me to give away!
Remember where you got this from cause glad to share this stuff with you!
DOWNLOAD: Demokracy – Starhaven

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