Tell your friends! Tell your enemies: there’s a brand-new StrangeFlow EP – and its f-f-f-f-f-f-frrreeeee!
Yep! Decided to set up a music-release portion of my the site, for any releases I come out with, as well as other fine releases from other awesome artists in the future.. So here is a FRRREEE EP from me, and I hope you enjoy it!
Tried to go in the crunk’d-funk’d-glitch hop direction, kinda strayed into over-funky Chicago juke territory a little bit with the track Trillion Dollar Funk.. My favorite is the track ‘Boom,’ with a nice KRS-One sample and some really fun synth-work and a nice stupid-bass-heavy groove. Overall, the album has enough funk to strangle all remaining bald eagles..
One night, StrangeFlow was grooving so hard, the magnetic poles of the Earth were irreversibly switched, causing a lightning bolt to charge straight through StrangeFlow’s body, ripping open his internal organs and sending him into a funky trance; a perfect bliss-coma of purple-nirvana. Yes, yes – purple blood was everywhere!
It was in this violent purple stupor that StrangeFlow scrambled to his studio, and heroically recorded this glitch hop album, unleashing a series of bass-heavy tunes so electrified and crunktacular that even the casual listener cannot help but be incredibly grooved out and put into a super purple funk trance.
As well as being the first official album released by Bassadelic.com, its also a banger – drawing influences from Chicago juke, old school funk, as well as retaining that futuristic / tripped-out glitch hop crunk sound that StrangeFlow is known for…
Plus, it’s FREE!
..BIG UPS to Simteks for his professional, high quality mastering of this EP!
Yep. Dude’s a wizard. Check out his site, SIMTEKSMUSIC.COM
Once again, you can get the EP for free off of bandcamp…. here or here… or here!
You hear some people talking about how hip hop and electronic music are finally coming together. You hear other folks talk about how it was always this way, twenty or thirty years ago… And you hear even fewer folks talking about how hip hop is, fundamentally, a form of electronic music (though it went in a much different direction than the music that we consider to be ‘electronic,’ went in) but here’s something that you don’t hear people talking much about too much…
Prepare for a rant: hip hop is actually a form of trance music; I’ll explain why, now…
Back in the early 1980s (actually, it was the late 1970s…) there was a reformed gang leader, back from a trip from Africa, with lofty and inspiring ideas that certainly went on to help change the face of culture.
He organized hip hop blog parties where folks could hang out and enjoy some good rap music and dancing – and he also defined what hip hop was – a combination of graffiti, breakdancing, MCing, and DJing. It was all about positivity, as the organizer of this movement was trying to help give young kids in the ghetto an alternative to gang life. The man’s name was Afrika Bambaataa.
Now, if you would indulge me, I would like to explain how hip hop and trance music tie together so well…
There was a German band from the 70s, Kraftwerk, who dropped such trancey (…”trancey”..?) gems on the world as “Autobahn,” which goes on and on and on. Or, there’s “We Are the Robots,” which was another fun little number. Africa Bambaataa enjoyed the synthetic European trance pop sounds of the group, and decided to incorporate it into his own tunes, remixing Kraftwerk (and making the beats more interesting) as well as rapping over them, and by doing this, he helped in creating a new musical template.
He helped – though he was not the first to rap over a beat – but the trance link goes even deeper than just Afrika Babaataa sampling Kraftwerk – it goes MUCH deeper…
When DJs took the most danceable section of a disco/funk/r’n’b/pop tune and looped it, they were allowing for the ‘authenticity’ of that 4 second sound (including the tonality, the slightest amounts of reverb, the ‘organic’ variations of melodic and rhythmic quantifications – not to mention any scratches or imperfections in the vinyl recording) to be repeated, over and over… and over and over and over, creating a trance-like groove that was infectious. It was truly a pop-ish post-modern form of trance, in every sense possible.
The DJs realized, early on, that when an MC toasts and boasts over the record, it got the crowd excited… Maybe they realized that playing a hip hop beat on repeat was one thing – and having breakdancers break to it was yet another things – but including vocals made it altogether more whole, in a way (which is something that a lot of edm trance DJs don’t see to realize very often)…
So, when you hear DJs talk about how they’d “stay up for hours, listening to loops,” they’re listening to their own self-constructed trance tunes. Hip hop was, in a very fundamental way, a radical experimentation of sound and culture. Consider this – a whole musical genre was built on the basic premise of taking pre-existing funky tracks and converting them into a trance music structure (while at the same time keeping the original sound entirely intact) – that’s what hip hop music is (or, at least, was… though time has passed and the template is evolving once again, in some ways).
In structure and style, you can call it trance. If you consider the specific sounds of electronic music and edm/trance, hip hop also maintains a lot of the same sounds – the drumboxes, a heavy usage of synthesizers (and, in some cases, like Bambaataa, sampling actual electronic artists).
So, what is my point in all of this? My point is that trance has actually been one of the dominant forms of Western music for about twenty years, it just isn’t recognized as such. It never has been…
And no, not the kind of trance music that’s made exclusively for clubbers/hippies/mushroom-eaters, either. I know that’s the stereotype, but at least one or two of the aforementioned labels probably apply to at least 90% of hardcore enthusiasts of what is considered ‘trance’ (edm-trance) music…
So there you have it… Trance can be created by repetitive funk loops and reciting rhythmic poetry on top.
That’s pretty much it. I feel I don’t need to elaborate much more, as my point has hopefully been understood. I guess the reason I’m writing this is to show that despite what experts say…. (be they the old-guard ‘experts’ at Rolling Stone or VH1 or whomever… or even musicologists in universities who stubbornly refuse to recognize a trend that came along any time after the halfway point of the 20th century…) the experts are often not likely to reconsider their rigidly-held viewpoints, and therefore, are stuck in a bubble of their own creation. Bottom line – everyone is wrong except for me, StrangeFlow.
No, I’m just being sarcastic. Hell, sometimes I’m wrong about music, too! (…uh… occasionally… and on purpose) …
Some people get enraged when you try and label a new form of music – and this is true more often in electronic music culture, as much as anywhere else. I have my own theories on why this is, and obviously, there are good as well as bad implications of having a hundred different styles of music to look through. It can be daunting, to say the least, unless you are an extremely casual observer. But here’s the thing – subgenres are always based on preconceived notions of music style: if one goes back and reconsiders the ‘rules’ of music, the ‘exact’ history of the dynamic between music and culture, they might occasionally stumble upon revelations. Revelations, for example, like the link between hip hop and trance… or the revelation that, by definition, Chicago juke is actually a form of folk music, in addition to a super-fast dance music.
What are these revelations worth? Well, if people start to realize and appreciate a particular influence in a style of music they’re making or listening to, perhaps they’ll view that style of music a little differently… And once they start to view it and think about it differently, they will, invariably, start to go about interacting with it and creating it differently, in the future.
And so, really, what’s wrong with that? Especially considering that the only thing that has changed is one’s perception of an art form… If nothing else, this is just one more consideration / analysis in the ongoing understanding of the link between the artist’s mentality – and their resulting artwork.
So Bassadelic has had its 100th post! Only took a few months, too!
A HUGE “THANK YOU” goes to everyone who came to this site the last few months! There are a lot of articles, tutorials, and sample packs that are underway now, and I cannot wait to finish them and post them up on the site!
I’m very excited about the 100th post, and I’ve been working on some special things for the site, in honor of the 100th post!
One of those thing is a look back… a reflective post about the best posts on here..
A NEW STRANGEFLOW ALBUM, YA SAY??
Yep! later this week, there will be a NEW (& FREE) STRANGEFLOW ALBUM ! ! ! ! I’m extremely excited about this. I funk’d out the tunes, Simteks mastered ’em! Here you go:
Ok, so… It’s been 100 posts, and I decided to reflect back on some of the best posts here on the site!
For those of you who have been following Bassadelic since the beginning, the NUMBER ONE post should really be no surprise ;)
10.) First World DJ Bitching Fest
This one was great. And the twitter account (that I WISH I could take credit for, but cannot…) is still going, and still has big-name DJs and producers bitching about room service, bitching about ‘what some hotels CONSIDER steak,’ etc.. Ah, yes, the arrogance…. Click here to look at the article!
09.) The Sloweb: Taking a Second Look at the Notion of Internet Connectivity…
So, as it turns out, giving the world the option of connecting to everyone else in the world is only the first step to a global culture. As it turns out, the wold isn’t quite as small as we’re made to believe… The Sloweb: Taking a Second Look at the Notion of Internet Connectivity… Click here to look at the article!
08.) Sidechain Compression, 101: A Guide to Ducking
Sidechain Compression, 101: A Guide to Ducking.. Learn to Duck it out, just like Dilla did! This one was great, and I enjoy the header graphic the most… :) Click here to look at the article!
07.) the Jazz Gene: Why Some Music Has No Genre…
the Jazz Gene: Why Some Music Has No Genre… The post was a lot of fun to do, and I made a new friend after writing this post! Making friends because of writing is a great reason to keep writing :) (Hello, singingbones!) Click here to look at the article!
06.) Getting Your Samples Organized
Getting Your Samples Organized… This was a longer post that I made a couple months ago. It was fun to do. It was written by request, and also helped me clarify my sample organization methods a bit more. It’s great as a reference for anyone of any genre. Click here to look at the article!
05.) Hungry to Win: 4 Tips to Achieving the Creative Lifestyle of Your Choice
This post is about maintaining focus/motivation, empowering yourself and being creative, and telling nay-sayers to fuck off. Why? Because nay-sayers NEED to fuck off, that’s why ;) … Plus the graphic makes StrangeFlow look like a real winner, beating everybody at the Olypmics (and no, I didn’t photoshop that graphic – it actually happened…..) Click here to look at the article!
04.) Creativity 101 – How You, Too, Can Join the Creative Class
Speaking of creativity, I got specific about how (IN EXTREMELY SPECIFIC TERMS) how to go about making yourself more creative. Not some corny bs advice that others give you (like, “think outside the box. Just do it. Blah) but actual tactics that I have used in my life – tactics that work and can be employed right now. Click here to look at the article!
03.) The Great EDM Bubble
Despite that the fact that I was clearly joking around when I made the graphic, some folks still told me I had placed some of the subgenres a couple years too early or too late. Its humor! LoL. The more posts I do like this, the more complaints I will likely get… but that is OK. I’ve neglected doing very many straight-up humor or joke posts… Focusing mostly on music and production…. Though it is fun, once in awhile, to joke around, and I should probably add a few similar posts soon.. Click here to look at the article!
02.) StrangeFlow’s Video Guide to Making Breakcore
This was one of my first video tutorials, and I loved doing that! I’ve got a lot more “breakcore secrets,” and… I suppose it isn’t entirely unfair calling them secrets, either, considering most breakcore producers just plug in supatrigga and a distortion filter, walk away for half an hour, and come back with a finished album… I mean, come on, you know that’s true :) Click here to look at the article!
01.) How Rolling Stone Fell Out of Relevancy… Because, YES, They Did..
People got really bent out of shape when I wrote and article about how Rolling Stone Magazine sucks (and why that’s a relevant point to make) though to be fair, there were A TON of people who agreed.. I think the consensus was that it’s true.. Sorry, RS. Your music articles suck – but your political/news articles are often VERY good. Click here to look at the article!
Yep, time for another mixtape! I know I haven’t been keeping up on these as steadfastly as I have other portions of the site, but I’m going to try to change that!
Anyway, here’s a really amazing mix from Duburban Poison. It’s an hour long, and there’s a lot of REALLY dope material on here. Also, it’s pretty heavy on the KOAN Sound tunes, as well. I’m sure a lot of folks will be happy about that. The track listing is below..
Also, you can get a free 320 of this one! So DL it and jam to this at a high volume! :)
Noisia – Alpha Centauri (Receptor Remix)
Mako – The Fixer
Koan Sound ft Foreign Beggars – Look Who’s Back
Droptek – Explode
D1gona – Repeat Sure
Culprate – Finger VIP
Subdue – Black Stamps
Culprate – Ono
Kursa – Bonnibelle
Koan Sound – Talkbox
Koan Sound – Meanwhile In The Future
Blunt Instrument – The Pocket
Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten (Koan Sound Rmx)
Kursa – Be Kind Rewind
Davr – Rocksteady
Haywyre – Mono Nova
Koan Sound – Mr Brown
Kursa – Machinate
Quartus Saul & Maksim – Superheroes (Twist Rmx)
Kaza – Get Down
Kaza – Ready
Dcarls – All In
Tim Ismag – Girlfriend (Subdue Rmx)
M.O.P – Ante Up Acapella
koan Sound – Max Out
Myselor – It Don’t Mean A Thing
Tut Tut Child – Fat Cat Adventures
Habstrakt – Get Funky
Culprate – My Rock
Culprate – Childs Play
Freq Nasty – Dreat At The Controls (Culprate Rmx)
Here’s what Duburban Poison had to say about it:
For those who went to glade festival this year I’m sure you checked out the awesome meteor stage. On my return home i was inspired to make this feature length glitch hop mix featuring this biggest and best tracks in the scene right now. The glitch hop scene seems to lack a full length mix. Featuring Artists such as koan sound, culprate, kursa, kaza, Subdue, Blunt Instrument, Haywyre, Davr, Dcarls, Droptek, Tim Ismag, Myselor & Many more!
Defiantly worth a listen if you attended the meteor stage at glade, a lot of these tunes were dropped by the DJ’s who played. Also worth a listen if your a fan of bass music, glitch hop, dubstep, dnb and neurohop.
To see the stage experience i took this little (poor quality) video: http://youtu.be/z6As-FWn38s
Yes, it’s true. Bill I-502 passed in my state of Washington, and though there are stipulations (which you will probably NEED to read about before you celebrate, so you know ALL the facts) it looks like a new day is upon us. I don’t know the stipulations for Colorado and Detroit (and various other portions of Michigan.. I hear Grand Rapids has, too!) but, I’m celebrating. Plus, say what you want to about Obama, but it looks like we won’t have King Romney in the highest position in American politics, and that’s cause to get out of your seat and celebrate!
I’ve lived in Colorado, I currently live in Washington, and Michigan is my home state. So, I’d like to take full credit for this bill passing. Though I had nothing to do with it (except voting in Washington this week) CLEARLY marijuana legislation is following me wherever I go in this country (except for California, as it’s only ‘medicinal’ down there)!
So, anyway, considering the results of this election, I’m fucking cheery today.
Facebook was BLOWING UP last night, following the election, as Obama took a projected 284 electoral votes (last I checked) with only 270 needed to win. For those of you living outside of the States, the electoral college is an archaic faux-democratic institution we set up to keep the public (who were largely seen as stupid by our arrogant founding fathers) to ensure that We The People don’t mess up. It’s ridiculous and antiquated, but that’s for another day to rant about. The point of this post is, GalaxC Girl posted a smoker’s mix on her Facebook page in honor of legalization, and I’d like to repost it here, today!
The celebration over at the Obama camp included a lot of great funk music! Angryrancor tipped me off to that live stream last night, and let me tell, they really were funkin’ it up! My favorite tune that I heard was Boogie Shoes by KC & the Sunshine Band: