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.
Freddy Todd & S.P.E.C.T.R.E collaborate on two massive tracks for all of you to enjoy. It’s been some time since we’ve heard some new material from Reuben but damn he hasn’t lost his touch by any means. I saw his set at Sonic Bloom and damn I’m glad I came over despite Tipper being on the main stage. Freddy just put out another full release out recently that has everyone excited. These two power houses might have just messed around a few days and put this together but the result is an incredible two track EP. I’d love to see more of these appear. Everyone is traveling around hanging out while playing shows and sometimes results in a few colab tracks. I think I speak for everyone when I say that more people should be throwing these small EPs together and just throw them on Bandcamp or Soundcloud for the fans to enjoy.
Honey, I Crunk’d Tha Kidz and Space Cowboy are two extremely hype tracks filled with crunk’d up vocals. The energy that these two create is spectacular and perfect for any headlining slot. I’ve been droppin Space Cowboy and damn it goes off. I love the subtle intro it has and eventually builds into this bangin tune. Not to mention got to love the ’cause i’m a space cowboy’ sample!
Here is a preview for you all. It will be officially released on the 27th of September on Bandcamp. Expect much more from S.P.E.C.T.R.E and especially Freddy Todd.
NicoLuminous has been slowly gaining more visibility and with good reason, his music is incredible. I first heard of him though ill-esha and after I heard his release on Street Ritual I was hooked. I’ll openly admit that I probably play way too much of Nico when I DJ out but too be honest his vibe and style is exactly a perfect mix of sexy bass music and dancefloor hype.
The first time I met Nico was at LIB and had the pleasure of catching a set from him at the Dr.Bronner’s Foam Tub area. He truly is one of the most positive people out there. He just has that good energy vibe and willing to help out with anything. I ran into him again at Sonic Bloom and finally got to catch one of his legendary beat-boxing performances. He has a utility belt with assorted guitar pedals that he uses as he is beat-boxing. It’s truly one of the craziest things I’ve seen. There is no doubt that his is going to be on top of the world soon.
NicoLuminous is prepping for his new release, Love Star, and man is it good! I’ve had the luxury of getting to preview it. This mix gives you a small taste of what is to come as well as great set to throw on while in any mood. I will say Nico has added a bit more hype to this one but its got that sensual vibe he has become known for. I’m stoked to be seeing him at the upcoming ArtOutside festival in Austin. Be on the look out for the official release of Love Star!
1. NicoLuminous – Speaker Box REMIX
2. NicoLuminous – Lumadrop
3. NicoLuminous – Love Star
4. NicoLuminous – Will Our Time Come Around?
5. NicoLuminous – Unpredictable by Jamie Foxx REMIX
6. NicoLuminous – Look at Me Now by Chris Brown REMIX
7. NicoLuminous – Tell Me You Care ft. Roisin Murphy
8. NicoLuminous – Bass Maze
9. NicoLuminous – Love Sets You Free
10. NicoLuminous – Sunrize in L.A.
11. NicoLuminous – Rock That
12. NicoLuminous – Love is Real ft. Beyonce & Sean Paul
13. NicoLuminous – Chunga’s Revenge by Gotan Project REMIX ft. Johanna Phraze
14. NicoLuminous – Y La Bassbox Harp ft. Luz Elena Mendoza
Sonic Bloom 2011 takes places on June 24th through the 26th in Georgetown, Colorado! This is the 6th time this event will be held and boy does it have great history behind it. This year will be no different with another legendary line up. The true nature of this event is focused on the art of music. Shadow Ranch the gorgeous location where this will be taking place is one hour outside of Denver.
This year I’m thrilled to be attending as a trip to Colorado has been way over due. A big majority of the readers of this site come from Colorado and can’t wait to visit all the homies out there. It’ll be great to finally feel the magic of the state in a breathe taking venue and incredible festival. I’m looking forward to also seeing some of the locals play some music on their home turf where a huge part of the bass family lives. As of now most of the line up has been posted and wow it’s going to be sexy. I’ve gone ahead and bolded out the ones I’m looking forward to see. This doesn’t mean that some of these guys don’t deserve credit but I feel the ones bolded are the ones that are unique to the festival and are not as common to experience during this years festival line ups. Lets get real most of these artist are worth being bolded but these are my personal favorites.
EOTO TIPPER SOUND EXPERIENCE MALA (Digital Mystikz)
VibeSquaD Random Rab
An-ten-nae David Starfire
Michal Menert Octopus Nebula
Future Simple Project
Djunya Love & Light
Nadis Warriors Jantsen Fresh2Death
Somasphere Project Aspect
J.WAIL ft/ Chuck [Lotus]
Vinnie Maniscalco Papa Skunk
Prophet Massive S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Miraja Unlimited Gravity
& more TBA.
Besides an incredible musical line up the event will showcase many other arts besides music. There will be tons of workshops, yoga classes, exotic food, vendors, and more! Fire dancers, jugglers, live painters, and more will be in full force to set the mood for the experience. Come and experience one of the most well known festivals in the States as we embark on a lovely journey to the Rookies for a few glorious nights of life.
If the sold out Manifestation Celebration in Dallas was just the pre-party where I had to chance to play a set. I can’t imagine how much energy will be present at this event. If that was just a small glimpse of the main event this will be another life changing event that will go down in history. There are still two other pre-parties that will be going on in San Francisco on Friday, May 20th at 103 Folsom and another in New York City on June 11th. Be sure to say hello if you seem me out there. I’ll be hanging and camping with close friend Ethan aka SubSynthesis.
Psymbionic is John Burcham. The man is doing it big in Texas and making his way on the national circuit. He’s definitely on his game right now. He recently rocked out Wakarusa & Sonic Bloom this year. John’s constantly hard at work banging out tunes, running a blog, playing out, and staying on top of the music. This guy has some serious love for this and truly welcoming dude. There is a possibility that I might be moving to Austin and he’s been nothing but helpful and making me feel like this giant move will go smoothly if I end up out there. The best part of doing all this is meeting and connecting with up and coming producers but also getting to know some good people in the process.
Check out some of his tracks and LIVE mix from Wakarusa.
Siren – Summertime in Oakland
The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby (4Centers Remix)
Ben Samples and Stephan Jacobs – Nano Puppy
NiT GriT – Hyphycide
Masia One – In Di Streets (Ill.Gates+Meesha Instrumental)
Reso and Vent – Rumble
Mimosa – The Unseen
Vibesquad – Janitor
Siren – Stunna
Knight Riderz – Bring It
Eprom – Bubble
Bassnectar – Bass Head
Opiou – Nun Cha Ka
Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (ProBiotiK Remix)
Tipper – Ton of Bricks
Sound Tribe Sector 9 – EHM (Psymbionic Remix
Ill.Gates – Sweatshop (Subvert Remix)
Akira Kiteshi – Boom N Pow
Bassnectar and Jantsen – Blast Off
Devo – Whip It (Mochipet Remix)
Omega – Ultima Ratio Regum
Stagga – Timewarp (Akira Kiteshi Refix)
Spor – Knock You Down (Eskmo Remix)
Freddy Todd and Elfkowitz – Rage Cage
NastyNasty – Knife Play
Heyoka – Flying Dub Sauce
The Chemical Brothers – The Salmon Dance (Psymbionic Remix)