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PUGS ATOMZ – BAMA PI

I’ve been hearing a lot of real dope hip-hop lately.  I was really excited to get this release from Tokyo Dawn Records and Pugs Atomz, BAMA PI.  This is an album you can play from start to finish and not skip a track.  ENJOY!

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

Tonight! Ganjaology in Portland, OR, @ The Slate

Last FridayTonight in Portland, Oregon, the artist collective known as TMK1 is throwing their monthly art & music event at The Slate.  TMK1 has recruited Ganjaology, Abigail Press, and Dash EXP to bless the speakers with heavenly bass driven beats throughout the entirety of the event.  With 4 hours full of live painting, hung art, and some very rare tunes, this Last Friday is going to be a great way to get your night started.

Details

-DASH EXP-


https://soundcloud.com/dashexp

-MAN AMEN-


https://soundcloud.com/man_amen

-ABIGAIL PRESS-

https://soundcloud.com/abigailpress

-THE GANJAOLOGIST-


https://soundcloud.com/ganjaology

This event is FREE and All Ages!
@@@ 2001 NW 19th Ave #104 @@@
Portland, OR

Featuring Art From Kristina Griffith

Positive Flow – Flow Lines LP

UK-based multi-instrumentalist producer Jesse Reuben Wilson has blessed us this year with his first ever full length album, recently released through Tokyo Dawn Records. Adopting the name Positive Flow as the moniker for this project, Wilson uses the Flow Lines album to positively project a stellar vision into the culture vortex that is music.

Gathering influences from funk, soul, hip hop, and electronica Flow Lines offers fifteen tracks packed full of sounds. Including a multitude of both analogue and digital synthesizers, plenty of full bodied live instruments and an extraordinary collection of vocals from fellow UK recording artists, Flow Lines is a multifaceted journey through sound. Joining him on the album are UK soul legend Omar along with Stacy Epps, Colonel Red, Vanessa Freeman, Andre Espeut, and Heidi Vogel of the Cinematic Orchestra to name a few.

After listening to this album, you will surely know the mastery and creativity with which this man creates. If you are interested, we invite you to check out his bio directly from Tokyo Dawn Records here. Purchasing options are listed below.

Enjoy Positive Flow!

PURCHASE FROM TOKYO DAWN RECORDS!

Tokyo Dawn Records is currently hosting a remix contest for one of the tracks from the album featuring vocals by Omar. Download the Acapella below and create your own beat. There are 24 days left to submit your tracks to TDR.

SUBMIT HERE!

 

 

 

Robert Glasper – Black Radio Recovered :: The Remix EP

I had the special pleasure a few weeks  back to catch a set by the inspirational future jazz project, Robert Glasper Experiment. Piano man Robert Glasper and his team of hip-star jazz cats tore it up at Harlow’s in Sacremento. With Experiment in the name, The Robert Glasper Experiment is certainly that – experimental.

This futuristic funky hip-hop jazz crew consists of Glasper on piano and the infamous Fender Rhodes, Chris Dave on drums, Derrick Hodge on bass, and an eccentric front man Casey Benjamin who plays both saxe and vocoder. Most recently the band has had huge successes with the release of their hit album Black Radio released in 2012 with Blue Note Records. The album features a number of guest artists including Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco and Bilal, Shafiq Husayn, Musiq Soulchild, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def).

After this widely acclaimed release followed by an extensive summer tour around the world, it was only right that last month they release a remix EP based on the album entitled, Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. This remix EP features some of the same artists along with Pete Rock, Black Milk, ?uest Love and The Roots, Check out a few of the tunes from the remix album below…

And remember, if you like the music – buy the music. It’s available through the Robert Glasper Experiment website here

Barisone – Makin’ Babies on The Moon

I was just recently turned on to this DJ and I gotta say that his music is superb. Santa Cruz native, Barisone has been tearing it up this summer. Performing at a number of large and small gatherings, many of which I attended; I’m surprised that I didn’t hear about him until now. Now based in Portland, Barisone has been touring around the West Coast performing at many of the most high vibrational festivals the scene has to offer. His eclectic style incorporates elements of hip hop, reggae, soul and future bass among other sub genres of sexy electronic music.

This mix  is particularly good. I might go so far as to call it “bangin”, which works nicely with the title… Makin’ Babies on The Moon

Enjoy this sensual music and be proud of your creations. We are intergalactic children of the universe. Whether here on earth or on the moon, love your creations like they were your children and they will always be there for you.

Tracklist –

Intro- Hi Fi
Heal – Robot Koch feat. John Lamonica
Notice Now (Pedro 123 remix) – Trim
Day Dreamer – Last Japan
Ohno Ohno (Nah Like remix) – KNC
Frippertronics (Krueger remix) – Umba
Winkelstreben (Ghislain Poirier remix) – Pole
Look at Me (Bok Bok remix) – Lil’ Scrappy
Would You – Bruises
You Never Stop – Bwana
Hold On – Sepalcure
One Kiss – Sinjin Hawke & Morris
Stretch Out (The Quest remix) – Mista Wish
Drank in My Cup – Kirko Bangz
All Over Me (Monster Playground remix) – Magnum
Broken Heart – Doctor Jeep
Grind – Krampfhaft
Bomp – Sugarpill
Visions – Nasty Nasty
Play – Goapele
Lego – Lady Leshurr
Infectious – Stereotyp Meets Cerebral Vortex
Diamonds – Cryptical
Empty Town – GLC
Katy on a Mission (Captain Planet Remix) – Katy B
Beat That Chest (Auer The Lordz Team remix instumental) – Dreadsquad
Hide & Freaks (Barisone edit) – Kid Sister x Digital Underground
Everything You Got – Lloyd Banks
Insurance – Asher Roth feat. ZZ Ward
Good Morning Summer – Paperwolf
You – Creep feat. Nina Sky
Thought Withdrawl – Lukeino & The Heights
Work It (Nicolas Jaar remix) – Missy Elliot
Iced up – Baauer ft. BHB
Don’t Break my Love – Nicolas Jaar
Toot Toot inst. – The Electric
Echoes of Silence (Kid Khaos remix) – The Weeknd
Jupiter – Free The Robots
13.3.35 (Natural Self remix) – Belleruche
Blue Truth – Jamie Woon
Scale it Back (Oknai remix) – DJ Shadow feat. Little Dragon
I’m Glad You’re Mine – Al Green

14 Days ’til Decibel Festival – Erykah Badu and The Cannabinoids

15 Days until Decibel, and I’m feeling like it can’t come soon enough. Decibel Festival is a city-wide Seattle based electronic music gathering focused on providing a cosmic resonance chamber for the sounds of the times through the collective conscious of those attending. Featuring an extensive array of exciting electronic musicians from all over the world, Decibel 2012 is projected to be a week worth taking off work. Each day starting now, we will be updating you with new music to highlight the artists that will be represented at Decibel Festival.

We will be starting it off big on day one by highlighting the music of one of my favorite artists of all time, Erykah Badu. Teaming with an incredible band of outstanding musicians aptly labeled The Cannabanoids, Badu is redefining soul. I first became infatuated with the sounds of the goddess when she released her full length album Mama’s Gun in 2000. Ever since, I have periodically pressed play on the sounds of Ms. Badu, only to fall in love with her frequencies over and over again.

Tweleve beautiful years later, I have the opportunity to hear my favorite female performer of all time perform with a collection of creators that are sure to surpass any unfounded expectations I may have set for them. The following mix was recorded live at the Red Bull Music Academy through a symphony of 8 laptops, 3 turntables, 6 keyboards, 4 drum machines, and a Theremin. The artists featured include Symbolic One, Jah Born, Picnic, RC Williams, DJ Big Texas, Rob Free and A1, along with Erykah herself.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this incredible showcase of real soul music.

Pick up tickets at the DB website and check the schedule here!

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Ray Ray

Emerging from the sands of Wellington, New Zealand, Fat Freddy’s Drop roots themselves deep as musical connoisseurs.  This futuristic dub/electronic funk/jazzy/soulful masterpiece, “Ray Ray,” radiates with the raddest of rhythms suited for everybody’s infinite expression.  Wether its the beating of bass roping in your attention nodes or the breaks of laser flares inciting body grooving swerves, the simple question “what’s the world with no soul” will wrap your mind around this earful of a track.  Incase this one is new to you and you’re feeling this beat pay attention to these lines so powerfully presented.

“Tell me what’s the world with no soul?”

“The world to me, is more than evolution

More than money, more than technology

I believe, that there’s more than evolution

Like you can change your mind, but you can’t change your destiny

Blood is blood, and thicker than water

Men will die, to live forever

The race is on and I could be standing still

Cos I have faith in something more than my will”

 

Dynamic – Up in my World

Here is to another beat stuck on repeat.  If you love those rapid hat hits, ambient bass, or funk spliced jungle-jazz then heres the sound for your ears.  Dynamic   establishes this one with liquifying dnb, pouring the foundation for a vocal sample so timeless and nostalgic it dances in and out with the smoothest of class.  Recently released under the worldwide label, Rubik Recordings, “Up in my World” is a must for any aural adventure.  Let the music set your free.

Check out more Dynamic here!

Will Saul ft. Ursula Rucker – Where Is It? (The Gaff Remix)

“Where is it? I want it. Now.”

Take this for whatever you want it to mean. For me, it means a ticket to Basscoast.

Where is it?

I need it.

I want it, NOW.

I found out about The Gaff while checking into the lineup for Basscoast 2012, which will be held in Squamish BC, August 3-6.  If you aren’t hip to Basscoast, and you will be in the Northwest this summer, I would recommend checking it out here. In the meantime, have a listen to this beautiful remix of Will Saul’s “Where Is It?” by The Gaff, featuring Ursula Rucker; one of today’s most talented spoken word artists.

You can find the whole remix EP here, which includes an instrumental of The Gaff’s remix.

Ying Yang Audio – Synergy/Sacred EP

I couldn’t find anything on the artist, but this is a big EP that will be coming out tomorrow on Soulstep Records. Really the only thing I can tell you is that the label is out of the UK (who would have guessed) and that the tracks are deep. Definitely baggin this EP in a few hours. Check the soundz!

Pretty Lights – I Know The Truth

Pretty Lights has been one of my favorite electronic producers on the scene for the last few years now. I had the pleasure to see him at some massive performances including at NYC’s Electric Zoo last fall and in Columbus at the late great music venue, BOMA. The music that Colorado artist, Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights produces has always resonated with me due to its apparent soul and funk influences combined with the spacey bouncing electronic sounds that make raver kids giggle. Because I too am a drummer and a proponent of live drums, the fact that Smith brings on tour with him drummer and artist Adam Deitch of Royal Family Records, score points in my book.

Another big positive is that all Pretty Lights’ music is available for free on his website, here. You must provide an email address and you may support the sound by donating if you so choose.

Check out his hottest new track below. “I Know The Truth” combines elements of 1960’s soul with the heavy raw sounds currently feeding the Dubstep sound. Unlike most Dubstep tracks that you may have heard, this one originated through the live recording of each instrument, only to then be digitally remastered adding bass and synths and then reprocessed through analogue synth modules. Crusher.

Santa Swag on Funky Earthship

They say that art represents first and foremost that which manifests in the eye of the beholder. By that logic, the image above depicts the carrier in which we experienced a most magical adventure down in Black Rock City this past month. Swagging super tough in our satin slacks with beards blessed white, we brought the Kris Kringle crew on board the Soul Train only to rock so hard we damn near rocked the wheels off. As we neared our next stop to no where, we distributed gifts from our satchels, stitched special by Mrs. Claus and were gone in a flash. On Dancer, on Prancer, on Ganji on Gretta!! Oh damn. Dressing up like old St. Nick is just too much fun.

The piece is by Mike Dubisch, of San Diego. Check out more of his art here.

Oh yes, and what do we have here. A dirty freak out funk mix!? Oh I think I will have a listen. Thanks to Keith Griffiths AKA Funkademia of Manchester for the tunes.

Alicia Keys – No One (HLM Remix)

Oh what a morning.  After a late night of celebrating my birth with a beautiful group of cultured friends, all I could possibly do this morning was taking a quick stroll down the street to my favorite coffee shop, get a mocha, relax in the sun while sending positive vibes into the Seattle community, and appreciate the life given to me.  While I was reflecting, a car pulled up next to the grassy plot I was on with their speakers turned up just enough so I could hear the music.  I recognized one of the most beautiful voices on this green planet as Alicia Keys instantly.  The specific song was No One, which I have heard people refer to as the most beautiful song of 2007.  The car was not next to me long, but it was just enough time to get the R&B queen’s song in my head for the day.  After getting home, I was listening to a few different  remix’s of No One when I came across this spectacular re-work by HLM, a  producer/remixer based out of Orange County, California.  HLM did an incredible job of keeping the soulful and intense feeling of Alicia Keys lyrics, letting them build up and the piano run its route backed up by a sleepy synth , then turning the track into an all out dance floor rager with a kicking bass line that makes you want to jump on top of the tallest object in proximity to your person with your arms waving high above your head.  Good job HLM.  Check out his SoundCloud page HERE, where you can listen and download 39 other HLM remixes.  Okay…click play now if you haven’t already! BIG UPS! WEST COAST SWAG!