Some serious experimental electronic music coming out of mountainous Colorado region these days, and I must say that Big Gigantic are placing themselves quickly at the top. Put it this way, right after the smooth sounding 2 min intro you are completely blown away with this jam entitled, “Sky High”
These guys will literally add any sound from anywhere which is what sets the apart from the majority of electronic music today. Their openness to new sounds is really something else and pretty surprising at times when I find myself listening to hiphop beats with 8-bit background rhythms and jazzy saxophone melodies to top it all off. ‘A Place Behind The Moon’ is their most recent release which can be downloaded for free at their website here. ‘Solitude’ just lays it all out there for ya:
If you’re unaware of the sounds of Pretty Lights, catch up and revert back to Break Science to further satisfy the inevitable need for more bass thumpin’ dub. With these killer beats it’s only necessary to have hiphop giants like Brooklyn’s Talib Kweli and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Sierra Leone’s Bajah and India’s Falu. The new EP really holds the mainstream sound with extremely twisted wobbles and bass drops that are sure to blow your skull. ‘Further Than Our Eyes Can See’ just recently released on Pretty Lights Records which of course means you’re getting this one for FREE, please take advantage of that DONATE button and show some love to keep the music creation going!
Hyphen has been part of the drum n bass scene in Cape Town for years. He’s a regular at Homegrown – a DnB night held the first Saturday of every month at Mercury, and has hosted a radio show on 89.5 fm Bush Radio since 2002. This DJ has expanded to be renowned for his dubstep and glitch sets in addition to DnB. Recently he’s been making his own material, having released his first vinyl offering “Visions.” If your in Cape Town Hyphen is having 3 live performances this week, Wednesday at the Assembly, Friday at Fiction (glitch set) and Saturday at Mercury, be sure to check him out!
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
The EP’s, named “Joy” and “Lost” both have two tracks, featuring vocals by Sindy Dondolo and Crosby, as well as some ferocious work on the guitars by Bosko Popovac. You can pre-listen to the tracks here and pick up either EP for R20 or both for a discounted R30( little under $4.50).
Here’s a track, I believe from Mix n Blend’s debut album, that you can find a free download of on African Dope’s Facebook, along with a lot more sick music:
Mix n Blend meet Fletcher – Shall We Swing [Liver Remix]
Make sure you sign up to African Dope’s mailing list to get all kinds of free dope music. Today we got a free download of a sick new EP called “Honey Beats.” It was commissioned and compiled by the cogs of Dopeness herself, Honey B. It features two tracks by Sibot, one featuring Xspand, a remix of a Mix n Blend & Fletcher track by Kalahari Surfers, and a track each from Jam Jarr and Dank. It’s pretty dank.
I’m not sure if I should do this, but here’s a track from the “Honey Beats” EP by Mix n Blend that will hopefully persuade you to buy their new double EP, because they’re really that sick. And for $4.50, I might even buy 2..enjoy:
Mix n Blend & Fletcher – Shall We Swing (Kalahari Surfers Swinging In The Rain Remix)
This tutorial is for producers who don’t have drums kits or drum machines. Using kicks from sample libraries is good choice for production, but many producers including me think that using other people’s samples doesn’t sound unique enough. If you want to make unique kicks you have to do it on your own.
You don’t have to buy an expensive drum machine or real drum kits. You do have to buy or download some excellent drum libraries, and use them to create some fantastic and awesome kicks which will be the foundation of your song.
Why is this so important? Listen some dance record from the top artist like Armin Van Buuren, Garreth Emery, Ferry Corsten and you will realize that the kick is the most important element of their song. How we shape the sound of a kick is one of the most creative decisions we have to make—we control aspects like how solid, how punchy, how thick and how snappy. If your kicks lack energy, or are too soft, they won’t bring satisfaction on the dance floor.
The technique which I want to show you is kick layering. The basic idea is that you layer different kick samples and mix them. The result is a completely new kick.
To understand layering you do not need to have a PhD in frequencies. You need to understand low, mid and high. You need to understand cut and boost, filter and ADSR.
This new track from Mr. Sakitumi is RIDICULOUS. You gotta hear “Imperial Basswalker”
Also check out this video of The Grrrl (SICK live visual artist) and the man himself in Switzerland during a highly successful European tour earlier this year:
Mr. Sakitumi is destroyin it over in South Africa right now. Keep an ear out for more updates from Mr. Sakitumi and his upcoming solo album in the near future. Also if you like Mr. Sakitumi, you should definitely check out Closet Snare, a disgusting jazzy/hip hop/electronic group he’s in.
Mr. Sakitumi is amazing. He plays like 9 instruments well..this guy is indestructible.
Strive Roots – Hip Funk n Roots – Bioresonance Therapy
Eli Lieberman, currently out of Bend, Oregon is the mastermind behind what is Strive Roots. Strive Roots is not something that can be easily defined or confined.
In terms of the music, it’s a kind of beautiful reggae / metal / drum n bass / other infusion with an awesome vibe. Strive Roots is usually a trio consisting of lead guitar(Eli), bass guitar and drums. Eli’s talent on guitar takes center stage, but he also works with some very talented band members, who vary depending on where he is.
I can’t wait to release the film we got of Eli at the THC Music Fest. Eli shreds! He does something with his guitar that I’ve never seen any other human being do ever, and I have no idea how the f**k he does it either(supposedly no one does). I won’t tell you what it is, just look forward to that video hopefully in the next couple weeks.
In terms of the lyrics, the tone and the voice of the music, Strive Roots is more like the reflection of a collection of truths floating out in space somewhere, often not found. Continue reading →
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