Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Manic Focus drops huge Liquid Stranger remix, announces ‘Minds Rising Remixed’ track list

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Almost one year has passed since Manic Focus released his smashingly fun fifth studio album, Minds Rising. Since that time, John “JmaC” McCarten has laid down landmark performances at Hulaween, Envision, and the biggest headlining show of his career in his hometown of Chicago.

Now, JmaC announced his Minds Rising remix album, in which the electro-soul producer hand selected the remixers for the package with an emphasis on portraying the wide reaching styles of his wildly ambitious original. The LP includes the blow out halftime destruction of Liquid Stranger, the psychedelic beat-smithing of Emancipator, the bass infused jam rhythms of Sunsquabi and Wick-It The Instigator, the downtempo hip-hop stylings of Edamame, and many more.

To celebrate the forthcoming release, Manic Focus gives fans a first listen of the Prob Cause-assisted track, “Putting All of my People on,” remixed by WAKAAN label boss, Liquid Stranger. The track takes a more subdued approach to it’s original, replacing the deep horns and kick snares with warbly synth lines and the broken beat stylings of his free form bass stamp. Be on the lookout for the full album on May 10, 2018.

Mind Against Remixed Track List:
1.) Drop In (feat. Marvel Years & Chris Karns) (SoDown Remix)
2.) Putting All of My People On Feat. Prob Cause (Liquid Stranger Remix)
3.) Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One (Daily Bread Remix)
4.) Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik (Emancipator Remix)
5.) Snap Like This feat. Artifakts & Erick Jesus Coomes (Wick – It The Instigator Remix)
6.) Pushing feat Psymbionic (Rave Boar Remix)
7.) Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band (SunSquabi Remix)
8.) Habit feat. Russ Liquid & The Rapper Chicks (Megan Hamilton Remix)
9.) Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch (Cofresi Remix)
10.) Timeless feat Carlile (Edamame Remix)
11.) Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser (GoodSex Remix)
12.) Your X Now feat. Exmag & Borahm Lee (LWKY Remix)
13.) *BONUS TRACK* – Pushing feat. Psymbionic (R34L Remix)

Backwoods unveils initial 2018 line-up, announces move to former Wakarusa grounds

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When Wakarusa announced the cancellation of its annual event due to legal/financial woes, faithful attendees were heartbroken. No longer would they be mining for quartz in the rivers twisting through Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, stumbling upon waterfalls around every bend, or taking in scenic views of Mulberry Mountain. Wakarusa would become nothing more than a storied legend.

Wakarusa attendees can now revel in the fact that another bass-and-jam-heavy production company has picked up the baton to showcase three full days of “good music, good people, good times.” Such is the driving philosophy behind Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain — which has uprooted it’s gathering place in Shroud, Oklahoma to Middle America’s storied venue for it’s third annual event — taking place April 20–24, 2018.

Backwoods has earned a reputation of showcasing some of the country’s top rising electronic talent, alongside nationally-renowned artists, stunning visual production, and now has the shiny allure of a gem venue. Included in the phase one line-up are headliners STS9 and The Floozies, alongside jam band heavy weights Papadosio, All Good Records‘ very own Sunsquabi, and electro-funk rising stars Zoogma. The bill include a heavy helping of bass music with Figure, Space Jesus, Yheti, and a very special late night series from ThazDope Records, and more.

Attendees can also take advantage of activities such as helicopter rides, hoop workshops, yoga classes, interactive art installations, and a vast array of food and shopping vendors. Limited pre-sale tickets are on sale now, starting at $184 with the option of pre-party and RV upgrades.

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Decadence Colorado reveals its final NYE lineup

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With New Year’s Eve being one of the top days of the year for concerts and Colorado’s established reputation as a mecca of sorts for electronic music in the United States, it goes without saying that the celebrations in the state will be appropriately impressive. Decadence, a two-day event held in Denver, rose to that occasion by unveiling an absolutely stacked Phase 1. Featuring artists that run the gamut of genres, from Eric Prydz, Bassnectar, Snails, Flume, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, a special Baauer vs RL Grime set, and many more, they have almost assured that no other city in the world can compete with such a concentration of talent.

The event hasn’t stopped adding to their talent pool, however, announcing the additions of Adventure Club, Sean Tyas, Borgeous, and Sunsquabi — signees of All Good Records boss GRiZ, who will also be performing. Kicking off on December 30, tickets are still available with the whole lineup available to view here.

H/T: YourEDM

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SunSquabi – Pygmy Up (Original Mix)

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Electro-funk livetronica band SunSquabi has had quite the year. The Colorado-based trio served up Odyssey EP, the debut record release on GRiZ’s imprint All Good Records, and toured 30+ dates in support of the release, culminating in a performance at Red Rocks in October. With the release of “Pygmy Up,” the band’s first original release since the EP, 2016 may prove to close even stronger for the GRiZ-supported breakout act.

On the record, SunSquabi collaborated with labelmate The Russ Liquid Test, who added a full horn section including saxophone, trombone, and trumpet. Analog keyboards, a Hohner D6 clarinet, and 1960s organ lend a retro vibe to the release.

In an interview with Live For Live Music, lead guitarist and producer Kevin Donohue shared some insight behind the track’s creation:

“This track is a really good example of this vintage feel that we are experimenting with in the record. In addition to using an old school techniques to record the drums, the keyboards are all analog, including a hohner D6 and a 1960s organ. We played it out live a few times with Russ (Liquid), and his horn parts really added a new level of depth. When we asked him to record on it for the studio version, he went above and beyond at his studio in new orleans, adding sax, trumpet and trombone for a full russ liquid horn section. The result is a very big room sound on the track.”

“Pygmy Up” is the first single off of the band’s forthcoming EP, which the band will tour in support of on a 14-date tour throughout December and January.

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DA Premiere: The Floozies prepare for headlining Red Rocks show with ‘Butt Rock’

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After playing a sold out show opening up for GRiZ at Red Rocks just over a year ago, electro-funk livetronica duo The Floozies are coming back to the iconic amphitheater — this time as the headliners. Joining the party, and indeed doing their part in helping create it, are Russ Liquid live and fellow All Good Records artists Michael Menert and Sunsquabi.

In celebration of the upcoming show, The Floozies are giving fans a treat with a brand new track, aptly titled “Butt Rock,” as well as a free pair of tickets to the show October 8 (enter below).

“Butt Rock” begins by beckoning the listener with catchy layered vocal harmonies that have been a staple in many of The Floozies’ recent tracks. The retro-sounding vocals soon combine with big drum hits and a call-response between guitar and synth that bring the track together.

Once the drop hits, however, their salute to the rock of the ’90s takes a back seat to the bass of today. In classic Floozies fashion, each bass patch comes directly to the forefront and fills up a large part of the spectrum. Stringing runs and riffs of the bass together with short bursts of chords, guitars and vocals give that distinctive electro-funk sound.

The duo, which is composed of the brothers Mark and Matt Hill, were the first signees to GRiZ’s All Good Records imprint, no doubt due in large part to their extraordinarily unique and distinctive take on modern funk. They say it best when they describe the new track as “the musical equivalent to Thor riding around on a magical computer smashing things with his hammer.”

Enter below for a chance to win a pair of GA tickets to a night with some of the funkiest artists around. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased here.

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GRiZ gets his edgy groove back with new album ‘Good Will Prevail’ [Review]

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Michigan-based producer GRiZ has just released his 13-track funk odyssey Good Will Prevail, satiating his rabid fan base in the process.

The album opener “Wicked,” featuring Eric Krasno, provides a good litmus test for the other twelve tracks. It’s utterly gigantic and features a much more noticeable edge compared to GRiZ’s latest releases, particularly his relaxed Chasing the Golden Hour, Pt. 1 EP from last September. That edge is even more pronounced on “My Friends and I,” a collaboration with ProbCause, which opens in familiar, live-instrumented funkiness before segueing into a drop of crushing, slashing synths that wouldn’t be out of place in a dubstep track. Similarly, All Good Records signees Sunsquabi provide instrumentation on “I Don’t Mind” before GRiZ trades in his sax and gives his serrated synths center stage.

The producer makes sure to feature his softer side, though, and even pursues a heretofore unexplored direction. Cory Enemy and Natalola provide an assist on “What We’ve Become,” which adds a future house inflection to GRiZ’s usual funk pursuits. “Feelin’ Fine” hearkens back more firmly to Golden Hour, placing the emphasis on a rolling groove, wavy synths, and horn lines.

In all, Good Will Prevail represents GRiZ at his energetic best. While his earlier works featured more prominent synthesizers and heavy quantities of bass, with his more recent releases offering higher doses of live instruments, his fourth LP combines for a potent mix of both. Many of the compositions maintain the multiple, intricate layers of guitars, horns, and vocals that marked his maturation as a producer before unleashing a tidal wave of bass — as if to say he hadn’t forgotten about his sound design chops. This makes for an utterly confident record that portends even bigger things for GRiZ’s career.

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