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Man.Amen is bringing in the low end you’ve been missing throughout this high energy summer with a 45 minute long deep dubstep mix. Featuring artists such as Michael Red, J. Hanna, Self Evident, Truth, LX One, Alpha Steppa, and J: Kenzo, the Celestial Ion mix is built for those with subs. Low frequency 140bpm music has a special place in the EDM scene today and there are a number of people, Man.Amen being one of them, who are really pushing to keep the sound alive.
Big up all the artists featured in this mix, and big up Man.Amen of Ganjaology for putting this smooth 45 minute mix together complete with a tracklist and free download so you can take it with you wherever you are!
~ Enjoy ~
FIRE KEY – ALPHA STEPPA (FT. RAS DAGO)
NAMKHA – ISHAN SOUND
RULE YOUR DESTINY – SLEEPY TIME GHOST (FT. RAS DEMO)
MAGNETO (FEEL IT) – J.KENZO
BOATLAND – JUS B
RULES OF THE DANCE – MUNGO’S HI FI FT. CHARLIE P (KAHN REMIX)
REFLECT – LX ONE
CHAIN REACTION – CRYOGENICS
SHAKA SATORI – ALPHA STEPPA
BONES & MONEY – MERRICK
THE LESSON – SELF EVIDENT
SIDEWAYS – MICHAEL RED
FOSSIL – CLUEKID
DUB SPECIALIST – SYNKRO
TRUE – CALMA DUB
VIBRATION – SELF EVIDENT
CAFEWEISS – FEONIX
YOU – J.HANNA (MAN.AMEN EDIT)
TRIBES – DE NIRO
TRENCHTOWN – TRUTH FT. TASO
JATA – CLEARLIGHT
STRONG ROOT – QUANTUM SOUL VS. LAMB
BLOOM – DPAT
” SEARCHING FOR SELF INNA FLESH,
WE ARE NOT OUR NAMES”
Featured Labels include:
AQUATIC LAB, DEEP MEDI, DIPPED, FAT KID ON FIRE, GANJAOLOGY, GRADIENT, INNAMIND, MINDSTEP, MODERN MATH, SCOTCH BONNET, SOULECTION, SUBALTERN, SUREPLAYAZ, TECTONIC, TEMPA, TRIGRAM, TUFF WAX, WHEEL & DEAL.
Big thanks to all the creators for providing their many unique sounds!
Portland producer Doc Riz of the We Got This Crew has gathered his strengths and put together this fantastic mixtape to keep the summer blazing! This young creator shows his skills in selection, frequency manipulation and all around freshness with Boreal Beats. The mix will be airing tonight on 92.9FM for those tuned into the airwaves around Bend, OR. For everyone else, we’ve included a live stream link below. Tune in at 9:30pm Pacific Time to hear the chunes, and be sure to check out more from Doc Riz and We Got This!
Real Cosby – Always
Bedrockk – Bottle Sippin
Paces – Leave (Palace Remix)
20syl – CYDTT
VNDMG – Daggers At Dawn
Doshy – DoLiz
Beau Damian – Soul Calibur
Big Wild – Full Moon
Mr Carmack – Smells Like
Kaytranda – Killa Cats
Astronomar – Earthquake
Dvnny Seth – Flow (Doc Riz Emo Edit)
G Jones – Heerlen Beat
Raf Riley – Rude Boy
Troy Boi – Don’t be Judging
Palace – Slow Burn
Hermitude – Ukiyo (Doc Riz Low Touch)
King Henry – Supreme Stickers on Laptops
Bigski – Infinity and Beyond
East Memphis MC Black Smurf comes with a fresh new mixtape entitled Hustle God 2: Mind Over Matter. The sample in the first tune gives me shivers. Oooohhh…
Don’t sleep on this one!
VERY FIRE MIX FROM DANNY SCRILLA FOR BIG UP MAG.
My lucky number.
Danny Scrilla – Lone Ranger [Rudimentary Records]
Fracture – Overload [Forthcoming Exit Records]
Moresounds – Sound Bizness [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
Know V.A. – Prisma [Dub]
EAN – I Bus’ the Mic [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
LV & Josh Idehen – Doing What I’m Doing [Free DL]
Moresounds & Om Unit – Nuff Music [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
Hidden Turn – Big Dirty [ThirtyOne Recordings]
Danny Scrilla – X (VIP) [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
Calculon & Austin Speed – Get Murked (Deft Remix) [Forthcoming Shoot Recordings]
Fracture – Loving Touch [Forthcoming Exit Records]
Moresounds X HSIK – Shtrakoss Riddim [Basserk Records]
FIS – Love Drama Stress (Machinedrum Edit) [Dub]
Thing – Future Roots [ThirtyOne Recordings]
Larkin & Sky – Resveta [SVS Records]
Krampfhaft – Veluwe [Rwina Records]
Om Unit X Danny Scrilla – Gentrification [Forthcoming Cosmic Bridge]
LV & Josh Idehen – Tough (Danny Scrilla Remix) [Dub]
Danny Scrilla – Maroon [Dub]
Danny Scrilla – Higher Plane [Dub]
If you aren’t already familiar with the infamous ladies of Pussy Brunch, you’re in for a wild ride. This pair of bad girls take bedroom beats to a whole new level. We had the pleasure of kicking it with them during their set at What The Festival last month. It was ridiculously fun dancing to their stellar sound, and so – we decided to do a mixtape!
Hailing from the Labia Majora, Pussy Brunch’s Teagan Thais and Lauren Clayton are holding it down for the real hood. Their space crunkin’, booty whomp knockin’, bacon beats, are served along with a healthy side of turnt-up toast & twerky jerky. Their hand crafted blends of hyphy & thump chronic smackers, move through the speakers & stimulate your feelers. Bring extra panties caus’ their pu$$ypoppin beats will leave ya dripping to top off the cream in your coffee.
Peep the mix below, and please note: This is a PARENTAL ADVISORY release. Haha, seriously though. It’s good. It’s fucking good. So go ahead, prep those drawls and turn up that appetite for…
Ganjaology presents: PUSSY BRUNCH – CHRONIC KITTY
Be sure to follow Pussy Brunch for more more music!
This is the latest and potentially the greatest from longtime dubstep veteran, VON D.
Von D – Positive Energy (LUTETIA LP02)
1 – Von D – The Land Of The Long White Cloud
2 – Von D ft Riya – Picture In Your Mind
3 – Von D – Try Me
4 – Von D & Silkie – Fryst
5 – Von D ft Phephe – Deeper
6 -Von D ft Asher Dust – Kiss The Sin
7 – Von D ft Javier Starks – Positive Energy
8 – Von D – V Love
9 – Von D & Aeolho – Vibe
10 – Von D ft Phephe – It’s In Me
11 – Von D & Mizz Beats – None Of Ur Business
12 – Von D ft Riya – Let it Go
13 – Von D ft Phephe – Show Me VIP
14 – Von D – Let Me Tell You
Slovakian based net-label, Gergaz, has been bombarding the internet with a plethora of incredible music over the last several years and their latest release, String Factory, is (as expected) nothing short of amazing. This six track EP features six different artists who have come together to create a compilation that covers a wide range of bpm’s while keeping a similar upbeat summer vibe. Like many of their other releases, this is a ‘pay what you want’ release, so head over to the Gergaz Bandcamp to get your copy and check out many of the other wonderful releases available for streaming and download.
Muffled kick drums and filtered snares echo into your auditory field as distant serpent synths weave gently into your awareness. Soon, splashing cymbals and rising sonic tides elevate your ears into an ocean of technical intricacies washed and tumbled by waves of emotionally driven atmospherics. Imagination takes over and you’re launched into the land of Daega Sound. To breath underwater never felt so natural.
Hailing from a forested coastal island in the Strait of Georgia beyond Vancouver, this dynamic pair of Canadian dub producers come together to create an undeniably unique sound. Known for their technically advanced rhythms and dynamic synth work, Daega Sound seamlessly fuses the frequencies that we may commonly refer to as Dubstep, Drum n Bass or Techno. With their strikingly keen ability to navigate the depths through their music, it’s no wonder that these boys literally shared the same womb. If you’ve ever seen these guys perform, one thing is clear… They are brothers.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Daega Sound at Bass Coast in Merrit BC last summer. Unfortunately, shortly after the interview the recordings vanished. Like a long lost treasure which surfaces at the opportune moment, the recording has been recovered, just in time for Bass Coast 6 – Mutiny. #YAR!
Check out the interview below and be sure to tune in to some of the tunes from Daega we’ve included throughout this article. The boys had the opportunity to follow up to share what’s new in the world of Daega Sound since last year. Jump to the end for that, but don’t miss what they had to say about Bass Coast, what’s happening in the world of electronic music, and the bass music scene’s dirty word “Dubstep”.
So tune in, listen up and recognize that no matter how someone may choose to categorize your favorite music, only one phrase fits when describing the music of Ben and Josh Searles. This is Daega Sound.
Check out more from Daega Sound on Facebook and Soundcloud. Also check out their recent releases with Brooklyn bass music label Tuba Records. Lastly, be sure to check back at GANJAOLOGY this coming week for The Lost Tapes Pt. 2 with Michael Red!
See you all at Bass Coast, August 1-4 in Merrit, BC!!
Here’s the interview…
MICK :: Alright, this is Mickey and Nala with Ganjaology and we are here at Bass Coast with Daega Sound. Why don’t you guys just introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the project?
BEN :: My name is Ben, This is my brother Josh…
JOSH :: Hey
BEN :: And we make bass music, and well…
JOSH :: All kinds of stuff
BEN :: A lot of what we put out is in the 140 dubstep world, although we’ve got a release coming out soon with Loxy and Resa on the Cylon, which is a 170 DnB release.
JOSH :: We come from a pretty diverse background in music. We were trained classically when we were younger. And so as we sort of grew up, we started to thirst for some new sounds and stuff and as we didn’t grow up in the sort of mainstream world of music, we didn’t go pop or mainstream we sort of went underground, deeper and deeper and we never looked back or came out of it.
MICK :: Sweet. So, are you guys Vancouver based?
BEN :: Ya we live just outside of Vancouver, a short ferry ride, about 40 minutes outside of Vancouver. We are some what isolated so we can focus, we’re also close enough to the city that we can stay connected. It’s a perfect kind of balance.
MICK/NALA :: Ya we’re both familiar with that ferry ride into the city, we do it to in Seattle.
JOSH :: Oh no way.
BEN :: Killer…
JOSH :: I love it. It’s the best because you get the best of both worlds. We like to be not distracted… You know and in a place like that it’s like one stop light between you and the grocery store, get like good maximum studio time. In the winter anyways, summer’s ridiculous.
MICK :: Absolutely. Ya so it’s like “underground…” I guess, would you use an other words to describe your music?
BEN :: It’s kind of introspective.
JOSH :: Ya, and it really melodic, soundscape-y.
BEN :: Atmospheric, Soundtrack-y, a lot of people call it deep…
JOSH :: But it’s heavier and headier than “deep”. It’s not slow. It’s pretty syncopated. Ben was a drummer growing up and I played guitar so we kind of had a good thing going with rhythm and melody so there’s always those things are always the mainstays but everything comes from another place. We just do whatever, we’re like conduits.
BEN :: We used to DJ like drum n bass and techno, so you hear a lot of that drum n bass in there.
JOSH :: The neat thing about that sound, about the 140 “dubstep” sound, at least when we got into it, there were little bits of everything. Like there was DnB elements and there were some techno elements in there. Some dub, well lot’s of dub. We both are huge into like reverb, delay and all this. So it was a good sound for us because we were writing all sorts of stuff and we could kind of coalesce these into one place where we could focus it.
MICK :: And you guys are brothers, is that true? I mean blood brothers?
BEN :: Yes. Yes..
JOSH :: Ya we been doing this a long time. Our mom was a choreographer and a dancer and our dad was a composer…
BEN :: Haha, ya been doing this kinda thing for a little while.
MICK :: Ya, I come from a drummer father and my mom’s a dancer.
JOSH :: Oh cool, ya we spent a lot of time backstage thinking…
BEN :: “Oh.. those are some cool lights and buttons.”
MICK :: Nice. So maybe you guys can talk about any new releases, maybe recent releases that you’ve done or you’re working on.
BEN :: Ya we put our first record out on black box, which is probably one of our biggest releases. It’s a UK label, it’s got acts like Headhunter and Kryptic Minds and Jack Sparrow and a lot of guys that we sort of looked up to for a long time, and still do. And in our sets you hear a lot of those guys.
JOSH :: Ya we’ve played a lot of their stuff and a lot of stuff off their label. And we have another upcoming release with the in the fall. We put some stuff with a newer imprint, Tuba.
BEN :: Well, they’ve been around for a little while actually.
JOSH :: This is our fourth release, I think. So we’ve got another one coming up and then as Ben said the Locksee and Rez, it’s a CX Digital… Our first official drum n bass release. So branching a bit. We’ve had plans for an album, sort of sneaky in the background for a while and we thought we were going to be able to pull all that out this year, but…
BEN :: Ya, it’s gotta take it’s own time.
JOSH :: We’re not a quantity type of couple of producers, we’re more like the Tool. Putting one record out every four years sort of thing. You know, put the time and effort in to make it count.
BEN :: When we’re letting the ideas percolate it’s always nice to spend a summer going and checking out new acts and new sounds and getting new inspiration and you take that energy back into the studio. Get in the shed. It all sort of steeps and it comes out in new ideas.
JOSH :: Were gonna be doing… As far as performance, we’ll be keeping up our writing as we have been. We’ve got ideas to launch a new Daega Sound music store, so we’ll be able to do a lot of our own stuff. But also, as far as performance goes we’re gonna stick to the two by four now, so we have a lot more scope and range as far as DJ sets go… With four decks. And then we’ll be doing a lot more live stuff coming up. We’ve got enough material that it makes it worth it.
MICK :: So you guys run two decks each?
BEN :: Ya, two decks and two mixers.
JOSH :: It’s like a brother thing, you know. Everything has to be shared. He’s got two turntables, I want two turntables.
BEN :: Ya it keeps us from getting bored.
JOSH :: Two deck sets are fun, but you know. You can just do so much more.
MICK :: Well cool. This is a good seg-way into we’re here at Basscoast, so why don’t you give us the scoop on Bass Coast. What’s this gathering all about?
BEN :: This is like a big extended family out here.
JOSH :: Pretty much every level of infrastructure here has got people from our crew.
BEN :: We’ve been around since the first one, so you see the evolution go from like 700 or 800 the first year and there’s thousands this year. The production each year, it’s just grown. And it’s sort of getting into its adolescence now. It’s getting to feel more comfortable with itself and the systems. Its a new site here, so they had to go through a lot of learning curves I’m sure to get on top of everything that goes with getting a new sight, but from the front it’s seamless. It’s been an awesome experience.
JOSH :: It’s kind of like an outdoor Mutek in a way, where you have really high level production sound, lights, and talent – but you’re in an outdoor setting in that way.
MICK :: Cool, so any words of wisdom for up and coming musicians out there?
BEN :: The one thing that we’ve always been told and what’s kept us going is perseverence. You just don’t stop.
JOSH :: And to be really honest with what you do. Write the music that moves you, not what you think is gonna… You know, because I think people are receptive to honest music so just let it come naturally and just don’t give up. That’s what we were told.
BEN :: And our older brother Ron is an engineer and he always says… While there’s a lot of music out there right now, more than ever before with the technology that’s available, there’s always room for good music. People will always be ready to hear good stuff, so don’t be afraid.
JOSH :: The other thing is that everything takes its own time.
BEN :: Music is sort of a life long interaction or relationship with the individual that is creating it, or a part of creating it. It’s always been there, it’s always gonna be there. You now, take your time with it.
JOSH :: We like to think of music lasting forever. You know, you think of some of those composers that wrote in the 1500s and it’s still being played today. That’s sustainability. I mean that’s what I classify as timeless.
MICK :: You’re a part of Lighta! is that true?
BEN :: Ya we’re a part of the Lighta! Sound.
JOSH :: Ya, I guess we’ve only been Daega Sound for about 5 years. This is our fifth year now, In 08 so it just kinda got blown there. And that’s when we joined up with the Lighta! guys which is great because they’re a good bunch of guys to roll with. Good inspiration, support.
BEN :: We’ve got some sort of compilation ideas coming along with a whole bunch of us that are making music as well, putting music out. So it kinda makes sense that we do something together like that.
JOSH :: Ya we do events together. It will be nice to see where that goes this year.
MICK :: We recently did an interview with Self Evident where he mentioned you guys and he said that, Daega has been saying that there’s a reimergence of dubstep in it’s truest form. So do you have anything to say on that?
JOSH :: It was Youngsta actually that I remember reading an article on talking about that in Europe because in the UK… Imagine the ripple effect. You drop a stone in the water in the UK and it as it moved out it kinda stopped. But I think theres a whole new generation. I think the young guys that were into the “bro-step” are growing up a bit and searching for stuff thats a little deeper.
BEN :: They’re curious.
JOSH :: They’re curious and there’s bigger numbers now toward that sound. Or it feels that way at least.
BEN :: We’re just at the point where another wave is about to spill over.
JOSH :: It does feel like that. We’re always listening to new music and what’s going on and there was definitely a period where things were kinda quiet.
BEN :: We were talking to Goth Trad earlier and he was saying that there’s a lot of guys doing stuff in the 130 bpm range in the UK now but you see in Holland and Belgium a lot more 140 happening.
JOSH :: It sort of moves around the world like that, that sound.
MICK :: It’s a beautiful culture we got going on.
JOSH :: It’s really fucking cool.
BEN :: It’s a big international family.
MICK :: Cool, well much respect to you guys.
DAEGA SOUND :: Yes, thanks!
GANJAOLOGY :: It’s been a year in the life… What’s changed since last year’s Bass Coast?
DAEGA SOUND :: We’re always refining the sound and how we go about creating and performing it, it’s an ongoing evolution. There’s a bunch of new dubs in the stock pile and tunes coming out including a 12″ up next with NYC’s TUBA imprint. Our Daega Sound Music store will be online soon, excited to see that coming to fruition. Also keep your ears peeled for Daega Sound radio shows in the near future.
Thanks to Vasho Photography, Bass Coast, and Daega Sound for the photos.
NW reggae lovers rejoice… the Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival is just around the corner and the lineup is looking hot! The event focuses on reggae acts local to the Pacific North West, while featuring a handful of acts from beyond our cozy coastal zone. If you’re looking for a respite from the city this upcoming weekend, hit the 90 east and you’ll be at Cook’s Farm in Carnation, WA within the hour!
The HomeGrown NW Reggae Fest was founded by two local musicians, Mike Yarosz and Bill Ulsund with a mission to provide a musician-oriented festival lineup focused on the true ensemble nature of reggae music. The theme of the event is “The best local reggae music the Northwest has to offer…” so if you know your locals, you can expect a deep rooted family vibe with this two-day festival. Many of the bands perform locally at Seattle’s hottest spots for reggae music including Nectar Lounge, Barboza, Neumo’s, and The Crocodile. Noteworthy NW locals include Indubious, The Highlife Band, YogoMan Burning Band, The Approach, Two Story Zori, Positive Rising, The Mystic Arrows, Wet City Rockers, The Hooky’s, Positive Rising, Tribal Order and many more!
Headlining the event are Josh Heinrichs & Skillinjah, from Springfield, Missouri. The lead vocals of Josh are sung in a forceful falsetto over guitar-centered melodies. His album mate and co-songwriter Skillinjah performs in a dancehall toaster style, with rapid-fire lyrics that weave drama, humor and hi jinx in with style. Also from outside the Northwest are headliners New Kingston, a true family band from Brooklyn, New York by way of Jamaica. Three brothers perform contemporary reggae infused with hip-hop and R&B with their father, world-renowned reggae bassist Courtney Panton.
With 20 stellar bands, two stages and two full days of live reggae music, the Northwest Homegrown Reggae Festival is sure to please. So grab your spliffies, coolers and camping gear and head to Carnation this coming Friday. And if you need a head start, be sure to catch The Original Wailers at Nectar Lounge Thursday July 24th. Large up the NW community!
RSVP for the event on Facebook.
We recently had the pleasure of participating in an extra-ordinary event here in Seattle in which the music and art communities came together to give thanks to the elements.
Hosted by Seattle bass music collective Bassdrop Music as their four year anniversary party, the event featured music from some of the hottest West Coast producers, plus some of the city’s freshest local acts. To top things off, world famous visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey participated by doing live painting during the event. Naturally this enlivening event was entitled Elements of Bass.
Many find that the four common elements Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are the basic elements of the universe. We are here to contend that in this time we are moving beyond this knowledge of the elementals in this basic sense. We are living in a time of expansion, connectivity and collaboration. For this reason we redefine the elements of creation as music, art, dance and healing. The folks over at Bassdrop did a great job of bringing these aspects together into an inspiring event with EOB.
For those that don’t know, Alex Grey has become famous for his ability to diagram energy flows in the human body. His attention to detail is unrivaled by any living artist of his ilk. To spice up the evening, our good friends at Bassdrop Music coordinated a discussion with the Greys, so that we young creators could get a glimpse into the minds of these visionaries.
During the discussion, Alex and Allyson shared their views on contemporary art, music, and culture and how it relates to the historical perspective. The theme of the presentation was centered on consciousness and how music, art and other forms of creative expression can color the human experience.
A strong through line which permeated the talk, was the idea of sacrament and how certain substances can bring us into a more clear space of awareness, both individually and as a collective.
From the ancient art of consuming Soma, psychedelic mushrooms or even that famed flora known to grow on grave of King Solomon – we humans have been creating, cultivating, and consuming sacraments of various form and texture throughout time. Like the infamous talks given by the late great Terrence McKenna, the Greys stressed the importance of knowing and using these plants and other substances to the benefit of consciousness, while warning of the dangers of misuse. Many of the slides displayed shared imagery of art old and new which had quite obviously been influenced by the use of psychedelics. A personal favorite is the image of the little mushroom men carrying smaller mushrooms and feeding them to one another. Alex states, “Ok, this one is quite clear… Someone was high!”
The Greys shared their view on the legalization of cannabis in the NW calling what’s happening in Washington and Colorado a benchmark. It is quite clear that like the team here at Ganjaology, Alex and Allyson value cannabis for its many beneficial properties beyond the commonly recognized lofty high that comes with smoking it. Whether it’s used to reduce pain, stop nausea, settle the mind or expand conscious awareness, one thing is clear…
The use of cannabis in appropriate dosage promotes CREATIVITY, POSITIVITY and the creation and enjoyment of BASS MUSIC!
We want to extend a big thanks to Alex and Allyson for sharing their knowledge and participating in the event both as speakers and live painters. Further we want to give thanks to Bassdrop Music for organizing the event along with all of the others that had a hand in bringing us together. Big up all the musicians that performed including Mat The Alien, Christian Martin, Bluetech, David Starfire, BizZara, Selecta Element and Triple Crown, Sean Majors, Kozmo, and all the others. Lastly we can’t leave out the local artists that participated including Burgandy Viscosi, Damon Conklin, Sarah Jorgenson, The Graffiti Defense Coalition and more!
Like Allyson’s secret script, no amount of language could begin to decipher the excitement we all shared in this phenomenal event. Again, thanks to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without you!
All photos featured here are the work of Kari Champoux. Thanks KC!
This free compialtion is a great addition to the chill side of your musical library. California based producer/singer FIFTY GRAND has brought her sound a long way over the last several years. Originally I think she’s from New York, or somewhere in the North East, however since she hit the West Coast some time ago she has been making waves throughout the underground scene with her soothing ghostly vibe wrapped in acoustic plucks and a lush vocal atmosphere.
Fifty Grands music is meant to bring happiness, provoke thought, and relieve stress at anytime of the day.
*ALL MUSIC IS ORIGINAL*
Just a couple weeks ago one of the North West’s most notorious music fesitvals, What The Festival?!, was going full force down in Oregon. With dozens of top notch artists from around the world performing, it was pretty difficult to make it everywhere you wanted when you planned and often times I found myself at a stage listening to music from an artist I was previously unfamiliar with. One of the best instances of stumbling upon a “surprise performance” was when our crew made a quick stop by the OMG Lounge and DJ Professor Stone was throwing down some heavy, bass drive, reggae inspired dubstep & trap. There were so many jaw dropping tunes coming back to back that our original plans were immediately cancelled and the OMG Lounge was our final destination for the evening. Representing Seattle’s, ZION GATE RECORDS, DJ Professor Stone has been around the reggae scene for several decades now, and is showing that he’s still in his prime. His DJ set was versatile, full of heady tunes, and downright fun. Stone had the whole dance floor quaking! Check out this mix and feel the vibes from WTF?!!
We all have our ups and our downs, our ins and outs, our goods and our bads. Sometimes it’s painful to see ourselves in these darker reflections, but we must remember… It’s all in balance.
I was reminded of this tune this past weekend while checking out a good friend’s DJ set during which he really played the badman role. This tune was developed and created originally by one of my longtime favorite badman producers Madlib in collaboration with a newer super cold rapper who’s certainly hit the hotlist, Freddie Gibbs.
In this soulful remix, musical editor Badbadnotgood (BBNG) brings a fresh perspective to this already thought stimulating track. Through his use of live jazz drumming, minor chord arpeggios and crafty percussion samples BBNG pushes the limits of contemporary hip hop with elaborate musical expression. If you’re not hip to what these guys are talking about, spend some time with the video for the original tune. The imagery alone tells all. And remember, life is not all light and rainbows… listen to the sounds and feel the vibes. This is real shit. It’s a cultural thing.
What does that mean anyway… Shame?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwC5ePDNkp0]
Peep and purchase the whole album from BBNG here.
It seems like Japanese culture…their style, their technology, their seemingly opposite world from that which we live…has had a huge influence on American hip-hop and urban culture over the last several years. We have seen artists such as Yung Lean, Retro Su$hi, and Trap Sensei make reference after reference to Japanese influence, and even have quite a bit of Japanese text throughout their video’s and promotional art. What you’ll be listening to in a moment is another American producer who’s influence from Japanese culture has been reflected through imagery, words, and sound.
The song you’re about to listen to, Tokyo Pt. 2, is produced by a 19 year old artist named Savon. It is featuring fellow Michigan based producer, Sango, and very well represents the chill vibes of this beautiful year, 2014. Tokyo Pt. 2 is the seventh track off of Savon’s second EP, Always & Forever, which got it’s name because, in Savon’s own words, “… I will always & forever do music”. Those are strong words to come from such a young adult right? Well you won’t be surprised Savon would make such a statement once you listen to the clean quality of his production. It would be easy think someone twice his age was behind the scenes of the mixing board!
This is a wonderful piece of audio art. Enjoy!
I had the pleasure of rolling down to Lightning in a Bottle this past weekend, and damn… What an event!? As usual, Do Lab just does it right. Nice up to the whole team!
While I had the chance to catch some stellar national/international acts, one of my favorite sets came from the homie Brice Lowell of PDX, aka PRSN. I’ve been hearing more and more from this cat over the past year and his sounds are seriously fire. I came home and immediately dug into his soundcloud to get a better ear on what he’s been putting out. This mix was bumping on repeat from one the steeziest vendor booths at the festival, the shared shop belonging to Portland designer Rags To Muffins and Oakland designer P.E.A.C.E. Fits. I had to bring it to the forefront for all you online listeners.
Check out PRSN’s mixtape entitled Third Person here. Look out for this guy this summer. He’ll be performing at What The Festival!? outside Portland, OR at Wolf Fun Ranch.
Turn up and tune in!
Since 2012 when Cashmere Cat released his debut EP, Mirror Maru, on Pelican Fly Records, this 25 year old Norwegian producer has been making tidal waves across the globe with his unique take on hip-hop, r&b, and rap. Having done remixes for Alana Del Rey, Miguel, 2 Chainz, and BenZel, Cashmere Cat has gained support from artists such as Diplo, Hudson Mohawke, Sinden, and just about every local DJ involved in the bass music scene. Last year at Symbiosis Gathering, Cashmere Cat definitely stole the spotlight of the Cove stage with his high energy set that consisted of really groovy, clean, danceable original material, remixes of some of todays and yesterdays top 40 r&b tracks, and then some super crunk underground rap mixed in as well. Cashmere Cat is going to be sure to come with some next level vibes in just a few weeks at WTF?!, so be sure you’ve got your swimsuit on and you’re ready to turn up when he hits the stage.
Below are a few soundcloud favorites produced by Cashmere Cat. Enjoy!
For the last 4 years the Bassdrop crew has been stepping up to the plate in a major way and bringing top notch artists from around the world to our club doorsteps here in Seattle, WA. To celebrate 4 full years of success, positivity, hard work, and harder play, Bassdrop will be hosting Elements Of Bass, a night of art and music featuring live painting from the living legend Alex Grey and musical performances from Christian Martin, Mat The Alien, David Starfire, Bluetech, and a huge local lineup including Ganjaology!
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Support the events and music that you love, buy pre-sale tickets!
Tier 1: $12 TICKETS! (Sold Out!)
Tier 2: $20 TICKETS! (Sold Out!)
Tier 3: $35 TICKETS! (Sold Out!)
Tier 4: $45 TICKETS!
Tier 5: $55 TICKETS!
Tier 1 VIP: ARTIST MEET & GREET: $80 (Limited Amount!)
Tier 2 VIP: ARTIST MEET & GREET: $100 (Limited Amount!)
Tier 3 VIP: ARTIST MEET & GREET: $120
Attend an insightful 45- minute presentation where Alex Grey & Allyson Grey will speak about their visionary art with explanations of new and old art pieces. Shake hands and personally thank the Greys for their amazing contributions to the art community and for coming to Seattle! They’ll be available for book signings after the presentation.
Local art enthusiasts such as Burgandy Viscosi, Sid Arthur aka Agent Orange, and Golda and Justin from Graffiti Defense Coalition, Damon Conklin and more will also speak about the impact of art in their lives. Snacks, juices, teas and coffee will be provided for VIPs.
We want you to come early to the Meet N Greet venue space, get familiar with the surroundings and get comfortable in your seat. The Meet N Greet will be held at 2310 2nd Ave in Seattle, then we will move towards the Elements of Bass party held at Within Sodo to watch the Greys paint live with 4 rooms of music, an Art Gallery, a Vendor Village, food and drinks and dancing!
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Bassdrop has teamed up with The Secret Cup! Buy a combo ticket and get entry into Elements of Bass & The Secret Cup which will be held June 7th @ 7 Point Studios!
Buy combo tickets here: http://bit.ly/TheSecretCup
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Mishka is always behind some next level movement whether it be fashion or music.
Now this is…
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Attention sub stompers and low end listeners the Dubstep don’s by the name of Truth are getting ready to release their full length album entitled Hollow World. The 14 track album, filled through and through with their signature sound across the BPM spectrum, is set to release June 10th on Firepower Records and is sure to do numbers.
The two hailing from New Zealand are some of the most productive and consistent producers in all of bass music, and from the sounds of these previews, they haven’t held back a bit. They’ve collaborated with many different artists and have kept it fresh throughout this deep sub-bass experience by implementing the grimey sounds of Joker and the precisely rhythmic vocals of MC Flowdan to name a few.
Listen through to each of these tracks and take in fresh sounds these two talented guys have provided, and get set to grab it June 10th!