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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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Gaudi – Live at Cervantes – 10/24

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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!

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‘Red Forest’ – Callisto – [Free Download]

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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.

Black Uhuru – Live In Denver – Sept.11.2015

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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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If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show follow these instructions…

1.Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

2.Tag Ganjaology and a friend you want to attend the show with.

Winners will be announced September 9th!

Ky-Mani Marley – Photos & Re-cap

Ky-Mani-Marley_honoring-the-greatest-(edited)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!

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*All photos by : Tarikh Brown, Leo Sideras, & Nigel Pelligree*

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NCIA & BHANG PRESENT: CANNABIS CARNIVAL II – Recap

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!

Cannabis Carnival II w/ Medeski Martin & Wood

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!

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.

Adsum – Nightcrawler EP

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.

Denver Synth Meet 2015 – March 14th

Sponsored by WMD, Audio Damage, Ninstrument, Grayscale, Backwards Records, Niio, Soundtrack Loops, Synthrotek, Matrixsynth, and Synthtopia.

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Lightning In A Bottle – Artist Highlight – ill-esha

With only one week left to prepare for the legendary West coast music festival, Lighting In  A Bottle, thousands of people are getting ready to congregate and celebrate all the beauty of life through music, dance, and all other art forms, in Temecula, California.

With tons of artists to see throughout the course of the five day extravaganza, there are a few names you should put at the top of your ‘Do Not Miss’ list.  Ill-esha is definitely on that list.  Native to British Colombia, Canada, but currently living in Denver, Colorado, ill-esha has been a name in the bass music community for years now and has released music on Dub Police, Subway, Street Ritual, Muti Music, Simplify, and most recently, Gravitas Recordings.

Ill-esha captivates the crowds attention 100% when she is performing.    March 2012 I was able to catch a live performance (that I accidentally stumbled upon) at Envision music festival in Uvita, Costa Rica.  The energy from that night has stuck with me ever since.  Between DJing, singing over her own tracks,  covering genre’s from glitch-hop to midtempo to dubstep, triggering samples and playing keys,  ill-esha displays a true love for the music she makes and plays.

Below are some examples of the sounds ill-esha has been pushing for the last few years along with the title track of her new album Whiplash Recovery. 

Enjoy!

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Ableminds – Faces Album

If any of you Ganjaology goers, are into Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, or Electronic, you should check these guys out. The Denver based Electronic trio go by Ableminds. They take the very over saturated electronic world and put a bit of an organic flavor to the mix. With Guitarist Jordan Linit and Bassist Charlie Mertens on the production side combined with the raw sounds of Drummer Greg Horn, the three create a very unique sound that will appeal to many. I wanted to show you guys three songs off of their debut full length album.

The first one is called “September 2nd”. If some one asked me what that day fealt like, I would tell them to listen to this song. The funky guitar riffs mixed with the arpeggiating synth get me honestly. If you take those two and mix in a groovy electronic drum pattern and an emotional melody, well… you would get this song.

The name is spot on for the second song as well. The track entitled “6 In The Morning” truly puts me at time period in my head. Its soothing enough to be an early morning song, as in playing this song on your morning commute, or playing it at 6AM after a crazy night of partying. Either way seems to work nicely in my head. Try it out. I bet you’ll dig it.

Lastly, is a more Hip-Hop based electronic track “Let It All Go”. It combines the flows of LA based rapper Deploi and the beatiful sampling of these Ableminds. Such nice vibes on this track, with a very organic approach to glitch hop.

Loving these sounds, I can’t wait to hear more.

Intelepaths – Neon Arrows EP

July is upon us.  In the year of the dragon, us Americans will be celebrating the 236th year of our independence as a country on July 4th.  Along with all the days off work, proud emotions, arguably some of the most epic BBQ’s world-wide, and an incomparable amount of fireworks going off nation wide, the 4th of July is known to many as a reason to throw the most outlandish parties imaginable.  This year there is a special treat for the bass music community not only in the United States, but around the world…

On Tuesday, July 3rd, Intelepaths will be releasing their debut EP, entitled Neon Arrows, through Critical Beats.  Made up of Ill-esha, and Unlimited Gravity (aka two of the West coasts most well known glitchy/dubby/hip-hoppy/all-around-awesome artists around), Intelepaths is a brand new project and a brand new name, constructed of two bass music veterans.  Both Unlimited Gravity and Ill-esha have a very steady and enthusiastic following which seems to have already launched this project into the “sucessful” realm of things.  Upon hearing about the beginning of Intelepaths from Ill-esha herself a couple months ago, I was immediately intrigued by the sound that these two would produce together and had a feeling it may be a sound unheard before.

“2 people doing live singing, rapping, looping…we both produce” was what I was told.  And that is exactly what has been delivered…and a whole lot more…

Made up of 5 songs, Neon Arrows is an INCREDIBLY different take on what you’ve been hearing in glitch-hop.  Combing their beautiful harmonized voices, over top beatbox recordings, over the funkiest of bass lines, backed by the thickest, crispiest drums, and topped off with an orchestral ambiance,  Intelepaths have crafted a sound that they can genuinely call their own.

You all heard the preview of what was on the way with Intelepath’s cover of Adina Howard’s Freak Like Me.  I don’t doubt that this will be one of the most sought after releases from Critical Beats this year.  In TWO days you’re able to get your copy of Intelepaths debut EP Neon Arrows to properly set off your 4th of July with the fireworks of their sound.

Until then…enjoy the previews!

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Cualli – Merkaba Craft

“Cualli is an Aztec word for something which is inherently good and I want my music to reflect that.” – Cualli

Envision music festival, once again, has brought some new found musical knowledge to my brain by introducing me to the tunes of Cualli, of Denver, Colorado.  I met Aaron Holsapple, aka Cualli, kickin’ it under a shady structure early one afternoon while dodging the sun and waiting for some of the dankest falafel known to man kind to finish cooking.  Cualli was mad cool and told me he was playing later in the evening at the bar stage so I figured I’d check out the tunes.  WELL DAMN…evening rolled around, I think it was around 11pm, and Kll Smth and myself were on the move towards the bar stage to check some truly unique and inspiring bass sounds from Cualli.  Cualli came in on the most positive tip and kept the energy flowing high through his entire set, which consisted of incredible guitar solos, a violinist on stage, and more smiles than I’ve seen in a long time.  It was definitely an energizing performance to watch.  Merkaba Craft is one of my favorite Cualli tracks off of his newest ep, Elixir, that I want you all to check out.  This song has a lot of different elements from start to end…heavy synths that almost whine, a nice kick that keeps your feet moving, an INCREDIBLE transition to pure positivity, and a guitar solo to top it all off!  There will definitely be more Cualli on Ganjaology.org, but until then, check out his SoundCloud HERE, for more tunes.

Okay…I can’t put up just one Cualli track…here is another personal favorite, Jungle Love.