I’ve been working on a new project for 2012 and it’s about time I share it with you all! The past few months I’ve become a bit more critical than usual. Bass music hasn’t been doing what it use to do for me. My relocation back home to Miami has changed a lot of things especially my life style. When I lived in Texas I was always out with friends, partying, DJing, traveling, etc… Now I spend most of my time relaxing enjoying the ocean breeze on my balcony. My nights consist of digging for more music and that peaceful state of mind. I’ve grown up and feel like an adult. Music now plays a different role for me now.
It’s not that I’m disappearing now but expect much of my focus to go in this new direction. Lounge Temple is ultimately Afro Monk 2.0 with its primary genres being downtempo, trip-hop, and future bass. It’s a lot more laid back and lounge like.
Not only will the site be something new i’ll be exploring but also have a supporting weekly lounge night here in Miami. I’ve been offered an industry night at The Stage here in Miami. It offers a great environment as well as chance to start something entirely different from your typical club rave night. Gooddroid and I will be playing lounge music ever Sunday night! Chilled Out Sundays starts up February 19th, 2012!
It has been awhile since I wrote a post that doesn’t have to do with a specific release or spotlight. I’ve been meaning to write a piece about the website but I’ve been quite busy. I just recently relocated back to Miami, FL.
The website has been around for over two years now. It’s crazy to think it has been that long. It seems like it was just yesterday when I built it. The purpose of this website was to post music I found and help support my friend’s music.
Recently I’ve seen an increase in music blogs and resources online. There’s so much music out there that people are finally using online mediums to share and promo new music. I’m happy to see this evolution of online promotion because it gives chances for new producers and DJs to gain exposure.
The format of this blog is a bit different as I mainly write about people I’ve personally connected with online. The site after all is Afromonk.com which is my DJ name and story of my experiences tied together with music. I want to give readers, fans, and music lovers more than just a download link. It’s important to me as a DJ to have a personal connection with the music versus just playing what’s hot or popular. I actually take pride in making sure that all the music I do play out to a crowd is by people I personally know versus just scanning through Beatport for something that’s in the charts.
The main goal of this post is to let my existing fan base, readers, new visitors, producers, and people interested in getting a featured on the site know that this website is designed for a specific sound. Afromonk.com, has no plans to expand into something huge and ultimate resource for electronic music. The objective for this website is to provide a place where SPECIFIC niche of music will be written about. Ultimately what I’m trying to say is that there will be NO BROSTEP. The site will always be a niche site and for people who are interested in the softer chiller side of electronic music.
I recently started a Turntable.fm room, glitch / chill dubstep / IDM. The purpose of the room was to create a room where I could create a place to listen/play music that I love and can sit back and listen to at work. We have a great following already and it continues to grow. The reason for this is due to the fact that we are extremely picky and have no problem with trolling the crap out of heavy dubstep. The room is designed to follow a specific format.
I have no problem pushing this specific sound. This does not mean that it’s all I support but in the current state of dubstep and electronic music we have people like Skrillex introducing the masses into electronic music. My goal is to create different mediums such as Afromonk.com, Turntable.fm room, mixes, etc… that promote a sexier side to electronic music. The influx of people interested in electronic music is great but there’s too many websites/blogs that push things due to the fact that they are popular or fit a generic genre. We’ve seen a rise in some massive websites overnight but catering specific to this sound Skrillex, Bassnectar, Nero, Flux Pavilion, etc… It’s not that these producers don’t have diversity but it’s more of the fact that people are constantly promoting specific major artist and sound.
I had a talk with my talented new writers Ed and Tara about this and let them know that Afromonk.com will continue to push a softer chiller side to electronic music. We encourage you to send us e-mails about anything new you hear about that fits to a setting where you’re lightning one up and just want to take in the music. It doesn’t even have to be electronic music per say but have a lounge chill feel to it. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy trip-hop and wish there would be more music created in that realm vs aggressive bass sounds that have become so extreme.
For the love of God realize that this website will not promote or post anything that resembles BROSTEP. If you can’t close your eyes and relax while listening to the music chances are we won’t consider. CHILL SEXY MUSIC PLZ.
Thank you for all the support over the years.
I’m sorry if any of you take this post as something negative but understand there are thousands of dubstep blogs out there now that post the heaviest filthiest sounds out there. This site is designed to be a contrast to this trend of music.
Please send any music you feel that fits into our goal to Demos@afromonk.com.
About two weeks ago my good friend Stephan Jacobs came into town to help me get a kick start into the production game. After a brief overview of some basics I discovered what I adore is playing piano and writing a melody. Mimi Page’s sound is everything I hope to reach one day.
Ethan, owner of Subsythesis, an amazing friend and overall lover of music turned me onto Mimi Page. He told me to check her out and my mouth dropped when I checked out here music. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The piano work and downtempo feel is totally what has been capturing my heart versus the heavy bass lines lately.
I’ll be honest I don’t know much about her and don’t have much to say other than I love her music and her voice. Majority of the post I write I’m very familiar with their music and/or the person. This is something entirely new I’ve never heard and excited to hear more music from her.
Mimi, thank you for sharing your music. You’ve totally made a fan out of me from just hitting play once.
oOoOO a new discovery! This evening I was randomly on facebook and came across a music link from Samples. I can always count on Ben listening to some headie music always. After I hit play I was totally blown away. Never had I come across such unique sounds as I was listening to in some time. Apparently it’s called Witch House or Drag. The past couple years its been glitch/glitch-hop for me and not so much chill stuff as I’d like till recently. The track was a remix by SF based oOoOO. I had never heard of the dude before but man what joy it has been since I hit play on soundcloud.
oOoOO is Christopher Dexter and has definitely made a name for himself. He has three releases out to date. The most recent self-titled release was pressed to vinyl and out on Tri Angle records. The release has been featured in Spin, xlr8r, and Pitchfork. It also was just put as #1 release on boomkat for 2010. Needless to say that’s quite impressive. I have no idea how I slept on this. This electronic chill pop dark style is exactly the sort of stuff I’ve been searching for to add depth to live sets.
November 2010 he released a special mix for Quietus. It is part of their mixes series and is officially came out as Quietus Mix 003: The Opaque Sounds Of oOoOO. I’ve been completely hypnotized by this mix. It’s a perfect blend of downtempo, pop, female vocals, goth, chill, experimental, etc… Check it out below. Hopefully I can get a copy to download.
[ Track list ]
2] Butterclock – Crush
3] Marina And The Diamonds – Oh No! (Active Child Remix)
4] Emily Reo – Metal On Your Skin
5] Jana Hunter – Its Not Your Stereo
6] The Angels- Cry Baby Cry
7] Visions Of Trees – Kings (Ooooo Remix)
8] Lata Mangeshka – Mohe Bhool Gaye Sawariya
9] Grouper – Make Me Over
10] Katy B – Katy On A Mission
11] Nico – Frozen Warnings Ft. Alicia Keys
12] Sonic Youth – Sweet Shine
Here are a few of my favorite tunes from his soundcloud:
This mix I did when I was feeling all emo and stuff. I’ve never really mixed trip-hop and haven’t mastered the art of beat matching so this can get a bit dodgy at times. This was more for the feel and listening to the songs. Poured out some of my favorite tunes in here. Later on in the mix I switched it up to play a little FL Breaks and into a pre-recorded Miami Bass mix that had there.
This is the recording of my set on last weeks show. Can’t believe I have a weekly show. I decided to team up with my close friend Munkz for this. Figured I’d bring the glitch and he brings the whomp. We ended up doing a ghetto rig there and turned out his portion of the show sounded like complete crap so just uploading my first hour.
Last Monday I had my debut show on Glitch.fm!!!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to announce this.
I’ve been working real hard the past couple of months and I have a show now!
Every Monday from 11pm-1am EST I’ll be broadcasting on http://glitch.fm.
It’s an honor to have a show and not to mention share a part of my music to listeners.
I still consider myself a rookie and still even have some big mess ups but I’m practicing all the time now and want to be perfect. I’m quite disappointed in this mix but really happy about the feedback I’ve received and know I’ll be a LOT more prepared for next week.
Thank you all who believe in me and support me.
Never did I imagine this would actually happen.
This mix shows off a lot of what I’m really into when it comes to music. Majority is glitch music with some touch of glitch hop, dubstep, and even some trip-hop. I hope to bring this vibe every week and keep tunes fresh every week. I’m most likely not going to allow myself to play the same tune more than twice a month and if I do even do that, the track is just that worthy. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to tune in and feel free to join in the chat located at http://glitch.fm/irc
I’ve had the pleasure of catching Imogen Heap live a couple years ago when she preformed at Studio A. I’ll never forget that night. It was brilliant and could see the passion she has in her own music. Many of you may know her as the signer in the band Frou Frou. She has two solo albums and now adds a third to the list named Ellipse.
Her voice captivates the soul and shows us what a beautiful voice and some solid music projection can do. Whenever I need something to pick me up I find myself putting on one of her albums on. It’s amazing how music and a beautiful voice can do to ones emotions.
Here you can preview her new album and some remixes done by royal sapien. I’m a big fan of the remixes and find that despite the tempo kicked up a notch it does not take away from the vocals at all. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do. It’s always great to kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy some Trip-Hop.
I’ll never forget that moment where Trip-Hop entered my life. I was dating a woman at the time that had a great impact on me. She was driving and I had the seat back and I immediately asked her what was playing. Portishead.
Ever since that moment I dove deep into the genre. I discovered the beauty that is Bjork, Lamb, and Halou. Trip-Hop encompasses love, passion, emotion, and memories.
One of the most commonly known trip-hop’s album Tricky’s Maxinquaye is being re-released with a bonus disc and remixes. I’m anticipating to hear the new remixes of Hell’s Around the Corner. Ever since I saw the video and heard the song it’s become one of my instant favorites. I had the luxgury of catching Tricky live a couple months ago. I’ll never forget hearing Past Mistake live with him adding lyrics and adding such emotion when repeating “Jesus is coming”.
Bristol boys, Massive Attack, new EP Splitting the Atom is due out October 5th. The EP features vocals from Horace Andy, Martina Topley-Bird, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey. The track Pray for Rain features TV on the Radio’s singer, Tunde Adebimpe. The full length studio album should be out in Feb 2010.
Thom Yorke to release FullingPulledApartbyHorses & The Hollow Earth on limited Vinyl press and mp3 download. These tracks were around the time Eraser was done. Late September release. Be sure to be on top of the Vinyl release, I have a feeling this is going to be an instant classic release. Check out the unofficial video featuring art from the famous graffiti artist Banksy.
Another big release that is due out real soon is from Stripmall Architecture, formerly Halou. The album We Were Flying Kites is available to download and hear for free right now. Check out We Were Flying Kites, promise you’ll be impressed by the vocals.