God.Damn.Chan.I.Love.This by Randy Ortiz


Alpha Pup... you know I needed this right? The jazzy, oozing synths and fluffy reverberating bass in this album is unreal. Slush is God.Damn.Chan's latest project and a personal one driven by change in his life journey from last year till now, a beautiful combination of bass and inner visions as you let it bump and surround you in it's warm light. You feel what Maine and Cali are like in some of these tracks, it varies from icy highs to summer thumps and jazzy sax n keys laying some nice touches to the tracks. You can just let this one ride the fuck out completely but if I had to pick favorites... Syrup Bath, Slush, To My Friends, GroovybbySmoke Break (the last min., damn) and Deuces. Peep the video for Slush below and see what you're in for.
*Slush will be released tomorrow (Feb. 23, 1018) and will be up for purchase/streaming here*

YouTube's Wave of Monetization Hurt by Randy Ortiz

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**UPDATE: I recently got a notice on my channel that I am eligible for monetization somehow, I don't have the subs and the hours viewed are slowly climbing towards that 40k needed so this came at a surprise. Either way I still don't change what I said below.**

Recently YouTube sent out emails like the one above to folks (including me) with smaller/young channels letting them know that due to the new policy in their YouTube Partner Program, their channels are no longer available to be monetized unless they meet the new guidelines. You now must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of total viewed time within the past 12 months. They talk about safe guarding creator revenue while simultaneously stripping away what made YouTube great, someone with a camera and vision can create content and be able to gain revenue from their creation. We all know how difficult it is to gain that amount of viewership and subs, they just made it a shitload harder for the little guys.

What does that mean? Well... you're going to have to work a lot harder and for free longer than what you thought if you're thinking of making it in YT. This honestly just means that more and more new content creators will leave YouTube (IMO) and will find other ways like Twitch to broadcast their messages and stream their work and games, since now what it seems is that Google cares more about protecting the top tier only. This is upsetting due to knowing the amount of artists that have been making some cash from it, be it their new music video, a skit or their growing vlogs. They are now left to continue buying equipment and paying for things while their main or big portion of revenue gets tugged from beneath them, I personally don't get impacted but I feel for others and it's a tad disheartening.

Yes YouTube has fallen quiet a bit but in no way shape or form has their dominance been diminished due to their parenting and now monetization slap. Yes Jake Paul deserved what he got for that stupid video (or all his videos) and they took him down their top tier ad partner program. Yes there's been tons of hate videos and misguided agendas played on their website but it's free speech and while I condemn all hate and narrow-mindedness, it's not fair if you believe in free speech. Yes they are damaging their service and damaging the relationship that creators have with them. Yes they probably don't care and that's the sad part.

I'm with the creators on this one, they are handling it poorly and I have a feeling the viewing and streaming competition is going to really ramp up now. This is also a great indicator that folks running Patreon, Indiegogo and upcoming cryptocurrency (ex. Tron) opportunities to earn money by self-distributing their work and take away the middle (big)man. Let's make 2018 the year we step away from the controlling hands of our art and prosper.

J Balvin's Mi Gente gets some Willy n' Bé by Randy Ortiz

Already being a fan of J Balvin and seeing how he's constantly elevating the latino artist market with interesting collaborations and visual style, gladly he has no plans to stop this wonderful way of releasing music with this being a recent example. This time he has Mauritian-French DJ/producer Willy William and Beyoncé on his Mi Gente smash hit, this beat stays dope and props to Bé for that Spanish flow. Liking the raw simple style of the video, it seems to mix in Youtube clips, choreographed recordings and karaoke sing-a-long text at the bottom. 
To also know that you can do something small yet good and help recent victims to the natural disasters, Beyoncé is also donating her proceeds of this song to charity. Some interesting collabos J Balvin keeps banging out and this one keeps the bar at a high once again.

Aleph Vol. 1 Melts the Shader off your face (Good thing) by Randy Ortiz


All I see and hear is bass heavy and grimy electronic glitches everywhere... I love it.
It's like Aleph turned life turned into a big continuous scene of dripping pixels with a constant sense of power and textures it's sound. Yeah fucking awesome. Some of it also reminds me of the 90's UK jungle music movement like Goldie's 'Temper Temper' in Goliath with it's heavy bass and industrial sound. Everything is complex and full of life. Trust when I say you should buy this (9/8/17) and have a listen below, you'll see what I mean...

From Alpha Pup:
The ALEPH project is a reflection of the heavily textured aesthetic found in today's electronic music, and exists as the evolution of the previous bass music incarnation known as Prophet. Where much of mankind's history in the exploration and study of music lies in the evolution of melody and harmony, the ALEPH project seeks to explore the nature of sound itself. When ideas are left unbound by dogma and tradition, the base concept of music blurs and breaks, yet foundations still lay within the wreckage of the old. ALEPH Vol. 1 seeks to capture this aesthetic, in both texture, experimentation, and raw power.
Solomon was a once great king whose legacy was forever tarnished by sin. The track of the same name was inspired by the fall from grace while in a position of power, and the devastating effects that can have. Goliath was the giant who conquered all in his path with his pure might and only fell due to his own arrogance. The song representing Goliath attempts to capture this fury with the simple yet heavy handed saw bass. "Monolith" represents a change in form, from a slow pounding rhythm, to a more complex percussive force, inspired by the stone that enlightened the Neanderthals in Arthur C. Clark's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
"Scintillations" is an even more complex song furthering this evolution, changing time signatures multiple times and meshing rhythm and bass with melody. "Lull" seeks to lure the listener into a trance, carefully changing its rhythm under the trembling bass and dust covered wind chimes. "Isalot" returns to the broken beats with a droning dull siren, exposing the forced imperfection of time and tone one can forge in electronic music.  The evil spirit calls us back to the past, with archaic rave stabs, but modern power.  
This project attempts to follow the change of form that music takes as the countless musicians of the past have shaped its previous incarnations, and attempts to explore what the future might hold, while still holding onto the lessons of old.

Curbside Jones Wolves' Clothing 100% Sheepreme Cotton by Randy Ortiz

Curbside Jones 80 hit combo with the mental floorbreak!
Will the sheep makes the clothes or with the clothes make the sheep... damn.
Curbside comes through with an EP that open the discussion of the sheep and wolf, a tale of adapting to them and rising as you. He touches on death, parenthood effects and what's expected of your masculinity while traveling thru sound bites and conversations with electric and soulful beats that bump, a very real and honest talk with his audience. Short n' sweet Wolves' Clothing makes you think, what if you acted like the wolf to in turn come out and evolve what a wolf is or perhaps redefine what it is to be a wolf? At least that's what I got from it and it sounds great. Props to Curbside for the honesty and the window into his mind. Peep the EP below and the animated video for Been Wolf.

Uncommon Nasa's Written at Night by Randy Ortiz

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy zoning out, it's midnight tho.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy listening to Uncommon Nasa's wordplay and clever mainframe.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy letting my mind go when creating while people sleep.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy looping Compass, Small Change and The Patient to focus.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy vibing out to the beats and feels, making my brain waves pulsate.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy lost in the way this album feels, making me check my watch and rub my eyes.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy telling you to buy this now and thank me later.

You will.

I Needed Color and Maybe I Need Less Sleep? by Randy Ortiz

In an amazing mini-documentary, THE Jim Carrey has managed to blow me away with his expression and art. Confusing and complicated is the mind of an artist and blessed are we to somehow let those thoughts and emotions out. A great looks into his mind, his art and how life sometimes works it's way into solving heartbreak and feeling.

He mentioned something that struck a chord with me, being up late and creating which I used to do a lot. In a recent creative slump I have had many thoughts as to what is the contributing factor, be it time, energy or motivation but time frame might be a contributing factor. I create best when there's isolation and no interruptions, this might have sparked me trying to find a better way for me to work without being up at 3AM cause... work, haha.

Thank you Jim.

Elhae's Aura (II) Is Shining by Randy Ortiz

If... you... don't... want... DRAMA, get with this Elhae Aura II 'cause it's well worth your 3AM after a wild party night or just wanna lay back and enjoy some of that good heart to heart R&B soul. I've praised Elhae before several times and what he's been consistent with while still being himself is elevating his sound on each and every next project. This is what good R&B should sound like right now without the cheesy bullshit, he also has a good balance of Hip-Hop in this project as well and it doesn't take away from the overall feeling of Aura II. A bit late to the album party since this came out in April but good music has no expiration or limit and this album I highly recommend to folks that like good music and don't mind that good love love in it.
Listen to the album below and make sure to show the homie support by buying/streaming it and let him know what you think. He's also going to be in Miami for SoulLit in August so go check him out live and get those tickets! See below for info.

Re/Inter-view: Pink Frost Returns with New Minds by Randy Ortiz

Labels... who needs em? People get too wrapped up in wanting to label the sound a band creates and I'd rather not. Especially when you have a band like Pink Frost ripping and roaring in your ear as Adam Lukas' vocals permeate throughout the album, creating a rugged yet cleaner and focused sound after a 4 year break. New Minds is a energetic, heavy yet dark album that keeps you going the entire damn time. It keep pushing in your ear till you just let it take over and the guitar beats you senseless as the vocals wrap around your head, let it. I came across their Sundowning album this year for the first time and was fully enjoying Ruins, Orange Sky Suicide and Dead Cities to name a few, so New Minds came to me at the perfect time.

Now having completed a few listens of New Minds, I can safely say that I do enjoy their harder hitting songs which is most this album and Bare Roots hits that spot in my Black Sabbath heart that I cannot ignore. It has that great droning and wailing guitar slow-down that makes you want to just take a break from whatever you're doing and space out for a few. You can feel the wind hitting you in Circles as the drums create this aural stomp while the melodic space of HeadlightsMirror Maze and We No Time settle you down from that high to end it on a slower note. I love bands like this where it takes you to another dimension and is about the music, not some gimmick or fad but exploration in sound.

New Minds is out now on iTunes, Spotify and on Bandcamp(Digital/CD/Vinyl). You can have a listen below and purchase it in your preferred format directly from their Bandcamp.

Now that we got to share what the new album feels like,
let's talk to vocalist/guitarist Adam Lukas of
Pink Frost!

Welcome back boys and thanks for releasing yet another album that continues to explore sound! It's truly great and I'm sure it'll also be a great gift to existing fans as well as all the new fans you'll gain in your journey.

Aside from the 4 year break and its reason, what learnings resonated with band after the release of Sundowning (2013) and remaster of Gargoyle Days (2015) that may have impacted New Minds? 
A lot has happened since Sundowning, but there is no real reason for the delay. 
We actually recorded the basic tracks for New Minds quite a while back, so we had the chance to live with the tunes for a while and really experiment with things. Adding a harmony here or a fuzzed out guitar there. Searching for days for the perfect reverb. Having a bit of detachment from the original sessions really helped us look at the songs dispassionately and focus on the dynamics of each song without the prejudice of performance or ego getting the way. In some ways it was like working with a different band. There were no deadlines set, so we could let the songs evolve and grow until they felt fully realized.

Time is best when creating so that's great you guys were able to sit with the tracks for a bit! Sometimes you just need to step back. When writing and rehearsing new songs, do you guys have anything in particular that gets you "in the zone" when in the creative state?
All the drugs mostly and maybe some practice.

HAHA! Gotta get there somehow eh? As I listened to New Minds at the end of the day, it served as a soundtrack of sort. Is there a certain feel that you guys were going for in this album?
Not consciously, but there is a certain underlying cohesion that seems to bind the tunes together. They all relate to and inform each other. It’s probably the thing I’m most proud of with the LP. We explore a lot of moods throughout the record, but it all feels like part of the same whole. A proper album, in an old school way, that makes sense from beginning to end. While sequencing the track order for the LP, it became obvious that there was only one way things could go. Every time we tried to switch up the song order something felt off and we put it back in its proper place. Each song serving a purpose in the puzzle.

Completely agree with the beginning to end feel! Glad to see music cohesion exists and not just tracks that go together. What's going on now that New Minds is finally out in the wild?
Trying to figure it all out at the moment. Hoping to tour and perform as much as possible.

What's up with the piñata?
That’s Alex’s girlfriend. Isn’t she lovely?

Sure is, I'd hit that haha. Now a VERY important question for ya, It's 3AM in Chicago, you're hungry and you have 6 bucks in your pocket... what's the best place to eat?
The Tamale Guy will actually come to you at the bar you’re at because it’s 3AM and he will kindly take your last $6 and even though you won’t be able to afford that taxi you were planning to take home, and can’t Uber because you dropped and shattered your phone after doing too many shots, you will still be happy. Solid late night eats.

Well damn that's actually a great thing, I'm sure he has a good amount of business and if I'm ever in Chicago I'll look him up. You can only pick one... Super Mario Brothers Super Show, Ren & Stimpy Show or Invader ZIM?
Ren and Stimpy

Good pick, I like to at least sneak in one 'toon question haha. Thanks for giving us your time and shedding some light into the Pink Frost world. Anything you wanna leave us with?
Peace and love, peace and love. And unbridled anxiety.

At work now so halfway to unbridled, haha.
Thanks again to Adam Lukas for answering and entertaining, hear ya on the next one or on stage!

El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado - El Tesoro by Randy Ortiz

It's been a while since I've posted anything from El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado (Argentina) but they are back! Their new album titled La Síntesis O’Konor on Nacional Records (June 23rd) is coming up and lucky for anyone with ears, I'm fortunate to be premiering 'El Tesoro' which is a new track off their upcoming album. Listen below and escape into the melodic guitars and lose yourself in what might be your favorite new song to leave on repeat. It's such a clean yet fuzzy sound that just makes you crank up the volume and lose yourself in between the guitars and bass as Santiago's voice carries you around the music-scape.
No estoy seguro de cuántas veces he repetido esta canción, jaja... que canción muchachones! Also peep out their spacey album art after the video and let them know what you think on Twitter!