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This Wednesday! BUKU // ILL-ESHA // BIZZARA // GANJAOLOGY

This Wednesday (the 15th) come out and join an incredible evening of bass music at Nectar Lounge with Buku, ill-esha, Bassdrop Music artist Bizzara, and Man Amen & Callisto of Ganjaology!  The night is getting started at 9pm with a special 30 minute set from the Ganjaology crew, followed up by some supreme sounds from Bassdrop Musics, Bizzara.  Following the first half of the evening it will be time for Buku and ill-esha to let the North West know what’s been going on in their worlds through original music.

We hope to see you all out on the dance floor!

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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!

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

ILL-ESHA

The Bloom Series Vol. 2 :: New World

The Bloom, New World, Ganjaology

Once again, the Bloom Squad has done it! With support of Muti Music, the team over at The Bloom Series has released a brand new package of paradigm shifters. Be sure to pick up the soundtrack for the second installment of The Bloom Series, an exciting look at what is emerging through the culture of collaboration and creative building. This is the New WorldHow do I (you) fit into it?

We can start by supporting this project through purchasing this incredible set of tunes!

Get it on Beatport or directly from Bloom through Bandcamp.

If you haven’t seen The Bloom, peep the films here.

Bless up!

Bevvy Swift – Feelings Mix Series [Ganjaology Exclusive Interview]

Bevvy Swift - Feellings - Ganjaology

When it comes to music that resonates your soul as deeply as it rattles your speakers, the frequencies radiating from Vancouver native Bevvy Swift are truly turned up and tuned in. Since his start as a DJ and producer in 2004, Bevvy has focused primarily on creating hip hop influenced bass music. Incorporating sounds from the future into rhythms of the past, Bevvy’s compositions are as deep rooted as they are high tech.

His work with DJ partner Shaun Galaugher and their duo Glitchy & Scratchy has been a platform for which Mr. Swift has been able to turn up the dial on his musical output. Together, through a combination of in depth studio work and many club and festival dates across Canada, the pair has an impressive resume of both performance and production. We had the distinct pleasure of catching these two together for the first time at a NYE after-after-house-party on New Years Day in Vancouver in 2011.

Though much of his creations may be dance focused, siding on the glitchy trip hop – Bevvy Swift is by no means a man of shallow ears. His mix series Feelings, which we are featuring here, can attest to his deep knowledge of the power of sensitivity, emotion and love when incorporated into music. The three part series features songs which paint emotional landscapes for the listener. With an intimate connection to each tune, Bevvy has moved from DJ to story teller with this series. Let these sounds sink in as they wash over you, and pay attention to what you feel. Are you too, moved by this music?

DOWNLOAD ALL THREE MIXES HERE

We had a chance to speak with Bevvy about the Feelings mix series, giving him the opportunity to provide his own account of the project. We also touched on his recent endeavors, upcoming projects and plans for 2013. Let’s here what he had to say!

GANJAOLOGY : What’s up. Let’s start with what’s your name, where you from? Any musical affiliations to note, labels, partnerships, etc.

BEVVY : Bevan Marco Ruebsaat Bartlett, born march 3rd, 1986, Grace Hospital, Vancouver BC. I’ve been going by Bevvy Swift since I started DJing in 2004, while Glitchy & Scratchy came about a few years later. I’ve released music with San Francisco’s Muti Music; Vancouver-based label East Van Digital; and GlitchHopForum.com’s sister label, Woofercookers.

GANJAOLOGY : How long have you been involved in music? Tell us a bit about your roots.

BEVVY : My parents were traveling folk singer/teachers before they settled down to have kids – so needless to say music has been a huge part of my life since day one. I started collecting records at age 5 (the beatles mostly), and started playing guitar at 13. Around the same time I fell in love with hip hop, and was lucky enough to be in a high school that was just starting a digital music composition program. I wanted to make beats for lyrics, but most of the rappers in my school either sucked or wanted some mainstream ass beats or both, so production at that phase was not taken too seriously. I was experimenting with sounds and having a great time doing it. Once I got out of high school I got my first job, and turntables were the first thing I bought. I spent the next couple of years gigging around vancouver’s rave scene mostly, playing breakbeats, hip-hop, and drum n bass. During that time I met and befriended DJ Global (aka El Mongoose, aka the Greenskeeper, aka the other half of Glitchy & Scratchy) and he lit a little fire under my ass to get writing beats again. Our idea was to take the elements we liked from the rave stuff (big bass, punchy drums, blippy, drippy synths) and write hip-hop beats for the future. Once we realized that someone, somewhere might actually want to hear what we were doing, it was game on!

GANJAOLOGY : Your bio says, “Bevvy draws from the electronic sounds of the past to make the hip hop of the future.” Tell us about some of these influences.

BEVVY : Videogames and sci-fi mostly. I grew up without TV, and thus found myself very susceptible to its influence when exposed. I was deeply intrigued by people in the past speculating about what the future was going to be like. Games like Metroid, Contra, Chrono Trigger; movies like Dune, Star Wars, Total Recall… It was like this beautiful marriage of nostalgia and possibility, and i think those are two things that influence my music more than most.

GANJAOLOGY : Tell us about your involvement in the BC Bass scene. What makes the culture so rich?

BEVVY : As soon as I started going to raves around age 16, I knew I wanted to get my hands dirty. I used to help promoter friends flyer, that kind of thing; started DJing very soon after that. I didn’t put on any shows of my own until 2007, when Global and I teamed up with fellow glitch hop producers J.Me.J and Application to form the Integrated Grime Unit, whose purpose was to make sure everyone in Vancouver knew about this awesome new style of music… haha, and then the world! At that time, the old guards of broken beat – DnB & breakbeats – were fast losing peoples interest, and dubstep was just catching hold of vancouver’s underground. It is much thanks to other local sound pioneers (namely vancouver’s “Lighta!” boys), and the musical open-mindedness of the day that we were able to reach anybody.

GANJAOLOGY : I caught your sets at Bass Coast and Shambhala this past year. What other festivals did you play? 2012 highlights?

BEVVY : In 2012 I played at Loki Music Festival, Diversity, Sync, as well as Basscoast and Shambles… hope i’m not missing any. Diversity was my fave time this summer i think. So low key and relaxed, only getting ravey when called for. Shambles & Basscoast are always a good time too, no surprises there. I love driving long distances – and post-festival driving, when everyone else is passed out. It’s one of my favorite times to be alive!

GANJAOLOGY : Today we are listening to your Feelings mix series. The selections are a bit more deep and lovey than what you usually play. Any words to go along with the sounds?

BEVVY : Big personal paradigm shift for me this year, further in the direction of disclosure and honesty. Disclosure as in saying what you truly feel, and honesty, as in truly meaning what you say. The tunes included in the series are all very close to my heart, so much so that if asked, I could tie a specific emotional experience to each one… but don’t ask. My first few weeks in montreal left me listening to my “on repeat” playlist and steeping in all these feelings, and it felt like i needed to do something to release – to get it out there – so i could move forward, musically and personally. I never thought recording mixes would take so much out of me, but i am infinitely glad it did. If we dont let music affect us, what’s the point in listening? And by the same token, if we don’t let life affect us, what is the point in being alive? Open that heart thingy. You’d be surprised what finds its way in.

GANJAOLOGY : The wisdom creeps in. This is very true. Any upcoming events or festivals on the horizon?

BEVVY : Late march will see me open for NASTYNASTY in Montreal; all night, secret location! That same week I’ll be playing at a graffiti battle. I had a chance to play at the last graff event my first week here, and was blown away. Montreal has a really diverse arts scene, one I wish I had more time to get deeper involved in. As for summer 2013, only time will tell…

GANJAOLOGY : Surely it will. You have an upcoming release, want to talk about that?

BEVVY : Sure! on March 12th, Muti Music (home of Herobust, ill-Esha, Mimosa, Ill Gates, R/D…) is putting out an EP of remixes from my first album, Monochrome. On the release are diverse re-workings from label boss Dov, BC future music homies HxDB (who is going to be here in MTL soon), and the Philthkids, with a leftfield/dancefloor hybrid from cali native, Hypha. as i said, its pretty diverse for a four track ep, but thats the true beauty of remixes.
I also have a remix for the homey Mylesaway coming early summer on Mat the Alien’s imprint, Really Good Recordings. Myles goes deep and dark with this release, and my remix of his Badman Drone is probably one of the heaviest tunes ive ever written – so much so, that i was considering releasing it under one of my many yet-imaginary aliases.

GANJAOLOGY : Looking forward to hearing all that! What more can we expect in 2013?

BEVVY : My next album for muti is in the works, keep an eye out for that later this year. Chunky drums, neck-snap rhythms, and funky ass basslines. Future retro shit. I also have a couple of side projects on the go, which may at some point this year become front projects. Late night stuff, vocal stuff. Late night vocal stuff.

Big Shout to Bevvy for all his hard work and willingness to share his thoughts.

Today he celebrates his 27th birthday.

Happy Birthday Bevvy!

Much love and respect from the whole team here at…

GANJAOLOGY

Bevvy Swift

FEELINGS (a love story) full tracklisting:

AND THEN IT WAS OVER….

Lift You Up………………………………………ViLLΛGE
Noname………………………………………….123Mrk
Cycles…………………………………………….M. Constant
Highest Jump…………………………………..OL
Motivation……………………………………….Frank Grimes
Another Girl [Machinedrum rmx]…………Jacques Greene
Pyramids (epic ass video version)…………Frank Ocean
Birds……………………………………………….Subp Yao
Bottle Service [ft. Shlomo]…………………..Groundislava
Points……………………………………………..Zodiac
See You In The Morning……………………..Anxious Forbes
Alone [Kastle rmx]…………………………….JMSN
Columbia Clock & Dagger Pt. 2……………Aalo Guha
I’m God…………………………………………..Clams Casino

PT. 2 – OVER (& over & over)

Tokyo……………………………………………Beaumont
3rd Soul…………………………………………Jim-E Stack
Nothing Between Us…………………………ViLLΛGE
Combination…………………………………..OL
Roll With The Punches………………………Peverelist
Seven…………………………………………….Max Ulis
Subatomic………………………………………J-One
Sunshine………………………………………..Submotion Orchestra
Forgive Me (for messin’ up)……………….Two Inch Punch
Saudeleur……………………………………….Sick Whips
On My Roost……………………………………Shoulda
Ol’ Lady Love Songs………………………….Imaginations Treetrunk

PT. 3 – HEAD (over heels)

Ode to Bear……………………………………Mount Kimbie
Fifth Ave………………………………………..Gold Panda
Andrew’s Dead………………………………..Jonwayne
Indica……………………………………………BUG
Candyman……………………………………..Prison Garde
Right on Time…………………………………B.Bravo
Trying to Get Over…………………………..Prison Garde
Pad Kontrol…………………………………….Georgia Anne Muldrow
Afternoon Soul………………………………..Gramatik
Orbit162………………………………………..Decepticon Bootleg Machine
Obsidian…………………………………….Arclight
Get Free……………………………………..Major Lazer ft. Amber

Bevvy Swift

Bassick Elements at SXSW [Austin, TX 3/11/13]

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MusicYouNeed has partnered with DJ ATG and Level 4 PR to bring to you, Bassick Elements!! As an unofficial (yet at the same time very official) part of the SXSW Music Festival which takes place next month in Austin, Texas, this event will host an undeniably sinister lineup of skull pounding bass music. Including acts like iLL Esha, Knight Riderz, Kill Paris, Gladiator and Sound Remedy among others – this party is sure to knock you right out of those polka dotted socks you will likely wear.

If you plan to be at SXSW this year, be sure to check out this event. It will be happening on March 11 from 2pm-2am. Don’t you just love 12 hour ragers!?

So do we. 

Enjoy!

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PS. Word is there might be a ticket giveaway… Check back in a few days!

Ill-Esha – Making Friends At Altitude – A MiniMix

Ill-Esha has been known for making some of the funkiest and moving gltich-hop this world has ever seen.  This mini mix entitled Making Friends At Altitude, is just another display of the talent this West Coast based producer poses.  Here is what Ill-Esha has to say about this mix in her own words…

“The “Imaginary Friends” 6-track EP was released on Muti Music on November 1st and is a painted sonic daydream of wishful thinking and intention. The product of years of self-induced solitude, this was the love I always wanted to have in my life and it was my sole way of expressing it to others from the depths of the studio.

“Altitude Sickness” is a brand new, 4-track unreleased EP written as a love letter to the state of Colorado and the transformation it has affected throughout my life. Paying homage to the raging glitch hop basslines and midtempo funky vibes of the mountains, but also the sincerity, love and pure energy that its people have shown me and inspired in me.

I thought I’d weave the two EPs together to make this minimix, and throw in a verbal layer of friends both real and imaginary through acapellas. Featuring three of my extremely talented MC friends – ProbCause (Chicago), Chadio Treetrunk (Vancouver) and Joe Mousepad (San Francisco) – plus some people I wish I actually knew, I hope you enjoy this montage of original music and fresh energy!!!”

-Ill-Esha

Cover Art excerpted from Aaron Geeraert’s piece created specially for the track “Imaginary Friends”

Tracklist (All Tracks Produced by ill-esha, x = acapella)

The Only Cure (Imaginary Friends)
Mood Swings (Imaginary Friends) x ProbCause “Flex” (The Recipe, Bonafyde)
Imaginary Friends (Imaginary Friends)
Lakeside (Imaginary Friends) x ill-esha “When The Bass Drops” (original w/I-Cue, Envloop)
Altitude Sickness (Altitude Sickness) x Chadio Treetrunk “Victoria Block” (unreleased)
Tropic Thunder (Imaginary Friends) x Joe Mousepad “Chicken Scratch” (Joe Mousepad vs Glitch Hop, Street Ritual)
Oxytocin ft. Ronnie Sumrall (Altitude Sickness)
Capricious Nights (Altitude Sickness) x Outkast “Ms. Jackson”
SwaySway (Imaginary Friends) x Aaliyah “Rock The Boat”
Mountain Opus ft. Samuel Wexler (Altitude Sickness)

J. Cole & Missy Elliott – Nobody’s Perfect (Tony Goods Bootleg)

Last week we featured a spectacular remix of J. Cole and Missy Elliott’s song , Nobody’s Perfect, that was produced by Ill-esha.  This week, we’ve got another remix of Nobody’s Perfect from the Pacific North West’s, Tony Goods.  When you’re surrounded by grey skies that provide a never ending source of cold rain, you often times find yourself needing something that brings heat to your life.   Bringing the heat is exactly what Mr. Tony Goods is doing with his brand new tropical bass bootleg.  You could be in the worst rainstorm of the year, without any rain gear on, in flip flops, freezing cold, and as soon as you put your (also soaking wet) headphones on and clicked play on Tony Good’s Nobody’s Perfect bootleg you’d be transported to the sunny beaches of Costa Rica sipping on a gin and tonic, watching the waves roll in and the beauties of the beach play volleyball.   The vibes are happy, the bass is kickin, peoples ears are happy.  Enjoy this free download!

JCole & Missy Elliott – Nobody’s Perfect – ill-esha Remix

Here is some FREE brand new Ill-esha for ya!  This is her remix of the J. Cole and Missy Elliot collaboration track entitled Nobodys Perfect.  Ill-esha has been giving out a ton  of new tracks via her facebook recently.  With over twenty free songs that range from glitch-hop, to dubstep, to mid-tempo bliss, you’re bound to find a few on there that will perfectly match your need for bass.  Ill-esha’s version ofNobodys Perfect a perfect blend of glitch and dubstep.  The bass line and drums are super thick and not too distorted, while the vocals are slightly chopped up, resulting in the song riding really smooth and not feeling overly glitched out.  As for the synth lines, they could come from nobody else but Ill-esha.  She’s got great style!  Hit up her facebook page and get this remix free along with tons of other tracks!

ILL-ESHA ON FACEBOOK

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!

Intelepaths on SoundCloud

Intelepaths Facebook

Critical Beats

 (CRITICAL BEATS HAS AN INCREDIBLE PROJECT GOING! LEARN ABOUT THEM AND SUPPORT THEM!)

Ill-esha & Stephan Jacobs ft. Joe Mousepad – Cypher

Ill-esha and Stephan Jacobs have brought nothing put pure steeze to your speakers with their new track entitled, Cypher, featuring Joe Mousepad.  This track opens up with the expected heavy kick, extremely grimy synth, and Joe Mouspad’s voice run through a vocoder that creates an atmosphere suitable for an astronaut on his way to mars for the first time.  This song is crazy amazing! Plain and simple as that.  Click play! Be sure to check out Ill-esha and Stephan Jacobs on SoundCloud and Facebook too.

Ill-esha SoundCloud

Ill-esha Facebook

Stephan Jacobs SoundCloud

Stephan Jacobs Facebook

Decibel Festival – Bare Necessities Party

 This is a pretty epic video! It was put together to help keep the memories of Mt. Eden’s recent US tour alive.  Luckily the fun in the US is not over for the dubstep duo from Auckland, New Zealand, because they are headlining a show at The Showbox (downtown) next Friday for Decibel Festival!   Be sure to get tickets HERE before they are all gone.  Mt. Eden will be accompanied by Ill-esha, Breakage, and Triage.  Yeah…this show is gonna be one to remember for 2011.

Ill-esha – Hunting Season

Breakage –  Higher

Triage – Pitbull