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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.

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Callisto – Dulcimer Dubs EP – Now Available!

Now available on Ganjaology Records is Callisto’s debut ep, Dulcimer Dubs. 

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Dank ‘N Dirty Dubz – 420 FREE EP – 2015

Big up Dank ‘N Dirty Dubz!  The 420 Free EP is something every true dub head looks forward to.  This years EP features a heavy selection of some of todays top dubstep producers.  We always look forward to the next release from Dank ‘N Dirty Dubz.  Make sure you follow them on SoundCloud if you’re not already!

Sonic Bloom Artist Highlight – CASPA

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This year at Sonic Bloom, the dubstep legend, Caspa, will be throwing down some heavy sounds for all dub heads in attendance.  Having not changed his sound too much since his earlier production days in the early 2000’s, Caspa has kept the original dubstep sound alive, and to many peoples surprise, continues to bring new energy to the scene.   Heading Sub Soldiers Records, Caspa and his squad of producers are constantly creating some of the heaviest club music around.

Make sure you don’t miss him this year at Sonic Bloom!

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INNATEK SESSIONS – Kickoff Event // Friday 3.20 // BSide in Cleveland

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For those kickin’ round the rustbelt, Ganjaology Resident selector #MANAMEN will be teaming with Cleveland local THUNDER ST CLAIR to bring you INNATEK SESSIONS – an evening of high potency UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC. This fresh monthly event will feature local and national DJs mixing the best in internationally recognized high vibrational sound system music.

Get up and get inspired. This one’s for the true heads.

KICKOFF SPECIAL = $3 SESSION IPA ALL NIGHT

Big up our partners Heart & Sole, Ganjaology, Flower City Gift Shop, and RWD.FM plus all the homies that have contributed to the inspiration for this event. We GIVE THANKS to you!

Link up with us on Twitter #INNATEK SESSIONS #BSIDECLE

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BSide Liquor Lounge & Arcade
2785 Euclid Hts Blvd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
Below Grog Shop
216.932.1966
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Swindle – Summer Fruits

Listening to this song makes it oh so easy to imagine ones self in warmer climates.

Such vibes on this, Swindle does it again.

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Atyya – Aurical EP

Rasper & Thunder St. Clair – The Lost Project File

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Free music from the Cleveland based producers Rasper and Thunder St. Clair! Check this clean produced, heavy bass track from to of Cleveland’s finest. If you dig it, the two have kindly offered it as free download on Rockers!

Sevdaliza – The Suspended Kid [EP]

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This EP is a great example of where pop music is going to be going in the next year or two. Drawing production inspiration from more underground outlets like Trap, Dubstep, Deep House, and HIp-Hop the EP provides a fresh array of songs. When you mix those inspirations with Sevdaliza’s entrancing vocals and incredible song writing, you get fresh, unique music that will set trends for plenty of others to follow.

Check the sounds below and buy the EP on itunes

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Income The J:Kenzo! [Tempa 097]

The Dark Sub Lord J:Kenzo is set to release a 3 track EP on vinyl and digital via Tempa. The tracks are said to be released in March 2015 so check the the smooth bouncing tunes J. has produced and get set to own ’em for yourself!

Damian Lauderbach – No Bass No Fun [Mix]

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Check out this Reggae mix from one of Cleveland’s finest selectors, Damian Lauderbach. This hour and a half mix is filled with nothing but positive bass music, and good vibes. One after another Damian sifts through nothing but beautiful tunes so sit back, relax, and enjoy the mix!

Future Brown – Room 302 (Feat. Tink)

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What do you get when you take good production, sex appeal, and a tight mc? Well, a really good party, but you also get the song “Room 302” by Future Brown and Tink.

This four piece futuristic producer group based in LA and London have linked up with one of Chicago’s top emerging vocalists Tink, to create a truly progressive song. This fresh production, teamed up with Tink’s RnB flavor, creates a smooth tune with a hint of grit to it. Future Brown’s sound has said to have taken influences from both whats going on in the London Grime scene, meanwhile combining the fresh sounds of Chicago Rap and you can hear a touch of both in the song below.

The group’s self titled full length album is set to debut on Warp February 24th, so if you dig this one get set for more to come.

Skeptical – Imperial [EP]

Don’t know where to start with this other than Skeptical‘s production is downright next level. The production that is showcased in each of these four tracks is not only motivating to me but should be listened to by all producers and studied. The UK based Dubstep and DnB producer has found the perfect balance of cleanliness and grimeyness in each track.

This 4 track collection is set to release on January 19, 2015 on Exit Records. I can’t decide which track is better, just check it yourself.

Seismic Shift Audio Podcast Vol. 10

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Below is the tenth installment of the sub bass rooted Seismic Shift Audio Podcast. This podcast consistently is showcasing fresh sounds in the dark, tribal, sound system production world. If you’re looking for whats going on in the true Dubstep culture, this podcast is a great place to start.

For this edition of the podcast, they have brought in Dank N’ Dirty Dubz head Sashwat. This mix is full of Low Frequency and Rinses through big tune after big tune. Check this hour long mix of dark, minimal vibes and subscribe to the podcast here!

Loww – Fi – Mosaic (Grim Remix)

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Out now on Sublimated Sounds,l is the talented west coast DJ/Producer Grim’s remix of Loww Fi’s deep tune Mosaic. As always, Grim has nailed it with the production and re-imagined an already deep tune in his signature grim fashion. The whole Mosaic EP is available now exclusively on Juno now so g’wan and support these talented artists!

Rasper – Burrow EP

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To bring in the new year, Cleveland based deep dubstep producer, Rasper, is going to be releasing some low frequency sounds on the Ohio label, Rockers Dub.

Burrow EP is made up of three tracks that all carry fat sub lines and are riddled with a nice distant percussive feel.  The EP flows very well together, and can easily be played a few times through back to back.

 Deep dubstep may have taken a back seat in the world of electronic music, but the genre is still very much alive.  With producers such as Rasper in every corner of the globe, this genre will hold it’s ground and be there for all the true heads.

Grab a free download of Where I Call Home (track 3), and when Burrow EP drops, make sure to get a copy on Juno!

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BURROW EP

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Daega Sound – Under Pressure EP [12″ Drops 9/15 on TUBA NYC]

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BC bass music creators Daega Sound prepare for their newest release with NYC future dub label TUBA. The release, set to drop September 15th on 12″ vinyl and digital, features three stellar tracks which clearly demonstrate the creative talent held by brothers Ben and Josh Searles aka Daega Sound.

Each track featured on the EP has its own unique blend of sound while together they create a fully complete release. Technical drumming drives the tunes while deep sub bass and curious atmospherics lay the ground work. Intelligent melodies carry us home.

Have a listen to the preview here and be sure to grab a copy on digital or vinyl when it drops next month. Also, be sure to check out more from TUBA NYC. These guys are really doing some exciting things. Their catalogue includes releases from J:Kenzo, Truth, Compa, DJG, Moldy, Juss B, Subreachers, Prism, AxH, & D-Operation Drop, among others.

More from Daega Sound here.

The Lost Tapes Pt. 2 w/ Michael Red – Interview from Bass Coast 2013

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From the depths comes the mysterious echoing frequencies of a man enchanted. With a rare spirit and extraordinary delivery, Michael Red is a creator of magic. Through his many beautifully overlapping projects, this man works in the medium of sound and light, mixing them effortlessly with space and darkness.

As head of the forward thinking Vancouver sound system collective Lighta! Sound, Michael Red reigns supreme in the dance. In another light, he channels an alternative energy, a deeper emotional expression with Low Indigo. Going deeper still, you might find the music of souns, another more exploratory AV creation of Michael’s. Most recently, he has paired with Gabriel Solomon aka GBS of Yellow Swans to create Chambers, a name which quite accurately suggests the style and sound. Through these many channels, Michael Red crafts a collection of frequencies  all his own.

Last year at Bass Coast, I had the chance to speak with Michael about his music and his involvement with the Bass Coast Project. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the interview was never published, until now. Like a vaulted wine, ingesting  these words and rhythms  will provide you a taste of Red which would stimulate the palate of any contemporary music connoisseur.

Check out the interview below, and be sure to have a sample of the many sounding flavors of Michael Red. For those headed to Bass Coast this weekend, BIG UP YOURSELF. It’s going to be superb. More info on Bass Coast here.

GANJAOLOGY :: We are here with Michael Red at Bass Coast 2013. Maybe we can start with a brief intro…

MICHAEL :: My name is Michael Red. I’m from Halifax Nova Scotia, and I’ve been Vancouver based since ’98. And, I’m into all sorts of different things.

GANJAOLOGY :: Excellent. I know that you’re a part of Lighta! Sound and you have some other independent projects. I guess let’s start with Lighta! Tell us about that.

MICHAEL :: Ok, I’m not exactly sure when we formed, but it may have been 2004ish. It started off initially rooted in ragga jungle, dancehall, and soundsystem culture. At the time when it was forming, it started off as a fusion between dancehall and jungle. Later on it started to define itself more. Now, we can backtrace it to say “Oh, that’s what’s happening.” But, at the time it was just fresh and really moving fast. Slowly artists came on board… It’s definitely Vancouver based. I like to think it has a West Coast flavor with a real Vancouver identity.

GANJAOLOGY :: Who were the originals and who is involved now?

MICHAEL :: The originals… Well I invited everyone on. It starts with the logo, which I view as an icon. It has an impact. it’s a kind of statement to be perceived in a certain way. I had the image in my head for years before putting it into physical form.

Because we were strongly rooted in Jungle and fusions around that, the starting members were people that are not active now. But that was Condition Red, who is from Victoria. He’s the Jungle archivist here on the west coast. He’s got the biggest collection and the most knowledge. That made sense. This guy knows his stuff and we were playing shows together. And then after that it was Angst, who is San Fran based now. I think he’s from San Fran originally and he came up to Vancouver, spent some time and then went back down. He was very much holding a torch for Ragga Jungle up here. He was on it with the Ragga Jungle resurgence which was happening at that time.

Next I believe It was Calamalka. I met him at a party and he gave me a record he had pressed himself. It was like hip hop dub fusion. Very rooted in dub… that whole dub aesthetic.

Essentially what it is now and where it comes from is sound system culture. It’s about the live experience. Today it’s a lot of dancehall reggae. That’s a very strong element which will always exist. And also, modern sound system culture… What dubstep was and arguably still is in a purest sense. And any extensions of that. My view, and I think our collective view of sound system culture is always pushing forward. When you look at Jamaica and that sound, it’s always the next thing. Lighta! is so diversified now… with all of our different members and what they do.

GANJAOLOGY :: You said you had 12 on stage today. Who are they?

MICHAEL :: Myself, Calamalka, Max Ulis, Self Evident, DJ Tusk, Tank Gyal, Mandai, DJ Cure, Daega Sound, Taal Mala, and…

We haven’t made an official announcement yet, but it’s no secret. Our latest member is Librarian. And we’re all super excited about that. And it just makes sense. It’s not really any sort of decision. She’s just obviously part of the family. We’re a family you know.

GANJAOLOGY :: I honestly thought she was already party of the crew.

MICHAEL :: That’s why. A lot of people are like “oh, she’s not a part?” So that’s why. And that speaks to my personal interpretation of the whole thing. That’s just what makes sense and feels good. It’s right. It feels right. That’s kind of what people want it to be. It’s already understood.

GANJAOLOGY :: Anything else you want to share about Lighta?

MICHAEL :: I don’t know… We’re stoked. It’s cool. There remains a potential which is really strong. It’s in no way stagnant. Theres lots of room. There’s lots of direction. There’s lots of future pockets to be filled. You know, we’re a family… and we’re excited.

GANJAOLOGY :: It’s a pretty inspiring group for sure.

MICHAEL :: It’s a collective, you know. It’s bigger than the sum of all of us.

GANJAOLOGY :: So that’s one project. There’s this other project, maybe similar. Chambers… Can you talk about that?

MICHAEL :: Sure. Chambers. We started about a year ago. It’s me and Gabriel Solomon aka GBS. He was a part of a duo called Yellow Swans. If you want to talk about intuition and ethereal stuff, we came together in a very dreamy way. I feel, and I think he would agree, that it’s not even realized yet. It just feels right, and we’re going somewhere and we’re not sure where. It feels good. It’s a lot of improvisation. It’s absolutely rooted in dub. In traditional dub aesthetics.

GANJAOLOGY :: Is it live?

MICHAEL :: Ya it’s live. He’s playing guitar with analog effects like delays and reverbs with a mixer. He also uses cassette tape loops. I have my live PA setup which is three midi controllers. I take a live feed of what he does and I put more effects on that. And live, we jam. It’s about spaciousness and attention to space. It’s minimal with a focus on the deep details. The micro details. it’s heady. You know, you can lose yourself in it. I do. He does. I know others can too. I’ll say, It’s heavy in a subdued way. I think that is accurate.

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GANJAOLOGY :: The other major project that I know you’re involved with is Low Indigo. Tell us about that.

MICHAEL :: So… in sequence from all that you’ve asked, Low Indigo is the most undefined. And undefined in a very comfortable way. It’s like my experience with Lighta’ and how it formed, and made sense later. From that experience, I’m kind of surrendering and letting it go to see where it ends up.

Musically speaking, on average Low Indigo is more left field, abstrakt, slower, more moody, chilled out, and more on the fringe. It’s not main room. The way Lighta! would be main room, we can do the hype party kind of thing. Low Indigo is what was the rave chillout room. That is the place for more exploration. It’s more participatory as well and thats the way I kind of left it undefined and it’s kind of slowly defining itself over time. Through the FB group, people are contributing with “Hey check out this artist, or check out that project.”

There’s a rap artist, Sol from Anticon. He and I got the chance to collab on a track some years ago. I think he just makes lyrics up off the top of his head, like he’s channeling something. I always remember one of his phrases in that rap. He says, “that which is perfect is finished.” As soon as you define something, it has boundaries. And people can say it’s this. It’s not that. It’s black and white…

I’m interested in the grey. I’m interested in the organic reflecting real life which is not defined. It’s exploratory. “Let’s see how this goes” kind of thing. I view Low Indigo to have it’s own soul. And for now I’m a facilitator of that. So I guide it and we’ll see where it ends up. And Like I said, it’s rooted in the more exploratory fringe stuff so naturally that equates to left field, fringe thought as well. Like those sparkles of inspiration. In a setting like this at Bass Coast, I’m interested in affecting individuals so they’re like, “I’m gonna change my whole life right now.” You know, it may or may not happen but it’s those moments, regardless of what happens next. I’m interested in those moments of inspiration and life changing epiphanies and stuff like that. Which I think a lot of that music lends itself to. That dreamy, lose yourself, meditative introspection.

GANJAOLOGY :: What can you say about Bass Coast?

MICHAEL :: From the very start… Well, let me tell you for a second. As soon as I saw Andrea, the Librarian in Whislter… Wow. She was DJ’ing with myself, Daega Sound, 2562 and Mat The Alien at his night up in Whistler. She was opening up and none of us knew her and Mat was like… “Ya man, she’ll do a good job”. As soon as I saw her and heard her selections and her vibe, I literally said to her… We need to work on some stuff. Tell me what you’re up to because… Let’s do something. And she says, “well actually I’m thinking about doing this festival called Bass Coast this coming summer” And I was like alright! let’s keep in touch!

GANJAOLOGY :: You were quick to support.

MICHAEL :: Absolutely. In an instant. A bunch of Lighta artists got booked and we supported it all the way. It was very clear to see that big things for Bass Coast were soon to come!

I think that the amount of growth and potential that Bass Coast has, at this point is still pretty much infinite. A lot of people that come here feel that as well. And that is one of the reasons why I believe in it and support it wholly. Because it’s a feeling. People come here because it’s larger than just the experience itself. We all have the potential for larger than what the media might tell us. Or in our day to day, what we might believe, our ego; we are larger than that. Here’s a place that actually realizes that and expresses that and helps facilitate people growing in that way. That’s what I think Bass Coast is… and that’s why I love it!

GANJAOLOGY :: It’s been almost a year and Bass Coast 2014 is around the corner. Last year you were working on a release with Modern Math, plus your Low Indigo music and of course Chambers. Any updates?

MICHAEL :: Absolutely. The Modern Math EP since dropped and did pretty well. Chambers has secured two vinyl releases for Digitalis. One in the fall and the other in the winter. Very stoked to have it mastered and pressed by D&M and distro’d by Forced Inc. Plus Boomkat going to get behind it and the artwork is developing quite nicely. I’ve just completed my work for the debut vinyl for Undone, a really great Vancouver-based blog who are branching out into releasing music now. That release is split with Taal Mala. We each have a tune on there, and are remixing each others work on there too. Low Indigo’s got a few more releases out since we last spoke. Lots more releases being incubated currently, plus a video coming out this September and a much healthy distro network secured now too. Two tunes for South Fork Sound before the end of the year, a souns tape for Digitalis and a remix on a limited CD for IO Sound, and lots more being worked on as well. Had my first vinyl appearance earlier this year on a Hybridity comp – a remix for Sabota, which I’m happy how it turned out. ..Busy and excited, basically.

GANJAOLOGY :: What excites you most about Bass Coast this year?

MICHAEL :: Genuinely very excited to check out a pile of friend’s sets this year, like any year though really. I know a few folks have been pouring their hearts into live sets that they are going to be debuting this year. Not going to miss those. And just being surrounded by the extended family that makes up everyone there, you know.. stoked to be “home” again.

Big Thanks to Michael Red, Lighta! Sound, Bass Coast Project and everyone out there listening and sharing this extraordinary music. #Respect

Lost Tapes Pt 1. w/ Daega Sound Here.

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Von D – Positive Energy LP – Out Now on Lutetia Dubz

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

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