Bassline Drift is a unique duo emerging in the underground bass scene. An enchanting fusion of heavy bass & world beat roots spark truth through angelic drones of the vocalist. The act involves Keli Marks, a creative and dope producer hailing from Austin, Texas, and an alluring vocalist, “Sink” Lindsay from New York, whom happened to encounter each other on soundcloud. Aside being spectacular artists, they’re both genuine beings with passionate drive. I met Keli at the Green Belt in ATX last two Summer’s ago through a good friend of mine, Alex (he’s also an artist). And this past summer, I got the chance to meet Sink when she flew down from NY to ATX for their first live performance together at Spider House Ballroom. Awaiting their first performance together, I was eager to check them out. Flawless. Imaginative. Intriguing. Passionate. Dynamic. They blew my mind away!
This September, they released their first full-length album entitled, “Ten Moons” – it’s an in-depth, emotive, and elevating experience through hard hitting basslines, hauntingly beautiful lyrics, genius composition, and mysterious feels – it’s an escape into duality, a conjoining force of two breathtaking souls. Be ready to embark on a journey of endless feels as each artist brings a unique voice to the groove. The release consists of 7 tracks: 6 original, and 1 remix of “Bassline Drift” by Froogle. The duo also soon fell into the eyes of Gravitas Recordings, and since have released a couple singles through that outlet. Discover a fresh taste of innovative style as each artist inspires each other through growing life experiences that have brought them together.
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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.
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, 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.
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.
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 onSeptember 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
Psymbionic releases Part 2 of “Parallels” [Eye], on Gravitas Recordings on July 1st, 2014. This second part of “Parallels” explores a parallel genre to that of a heavier bass influenced feel for Part 1. It revels an atmospheric creation of downtempo/chill feels, an experiment that illustrates Psymbionic’s versatility, a dive into another realm – a pull into the Eye of the Storm. The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones, and through sounds, John Burchman, expresses a deep meditation of fulfilling low tempo frequencies, a whirlwind of cloud hypnotization. Clear and light sounding extraterrestrial communication reveals futuristic visions of new-world change, enlightened transformations, and exploration of versatility. Versatility of production is rare, and when a product of rarity is illuminated, full-depth creativity is expressed giving the creator a sense of forward thinking and acceptance of change as important factor in culture in many fields of life- Psymbionic has done that with Eye.
Eye consists of 5 auditory chill out portals: “One Thing” ft Cristina Soto,”How Am I Not Myself” ft. Govinda, “S ilkscreen” ft. Soulular, “Sonder” ft. The Digital Connection, & “Silkscreen ( ill-esha remix ). One Thing ft. Cristina Soto is downtempo galore, a future chill trap experience ready to sooth your ear pineals. Psymbionic’s rhythmic future bass composition and fluidity blends passionately with Cristina Soto’s mesmerizing vocals as she touches your heart chakra with her deeply thought lyrics, an angelic escapade. How Am I Not Myself ft. Govinda is initiated by Govinda’s sensual frequencies resonating from string instrumentation of the violin. High-pitched synthesizer and a lively melodic tempo on Psymbionic’s behalf symmetrically syncs up in addition, and a spacey future garage atmosphere is present. This tune calmly sooth your present state of mind and will unblock passages of a forgotten memory.
Silkscreen ft. Soulular is a co-production between the two, a chill-step portal, a swim into infinity, a closer pull into the eye of the storm. Souluar’s organic sound composition and spacey sounding downtempo dubs mesh well with Psymbionic’s signature melodic uplifts and glitch/bass exposure, this is the creation of two soulful producers joining forces. Sonder ft. The Digital Connection is a spacey chill tale into the unknown, an epiphany within an epiphany. This is a future bass mystery waiting to be revealed and is felt within electronica ambience. Psymbionic’s signature sounds can be heard sporadically thoughout the tune, and a deep rhythmic glitch fusion of The Digital Connection follows through creating a liquid groove. Silkscreen remixed by ill-esha is a glitch masterpiece full of limitless synth frequencies and melodies. She produces a re-occurring glitch pattern which gives it a mind of its own, it’s a distinction of rarity illuminating the original production, an aftermath of chills down your spine.
Submerge into the eye of the storm and prepare for a lift-off into explorations of the sounds and tempos of the universe and beyond. Psymbionic reveals a downtempo/chill side to his music production in variation and style. Not only does he create variety in Part 2 of “Parallels”, but also a variety of styles and collaborations of accomplished vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers. John Burcham is a driven force of light that isn’t afraid to explore other dimensions of sound frequencies, a creative and fresh outlook. Like a thread weaving together with other threads, and like sacred geometrical patters coming together, a flowing towards a creation of warmth is revealed as Psymbionic weaves sounds, textures, and rhythms together. This results in the creation of pulsating and radiating sounds meant to trigger brainwaves, and therefore release and cleanse energies, a fresh feel of relief. The fact that this was written, mixed, AND mastered by John himself amazes me. As AfroMonk himself likes to put it, Keep it Fresh.
Join the Gravitas crew this Saturday, July 5th at plug.dj‘s “Just A Chill Room” for Psymbionic’s DIGITAL album release party & Q&A!
The Originalz have been crushing it lately. Hailing from Sebastopol, CA, this talented duo keeps shit fresh and fun! This summer they have been popping up on festival lineups left and right and I have to say that it’s much deserved; I have had the pleasure of catching them multiple times live and they give off an incredible radiant energy. There’s never a dull moment in a performance by The Originalz… every time I have seen them everyone is getting DOWN and dirty. Having kicked it with them on a few occasions, I have to say that both Troy and Derek are charming, super chill dudes. They’re spreading just the right love and positive energy that our bass community thrives upon. Catch them next at Trill God Campout in Ashland, Oregon next weekend (September 27-30), which looks to be off the chain!
The Originalz’ newest release, Get Lucid, out on Gravitas Recordings, is like a cosmic journey through a seamless soundscape. I would highly recommend checking out and downloading this stellar release (name your own price). If you give your eyes a rest and let go it can actually evoke a sense of lucid dreaming (and the radical album artwork doesn’t hurt with that). I am a sucker for melodic innovative beats and these guys deliver that along with slapping gangsta bass, futuristic glitch, and sultry frequencies. Their tunes will satisfy music lovers across the board, with influences ranging from hip hop to purple. Their sound is full and exuberant. They recently did a remix for my boy SELBY and it turned out to be quite delicious! I actually can’t seem to get it out of my head. Their newest track, Holla’, is fire as well! The Originalz are only going upwards with their dope beats, killer performances, and authentic personalities… watch out for these guys!
There is no denying the raw talent of D.V.S*. He manages to blend guitar and electronic frequencies in a unique and tasteful manner. His range of sounds is actually quite astounding. Throughout his new release, Hit the Clouds Running, he incorporates funk, jazz, 80’s, and other varied sounds in a way that makes listeners want to move. It’s fun, upbeat, feel-good music that’s good for your ear holes. While you’ll often find me gettin’ weird to crazy-ass beats, this type of music so speaks to my soul. It’s crisp and refreshing – just nice easy listening. However don’t mistake that for simplicity, for it’s far from that! D.V.S* is a sound wizard casting tasteful resonant spells on us all with his complex yet effortless tunes. I particularly enjoy Heartmaps; it has an awesome buildup that I love and then some radical outer-space feeling sounds, all on top of a catchy beat.
D.V.S* first got on my radar with his remix of Emancipator’s Jet Stream which was very impressive. Since then he has only climbed up from that; I also loved his 30 track double album, Coming up for Air. Quality sounds all around. I was stoked when I heard that he linked up with Gravitas Recordings, one of my favorite labels. Gravitas has been killing it lately overall, with stellar releases from D.V.S*, Ill-Esha, Goldrush, ChrisB., Aligning Minds, One4All, Mr. Bill, The Digital Connection, and so many more!
I’ll NEVER forget the moment I was introduced to Aligning Minds music. It was while I was in Asheville, NC for a show. Mike Folk, 1/2 of Aligning Minds, was playing an early morning set in the small barn they had set up. I was totally blown away by everything he played. After that set Mike and I have become close friends and stay in touch on a regular basis.
I recently finally met Daniel over the summer and was beyond impressed by the live dynamic both of them bring to a live performance. The quality and detail that goes into their music is rare. Lets not even get into the fact that beautiful music like this doesn’t come around often enough.
Give it up to Gravitas Recordings to bring you Aligning Minds most recent release, My Heart Is Love. The title track might be a bit familiar to you as it was released on Vermin Street earlier last year. This is the completed LP that includes the full spectrum of sound behind Aligning Minds.
I’m extremely bias and adore these guys so much but it’s for a reason. They make some of the most inspiring music out there. My Heart Is Love is a piece of work that showcases a gorgeous vibration of sound and emotion. I can’t encourage producers enough to produce more music like this. It’s a blessing to finally hear the final mastered versions of these tracks. Chances are you might have heard some of these in my recent mixes.
Be sure to grab this album and give it a proper listen. Also big congratulations to them for being added to the Re:evolution Agency. Word on the street is they’ll be all over the country in 2013.
Much Love goes out to both Mike and Daniel!
Stunning piece of work <3
I wanted to post about this awhile ago but I have no idea why I neglected it too be honest. Today it’s my friends John’s birthday. He recently put together a fundraiser called Neurovation through the Gravitas label. He wanted everyone to donate to this for his birthday. It is an amazing cause which proves 100% of your donations towards helping provide water for those in need in Rwanda. I invite you all to check out the video above. This campaign started in September and has nearly reached its goal of $150k and is only $3k shy right now.
The Neurovation campaign is over but I wanted to make sure that everyone knows about this. The recent disaster in the North East has caused great devastation and is a reminder about how insane life can be. My prayers go out to all those who have suffered due to Hurricane Sandy. I only hope someone follows in John and Gravitas footsteps and puts something together for those who need help after Hurricane Sandy.
If I hear of anything I’ll be sure to post this. Remember we are blessed to have the lives we have. Give back to the world as it has provided for you in many ways.
I love me some soulful melodic bass music. Soulular’s Satellite EP is the perfect thing to satisfy my cravings for it. Laced with gorgeous textures and harmonies, the album is a solid downtempo release through and through. I hadn’t heard of this guy until just recently and I’m certainly stoked that I found out about him. His style is magically concurrent with mine. I have to say that lately I have been somewhat disappointed by everyone’s shift to this super bouncy trap shit that, no matter how hard I try, I cannot genuinely enjoy. Soulular reminds me that there are still people who care about their music sounding truly beautiful. The album is sprinkled with exquisite vocals and percussion. My favorite has to be “Lovers” which has a hint of funk, infused with ambient vibes and a touch of gangsta vocals. Soulular’s sense of rhythm is right on point…. each song ebbs and flows flawlessly! This is music that I can really appreciate. Get the album on Beatport here. He will also be rereleasing Satellite through my friend Jesse’s label Gravitas Recordings… October 24 through Beatport and November 7 through all other retailers. Check this out; I really can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this EP!
Colorado native Ricky Shine, known as The Digital Connection, is stoked to release his first full length album, A Universal Outcome, for free today! Ricky has expressed that he enjoys all types of music across the board; the 13 track album reflects this in an appealing fusion of wubby basslines, harmonic arrangements, synthy ups & downs, and rhythmic sequences. The album has several flavors and while listening to it all the way through I found that my mood changed along with the flow of the album (and within each track, actually). One minute I was kicking back in a state of complete relaxation, and the next I’d be uncontrollably bobbing my head. I love the banger “Beasts” and can envision listeners really getting down to it on a dance floor. I also really enjoy the upbeat vitality in “Rest Assured”. Being a midtempo, emotive music lover, “The Purpose of Life” is probably my favorite on the release – he managed to make it both buttery and deep at once.
One thing that I have gotten to know and admire about Ricky is his genuine enthusiasm surrounding the bass music scene and appreciation for those who put the time and effort into producing quality music. In listening to A Universal Outcome you can tell that he devotes a lot of effort into his music and isn’t just releasing something for the hell of it. His mind state is without a doubt consistent with the premises of Afro Monk – that those who experiment with fresh sounds and strive for brilliant music, rather than sticking with the status quo of dub / brostep, deserve recognition and respect. I think that Ricky would rather have a steady and devoted fan-base that appreciates his unique music than discontentedly make what the masses are ignorantly listening to. Ricky is very down with the camaraderie in the music scene; he’s been with Got Bass Music from the get-go and also makes up part of The Mile High Sound Movement collective which is on the forefront of the Colorado bass scene (and the national bass scene, for that matter). He also regularly plays his tunes and chats with listeners, other producers, and DJs in the Afro Monk turntable.fm room
As far as live performances go, I’d love to see a live Digital Connection set. I have seen a few videos of his shows and he definitely knows how to get a crowd moving; this guy emanates some serious energy. Ricky is all about playing unstructured live sets rather than having a set queued playlist. He articulated that “it’s as important to vibe off the crowd as it is to send vibrations out. It feels wrong to me to make sets – it feels a lot more natural to go with the flow and play to the crowd”. I can appreciate this as I have been to shows where although the music is good, the crowd isn’t really feeling the atmosphere (too mellow for the setting, too many bangers in a row, etc.). I don’t think that would be an issue at a Digital Connection show – the guy is a master at sensing an audience’s vibes and mixing his set up accordingly.
Show support for The Digital Connection by downloading A Universal Outcome. Be sure to check out his 3 other releases on Bandcamp as well, and keep an eye out for his debut EP on Gravitas Recordings in 2012.