Berlin to Denver: Mind Against

Photo Courtesy of Mind Against on Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Mind Against on Facebook

The musical duo Mind Against hailing from Berlin performed for Proper Sundays at Beta Nightclub in Denver. Their strong house and techno roots make for great dance floor anthems, and inclusion of psychedelics hooks makes them a chameleon in the techno community. Their three EP’s on Life and Death can attest to their contagious sound that is difficult to define, and that versatility was visible all night on the floor. Those 80’s soundtrack hooks often emulate Green Velvet before plunging into layered mixes suggesting neon lights, leather jackets, and street racing.

Mind Against will be continuing to Montreal and New York before venturing to warmer weather in Sao Paolo and Rio. Don’t miss a chance to see this dance-able duo live.

Bass to the Face With Delta Heavy and Apashe

Drum-and-base artists Apashe and Delta Heavy destroyed at Beta Nightclub in Denver on Friday night. The state-of-the-art sound system at Beta was the perfect setting for the bass-heavy show. The high octane sets kept everyone head banging for hours.

John De Buck (Apashe) recently released his first album “Copter Boy” on Kannibalen Records. The debut LP features eleven tracks, numerous collaborations, significant hip-hop and electro influences, and a whole lot of wubs. As a part of the album tour, he played the show wearing the signature copter snapback from his album art. Apashe’s visuals included a psychedelic melting Morty of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty” in the style of Blockhead’s “The Music Scene“.

Normally consisting of both Ben Hall and Simon James, Hall played solo to represent the London duo Delta Heavy. Hall regaled the crowd with the tale of his last set at Beta where he left on a stretcher after hitting his head on the glass partition of the DJ booth. Nine stitches later, we’re happy to say there was no such accident this time around and the scar has all but vanished.

Both artists loved the responsive crowd and ideal venue. It’s safe to say that Denver was a memorable city for both DJs on their individual tours. You can catch Delta Heavy and Apashe in a number of US cities before they head out of the states later in the holiday season.

 

 

Third Time’s a Charm for Nicolas Jaar

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Anyone asking around for a spare ticket was out of luck: Nicolas Jaar had sold out the Gothic Theatre in Denver, CO. Some attendees were seeing him for the first time. Some were following his tour and had seen him multiple times that week. Many in the crowd were Spanish-speakers and had a personal connection to the Chilean-American DJ who often sings in Spanish, his native language.

The artist came onto a hazy, back-lit stage in an unassuming hoodie and ball-cap. Using an upright synth set-up reminiscent of a switchboard, he began a slow build of experimental layering. A mesh of high distorted instrumental samples reached a climax, flickered, and broke into intense deep house.

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Nicolas Jaar is known for his improvisational style, sometimes playing unprepared music for hours.  Constantly changing tempos and incorporating a menagerie of influences, Jaar’s music was incredibly interactive. Often playing at an unusual 80 b.p.m., his music was anything but slow. From rockabilly to African jazz to glitchy techno, the whole set was diverse and memorable.

Denver wasn’t ready to let Nicolas go after the set. He came back on for a first encore, continuing his rolling house and deep, driving beats.

The second encore was entirely experimental improvisation.

The third encore began with his iconic “Mi Mujer” on which he sings in Spanish and kept everyone shuffling to the last note.

Do not pass up an opportunity to see this great artist live. His newest album,  Sirens, was released in September of this year on his label Other People.

KAYTRANADA and Cashmere Cat Team Up For Wild Show

Cashmere Cat and KAYTRANADA gave an incredible performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO this past Saturday despite having no visuals due to technical problems. As unfortunate as it was to miss Cashmere Cat’s trippy visuals and KAYTRANADA’s 90s inspired scenes, it was a night that really was all about the music.

Cashmere Cat (real name Magnus August Høiberg) dropped his classic sexy grooves along with the song “Wolves” that he produced for Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”. Høiberg was being his typical goofy self, changing the pace between heavy hip-hops beats and smooth baby-makin’ jams. Cashmere has an unusual intimacy live and everyone, from the front row to the furthest back barstools, can somehow feel like they’re the one that Cashmere is making cat gestures at.

Courtesy of Maria Jose Govea via Brookyln Vegan

Courtesy of Maria Jose Govea via Brookyln Vegan

KAYTRANADA (Louis Kevin Celestin) is one of my personal favorite DJs of the year (and decade and my lifetime) played an incredible seamless set. The Haitian-Canadian DJ had everyone, and I mean everyone, shuffling hard from start to finish.  Predictably, the whole venue went wild for songs like “GLOWED UP” feat. Anderson Paak and “GOT IT GOOD” feat. Craig David.  I’d like to compare KAYTRANADA to Rick Wade (who I recently saw at 1010 Workshop in Denver) for his commitment to the music and his strong jazz influence. Celestin spoke just twice to thank us for coming out and apologize for the lack of visuals. Head bobbing and beats banging, KAYTRANADA gave such a performance that the music standing alone was more powerful and genuine than what many artists provide now.

Big ups to two great artists for a real show despite technical problems.

 

 

Rick Wade Goes Deep in Denver

Courtesy of acclaimmag.com

Courtesy of acclaimmag.com

Detroit house legend Rick Wade made his Colorado debut thanks to Deep Club and the Playground. Accompanied by fitting acts like Roger That & John Tyler, DJ Drew, and Ponyrok, the balanced show played well into the next morning.

Hosted at 1010 Workshop in the Baker district, this intimate venue was an ideal setting for the dedicated deep house fans that came out from the woodwork for this Detroit legend. Hours of underground house kept people shuffling in a hazy basement, where all lights except the glow of old TV sets and lights over the record stacks were discouraged. It was impossible not to get lost in the seamless sets as Rick Wade’s driving basslines and disco samples tend to encourage.

The commitment to playing music for music’s sake and the authenticity of a (literally) underground show combined beautifully with a crowd that came ready to dance all night. We hope that Rick Wade returns to Denver soon to keep the grooves coming.

 

Flume Shakes Red Rocks

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

One of the most anticipated shows of the summer 16’ Red Rocks season, Flume played along with Vince Staples and Chrome Sparks at the infamous amphitheater on August 18th. The enormous venue with a capacity bordering on 10,000 was packed to the brim with a lively crowd. Opening with “Holdin On” and closing an encore with “Take a Chance” feat. Little Dragon, Flume primarily played songs from his newest album Skin.

Playing from about 9:50 to 11:20, his set did feel unfortunately short and left out a few singles such as “Some Minds” and “Collarbones” that could have rounded out a crowd-pleasing show. We all love Harley (Flume) for his goofy nature and light-hearted Instagram posts, and his commentary during the show was airy and fun. He echoed the common sentiment that playing Red Rocks drew an enormous crowd to which he received an enthusiastic response.

Flume will be headed east to continue his world tour, including ten shows in (his birthplace) Australia, with many dates sold out worldwide.

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

 

 

TheBigWonderful Beer Garden Concert

Photo Aug 13, 7 43 47 PMThis past Saturday TheBigWonderful hosted a combination outdoor concert to celebrate their move from the trendy River North district in Downtown Denver to a central warehouse near the Auraria Campus. Rose Quartz, Golf Clap, The Reminders and more played as guests enjoyed local food trucks, beer garden-style party games, and vibrant murals. Their recognizable “Wonderful” sign which was previously on 16th street for a mural festival lit up the main stage.

Started by Josh Sampson, TheBigWonderful is a three-part project including an outdoor sustainable market, a weekly artisan bazaar, and an urban farm fest. As it becomes increasingly popular to blur the lines between food, drink, and music, this event only emphasizes the versatility of this forward-thinking collective.

If you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss out on their weekly dynamic events.

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It’s Not an Earthquake, It’s Basscenter

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Bassnectar’s much anticipated 2-day Basscenter festival took place this past weekend in Commerce City, Colorado. With a fully loaded lineup including esteemed artists like Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, and Wu-Tang Clan, this festival was instilled with the kindness and artistry established at it’s inaugural show in 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

Nearly 50k attendees enjoyed the state-of-the-art sound and light systems highlighting the incredible talent brought together for Basscenter  before, during, and after the main-stage show. Bassnectar’s multimedia team premiered works and collaborations with renown visual artists worldwide, including new visuals for the Unlimited Album which electrified the audience well into Friday and Saturday nights.

FlyLo was very vocal and interactive with the crowd, regularly throwing out his two cents and getting a positive return when telling the crowd to throw their blunts on stage. Flux played a killer, pounding set from start to finish with little reprieve. Porter’s set was beautiful and bass-heavy, essentially playing his World’s set but incorporating some darker themes with his iconic anime-style visuals. Wu-Tang Clan was hype as expected, with a huge high-energy crew on stage. Lorin (Bassnectar) himself was spectacular as always, incorporating mind-melting visuals and speaking intimately with the crowd about the festival.

The bass was so extreme at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that Commerce City residents mistook the many, many drops for an earthquake. One complaint brought before the city council by local Joe Quillin has already been remixed and garnered over 130,000 views.

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While the booming sound may not have been music to everyone’s ears, this was a festival marked by compassion: Bassnectar, the many ambassadors, and the attending bass heads all contributed to an inspiring community environment. The bass head cleanup that has occurred at previous festivals continued the “leave it like you found it” mentality, leaving a spotless stadium and camp ground. During his Friday night set, Lorin asked everyone to make a new friend and checked Saturday to see if everyone had (by way of loud cheering from the packed stadium).

Charitable contributions were made throughout the festival through a number of venues. The Dollar Per Bass Head charity fund allocated $1 for each ticket sold, amounting to an impact of $50K simply for attendance. Food donations to Conscious Alliance will provide 1,200 meals to families and the Bass Network donation drive collected school supplies to benefit the Denver Public School Foundation and 14 schools in the Denver area. The distribution of reusable Nalgene flasks saved over 20,000 disposable plastic bottles.

The good vibes of Basscenter were carefully calculated by Lorin himself along with a dedicated team of ambassadors, and felt widespread by all who attended. This incredibly well-planned and orchestrated event was a privilege to attend for new and old bass heads alike.

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OZZIE – Me & You

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Remember that Billboard hit by Cassie? OZZIE brings this track back in a big new way (not that it every really left). Slow and rhythmic with a deep, driving baseline and distorted vocals, this sexy single is sure to remind you of good times and be the soundtrack to many more.

OZZIE is 17 (!!) and from Brighton: here’s his soundcloud and facebook.

 

 

 

Jameston Thieves & Dirty Doses – Oh Yeah

Jameston Thieves & Dirty Doses - A Little Deeper [EDM.com Premiere]

If you haven’t heard of Jameston Thieves or Dirty Dozen, you’re doing it wrong. Their joint EP, A Little Deeper, is now out on Audiophile Live or can be heard on Soundcloud. These guys bring future and deep sounds like no other.

Here’s a great new future house track featuring both of these rising artists. Oh yeah.

Listen to Jameston Thieves on Soundcloud

Listen to Dirty Doses on Soundcloud