Bird of Prey is the featured producer for this week’s Fire Friday Mix. Whenever someone asks me or mentions the most technical and skillful producer’s Bird of Prey comes to mind. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time around Torin and get his take on a few things. He’s one of those people who take his craft very seriously. He comes from a psytrance background which usually consists of incredible sound design and a level of quality that you rarely find.
This mix is a live recording from Boom Festival. I’ve listened to this mix about 3 times today already. The mix consists of beautiful psychedelic music the whole way through. It also features plenty of Bird of Paradise music which Torin let me know is coming out soon. The complexity of the sound and textures is unmatched. There are not many producers that can capture my attention with the psy chill sound mixed with the dance floor flow that Bird of Prey puts together.
I spent a decent amount of time with Torin this past summer at Sonic Bloom and was enlightened that he has helped influence some of the biggest names in bass music that I’m sure you’ve heard of. It so happens that Seven Lions was his roommate for awhile and helped him develop his production skill set. Another big name he helped out was Nit Grit which has had great success. I won’t lie it’s a bit disappointing to see such a talented producer get so unnoticed compared to some of his apprentices. It’s crazy how the world works sometimes. He also informed me that his tracks under the Birds of Paradise project have gone as upwards of 140+ tracks in a single tune. That’s just straight dedication.
Sit back and enjoy this hypnotic journey Bird of Prey has created with this glorious mix. Also be sure to make it a point to see him play out live. There aren’t many artists out there that can provide such a beautiful soundscapes for early morning sets or late night vibes. He should definitely be recognized a lot more and worth a listen. I consider him to be up there with Tipper when it comes to sound design and production value.
Obsession brings enlightenment.
Will “Dubzilla” Bauer from Davis, California is a madman! His great love for bass music is bringing him to great heights in production. From making remixes like his Dub Fx – Fly With Me (Dubzilla remix) to making bangers like his tune entitled, “Skittles”, which have samples from the movie, “The Hangover”. Stay locked, I see more from him in the future for sure.
Enjoy the free download!
Dubzilla – Skittles
More at hisSoundCloud, keep locked cause there’s more on the way!
Hey friends! There’s so much good music flying around these days, it’s ridiculous! Here’s a few of my new faves. Make sure to follow these producers on Soundcloud cause they keep pumpin out the sick tracks left and right!
And I am absolutely in love with this one….
Wow! There’s so many more. It’s been a little while since I’ve posted so check back tomorrow and I’ll post some more 🙂
Nit Grit celebrates his one millionth play on Soundcloud by giving away his Malfunction tune exclusively to blogs to post. Danny has been riding one of the biggest waves in the community. He has become to poster child for success via an online site like Soundcloud. His popularity continues to grow and people are noticing. He has been getting booked all over the States and is one hot act to be picking up now.
Nit Grits style is so unique with an influence of his early days in IDM production mixed in with heavy bass lines and hard hitting beats. There’s a reason he has a million plays… it’s cause it’s quality. His sound continues to evolve and develop more and more. Expect many upcoming tunes to emerge from Nit Grit this year. His Love & Light Know Us remix has been slaying crowds. I know everytime I drop it the crowd goes absolutely nuts. Tonight I share with you another tune that shines! Be sure to keep up with this guy because I don’t care who you are anyone with a million plays on Soundcloud is someone that you should know about as a music lover.
Much respect and love to you Danny.
Hopefully we’ll get to chill soon =)
Robokop is a 25 year old Dubstep / Hiphop Producer from the Netherlands. His bass lines are nice and juicy similar to that of “Nit Grit” and his beats undeniably make you want to bob your head and sway to the music. I reached out to him the other day to find out his story so I can share it with you fine people…..
His Fascination for different styles of music started when he was 6 years old, listening to rock n roll, reggae and classic hip hop songs. At the age of 12 he started beatboxing under the name Yoshi J.and developed an extreme love for breakbeat, drum n bass, and hip hop. Influenced by the east coast hip hop scene, soul/jazz, and sampled beats, he started making hip hop beats and started writing some of his own songs. At the beginning of 2009 he discovered the dubstep scene and fell for the freedom the genre gave him. His main goal is to make tracks as epic and wide as possible, combining several different genres of music while adding his own twist. Like ancient warriors in a huge battle!
He had several releases in 2010 and his forthcoming releases include the Rise Again ep out December 13 through “MWM recordings” and the Bassman ep in January through “S.C.U.M.” which will also include the track “dancefloor”. The track, Bassman has been featured on bbc 1 xtra by Raskwame. Both releases will be available through all major online download sites.
Robokop’s goal with these releases is to display his developing style and let you see his vision of epicness meets catchy melodies with sharp and booming bass lines. He wants people to shake on the dance floor and go nuts. He also tried a lot of 16 bit sounds combined with dark choirs like on the track “power” and Asian strings with the track “BYEBYE.” He drew much of his musical inspiration for these releases from going to several different festivals and listening to the music stylings of producers like Flux, Emalkay, Doctor P, Fabian and several others.
In my opinion, these tracks are straight up fire and some of his best work yet. Preview the tunes here:
His upcoming shows include Jan 15th (Sittard – Netherlands ), Feb 5th (Bend – Oregon US), and Feb 11th (Portland – US). Make sure to like Robokop on facebook so you can keep up to date on his new tunes and upcoming shows: Robokop-Facebook. Send all booking inquiries to Robokopdub@gmail.com.
Having missed most of EOTO’s late-night set at this past summer’s Wakarusa, I was ready and waiting to settle into a long night of free-form, fully-improvised electro and dubstep from the side project of Michael Travis and Jason Hann, both of The String Cheese Incident. Before they took to the Zydeco stage, a familiar face beat them to it – Alabama’s own White Noise, also known as Grant Willis. I’ve seen Grant perform quite a few times now, but he always has something in his set that surprises me; this time it came in the form of a remix of Nit GriT’s “Grit Shifter”, a track I’ve played on my radio show as one of my personal favorites. Lighting by March One Music added to excitement as the crowd eagerly awaited the main act.
As I mentioned, I hadn’t had the chance to witness a full EOTO set yet and really didn’t know what to anticipate. The duo’s love for live improvisation guaranteed a journey through multiple genres — but I had no idea what I was in store for. To explain it best, I think I’ll quote the wide-eyed kid I ran into during the 15 minute set break, describing his take on EOTO’s performance; “It’s like I have no idea how we got to where we are now but I sort of remember where we came from and even though the two are on opposite ends of the spectrum it sort of seems like we’re where we’re supposed to be, when we’re supposed to be there.” Heady? Maybe. True? I think so.
If I had recorded EOTO’s entire set, then broken it up and played in back out of order, I honestly believe much of the awe-factor would be lost. The composition of the performance as a whole has this inexplicable way of connecting the audience to the performers to such a degree that, as unnamed kid was trying to explain, it is clear that the audience is being intelligently guided through a deliberately mapped journey through sound.
EOTO continue their tour with stops in Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL and will ring in the New Year with Dieselboy, Heyoka, NastyNasty, Nit GriT, Freddy Todd, Jantsen and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. at a three-stage extravaganza to be held at City Hall in Denver, CO.
4Centers & Probiotik teamed up awhile ago to create Love and Light! Their combination is taking everyone by storm. They are becoming the next Soundcloud phenomenon like Nit Grit was. Ever since they collaborated with MartyParty it’s absolutely exploded. These guys are a pleasure to work with and glad to see a big remix like this appear.
Right now it seems like it’s the prime time to remix big artist that are recognized all around the world. This time they’ve taken Muse’s Uninteded and created a masterful remix that add so much more of a sexy punch to the tune.
Soundcloud.com has become my addiction as of late with their dashboard. Every time I log in, there’s fresh new tracks from producers I’m following in my inbox and I can see what they’re listening to, commenting on, and which tracks are their favorites too. I get wrapped up in this for hours every night, needing and wanting more and more. Here’s some solid ones I’ve come across this week. Enjoy and check back to Afromonk.com on the regular cause we find the good stuff!
Nit Grit- This Old Heart
Project Aspect-Put This World on Hold
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin – Elfkowitz Remix
Who Cares – Fan vs. Man (Love and Light Remix)
Ellie Goulding – Under the Sheets (Stephan Jacobs Remix)