I am coming out of blog retirement to write about Terminally Ill, the latest album by ill.Gates. As I dusted off the WordPress dashboard, I noticed that my last blog post was in 2012 and it was when ill.Gates released Church of Bass. Apparently his music motivates me.
Terminally Ill starts out slow and steady, warming you up with melodic synths and solid bass lines. “Flying”, a collaboration with Stephan Jacobs and vocals from Jackie Rain, is a perfectly produced track that sounds like it could be on tv or in a movie. I usually start the album when I am first getting in my car. Back out of the driveway and 54 seconds into the song, you’re moving. It really is a perfect song to start the album with…gentle but energetic.
The next few of songs are great and fit the same kind of vibe and then track five starts. “Bounce” featuring Mayor Apeshit hits you with the beats that make you want to move. For someone like me who is listening in the car, this is the song that makes me say, “Screw it. I don’t care who is looking at me. I’m going to move my head around and bounce in my seat. Hell, I might even roll the window down and slam on the side of the car with my hand!” It’s that serious.
Once you get moving, it’s on and next comes “Shine” with that sweet, sweet bass and vocals from MasiaOne, Pure Powers and Nuberto. You will recognize MasiaOne’s vocals from other ill.Gates hits, including the epic “Irma Vep” from Autopirate.
Things are still going good. “Workflow” featuring DropStars changes things up a bit with some catchy synths, rapping and tongue clicks? Let me see your workflow. Love it!
“Sankar’s Lake” is a song by CloZee, who if you haven’t checked her out, you must not like music. She is a French producer who has been getting out there for awhile now and her Soundcloud is full of full length live mixes as well as original tunes and remixes. Her song Sankar’s Lake was remixed by ill.Gates and it is awesome! It has this house drop at 2:36 that I just love.
“Unsung Heros” is a collaboration with KJ Sawka, who uses acoustic drums for live drum and bass. This song has heavy basslines over some audio from Mario Savio, who was a political activist and a key member in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He was most known for his speech he gave in December of 1964 that was later called “Operation of the Machine”. ill.Gates included samples from the speech in this song and those vocals along with the heavy drum and bass are inspiring. “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”
Terminally Ill ends with two more songs that are a little slower because that’s how albums work. They wind you up and then they bring you closure. “More Tea” is my favorite song on the album. This song has 3 of my favorite things: Japanese strings, samples of someone talking about tea ceremonies, and Bruce Lee talking about being like water.
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Knowa Knowone has been releasing music on Muti and his label Street Ritual for several years. Knowa is a pioneer in the west coast bass and glitch music community. His early release with Sleepyhead as Knowsleep was released in 2008 when there were few musicians making glitch music and “dubstep” was just starting to catch on in the states. Along with artists such as Heyoka, Mimosa, The Glitch Mob, Vibesquad, and Eprom, Knowa Knowone was creating music that defined and created the glitch-hop genre.
Knowa’s music combines traditional midtempo and breakbeat with deep bass, glitchy sounds, and ethnic rhythms to create a sound that stands out as uniquely Knowa Knowone. Sound Paintings showcases his progression as an artist and his work shines brightly in the glitch-hop gallery. 5 original songs make up Sound Paintings along with Quade’s remix of “The Quari” and three versions of “Ra (the sun)”, which is my favorite song on the album.
“Ra (the sun)” started out as Knowa’s glitch-hop symphony years ago and has never been released until now. I heard it while attending one of Knowa’s Ableton workshops and I have not stopped asking him about it since then. “Ra (the sun)” is a symphony of strings within layers of glitch-hop beats and conscious hip-hop vocals. It brings about the swelling of the heart signifying joy and delight that humans have the ability to create such beauty. Knowa Knowone will never disappoint you with his musical offerings.
Buy Sound Paintings on Addictech.
As any genre grows the music lover has to sift through more and more mediocre music to get to the tunes that really stand out and give you that rush of experiencing something that is unlike any other music you have heard before. It is up to the artist to consistently push their boundaries by not relying on formulas that have worked in the past. Once they push past that familiar territory and enter into the unknown, that is where the magic happens- all things are possible and amazing music is made from the willingness to experiment.
The Canadian duo known as Knight Riderz have a new album out on Muti called 12th Dimension. It only takes one listen before it is obvious that these guys are familiar with this creative magic. Every song on the album has a dreamy quality starting with the title track- a symphony of lazers and bass, moving into glitchy hip-hop beats with “Reign in the Clouds”, “Multidimensional Being”, “Synthetic Seduction”, “Brain Explosion”, and ending with an ethereal sounding sentiment with “Collective Consciousness”. These rhythms have complex layers that tell many stories at once and can relate to each persons unique experience. In the 12 dimensions of consciousness, the 12th dimension is when we return to Source and resonate in unison with the physical form of our Local Universe. We are whole.
12th Dimension is out on Muti Music June 10 and can be found on Addictech.
MartyParty is a a DJ/producer from South Africa who has been in the music business for quite awhile. PANTyRAiD, his latest project with Ooah of The Glitch Mob, has been keeping him jetsetting around the world. After touring with Freq Nasty and Opiuo on the Monsters Of Bass tour, Marty returned home with a desire to write a complete album. “I wanted to sit down and write a collection of songs that summed up the kinds of energy and emotion I found myself feeling and expressing to the audiences on tour every day,” states Marty. “This album touches on various forms of purple energy in a journey through the genre. The Purple album demonstrates the incredible range of this electronic genre and how it can express light and dark, turn from gentle to hard, but always delivers its message using only synthesized sounds.”
Purple showcases some of the sexy bass sounds we have been hearing coming out of the heart of the West Coast bass music scene. It will be released May 31.
To celebrate the upcoming release, MartyParty would like to give away a 3 song EP which you can grab here.
Konekta is a Portland based producer and DJ who makes up half of Free Crush- the other half is his lovely fiancee Devi Gilbert… isn’t that adorable?! He is a favorite here at BeGlitched and you may remember him from the picks for Mixtape of the Year in 2010. Every time I get my paws on a Konekta song or mix, it stays in rotation for ages and always sounds fresh no matter how many times I’ve heard it. He has shared the stage up and down the west coast with EPROM, S.P.E.C.T.R.E., 6Blocc, Mochi-Pet, SPL, Kitty-D, Bird of Prey, and Bassobese to name a few. His hyphy glitched up lazer laden remixes always make the dance floor bounce and his original tunes are mastered perfectly- every element shines through at the right time. With several new originals and remixes coming out on some of today’s hottest labels including Daly City Records, MalLabel Music, Street Ritual and Gruntworthy, Konekta is definitely one to keep your eye on in 2011!
Konekta gave us a remix of Spekt1’s Krump Soldierz… DOWNLOAD HERE! (right click-save as)
We also have a BeGlitched exclusive Konekta mix for you… DOWNLOAD HERE!
Cali Swag District – Teach Me How To Dougie (Free Crush Remix)
Beeda Weeda – You Aint Scarin Nuthin (Konekta Refix)
Big Boi – You Ain’t No DJ feat. Yelawolf (Konekta Refix)
T.I. – Swing Ya Rag Konekta Re-Edit
Konekta – Ready Or Not
Konekta – Ready Or Not VIP
Pearl Jam – Dirty Frank (Konekta Remix)
Konekta – What What vs. Whatcha Got
Spekt1 – Krump Soldierz (Konekta Remix)
Samples – PSA (Konekta Remix)
Samples – Drop Bombs (Konekta Remix)
Ro Knew – Guilty As Charged featuring I-Deal (Konekta Remix)
Free Crush – Ample Transition
Free Crush – Guilty Pleasures
Konekta – Ascend into Twilight
Konekta – Sailing By
Samples – Return to Atlantis (Konekta Remix)
Konekta – Trash Worthy vs. The Pharcyde
Nasty Nasty – Bombshelter (Konekta Bootleg)
Konekta – Projects VIP vs. Dem Franchize Boys
E-40 – I Gets Down (Konekta refix)
Konekta – Doors Open
Konekta – ?????
Konekta – Dirty Canter
Samples – Viricapnity (Konekta Remix) vs. Hurricane Chris
Konekta – Slip Slop vs. Ro Knew – Get Ya Mind Right
I have a lot more time on the weekends to do blog posts and have been thinking about doing little blurbs and links to some of the music that has me captivated each week- new releases, old stuff revisited, upcoming or unreleased stuff… just a place for random music.
This week Ben Samples put out another huge release, this time on Simplify Recordings.
The Skyscraper EP is the young Colorado producers fourth major solo release in less than a year. Ben has been pumping out massive bass for a couple years now and has pretty much become a household name in the scene. This EP is his most sophisticated production to date and considering he spent the first part of his production career giving away his tunes on Bandcamp, it is well worth the price to purchase. Buy the Skyscraper EP here! Grab more of Samples music on Bandcamp and follow him on Facebook and Soundcloud.
Tommy Cappel aka Sidecar Tommy, the beat master drummer from Beats Antique just dropped a song on Soundcloud available for free download. Tommy’s solo work is every bit as inspired as his work with Beats Antique and we should keep an eye out for more solo music from Tommy in the future. Download Bangin Beauty here! Follow Sidecar Tommy on Facebook and Twitter. BANGIN BEAUTY – SIDECAR TOMMY by sidecartommy
The Glitch Mob released Drink The Sea- The Remixes Volume 2 this week. This second round includes remixes from Virtual Boy, Beats Antique, Machinedrum, and DJ Vadim among others. All proceeds from sale of the album go to help rebuild Haiti. Buy both remix albums for one donation here! Follow The Glitch Mob on Facebook and Twitter.
Oakland is home to David Sugalski, the producer of many names. You may know him as Ample Mammal or The Polish Ambassador. This week, The Polish Ambassador released Homeboys In Outer Space- Episode 1. This five song EP includes remixes of songs by Outkast, Young MC, and The Roots. Name your price here! Follow The Polish Ambassador on Facebook and Soundcloud.
Dave Seied has been DJing in Denver for several years now and came out strong last year on Addictech’s charts with his debut release Speaker Organisms. He just dropped a mix of original and unreleased songs on Memkast this week. Grab the mix here! Follow Seied on Facebook and Soundcloud.
When I first heard “Speaker Bump vol.1” by Indaskyes, I was blown away and scoured the internet to find out who this DJ was and why I hadn’t heard of him. His name made me wonder if he was some big name going by this name as an alias (“in disguise”). It turns out this mix was Jared Lindo’s second gig EVER recorded in a small club in San Jose, CA! This mix is amazing and still gets me moving even after a solid 9 months of bumping. Download “Speaker Bump vol.1” here. Follow Indaskyes on Facebook.
David Starfire has been a favorite of mine since I saw him at Love Parade in San Francisco a couple of years ago. He is an amazingly talented producer and DJ whose beats are heavy on the bass mixed with a huge variety of ethnic sounds, from Middle Eastern to gypsy funk to hip hop. This mix takes you along on a psychedelic journey of massive proportion. Download the “Psychonaut Spinner Mix” here (right click… save as). Thanks to Reality Sandwich for hosting this mix. Follow David Starfire on Facebook. You can also watch David’s site for free songs and mixes at http://davidstarfire.com
Cory O is one to watch in 2011. His Bandcamp and Soundcloud are full of remixes and original music up for grabs. He has been playing at all of the major clubs in Portland for the last couple years and is amped up to take on the world. His mixtape “Fuckin N Tha Streets” is just the right combination of glitched up hip hop beats with heavy bass. It’s not the same old run of the mill stuff many people are putting out these days. He has a unique new sound that works perfectly with the glitch hop music we all love. Grab the mix here.
Kitty-D has been playing music in California for years. He is not on any label and doesn’t have a huge catalog of releases, but that makes what you can get your hands on even more valuable. He has collaborated with Mimosa around the country at festivals as Halo and with Ooah as Of Porcelain. This mix from a full moon party in Humboldt 2008 is a must have! Get it here (right click-save as).
Konekta is someone I started to see around Glitch Hop Forum and I was surprised when I found all kinds of great songs on his Soundcloud. When he released his “Audio Splash Promo Mix” I made sure to check it out and was glad that I did. This mix is bangin’! This dude has serious DJ skills and his remixes are spot on. When I shot him an email to find out more about him, I was happy to find out that he had just moved to Santa Rosa, California- just a few miles from me! He is moving in the scene, working hard on his music- I have no doubt 2011 h0lds huge promise for him. Grab the “Audio Splash Promo Mix” here and make sure to follow him on Soundcloud and Facebook.
MiHKAL is an Oakland based shamanic crunkster whose ceremonial approach to music has been getting attention from bassheads around the world. Though he has not released an official album, he has been DJing and remixing since 2008 and has played at huge parties alongside his homies Mimosa, Heyoka, Sleepyhead, Knowa Knowone, Kitty D, NastyNasty, GladKill, ChrisB, An-ten-nae, Bassnectar, R/D, EPROM, Joker, Marty Party & PANTyRAiD. MiHKAL is on the same level as every one of these artists. His DJ skills truly move me.
Snuglife is full of soothing female vocals, emotional instrumentals, heavy bass, and crunk vocal samples. He knows how to weave these different styles together in a way that I rarely hear to create an amazing dance floor experience that moves your body and your spirit. It is no surprise to me that Beat Church keeps him as a resident shamanic DJ. I expect him to release some music this year, but until then, he has several mixes available on his Soundcloud. You can DOWNLOAD Snuglife HERE (right click, save as)
Be sure to attend Beat Church to praise the bass music gods and dance yourself to a higher place under MiHKAL’s beats.
Stephan Jacobs & Sugarpill have been working together on songs this year like a couple of crazed music scientists. Both reside in LA and play there regularly and they are both starting to tour around the US for gigs. You can also find them on Glitch.fm for the Polybeat Plant show on Tuesdays at 6pm PST. Sugarpill and Stephan Jacobs have each had a busy year in 2010 with several big singles and mixtapes released, and Sugarpill’s huge success with his debut album Flow Goggles.
Stephan Jacobs and Sugarpill worked on Level Attack and came up with a nicely polished piece of glitch hop art, complete with tough yet sexy vocals of Naada, who was also featured in a single that Stephan Jacobs and Love & Light collaborated on a few months ago. Her vocals give Level Attack that human voice that is so often missing in electronic music. This release features remixes by +verb, Ben Samples, Willy Whompa, Great Scott and ChrisB. Each remix focuses on a different highlight of the original and I am actually able to listen to the entire release without getting bored of this song! A separate post should be written about each of the amazing artists who remixed this song- each artist is doing amazing work to shape the future of glitch hop in their own way. Make sure to check them out! Thanks to Stephan Jacobs & Sugarpill for making “Level Attack” and inspiring these remixes!