Category Archives: Music

Premiere: RVLVR – Shadows (Dev79 Remix)

Philly has been translating Grime into North American listening for years now. Better know as Street Bass there should be no quarrel in the city’s occupying Bass Muisc’s forefront as we know it to this day. Bass Music alongside pure underground of the coast and continent is affirmed more now by online copywrite laws being enforced to the degree in which it is today. Labels like these and their counterparts who’ve survived to this day, bringing original production and true genre creation are once again to be the curators of future music. Bass or otherwise.

Out today on such a label, on New Low‘s catalog is Philly based RVLVR’s ‘Shadow’s’ EP. Featuring two new originals and remixes from Dev79 (Seclusiasis) and Bombé (New Low). In the spirit of education, musics longevity outside of Doritos and promotion we are proud to premiere of quarter of the release. An original twist from Dev79 on RVLVR’s title track turned half a beat more Grime/Philly from the originals climatic space battle ambiance. Listen to the whole EP on Bandcamp and do the follow thing for both these artists.

RVLVR – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

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Premiere: Miguel – Coffee feat. Wale (Slow Graffiti Edit)


The edit put on this oozes deep feelings of connection with a boo over purple clouds. All your thoughts and sentimental feelings pressed with all the affluence and care you could ask for in one three minute some odd package. ‘Coffee’ as a title falls somewhat short of what your about to hear but it’s one you’ll remember. #SoVibrant Slow Graffiti backing Miguel HARD. Free download for the masses.

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Mature & Intimate Vibes at Bass Coast 2015

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Bass Coast Music Festival

For those who haven’t heard, Bass Coast is an arts & music festival that takes place annually in Merritt, BC. From downtown Vancouver it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive down the Trans-Canada highway; a route well-worth it for the sight-seeing alone. At the heart of this festival is a love for electronic music, community-building, technological innovation and the creative craft, with a strong focus on showcasing emerging artists, both local and international alike.

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The perfect place to chill out under the summer sun.

Nicola Valley provides a pristine setting hugged by jagged sandy mountains from all sides. A freshwater creek runs through the middle of the venue, separating the festival from the campgrounds and providing attendees a place to cool off in the daytime.

One of the best parts about Bass Coast is the camping culture. A generous amount of space is allotted to campers, many of which secure beachfront property on Friday morning. People go to great lengths to make their three-day pop-up homes cozy, unique and welcoming to all. Highlights included a colourful geodesic dome adorned with hammocks, an aerial hoop and surrounding art installations, and Camp Hugz, which offered an elaborate menu of free hugs to pass-byers.

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Is this real life?

Over the bridge and into the festival was the Cafe, one of Bass Coast’s four stages and the first to turn its speakers on & off each day. The Cafe bumped upbeat bass music for the listening pleasure of hungry patrons munching from a menu of all-organic eats. Many of the options here were raw, gluten-free and/or vegan. The food was so good that I feel obliged to post a picture of the menu (you’re welcome!). I caught Barlee here on Friday night and DJ Abasi’s classic house set on Saturday afternoon, both of which had me groovin’ in the smoothie line-up and coming back for more.

Next to the cafe was the festival’s sanctuary, which had undergone a make-over. Replacing last year’s bright, towering tee-pee was a smaller tent with a pathway and bridge leading to an enclosed space by the creek. Pillows and blankets padded the corners, creating a safe haven for partiers to escape to. The added privacy, dim lighting and relaxing sound of trickling water was enough to make you forget where you were. Sanctuary volunteers were also sent to make rounds of the festival, educating people about available options for harm reduction and handing out condoms.

Past Sanctuary was the Brain, Bass Coast’s designated classroom. Discussions were run throughout the daytime and tailored to the Bass Coast crowd, covering a wide range of unusual topics. Workshops on music and art, such as the sound production and wood-working classes, stuck closer to Bass Coast’s raison d’etre. Others took the opportunity of an open-minded audience to explore ideas around non-monogamy, mind-altering substances and even Chinese metaphysics. As someone who’s interested in naturopathic medicine, I felt particularly sour about missing “Healing Alchemy of Spices & Ayurveda”.

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The most tentacularrr stage of them all!

Down the path a little further was the momentous main stage, a theatre-like permanent structure outfitted with massive wooden tentacles for this year’s theme, Tentacularrr. Invented by organizers, the nonsensical word encouraged attendees to “reach out and explore the world through feeling”. It also made for very interesting costume pieces…

The main stage played host to some of Basscoast’s bigger acts as well as its more elaborate performances. San Francisco’s j.phlip stole the show on Friday night, while Saturday was dominated by illusory dance group Subscura and Bass Coast co-founder the Librarian. On Sunday night the Funk Hunters uplifted crowds with funkadelic beats to make you dance your socks off (if you weren’t already barefoot).

Rotating 3D sacred geometry and a wooden deer skull whose shifting lights responded to heartbeat.

Rotating 3D sacred geometry and a wooden deer skull whose flickering lights responded to your heartbeat.

Bass Coast’s arts district exploded into view just past the vendors, where a multi-coloured forest housed numerous interactive art installations. It was easy to get lost in this hallucinatory playground, as every single piece begged to be played with. Some were more passive, such as the sculptural third spaces that gave attendees a place to kick back and take a break from all the noise. Others required direct intervention, like the cash register-turned DJ controller or the photo booth.

A nod to the rogue DJs of days past.

Pirate Radio

Turning right took you to Pirate Radio, a nod to the rogue DJs of days past. Appearing as something between a castle and a pirate ship, this multi-dimensional stage was outfitted with crow’s nests and tied-up nets, giving partiers all kinds of vantage points from which to enjoy the music.  The dance floor here was a bass-heavy pit of dark and dirty beats. A stacked line-up on Friday night kicked off with Taal Mala followed by Portland’s Eprom and then Mat the Alien, who blew up the PK speakers with a gritty trap set that had my teeth vibrating. Detroit Swindle was one of Sunday’s highlights, though Sabo might’ve won the night as his sunrise set played on late into the a.m. for somewhere around 5 hours straight, making him the final act of Bass Coast 2015 (and a total champ).

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Slay Bay

Closer to the river was Slay Bay, a beachfront paradise nestled beneath a whimsical canopy of shifting lights and patterns. The dangling threads were reminiscent of old man’s beard, or hanging lichen, giving it a playful, forest-grove appeal. The DJ booth was framed by two massive, feathery white wings in an otherworldly display of creative stage design. Slay Bay was always a great place to be, but you really missed out if you happened to miss Saturday’s 2 p.m. reggae jam. With a few clouds in the sky, festival-goers happily took a break from the river to throw down to some Caribbean soul music. DJ Dubconscious kicked off the night shift followed by Alberta-born Smalltown DJs and El Papachango, who killed it with a Latin-inspired set of bass music and hip-hop. JPOD the Beat Chef kept the party going with some bouncy beats on Sunday afternoon, and finished his set by initiating a giant group-hug on the dance floor. This was in response to the marriage proposal that took place on one of the speakers in front of the stage, a real indicator of the love that was in the air. Sunrise sets by Ekali and Michael Red made it impossible to stop dancing, even as the night surrendered to the light around us.

Speaking to the festival’s logistics, both Pirate Radio and Slay Bay had grass-laid dance floors to control the dust; a successful solution to an age-old problem. Free (cold, delicious, glacier) water was provided at designated fill stations, though these were reserved to the festival grounds and not the campgrounds, making it difficult to transport large volumes back to campsites without a wagon. Getting into the festival was as smooth and low-hassle as could be, and line-ups were never an issue – a perk of Bass Coast’s capped headcount. One suggestion for next year might be the addition of a second bridge across the river closer to Slay Bay, as this would eliminate the long walking distance for those camped on the far end.

Finally, I would be committing a grave injustice if I failed to mention the amazing community vibe that sets this festival apart from others in its genre. Not once did I ever feel nervous or threatened – not once did I think twice about ditching my coat by the dance floor or dancing up to a stranger. To put it into perspective for you, within 10 minutes of dropping my wallet I was able to collect it from lost & found. Of the $200 inside, not a single bill was taken. 3000 attendees – 3000 friends.

Thank you Bass Coast Project!

Filthy – Eagle Child

This completely original single was written, produced and performed by Eagle Child (finches&sparrows) of Vancouver, BC. Eagle Child is Christian W. Abt, a Cree/Canadian Producer that hails from Maskwacis, Alberta.

For an even better listening experience, it helps to know the story behind this piece. Eagle Child describes the track as being about a hardcore partier who involuntarily becomes enlightened during a drug trip, forcing him to see himself and the reality around him for what it really is, “filthy”. He goes into a downward spiral of depression, eventually seeking help (illustrated in the rap verses), within which he is critically analyzing himself and the reasoning behind his seemingly thoughtless behavior. He comes to terms with it in the end, accepting that him being a mindless sensation seeker and the filth all around him is just how he is inevitably going to live out — “it doesn’t matter if we matter… we like it filthy.”

Keep an eye on Eagle Child’s Soundcloud to stay up-to-date on future releases and his upcoming album, “Unhealthy”.

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Premiere: Prinze George – Upswing (Dinesh & LioBeats Remix)


For all the reasons we fell in love with an early Flume, is why we fell in love with NYC’s Prinze George’s latest remix received. Punching through and between the originals vocals with huge bursts of triumph Dinesh & LioBeats keep the listener rocking with the Future sounds of our time. Daft Punk’s ‘Robot Rock’ lingers in the back of one’s mind while listening, to a degree. Light drum builds into just as hard glitching hits as the track progresses are a stairway into an affirmation of believing the future is now, and while life isn’t always fair, anything is possible. The track is available for free download for a time. You can listen and compare the original and check the rest of Prinze George’s self titled EP HERE.

Dinesh – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

Prinze George – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Vancouver Arts & Leisure, the Emergence Project, and the Vancity Electronic Underground

Headliners included talent from SHAH DJs and  other major players in Vancouver EDM.

For anyone who’s been following the Vancouver underground rave scene, names like Bizarnival or the Caturday Crew might already be familiar. Likewise, certain venues need no introduction, like the Rickshaw Theatre or Chapel Arts. Two names to add to the vocabulary this summer (if you haven’t already): Vancouver Arts & Leisure and the Emergence Project.

Canada Day saw Emergence’s second event come to fruition at 1965 Main St, where back-door entry meant the party had no curfew. The first thing I noticed was the bleachers set up in the alley for the convenience of those looking to relax in the open air. Inside, the lobby-turned-miniature art gallery hosted rows of shimmering, psychedelic works from local visual artists. Past reception you had your choice of two specially-curated, air-conditioned rooms, each bumping completely different vibes with Application Audio & PK Sound hooking up the bass. The “Tight & Bright” room was the larger of the two – Alex Mei & Perkulat0r’s joint set (Meikulator) was my personal favorite for the night. SHAH Djs mostly dominated the smaller “Red & White” room with enough drums ‘n bass to send you to space. Blowin up the screens in both rooms was DreamJackerz, who provided visuals. But for me, the sense of community at this event was by far its best feature. Being largely dependent on word-of-mouth for its turn-out meant the people showing up weren’t just looking for any party — they were looking for this one.

A guided tour of the VAL revealed to me just how little of the space was actually being used. A third room and an entire sub-level were blocked off, much of which appeared to be awaiting some future TLC. I stumbled upon one unusual corner of the basement where the walls closed in around a slanted, checkerboard floor; it had a slightly-warped, Alice and Wonderland appeal to it. Although admittedly a bit of a fixer-upper (particularly the downstairs), I saw a ton of potential for the VAL to grow into itself as an event space with the capacity to comfortably hold huge crowds and still keep the party going late into the a.m.

With help from all affiliated acts, credit for organizing this all-night basstravaganza goes to Matt Troy of Vancouver Arts & Leisure, Nick Prouten of the Emergence Project, and the talented people over at SHAH Djs. If you couldn’t make it out on Tuesday, don’t let yourself get too hung up over it – Emergence’s next event at the VAL is rumoured to be on an even grander scale, and will be upon us just 10 days from now. On July 17th, the VAL will be hosting Reflektor’s jungle-themed EP release party, ENTROPICA, so grab your ticket now while they’re still cheap!

For more events featuring Vancouver’s best and brightest, like the Emergence Project on Facebook. And while you’re there, show your support for the artists above and hit like for them, too.

Another stacked line-up!

Another stacked line-up!

Bridge – Roll My Weed feat. ScHoolboy Q (Dave Luxe Remix)


On Modern Filths official remix compilation appears non other than Montreal’s Dave Luxe. Having a reputation of remixing works into sultry, bedroom boo wooing tunes, you can expect Dave Luxe to have done just this. Draw the curtains and pour up some caviare, n’ get the papers ready.

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Weekend Jams

Back again with a few noteworthy recent releases! The weekend’s coming, and we’re all getting into gear to turn up (or turn down depending on what you do for a living). A nice little mix of funky RnB / hiphop with Manitee, moving forward into a dope mix from the homies the Funk Hunters, premiered by THUMP. Finishing things up with a new one from yr boys.

Enjoy, and have a great week!

The Daily Dose

Another week gone by – here we are again. 4 days until we can all just chill out. I guess that calls for some new music for your earbuds, right? Here’s some jams that I’ve been kicking it to – hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I do and take them with you on your daily commute.

We’ve got a pretty wide selection from housey, upbeat sounds to darker RnB chill vibes. Dig it.




The Daily Dose

Back again with another fix for your thirsty iPod. Today we’ve got a #dank vibe goin’ on with lots of heavy bass and futuristic sounds.

Plenty o’ feels to go around. Enough chat – more music:





PURPLE BASS II – Kermode’s “New World” Release Party

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Looking to throw down this weekend? The Waldorf is hosting some of Vancouver’s best local electronic talent in a stacked lineup on Friday night! Back by popular demand, Wetcoast is bringing you the second installment of their PURPLE BASS Series, featuring psychedelic bass music, purple decor and giveaways from Wetcoast Threads – Sustainable Clothing. Kermode headlines with his new album, “New World”, a glitchy masterpiece guaranteed to make you wanna move. I can also vouch for a seriously awesome crowd at this event!

Facebook | Line-up:

Kermode (Wetcoast – Vancouver)
*New World Remixes Album Release*
https://soundcloud.com/kermodemusic
https://kermode.bandcamp.com/

MetaphOracle (Kelowna)
https://soundcloud.com/metaphoracle

GDubz (Vibe Alliance – Vancouver)
https://soundcloud.com/gdubz

Akimi (Late Knights Collective)
https://soundcloud.com/akimi-yoshida
HTTPS://SoundCloud.com/lateknightscollective

 

 

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Only 6 weeks ’till Babe Coast and tickets are already half-gone! Attendance is capped at 3000 so if you want to throw down… don’t wait. This festival is owned and run by artists, and showcases both local and international talent.

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Options to escape the heat in the daytime include the cool shade of the trees or the creek running through the festival grounds.

For those looking to experience an outdoor celebration of art & music with a mature & intimate crowd, you’ve come to the right place. Now in its 6th year, Bass Coast boasts world-class audio/visual, seamless logistics, and truly inspired installations & performances.

Last year's theme was Mutiny. Yes, that is a pirate ship coming out of the main stage...

Last year’s theme was “Mutiny”. Yes, that is a pirate ship coming out of the main stage…

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