Elevated energy, extreme talent, and the gift of FUNK is something Analog Son has been effectively crafting for almost three years now, come fall. This past weekend, Analog Son, featuring the magical congas by Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident, had hips shaking from Boulder to Denver as they made their way to the Burton US Open in Vail this week. With leading musicians Jordan Linit - guitar and Josh Fairman - bass, the minds behind the original design of this ever evolving funky collaboration, they’ve successfully experimented with members of Lettuce, Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, The String Cheese Incident, The Motet and Juno What?! - to name a FEW. Their flaming hot fusion is electric on its own, as they combine the ranging technologies of music production from the very beginning of funk music, and bringing that well-rounded elaboration to the stage. Their mission is Funk, and their artillery of musical genius is impossible to deny.
Kaminanda is not necessarily a household name in music, even at the underground EDM level.
However when he finally does roll into town for his headliner set, he leaves audience in utter awe. His psy-dub style of electronica coupled with tasty guitar licks is a blend of so many genres that can be traced from funk to classic rock of yesteryear. Before his May 28th headliner set at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, we got a chance to sit down and discuss what exactly makes the man behind the psy-dub tick.
Most of your tracks are very multidimensional. What inspires this?
The desire to time travel and explore unlimited streams of consciousness.
You just recently started posting a “song of the day” on your Facebook page, which of the songs posted thus far has influenced you the most? What way did this song influence you?
Maybe Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”. It’s just a masterpiece. The song structure, the groove in the middle jam, the psychedelic textures and the re-entry back into the song part. It’s just amazing. 22 minutes as well!
If you could live in any era what would it be and why?
1960’s. For obvious reasons...
What does a perfect day look like to you?
Playing multiple sets at a festival and getting to play with a band.. Maybe ending the day in a cuddle puddle.
What projects are you currently working on?
An uptempo tribal techno project. Planning stages of the Kaminanda live band.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
Cat Stevens or Bobby McFerrin. It would be an honor to hear their vocals on a track.
What does Colorado culture mean to you?
Music, smiles, cannabis, mountains and Red Rocks.
Weekend warriors, urban explorers and beer-loving bar goers; this is for you. Colorado Culture wants to help you out by guiding you for a night on the town for cheap. A part of being Coloradan is exploring your surroundings and finding the most interesting places, so we’re going to help you out by showing you some of the most unique places to start in the Denver area.
What do Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, and Funtcase all have in common? Their label. This past weekend this Circus Records trio took over Global Dub Red Rocks in a B2B set, playing those heavy whompy tracks that had the whole crowd headbanging.
Colorado Culture had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the three, and let’s just say that there’s a reason why they’re on this Circus label.. these guys are a bunch of fun-loving blokes who would be just as at home at a three-ring circus as they are onstage. Check out the interview and see why:
Champagne, bananas, INSANITY!!! These three things are guaranteed to be found in the world of Dada, and last Saturday night at Red Rocks was definitely no exception! Everything from 60 foot long inflatable bananas, to an unbelieveable amount of lasers, that unmistakable banging electro Dada sound and, of course, champagne being sprayed everywhere!! It was truly a spectacle to see! If you were not fortunate enough to experience the wonder of what was Dadaland Before Time, then here is a breakdown of the evening.
Far too often music aficionados disregard smaller venues and more intimate shows as lame. But there is something sobering about seeing a big name in EDM performing in a 500 person venue, with minimal stage production. On Tuesday March 15th, the Dutch EDM Trio Yellow Claw played a high energy set that had the whole crowd bouncing. Opening the night for them was a recent addition to the Barong Family, Moksi. The bucket hat wearing Dutch Duo started the night off with a relatively tame deep set. The crowd had fully accumulated 15-20 minutes into the duo’s set, and they were very responsive to the beats being laid down. As Moski dumped bass anticipation for Yellow Claw was peaking. Moksi was a phenomenal supporting act, and no doubt would make for quite the headliner. They did an amazing job of getting the crowd hyped up for Yellow Claw, picking up tempo as their set drew to a close.
Between the growing tension across the nation from this unruly political process and opinion pieces becoming the only resource for media outlets to infiltrate voters highly receptive to social influence, our generation has been left with the daunting task of sorting the banter from impenetrable truth. While Migos have had several disputes occur during the course of their shows as of late, the people of Denver maintained its prevailing respect and passion for music, culture, class, and diversity. Is that not what makes this city so profound? Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff did not just piped up Denverites at City Hall last Saturday, (Yes, I said it) they taught us a grand lesson in what defines our generation from the rest.
As the clouds were rolling in on a beautiful Friday night in Boulder it started to snow creating a relaxed yet excited buzz around The Boulder Theater where fans stood outside chatting and laughing anxiously awaiting to see their favorite musician, and with that energy in place it would set the tone for an evening with Citizen Cope.
Immediately as you went inside you noticed huge signs that declared it to be a media blackout. Specially meaning Cope won’t allow any photos or videos and encouraged his audience to stay present and be with them throughout the show. For some this was noticeably upsetting and for the majority just shock. Yet as the lights went down and the energy shifted to all black with just one spotlight the crowd waited. Hoping around, swaying people were ready for the show, and as he made his way out on stage to a thunderous applause not one person pulled out their phone, and to say it was magical would be an understatement. You could see each person so focused on Cope that even if you wanted to take a photo you wouldn’t dare disrupt the energy. He started off his set with a bang, taking the audience on a beautiful ride with him that evening. Almost no small talk was made in-between songs and he even acknowledged that “he sucked” at talking and much rather just sing, and so he did.
Founded in the early 1990’s by Del the Funky Homosapien, the Oakland-based hip hop collective Hieroglyphics has left an imprint on the hip-hop scene as sizeable as their eight member strong crew is deep. Including not only Del, but also fellow MCs Casual, Pep Love, producer Domino, DJ Toure, and also the members of fellow Bay Area hip hop act Souls of Mischief (Phesto, A Plus, Opio, and Tajai), the extensive roster that makes up Hiero has enabled their reach and influence to spread far and wide since their inception. However, having such a bevy of performers within one collective oftentimes makes it difficult for members to get on the same page, especially when a tour is concerned. This is why it was such a treat to see the full lineup perform at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Saturday March 26th.
But Hiero wasn’t the only crew that showed up to rock the stage at Cerv’s. Colorado-based duo the ReMINDers were there in support, and delivered a scorching set that was easily the most memorable of all the openers on the evening. Composed of MC Big Samir, MC/Vocalist Aja Black, and DJ Lazy Eyez, their combo of Samir’s raw, bilingual, rapid fire flow, Aja’s soulful and poignant delivery, plus Lazy Eyez’ reggae-infused beats had the crowd jumping from start to finish. No doubt they won over an entire legion of new fans with that performance, myself included.
Going up, on a Tuesday!
Amber Giles, better known as MIJA, has been killing the electronic scene this past year. Following her back-to-back set with Skrillex at Bonnaroo, this superstar became noted as one of EDM’s top 15 artists to look out for in 2015.
Let me just start off by telling you --this girl knows how to mix. That being said, with the support of local Kommon Interests and Denver’s Sloane Peterson, the Fox Theater was filled with electronic music enthusiasts from all across Colorado.
Some like it hot and some like it boiling. Well, the fire could be found at the Bluebird Theater Friday night. Warming up the stage and kicking off the evening was Colorado's own Tyler Gettel. Tkettle mixed in Hendrix-inspired guitar licks with his smooth remixes of popular tracks by artists ranging from Odesza to The Temptations.
Vince Seidl aka Diamond Cuts aka 1/3 of the funk supergroup Resonant Frequency Music took over and decided to drop a few fresh slices. Diamond Cuts paid tribute to the Diamond Dog himself David Bowie, and also dedicated a song to his father. Vince came through to throw down funky tracks like "Time Warp" but made sure to drop remixes of hip-hop legends like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Notorious BIG for the homies.
If knowledge is power then in Congo Sanchez is a force to be reckoned with. Producing an energized downtempo reggae sound with serious lyricism. Congo, Haile, and Flex come together as Congo Sanchez a group originating from Washington D.C. They have a sound that manages to bring bouncy island vibes to the hard city streets. Tracks like "Dealing With This" and "Gentrified Children" that not only sound amazing but point out the issues many people face that often get overlooked.
On Friday, May 6th, Denver/San Francisco based Euphonic Conceptions curated a powerhouse of an event for Denverites at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and it’s neighbor venue Cervantes’ Other Side. The dual venue event boasted a lineup consisting of Shuj Roswell, Maddy O’Neal (Krooked Drivers), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), Marvel Years, Russo, Russ Liquid, Nosaj Thing and The Gaslamp Killer.
For an event of this magnitude, the crowd was eager to enter at 9pm sharp. Which served as a breath of fresh air in comparison to many events that remain audience free until the headliner takes the stage. Kicking off the other side was Denver based Shuj Roswell: the up and coming funky bass driven live instrument centric producer who releases on Michal Menert’s Super Best Records label, got the crowd warmed up for an unforgettable night with his upbeat blend of ‘funktronadelic’ tunes. Following Roswell was DJ Russo in the main Room. Russo, whose weapon of choice is a crate of vinyl and some turntables, was building a party of his own. Flawlessly mixing disco, house, hip hop, and everything in between, he set the bar for the night, and set the mood for Mr. Russ Liquid.
Russ Liquid, a Denver favorite, is known well for his energetic trumpet and live midi key performances. He performs his sets almost entirely composed of his own music and can effortlessly weave between djing and live instrumentation. Russ is a true musician and even paid tribute to the late, great Pumpkin, who passed away earlier this year in a car accident. While Russ was doing his thing on the main floor, Maddy O’Neal was banging out sexy, bass driven, glitch funk on The Other Side. Maddy, who many know more familiarly as one half of Krooked Drivers, recently (and peacefully) parted ways with her Krooked Drivers bandmate and started a project of her own. Joined on stage by Sunsquabi, this whole performance proved that Maddy is a force to be reckoned with in the future of Colorado dance music
A true performance, from beginning to end, Zhu absolutely nailed his set at the Ogden in Denver. His set told a complete story from beginning to end, allowing the audience to join Zhu on his immersive musical journey. Truly an artist, Zhu never ceases to surprise, amaze, and try new things. He’s always changing, never comfortable with his success. His set elicited a wave of emotions, with visuals and light shows to culminate in an unforgettable night.
Infected Mushroom has been around for what seems like forever…. and it’s actually 1996 to be exact. The Israeli duo which is comprised of Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani have seen the music industry change, partied in a lot of really cool spots, and had some interesting times on the road together over the years. One thing is for sure, they are no strangers to Colorado, which is why Colorado Culture was stoked to sit down with them last week before their shows at The Gothic Theater on Thursday and Friday night.
I’m sure, like me, that many of you want to know what their biggest influences and inspirations are. Their answer was quite simple: a little bit of everything. “Heavy Metal to Electronic music, old school, and new school.” As they were creating their new album(BUY NOW), one that they describe as a “chill out album,” they said they were listening to music from Shpongle, Koan Sound, Opio and even Pink Floyd (although they said it was not a musical influence). If you have listened to Infected Mushroom, you know it is hard to nail down an exact sound, and with their wide variety of influences it is easy to see why.
Oh, how we miss the smell of winter in the air, and waking up to some white stuff blanketing our peaks. In Colorado, we have the luxury of taking off to the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range whenever we like. If you are not from here, and are looking for a quick getaway, we have plenty of gorgeous places to go in the mountains. My personal favorite for all that Colorado Culture has to offer is Breckenridge, CO. Not only does it have phenomenal skiing and riding, but its small chill ski town vibe is off the charts! Yes, prices are elevated in these parts of Colorado, but they make it worth your while. The hotels are always great, and the locals make you feel like family. Also, summer is a great time to visit.
When I think of the perfect happy hour, there are five special places, in particular, that come to mind. Each has their own distinct flare to it, and it just so happens that they are all conveniently located on the same street- that street would be Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. Maybe some of you have had the pleasure of experiencing a few of these awesome happy hours, but if you haven’t, it needs to be a priority!
Living in Colorado means that you accept the insane weather changes almost every day. Our weather is often referred to as the "bipolar climate, blink and it changes”. It’s funny how we can wake up one day to a white out blizzard and the next day the snow is gone and we’re out and about with shorts on. Although it is unpredictable, sometimes it can work to our advantage. The weather unpredictability allows us the opportunity to go on beautiful hikes almost year round! Colorado is blessed to have some of the most scenic hikes in the U.S. So you can call us spoiled, but we aren’t complaining! Get your hiking boots laced up(and most likely a few extra layers), because it’s never too late to go! Go live some culture. Here are our some good ideas to get you started.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s imperative to get your body sufficiently fueled up for the day in front of you. Whether you’re preparing for a case of the Mondays at work, or you’re binge eating the morning after the alcohol-heavy diet you forced yourself to indulge in the night before, breakfast can be your little taste of Heaven for the day. “Breakfast food” is the superhero in your belly, helping you get through your days. It just so happens that in Boulder, there are three beyond spectacular breakfast restaurants around to fulfill any and all of your morning cravings.
1) The Buff
The first and my personal favorite breakfast place in Boulder is The Buff. This place not only serves dishes the size of your head, but they are also creatively delicious. From their delectable and savory Eggs Benedict (MY FAVORITE) to their sweet and sticky sour dough French Toast, you get the best of whatever you’re in the mood for. They even have lunch dishes too, if in fact you are among the unfortunate souls who do not prefer breakfast food. Their Ozo coffees are bottomless, and their iced coffee drinks are even more so seeing as how the glasses they serve them in are bigger than your head! There are also a plethora of ‘boozey’ drinks for your liking as well depending on your morning mood and after breakfast agenda of course. The Bloody Marys and Mimosas are to die for! With everything you could want out of a breakfast restaurant, why not go?!