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.
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.
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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.
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.
Join the team from Ganjaology every Thursday for a night of dancing in THE WOODS. Don’t worry, these woods are warm, cozy and conveniently located on the third floor above Grim’s in Capitol Hill. And… They just so happen to have a killer whale sound system!! We will be playing house, techno, and sexy bass music all night to keep the wind in your waist!
10PM – 2AM
Dress Code: Keep it fresh, please.
Featured DJs for tonight will be MTBTZ, plus your residents MICKEY MARS, OMAR VALADEZ, and CHRIS T.
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I’ve been following the english duo Taiki & Nulight for some time now. Ever since their more prominant dubstep days, they’ve been making awesome music full of wonderful sounds all tied together with clean production. These days the two have been producing more house style music and this tune below is brand spankin’ new from them! The best part is they’ve been kind enough to give it out for free!! Check out the tune and grab it if you’re feelin it!
Big ups to Taiki & Nulight!
The first weekend of this beautiful sun soaked month, the Ganjaology team made our way up to Merritt, BC – the new home of BC’s boutique music festival – Bass Coast. In prior years, the event has been held on native land in Squamish just North of Vancouver. As the event was growing, it became apparent after last year that it was time for a larger, more scaleable venue. With their eyes glistening, and their hearts open, organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson – better known as the Bass Coast Girls – set out to find Bass Coast a new home. When they found themselves nestled in the hills beside the Coldwater River in Merrit BC, they knew that they had struck gold.
It is here in Merrit that all the magic happened. With more than a handful of world class music acts, several various types of workshops, a feast of food, the headiest of art vendors and installations, and the freshest of fashion – Bass Coast was a marketplace of imagination.
Three massive stages housed the music acts, each equipped with enough sound to curl your hair. Maybe being around all this bass is what gives The Librarian those tight bouncy curls which she playfully threw around during her set on the Bassment Stage. The backdrop for the Bassment was an awesome array or hexagonal shapes, which when illuminated created an incredible display of geometric intricacies. Other acts to perform on the stage include Machinedrum, Daega Sound, Evy Jane, Justin Martin, Calamalka, Self Evident, Taal Mala, Goth Trad, Lorne B, Grenier, Luciterra and Chris Murdoch, Dark Sky, Sanctums, Natasha Kmeto, and Jets.
Across the way from the Bassment was the infamous Radio Stage which was home to the morning radio show each day. In the evening, the frequencies intensified, allowing for darker, deeper energies to surface. Home to Mat The Alien, Om Unit, Max Ulis, Neighbour, and DJ Cure to name a few, the Radio Stage held space for some of the most radical of music acts. Others to perform on this pulchritudinous platform include Funk Hunters, Barisone, Little Dinosaur, Kir Mokem, Erica Dee, The Fungineers, Adam Shaikh, Willisist, Desert Dwellers, Westerly, Sweet Anomaly, Tor, Paul Brooks, JPod, Humans, Longwalkshortdock, Nautilus, Jimmy Edgar, and Spilt Milk.
Finally, one of my personal favorite stages, was the Slay Bay. Nestled in the trees by the calm flowing river, Slay Bay provided a respite from the high energy, sun soaked spirit of the other stages. Standout acts included Michael Red and Random Rab, with their monday morning close out sets. Other highlights from this zone include the Lighta! Reggae Jam, Philth kids, Alphabets Heaven, Dan Solo, Wax Romeo, Mama Miche, HxDB, Woodhead, Isis Graham, Tank Gyal and Mandai, JF Killah, and Ryan Wells.
When we weren’t raging near the subs, snuggled in a hammock, cooling off in the water, or simply listening… One might find us at the smaller, alternative stages which hosted an incredible array of music and workshops. The Bigger Brain and Alter Stages housed these more intimate gatherings. While enjoying yoga, meditation and breathing, or delving into the magical world of alchemy and spice – whether transfixed by the science of Mantra, engaged in contact improvisation dance, jumping in on the freestyle cypher, or twirling yourself with Sacred Circus – these spaces held fast for participants to… Well yes, to participate. Big up to Michael Red and Gabriel Soloman of Chambers and Ydna Murd, the 8 limbed DnB drummer for turning my world inside out from deep within the Bigger Brain.
All in all, I must say… Bass Coast was bigger, badder and busier than ever this year. I simply loved it. From the music and art to the workshops and water sports, Bass Coast participants had their hands and hearts full of enlivening experience to create a wonder filled weekend. We look forward to another rendezvous in the forest this time again next year. Until then, we will be buzzing, building and abounding with positivity… basically bursting at the seems with anticipation for the next installment by the Bass Coast Girls. Big thanks to all that had a hand in the creation of this simply stunning event.
Bravo y’all. Much love and appreciation…
PS. Big Thanks to Cody Puckett for all of the spectacular photos seen here.
More from Cody at his website!
Be sure to check back for the Bass Coast Residual Frequencies Interview Series here at Ganjaology… Stay tuned!
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Check these rare sounds from our good friend Justin Lewis aka Grainbelt Jones. Currently residing in Seattle, this Minneapolis native has served us up a quality serving of funky hip-hop breaks to enlarge our cranial cavities. These beats are short and sweet with tasteful tact. Tune in and hear for yourself.
Check out Grainbelt Jones on BandCamp here.
Anytime I catch wind that Four40 Records has a new release out I get excited. The latest release Four40 put out is by Pete Graham & Chris Lorenzo. The name of their EP is Reminiscent Love. From the eerie intro, all the way to the catchy wobble ridden bass line, the first track off Reminiscent Love, I Love You So, has gotten me hooked on this new take on house. Enjoy the EP and grab a copy for yourself off Juno!
Dope sounds coming from the Birmingham producer Hybrid Theory!
This tune has everything you would need to get the crowd moving. The groovy shuffle, the positive vibes, and a nice housey vocal! This ones got me moving in my seat as I write this post. No news on a release for this one but we’ll keep you posted if anything changes. Big ups to Hybrid Theory and if you dig it check out more of his tunes on his soundcloud HERE. Don’t sleep on this awesome artist!!
Here’s a nice heady dance mix for ya… Caught this set by FrumLater last year on the Living Room Stage at Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, BC. He was filling for someone. Someone awesome, which is why I was there. But honestly, I don’t remember who that was now. I do know that this man waxed the dance floor that evening. DAMN.
Catch him at Shambhala again this year. See you there!
Just heard this mix from the homie C. Markle out of Portland and it’s definitely worth sharing.
Some truly soulful vibes on this bubbly future bass mix.
Tony Goods has definitely been putting in work when it comes to his music. His new track, That’s Paper, has been getting some heavy play throughout his parties the last couple months, and now it is time for the rest of the world to hear this club banger. I don’t know where to begin trying to categorize That’s Paper…all I can say is…it SMACKS. Hard. Japanese label, Proper Pedigree Collective must be super stoked to be releasing such an original sounding, high energy track, from Tony Goods. You can catch Tony Goods live every Thursday night at See Sound Lounge in Belltown, Seattle. Enjoy this one!
Jeez, it’s been way to long since I’ve last posted. Anyways, I just heard this tune for the first time about 5 minutes ago and had to stop what I was doing to post it. I always love hearing a new take on the 140 bpm tempo, not to say this is an absolutely NEW take on it, but it is different than the usual sounds. Taiki & Nulight have been experimenting with a lot of house sounds in their music lately, and I can’t say I’ve been in love with all of it, but this tune is just awesome in every aspect. They bring a very ambient sound, similar to Riskotheque and Marchmellow’s remix of Truth’s Don’t Explain – a very noteworthy tune if you haven’t heard it already. But along with this ambience they elevate the usual kind of swaying tempo of dubstep with their 4 to the floor drums, which in my mind is the reason this tune stood out to me so much. It really combines the feelings of classic, funk and jazz influenced, house music with the deeper sounds of dubstep. Check Don’t Go Away out below, no news on the release date, but the again it was only announced 12 hours ago on their soundcloud. Enjoy!
Welcome Self Help back to Ganjaology as we present his brand new piece of sound art, which is (as you may have already guessed) absolutely incredible. With the idea for this song stemming from an afro-funk sample and over a year of thought and hard work put into every aspect of this “afro-tropical-house” beat, Self Help has come to terms with his beautifully bassy creation and is calling his finalish draft, Gingko Biloba. Gingko Biloba also known as the Maidenhair Tree is a rare species of tree found in China that has no close living relatives and has been used in traditional medicinal practices in the past. Is it a coincidence this song, which contains healing powers of it’s own, carries the name of an ancient healing tree? I think not. Self Help is one aware being, and this is his medicine that he’s giving out to the world, through one of the most ancient forms of administration. Through Music. Enjoy this tune, it’s made up of nothing but love and positivity, and be sure to check back for more Self Help in the future!
I think Berlin may be the next “I have to go here!!!” destination on my travel list. After traveling with my homie, Saar, who lives in Berlin, and hearing all of the glorious stories of the nightlife at clubs that never close, enough art galleries to lose yourself in for a lifetime, and some of the moste beautiful women on the face of the planet, I’ve oficially picked my 2013 New Years destination. To top it all off, Berlin is home to one of the most explosive artists involved with the worldwide bass scene. Yes, I’m talking about Doshy. Check the previews of his new tues Get Started and DCU. Could the bass hit any harder!? Maybe if he wanted to give everyone permanent hearing damage he could bump the levels up a little bit…enjoy these ones, we’re looking forward to the release!
Coming at you HEAVY with this one. Randomer, the London based garage producer, has created this song “Stalker” to get your bead bobbin’ and your feet stompin’. I honestly don’t even know how to categorize this track under a genre. Maybe…UK heavy garage house? Anyhow check out this deep, absolutely massive tune, brand new from Randomer.
You know what time it is. Time to get back to work. YOU know what that means. Get your ass out of your lousy little apartment, throw your fucking shoes on your feet, lace those puppies up extra tight so you don’t break your ankle when you’re two steppin’ your way towards the cutest girl you see, and take a damn taxi to the closest club. Yes, I said the closest club. I don’t care what kind of music you’re groovin’ to tonight, but it better be bassy and you better not be slackin’ off! It’s time to GET BACK TO WORK.