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Chinese New Year of the Dragon

time February 8th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , ,


The Chinese calendar indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year, thus Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. This event is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar; the origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. It’s also supposed to mark the end of the winter season. Man, I hope that’s a lie because there is essentially no snow in Tahoe right now. Is everyone else feeling the suffering that is this winter, damnit? That means I am out of here on a journey to the incredible Chinese New Year of the Dragon Celebration!

This Friday, February 10th, Raindance and An-Ten-Nae are throwing an event of EPIC proportions in San Francisco. Of course, I am most looking forward to the top-notch music lineup that will bless our eardrums all night long. We’ve got a solo ediT set; this in itself is enough to make me want to go. If anyone, this guy is THE pioneer of bass. Perhaps overshadowed by his fellow Glitch Mobbers, the extremely talented Ed sometimes goes underrated. What a privilege to get to see him solo – can’t wait for that one! Another set I just can’t wait for is Nasty Ways, comprised of EPROM and Boreta from The Glitch Mob. These are two of the most talented producers/DJs joining forces… yes please! I experienced their live debut at a SnowGlobe afterparty and it was mind-blowing – definitely the highlight of the weekend for me. The rest of the bill is just as exciting, featuring four rooms of first-rate DJs including Loefah, Govinda, JPOD (also caught him live recently and was amazed), Lowriderz, Ana Sia, Wick-It, Mochipet, David Satori, NANDA (killed it in the wee morning hours of Freaker’s Ball), Little John, & El Papa Chango. Not only are they bringing in an insane lineup, but they’re also providing entertainment in the form of a parade, dragon dance, stilt circus, dancers, dragon mask making, instillations, tea, and rad visuals. I can’t wait to see 1015 Folsom transformed into an eclectic environment with some of the most marvelous talent! Anyone who can make it should get their ass to Raindance & An-Ten-Nae’s Chinese New Year Celebration!

~Taradactyl~

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BASSDREAD / The Story About Us

time April 22nd by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This week’s Fire Friday mix comes from BASSDREAD, out of Baltimore, MD.  I had the privelage of meeting and hanging out with these guys at Big Dub Candy Mountain Festival last year and they’re two of the coolest, down to earth people I’ve ever met. I brought them in for a guest DJ spot at my weekly event recently and the crowd went bonkers for them. They’re stage presence and energy are awesome and their track selections are on point. I’m glad to see that they’re doing well and I’m really digging their latest mix. Grab the free download on this one fo sho!

Make sure to like Bassdread on facebook and def make your way out to one of their upcoming shows.  You won’t be dissapointed!

Stoked to be sharing the stage with BASSDREAD again soon along with DrivepilotMinnesotaDirty TalkVoodoo FarmScott Nyce, and HMAZZ at Dewey Beach Delaware’s first ever Electronic Dance Music Festival on Friday July 29, 2011. All of the details here: Dewey Beach EDM Fest.

BASSDREAD- The Story About Us

Track Listing:
01. Wax, CLS – Gonzales Theme (Bassdread Edit)
02. Alex Malheiros& Banda Utopia – 4 Eyed Viper (Danny Wheeler Remix)
03. Danny Byrd -Discovery
04. Ben Westbeech & Die – Get Closer (Second)
05. Danny Byrd – Failsafe (Ft. London Elektricity)
06. London Elektricity – The Great Drum Bass Swindle (Logistics Remix)
07. Danny Byrd -Tonight (Ft. Netsky)
08. Danny Byrd – Amen Alley
09. SHRUST – Goodbye
10. Intelligent Manners – Black Tea
11. Big Timers – Still Fly (Wick-it Drumstep Remix)
12. HirsheeFt. Sue Cho – Always Tomorrow (Figure Drumstep Remix)
13. Urban Assault – In The Groove (Drumstep Mix)
14. Dodge & Fuski – No Love Lost
15. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Freak
16. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Freak (Dubstep Mix)
17. SkisM – Elixir
18. Dodge & Fuski – Minus One
19. Dodge &Fuski – Filth
20. Matta – Mind Control
21. Genetix – Keep It Gutter
22. Hoax – Side Gammon
23. Genetix- Squid Attack
24. Pixel Fist – Clean Slate
25. Muse – Knights of Cydonia (Nostalgia Remix)
26. Melamin & Wicked Sway – Black Jack
27. Melamin & Wicked Sway – Archangel
28. Vexare – Breathe (Vexare Remix)
29. Robzords & Flinch – My Name Is The Lord
30. Obsidian ft. Meliss FX – Far From Home (J.Rabbit Remix)
31. Will Bailey, Figure – Bass Powa
32. Helicopter Showdown – Beat Down
33. Whisker Twister – We Are Your Friends VIP
34. Minnesota – Bass Power
35. D1 Ft. Jenna G – Flood Of Emotions (Subscape Remix)
36. Jamiroquai – Nothing But Blue Skies (Flux Pavilion Remix)
37. Dream Ft. Misty Miller – FairyTale (Dream Remix)
38. Selah – Woman’s World (Stinkahbell Remix)
39. Helicopter Showdown – Dramatron
40. Trypt – All I Ask Of You (Trypt Remix)
41. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Fu Manchu (Dubstep Mix)
42. Davr – Checkmate
43. Nirvana – Smells Like Team Spirit (Dual Remix)
44. Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon
45. Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon (Filth Collins Bootleg)
46. Caspa – Back to the First Time (Extended Club Mix)
47. Flux Pavilion – Got 2 Know (DubChef Remix)
48. Wickaman & Sylo – Get Mad (Dubstep Mix)
49. Performance – The Living (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Dubstep Mix)
50. Performance – The Living (Drumsound & Bassline Smith DnB Mix)
51. Bassnectar – Bass Head (Bassdread Proppa Edit)
Much love and respect!
-EA (EA@afromonk.com)
soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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R/D | Starve the Ego Remix | Drink the Sea Remixes

time September 13th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,


R/D is a name you all should become familiar with if you haven’t already. You might have heard his remix he did of Fever Ray earlier this year which gained great hype. He also just put out an EP recently that I featured, Face of God EP. R/D is no new comer by any means. He’s been doing this for quite awhile but has come into light again with his recent glitch hop beats. He has been taking the US by storm playing Coachella this past year and Lightning in a Bottle.

R/D is back again with a new release to be featured on The Glitch Mob’s Drink the Sea Remix album. He has outdone himself with this remix but not a surprise as he is close friends with the members of The Glitch Mob. Random fact: Hes actually lived with edIT and Ooah. This release is due out this week and I wanted to share with you all this epic remix from R/D.

Here is another bonus to build hype for his next release.
R/D – Third Eye High Remix out September 20th 2010

The Glitch Mob’s Drink the Sea album has been chopped and skewed by many of the biggest names recently. They ran a remix contest that just ended. The prize was to have their remix be featured in the Drink the Sea Remixes release as well. Mindelixir was the winner and here’s his remix of Drive it Like You Stole It:

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The Glitch Mob | MartyParty | Drink the Sea Tour

time September 3rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,


I’ve never done an event review and always said I most likely would never write one but this time I’ll make an exception. I had been planning on writing a review of The Glitch Mob’s latest album and their new live setup but never got around to it because I felt it would cause up only more of a stir. The reason why I always said I wouldn’t write a review of anything is because I’m one of the most critical humans I’ve come across. While this may seem like a great thing it can actually get me in a lot of trouble especially on a blog that has a decent following.

I’ve seen The Glitch Mob three times with two of those events being a few hours apart from each other (Lolla & Smart Bar in Chicago). This was after Kraddy departed and the boys were using the Lemur as their main setup. The occasionally used a drum pad with drum sticks but usually only to close their set. The sets at this time were very similar to their infamous Crush Mode mix. They were high energy and in complete slay mode the entire show. I’ll never forget seeing them rock out like that!

The third time I saw them was when I flew all the way to California for Lightning in a Bottle 2010. Their album Drink the Sea had recently come out and they were tweeting and announcing they had an entirely new setup. Many people had harsh feelings and were skeptical of all this because I feel that many thought that the Drink the Sea album was quite radical from their earlier works. I personally felt that the album was extremely well put together but yes lacking on slay juice. Drink the Sea is an album I cherish tremendously and play it on vinyl on certain nights where I have a smoke and just sit back and enjoy the music in quite environment.

This is the reason I felt a bit offish about their new set when I heard them at Lightning in a Bottle. However I had been warned that they played an extremely laid back set at Coachella and had truly changed their live show dynamics. I personally didn’t mind their set at Lightning in a Bottle but I felt like I was ready for what they were doing and had been given the heads up. I just felt like it was a whole new experience where they skidded away from the slay stuff. Let me not paint a picture that it was all new chill material because it wasn’t. They played some of the old favorite and created a mix of both new and old. The problem I had was that it was a bit too extreme when going to chill laid back beats to the heavy high energy bass.  I appreciated what was going on but couldn’t help but thing man what are they thinking?! How can you not notice that you use to have crowd going wild the whole set and now just sit back and watch crowd barely bounce on some of these tunes. I feel like theirs a time and place for those tunes and big environments like that are extremely risky. They pulled it off and feel like they impressed many yet of course disappointed others who might of heard how they were before.

One thing that is worth mentioned about the LIB set was how they incorporated so much more into the live set compared to when I saw them in Chicago. They had edIT rocking his SG guitar, Ooah having two synth keyboards, and Boreta with some more drum pads. They incorporated more instruments without using the Lemur as much as they are known too.  They almost felt like a live band but yet didn’t. I have to tip my hat off though because that must take tons of practice and tons of extra work to re-work their whole set to include additional gear on top of their lemurs.

This past Monday I saw The Glitch Mob for the fourth time. I had no idea what to expect. Their new Mixtape had just come out which added a bit more to the Drink the Sea album. It flowed more like a mash up album and totally added more energy to the overall feel of the new tracks. It seemed as if the mixtape could of stand more on its own as an album as well compared to just a mix. After hearing the mixtape and posting it on the blog I wrote how who know what they will do with this. I even suggested that they could even be working these versions of the songs into their live set. They opened up with epic lightning system that they seem to be traveling with. Their setup seemed to be stripped down a bit and they all have an electric drum kit. Drums is definitely a new concentration in this new over-haul again. At the LIB show I felt like they were doing a little less but presenting in a way they were doing more since they using instruments people are familiar with. This time they clearly are going back to the Lemur. edIT is on the top of his games running complex patterns on the Lemur. Boreta is running most of the synth lines and hold down a good amount of affects on board. Ooah is just keeping a clean layer over edIT and doing some fresh work in all aspects of their sound. The three of them are live the whole time and it’s amazing to see it all over again. Every drum pattern, synth line, and sample is being controlled by them. It brought a huge smile to my face when I realized that they really were re-working the new tracks with the mash up version. It’s as if they had completely revamped things to bring more energy using the vocals of familiar hip hop/crunk vocals. One of the highlights of the night which gave me goosebumps was hearing the La Roux mash up from the Mixtape.

Overall their performance was flawless. My only concern was the lack of power on the speaker system. The sound was extremely low. There was someone who literally told me at the start of the set how low it sounds in the back of the venue. I said really?! He replied with I’m using my regular voice and you understand what I’m saying (we were in the front area of the pit). I feel like there could of been a lot more energy put out if the sound was bumping. Another thing I felt like was a bit weak was the crowd. Granted it was a Monday night but I felt a bit ashamed for S.FL. The crowd seemed like they had never heard these tracks before. Honestly I felt like most people weren’t moving or dancing as much because the beats were different style than what they were use too. It’s me over thinking everything probably but felt like if we took photos of every event on the tour and compared them to the S.FL show it’d be a whole different picture. I’m glad that they did make a stop in FL and that I was here to see it.

I want to say thank you to edIT, Boreta, and Ooah for putting on such a show. It takes a lot of work and energy to do a live show like that. I appreciated it beyond belief. I’m totally loving what they are doing now and hands down much respect for evolving so much.

I didn’t get into MartyParty’s set but let me tell you this guy doesn’t disappoint. It was amazing to see him bouncing around and jamming out. He was straight killing it. My only complaint is that his setup was at an angle and not facing the crowd. This might of been the case because The Glitch Mob’s gear was all setup behind him. Hearing some of his unreleased stuff on a big system was fantastic to relive. His set at Lightning in a Bottle had a lot going for it compared to the FTL show but he still rocked out. There’s a ton of new stuff he’s playing out and can’t wait to hear on the new EP due out soon. MartyParty continues to be one of the performers that I look too as a role model. I’ll even admit that half of the tracks he played were tunes that I played at Get Low w/ Lazer Sword. His track selection to me was absolutely perfect. He even dropped the Roxanne remix he did with Love & Light and the Beatles remix by L&L as well. I’m not going to lie I was disappointed when he dropped a Borgore tune but ohh well people eat that stuff up.

Thank you good sir Marty! Thank you for tweeting my post about you as well.
Much love out to you guys! It was great meeting you guys and seeing you in my home state.
Best of luck on the rest of your tour!

Also a big thank you to Def Owl and Chad for everything. It’s risky business to bring acts like these into the South Florida market. Thank you!

-Afro Monk

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The Glitch Mob – August 30th 2010 – Miami Fort Lauderdale

time June 29th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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The Glitch Mob are coming back to Miami! You have no idea how excited I am to announce that The Glitch Mob is coming back for a solo show!!!

I’ve spent months trying to bring the Glitch Hop sound to Miami and show people something different. The Mob is one of my main influences and loves. I got to see them live not long ago at Lightning in a Bottle. They clearly have a new sound. I wouldn’t say it’s a good or bad things but I do believe it will appeal to a broader audience.

Def Owl is behind this glorious event. It’s great to know that there are people out there who know about The Glitch Mob and invested in booking such a big act. It’s extremely risky to bring these guys in this hood. I hate to say it but people here need to go witness more live music.  Boreta, edIT, and Ooah are truly talented musicians who pour their soul into the music and rock out hard. They’ve recently incorporated drums, keyboards, and guitars into their shows along with their Lemurs.

I promise you Miami/Fort Lauderdale you haven’t seen anything like this. Def Owl were behind bringing Pretty Lights and I was blown away by how well it was received. They’ve taken it to another level in my eyes with booking The Mob. They are doing amazing things for South Florida with their bookings. Pretty Lights, Orchard Lounge, Black Violin, and now THE GLITCH MOB!

Keep up to date with all the Def Owl events =)

I’ll be raging in the front so come out August 30th to Revolution!
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event Page

Doors open 8:30pm
18+ Tickets: $14.00

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The Glitch Mob – Drink the Sea STREAM!

time May 19th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,
Boreta, edIT, & Ooah = The Glitch Mob

Boreta, edIT, & Ooah = The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob is BACK! They’ve finished up the album and it’s all mastered!
The album is due out May 25th, 2010. This will be the first Mobs full release.
There new live setup is blowing people away. They have added much more to the lemur setup.
These guys are on a massive tour with over 30+ dates. You’ll def want to catch them!
I’m beyond hyped to hear their set at Lightning in a Bottle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They’ve been generous to put their album to preview already. That’s right you can stream the whole album for FREE! Let’s just say the slay sound has been turned down quite a bit and more of a mellow feel with some crazy drum patterns and synths. Don’t get me wrong this album brings heat but it’s not exactly what they use to bring to the table. It’s good to hear how they’ve evolved but people are going to be disappointed as usual. The people who want the crazy bangers look to the side projects (Paintyraid, Nasty Ways, Sporque, etc) of the members. Trust me these guys have plenty of other tunes just not under The Glitch Mob name.

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The Glitch Mob – Beyond Monday

time April 14th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

That is all… carry on!

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edIT vs Ooah Remixes live – Symbiosis – Heyoka Burning Man Promo

time September 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

Right now if anyone was to ask me what my favorite artist are it would be easy…
1) Ooah
2) The Glitch Mob & PaNTyRAiD
3) Heyoka

Therefore I feel like it would be silly to have this blog and not mention or show off these guys talent.
This is live video taken from Symbiosis festival that just happened last week.
Videos like these make me want to book a flight to LA or SF and just not come back.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Live remixes of some of my favorite tracks by the two.

heyoka
Now for another special treat… Heyoka!
This man has done no wrong.
His music has such groove and vibe that you can’t help but jam to this mix.
It’s short but ohhh soo sweet. Won’t lie that I heard it twice back to back when I first got this mix.
Go check out all his releases… They are BIG!
Click this link to download Heyoka’s Burning Man 2009 Promo Mix

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