The Basscoast Mutiny lineup has been revealed, and as expected, it’s stacked with an impressive array of musical talent. For the past three years the Ganjaology team has adventured north into the Canadian wilderness to share in one of the highest vibes parties this side of the Kootenays… and you better believe we’re gearing up for another round!
Year after year the Bass Coast Project continues to amaze, enliven and inspire. Once again, this year The Bass Coast Girls (organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson) have outdone themselves. Performances for this year’s bush session include Addison Groove, Tribe Called Red, Bogl, Cure, D Bridge, Danny Corn, G Jones, J.F. Killah, Kir Mokem, Mat The Alien, Max Ulis, Natasha Kmeto, Nick Wisdom, Philthkids, Self Evident, Sweater Beats, Tank Gyal, Librarian, and Yan Zombie among others!! We’ve listed music from many of the musicians below.
Listen to the sounds and imagine yourself in the forest, the beats filling your auditory field. Notice how you feel as these frequencies are filtered through your receiving centers. Are you inspired? Does the music make you move, make you bow your head and hum… Do these sounds suggest to you love or lust, laughter or longing? Are you sick with excitement?
Whatever the case, our physicians here at Ganjaology Institute prescribe one fat dose of BC trees combined with all manner of creation from raw to refined (super pun here, please smirk responsibly). Coincidentally you can get all this at Bass Coast. Do your body a favor and get up to Merritt, BC this August for Bass Coast 6 Mutiny!
A THOUSAND YEARS
A TRIBE CALLED RED
ANDREW VAN HASSEL
DJ K-TEL SUNDAY SOUL SESSIONS
DJ LORNE B
EL PAPA CHANGO
FORT KNOX FIVE
HEART TO HEART (BRON AND MOE LOWE)
JANOVER & RESUNATOR
JPOD THE BEAT CHEF
KRYSTLE LOVE B
LUCITERRA & CHRIS MURDOCH
MAT THE ALIEN
SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE
THE FUNK HUNTERS
Attention fashionistas ::: This one is for you!
Back in July, I had the opportunity to join the Ganjaology team up north to attend the highly praised Canadian festival, Bass Coast. Here, a vast array of artisans presented their unique goods and I was gifted the chance to sit down with a few vendors in the marketplace, including the lovely Jeni Mack who was joined by her supportive partner, Jonathan. The two generously shared their time, smiles, and wisdom. Jeni Mack represents Piña Styles, JeniMack for Piña, and JeniMack EcoFashion.
Piña Styles is the manifestation of Angie Roussin, who first opened her humble print shop in Ucluelet, B.C. seven years ago. This small coastal town known as Ukee, is where it all began. Piña produces stunning and unique prints of animals from the land and sea, pirate ships, and a vast array of other eye-catching images. Inspired by her younger years raised on sailboats in Vancouver, Piña spent plenty of time with her fisherman father and sea venturing mother. These open ocean vibrations present themselves full force in the most raw, but tender of ways. Printed on environmentally friendly gear, the bold prints contrast oh so perfectly upon cozy hoodies and the softest tees.
Six years ago, Jeni Mack first produced her now infamous cowl neck sweatshirt. With no formal training, Jeni put in the effort and time to create what is now her most successful article offered. Jeni chuckles as she envisions her cowl neck taking over the world – watch out folks, these clothes are off the chain. Adorned with various designs from Piña herself, JeniMack uses eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, hemp and marino wool. Her knowledge and close relationship to the fabrics shines through as she navigates practicality, comfort, and the technical abilities of natural fabrics. To all you men…don’t be fooled by Mack’s feminine touch, she has a way with the male form and I highly recommend you slip into one of her hoodies.
It is important to know that the two ladies are not one entity, but rather two separate, magical beings who work closely together and fuel and support the other. Each woman owns her individual business, but they have created a healthy, flourishing symbiotic relationship of talent and integrity. Both ladies work exclusively with companies who are sweatshop free and sustainable. Designed in Ucluelet and manufactured in Vancouver, B.C., both Pina Styles and Jeni Mack work to stay as local as possible.
I asked Jeni Mack for any wisdom to those of us looking to start our own niche endeavors. She repeated something that had been woven throughout our conversation.
Let this remind us to conciously connect, feed, and nurture all relationships in our lives. Supporting and working with others who share similar truths and integrity will allow our own projects to blossom in honest ways.
As transformational festivals continue to bring us together, we can all find our niche within. Whether we choose the path of performer, musician, artist, healer, merchant, or participant, we are reinforcing a more positive way to conduct ourselves in the world. If at your core foundation, you believe in the integrity of small operations creating consistent, quality products for the community at large, then please support those people who genuinely work this way.
Piña Styles and Jeni Mack are a prime example of how our world is continuing to grow and return to homeostasis. Their small business reaches out, lacing the whimsy of illuminated women, quietly, humbly, and confidently throughout conversations and communities. The eight women involved in running the operation lend their eloquence and love into the clothing, sending their vibration of connection and nurturing ways rippling out through their pieces; our own souls receiving this love as we are enveloped in intentional, gorgeous wearable art.
I full heartedly support these ladies, and express my gratitude to them, and others who are making a difference in their own, unique and beautiful way. Let this inspire us all to take action and reflect the way we really want our world to flow. We are all energetically intertwined and connected. The action of one, affects that of the masses.
Check out the Piña stores in Ucluelet and Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, and keep your eyes and ears open for more to come. Also watch out for this fabulous booth at more festivals next season. Both ladies accept pre-orders, so contact them with any questions or inquiries. You can also find Jeni Mack’s clothing in a select few retail stores throughout British Columbia. Here’s just a few :::
Hemp & Company : Vancouver, BC
Shades of Green : Parksville, BC
Seed Sustainable Style : Regina, Saskatchewan
Be sure to check out more from these ladies at their individual web spaces:
Be free to express yourself!
If you’re not already a part of the Vancouver bass music scene, you likely aren’t yet privy to the distinct sounds of Self Evident. This BC native is known for his high grade, genre flexing DJ sets and masterful production. Sticking mostly to the heady, subterranean type vibes, Self Evident’s sets move through dubstep, future bass, raw dub, trap, footwork, jungle, juke and other ill defined contemporary frequencies. The bottom line is that the man has a knack for creating sonic landscapes which push the musical envelope and create opportunity for vibrating gyrations of the pelvic kind.
I recently had the chance to catch up with Self Evident when he was performing in Seattle. While kicking back and enjoying some classy beverages, we chatted about everything from birds to bees to bass… Check out the interview below.
Also, I’ve included some essential sounds by Self Evident. Feel free to toggle to your hearts desire. Just today, he is releasing his 8 track album, Rubbaman with Really Good Recordings. Be sure to cop that on Beatport!
In just a few short days, Self Evident will be headed up to Merrit for the weekend to participate in BC’s most bossed up bass music festival… Bass Coast. He will be performing among other superb acts including the whole team from Lighta! Sound, the infamous Librarian, Michael Red, Goth Trad, Machinedrum, HxDB, Om Unit, Dan Solo, Daega Sound, DJ Cure, Neightbour, Mat The Alien, Random Rab, The Fungineers, Alphabets Heaven, Calamalka, and many more. If you’re going, don’t miss Self Evident’s solo set along with the Lighta! Reggae Jam…
Here’s the interview. Big up and many thanks to Ben for his kindness in sharing with us!
GANJAOLOGY: Alright… We are here in Seattle. This is Mickey Mars with Ganjaology. I’m here with Self Evident. He’s from Vancouver BC. So do you want to just tell us a little bit about yourself?
SELF EVIDENT: Self Evident. Vancouver BC. Representing Lighta Sound!.
GANJAOLOGY: Nice. Very nice. Welcome. So ya, this is your first night playing in Seattle?
SELF EVIDENT: Ya
GANJAOLOGY: Nice. Well we are looking forward to checking it out. I hope you are enjoying your time in Seattle so far.
SELF EVIDENT: It’s beautiful here.
GANJAOLOGY: Great! Let’s start with the basics. How did you originally get into music?
SELF EVIDENT: Definitely having older siblings helps, like my brother’s four years older than me, and he got into electronic music pretty early. He introduced me to a lot of seriously old school dance music which gave me sort of that leg up that a lot of those british guys have, as far as knowing about electronic music when they were kids. And then… How did I get into shit?
GANJAOLOGY: Did you play any instruments in school?
SELF EVIDENT: I did, I was a musician. I was in a few bands, like playing guitar and stuff. And I guess Max had DJ’d for a long time, I’ve been producing for a long time. And then we sort of traded off those skills a little bit, so that helped. And then, a huge influence was when my brother did a Tuesday weekly called Grime Sessions out of the back room in Shine Night Club in Vancouver, and that still has such a huge impression on me. I used to go to every Tuesday and get really drunk and dance super hard to grime music, and I still… that’s probably the biggest influence on me besides like, dancehall is pretty big for me. But grime does something deep inside of me that I can’t explain, like more than any other style.
GANJAOLOGY: Nice, that’s funny. Well my next question was what is your biggest inspiration, haha…
SELF EVIDENT: Well I still collect grime on vinyl. It’s like one of my hobbies. I have a pretty serious vinyl grime collection, and also UKG and two step. Still collect that on vinyl.
GANJAOLOGY: Any specific artists?
SELF EVIDENT: Ahhhh… Nope.
GANJAOLOGY: Nice. Perfect. Haha. That’s awesome man, well we’re looking forward to seeing what you play tonight.
SELF EVIDENT: I guess hip-hop is a huge influence on me too. Gangster stuff. I remember, I think, that my brother bought this NWA tape, “Hundred Miles and Runnin'” And back then you actually had to be of a certain age to buy a thing that was explicit material. I remember him buying that. I couldn’t have bought it at the time. And listening to it. That was a big influence for sure. Lot’s of hip hop. Big influence.
GANJAOLOGY: My mom made me return the Cash Money Millionaires, Juvenile album.
SELF EVIDENT: Oh my god, hahaha. Hilarious.
GANJAOLOGY: Right!? Anyway, I’ve seen you perform a couple times. Always in Canada. I gotta say Canada is unbelievable. The bass scene up there is pretty awesome. Vancouver primarily, but Canada in general. So what can you say about that?
SELF EVIDENT: Ya, I feel really blessed with what’s going on in Vancouver right now. We’ll even get headliners in from London who are like… The scene is even more into the music than in England. You know what I mean, like really dedicated fans. And not only that but fans that know their shit. Like I learn shit from my fans. “You need to check out this” or “you need to check out that” They’re on to it. And their really… Maybe a lot of conditioning from the early Dub Forms parties, but people are open to hear something that they never heard before. They’re almost expecting that from me and from other DJs, you know. They’re ready to give me the fucking, “What the fuck is that shit stuff”
GANJAOLOGY: Ya that’s awesome! So ya, we spoke a little bit about your brother, but I have to ask. Obviously you guys are connected. I’ve seen you at the same events, doing the same shows, stuff like that. You came out with the Eastsiders EP last year, which was awesome! That one track has been echoing in my head all summer.
SELF EVIDENT: “Numba One Stunna?”
SELF EVIDENT: Oh Nice
GANJAOLOGY: “Move ya, Move, Move…” Like aaahhhh. So do you guys have any new releases that you’ve been working on together?
SELF EVIDENT: Working on lots of stuff with my bro. He’s very meticulous about what he puts out so don’t know when that stuff will surface. Really stoked for my collabos with Subcorr. Double Intention is our R&B one, and Blockout is the grime one that we’re working on. Those are going along really well.
GANJAOLOGY: Nice. Are those going to be EPs or full length?
SELF EVIDENT: We have a whole album produced with the R&B one. We’re just working with a vocalist right now to write some songs. And then the Blockout one, we have about five or six tunes just about done. Just about to start chopping them to labels. Grime with a little bit of dubstep with a future kind of influence.
GANJAOLOGY: Nice that’s awesome. Ya I think one of the things that has majorly impressed me personally is your ability to transition between different genres, and really to just bring a certain level of play. It’s like your sound, but yet you’re moving through a lot of different stuff. I wanted to ask specifically about the Wepa! album. I heard that and it’s just way different, and super cool. So would you tell us a little bit about that one.
SELF EVIDENT: Ya, I met this guy Will Eede from Argentina, and my buddy Dustin (Gameboy) spent a little time in Mexico. And they kinda had a history with Cumbia music and they introduced me to Cumbia, and it was really intersting. Anytime I hear something that’s like so out of the pallet that I know, it’s always like wow. There’s something I can take from that. Whenever I hear something super fresh, I instantly have to go and make something with that influence right away. Anyway, through working with them got super influenced by a lot of the Latin artists. Chancha Via Circuito, Super Guachin, Black Mandingo. But right now kinda working on a little bit of a druggy, trippy sort of indiginious music influenced thing with Will Eede. And then, with Gameboy, we’re hopefully gonna be doing a project with Lido Pimienta who’s out of Toronto. Really, really talented singer who’s originally out of Columbia. So that’s on the horizon for that.
GANJAOLOGY: Cool, Nice.
SELF EVIDENT: And if possible, I’d like to mention my co-lab with Yan Zombie that we’re working on right now. It’s like some mad Dr. Dre Chronic shit meets future bass. Really, really excited for that. That man is a king on the keyboards. Which kinda gives me that thing which I don’t have quite yet, which is that live keyboard playing.
GANJAOLOGY: Great. So I’ve seen you a couple festivals as well as clubs. Do you have a specific favorite place to play or general vibe that you like?
SELF EVIDENT: Ya, my brother’s night’s at Open Studios are pretty legendary. Just such a good vibe there. He always puts together a great lineup. Michael Red of course used to put on the Dub Forms parties there in the really early dubstep days, bringing all the early dubstep innovators before people were on to that shit. So that space is amazing. Obviously I have my monthly at the Astoria which is a little more grubby gangsta style.
GANJAOLOGY: What’s the name of that night?
SELF EVIDENT: That’s a good question. I’ve been doing it for over a year now and I still don’t have a name for my monthly. Haha, I actually thought about one while laying in bed last night… And I forgot it. I though it was the one though. It will come back to me. Thinking of a name for something is hard!
GANJAOLOGY: Any big plans for the summer, plans for the year? Anything you are particularly excited about?
SELF EVIDENT: Well Bass Coast Festival of course. Probably… As far as like, for real heads, future heads… I don’t see another lineup in all of North America which has that much quality at the top of it. You know what I mean? Like, not just… I don’t want to name names, but not just shit that the masses are into or know about. You know, like stuff that the real heads wanna see super bad. It’s just a massive lineup, in that sense. Andrea, her taste in music… To have someone picking all the music like that, it’s awesome.
GANJAOLOGY: Yes. Very excited. We’ll be there for sure.
SELF EVIDENT: It’s weird. It’s the only festival I’m playing this year though. I go five last year so…
GANJAOLOGY: You’re pushing the production then, huh?
SELF EVIDENT: Working on it, ya. Oh for sure. Working on a whole album right now. It’s kinda grime, dubstep, kinda thing. It’s weird, there’s a wickid resurgence in dubstep right now. Proper dubstep is coming back. People like Kahn obviously. He’s a big part of why this is coming about. A lot of people are like, “Oh shit. I wanna hear this again” Daega has been saying it to me for a couple months, or even longer than that. I just played in New York City for a guy that does a monthly called Reconstruct, They have a serious following for proper dubstep in NYC right now. Their shows are selling out and they’re bringing all those big names again, and they’re doing it proper.
GANJAOLOGY: Anything you care to share that you haven’t said already?
SELF EVIDENT: August 23rd I’m doing a show at the Astoria with Monolithium from Victoria, and Bevvy Swift from Montreal, and Crusha who just got a release on Mad Decent! And Kimmy K, it will be one of her first sets. She’ll be opening up. Should be good. I think that’s it. And shout out to HxDB, everyone in Lighta! of course, Librarian… Who else should I shout out? Oh my god, they’ll hate me. Ok that’s about it.
GANJAOLOGY: Awesome. Thanks!
We are so so excited to be headed up to Bass Coast this year. The festival for future heads is here. This one’s not for the masses. Alternatively, this event is for those that know their electronic dance music. Those that aren’t afraid to experiment with frequency. Those that are moved not just by the music, but by the community, by the sanctity of the forest and by their own personal connection to the sound. Here we have an exclusive tune, free to download, courtesy of the proper dubstep kings out of Vancouver, Daega Sound. Check it!
Get more info and free tunes by heading over to the Bass Coast website… Right Cheaa!
It’s a wonder how frequently we allow the frequencies of our daily lives to govern our emotions and send us into swirling patterns of ever rolling tides. As I begin to awake to the reality that my experience is simply a song, a beautiful sonnet of intermingling notes, chords and phrases – I find the importance of filling my ear space with uplifting sound.
With the many opportunities for listening, it is sometimes difficult to choose the frequencies that we allow to penetrate. For those out there, that share my excitement in cutting through the illusion – I recommend the music of Michael Red. This Vancouver-based dance floor don, also happens to be one of the West Coast’s leading sound scientists. His work with the Low Indigo project is truly an experiment in the science of sound, a testing ground for new found frequencies.
Is it true what they say about the possibility that we can heal through sound? While this music may not be specifically targeted at healing any specific trauma, I feel that there is deep healing power and spiritual significance in these sounds. Tune in to Low Indigo with Michael Red’s Lowi 1&2, and allow yourself to truly listen. Everyone will have a different experience.
What is yours?
Be sure to catch Michael Red this summer at one of his many exciting festival dates including Bass Coast and Shambhala among others. He is famous for his early morning sets, so don’t sleep. Or wake up early…
If you happen to be in Portland this evening, be sure to check out the premier screening of the Bloom Series. The Bloom, which will be shown tonight at The Academy Theatre, is a special opportunity to tune in to the Fundamental Frequencies with which our emerging culture resonates. Director Jeet-Kei Leung and his team have been around the globe gathering footage and interviews in an effort to document the cultural renaissance that is occurring through the advent of Transformational Festivals.
Tonight is the flagship screening in Portland which will be followed by US screenings in Denver, Worcester, Austin, Minneapolis and Seattle along with Canadian screenings in Victoria, Calgary, Vancouver, Enderby and Ottowa. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to link, laugh, love and elaborate on all the wonderful ideas that make our reality so enlivening. See you there!
When it comes to music that resonates your soul as deeply as it rattles your speakers, the frequencies radiating from Vancouver native Bevvy Swift are truly turned up and tuned in. Since his start as a DJ and producer in 2004, Bevvy has focused primarily on creating hip hop influenced bass music. Incorporating sounds from the future into rhythms of the past, Bevvy’s compositions are as deep rooted as they are high tech.
His work with DJ partner Shaun Galaugher and their duo Glitchy & Scratchy has been a platform for which Mr. Swift has been able to turn up the dial on his musical output. Together, through a combination of in depth studio work and many club and festival dates across Canada, the pair has an impressive resume of both performance and production. We had the distinct pleasure of catching these two together for the first time at a NYE after-after-house-party on New Years Day in Vancouver in 2011.
Though much of his creations may be dance focused, siding on the glitchy trip hop – Bevvy Swift is by no means a man of shallow ears. His mix series Feelings, which we are featuring here, can attest to his deep knowledge of the power of sensitivity, emotion and love when incorporated into music. The three part series features songs which paint emotional landscapes for the listener. With an intimate connection to each tune, Bevvy has moved from DJ to story teller with this series. Let these sounds sink in as they wash over you, and pay attention to what you feel. Are you too, moved by this music?
We had a chance to speak with Bevvy about the Feelings mix series, giving him the opportunity to provide his own account of the project. We also touched on his recent endeavors, upcoming projects and plans for 2013. Let’s here what he had to say!
GANJAOLOGY : What’s up. Let’s start with what’s your name, where you from? Any musical affiliations to note, labels, partnerships, etc.
BEVVY : Bevan Marco Ruebsaat Bartlett, born march 3rd, 1986, Grace Hospital, Vancouver BC. I’ve been going by Bevvy Swift since I started DJing in 2004, while Glitchy & Scratchy came about a few years later. I’ve released music with San Francisco’s Muti Music; Vancouver-based label East Van Digital; and GlitchHopForum.com’s sister label, Woofercookers.
GANJAOLOGY : How long have you been involved in music? Tell us a bit about your roots.
BEVVY : My parents were traveling folk singer/teachers before they settled down to have kids – so needless to say music has been a huge part of my life since day one. I started collecting records at age 5 (the beatles mostly), and started playing guitar at 13. Around the same time I fell in love with hip hop, and was lucky enough to be in a high school that was just starting a digital music composition program. I wanted to make beats for lyrics, but most of the rappers in my school either sucked or wanted some mainstream ass beats or both, so production at that phase was not taken too seriously. I was experimenting with sounds and having a great time doing it. Once I got out of high school I got my first job, and turntables were the first thing I bought. I spent the next couple of years gigging around vancouver’s rave scene mostly, playing breakbeats, hip-hop, and drum n bass. During that time I met and befriended DJ Global (aka El Mongoose, aka the Greenskeeper, aka the other half of Glitchy & Scratchy) and he lit a little fire under my ass to get writing beats again. Our idea was to take the elements we liked from the rave stuff (big bass, punchy drums, blippy, drippy synths) and write hip-hop beats for the future. Once we realized that someone, somewhere might actually want to hear what we were doing, it was game on!
GANJAOLOGY : Your bio says, “Bevvy draws from the electronic sounds of the past to make the hip hop of the future.” Tell us about some of these influences.
BEVVY : Videogames and sci-fi mostly. I grew up without TV, and thus found myself very susceptible to its influence when exposed. I was deeply intrigued by people in the past speculating about what the future was going to be like. Games like Metroid, Contra, Chrono Trigger; movies like Dune, Star Wars, Total Recall… It was like this beautiful marriage of nostalgia and possibility, and i think those are two things that influence my music more than most.
GANJAOLOGY : Tell us about your involvement in the BC Bass scene. What makes the culture so rich?
BEVVY : As soon as I started going to raves around age 16, I knew I wanted to get my hands dirty. I used to help promoter friends flyer, that kind of thing; started DJing very soon after that. I didn’t put on any shows of my own until 2007, when Global and I teamed up with fellow glitch hop producers J.Me.J and Application to form the Integrated Grime Unit, whose purpose was to make sure everyone in Vancouver knew about this awesome new style of music… haha, and then the world! At that time, the old guards of broken beat – DnB & breakbeats – were fast losing peoples interest, and dubstep was just catching hold of vancouver’s underground. It is much thanks to other local sound pioneers (namely vancouver’s “Lighta!” boys), and the musical open-mindedness of the day that we were able to reach anybody.
GANJAOLOGY : I caught your sets at Bass Coast and Shambhala this past year. What other festivals did you play? 2012 highlights?
BEVVY : In 2012 I played at Loki Music Festival, Diversity, Sync, as well as Basscoast and Shambles… hope i’m not missing any. Diversity was my fave time this summer i think. So low key and relaxed, only getting ravey when called for. Shambles & Basscoast are always a good time too, no surprises there. I love driving long distances – and post-festival driving, when everyone else is passed out. It’s one of my favorite times to be alive!
GANJAOLOGY : Today we are listening to your Feelings mix series. The selections are a bit more deep and lovey than what you usually play. Any words to go along with the sounds?
BEVVY : Big personal paradigm shift for me this year, further in the direction of disclosure and honesty. Disclosure as in saying what you truly feel, and honesty, as in truly meaning what you say. The tunes included in the series are all very close to my heart, so much so that if asked, I could tie a specific emotional experience to each one… but don’t ask. My first few weeks in montreal left me listening to my “on repeat” playlist and steeping in all these feelings, and it felt like i needed to do something to release – to get it out there – so i could move forward, musically and personally. I never thought recording mixes would take so much out of me, but i am infinitely glad it did. If we dont let music affect us, what’s the point in listening? And by the same token, if we don’t let life affect us, what is the point in being alive? Open that heart thingy. You’d be surprised what finds its way in.
GANJAOLOGY : The wisdom creeps in. This is very true. Any upcoming events or festivals on the horizon?
BEVVY : Late march will see me open for NASTYNASTY in Montreal; all night, secret location! That same week I’ll be playing at a graffiti battle. I had a chance to play at the last graff event my first week here, and was blown away. Montreal has a really diverse arts scene, one I wish I had more time to get deeper involved in. As for summer 2013, only time will tell…
GANJAOLOGY : Surely it will. You have an upcoming release, want to talk about that?
BEVVY : Sure! on March 12th, Muti Music (home of Herobust, ill-Esha, Mimosa, Ill Gates, R/D…) is putting out an EP of remixes from my first album, Monochrome. On the release are diverse re-workings from label boss Dov, BC future music homies HxDB (who is going to be here in MTL soon), and the Philthkids, with a leftfield/dancefloor hybrid from cali native, Hypha. as i said, its pretty diverse for a four track ep, but thats the true beauty of remixes.
I also have a remix for the homey Mylesaway coming early summer on Mat the Alien’s imprint, Really Good Recordings. Myles goes deep and dark with this release, and my remix of his Badman Drone is probably one of the heaviest tunes ive ever written – so much so, that i was considering releasing it under one of my many yet-imaginary aliases.
GANJAOLOGY : Looking forward to hearing all that! What more can we expect in 2013?
BEVVY : My next album for muti is in the works, keep an eye out for that later this year. Chunky drums, neck-snap rhythms, and funky ass basslines. Future retro shit. I also have a couple of side projects on the go, which may at some point this year become front projects. Late night stuff, vocal stuff. Late night vocal stuff.
Big Shout to Bevvy for all his hard work and willingness to share his thoughts.
Today he celebrates his 27th birthday.
Happy Birthday Bevvy!
Much love and respect from the whole team here at…
FEELINGS (a love story) full tracklisting:
AND THEN IT WAS OVER….
Lift You Up………………………………………ViLLΛGE
Another Girl [Machinedrum rmx]…………Jacques Greene
Pyramids (epic ass video version)…………Frank Ocean
Bottle Service [ft. Shlomo]…………………..Groundislava
See You In The Morning……………………..Anxious Forbes
Alone [Kastle rmx]…………………………….JMSN
Columbia Clock & Dagger Pt. 2……………Aalo Guha
I’m God…………………………………………..Clams Casino
PT. 2 – OVER (& over & over)
3rd Soul…………………………………………Jim-E Stack
Nothing Between Us…………………………ViLLΛGE
Roll With The Punches………………………Peverelist
Forgive Me (for messin’ up)……………….Two Inch Punch
On My Roost……………………………………Shoulda
Ol’ Lady Love Songs………………………….Imaginations Treetrunk
PT. 3 – HEAD (over heels)
Ode to Bear……………………………………Mount Kimbie
Fifth Ave………………………………………..Gold Panda
Right on Time…………………………………B.Bravo
Trying to Get Over…………………………..Prison Garde
Pad Kontrol…………………………………….Georgia Anne Muldrow
Orbit162………………………………………..Decepticon Bootleg Machine
Get Free……………………………………..Major Lazer ft. Amber
DJ Cure – Dub Selekta Podcast & Ganjaology Exclusive Interview [Residual Frequencies from Bass Coast 2012]
Many ancient cultures used rhythm and dance to draw out the negative energies that cause illness. The once great shaman figure which appeared in every tribe often doubled as a musician. The sound of the drum reminds us of the universal heart beat. The rattle reminds us of our breath. Moving the body in sync with the energies of the cosmic sound provides all the healing necessary for a life of health and positivity, full of abundance and free of illness.
Today, there is a movement in which the shamanic energies are awakening, but not in the way that many would expect. Rather than using the traditional tools, these modern day mystics are spreading sound as their potion, rhythm as their antidote, and bass as their blessing.
Here we have an awesome example of the healing power of music. DJ Cure of Vancouver, BC has graced us yet again with an impressive display of talented mixing, production, and organization of some superb bass. This mix for Dub Selekta features a simply stunning array of production artists, many of whom have worked with DJ Cure’s own Aufect Recordings. The multi-tempo mix features tracks by HxdB & Ryan Wells, Nina Kraviz, Philthkids, Justin Martin, Bassmynt, Dan Solo, Hudson Mowake and more.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with DJ Cure this August at Bass Coast where we chatted about birds, bees and bass. Though it hasn’t been posted yet, this is definitely an interview worth sharing. Who couldn’t use a little residual Bass Coast in their life. This is a gentle reminder that this weekend marks the BCE (Bass Coast Equinox). We now begin the count down to Bass Coast 2013. Don’t miss it!
Interview with DJ Cure – Bass Coast 2012
GANJAOLOGY : This is Mickey Mars of Ganjaology, and we’re here – in the forest – with DJ Cure. Do you want to just state your name and where you’re from…
DJ CURE : Ya, DJ Cure. Repping Vancouver, Aufect Recordings and Lighta Sound.
GANJAOLOGY : We’re here at Bass Coast 2012. What’s here that you think is worth talking about?
DJ CURE : It’s totally a celebration of community. Lots of local talent as well as worldwide talent. Just all good things basically.
GANJAOLOGY : We’ve heard some excellent music. Any standout acts?
DJ CURE : I like Danny Corn’s set. Machine Drum was good. Who else? Looking forward to D-Bridge, Christian Martin was good last night too.
GANJAOLOGY : Very nice. I hear you head up a music label. Do you want to talk a little bit about that?
DJ CURE : I run Aufect Recordings… been around since 2008. Right now we’re releasing mainly future bass kinda stuff, little bit of house. But bass-centric kinda stuff. Hybrid I guess. Check us out, Aufect.com!
GANJAOLOGY : Awesome! So, what can you say about the community here at Bass Coast!
DJ CURE : Oh man… It’s like where to begin really. There’s so much talent here. Just even local stuff. This is the one party i look forward to every year. Nothing really like it. It’s a bit smaller than Shambhala or some of the other festivals around here. You get the nice tight knit vibe… lots of celebrating of great local talent too!
GANJAOLOGY : Thanks for sharing, One Love.
Big up the the man with the antidote! Thanks to DJ Cure for dropping these booty shaking, simply delicious, syrup sippin’ selections to keep us feeling good. Here’s a taste of what he was serving up at Bass Coast this past year.
For those that don’t know, Bass Coast is a magical gathering of souls that takes place along the Elaho River in Squamish, BC each August. The gathering features the brightest and the best musicians of British Columbia’s undeniable bass scene along with some superior international talent. Check the link below for more info!
I bought this release a few months back and it’s been on my mind and in my ears ever since. Vancouver-based musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein have come together to create a sound that can only be labeled extraordinary. Aptly titled Evy Jane, this project is sure to spark flames with it’s seductive and tantalizing tones. Evelyn’s beautiful flowing lyrics gently intertwined with Jeremiah’s delicate feathery rhythms create an atmosphere of pure bliss.
With an outstanding display of creative remixing, this is easily one of my favorite releases of 2012. The album is available for purchase from King Deluxe directly and includes remixes from Max Ulis, Taal Mala, Andy Dixon, and Julian Mier. If you’re as impressed as I am, do it proper and buy it on wax!
Here are some new free downloads from one of the most outstanding producers in Vancouver, Self Evident. You’ve heard his name before, or maybe not…either way…start clicking download! These are some of the best free tunes I’ve heard in a minute.
Ill-Esha has been known for making some of the funkiest and moving gltich-hop this world has ever seen. This mini mix entitled Making Friends At Altitude, is just another display of the talent this West Coast based producer poses. Here is what Ill-Esha has to say about this mix in her own words…
“The “Imaginary Friends” 6-track EP was released on Muti Music on November 1st and is a painted sonic daydream of wishful thinking and intention. The product of years of self-induced solitude, this was the love I always wanted to have in my life and it was my sole way of expressing it to others from the depths of the studio.
“Altitude Sickness” is a brand new, 4-track unreleased EP written as a love letter to the state of Colorado and the transformation it has affected throughout my life. Paying homage to the raging glitch hop basslines and midtempo funky vibes of the mountains, but also the sincerity, love and pure energy that its people have shown me and inspired in me.
I thought I’d weave the two EPs together to make this minimix, and throw in a verbal layer of friends both real and imaginary through acapellas. Featuring three of my extremely talented MC friends – ProbCause (Chicago), Chadio Treetrunk (Vancouver) and Joe Mousepad (San Francisco) – plus some people I wish I actually knew, I hope you enjoy this montage of original music and fresh energy!!!”
Cover Art excerpted from Aaron Geeraert’s piece created specially for the track “Imaginary Friends”
Tracklist (All Tracks Produced by ill-esha, x = acapella)
The Only Cure (Imaginary Friends)
Mood Swings (Imaginary Friends) x ProbCause “Flex” (The Recipe, Bonafyde)
Imaginary Friends (Imaginary Friends)
Lakeside (Imaginary Friends) x ill-esha “When The Bass Drops” (original w/I-Cue, Envloop)
Altitude Sickness (Altitude Sickness) x Chadio Treetrunk “Victoria Block” (unreleased)
Tropic Thunder (Imaginary Friends) x Joe Mousepad “Chicken Scratch” (Joe Mousepad vs Glitch Hop, Street Ritual)
Oxytocin ft. Ronnie Sumrall (Altitude Sickness)
Capricious Nights (Altitude Sickness) x Outkast “Ms. Jackson”
SwaySway (Imaginary Friends) x Aaliyah “Rock The Boat”
Mountain Opus ft. Samuel Wexler (Altitude Sickness)
Vancouver based dance DJ, Frum Later partners with fellow Van City kid Self Evident in this stellar, cellar track. Cellar meaning from the basement, where the wine is kept. It’s kinda cool, kinda dark, kinda sweet. Most of all, just right.
Enjoy this tasty tune for the heads!
Dash EXP & Ganjaology are proudly bringing you the BLACKFRIDAY Mixtape. Featuring original tracks and remixes from himself and supporting artists such as Starkey, UZ, Antiserum, Djunya, and Banditz (Ganjaology), Dash EXP is taking you down a 45 minute bass packed adventure that touches on the sounds of today’s bass music movement. Unlike everything else that’s just on sale today, this mix is absolutely FREE. Whether your favorite sounds stem from hip-hop, dubstep, house, or techno, you’ll find Dash EXP brings a little of something for everyone with his BLVCK FRIDVY MIXTAPE. Check it!
BLVCK FRIDVY MIXTAPE
mixed by DASH EXP
01 Fuck The World INTRO (Gucci Mane x Future)
02 ƱZ x CRNKN – Booty 2 The Ground
03 Dash EXP vs Tony Goods – Lose it (VIP Mix)
04 Antiserum & Djunya – Soul Gravy
05 Suzie Homewrecker – M.O.E. (Token Remix)
06 Juicy J – U Trippy Mane (Huggy Bear Remix)
07 ETC!ETC! & Brillz – Swoop
08 Mista Hyde – G#1
09 Rick Ross vs ƱZ – Hustlin (Big Once’s Blend)
10 Steve Starks – Room Keys & Bitches
11 Rockie Fresh – You A Lie (CRNKN & Branchez Remix)
12 Abrasion Equation – Dark Matter (Dash EXP Remix)
13 Sam Tiba – Dem Thirsty
14 Quantic – Mishaps Happening (Flux Pavillion Remix)
15 Tyga – Lap Dance (JWLS Bootleg)
16 Mykki Blanco – Haze.Boogie.Life
17 Dash EXP – Trimmin’
18 Dash EXP – Emergency
19 Son of Kick x Foreign Beggars x Virus Syndicate – EOW (Starkey Remix)
20 Kanji Kinetic – Jiinx
21 Starkey – DPMO ft Trim
22 ¡El Cucuy! – Thug Theogony
23 Future – Turn On The Lights (Dash EXP Bootleg)
24 Starkey – Thugs
25 Dash EXP – 2 Real
26 RL Grime – Flood
27 Banditz – Dat Ass
28 Klever – Alright
Summer vibes never die! Just as the rain is getting ready to star penetrating deep into the souls of everyone in the North West and Snow is beginning to fall out East, one of West Canada’s most prominent bass music artists, Self Evident, has just released a dancehall mix that preaches the energy of every summer. This 30 minute mix could inspire thoughts of what’s to come in the summer of 2013…or…it can trigger all the positive memories of this past year, 2012, and years prior. Any inspiration you take away from this mix is going to be good. Embrace the sounds that Self Evident is spreading!
Aptly named for the feline Egyptian protector goddess, Van City selector Bastet is holding it down on the feminine divinity bass tip. This early morning mix will give you a taste of how this lady gets down.
Be sure to send love and support!
This weekend Vancouver, BC will see the the twelfth installment of The New Forms Festival. The city-wide event will bring about a multitude of creative intelligence in a dynamic array of music, art, science and culture. Stemming from a seed planted more than a decade ago, The New Forms Festival has blossomed into an organism of beauty and brilliance.
For any of you Seattle-ites that just can’t wait for Decibel Festival, I would recommend heading up to VanCity to catch a few nights of intelligent bass. Both Decibel and New Forms are a part of an international network of non-profit festivals called ICAS, which promotes the development of advanced culture through music and sound, art and expression, and creativity and connection.
Among those performing are some of particular interest to me including Kode9, Sinjin Hawke and Teebs to name a few. Check the NFF website for a full listing, and take a listen to the mix here. Big up to Michael Red for not only mixing these tunes, but also taking part as a curator for the event.
I remember when “Number One Stunna” was originally released on the Big Tymers album I Got That Work with Cash Money Millionaire Records… Back when I still didn’t know the true meaning of the word work. The album had me hooked. I couldn’t take the disc out of the deck, except maybe to trade it for Lil Waynes OG classic The Block is Hot. Or I guess of Course Juvenile’s 400 Degrees.
Hmmm. Those were the days.
Once again, the words of the infamous pair Manny Fresh and Birdman grace my ear space, but this time accompanied by the seductive sounds of a smashing Self Evident production. The man really went to work on this tune and turned up the frequency on this Cash Money classic. I swear the following phrase echoed in my head all of Shambhala:
MOO MUH MOO MUH MOO MOO MUH MOO MUH MOO MOOVE YA THANG!
“Numba One Stunna” is a part of the long awaited Eastsiders EP by brothers Max Ulis and Self Evident.
The EP dropped today.
DO YOU GOT THAT WORK?
We are almost packed for Bass Coast and its time for a breather. I was thinking I could just play this Mini Mix by Librarian to get cooled off before continuing the pre-festi planning party. Man was I wrong… I hit play and before I knew it I was juking around in my living room with the windows open and my stereo speakers singing!
Andrea Graham, better known as the Librarian makes magic with this stellar mix recorded just last week at the Bassment Stage at Bass Coast. She’s been at the festival grounds in Squamish, BC most of the summer getting things ready for the exciting gathering coming up this weekend. Like most librarians of our time, Andrea spends most of the year organizing. But don’t get it twisted, this Librarian is not concerned with Dewey Decimals. As the artistic director at Bass Coast, Andrea is responsible to make sure that everything is in order, stacked neatly and correctly shelved. This job is particularly difficult considering that each artist in the Bass Coast lineup couldn’t be placed inside a box if we tried.
When she’s not working to provide us with one of the most musically diverse bass gatherings in the North West, the Librarian is sharing knowledge with those willing to listen. Through her dynamic style encompassing all genres of bass, the Librarian brings an energy unparalleled by any I can name. This mix incorporates flowing melodic rhythms with some future dub, juke, fancy footwork, and other sexy selections. Be aware before listening, this mix is sure to make you move.
We will be covering Bass Coast as media reps this year and cannot say how stoked we are. While tightly tuned and terrifically creative, the music and activities at Bass Coast are sure to serve us in our quest for knowledge and study of expression. See you there!
Thanks to Dub Selekta for promoting this extraordinary mix series.
Set it – Dream Continuum
Move Her – Trap Arnold
Numba One Stunna – Self Evident
On Patrol – Dan Solo
Delirium – Nguzunguzu
Circles – Adam F (Phillip D Kick Footwork edit)
Al-Sham – Ra Cailum
Cbat – Hudson Mohawke
Komodo – Salva
Money To Blow (Bootleg) – Deebs
Tic Tac Toe -(Krampfhaft Remix) – Halp
Spheroid – HxdB vs Daega Sound (Forthcoming Crude)
Can’t Take It – Desto
Hello – Clicks & Whistles
Fossils – Point B
Skip A Beat (Tom Richman Mix) – Anna Love
Bob Ya Head – Dreams
Crusade – Sinjin Hawke
Shawty – Teeth
Back Home – Mr Geography
Nimh – Myrryrs
Gold Drip – C.Z.
Bug In The Rug – Daega Sound
Look Like – Scared Striker
Enter The Wardrobe (RocCazba Remix) – Montgomery Clunk
Offkey – Blackwax
Pencil Pimp – Sepalcure
Congo Blade Runner – Krampfhaft
Ily – Kahn
PS :: Be sure to listen all the way through. The last track by Kahn is one of my favorites!
PSS :: BIG UP TO FRAGILE CASTLE FOR THE BASS COAST ART ABOVE!!
This mix is a treasure and is certainly one of a kind. If you don’t know, Mandai is one of the extraordinary female DJs representing Vancouver’s Lighta! Sound System. The mix was meant as a tribute to Mandai’s recent birth to Lighta!’s newest little BassBaby, and was recorded with her young child strapped to her body. The mix consists of some rare dancehall from Mandai’s personal collection that she has been developing over years of traveling around Africa and Jamaica, along with some Lighta! originals. Enjoy and be sure to show your support!
July is upon us. In the year of the dragon, us Americans will be celebrating the 236th year of our independence as a country on July 4th. Along with all the days off work, proud emotions, arguably some of the most epic BBQ’s world-wide, and an incomparable amount of fireworks going off nation wide, the 4th of July is known to many as a reason to throw the most outlandish parties imaginable. This year there is a special treat for the bass music community not only in the United States, but around the world…
On Tuesday, July 3rd, Intelepaths will be releasing their debut EP, entitled Neon Arrows, through Critical Beats. Made up of Ill-esha, and Unlimited Gravity (aka two of the West coasts most well known glitchy/dubby/hip-hoppy/all-around-awesome artists around), Intelepaths is a brand new project and a brand new name, constructed of two bass music veterans. Both Unlimited Gravity and Ill-esha have a very steady and enthusiastic following which seems to have already launched this project into the “sucessful” realm of things. Upon hearing about the beginning of Intelepaths from Ill-esha herself a couple months ago, I was immediately intrigued by the sound that these two would produce together and had a feeling it may be a sound unheard before.
“2 people doing live singing, rapping, looping…we both produce” was what I was told. And that is exactly what has been delivered…and a whole lot more…
Made up of 5 songs, Neon Arrows is an INCREDIBLY different take on what you’ve been hearing in glitch-hop. Combing their beautiful harmonized voices, over top beatbox recordings, over the funkiest of bass lines, backed by the thickest, crispiest drums, and topped off with an orchestral ambiance, Intelepaths have crafted a sound that they can genuinely call their own.
You all heard the preview of what was on the way with Intelepath’s cover of Adina Howard’s Freak Like Me. I don’t doubt that this will be one of the most sought after releases from Critical Beats this year. In TWO days you’re able to get your copy of Intelepaths debut EP Neon Arrows to properly set off your 4th of July with the fireworks of their sound.
Until then…enjoy the previews!
(CRITICAL BEATS HAS AN INCREDIBLE PROJECT GOING! LEARN ABOUT THEM AND SUPPORT THEM!)