Capitalizing on an already successful 2018 year, New Orleans based ensemble The Russ Liquid Test are diving head first into the fall season with fresh new headlining, and supporting performance dates. The genre-blending, live electronic trio will headline shows boasting support from Artifakts, Recess, Belkan Bump, and Daily Bread. The tour started earlier this month and will last until
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Costa Rica’s rising tropical festival, Envision, is just weeks away. In its eighth year, the festival continues its mission to awaken human potential with art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and fundamental connection with nature.
From Feb. 21-25, thousands will flock to Uvita to experience a stellar lineup of music, which has been announced in full. In addition to headliners Xavier Rudd, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis and more who were announced in August, Envision has revealed the addition of acts like TroyBoi and The Russ Liquid Test to the lineup.
“We really wanted to bring in best in breed artists from every corner of the globe,” says festival co-founder and music director Josh Wendel. “But we also wanted to create a platform for some of the best emerging talent in Costa Rica and its neighbors. In addition to being our most intentional lineup yet, the artists we’ve got coming for Envision 2018 are both world famous and driven to achieve the same impact we want to make in the world. Through language and culture we’re united by the dream we share, and that just makes the experience of coming together on the same dancefloor so much more special.”
Though Envision 2018 is already 70 percent sold out, four-day general admission tickets can still be purchased here.
The Russ Liquid Test‘s future-oriented funk and jazz stylings continues to gain momentum across the live jamtronica scene. The New Orleans-based trio — known for their clean fusion of live instrumentation, psychedelic visuals, and digital sound design — have just capped off a mind-blowing Suwannee Hulaween performance as one of the last stops along their extensive fall tour.
On Nov. 3, The Russ Liquid Test released their seven-track World Gone Crazy EP following a string of teased singles off the record, “Rise,” “World Gone Crazy,” and “Communication Breakdown.” The full EP instrumentation consists of live drums, guitar, brass, keys, and a number of digital softwares, resulting in a hybrid style typically unfrequented in dance music. As such, World Gone Crazy comes as a landmark release for the three-piece band, highlighting their evolution over recent years both on stage and in-studio.
From the funky, free lead-in track, “OMOP,” to the light-hearted vigor of the closing track, “Ruckus,” the entire EP is as fun and dynamic as it is robust, compelling, and vitally urgent. A stand-out track on the EP is “World Gone Crazy,” featuring Chicago-based rapper ProbCause, for how it perfectly encapsulates the overall ethos of the album with undeniable energy and a potent political commentary that is fitting for the current historical moment.
A diverse project comprised of hip-hop, liquid drum and bass, funk, and downtempo, The Russ Liquid Test’s World Gone Crazy EP remains true to the sound they’ve long-cultivated while proving their versatility knows no generic bounds.
Suwannee Hulaween has become one of the most highly-anticipated gatherings over the past five years. Held annually at the picturesque Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, the festival has gained a veritable reputation as the South’s premier Halloween weekend festival. This year, Bassnectar, GRiZ, and The String Cheese Incident are among the top acts that will draw a sold-out jam and bass crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite acts on the bill from a broad range of genres for a playlist series leading up to the weekend.
Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk with the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter, produce,r and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. The All Good Records signees have been on a heavy string of releases (with their most recent premiered on DA) while on their 2017 fall tour, stopping at Hulaween this weekend, Oct. 27–29th.
The guys of The Russ Liquid Test have compiled an especially funky playlist for DA, complete with tracks from Opuio, Michal Menert, Break Science, and Defunk to go along with GRiZ and Leo Napier’s “A Fine Way To Die” and Pretty Lights‘ new future-analog original track, “Rainbows and Waterfalls.” Here’s what they had to say about their Hulaween playlist:
“This is a good sampler of our musical tastes. Blending the old school with the new school. We try to reconnect the sounds of today with the sounds of yesterday in a unique way in our writing.”
More Hulaween details and ticket info, here.
The Russ Liquid Test have arrived with an enigmatic release fresh off their forthcoming EP World Gone Crazy. For this kinetic track, the trio have teamed up with rapper ProbCause for a politically charged single that doesn’t pull any punches when addressing perceived turmoil in the world.
In addition to the heavy-hitting lyrics, the track highlights the group’s praiseworthy versatility with a sonic atmosphere that simultaneously departs from their previous releases and retains their signature sound.
The track is sure to drum up excitement for the trio’s EP, slated for release November 3rd via GRiZ‘s All Good Records. In the label boss’s own words: “Russ’s growth as a musician has been incredible. He’s sounding better than ever!”
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.