G Jones – New Beats 2015

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[also published on MMIBTY]

G Jones is on an absolute tear. 2014 saw the Santa Cruz based beat-maker and West Coast Bass mastermind tour the country like a madman, headlining bills, playing countless festivals, and embarking on the epic Mind Machine tour with fellow Santa Cruz bass-creator Minnesota, among other things. Oh, and releasing a TON of free new music. Well, it looks like G Jones has no intention of slowing down in 2015 with the release of his latest mixtape, simply titled “New Beats 2015.”

The new mixtape just serves as further proof (as if we needed any) that G Jones is a tried and true connoisseur of all things West Coast Bass, pummeling listeners with an endless barrage of bass buffets. The beauty of future bass music is that there really is no limit to the new sounds that producers come up with, and these new sounds are in no short supply here. “New Beats 2015” consists entirely of 19 unreleased original G Jones tracks and collaborations, including a couple of awesome collaborations with Mad Zach and Doshy.

G Jones rocking the Mind Machine at Mezzanine SF in November

G Jones rocking the Mind Machine at Mezzanine SF in November

The most exciting thing about “New Beats 2015” is that it is arguably G Jones most diverse and experimental release yet, but it’s just as polished and familiar as any of his previous work. The 40 minute mixtape guides listeners through all imaginable BPMs and bass-friendly genres, ranging from 303 acid grime to experimental 58 BPM techno-trap to UK hip-hop to that engulfing California bass sound that we can never get enough of, all mixed together with surgical precision and dripping with waves of sub bass. No beats left behind. But G Jones doesn’t hold your hand along the way. It’s a jungle out there, and these titular new beats are vicious. They will smack you in the face and leave you begging for more. Such is the beauty of G Jones’ music. It’s dirty. It’s grimy. It’s loud. It’s oozy. It’s unpredictable. It’s uncategorizable. And it bumps.

There’s even a track called “Krabby Patty Secret Formula,” and a quick shout-out to the Shane Co. radio ads that I’ve been hearing my whole life. What more could you want from a bass mixtape?

Get on the G Jones hype now. The young bass-slinger has already done big things in 2014 to establish himself as a household name in the bass scene across the country, and G Jones is already off to a hot start with the release of this mixtape and a recently-announced Red Rocks show with Bassnectar, Joker, and Late Night Radio in May. G Jones is on fire, and he’s not going to cool down anytime soon.

Stream the mixtape below, and be sure to download this fire for free from SoundCloud.

TBD Fest in Sacramento This Weekend [FESTIVAL PREVIEW]

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It has yet to be determined what’s in store for us when the inaugural TBD Fest hits the streets of Sacramento this weekend, October 3-5. What we do know is that we’re damn excited—and for good reason. This isn’t the first rodeo for the fine folks at Launch Events. What was once a one-day hotel party known  as Launch Festival has evolved over the years into a week-long Sacramento showcase of music, art, fashion, technology, and lifestyle. This year, Launch has been rebranded and renamed as TBD Fest, and it’s an entirely different beast, though the Launch spirit remains in tact.

We don’t expect this 3-day festival to have the roughness of a typical first-year fest. I mean, just look at the lineup: an eye-catching list of headliners with a juicy supporting bill as well. These guys know what they’re doing. This weekend, a world-class event is coming to California’s capital, and as a NorCal native, I couldn’t be more excited. TBD aims to be an evolution of music festivals, and I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves. It’s going to be more than a music festival– it will be a festival of art, life, and forward-thinking. But the soundtrack is going to be pretty killer.

On that note, let’s take a look at that soundtrack. Dance music fans will have their plates full with mega-headliners Moby and Justice, who will have support from the likes of Dillon Francis, Gramatik, Keys N Krates, RAC, The Gaslamp Killer, Viceroy, and more. Hip-hoppers will be stoked to see local legends Deltron 3030 as well as one of my personal favorites, Danny Brown. The live acts are what really set TBD Fest apart from other festivals though. A truly unique and exciting bill of awesome rockers and indie poppers ensure that we’ll be getting down on the dance floor. Empire of the Sun, Blondie, Kurt Vile, DIIV, Cherub, MS MR, MNDR, Goldroom, and a hefty group of local artists will have us partying like it’s 2014. Oh, and Explosions in the Sky is going to absolutely annihilate our faces and bodies with loud, emotional, instrumental masterpieces.

So yeah. The lineup is insane. What’s more insane is that this party is going to be happening right along the Sacramento River in the Bridge District of West Sacramento, just minutes away from downtown. The event is going to have a heavy emphasis on food, art, yoga, technology, and lifestyle. This is taking place in the state’s capital, after all, not exactly known as a party destination. But we will party. And we will think. And we will live. This is going to be the real deal. A true sensory exploration and one hell of an audio/visual adventure. TBD Fest, we don’t know what you’re going to be, but we’re ready for you. See you on the other side.

Check back next week for our official review. Until then, check out the full schedule, which was released this morning, and get your ears warmed up below.

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Eric Prydz – Liberate (Lane 8 Remix)

The wonderful Germany-based Lane 8 just dropped this amazing remix of Eric Prydz’s “Liberate.” It brings out the best of the soothing vocals featured in the Prydz version but throws in some deep house sounds as well as a beautiful piano breakdown before the last drop. I’ve basically just been playing this track on repeat, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Incredible, deep, club beats. Have a listen.

Grimes – “Go”

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From this day forth, let it be known: Grimes is a bass head.

The young Canadian musician dropped the first single from her upcoming album earlier today, and it just so happens to be a bass-heavy banger. The track, called “Go,” is a collaboration with Blood Diamonds and was reportedly written for Rihanna, who rejected it. Well, her loss. It sounds cooler when I say that the new Grimes song is stuck in my head rather than the new Rihanna song (don’t worry, I’m sure that one will end up stuck in my head too).

“Go” is a definite change of pace from Grimes’ usual homemade synthpop tracks, and frankly, I’m all for it. The track features loud-and-proud trap breakdowns and bass drops, and the bass head in me is excited to blast this one all summer long. Grimes premiered the track at The Governor’s Ball in NYC earlier this month, but the studio version dropped today, and it’s a polished piece of work. It’s also the first track that Grimes had professionally mixed and mastered, and it shows. Here’s to hoping Grimes keeps the bass-heavy dance tracks coming. I expect this one to be a hit this summer. Remixes galore sure to be coming soon.

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SoundCloud Spotlight: Thomas Jack

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2014 has been the year of Tropical House, and we have Thomas Jack to thank for that.

The 20-year-old Australian DJ and producer seemingly came out of nowhere, but over the past few months his Tropical House mixtape series has taken the internet by storm, and for good reason. Simply put, Thomas Jack’s mixtapes establish himself as one of the most talented young artists on the planet. His mixing is flawless, taking listeners on an uplifting journey through the many realms of house music, and all of it with his signature tropical twist, often meaning saxophones, pan flutes, and other tropical instruments that us city folk don’t usually hear too often.

Thomas JackSometimes the music is dark and deep, while other times it’s cheery and catchy (and still deep, of course). Thomas Jack first emerged on the scene with some remixes (Of Monsters and Men, Alt-J, and Pleasurekraft, to name a few) alongside his own original mixes. But his recent mixtapes have skyrocketed his success and established him as a heavyweight in the house scene. His 2 most recent mixtapes feature guest mixes by Bakermat and Klingande, both of which follow in Thomas Jack’s footsteps in creating tight, polished, and always-tropical house mixes that I’ll be blasting all summer long. Oh, and it’s all free to download!

Unfortunately, Visa issues prevented Thomas Jack from doing his US tour this year, which included a stop at Audio Discotech in San Francisco and a set at Lightning in a Bottle. Here’s to hoping he makes it out here sooner rather than later, but until then, his prominent presence on SoundCloud will make the wait all the more worth it.

Hear the young mastermind for yourself. I recommend starting with Tropical House Vol. 1 and 2 first.

 

June 2014 Playlist

Here’s what I’ve been blasting through my headphones this month.

30 tracks to dance to. Lots of house, techno, disco, and of course, a heavy helping of future bass.

This month’s featured artists include ZHU, Minnesota, Dimond Saints, Kraddy, Kill Paris, Justin Martin, Booka Shade, and many more. And what playlist is complete without a few HAIM remixes?

Enjoy!

RE:CREATION w/ Booka Shade, Christian Martin, and Kalya Scintilla

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When German techno comes to San Francisco, it’s always something special, and this Thursday will be no different because Euphonic Conceptions is bringing RE:CREATION back to 1015 Folsom with German tech house legends Booka Shade playing an exclusive DJ set for an official Stilldream Festival pre-party.

But boy oh boy is that just the tip of the iceberg. Supporting Booka Shade in the main room will be Dirtybird’s Christian Martin, LA’s Samo Sound Boy, and San Francisco’s own RYURY.

What I’m personally most excited for is the Downtempo Bass Room, being headlined by recent Lightning in a Bottle legend, Kalya Scintilla. Needless to say, bass heads, house lovers, and techno junkies are in for one hell of a night. This is going to be one for the books.

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