Music is the gift that keeps on giving. You could fall in love with a song when you’re 5 years old and still love it when you’re 55 years old. For bass producers, Nathaniel Knowsand Dirt Monkey, they wanted to give back to the community with more than with just their music.Read More
Remembrance, Reflection, Reminiscence … NXSTLGIA.
Nostalgia transcends simple recollection and signifies wishful longing and sincere affection for the past; it’s a reminder of lessons learned and memories made. Former experiences bring us happiness, provide insight into the future, serve as reference in times of indecision, and most importantly, supply genuine material for one’s rap game.
On June 1, Kid Melchizedek & Dovah, two up and comers in the Denver hip hop scene will share a representation of their past culminated in 12 meticulously crafted tracks. The mixtape caters to hip-hop heads, though mindful, relatable lyrics and soul saturated tracks appeal to many listeners. Their compelling collaboration tells stories of growing up, of learning and progressing in everyday ventures, and of divine exploration, acceptance, and enlightenment. In touch with mixtape’s message and Golden Age inspired style, it is appropriately entitled NXSTLGIA.
Hip hop is prominently known for sampling practices. Notorious rappers east to west have taken advantage of vast historic music archives, bringing back songs from the past and often renovating and remixing them to record vocals over.
The most uncanny aspect of the NXSTLGIA project is Dovah’s all original productions. When asked which tracks he made, he told me "all the beats were chopped from old jazz and soul records, then I did all the recording, mixing, and mastering of the entire project.” Dovah, AKA Reed Gambell, utilizes his fascination with analogue sound equipment and vintage style production techniques (a token of his‘Old School’ mentality) to create reminiscent, yet innovative sound.
Though Dovah raps occasionally on the mixtape, Kid Melchizedek is the predominant vocal feature. Kid’s natural flow and refined lyrics prompt thoughts of Cunninlyguists, though he certainly boasts his own characteristic style. Following a serious and nearly terminal illness, Kid AKA Luc Weaver took to writing music during a time when his health inhibited his athletic pursuits. Like many, Kid has always loved music. His powerful vision and sense of purpose are evident in his most recent work with Dovah.
Kid & Dovah are young and hungry. Well aware of the saturated market in which they find themselves, the two work tirelessly to differentiate. The journey will be difficult, but each has a beautiful future ahead of them. I am thrilled to have previewed NXSTLIGIA before it’s release next month on Bandcamp and share with confidence it will be well received. Admittedly, my favorites on the mixtape are “Holy Grail” and “Holy Fitness”, though I recommend listening to the entire mixtape in order, as each track leads into the next, reflecting the fluidity of endings and beginnings.
To explore their individual music projects, see links below.
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/kiingdovah
Twitter - @reed_soul
Instagram - kiing_dovah
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Written by: Haley Midzor
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Ben Marshal was always a country singer at heart. So when this Oklahoma oil worker quit his job to pursue a life on the stage and on the road, there was nothing left to hold back the music. Now as he releases his second studio album, Songs About Living Songs About Dying, with his struggles and triumphs painted across the lyrics and chords of each track, Marshal can no longer be ignored by fans as he etches his place in the world of country music.
Marshal’s family moved to Oklahoma when he was 10 years old, spurring an exciting adolescence of being constantly exposed to rock ‘n roll, country, gospel, and everything that goes into the music of America’s heartland. By his 20s, Marshal was traveling around the region playing multiple shows a week, both on his own and with a band as lead guitar. But while some musicians enjoy the fortune of being effortlessly labeled a prodigy, Ben Marshal’s musical prowess is purely the product of raw grit, dedication, and an obsessive study of musical history that includes everything from classic funk, Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan, to Johnny Cash and Joe Walsh.
Ben Marshal’s first release, a self-titled EP, was a light-hearted foray into country and rock ‘n roll for the new artist. Its warm receipt with Texas radio outlets and over three thousand purchases from fans was a welcome sign that Marshal was an artist to be taken seriously.
Now, the release of Song About Living, Songs About Dying will go far beyond what the last album accomplished and could rocket Marshal into the spotlight as a nationally recognized singer-songwriter. While holding true to the rock ‘n' roll and Texas country music roots, the new album goes into a much more personal space both musically and lyrically. Drawing inspiration from a broad pallet of musical tastes from gospel and soul, to folk, Americana and southern blues, Marshal creates songs that prove both refreshing and nostalgic; a new sound with a timeless feel.
“The first album was written with a message, but more straight forward and country rock/red dirt. I wanted to bring some more of where I come from to the new album... Some of my old sounds mixed with a new kind of rock ‘n roll.” - Ben Marshal in Red Dirt Nation Interview
Songs About Living, Songs About Dying brings listeners on an intimate journey where the artist’s personal experiences and close relationships become as real as one’s own. Getting to know this music gives the sense of also knowing the man behind it, what he’s been through, and what’s driving him. While many great artists take years of creation and several albums to achieve a sound that is uniquely theirs, Ben Marshal has done it with only his second release.
Being released on Marshal’s own label, Ben Marshal Records, this fourteen-track LP is an ode to genuine American life, and the product of hard work and collaboration. Marshal called on such seasoned players as James Dumm, Adam Stern, John Macy, Bill McKay, Matt Roberson, Ben Rubin, AC Lao, Katie Glassman, and Roc Eubanks. Both in the studio and on the stage, this group turns heads with their performance. They don’t chase after the spotlight – they put their energy into delivering great performances.
The new album is OUT NOW and will be accompanied by a CD release party on JULY 9TH at Cervantes' Other Side as part of their highly-successful "Grass for the Ass" series. 2015 is set to be a jumping-off point for Ben and the band, but by no means a make-or-break situation. Come hell or high water, Ben Marshal is sure to stay true to his grit, his roots, and his love for music.
For more information about Ben Marshal and the what lies ahead, visit www.benmarshal.com
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Funkadelic-electro-rock duo Zion Godchaux and Russ Randolph are bringing their act BoomBox back to the historic Boulder Theater for two nights on their spring tour - TONIGHT. And Bass Feeds the Soul has a ticket for you and a friend!
BoomBox throws a live show that is unique to each night, each venue, each crowd, and especially each vibe. BoomBox is known to never come up with a preset setlist - their shows are always fresh, feeding off the energy the crowd directs towards the stage, creating a symbiotic relationship between audience and band members. Coming out of Alabama, the duo’s music is anything but typical. BoomBox blends funk and psychedelica with jazz, soul, electro, rock, and everything in between. Their smash hit “Stereo” could easily be mistaken for a tune straight out of the 70s, with its vinyl feel, syncopated drums, and groovy bassline. The live aspect of this band truly harnesses the talent of these guys, both talented drummers and gifted producers. Randolph is the master of the keys while Godchaux slays the guitar, bass, vocals. BoomBox uses a blend of programming and live instrumentation to create their shows as an entirely original set.
Gracing the Boulder Theater with their outrageous talent, BoomBox encourages everyone to bring out only their best dancin’ shoes and permeating good vibes. If there is anything that is a given for this show, it is that the Boulder Theater will be transforming into a melting pot of eras, dissipating all sense of time and infecting the body with a case of the boogie fever. Catch these guys in Boulder before the head off to tour around the country this summer at festivals like All Good and Wakarusa!
Written By: Jaelyn Kohl
**Photos not property of Bass Feeds the Soul**
BFS: You guys are just starting to touch into the U.S.
Goldfish: I think America is ready for this sound. They had their sugar rush with EDM, like someone gave them coca cola for the first time and was like oh my God it’s sweet and fizzy! And then everyone discovered that there’s actually more substance to it.
BFS: How much influence do you guys have in the production of your videos?
Goldfish: Our artist is a completely crazy dude but like super cool, chill guy. We sent him the track [one million views] when it was still a demo. We had written the lyrics with a spoof element to it. He listened to and literally came back with this like guys Igotta have little mini DJs at school. After that, we started spitballing stupid ideas… and I don’t even know where he got it. A lot of the kids here- you don’t actually- get it.
BFS: I think that’s part of the fun in the video that not everybody gets it.
G: When you don’t get it, it almost… if you’re getting offended by it, it probably means that there’s some truth in it.
BFS: At what point in your career did you guys decide to create your own label?
Goldfish: [Our label] is basically to release our own stuff. We still work with labels but we’re not tied into any.
BFS: Are you guys trying to pick anyone up, anyone that you guys know that should be up and coming?
Goldfish: There’s a whole crew of guys that we’ve found, not stateside yet that we’ve found, but there’s a whole crew of guys from kinda more Europe and South Africa, too. There’s a whole ton of guys in Germany coming up.
BFS: What festivals are you guys most excited to play this summer?
Goldfish: Honestly, I think every single one is super exciting. Mysteryland, Kaaboo… we can go surfing at Kaaboo! We’re super stoked! We’re doing a home festival in Amsterdam as well. There’s talk of us being booked for Tomorrowland as well.
BFS: And you guys have done all the Ultras right? Or most of them?
Goldfish: Not Japan and Chile. Where else is there? Korea. We did Buenos Arias inArgentina just a few weeks ago.
BFS: Do you guys have any desire to play Red Rocks?
Goldfish: Oh of course! That’s bucket list number one for me. If we play there, we might just retire afterwards.
BFS: Please don’t!
Goldfish: I saw some footage of Fatboy Slim playing there like ten years ago and I was like, where the fuck is that place!?
BFS: If you guys could play at red rocks with any artists- older, newer, any genre it doesn’t matter- who would you pick?
Goldfish: We’d need like a half hour to think about that because that’s such a responsibility.
BFS: Who do you look up to? Who’s in the scene these days you like to listen to?
Goldfish: It really… it’s such a mix. Like it goes from Marlow to… but back to who would be our dream lineup to play with Goldfish at Red Rocks. Imagine doing a set and you could have anyone there. Like you could get Miles Davis playing trumpet over Goldfish’s tune. You could grab a couple bands out of the peak of their powers. Like guys who play ten minute songs- and that’s a short song and it’s an original because it’s mad. It’s crazy mad. And that’s what you want, I think.
BFS: Do you guys have any favorite songs right now?
Goldfish: Um… I do. What’s that song that you keep talking about that I keep forgetting the name of because it’s just so complicated? Superflu! It’s about eight and a half minutes long and you gotta listen to the whole thing.
BFS: You’re the pioneers of organic house. Where would you like to see that genre go in the future?
Goldfish: Um I don’t think you’d ever want to see it turn into it’s own monster, because it is organic house. I think I imagine just maybe people taking the organic elements and really you know exposing them and using them maybe in new and creative ways and bringing in new instruments. It’s always going to be a clash of analog and digital. We love digital and we need analog. And vice versa. I need the human element in the music I listen to. If it’s too shiny and too fluorescent I just feel like too synthesized. At the end of the day, it has to be good songwriting. If it morphs into new areas, let’s hope it gets stronger and stronger and bigger and bigger!
Not one to conform to status quo, Gramatik has once again decided to stir the pot with another original and richly cinematic music video.
The outlandishly entertaining fan made video was created for his widely popular track ‘Torture’ from his 2014 album ‘The Age of Reason’. Featuring a deranged grandpa Gramatik breaking out of a hospital on a Harley Davidson clad scooter to run away from a sexy evil nurse, this masterpiece is bound to go viral and pairs perfectly with the tracks outlaw-inspiring aura. Created by Swiss super fans, Alban Delachenal and Leo Marthaler, on their own expense, produced a hit worthy of praise at any budget and is a must watch. Check out the link below.
Announcing the final lineup for his Red Rocks stint on May 9th today as well, Opiuo will be joining an already stacked roster including Russ Liquid, Luxas, and most the irrepressible CHERUB! As the second to last show on his spring tour - showcasing 13 dates across North America - it’s safe to say that Gramatik’s Red Rocks performance will be one for the books.
3/13: BUKU Festival – New Orleans, LA
4/9: Bear Tooth Theatre - Anchorage, AK
4/11: Coachella – Indio, CA
4/13: Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
4/15: Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
4/16: Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
4/18: Coachella – Indio, CA
4/23: McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
4/24: Showbox – Seattle, WA
4/25: Vogue – Vancouver, BC
5/2: Ill Rock Block Party – Urbana, IL
5/09: Red Rocks – Morrison, CO
5/15: Hangout Festival – Gulf Shores, AL
To further tease his fans, Gramatik along with his label Lowtemp, will be releasing a compilation on SoundCloud named the ‘Coffee Shop Selection’ on March 18. Comprised of Gramatik’s songs, both recent hits and former classics, the playlist will also feature a brand new unheard instrumental.
Get Tickets for Red Rocks: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1E004E28B595195F
Bass Feeds the Soul sits down with Decadon to get him to divulge in just what it takes to go from an aspiring music producer playing any gig he can get, to playing for the masses at Red Rocks, a mile stone in an musician's career.
Spor, the alter ego of UK dubstep legend Feed Me, unexpectedly released his long awaited drum and bass album, Caligo on February 19th after it leaked earlier in the week. This comes hot on the heels of a dubstep release from his Feed Me persona, entitled A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo. While Caligo showcases the same expert production chops Jon Gooch (Spor’s human name) exercises on all of his projects, he also shows a range of talent that he rarely has the chance to exercise in the genre of dubstep. Drum and bass is an entirely different animal, and Spor approaches it as such. Tracks on Caligo run deep, with earth-shattering drum kits and aggressive guitars that lend an impressive air of chaos from the machine to some of the harsher cuts (such as “Empire”). Spor does not shy away from melodic tendencies either. "As I Need You features a heartfelt female vocal performance, undercut by spacy, whirling synths and trembling bass, none of which detracts from the signature drums which act as the vicious current of this 13 track album.
Perhaps most notable about Caligo is the nature of its release. After it was plagued by leaks earlier this week, Spor released the album as a bittorrent with a “pay what you will” system. This album is completely free, although paying $1 or more will grant you access to a metric ton of bonus content, including extra tracks, mixes, and artwork.
“D&B required me to fight, to strive, to improve my ability, my conviction.” says Jon. “For you, my output might look like a row of items on a table, equal and comparable, available for reference, but for me the music I've released as Spor looks like a slow climb up a sheer face. Some parts look painful and frustrating, others smooth travel. Now I've finally made a Spor album, in my own time, by my own choice. It was still a climb, but it sounds exactly how I always wanted.”
Caligo is available for download at https://bundles.bittorrent.com/bundles/spor
Written By Max Miller
Just over two months into 2015 and we have already been blessed with the likes of Rae Sremmund’s Sremmlife https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sremmlife/id948398152, Joey Bada$$’s B4.Da.$$ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/b4.da.$$/id948743541, and Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tetsuo-youth/id948344511, excluding J. Cole’s 2014 Forrest Hill Drive https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/2014-forest-hills-drive/id940845223 that he tacked on at the end of the year. Moving forward we can only have child like anticipation for what is to come.
February has brought us strong repertoire so far. First we had Chief Keef’s mixtape, Thot Breaker http://www.datpiff.com/Chief-Keef-Thot-Breaker-mixtape.620637.html
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD joint album Sour Soul https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sour-soul/id952769969
Drake’s itunes released mixtape, If You Are Reading This It’s Too Late https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-youre-reading-this-its/id966988592
Big Sean’s album, Dark Sky Paradise https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-sky-paradise-deluxe/id963397688 and Chris Brown & Tyga’s joint follow up release, Fan Of A Fan: The Album https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fan-fan-album-deluxe-version/id964294743
Out of the confirmed releases we have:
March 3: G-Unit – The Beast Is G-Unit (EP) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-beast-is-g-unit-ep/id958887610
March 10: Mod Sun - Look Up (Album) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/look-up/id959272934
March 24: Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful (Album) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mr.-wonderful/id965629356
March 31: Ludacris – Ludaversal (Album), The-Dream – Crown (EP), and Wale – The Album About Nothing (Album)
May 5: Tech N9ne – Special Effects (Album)
Other highly anticipated works we are unclear on their releases so far include:
50 Cent – Street King Immortal (Album)
A$AP Ferg – Ferg Forever (Mixtape)
A$AP Mob – L.O.R.D. (Album)
Ab-Soul & JSMN – Unit 6 (Album)
Ace Hood – Beast Of The South (Album)
Akon – Stadium (Album)
Big Boi – TBA (Album)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Art Of War III (Album)
Cam’ron & A-Trak – Federal Reserve (EP)
Capital STEEZ – King Capital (Album)
Chief Keef – Bang 3 (Album)
Clipse – As God Is My Witness (Album)
Curren$y – Pilot Talk 3 (Album)
Diddy – MMM (Album)
DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 (Album)
DJ Khaled – I Have Changed A Lot (Album)
Drake – Views From The 6 (Album)
Earl Sweatshirt – TBA (Album)
Fabolous – Young OG (Album)
Frank Ocean – TBA (Album)
Gucci Mane – Trap House V (Album)
Ice Cube – Everythang’s Corrupt (Album)
Jadakiss – Top 5 Dead or Alive (Album)
Jay Electronica – Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) (Album)
Jeremih – Thumpy Johnson (Album)
Jeremih – Late Nights (Album)
Juicy J – The Hustle Continues (Album)
Kanye West – TBA (Album)
Kendrick Lamar – TBA (Album)
Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon III (Album)
Kirko Bangz – Bigger Than Me (Album)
Lil Boosie – Touchdown 2 Cause Hell (Album)
Lil Durk – Remember My Name (Album)
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V (Pt. 1) (Album)
Lil Wayne – Free Weezy Album (Album)
Lil Wayne – Dedication 6 (Mixtape)
Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money (Album)
Method Man & Redman – Blackout 3 (Album)
Metro Boomin – 20 & Boomin (Album)
Migos – YRN: The Album (Album)
Migos & Bobby shmurda – Shmigo Gang (Mixtape)
Mike WiLL Made It – Est. In 1989 Pt. 3 (Album)
Mystikal – Original (Album)
Plies – Purple Heart (Album)
Project Pat – Mista Don’t Play 2 (Album)
Pusha T – King Push (Album)
Rich Gang – Rich Gang 2 (Album)
Swizz Beatz – Haute Living (Album)
The Cool Kids – Shark Week (Album)
The-Dream – Fruition (Album)
The Game – The Documentary 2 (Album)
Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC (Album)
T-Pain – Stoicville: The Phoenix (Album)
Timbaland – Textbook Timbo (Album)
Tyga – The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (Album)
Waka Flocka – Flockaveli 2 (Album)
Yelawolf – Love Story (Album)
Yo Gotti – The Art Of Hustle (Album)
Young Thug & Metro Boomin’ (Metro Thuggin) – Metro Thuggin (Mixtape)
If this list doesn’t tell you, this year is going to be full of more music than one could handle, especially with so many stars are dropping. Be on lookout for these releases throughout the year.
Written By Andrew Taylor-Shaut
On February 8, British DJ Tut Tut Child released his new single “I Can’t”, which was his first bold attempt at a house track.
While his discography primarily consists of electronic and D&B tracks, he decided to explore new genres as any restless artist does. It’s fair to say he did a great job with this track. As usual, he made a great use of bass in this song, in terms of both drum and synthetic bass. The kick bass is a nice, full sound, yet it is aggressive at the same time. The synthetic bass kicks in at the drop with an energetic, distorted sound that combines with the drum bass to create a really awesome sound for dancing. On top of that, the hi-hat and vocals also create a nice groove.
Previous to this, Tut Tut Child released an electronic EP featuring vocalists such as Danyka Nideau, Rachel Hirons, and Augustus Ghost. All of his music has been released through the Monstercat record label and is available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, and other major music outlets. He has only performed live twice before in Europe and unfortunately does not have any upcoming performances. Regardless, he is a talented artist and continues to deliver quality music.
Written By Pierre LaBelle