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ESKMO – B-Sds Unrlsd Vol 1 (2008-2012)

Here are 5 previously unreleased tracks Eskmo made between the years of 2008 and 2012.  With the anticipation of releasing a new album, this is the first of several short unreleased ep’s Eskmo will be releasing over the next several months.

Enjoy!

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Sight & Lowgritt – The Ascension

Over the past year and a half, Californian based hip-hop artists Sight and Lowgritt have been steadily grinding away at a project that has finally come to an end.  Their debut album together, The Ascension, is a display of funky West coast beats and conscious lyrics that are meant to inspire you…make you think…and above all, make you get down on the dance floor!  This 12 track album is a really positive piece of art.  In a day and age where a lot of rap and hip-hop coming out is about violence and drug dealing, an album that has such a ‘bass music’ vibe and at the same time keeps a more classic hip-hop style really stands out.  Sight and Lowgritt even featured Ganjaology’s Callisto on a couple tracks!  Be sure to give The Ascension a good listen and support Sight & Lowgritt down in sunny Cali.

Here are a few words for the artists themselves…

“The creation of this album took place during the cosmic transition which has brought our planet into the age of Aquarius. The idea was to create an album that could capture that moment of transition through lyrical, thought-provoking vocals and emotionally engaging productions that were tuned harmonically at 432 hz. We began working on The Ascension in the early months of 2012. ” – Sight & Lowgritt

Grounded TV Network – Festival Photographer Contest 2013

Heads up to the film and photo community, Grounded TV Network has the contest that will surely blow the minds of 5 fit photographers this summer. This BC based media company has been responsible for some of the highest quality footage and photos of many of the most extraordinary and extravagant parties on this side of the planet. They will be selecting 5 candidates to represent them this summer at the festivals of their choosing.

Yes, you heard it right…

Win this contest and go to any festivals you want this summer!

Here’s how it works.

To enter, email 10 examples of your best work (.jpg) , along with an introduction to yourself and your work, and a list of the festivals you would like to work with. Email  syddue.woodward@gmail.com –DEADLINE MARCH 25TH. Out of 15 finalist, 5 winners will be selected by public voting.

-Must be 19 or older.

-Not paid work, but you will usually get 2 tickets to the festivals you shot, as well as the option to sell or trade ad space in your online photo sets.

-Winners will also get a bunch of prizes from our sponsors (more being added soon), a hard cover book of their photography at the end of the year, and the option to sell this book, along with prints of there work through an online store of Grounded, all money going to the artist.

Check out some examples of photos and film from the Grounded TV Network below and be sure to head over to their site for more footage, photos, an awesome blog and much more!

Grounded TV Network

Let your energy be a part of maybe the most important movement of our time. Check out the Bloom Series in this intro film below to get a better idea of what you might be getting yourself into.

And remember, this is all love!

Michael Red’s Sunday Morning Living Room Mix – Shambhala 2012

Today I just want to kick back and relax.  I need some good thinking music, some good smoking music, and some calm energy being cast through my speakers….

It’s time for Michale Red’s Sunday Morning Living Room Mix.

This mix will get you in the zone.  The chill zone.

Tune in.

TRACKLIST

koreless – lost in tokyo
kline – snapback
andrea – work the middle (kodak to graph rmx)
duct – blackheath (fybe one rmx)
oceania – postable
fybe one – irenidae
evy jane – ohso (andy dixon rmx)
clams casino – swervin rmx instrumental
saydo – before time
frank ocean – pilot jones
clubroot – inviolable
darling farah -fortune
deft – clotting
lianne la havas – lost and found (ifan dafydd rmx)
james blake – pan
illum sphere – blood music (indigo rmx)
pariah – signal loss
james blake – klavierwerke
saydo – rhino
jools – summa
v.i.v.e.k. – strategy
unltd – power decline
oceania – you live in me (feat n)
synkro – lost for words
sanctums – ghost forest
kryptic minds – a glimpse of hope
lorn – the well (intro drums loop)
airhead – paper street
zomby – a devil lay here
sexytime – inamorata
drop dead – basic state
clouds – rest of the cycle
actress – raven
mekha – aneurism (dsve rmx)
peek – devil’s side
l_ow – diver
cube face – called you
lianne la havas – forget (shlohmo rmx)
phon_o – die maschinistin
sbtrkt – hold on

Sub Focus – “Tidal Wave” (Feat. Alpines)

This one gives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it. Sub Focus has blessed us with yet another crisply produced banger. I love how the tune has a different feel in each drop with the half time to start and double time to finish. I could talk about the production end of this tune for paragraphs, I think its better to just listen though. Check it!

 

Radikal Guru – Elephant Dub

This is a very rude tune produced by Radikal Guru!  I think Elephant Dub is a very appropriate name for this song.   It’s a huge tune! The bass line is really heavy and reminds me of an elephant elder telling ancient stories to it’s younger offspring.  Listen!

Bassdrop Music Presents : CHURCH OF BASS – Seattle Editon – Nov. 7th

Ill-Gates, Stephan Jacobs, and Jay Fay have embarked on an epic North American for the months of November and December (and the tail end of October) that is appropriately titled, The Church Of Bass Tour.  One of their stops is…you guessed it…Seattle!  November 7th is the date that you will be able to experience a sermon like no other.  Priest Ill-Gates, Reverend Stephan Jacobs,  and Pastor Jay Fay have a church service lined up for you that will rid you of all the sins you’ve racked up while secretly listening to your little brothers bro-step and get you back on the right track and ready to prepare for the world to end in December.  I mean…get you back on the right track and properly prepared for the beautiful year of 2013.  2013 will no doubt be stacked with bass, blessed with festivals that are going to go harder than ever, and bring a brand new outlook and appreciation for life from the world.

Accompanying the Church Of Bass Tour in Seattle is Bassdrops local artist, Northstar.  Being born and raised in the Seattle area, Northstar is bringing that Pacific North FRESH vibe to the party and is going to get things officially jumpin’ off from the moment doors open.   He recently released a mix to get you stoked for the Church Of Bass tour that you’ve got to check out.  It’s an hour long with back to back to back club bangers, and is a really nice preview of what you’re going to hear at the party at Rebar on November 7th.

This is gonna be a show you don’t want to miss.  See you on the dance floor!

IMPORTANT DETAILS

BUY TICKETS HERE(You can still buy 2 tickets for $20 if you act fast!)

Date : November 7th

Place : Rebar (party from 8pm-2:30am)

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Quantum Soul – Traid and Incubate

Quantum Soul just dropped clips of two new tunes on his soundclound account this morning that create some serious presence.  Both songs, “Triad” and “Incubate” bring that ancestral vibe with dark, polyrhythmic, growling bass-laden foundations, and  icantatory support from eerie vocals and wind.  The atmosphere of these tunes creates a weightless and meditative sensation regardless of listening medium or location, and for that, Quantum Soul truly deserves acclaim.  Although all we have are clips for now, look out for the release of these in the future and stay tuned to Quantum Soul.

EDIT: Quantum soul has taken the songs off of his sound cloud for now…. 

 

 These clips come only a few weeks after the release of his Self Knowledge EP on Tribe 12 , which is well worthy of a listen as well. Quality sound from Quantum Soul, mad respect!

 

Self Help Crashes All White Lambo Into Ocean But Manages To Save His Epic 23 Min Minimix!

According to a Sea Lion that saw the entire extravaganza go down underwater, Self Help got carried away with the vibes of his brand new 23 minute minimix, forgot he was driving, and launched his brand new 3D Pearl Lambo into an unknown ocean to sink to the bottom of  the water world.  Before his whip was fully submerged Self Help was able to escape through the driver side window, with the minimix clamped between his teeth.  What a guy.

Myrryrs – Falling Arps (Dubbel Dutch Edit)
Dubbel Dutch – Self Help Riddim
Dubbel Dutch – Make it Clap (2012 vers.)
Lady Saw – No Long Talking (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
Dubbel Dutch – Bigshot Stomp Edit
Dubbel Dutch – Rare Earth
Murlo – Quartz
Dubbel Dutch – Brukagyal
DJ Deeon – Face Down Azz Up (Dubbel Dutch Edit)

GFX by Kari Altmann
http://karialtmann.com

Post Decibel Artist Highlight – MIMOSA

 

Remember when dubstep first hit the states and all of your favorite DJ’s were playing this new sound from the UK?  That’s pretty much what is going on with ‘TRAP’ at the moment.  Producers and DJs who are definitely NOT from ATL have taken the Dirty South sound stemming from producers like Lil’ Jon, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, and Lex Luger, and given it a new spin that incorporates all sorts of EDM genres into the mix, ultimately creating a new EDM sub-genre, appropriately entitled, TRAP.

Thursday at Decibel Festival I spent the day and night running around from party to party and literally EVERYWHERE I went I heard the distinct sprinkler snare drum rattling and the ever so distinct Trapaholics sample “DAMN SON WHER’ED YOU FIND THIS!?” before I entered each venue. Oh yes.  I was entering the trap.  I heard a quite a few DJ’s dropping a LOT of the same songs from artists like UZ, Flosstradamus, and Bauerr, which is cool…all the songs are hot, but their stage presence and energy didn’t quite compare to the music they were playing.  I wanted to see hands up in the air, DJ’s singing along to the songs they were playing, I wanted to see them on the mic, and most of all I wanted to see the DJ getting the crowd hyped!

My last destination of Thursday night was The Showbox to go check out Mimosa.  Now…I’ve been keeping up with Mimosa for a while now and having heard some of his newer mixes over the last year I already knew that the young Californian bass prince was going to be bringing a next level energy for this Decibel Festival, and would outshine a lot of artists due to his ability to captivate the crowd.  As I was walking up to The Showbox, I didn’t hear any snare drums…no Trapaholic samples…no 808 kicks…was I at the right place?  As I got inside Tipper had just finished up his set and Mimosa was walking on stage.  I had arrived at the perfect moment.  Mimosa came on stage and blew everyone out of the water.  With a joint lit, he proceeded to play more than an hour of next level, future trap beats, most of which I had never heard.  I’m pretty sure a lot of them were unreleased original tunes that he was saving for that night.

My homie Galen, of The Confluence, was there shooting video of Mimosa and got this SICK shot of Mimosa dropping Antiserum and Mayhems Brick Squad Anthem (which is the PERFECT example of trap), with the tightest images of the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and other Seattle buildings booming in neon colors behind him.

As I expected, Mimosa absolutely destroyed (I mean that in a good way) the showbox and left everyone sweaty as ever with a smile on their face.  If you’ve got talent…might as well use it! Big ups Mimosa.  You did it again.

Photo Credit : Eva Blue

Skream – “Problem Dog + The Blue Crystal”

Well I’ll tell you what, I’m pumped about these two tunes. Skream just posted them up to soundcloud about 6 hours ago and both of em deserve a post. I think Skream may have just perfected the balance of darkness, grime, and cleanliness with these tunes. Reverbs – perfect. Percussion – crisp of course. Creepy, dark vibes – check.

What’s really amazing to me, is that in this well saturated Dubstep game, Skream is able to STILL come up with unique sounds and patterns, and maintain his signature style. He mentioned in the info of the two tracks that Youngsta will be playing these in the coming months, maybe this means a release on Tempa? Wouldn’t that be a treat. Big up Skream as always. Now check em!

Post Decibel Festival Artist Highlight – Nina Kraviz

One of my favorite things about Decibel Festival is going to showcases where you know nothing about the artists playing, except that they play damn good music, and leaving the club craving to hear the new sounds you just experienced again and again.  Saturday night of Decibel Festival was a huge night for music.  There was basically just too much to pick from so I let my buddy make the decision.  We opted to go for a show he was extremely stoked for and I knew nothing about.  I was diving into an unknown realm of bass.

The Russian techno queen I went to see goes by the name of Nina Kraviz.  She is one of Moscow’s most sought after DJ’s at the moment, and made her way into many peoples sound systems earlier this year with her debut on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix.  Upon my arrival to Q, the new Capitol Hill night club, I really didn’t know what I was getting my ears into.  I walked inside, and instantly a thumping low frequency being projected from Funktion-One speakers settled deep with my body.  It was a thump that would not sway, a thump that always hit on the quarter note, and was interlaced with metallic splashes, dings, with a sexy voice over top. I had entered the world of Nina Kraviz.

For the next hour and half I grooved and boogied my heart out at the front of the stage with the speakers with giant disco balls blessing the club with spectacular lighting and everyones energy thundering around me until it was time to move to the next venue to continue my musical exploration.  It was hard to leave.  Q was filled up with techno and house lovers of all ages, all backgrounds, and all with the same love for the music, but I had another showcase to go check out, so I had to go.

What’s the moral of this short story?  Listen to Nina Kraviz’ music, GO SEE HER LIVE, and let’s hope she’s invited back to Decibel Festival next year!

Video Credit: Galen Oakes courtesy of The Confluence.

Paper Diamond’s Nightvision Tour 2012

When autumn rolls around you know what that means… University’s are back in order, crowds are ready to party, and artists are ready to tour.  Veteran producer, DJ, and all around artist, Paper Diamond has just embarked on a 22 city tour across America that will last until the 9th of November, where The Night Vision tour will come to an end in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Accompanying Paper Diamond across the month long tour will be an unforgettable light show consisting of, you guessed it, diamond shaped LED screens.  In celebration of the Night Vision tour, Paper Diamond has just released his Night Vision Tour Mix featuring some unreleased stuff from himself, along with a few of Paper Diamonds favorites.  The mix is a free download, so be sure to add this to your library! 

NIGHT VISION TOUR DATES
10/3 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom w/ Clicks + more TBA
10/4 Dallas, TX Granada Theater w/ Clicks + more TBA
10/5 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic w/ Clicks + more TBA
10/6 Philadelphia, PA City Bisco
10/7 Columbia, MO The Blue Note w/ Clicks + more TBA
10/10 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/11 Madison, WI Majestic Theater w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/12 Urbana, IL Canopy Club w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/13 Chicago, IL House of Blues w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/15 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/18 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/19 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Eliot Lipp + Clicks
10/24 Baltimore, MD 8×10 w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
10/25 Providence, RI The Met w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
10/26 North Hampton, MA Pearl St. w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
10/27 Portland, ME State Theater Morri$
10/31 Burlington, VT Higher Ground w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
11/1 Boston, MA Royale w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
11/2 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
11/3 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Knocks (DJ Set) + Morri$
11/9 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot

Truth Ft. Datsik & Yayne – Too Late

Out of all the shows I traveled to and was able to add energy to by breaking out some very rare moves on the dance floor, one show I will never forget is Datsiks set at Shambhala a few weeks ago.  It was my first time seeing him, and for some reason (probably due to living in Seattle) I envisioned the crowd being overrun with Skrillex loving 14 year olds on too much ecstasy.  It was totally the opposite though!  The crowd was full of Datsik lovers from all over who were as positive, fun, and enthusiastic as you could find.  Shambhala is 19+ too so that really took care of a lot of the nonsense you see going on at his and many other big dubstep artists shows in the States. The Village stage at Shambhala was BUMPIN.  Datsik played everything from dubstep, to electro, to moombahcore, and beyond.  All of a sudden an hour and a half had gone by and I needed to sit down.   I can’t remember if this track was dropped at the Shambhala 2012 Datsik performance, but it’s dope and brings back some good memories.  It’s a song called Too Late  which was produced by Truth, some of the deepest dubstep artists in the game, and features Datsik and Yayne.  The melody is gonna be stuck in your head after hearing this one one time.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Dubstep.net this one is a FREE DOWNLOAD too! Get this in your music library

GangstaBoogieMusic – Child Hood

BREAK! This twelve minute track produced by GangstaBoogieMuisc aka Malcom Gustav is the perfect break you need from whatever project you’re in the middle of, or maybe just the break you need in your everyday life.  Child Hood walks you through an ever changing atmosphere of old school breakbeat drums and an airy vibe fit for a soaring bird.  You’ll like it.  Click play!

Decibel Festival – Bassdrop Community Bass Session @ The Crocodile

Attention Decibel Festival goers!  Tonight at The Crocodile a very special party is being thrown by Seattle’s own, Bassdrop Music.  Blessing the Belltown venue with bubbly bass beats will be Marty Party, R/D, Danny Corn, and Kat1lyst.

 Following this stacked lineup is Bassdrops AFTER HOURS party featuring Pressha, Tonzafun!, Dirty Byrdz, Dot Diggler, and Mcfunk Bros.  See you tonight!

Tokyo Dawn Records : The Boogie Volume 3

Tokyo Dawn Records is bringing back the boogie with their recently released compilation album, The Boogie Volume 3.  This 17 track album is made up of artists from around the world, who collectively share one common knowledge.  What is that one common knowledge?  Understanding what it takes to make your feet move, no matter who YOU may be.

This is a really refreshing album to listen to.  It’s the third installment of the Tokyo Dawn Records Boogie series, and they’ve made quite a splash in the international dance community with this one.  With my inbox being flooded with glitch-hop and dubstep, it was really nice to open this gem and experience the cool positive vibes each track pushes from the speakers.

My favorite track on The Boogie Volume 3 is Eternal Wisdom by Reeno.  From the 80’s opening synth line all the way down to the clear muffled drums, this track flows like water.  It’s the kind of song you start moving your body to and all of a sudden 4 minutes has gone by!  The simplicity and concentration on the synth lines really brings the atmosphere being projected from Eternal Wisdom  to a whole new level of chill.

If you like beats inspired by hip-hop, funk, soul, and R&B, you’ll love The Boogie Volume 3.

BUY THE BOOGIE VOLUME 3 HERE

Decibel Festival…It’s Almost Here!

Our beloved hometown of Seattle, WA, is hosting quite possibly one of the greatest and most musically diverse electronic music festivals in the world.  It goes by the name of Decibel Festival.  If you’ve been out of the loop on what’s going on in the music world in the North West, I’m sorry.  But you’re reading this so you’re not TOO late!  Decibel Festival is hosting more than 160 artists from around the world and will be taking over 14 different venues for 5 days starting this coming wednesday.  Passes are still on sale, will run you about $240 after taxes, and get you into MOST events. Check out the line up!

Gaudi In The Studio

There are a lot of reasons why Gaudi is one of my favorite artists out there today.  A few reasons would be his high levels of positive energy, his classic analog production style, his ever so entertaining live performances, and because he makes videos like this one to really show you himself in his creative process.  Enjoy.

New highly anticipated Gaudi album coming soon…

3 Days (plus some hours!) ‘Till Decibel…BORETA

So as all you bass lovers and Bassdrop Music supporters have been getting stoked for their musical Showcase on the 29th at The Crocodile, Bassdrop Music has been getting ready to break us off with a nice surprise to make the night a lot more exciting.  BORETA of The Glitch Mob is going to be headlining at the Bassdrop Music Showcase!  One of the leaders in glitch-hop will be throwing down a high energy performance along side Marty Party, R/D, Danny Corn, and Kat1lyst.  This night just got a lot more epic.

See you there!