Lost Lands unveils 2019 lineup with three Excision sets, Zeds Dead, NGHTMRE, Black Tiger Sex Machine + more

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Back for its third year in the running, Lost Lands officially revealed its full lineup for 2019. Packed with fan favorites as well as fresh talent, the Excision-curated festival returns to Legend Valley, Ohio for three days of headbanger heaven Sept. 27-29.

Since Lost Lands’ inception, creator Excision has continued working to improve the festival experience for attendees. Some focus points promised for this year’s iteration include introduction of Wednesday early entry, reformatting of the “Dino Den” area to include three camping options, relocation of late-night sound camps to the main venue, and stop additions to the long haul shuttles.

This year’s lineup boasts diversity across the bass scene, bringing on big names like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Ganja White Night, Flosstradamus, Subtronics, EPROM and championing rising newcomers like Whipped Cream, Wavedash, Wooli, 1788-L and Peekaboo. Festival-goers will be treated to three distinct Excision sets—a two-hour solo set, Excision b2b Illenium, and an Excision detox set. See the full lineup below and purchase tickets here.

Shambhala Music Festival reveals its 2019 lineup, featuring Silk City, GRiZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.

Heavy-hitting dubstep acts like Excision, Zeds Dead, Downlink, Liquid Stranger, and Boogie-T will bring their forceful bass to the ranch for the fest’s forthcoming iteration. The lineup also includes bass house favorites such as Jauz, Cazztek, Jack Beats and Volac, along with sultry electronica and nu jazz sets from Bonobo and Grammy-nominated producer ZHU. The roster is blessed by legendary veterans from around the world, including Kaskade, Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s Silk City project, Nero, and Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo as Anti Up, who are undoubtedly putting together an unforgettable performance.

Attendees can expect an all new installation called “Shambhala Favourites,” which feature the talents of A-Skillz, Father Funk, Smalltown DJs, Stickybuds, and more. Over the course of April, Shambhala will be adding 200-plus artists to the lineup that will fulfill all six stages, The Amphitheatre, The Fractal Forest, The Grove, The Living Room, The Pagoda and The Village.

Learn about payment plans and get tickets here.

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Take a step back in time with Lost Lands Music Festival — photos by Chris Stack

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Headbangers, rejoice: Lost Lands’ second lineup is here

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Headbangers’ head honcho, Excision, has unearthed the lineup for the second edition of Lost Lands.

Following last year’s installment of colossal proportions, Lost Lands returns to Thornville, Ohio with a monumental 1,000,000 watts of bass, two full-size main stages, performances by Flux Pavilion, REZZ, Ganja White Night, Illenium, Jauz, Slander, NGHTMRE, Excision himself, and many, many more.

If the event is anything like last year’s fervent installment, attendees can expect a wallowing wonderland of extinction and bygone friends to be made. Excision will perform an exclusive b2b with Downlink, there will be late night camp parties, and three times as many dinosaurs.

More information and tickets are available here.

 

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Ganja White Night explore the dynamic depths of low end bass in seventh LP, ‘The Origins’ [Interview + Album Review]

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Who exactly is Mr Wobble?

It’s question that has been on the minds of many since Ganja White Night released a series of music videos late last year. One that has answers partly in the release of their newest and most ambitious album to date, dubbed The Origins, out now on their own imprint SubCarbon Records

“We created SubCarbon when we started making music because it was the only way we could be released. Big labels weren’t interested in our sounds.” 

 February 2018 saw Benjamin Bayeul and Charlie Dodson’s seventh LP since they extensively explored their riddim-inspired sound almost 12 years ago. “We’ve tried to release an album every year since we started in 2010,” said the two Brussels-based producers. They wanted to do everything but rush The Origins album, which the pair had been working on since the fall of 2016, so as to avoid making the twelve track compilation more than just a shallow “collection of easy-to-mix tracks.” 

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The Origins LP is anything but shallow. The album takes a deep dive in many ways.

First, it’s a dive into re-examining their own roots; a new exploration of the hypnotic, immersive sounds that incapsulated fans many years ago. Cinematic intros, playful experimentation, and otherworldly sounds mark the album’s landscape. In a lot of ways, The Origins is an intoxicating ethnic journey with a careful sense of adventure — a psychedelic trip into the worlds of dub, riddim, and low-end bass, more broadly.

Speaking to the evolution of their signature wobble sound, the duo elaborated on how it took them a good amount of time to manifest their ideas into reality: “You can really feel a difference when you listen to our old albums. Sound techniques evolve and the new material sounds more refined. We always had these ideas in our heads, but it’s crazy to see how ideas develop over time into actual sounds.”

 

Second, the album signals a nod to the roots of Mr Wobble, an animated vigilante superhero character designed by long-time collaborator and illustrator Ebo. Mr Wobble has played a role in their work since they released “Wobble Master” and “LFO Requiem.” At the outset of the new LP, he is joined by a whole new cast of characters whereby fans are given a glimpse into the very origins of how their super powers came to be.

“Mr Wobble isn’t the only guy who has the power. In different civilizations, the people receive this power, and what we see in the [Origins] video is how, in this period, of this era, at least, Mr Wobble is using it this way. We still don’t know where this power comes from, or how he’s be chosen, maybe it was an accident, we don’t know.”

 

Finally, the album pulls on the nostalgic allure of ancient ethnocentric sounds. Inspired by composers like Hans Zimmer, Ganja White Night has a way for constructing cinematic bass compositions that incorporate reggae, dubstep, hip-hop, and drum ‘n’ bass, with influences from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. “We have some inspirations that never change,” they say. “We’ve always been fans of ethnic sounds and ethnic voices, long intros, harmonies.”

GWN approaches collaborations in the same artistic spirit. Teaming up with Caspa, in particular, on the album’s second track, “Unique,” the three producers capture the very unique essence upon which their collective visions for bass music resonates — back before the days of violent, head banging “bro-step.” Cinematic, fun, mischievous, and stripped down to the bare bone essentials of bass, the track flips fluidly between it’s melodic breaks and stabbing synths for a hypnotic anthem that is sure to capture fans’ eardrums on the dance floor.

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From cosmic introductions to intense party jams and downtempo grooves, the twelve tracks come together to tell a more complete story around Mr Wobble, the superhero who creates music from ancient mythology and uses it to awaken citizens dwelling in the modern world he inhabits. Regarding to expansion of Mr Wobble’s world, Bayeul and Dodson are still exploring the many avenues the vigilante hero may take:

“There is still a lot of mystery, and we don’t want to say too much because we have a lot of projects that we want to go deeper into, we want to do more music videos and comic books. There’s just so many ways to go deeper into the story, there’s a lot of doors open now. We just introduced a lot of characters, so there’s a lot of new avenues to explore.”

The Origins arrives just as Ganja White Night gets ready to embark on their album-accompanying “The Origins Tour.” The duo will travel to 20 US cities featuring strong support from CaspaOpiuoDownlink, along with label mates DirtMonkey and Subtronics. They plan to begin each concert stop with a special B2B DJ set from the SubCarbon roster, before transitioning into the tour openers, and ending with a GWN performance that will feature live instrumentation, editing, remixing, and improvisation much like a band playing all original material.

Premiere: Ganja White Night talks Origins LP and newest Dirt Monkey collab, ‘No Escape’

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Belgian duo Ganja White Night have teamed up with Colorado-based dubstep producer Dirt Monkey for their latest original “No Escape,” released via SubCarbon Records. When the duo premiered the track on Electric Forest‘s iconic Tripolee Stage this past summer, the reactions generated an infectious outbreak of wobble fanatics.

With a drawn out Middle Eastern-inspired lead in, GWN fashion a track that builds on their long time love of ethnocentric sounds and voices, long intros, and harmonies. Dirt Monkey’s influence is immediately evident with his devastating basslines and cunning, intricate melodies. The track is an iconic representation of what the duo has in store for their upcoming album, dubbed The Origins, which seeks to construct a cinematic bass music experience that incorporates reggae, dub, hip-hop, and D nB with influences from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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We’re very keen on this Mr. Wobble character in your music videos. What can you tell us about Mr. Wobble’s story/background that I can’t get from watching the animation?
There is still a lot of mystery and we don’t want to say too much because we have a lot of projects that we want to go deeper into. There’s just so many ways to go deeper into the story, there’s a lot of doors open now. We just introduced a lot of characters, so there’s a lot of new avenues to explore. We have so many plans. We wanna do music videos, comic book, full visual experiences where every song has its own visuals.

The Dirt Monkey collaboration is definitely a standout on the upcoming LP. Tell us about this process and working with Patrick.
We met in Denver first; we were speaking before the show, and noticed we had a lot in common musically. We are around the same and we started making music around the same time, we’d been following the same practices, we have the same inspirations, and and just felt a connection. We then went b2b in Minneapolis, it was our first curated festival in Minneapolis, and we felt it and it was like “oh shit. So it all came really naturally. So yea he had us listen to his stuff, and it went into a full EP actually. I think he felt that SubCarbon was the place where he felt comfortable, we are the same kind of par core.

What is on the horizon for your imprint, SubCarbon Records?
We created SubCarbon when we started making music because it was the only way we could be released. Big labels weren’t interested in our sounds. For Patrick [Dirt Monkey], he already had his label but he felt SubCarbon was a fresh place for him because it had this wobbly sound and all his new tunes are wobbly, groovy. I think that’s what people are looking for when they see a release on SubCarbon. That’s what is great about Patrick, he always brings great vibes to a set, it’s groovy, its dancey, you want to have fun, it’s not violent, its not raging, you might still break the rail though, don’t get me wrong. But it’s the kind of music that makes you smile. That’s what we want to keep in the SubCarbon family. We’re open minded, we don’t care about the bpm, we don’t care about the numbers.

Let’s talk about the tour. It seems like tons of producers recently are slapping the “live set” label onto their tours. What can we expect from The Origins Tour?
Since we started performing on the stage, we have always played a live set. We can definitely DJ, but we are definitely not as good of DJs as some people that we know. It’s more fun for us because we can express ourselves better live and we never play other people’s tunes. So it makes more sense to us to perform live. While not 100% of the songs are produced live, that’s not doable obviously, but we have parts that we interact with, like the harmony and the leads we put in, and restructuring a track, it’s just a lot more enjoyable for us.

Zeds Dead x Ganja White Night – Samurai

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Bass maestros Zeds Dead and Ganja White Night teamed up for a smashing single titled “Samurai.” The track is haunting in essence, and breathes an air of suspense onto listeners’ necks before thrusting into chaos.

“Samurai is what happens when you bring Hans Zimmer to a rave,” described the two groups.

Zimmer would likely have a panic attack, though, if he witnessed the breakdown in “Samurai,” as the collaborators at hand have generated a palpable tenacity in the track’s high energy catharsis. Zeds Dead’s metallic tinged synths are drawn out by the dub-influenced nature of Ganja White Night’s undertones in what is best described as a head over heels trek into dubstep chaos.

Stream Ganja White Night’s ‘Origins’ mini-mix, packed with IDs off upcoming album

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Ganja White Night have carved out a style of intelligent bass music composed of sharp beats, spacey synths, explosive bass lines, and trickling melodies. Affectionately nicknamed the “wobble brothers” by fans, Benjamin “Bamby” Bayeul and Charlie “Erwan” Dodson had a busy 2017 touring schedule opening for Pretty Lights Live and Excision‘s Lost Lands Festival.

Now the Belgian dubstep duo have made good on their promise of a fully innovative and immersive new concept for their upcoming album, The Origins, set for release on their own imprint, SubCarbon Records. In anticipation of the release, the duo has put out a 15-minute promo mix that previews all eight tracks off the forthcoming LP.

Ganja White Night’s album accompanying tour kicks off this February, with support from CaspaOpiuoDownlink, along with a special B2B2B experience with label mates Dirt Monkey and Subtronics. Tickets for The Origins Tour are on sale now via Ganja White Night’s official website.

The Origins is set for release on February 5, 2018.

Tracklist:

00:00 – Ganja White Night – The Origins
02:30 – Ganja White Night x Caspa – Unique
04:20 – Ganja White Night – Sacred Pipe
06:03 – Ganja White Night x Dirt Monkey – No Escape
07:47 – Ganja White Night – Chak Chel
09:29 – Ganja White Night – Wobble Buds
12:08 – Ganja White Night – Blood Shower
13:38 – Ganja White Night x Boogie T – Reminisce