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Callisto – Fall Days : Volume Two

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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.

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IPS Collect Beats Vol. 1 – (TEL AVIV)

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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.

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New One – Callisto

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Check out the new sounds from Ganjaology artist, Callisto!

With every new day comes a new beginning…

Sonic Bloom Artist Highlight – Templo

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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. IIis 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.

Atyya – Aurical EP

Drums Of War- C. Markle

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Portland, Oregon’s C. Markle has put together a masterpiece of a mix that spans the length of 1 1/2 hours and covers a range of music too diverse and fantastic to try to fit into one single category.

Tune in, your ears will thank you later.

C. MARKLE

Dom Kennedy – Hold you down rain or shine (intro)
Teej – Dead cops (etch’s ’95 vibe mix)
Jetlife – Paper habits feat. trademark tha skydiver and young roddy
Cashius Green – Delicacy
Danny brown – Die like a rockstar
Deru the Damaja – Come clean (saber bootleg)
Busta Rhymes – If you give it to me feat. mariah carey (halogenix bootleg)
Foreign Concept – Falling stars feat. DRS (hyroglifics remix)
Cam’ron – Oh boy (ivy lab bootleg)
Sam Binga – AYO feat. redders
Lost City – Og roots
Konichi – Two stones
R4Y UP7OWN – Serious problems (Sinistarr remix)
New Blood – Worries in the dance (Ivy lab bootleg)
Sam Binga – Freezy
Calculon – Hot skull
Pawn – Your words (Moresounds remix)
Moresounds – Flocon (House of black lanterns remix)
Vordul mega – stay up
Ivy lab – Missing persons feat. frank carter III
Sampha – Too much (spectrasoul bootleg)
Foreign Concept, klax – ask yourself
Technimatic – Music is music
Spectrasoul – Away with me feat. tamara blessa (Calibre remix)
Technimatic – Desire paths (outro)

neonpajamas – surf – turf

Savon – Tokyo Pt. 2 (Feat. Sango)

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!

Waldo – Nsde/Outsde EP

WALDO :: NSDE/OUTSDE EP

**WARNING**

**INTELLIGENT LYRICS OVER INTELLIGENT BEATS**

**THIS IS ONE OF THOSE EPs YOU CAN PLAY FROM THE START WITHOUT SKIPPING A TRACK**

Kruxx – Back To The Lab – Mix

I’m in love with this mix.  Houston producer/DJ, Kruxx, has done an impeccable job of blending yesterdays southern rap with todays hard hitting 808 sound.  The funny thing is, unless you know the tunes being dropped, you won’t really be able to differentiate what’s old and what’s new.  This mix is pure fire.  Enjoy this heat from the Texan who goes by KRUXX.

TRACKLIST

Cosmic Revenge – Crystal Skies (Nikes Remix)
Trae x Jayton x Lil Boss x Three 6 Mafia x Paul Wall – Cadillac
Wen – Spark It
Desto – 4 A.M.
Three 6 Mafia – N 2 Deep
Commodo – Wish
$ines x Kruxx – Eff Tizzy Riddim
Footsie – Scars (Remix)
Rabit x Strict Face – Much Beef
Blackwax – Grimace
Matty G – West Egypt
MssingNo – 124th
MIK – Ice Rink ($ines Remix)
Kruxx – 5th Street
Matty G – Bongo Rock
Chango – Lift It Up
Paul Wall – 2 Cups (Intager Trunk Mix)
Three 6 Mafia – The End

Beat Garden Compilation III – Presented By: Gergaz NetLabel

Gergaz NetLabel, founded and still based in Slovakia, is a small record label putting out big releases from a diverse group of artists you’ve probably never heard of.   The label was started as a place for a few beat makers to display their music, and over the course of the last 6 years Gergaz has become known for releasing (mostly) free, non-commercial, electronic music, that often eludes any sort of genre classification.  The latest release on Gergaz NetLabel is entitled Beat Garden Compilation III.  As the title states, this is the third installment of a three year, three part album series compiled of strictly awesome beats called Beat Garden.  This album touches on all corners and tempos of electronic music today, and for the most party keeps a cool chilled out tone throughout the songs.

The compilation includes Headshotboyz feat. Dalma Berger, Kelpe, Mute Speaker, FVLCRVM, Oddlogic, Shatter Hands, Yuki Sato, Sina., Fallgrapp, The Black Arrow., sosiego/金, Jimmy Pé, KONCH!S, Stratasoul, Nolan House, Broc Berrigan, GLGN, Je$u$ and Jetsam.

This album is free, but if you want to donate some money to help keep Gergaz NetLabel going that is always appreciated! Enjoy the music, share it with your friends, and stay up with what Gergaz has got going on!

Bless up!

GERGAZ

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Tony Goods – Voodoo Village Mix

This is an awesome mix from Seattle’s, Tony Goods!   There isn’t a much better way to end/start the year than with some proper beats.  Big ups!

Darkstorm – Mind Like Water

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Mellow hip hop, bordering on UK grime and at times darker, more sinister rhythms – Mind Like Water is a purely original piece of sonic art. From the depths of his being, Abdullah Al-wali aka Darkstorm of London, UK brings us this album brimming with soul and steeping with curiosity toward the darker side of life.

These are the frequencies from which we guard our sleeping children when we sing to them before sending them off into the dream time, where they otherwise might be haunted by the sights and sounds of Adam’s original wife, Lilith. But, as adults we relish in these sounds, that bring us to the edge of awareness…. To that strange place between sleep and dream. Our minds are strange in this way. And so is this music.

Al-wali is the co-founder of Bad Taste Records and also makes music under the alias Lean Low. Check out more from him here. And if you like the album, be sure to buy it direct via Bandcamp here.

Sasquatch Presents : BADBOYS III

This mix is one of the best beat tapes up on SoundCloud at the moment.  Take an hour and enjoy the smooth vibes of Sasquatch as he takes you on a journey through an array of samples and all original beats.  This is the first I’ve heard from the Vermontian, but his minimal hip-hop beats laced up with a plethora of easy listening melodies have got me interested in what’s to come from Sasquatch in 2014.   Enjoy!

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People Music Presents :: Peanut Butter Wolf :: 9/14 Seattle

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This weekend at Rebar in Seattle, our good friends at People Music will be hosting the infamous founder of Stones Throw Records, Peanut Butter Wolf.

World famous for his exquisite beats and insatiable appetite for sniffing out MCs of magnetic lyrical potential, Peanut Butter Wolf could certainly be considered a “people’s champion.” With his label Stones Throw Records, PBW has brought together some of the best producers and lyricists hip hop has ever heard including Madlib, J Rocc, MF Doom, Madvillian, Guilty Simpson, Quasimoto, MED, Anika and J Dilla among others. If you’re interested in learning more, I encourage you to read the Stones Throw history, written by PBW himself here.

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Since its inception in 2010, People Music has been responsible for some of the highest grade hip hop and electronic acts to come through North Coast Territory. Showcased artists include Eprom, Lorn, Mux Mool, Starkey, DJ Vadim, and Take to name a few.

Shout out to the homie Justin for all his work in making the group thrive. Keep up with People Music on Facebook, plus more info and TICKETS at the People Music website here. RSVP here.

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Diluted – Sinking Coitus

Sinking Coitus.  Let’s break this down.

Sinking : a : to go to the bottom  b : to become partly buried (as in mud) c : to become engulfed

Coitus : physical union of male and female genitalia accompanied by rhythmic movements

Ohio based producers Elliot Nash and Sal Miller, who together make up DILUTED, have been creating some extremely exciting and progressive music that falls into the way too vague genre of BASS MUSIC.  This is their song, Sinking Coitus, which is a sexy, smooth, downtempoesque piece of audio art.  Sinking Coitus features a gorgeous french vocal sample that does quite a good job at keeping you in a hypnotized state throughout the entirety of the song.

Unless all you listen to is heavy metal and Borgore, I think it’s near impossible not to find some level of enjoyment from this music. Enjoy! 

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Beats Antique Show at the Newport

You can tell a lot about a band by looking at their audience. As the crowd trickled in early Tuesday night to the Newport in Columbus, the wide array of influences bestowed by Beats Antique could be seen reflected in their followers: festival-goers donning the latest in glowstick technology, leather clad Danzig disciples, aspiring bellydancers, and a substantial amount of 40-somethings of various Indo-European descent.

Much like their audience, the “Animale Mechanique” show put on by Beats Antique was remarkably unique as far electronic music performances go. It stood out from any other acoustic, visual, or dance performance I’ve ever seen, for that matter. The word “eclectic” comes to mind, but I’m not sure it does justice to what i experienced. A combination of acoustic Eastern European instrumentation and 808 drum machines, glitchy samples, and belly dancing would deem this show more worthy of the “Performance Art” category.

The show started out with belly dancer/frontwoman Zoe Jakes doing a dance routine to a minimal bell percussion loop. As her performance moved forward, drummer “Sidecar” Tommy Cappel and multi-instrumentalist David Satori came in, adding dirty drum machine rolls and violin phrases, until finally bringing in the full array of samples and loops along with the more dramatic side of the light show. With the addition of a live drum-kit to the already big-room sound, the atmosphere took on a dramatic, almost movie-trailer feel to it.

As the 2-hour set rolled on, Jakes changed into different elaborate outfits according to the tone of the music, and Satori got more and more experimental with his plethora of instruments in constant flux. At one point, Satori was playing a banjo with a drumstick filtered through a wah-wah pedal while Jakes danced behind a blank projection screen, her silhouette accented by a large headdress and other bulky but elegant accessories. I also heard melodica and trumpet from Satori, and a dueling drum feud between him and drummer Cappel. Other highlights of Jakes’ dance display included a mermaid love song with opening act Lynx, crystal-clad deer antlers, and a giant white linen dress puffed up by a fan (Marilyn Monroe style) with blue polka-dotted lights projected onto it. The audience was constantly receiving new forms of stimuli as the live performance progressed.

The band upped the tempo toward the end of their set in logical fashion, flexing more of their EDM, post-dubstep muscles for the kids. For one of their cinematic finales, they covered BassNectar’s “Voodoo” and brought out the super hype lights to reveal a sea of people jumping in unison. By the end of the show, the band was prancing around in animal masks, along with some of the better dancers in the crowd who were brought up on stage to join. Top it off with confetti canons and you’ve got yourself an awe-inspiring experience.

Below are a few favorites from the group’s latest EP entitled “Contraption Vol.II

The first track is number four off of the  eight track EP and it’s truly a beautiful one. It’s sort of drunken rhythm will have a crowd swaying side to side as if they were an old western saloon hanging out with Tom Waits. The smooth sung vocal harmonies drive the song along as they are accented by perfectly timed strings and raw acoustic guitars. The song’s title “Crooked Muse” should give you a good idea of the song even before listening. You may find yourself singing along by the time the chorus comes along.

The second is actually the next track on the EP and it shows truly what group can do production-wise. The track entitled “Hero” is a perfect mix between the past and the present, the analog and the digital, the live performance and the studio. It opens with beautifully crafted string harmonies that have so much emotion in them that you cant wait for the beat to drop in. As the complex percussion comes in, there is a equal mix of organic sounding drums and chopped audio to give a nice EDM accent. As the song flows through the groups complex arranging style they continue to build up until such an epic synthesized drop with an incredible tremolo synth mixed with the pre-existing instruments. This track is truly a remarkable composition that accurately depicts, as they put, a ‘Hero’.

Check out Beats Antique: Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, or their website http://www.beatsantique.com/

more photos c/o Vince Frascello can be found here

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Ray Ray

Emerging from the sands of Wellington, New Zealand, Fat Freddy’s Drop roots themselves deep as musical connoisseurs.  This futuristic dub/electronic funk/jazzy/soulful masterpiece, “Ray Ray,” radiates with the raddest of rhythms suited for everybody’s infinite expression.  Wether its the beating of bass roping in your attention nodes or the breaks of laser flares inciting body grooving swerves, the simple question “what’s the world with no soul” will wrap your mind around this earful of a track.  Incase this one is new to you and you’re feeling this beat pay attention to these lines so powerfully presented.

“Tell me what’s the world with no soul?”

“The world to me, is more than evolution

More than money, more than technology

I believe, that there’s more than evolution

Like you can change your mind, but you can’t change your destiny

Blood is blood, and thicker than water

Men will die, to live forever

The race is on and I could be standing still

Cos I have faith in something more than my will”

 

Nawabi – March of the Daleks

This new song from Nawabi of San Francisco, California, entitled March Of The Daleks seems to be nothing but 100% appropriate to be the theme song for one of the most evil extra terrestrial mutants ever to make it to our television.  For those of you unaware of what a Dalek is, please read on…

“The Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, created to be an emotionless “master race” bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse. Various storylines portray them as having had every emotion removed except hate, leaving them with a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Dalek life. Occasionally they are shown as experiencing other emotions, primarily fear, although such occurrences are rare.” – Wiki

Dub.BEAT.Box

A talent truly unique to our times, dub beat boxing is something that is not easily achieved. But for London street artist David Crowe, creating beats with his mouth that have only been heard through electronic support, is just another day in the life. It’s true that audiences have always been captivated by a beat boxer’s ability to transform instrumental beats into vocal ones, David Crowe takes that rare ability to the next level.

He was recently featured on Britain’s Got Talent, and has gained quite a bit of popularity in the streets of cities all over Europe. Presuming this catches on, there is a chance for some serious emcee/dubstep freestyles in the near future.

Check it out for yourself!

Some more crazy beats…and some pretty funny commentary.