It’s been a few short weeks and my heart is still racing from Movement Detroit. Held in the Heart of Detroit’s downtown just along the Detroit River, Movement is easily one of the largest events to ever happen in this city. Tens of Thousands pour through the gates of Detroit’s Hart Plaza each of the three days of the festival… And at they end of the night – They all file out.
Since its inception in 2000, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) has evolved into a masterpiece of international presence. Hosting over 100 DJs from around the world, the event – now titled Movement – boasts nearly 100k attendees over three days.
Six major stages are positioned in Hart Plaza, three of which are sponsored by Thump, Beatport and Redbull respectively. The giant Movement Stage is positioned naturally within the plaza’s primary amphitheater and was home to acts like Art Department, Loco Dice, Dogblood, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, and DJ Snoopadelic (yes, that’s Snoop Dogg). The Beatport stage was positioned just along the river and was home to Catz n Dogz, Soul Clap, Ataxia, Dubfire, Maya Jane Cole, and Nicole Maudober. My personal favorite stage was the Redbull Music Acadamy stage which was home to Method Man, Disclosure, Hudson Mowhawke, Danny Brown, People Under The Stairs, Jets, Ben UFO, Brodinkski and Squarepusher. Oh my gosh… This lineup was simply insane.
Considering Detroit is known around the world as the birthplace of Techno, it’s only right that Thump Magazine (the music channel for Vice Mag) would sponsor the “Made In Detroit” Stage. Each day this stage held space for day long showcases. The Ghostly International Showcase which closed with Matthew Dear was easily one of the highlights of the festival. On the final Day, my mind was blown as the festival drew to a close and I found myself in the presence of Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May performing “Hi-Tech Soul”. Two live production audio engineers with the addition of a live percussionist reminded me of the true essence of music. It was enormous to see live drums played along side an electronic performance of this magnitude.
Beyond the Festival itself, the entire city seemed to open its doors to host after parties, mimosa brunch events and other extracurriculars. We found our way to into the TV Lounge for Soul Clap, City Club for Maceo Plex and Skream, and of course the infamous Old Miami for Seth Troxler’s Need I Say More IX day party. Wow… I don’t think anyone slept all weekend.
All around, Movement proved to be far beyond the scope of imagination. I will surely be headed back next year for another round of high potency shenanigans. Thanks for the Motor City…
DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER.
All photos are the work of Ms. Ally Cat aka Allison Roberton. Strictly film. Thank you!
Movement Music Festival in Detroit is coming up this month, and the world quivers with excitement. Known by many as DEMF or Detroit Electonic Music Festival, the event has taken on a new identity in the recent years. Now know as Movement, one this is clear – this event is about getting people in motion!
The festival takes place in Detroit MI, the birthplace of Techno. The festival grounds are built in Hart Plaza of downtown Detroit which is positioned beautifully along the banks of the Detroit River with a view of Windsor, CA on the other side. For those familiar with Jazz Fest, this event is in the same place, but clearly we are turning it up a notch.
Movement consists of three days of music featuring over 140 performers from around the world. Centered on dance music culture, the curating for is stellar. Check out sounds from Annie Hall, Carl Craig, Dog Blood, Griz, Hudson Mohawke, Jets, Machine Drum, Matthew Dear, Phuture, Shigeto, Soul Clap, Squarepusher, Waajeed and Matador just to name a few.
I found this album while digging around on Bandcamp the other night. UK sound creator Bambooman, has captured my ear space and left me lifted. Haling from Yorkshire, UK – Leeds based sound creator crafts a sonic landscape full of textured percussion and atmospheric synths. Dulcet will inspire your nervous system. Enjoy!
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!
This is one of the sickest beat tapes I’ve heard in a while. The paris based beat community goes through trap, juke, a few different house styles with this release and showcases some seriously talented producers.
Ever feel like there was more to you than meets the eye? As if there’s something behind that skin that you see when you look in the mirror. Something magnificent. Something magical. Something mysterious and exciting and free. Well, this is exactly the kind of thinking that [eye] and my many counterparts in this creation have been expressing lately. One of these is Portland producer and keyboard extraordinaire, Asher Fulero.
In his new album – Into Your Layers – Asher aka Halo Refuser dissects himself and his mind through an awesome selection of sound, rhythm and song. The music might be described as expressive, expansive, seductive or sensational. In nine beautifully crafted tracks, Asher lays the groundwork for the levels upon which his spirit expresses itself. With the lyrics of the first track, I ponder the possibility that there is a deeper meaning as to why he chose specifically nine. Nine lives of a cat. Nine bodies in our solar system. Nine numerical frequencies before we repeat again from one.
This is great music for kicking back, relaxing, remembering, or even meditating. Moving melodies supported by gentle drums, filtered percussion and light vocals characterize this masterful release. It is clear by the glowing energy of the keys that many of the piano lines are improvised, adding life to the recording. If you like going deep, revealing new levels of yourself through the exploration of sound… getting lost in the looking glass – this was created for you.
Check out more from Halo Refuser here.
Ganz has really crushed this remix of Alison Wonderland’s original tune “I Want U”. Caught somewhere between Trap and Dubstep, this tune really shows the Dutch producer’s signature sound. His huge synths paired with crisp percussion layer so nicely to surround Alison’s angelic voice. Biggin up the Ganz!
The latest release from us here at Ganjaology is the Rewind EP from the increadibly talented artist Grim. We are so excited to present to you these carefully crafted set of beats from this 17 year old Californian. Based out Irvine, CA this Producer/DJ has been cranking out looming low end for the past 3 years.
When I came across the EP’s title track, I was so stoked on the sounds that I immediately messaged Grim, this trio of tunes was just too perfect to pass up. Each tune is unique to itself yet they all come together to showcase Grim’s versatility. With somewhat of a ragga overtone, grim shows his love for sub bass music with the three tunes.
The EP starts of with the skanker of a tune “Rewind”. The tune is upbeat, relaxed and grooves along nicely with Grim’s signature percussion. Next he takes the sound deeper with the tune “Don’t Sleep” which if you’re into the dark side of Dubstep this one’s for you. To end the EP Grim has created an absolute sub stomper, “Burn”. From the second this one drops I can’t do anything but groove to it. So once again turn up your subwoofers, grab whatever you want to relax, and enjoy these tunes from the young man himself, Grim.
Out now! Free Download: HERE
Now based in Portland, the once Bay Area based producer and performer Lynx will be gracing the stage at Nectar Lounge in Fremont tonight. She and her band are joined by Portland keyboard afficianado Halo Refuser aka Asher Fulero, plus Seattle based acts Citta Flow and Irukandji Physics of Fusion side project, Levels of Movement. Grab your wings and head to the #centeroftheuniverse to experience a relaxing evening of future beats!
Show starts at 9pm. Tickets just $12 at the Door. Check out some tunes below. See y’all at Nectar Lounge![youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp7s8kz3qLM]
I was originally going to do a post on the tune with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper, but the more I listened, the more I realized that the whole album deserved a post. Skrillex really flexed his wide variety of production skills with this collection of songs. From the heavy songs with OG MC’s Ragga Twins, to the ravey club sounds of the Kill The Noize collaboration, Skrillex shows his expertise in EDM production. But it doesn’t stop there, he takes hip/hop and breaks references, there are influnces from garage and house, and then there’s the downright abstract production of Doompy Poomp.
The album goes from energetic peaks to deep melodic troughs. Its pretty clear that a lot of time was put into this album, and although it has an overtone of a Club-like vibe, Skrillex has provided a little bit for everyone. On his soundcloud the producer dedicates the album to “all the artists and fans that continue to support and propel this scene into amazing new places” showing his love for more than even just making the music but for the whole community of people contributing to electronic music. Some people may not like the heavier stuff, some people may not like the minimal stuff, but if you give this album a listen I guarantee you’ll find something that perks your ears up.
If you’re not into heavy Club or Electronic Music I’d steer you towards – 3. Stranger, 5. Coast Is Clear, 8. Doompy Poomp, 9. Fuck That, and 11. Fire Away. If not, just check em all because from the production to the mixing to the mastering is all very well done. Biggup to Skrillex.
Pahoa, Hawaii native Bluetech will be gracing the stage at Nectar Lounge this weekend with local support by Pressha, Nordic Soul and Young Benoit. With Bluetech’s recent release of his new album Space Chronicles Vol. 1 just last week, the show is sure to jam packed with updated sounds to satisfy your craving for star studded intergalactic earth riddims. Check out sounds from each of those performing below and be sure to RSVP on the Nectar Facebook where you can also find the ticketing link. See y’all at the show!
Doshy never ceases to amaze me. His imagination and creativity constantly pushes his music forward and in my opinion pushes the envelope of what sounds fresh and new in the electronic game. The mesh between his older hip hop roots with his 808 based sound (to generalize), along with what sounds like influences from Trap and Dubstep, this German producer’s sound keeps moving in new wild directions. His newest, “Malfunction” is truly an example of this. The production is clean and crisp, the melodies are fresh and he breaks the mold percussion-wise. Check out the tune below, and grab it for free from XLR8R!
In Seattle, it rains. That’s the bottom line. Shout out to all the water up here in washing-town.
This tune is quite different. Listen…
The English producer Murlo has such a beautiful style of production. His tunes have a club feel but they all maintain certain universal appeal that stretches further than the club music lovers. This remix is truly amazing. It’s club ready, but the vibes are so nice that honestly playing this tune in any setting could make sense. Out for free, just click the link below!
– DECIBEL FESTIVAL IS COMING . SEPTEMBER 25-29, 2013 . SEATTLE, WA . BE THERE –
Well folks… Summer is here, and all of our plant friends are in full bloom. The trees are singing, the flowers are crooning, and festival season is in full swing. I’ve been lucky enough to have been selected as a stage manager for the upcoming Washington state electronic arts and music festival, Photsynthesis. This weekend, I’ll be headed out to Neah Bay, WA to participate in the headiest of heady NW festivals.
I am beyond excited.
For those that don’t know, Photosynthesis is in her 6th year, and will be hosting an outstanding lineup of music, art and workshops. The event will be held on a parcel of land operated by the Makah People, just south of Cape Flattery on the Washington Coast. This year, I’m pleased to announce that the art will be curated by our good friends at Tribe 13 Gallery. Many other artists will be represented.
See a full list of artists here.
Now for the music. I can’t very well list all of the exciting acts that I wish to see. But check here for a list for yourself. Below are just a few examples of the kind of tunes you might expect to hear at Photo. Check it out!
Hope to see you this weekend!
Do you have your pinecone yet? If not, be sure to catch up with my dude Carl from Third Eye Pine Cones to cop one for yo-self.
Catt Bewtixt, also known as Sander van Donkelaar and Kevin Bastiaenen, are an electronic production duo out of The Netherlands. These two young guns hailing from Eindhoven, have been creating some tunes that should not be overlooked! The 15 and 16 year old producers are creating a very nice blend between hip hop, house, chillout, and dubstep. Their love for club music, as well as the recent trap boom has motivated them to create this type of music, and they’re doin it in a big way. The tune below titled “Check My Back” instantly had me hooked. There’s such nice low end in this trappy beat, as well as that strange vocal sample makes the tune feel nice and spacey. If you get down with this one, grab the FREE DOWNLOAD and check out the rest of their soundcloud!
With Lighting In A Bottle less than a month away, people from across the globe are gathering their energy and preparing for the journey they will soon be making to Southern California, for one of America’s most unique musical gatherings of the year. As you’ve probably heard already, The Do Lab has done an extraordinary job (once again) booking the most original and inspirational artists to bless LIB with the sounds and vibes that participants crave. One of the groups that I love to see time and time again are the West Coast duo, Desert Dwellers. Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe have an incredibly unique electronic/world sound that mostly contains a downtempo/glitch-hop vibe, and is composed of live instrumentation, new-age synthesizers, and fat gurgling bass lines. You’ll surely enjoy this easy listening, positive music. Make sure you don’t miss their set at Lighting In A Bottle this year!
New sounds from the Swedish bass lord, Liquid Stranger!
I’m so glad to post that the amazing electronic producer is back to his roots. I talked to him briefly in orlando after his show at Bliss Ultra Lounge about a year ago and we got to talking about the heavy stuff he had been producing versus the deeper side of things that he first started out with. He explained how he loved all of the heavy Dubstep/DnB however his “true passion” lied within the deep, reggae infused music. It seems that he’s making that move back now.
This ambient slow groove reminds me of his stuff off of Intergalactic Slapstick except slowed down quite a bit. This guy’s production is so full. He truly paints a picture with all of the rainforest like noise, meanwhile having an awesome song on top of it. Check the new Liquid stranger titled “Sorb”, it’ll have you in a nice chilled state. Massive ups to Liquid Stranger as always!
Go and grab the track or even the whole interchill compilation here
Cleveland boys turned LA sound sorcerers, niceFingers have really been making waves since they hit the blessed coast in 2011. Consisting of long time homies Dave Schneider and Nick Waterhouse, the colors run deep with these two. Being from Cleveland myself, I’ve had the pleasure to know these guys through some of their development. In fact, I happened to play little league baseball with Nick, and later went to school with both of them in Columbus. Funny how the game changes.
After a huge success with their feature length album Intercontinental Beat Collection in 2012, niceFingers has collected a sweet little buzz. Performing around the California circuit through much of last summer solidified their place in the west coast electronic music space. Their momentum has allowed an energy conducive to creative expression to emerge, which is clear with their latest release, ImagiNative. The project paints a beautiful picture of interstellar frequencies floating in with the tide; gently lapping against the remote beaches of an exotic far away planet. We lift our glasses to you fellas. This is beautiful music.
Be sure to check out their Album, Intercontinental Beat Collection. Get it here for free!