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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See you at Cervantes!
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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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!
*All photos by : Tarikh Brown, Leo Sideras, & Nigel Pelligree*
DUB SIDE SELECT every THURSDAY this MAY 2015
Rotating selectors playing the very best in sound system music.
Ranging from roots reggae, ska and steppas, to dub, contemporary and dancehall…
This night is built to inspire positivity, build community and create vibes.
BSide Liquor Lounge & Arcade
2785 Euclid Heights BLVD
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
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!
Listen to this mix and spice up your day with a little dub from DJ Muro!
1- Forgiveness ft. Payoh Soul Rebel
3- Stop This Madness ft. Prento
4- Dub Will Stop The Madness
5- Reggae Life Composer ft. Mighty Mike
6- Dub Composer
8- Chances Dub
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.
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.
NW reggae lovers rejoice… the Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival is just around the corner and the lineup is looking hot! The event focuses on reggae acts local to the Pacific North West, while featuring a handful of acts from beyond our cozy coastal zone. If you’re looking for a respite from the city this upcoming weekend, hit the 90 east and you’ll be at Cook’s Farm in Carnation, WA within the hour!
The HomeGrown NW Reggae Fest was founded by two local musicians, Mike Yarosz and Bill Ulsund with a mission to provide a musician-oriented festival lineup focused on the true ensemble nature of reggae music. The theme of the event is “The best local reggae music the Northwest has to offer…” so if you know your locals, you can expect a deep rooted family vibe with this two-day festival. Many of the bands perform locally at Seattle’s hottest spots for reggae music including Nectar Lounge, Barboza, Neumo’s, and The Crocodile. Noteworthy NW locals include Indubious, The Highlife Band, YogoMan Burning Band, The Approach, Two Story Zori, Positive Rising, The Mystic Arrows, Wet City Rockers, The Hooky’s, Positive Rising, Tribal Order and many more!
Headlining the event are Josh Heinrichs & Skillinjah, from Springfield, Missouri. The lead vocals of Josh are sung in a forceful falsetto over guitar-centered melodies. His album mate and co-songwriter Skillinjah performs in a dancehall toaster style, with rapid-fire lyrics that weave drama, humor and hi jinx in with style. Also from outside the Northwest are headliners New Kingston, a true family band from Brooklyn, New York by way of Jamaica. Three brothers perform contemporary reggae infused with hip-hop and R&B with their father, world-renowned reggae bassist Courtney Panton.
With 20 stellar bands, two stages and two full days of live reggae music, the Northwest Homegrown Reggae Festival is sure to please. So grab your spliffies, coolers and camping gear and head to Carnation this coming Friday. And if you need a head start, be sure to catch The Original Wailers at Nectar Lounge Thursday July 24th. Large up the NW community!
RSVP for the event on Facebook.
Just a couple weeks ago one of the North West’s most notorious music fesitvals, What The Festival?!, was going full force down in Oregon. With dozens of top notch artists from around the world performing, it was pretty difficult to make it everywhere you wanted when you planned and often times I found myself at a stage listening to music from an artist I was previously unfamiliar with. One of the best instances of stumbling upon a “surprise performance” was when our crew made a quick stop by the OMG Lounge and DJ Professor Stone was throwing down some heavy, bass drive, reggae inspired dubstep & trap. There were so many jaw dropping tunes coming back to back that our original plans were immediately cancelled and the OMG Lounge was our final destination for the evening. Representing Seattle’s, ZION GATE RECORDS, DJ Professor Stone has been around the reggae scene for several decades now, and is showing that he’s still in his prime. His DJ set was versatile, full of heady tunes, and downright fun. Stone had the whole dance floor quaking! Check out this mix and feel the vibes from WTF?!!
Damn, I hadn’t heard of Kreesha Turner until I saw this video, but as soon as the beat dropped I was instantly a fan. Everything from her style, to her flow, to the aesthetics of the video is amazing. It seems as though she has somewhat reinvented herself since her earlier work, as this sound has more of a raw sexiness to it. Her track MJ is the second single off of her forthcoming album cleverly titled “Evolution Inevitable”. This Edmonton, Alberta native has everything it takes to be a star, and with various Juno and Much music awards she is more than on her way.
Check out the video below and stay tuned for her full length album, we can’t wait to hear more from this girl.
Dub-Steppers and Reggae Heads Unite!
This release, coming from the heads at Steppas Records aka Trigram, is a nice blend between deep dubstep and reggae. These guys have been putting out awesome bass music, pressing it to vinyl, and spreading it to the world for quite some time now. They’re coming at the scene with their latest release with Seoul, South Korea Native J-Path. The A-side of the release is the wonderful release with a bit of a percussive swing to it, and the B-side is the talented Alpha Steppa’s remix of tune. Check out these vibey tunes below and grab the release on vinyl if your decks are hungry for fresh acetate!
Seattle reggae rockers Kore Ionz will be gracing the stage at Nectar Lounge this month, plus special performances by DJ Kidhops and, all the way from Brooklyn, NY… New Kingston! This is sure to be an evening of positive vibes, so get your tickets now. Buy them directly from Nectar here!!
Kore Ionz is a Seattle based reggae band which does roots reggae like it is in their blood. Led by Hawaiin native Daniel Pak, the band brings a sound which is truly inspirational, in a literal sense of the word. My first time at Nectar Lounge a few years ago was for a Kore Ionz show on Earth Day. They had one of their young son’s on stage with them to sing and play melodica. What a treat!
“The intention of the music and the message is to give people a glimpse of the truth in a way such that it just might uplift them to go do something to change it.” -Daniel Pak of Kore Ionz
More from Kore Ionz on their homepage here.
No matter how you cut it, Brooklyn based reggae band New Kingston are a family. Many bands find strength in blood ties, but these guys really have it going on. The three brothers share the stage with their father who lays it down on the bass. With two full length albums under their belt featuring artists like Mr. Vegas and Collie Buddz, this little crew swiftly moves the dance!
More from New Kingston here.
It’s Sunday and the vibes have carried us through a sun soaked morning and into an echoing #dubinthesunday session. We invite you to join us for an evening of purely positive frequencies.
This is Ganjaology x Bassdrop :: Unofficial Cannabis Cup AfterParty Weekend.
— 120 N. 35th Street, Fremont —
We have Dub Champ at the controls right now, and upcoming performances by Suntonino Bandanaz, Aaron Daniel, Unite One (full live band!!), Paul Wheeler, Sonny Chiba, and Blacklist. Music till 1:00am.
We are doing $5 SUGGESTED DONATION at the door, but bring your friends because NO ONE GETS TURNED AWAY. All proceeds go directly to the artists so please help us continue to provide you with freshest of the fresh events all year long. Bless…
We want to see you smiling faces grooving with us here in Fremont at Culture Yard. Celebrate summer with us before sheds for real. RSVP via Facebook here.
Tune in and turn it up…
Coming October 2013, the Estonian dub label Strictly Dub Records has teamed with vocalists Ruben Da Silva and Babylonbuster, along with producers Variedub and Vibration lab to bring us Rootsteppa Riddim! This release is sure to please, offering purely positive vibes and the dubbest of dub frequencies. The original dubs are done by Variedub. The remixes are elegantly dubbed in a future stylee by the infamous Vibration Lab.
Check out more by Strictly Dub Records here.
Tonight at Studio Seven, there is a very special performance by the Jamaican rebel music movement, Rootz Underground! With more than 10 years of touring together, this six member reggae band comes with a superior sound to keep the dance moving. Be sure to catch them tonight with support from Bellingham’s own KRSNA Band along with Seattle locals, Valley Green.
Ticketing and club info here.
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