Crate excavations: Str8 dope from 2014

So back in December I noticed this trend of Top 10 lists, ranking and filing the best music away for posterity…  This list is a bit different though, first of all trying to narrow my 2014 crate down to a few favorites was difficult…  I really love a lot of the music I played last year, I grew so much as a DJ and dug up so many great tunes, the thought of having to choose a single one even as my favorite seemed unfair, because my feelings towards music changes so readily….  Instead I decided to go through my collection label by label, release by releases and skim through it for gems.  The releases I chose to select for this list almost all inspired me to buy multiple tracks, and in some cases an entire album, further more I took time to weed out the duds and freebee albums that sometimes seem to clutter up a good music collection.

The releases that are left here represent the wide variety my musical tastes embrace, but don’t nescessarily reflect my overall music buying / selecting habits, as I’ve chosen not to include the oh so many releases on which I only found a single track or perhaps two that inspired me enough to include them in my collection.  Instead this list is about the straight dope, 100% pure cuts because as any true connoisseur knows it’s about the quality, not the quantity.  Now without further au due, enjoy some of this pure grade A 100% good music.

Ragtime Records
Remixed Vol 1 –  The Woohoo Revue 
Phat Electro swing house I played Babushka(Mortisville,) El Torero (audio Prophecy,) and Fat Tuesday (mouldy soul.)
Champagne MachineJenova Collective 
Electroswing is one of my secret loves, Jenova Collective presents a new take, up beat break and house beats, if Lawrence Whelk through a swingers ball Jenova Collective would be the house band. I Played Digital Fandango, Get on Down, It Ain’t Right, It Can Happen To You, and *****Champagne Machine.<—One of my favorite tracks in 2014.

Amoeba Records
Mixtape Vol 1VA
Deep House – Pretty chil, but deep and driving. I played Chica, Guassapjazz, Morocontongo and The After Hour.

Enig’matik Records
Organic Mechanic Part 2 Grouch
Down / mid tempo, beautiful and organic.  I played: Exile*** this chill / lounge track has an insanely phat bass line.

Amore Down Tempo, I played: *Flutterby, MetaCognition, Chute, Amendment XVII

Adapted Records –
Multifunktionality & Funky Borderline – Beat Fatigue 
These guys blew the doors off of funky Glitch this year, both of these albums and the second part of Multifunkitionality pretty much killed it for me when playing for the hippie / festy kids. For a second I thought funky glitch was doomed to an endless parade of Opiuo knock offs, but Beat Fatigue may have saved the sub –genre I played most of the tracks on each album at some point.
Fractal Beach Orphic
Definitely the best thing to come out on adapted this year, Orphic kills, this whole album is good, in fact there are only two tracks on the album I don’t recall having played out at some point or another, *Burn that Ego, *Disco Booty, *Getting Weird. 

Addictech Records
Telescopic FuturekLL sMTH
One of my Favorite glitch hop albums all year, kLL sMTH always whips up the best sound scapes with multi rhythmic synths stacked and layered to create rich bassy worlds dripping with psychedelia. I played: Katzenjammer, Oragami Peanut, Telescopic Future, and Transcendent Delusion**

Foundations Recordings
Foundations Gladkill 
I’ve been a Gkill fan since 2010 or early 2011, his trademark “Snugstep” sound has since been a major inspiration for me. If you’re familiar with the Gladkill sound there aren’t a whole lot of surprises here, so it’s not a revolutionary album, but worth picking up anyways. Don’t let the female vocal hooks, or soft sensual synths fool you this shit moves subwoofers just as much as any big dick swinging trap song. I played: Most of the album, ***Accolades is great for transitioning between sexy trap and deep house. 

Symphonic Distribution
Primal Melodies Emog
The sound of Street Ritual was much more too my liking this year, this Emog Album is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. The production is rich and full, it’s unique and original, **The Mystery List ***The After effects

Street Ritual
A Sacred Space
– Spundose
I love this album, it’s a bit diverse in sound, epic use of synths, phat bass, trippy and ethereal. I played many of these tracks but *Mindwebs, Mnemonix, Neural Handshake, Urban Shaman
Merkaba Music –
Liminal SpacesKaminanda
I didn’t play these tracks too many times, but it was worth mentioning the album because it’s pretty dope and well produced and a name your price on Bandcamp, Kaminanda’s sound is what I would call ethno –psydub, bordering on glitch-hop. Definitely on the chiller side of things, but there are still some decent dance tunes here.

 Tipper Music
Forward EscapeTipper
Much more a listening album than a dance album for sure, but this is definitely worth picking up, especially since proceeds help with homie’s heart surgery.

Whomp Music
Love is never EnoughAngus Green
This is the first I’ve heard of Angus Green, but this first album is a pretty good start. Honestly there were elements of the production I was not so fond of, but I love how this guy makes his music. Can’t wait to hear his sound develop.

HopSkotch Records –
Hot Sludge Sunday The Sludge Junkies
This was one of my favorite albums of the spring / summer. The bass in these tracks is so phat; the production work is top notch. I played the shit out of some of these tunes, ***Extra Pedestrial, ***Mothership Disco, ***The Itsies

House Muzik Records
Easy to SayMaqabe
Awesome Deep house, very jazz and up beat, you can’t go wrong with this shit. I played Booty Dance, Night Life, Easy to Say and Jazz Meets Deep.

Swamp Music
The SwampilationVA
Swampy and fat, this is a dark and psychedelic low tempo comp that really rocks I played:* *Bugbites, Ether, ***Gift #1, ****Moose Knuckle, *Haluphonic Megablaster and ***Phase Locking

Gravitas Recordings
Parallels Pt 2Psymbionic
I had never heard of Psymbionic before this album, the Austin based artist really lays it down, the album is essentially sexy trap, reminiscent of Gladkill but still unique. I really liked this one, ***One Thing (so sexy), **Sonder, *Silkscreen (Ill-esha Rnx)

Def Con 22 Sound Track VA
This is a pretty killer comp, with heavy hitters like Mochipet, Opiuo, Elite Force, KRS-One, Mc Frontalot and DJ Spooky this comp is jam packed with good stuff,Indi-electro, trip hop, glitch trap, and even DnB. I played: Drippin’, Parallels, Night City, and Antarctic Rhythms

FreakquencyZebbler Encanti Experience
This Album kinda just blew my mind, one part banging psytrance, and one part slamming trap… It’s wild for sure. What’s even more amazing is their stage show (or at least so it looks from the videos.)
Four40 Records
How We Go DownHostage
2Setp Garage Deep house awesomeness ***How We Go Down, Conscious

Kings CrossFunkystepz
2Setp Garage Deep house awesomeness ***Boyz in Da Hood


Robotic Wednesdays: Best Party in Oklahoma.

Have you heard the best sound system in Oklahoma? Last week I finally made it to Oklahoma City to check out Robotic Wednesdays for the first time, and it was pretty impressive, and well worth the $8. Robotic is the first dance party I’ve come to in Oklahoma where everything was done right, like seriously everything.

Let’s start with the sound, first of all there were two dance floors of it, so right off the bat there I had the option to switch rooms when the music on the main stage got a little too “angsty” for me, which tends to happen. The main “Robotic” dance floor sports four corner dance stacks by Funktion-One, I even took a peak inside an amp wrack and low and behold they even have the manufacturer recommended E=mc2 amps, those babies aren’t cheap but sure do they sound pretty. The sound in there is just right, you can feel every molecule in your body vibrate as the subs and infra subs hit, and yet still the mids and highs weren’t hurting my ears. On the “Living Room” side stage it looked like they had QSC powered stuff, and plenty of subs… In fact I probably spent most of the night dancing there.

Behind the decks on the main stage I caught some of Ed Crunk who was slaying it with some of the perfect music to drop on such an epic system, and “KrewX” played pretty fab as well, I really dug his first few tracks especially, the ones before he slipped into the more “banging” or “harder” tracks the kids always seem to be about, the rest of the floor was feeling it though… Blake O. Evan C and Jeff Diamond killed it all night in the Living room though I kept finding myself pulled back in by the super phat house and the occasional two step.

One thing I see done wrong a lot of places that these guys also got right was the lighting, All the equipment was well placed and the over all affect of the lighting (and TV’s with visuals behind the DJ’s) was pretty impacting, meaning that it enhanced the mood while not blinding anybody in the process.

One couldn’t have asked for a better vibe there either, from the guy at the door to the security guards and bar tenders, all the staff were on top of their game, respectful and chill, I didn’t even have to wait in line for more than a minute or so to get a drink. They even had some comfy couches, art hanging and a separate out door smoking section.

Robotic on par with some of SF’s best clubs, and I’m gonna say they put on the best club night in Oklahoma hands down. Even though they haven’t announced any guest DJ’s for the Illuminated Party this week I think I’m gonna go any ways, and they’re even having a “Black and White” New Years Eve Ball. If you like to dance and you haven’t checked out Robotic yet, GO! It’s worth the trip.

Liner Notes: PEGA5U5 Debut album the Flock

Good music Alert!!! (Links at the bottom)

PEAGA5u5 Debut Album

PEAGA5u5 Debut Album

Love good hip hop, a phat groove or a beautiful soundscape? Check out PEGA5U5’s debut album, Flock.”  Some how it manages to blend groovy and goofy, psychedelic and sexy; and warm and wet.  The production work here is rich and beautiful, I would expect nothing less from something Mr. Rogers had his hand in, but it’s truly and evolution in sound.  The Hip-hop lyrics are positive inspirational, and even catchy at times and frequently matched with beautiful wet vocals which sing out to the heart; inviting the head to nod and the toe to tap.

Highlights of the album are #2 “Get Low,” a warm hip-hop infused invitation to the dance floor full of organic percussion, strings, and wood winds, along side a funked out buzzy bass line. #5 “Blue Sol” Ft CelloJoe a majestically sexy trap track that is one part Com Truise, one part Nu Jack Swing, one part cello all blended with a dash of glitch and 808.  Akon would sell his soul to have been on this one, str8 baby making music. and #7 “Gravity” ft Deja Solis My personal favorite, it’s like if you took the spirit of early 2000 progressive house and applied it to a not quite hard hip-hop track with female vocals.  It’s like Freddy Todd on Viagra.

Mr. Rogers hooked it up on an advanced copy (.wav!) with the explicit request that I not share it. I can’t help but share here, because this shit is bomb. I listened to the album back-to-back like 4 times, it was that good. Another cool thing is that the album is Self Released through Band Camp as a “Name your price” Download, or a $12 Limited addition compact disc which comes with online access to downloadable and streamable copies.

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(My Liner notes are recorded below)

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