Fresh from the UK is Oli Brand, aka Beaka, who is releasing his debut self-titled EP on the influential Montréal-based label, Infinite Machine (IM022). Brand has a lot to deliver in a surprisingly hearty 25 minute EP, and fans of UK-Bass and house music can appreciate the creativity and production brought to the scene by this promising producer.
The bass influence is initially rather subtle in this song, emanating as the rhythm fluctuates in tone and texture. The overlapping textures seem to wash over the bass rhythm periodically, alternating as the bass rhythm periodically ascends and descends in pitch. The rhythm grows in complexity as a vocal sample is added, echoing in the midst of a steady and very strong house/bass rhythm.
The main bass rhythm changes while the clean rhythm is submerged in atmospheric noise, almost rising in pressure. The altered bass rhythm closes out to return to the main theme. The rhythm is very driving, and even if the rhythm isn’t “fast”, it packs a ton of energy for a house/bass influenced track.
The opening rhythm is very deep and atmospheric ambiances along with lighter and cleaner rhythms reverberate to serve as a counterpoint. A light electronic melody descends before the rhythm becomes more clearly defined. The rhythm sounds like a dubstep song, but is muddled with the persistent, minimalist and texture-heavy bass. A deep vocal sample is included to enrich the melody; before a cleaner and higher pitched electronic phrase enters and echoes in and out of the deep bass rhythms. That lighter electronic phrase was unexpected and it was very pleasant to hear.
The bass rhythms get very deep and distorted as a clean and new electronic melody enters in syncopation to counterpoint the deep bass rhythm. The cleaner rhythms drop off as the syncopation continues, but not for long until the bass rhythms are reunited with the cleaner, dubstep-influenced rhythms. The rhythm takes longer pauses towards the end of the track before first light electronic melody returns to close “Killjoy”.
“Subconscious” opens with a relatively simple bass rhythm accompanied by more complex and deliberate rhythms. This rhythm is particularly nice because it sounds as if it’s ending its phrase with very soft and subtle synth tones. The synth alone seems to have taken influence from the likes of Mount Kimbie or perhaps Maths Time Joy. Brand is very deliberate in his rhythms and they work very well when deliberately deciding which rhythms and which tones reverberate in the song.
A female vocal sample periodically surfaces before a very delightful synth harmony kicks in. Brand plays around with the bass rhythms, allowing them to reverberate in the synth’s harmony. The harmony is very reminiscent of Maths Time Joy’s “Hideaway” EP. The bass rhythm remains as it’s submerged in an atmospheric ambiance, though it exists very minimally and is deliberately placed within the song.
The final track starts with a soft and introspective harmony, before Brand begins to carefully layer his rhythms as they begin to grow in complexity and substance. The harmony remains as the main rhythm asserts control of the track. The rhythm is particularly complex in “Timelapse”, carefully employing elements of bass and UK-Garage.
The rhythm seems to work in phrases too, allowing for atmosphere and texture to take the lead in certain points in the track, before the rhythm returns to dominate the overall mood and theme of the track. One of the best features of the texture is a clean and possibly reverberating synth that works very well as a counterpoint to the diminished bass rhythm.
Beaka’s self-titled debut EP is nothing to underestimate. Brand employs very impressive production skills and is able to deliberately craft exquisite and meaningful rhythms while very tastefully employing texture to counterbalance those rhythms. This is a very smart EP with driven and sincere production. Brand is very lucky to debut such a great EP to a deserving label like Infinite Machine. Beaka has a bright and promising future as a musician signed to Infinite Machine.
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Scott “DotEXE” Stanley, an electronic music prodigy, was smack dab in the middle of studying computer programming when he typed his last command — “.exe” — and never looked back. He has since adopted this mysterious moniker as his DJ alias and this 22-year-old is now one of the fastest growing underground electronic producers of 2013. His Meg & Dia’s “Monster” remix has achieved viral status, accumulating over ten million views in just over a year. Despite his remix success, Stanley, a member of the growing Monstercat family, prides himself on originals, including “Run Away From Me”, “Kill It with Fire”, and his latest, “Hipster Cutthroat”. With a wide range of tempos and addicting melodies, DotEXE is breaking sound barriers at a venue near you.
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Volume 22 of our Collective Sessions mix series featuring Nashville, Tennessee House Music Producer, Wattie Green! Wattie’s vinyl and digital releases on Flapjack, Spatula City, Juiced, Knocturnal Emissions, Serial Sickness, Funk Mansion continually top the charts of Stompy and Traxsource. If you like house music, this is definitely one for you! Check it out and share with your friends!
1. Henry Truvillion – Possum Was An Evil Thing
2. Mark Funk – Lady Bug
3. Wes – Make With The Names
4. Dj Mes & Sonny Fodera – Freaks On The Floor
5. Paul Johnson – The Hole Is Mine
6. Deaf N Dumb Crew – Fuck Shit Up
7. Fabio Bacchini – It’s Alright
8. Slater Hogan & John Larner – Hipshaka
9. Will Jax – Somethin I Need
10. Dixie Yure – By Defection
11. Flapjackers – Magic In Your Eyes (J’s Drivin It Mix)
12. Wattie Green – Brasilian Heat (Bryan Jones Mix)
13. Wattie Green – Brasilia
14. Frankie J – When It Get Hot
15. Jason Jinx – Your Love Has Captured Me
16. Maggs & Bruchez – Baby Be Mine
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
Volume 20 of our Collective Sessions Mix Series features Phoenix based producer / Ficus Tree Music label owner Jeff Service. Enjoy!
1. Frankie Watch – Gieri (Nice7 Remix)
2. Jamie Jones – Moan and Groan
3. Hot Since 82 – Phat Tool
4. Paolo Rocco – People Say (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
5. DJ W!ld – Shape U
6. Gulivert – Street Life
7. Jeff Service feat. Mena – Fix
8. Scott Diaz – This Vibe
9. Jeff Service feat. Mikey V – Keep Playin
10. Detroit Swindle – That Freak Stuff
11. Jeff Service feat. Kristy Leigh – One More Chance
12. Marlon Hoffstadt & Dansson – Shake That
13. Jeff Service feat. Mena – Why Are We Here
14. John Cutler feat. E-Man – It’s Yours (Nice7 Remix)
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
For volume 16 of our Collective Sessions mix series, we snagged none other than Indy’s own techno guru, Adam Jay! Listen, Share, Download, Enjoy!
The contents within this mix are G-14 Classified, and cannot be shared with the general public.
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
This edition of Collective Sessions was the winning mix from Indymojo’s Mojostock Mixtape Competition, which was blind judged from a field of 30+ mixes. Congrats goes out to Dallas based producer and DJ, Ecco! Enjoy the mix!
1. Sharam Jey, Kolombo – Big Deal! (Original Mix)
2. Kohra – Pyramids (Vitor Munhoz Remix)
3. Sharam Jey & DJ Tapesh – Over Me (Original Mix)
4. Chicken Lips – He not in (Eats Everything Chicken Tits Remix)
5. DJ Anna – Keep Going (Original Mix)
6. Phunk Investigation & Schuhmacher – Critical (Siwell Remix)
7. Groovebox – Brooklyn (Original Mix)
8. Crazibiza – Coco Loco
9. Jay Lumen – Beat Drops (Take Me To The Garage)
10. Mumbai Science – Impact
11. Koen Groeneveld – Ditsjz (Original Club Mix)
12. Zedd – Dovregubben (Original Mix)
13. Bassjackers – Mush, Mush (Original Mix)
14. GTA – Booty Bounce (Original Mix)
15. Digital Manges – Manges (Sharkslayer Dub)
16. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda (Extended)
17. W&W & Ummet Ozcan – The Code (Original Mix)
18. Jon Kong – Hidden Dragon (Original Mix)
19. Dirty Harris – Toucan (Original Mix)
20. Zedd – Clarity Feat. Foxes (Funkagenda Remix)
21. The Aston Shuffle vs. Tommy Trash – Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost) (Tommy Trash Version)
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
In just two more days Indianapolis will be hosting its first two-day all EDM festival. This line-up is full of talent and there is a little something for everyone. Genres will range from Trance to House to Dubsteb to Drum and Bass to Trap and all of it being on the same stage. There will be no need to worry about missing an act or switching stages.
The event will be held at Opti Park in Broad Ripple and kicks off this Friday, September 13th at 5 PM and Saturday starting at 1 PM. It is all ages and will have feature after parties held at The Vogue that will be 21 and over.
Oakenfold’s career kicked off in the early 90’s and to this day he is one of the biggest Trance DJs in the world. He has release dozens of mixes and played for massive crowds all over the world for years. His newest and highly anticipated full length album “Pop Killer” is due to be released this year.
Chicago based duo J2K (Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) have been involved in the Hip Hop scene for a good minute. Collaborating with the likes of A-Trak, Diplo, and The Cool Kids, just to name a few. Most recently they have been producing widely popular Trap beats.
KEYS N KRATES
Catching this trio based of Toronto should be a priority for you this weekend. The mixture of electronic music using raw samples and live instruments makes this a show you need to see.
Two of the hottest club DJs in Indy, A-Squared will be kicking off Wheel House on Friday.
Wolfgang Gartner (Joseph Youngman) started out as a Deep House DJ and created the name he goes by now because of his abrupt transfer into the Electro House genre. The transition proved to be a major success with eight #1 tracks on Beatport, hosting a show on MTV, and being among the most wanted at every major festival around the world.
THE CRYSTAL METHOD
Formed in the early 90’s by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, The Crystal Method have been icons of the EDM world since their inception. Their debut and certified platinum release Vegas, had five of its ten tracks released as top singles. The group’s music has been featured in movies (City of Angels, Spawn) and video games (Need For Speed:Underground, Project Gotham Racing, League of Legends).
Indiana born Josh Gard, has had one remarkable ride in the EDM scene. Starting out as a hip hop DJ, then mastering the skill of Fidget House and finally dominating the Drumstep scene. His horror-themed tracks have been some of the most memorable of all. His name traveled like thunder through-out the electronic realm. After several full length album releases he caught the attention of OWSLA (Skrillex’s label) and his album Horns of the Apocalypse was released yesterday on the label.
Hailing from Rhode Island, Abraham Orellana made his name by showing off his skills on a MPC drum machine. He is no stranger to producing beats with some big names such as Cam’ron and Vado, The Diplomats, Hell Rell, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and Fabolous. The video below speaks volumes of why you need to see this man live.
LA based producer whose remix of Kayne West’s Mercy was #1 on Soundcloud and has well over a million plays. Check out some of his other releases; you won’t be disappointed.
Action Jackson is a premier DJ in the Midwest. He currently hosts OMG! every Wednesday night at the Casba in Broad Ripple and Night Moves every Friday night at The Metro on Mass Ave. Also know for being a partner of the well known Rad Summer and a producer on the label as well. Action can keep the dance floor going and this weekend you will find out just why.
SHY GUY SAYS
Bloomington-based producer Jarrod Linne is a rising star in the Midwest. His beats flow through the crowd like a shock wave. His dance moves on stage keep the crowd excited and most certainly the mask adds to the effect his entire performance. He is a part of the G-9 collective and appears frequently at IndyMojo events.
Chicago natives Brandon and Jerry have been producing individually for several years, and decided in November 2012, to put their knowledge and talents together. Their debut EP The Radiance was released in July. Check them out Saturday when they start the party off with their electro & progressive house, trance, and dubstep sounds.
Friday After Party @ The Vogue
Saturday After Party @ The Vogue
Bad Boy Bill and Richard Vission
Both after parties are $20 at the door or tickets can be purchased through www.wheelhousefestival.com
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Six Four Commodore
- Launched: 2012
- Genre: House
- Members: Christopher Mooney (Formerly DJ Declan)
- Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Record Label: Funk You, Inc.
- Influences: Format: B, Bryan Jones, DJ Dan, Clyde Donovan, Christopher Lawrence, Wolfgang Gartner, Umek, Joey Beltram, Paranoid Jack, Joey Fanatic, The Major Boys; the list goes on.
I recently traveled to Fort Wayne to check out a Funk You, Inc. production of some excellent House music and it was well worth the trip. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to today’s featured MojoStock artist, Six Four Commodore. He voluntarily agreed to cooperate with this interview without me having to use violence or drug him in any way, so that was a pleasant surprise. Check out Six Four Commodore’s thoughtful answers to these questions and be sure to check him out Saturday night at MojoStock on the local stage at 11:00 p.m.
- AF: Can you give us any sort of preview…or maybe give us a broad description of what we might expect to see/hear from you at MojoStock this year?
A.F. That’s an intriguing answer! I’m very much looking forward to checking out your set! Describe for me the Six Four Commodore sound experience for our readers who may be seeing or hearing you for the first time this year at MojoStock.
A.F. Can you tell me some history? Give me some background on your musical roots, and your musical voyage thus far.
A.F. That’s pretty amazing that you all meet up like a little family throughout the week to work together and help each other out. Also, I have to see these house shoes…maybe you all could come out with your own shoe line? I can say with certitude that I’d be rockin’ those on the regular.Tell me 5 people who are musically rocking your world right now. They don’t have to be current or “new.” And why.
A.F. All GREAT guys and heroes of mine as well! You guys did an awesome job bringing DJ Dan and Golf Clap to Fort Wayne recently. That was a great night and you guys know how to throw a party. I would recommend that more Indy people make it up to your events whenever possible You don’t disappoint!What is your favorite MojoStock memory?
A.F. What do you want people to take away with them from your show?
A.F. Where can folks go to hear your sound?
Volume 9 of the Collective Sessions series brings us back to the house realm, with Neighbz. Our local house DJ who likes to play in the deepest realm of house, and only on vinyl! Check it out!
1. Rioardo Miranda & Hernan Cronner – Mental Samurai
2. Li’Sha Project, Chuck Love Cop-A-Feel Dub, Original Vocal – Feel
3. Miguel Migs feat. Meshell Ndegeocello, Shades of Gray Dub – Close Your Eyes
4. South of Roosevelt – What About
5. Casbah 73 Rework – Ain’t No Sunshine
6. Rick Wade – Can’t You See
7. Dusty – Mood Matters
8. Borrowed Identity & Mechanical Soul Brother – Love For the Gang
9. Jeff Service – Plastic People
10. Synchro Jack – Back to the Shack
11. Off MSG Revision – Chicago
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals:
After a holiday week I have returned to bring you the freshest of fresh, plus a few tracks I would like to add in that came out on the off week. Play Me has a really good release out today by Divine Elements. Check out the video and the release. Savoy, who I am a huge fan of has a free release out. Crizzly brought out some fire-ass drumstep with his remix of Fuckin’ Problems. All the wubs and untz you need in a week, right here on Dirty Mondaze!
The Ascent EP
Play Me Records
Three Against Nature
The Rat/Horrorcane EP