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Fall Days : Volume Two, is an instrumental hip-hop mix made to reflect the vibes of autumn. This mix was made by Colorado based producer, Callisto, and is the second volume in an annual mix series (Fall Days) started in 2014. This is one of the deeper hip-hop mixes we’ve heard in a while. Click play and let your experience begin.
Hailing from London, Gaudi, known by many as the king of world bass, is back in North America and is scheduled to make an appearance at Cervantes on October 24th in Denver, Colorado. Along for the ride will be Kaminanda, Cualli, and Digital Vagabond, all of whom are know to captivate crowds across the Americas and beyond.
Having last released ‘Dub, Sweat, & Tears’ in December 2014, it’s expected Gaudi has some new material to play for the world. Gaudi’s live performance features synthesizers, CDJ’s, a theramin, sometimes one of the top vocalists in the world, and his own unique ability to improvise and create an unforgettable arrangement of music right in front of your eyes.
Ganjaology will be giving away a pair of tickets for this show, If you’d like to enter to win, follow the easy steps below.
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Winners will be announced on October 22nd!
See you at Cervantes!
Here is a brand new track from Callisto called ‘Red Forest’, which embraces the energy of Autumn. The lo-fi vibe is strong on this track! From the thick low end, to the menacing koto sample, all the way to the gritty high hats, this tune rides. Enjoy the sounds of ‘Red Forest’ and make sure you check out more of Callisto’s music on SoundCloud.
IPS is an indie label based in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is their first collection of beats, titled, ‘Collect Beats Vol. 1’, and features 12 tracks from artists based in cities around the globe. It seems as if the classic hip hop sound is making a new wave in this world. Tune in to the sounds IPS has put together for you.
Ohio never seems to be lacking in the area of talented artists. Columbus based producer, Satele, just released a nice re-work single of a couple Tribe Called Quest classics, incuding ‘Bonita Applebum’. The energy is high!
Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae group formed in the Waterhouse district of Kingston Jamaica in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). Over the years, despite several line-up changes, Black Uhuru has released many successful projects and remained one of the most important reggae groups in the world. Over the course of their career, Black Uhuru have released over 30 full length albums and in 1985 became the first reggae group to win a Grammy for ‘Best Reggae Album’.
September 11th Black Uhuru will be performing live at Cervantes Other Side with Rastasaurus, Mindstate, Inna Di Red, and Selasee & The Fafa Family.
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Winners will be announced September 9th!
I’ve been hearing a lot of real dope hip-hop lately. I was really excited to get this release from Tokyo Dawn Records and Pugs Atomz, BAMA PI. This is an album you can play from start to finish and not skip a track. ENJOY!
Last Thursday, the second youngest of the Marley children, Ky-Mani Marley, came out to Denver to celebrate the 123rd birthday of Haile Selassie.
For those who have never been to Cervantes, it is one of Denver, Colorado’s, most talked about music venues. Located in the ‘Five Points’ neighborhood just outside the downtown center, Cervantes is in the perfect location to draw a high energy, diverse, positive crowd to any shows.
Ky-Mani and his opening acts, Major Myjah and Denvers own, Tatanka, brought strictly positive vibes from the get-go. Through their heavy bass rhythms, each group successfully rocked the crowd and together, created an environment any reggae/hip-hop lover would be proud to be at.
Ganjaology had the pleasure of attending and photographing the Ky-Mani Marley show. Below are all original pictures of the night.
We want to say thanks to everyone who came out and made the night a special one!
*All photos by : Tarikh Brown, Leo Sideras, & Nigel Pelligree*
Joell Ortiz & !llmind have teamed up to create and release what some already consider a hip-hop classic album, HUMAN. The initial recording of HUMAN began in March. Over the course of the following month, Joell Ortiz & !llmind had written and recorded 11 songs which they decided to compile into an album and release on Roseville Music Group. The name HUMAN derives from the idea that this project was as ‘human’ as a music project could get. The month Joell Ortiz & !llmind spent in the studio recording was all about the vibe created and music collaboration between themselves. Nothing more, nothing less.
Joell Ortiz & !llmind are going to be performing their new album, HUMAN, on August 5th at Cervantes’ Other Side. Come out and get down to this spectacular album live!
Join us in Denver 7/23 for the Haile Selassie birthday celebration featuring the second youngest son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley. Having grown up in the inner-city of Miami from the age of 7, Ky-Mani lived a different childhood than his siblings and father. As a youth, Ky-Mani was driven mainly by his passion for sports, although his deep love for music was always very much present. It wasn’t until 1997 when Ky-Mani linked up with Pras of The Fugees that his music career took off. Being a believer of peace, love, equal rights, community preservation, and Jah, Ky-Mani spreads positivity, wisdom, and knowledge through his music.
Thursday, July 23rd, you will have the chance to see Ky-Mani Marley live at Cervantes Masterpiece. This is a celebration of Emperor Haile Selassies birthday, so make sure you bring the good vibes!
National Cannabis Industries Association and Bhang recently teamed up to celebrate the legal side of the newly founded cannabis industry this past weekend at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. With a name like ‘Cannabis Carnival’ I had the expectation that there may be some typical wild stoner shenanigans taking place, but upon my arrival I found a much more mature crowd, and came to the quick realization that there were no smoking activities taking place within the Fillmore. For some this could have been a little bit weird, but on a personal level, it was a nice change from the typical marijuana party. Bhang Chocolate set up a really comfortable chill lounge in the middle of the venue which comfortably sat around 50 people, and around the sides of the event surrounding the dance floor were a wonderful variety of artists, cannabis industry professionals, and carnival themed attractions such as a dress up photo booth and a dunk bucket.
The entertainment of the evening was top notch. NCIA brought out Rob Garza of Thievery Corp, Quixotic, The Everyone Orchestra, and the legendary trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, to bless Denver with their one of a kind take on jazz. This was a show that many people had been waiting a lifetime to see in person. When MMW were getting set up everyone in the venue was in awe at how incredible and intricate their live show was going to be. First came the Organ, then came the super custom percussive section, then out came the grand piano, and finally a beautiful stand up bass. MMW and all of their opening acts put on a performance that was nothing short of amazing.
Big Thanks to NCIA and BHANG CHOCOLATE for the wonderful vibes. It was beautiful seeing the community the new cannabis industry is creating. See you next year!
This is one of those EP’s you must play over and over again.
Come get down to some legendary live music in celebration of the cannabis culture tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium. Medeski Martin & Wood are going to be headlining the show, however their supporting artists include Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Quixotic, and the Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler. This is going to be a night packed with high energy rhythms, carnival themed games and attractions, and a great group of people. If you haven’t purchased pre-sale tickets it is not too late to do so! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW.
See ya on the dancefloor!
2015 marks the first year Ganjaology was able to attend Colorado’s leading transformational music festival ‘Sonic Bloom’. After starting the festival with nothing but smiles, and ending the festival with more smiles and laughter, we conclude that the transition from one festival decade to the next was a success. Having had the last week to reflect on the experiences shared over the summer solstice weekend, we’ve got a handful of photos and a few words to share with you.
Sonic Bloom was held at a new location to celebrate it’s 10th year of existence. With the elevation just above 6,000ft, warm nights were not a dream, but a reality. Shade was of abundance, and the live painting zone set up within the festival grounds was one of the most beautiful and thought invoking places of The Bloom. Now-a-days it seems as if live painting is quite common at festivals, however the attention, care, and detail of the artists chosen to display their work was (literally) world class. With well over 20 live painters and visionary artists in attendance at Sonic Bloom, the ingenuity of this festival was comparable to none.
‘A carved violin in the Art Dome’
It’s easy for a music festival to have a main focus and one main focus only. Music. What’s difficult, is to host a music festival which engages participants through active workshops, visual arts, learning experiences, positivity, and music equally. This is the exact feat that Sonic Bloom can say they’ve accomplished during their 10th year on “Festival Earth”. From yoga classes, to rock balancing seminars, to motivational speakers, all the way to YOU, there were teachers and students of all ages and backgrounds sharing happiness, knowledge, and new experiences with one another.
Sustainability is a main focus of Sonic Bloom and they are doing a great job of being a leader in ‘Leave No Trace’ events. Get ready for this…All of the electricity used at Sonic Bloom was offset with 100% solar power from SunPort! That is the type of positive action that festivals world wide need to pay attention to. All participants are encouraged to carpool to the event, re-use materials as much as possible, and compost, recycle, and dispose of trash in separate labeled receptacles. All of the food vendors were locals from the region and many carts featured organic and/or vegetarian options. Sonic Bloom had their Green team working hard at all times and the cleanliness of the festival reflected that in a beautiful way.
‘Another favorite from the art dome’
10 years is a long time to host a festival… It seems it was just long enough to get the perfect musical lineup in order for the decade anniversary. Sonic Bloom brought out STS9, Talib Kweli, Thriftworks, Kalya Scintilla, Bluetech, Random Rab, Emancipator, Andreilien, Templo, Jpod The Beat Chief, Caspa, Russ Liquid, The Desert Dwellers, Kaminanda, and Ill-Esha, just to name off a few favorites… With a lineup as eclectic and intelligent as that, you could host a festival in the middle of the desert with no shade and people would still come and have a great time. Sonic Bloom didn’t do that. Jamie Janover and his experienced team of builders, connectors, fun conspirators, artists, motivators, and everyone in between, came together and worked extra hard to bring you the highest quality party the Rocky Mountains will see this summer.
BIG THANKS GOES OUT TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!
– All pictures by Ganjology –
From the scenic setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains…To the impressive and diverse lineup that only Sonic Bloom could provide…To the beautiful people who make their way to Colorado for this trend setting festival…Sonic Bloom has almost everything it needs to make it’s 10 year anniversary the best celebration ever. The one thing it’s still missing is…YOU!
Sonic Bloom is only 1 week away! For all of you who have not yet purchased tickets for Colorodo’s favorite music festival, you’ve still got time. Click HERE to get your Sonic Bloom ticket!
While you wait for the gates to open…Enjoy a few of our favorites from a couple of this years Sonic Bloom artists!
Check out the new sounds from Ganjaology artist, Callisto!
With every new day comes a new beginning…
Prepare to step into a world made of thick drum kits, deep melodic bass lines, and beautiful futuristic melodies. These audio landscapes have been carefully crafted by Denver based producer, Templo, who is known for his unique blend of house, downtempo, hip-hop, funk, and dub.
Templo’s latest ep, Sunrise Vol. II, is compiled of 5 all original tracks that have an uplifting and refreshing vibe. The beats are very intricate and quite fast at points. These complex rhythms are then complimented by atmospheric synths and pads that bring a water-like coolness to each song.
I recently heard someone say that a “Fully Writable Album” is an album you can play from start to finish in one sitting without having to skip a single beat. I’d have to say that Sunrise Vol. II would definitely qualify as a “Full Writable EP”.
Make sure you don’t miss Templo at Sonic Bloom 2015! He’s no stranger to the stage, and with a handful of releases and festival performances under his belt, Templo will have an impressive set that will surely be a highlight of the festival.
This is the 21st release on the Denver based music collective/record label Dub Animals. Adsum has put together a dark three track release entitled NIGHTCRAWLER EP, and as you can imagine…it’s deep.
Tune in to the sounds of Adsum and stay tuned for more releases to come via Dub Animals.