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

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!

Atropolis Blocks Off Evil With His Solo Debut

Atropolis (Adam from Cumba Mela) has finally released his solo project self titled 'Atropolis' and has a mesmerizing amount of thumping bass and sounds of Cumbia, Afro, House and anything else acquired during his time in collective Cumba Mela and their travels. It takes you on this fantastic journey thru visions of gatherings, culture, jungles and flowing energy while captivating your ears and rendering them powerless as the tracks play out. I always look forward to albums like this where it had a distinct sound and adds to music (Can't really place it in a genre) while at the same time it's culture presenting sounds bring a new feel. You will hear guiras, hard hitting bass, sexy vocals, and drums that will turn into your soundtrack to the night which you hope it never ends. 'Che Bo has that cumbia bass goodness I've started to love, 'Huepa' Je' also is one of my many favorites in this album. Having interviewed the awesome Cumba Mela group a while ago, I know where they're coming from and it's a fantastic experience they serve live. Atropolis has taken that formula and added his own particular sound while still engaging the audience in different cultures and sounds. While you hear the tracks playing and senses taken over, there is still this sense of calmness and clarity in it all. It will If your looking for an experience in sound and not just an album to hear, then you've found it here. Atropolis... this has to be one of my favorite releases of 2011, thanks to Dutty Artz for releasing it!

Buy: iTunes, Juno, Turntablelab, Boomkat

Album track preview: 02. Atropolis - Asi Asi Asi (ft. Noelia Fernandez) by Atropolis

WGM Interviews Wil-Dog of Ozomatli

[youtube][/youtube]Another video from the unreleased WGM vaults is an interview I did with Wil-Dog from Ozomatli, a dope live band from Cali that has contributed many good things to life and music. They just came back from performing in China and Mongolia, and also representing the United States as cultural embassadors at the time of the interview. Ozo's sound is made up of many cultures and genres mixed together to create something that had all of us jumpin and thumpin in Brooklyn at last years LAMC. At the same time that they have everyone reciting and dancing to their music, they also do a lot in communities/countries and reach out to people in need. On level with the When Giants Meet vision of cultural and musical intake also lending a hand to those in need, Wil-Dog let's us know what goes on in their travels, sounds, and the causes that they are down with.

Yes it was mad noisy at the hotel, there was like 1000 sites and artists doing interviews at the same time haha. Hope you enjoy the interview!
For more information on Ozomatli check their site, and follow them on Twitter along with Wil-Dog!
Mexican Institute of Sound 'Suave Patria' EP

Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound recently released an EP 'Suave Patria' and has all that you've come to expect from a M.I.S. album... damn does it keep you jumping and grooving. Fusing the sounds of old Mexico with different tracks and sounds that make you wanna pull a dance move or two while all the head-nodders will get their fill of bass is what this release is about. As eclectic as sounds come while retaining it's roots it's nice to see musical history repeated in a fresh and palatable way to the generation of now. Check out the stream of the album below courtesy of the good folks at KCRW, it will be up until December 28, 2010.

The EP is available now on iTunes for an awesomely low $3.99, also the vinyl on Amazon for $15.10. For more info on Camilo Lara check out our WGM Interview with him.

'Off the Needle' with Cosmo Baker

Welcome our first installment of 'Off the Needle,' where we talk to DJ's and ask their opinions on what's going on in their industry. Our first guest is Cosmo Baker part founder of The Rub and a DJ who truly keeps it bumpin n' shakin all night, we asked him a few questions on the mixtape front hear what he has to say below!

The Mixtape Touch

What was the last mixtape you bought? Well considering how much mixtapes are used these days as free promotional tools it's less often that I buy one than just downloading one honestly. But the last one that I bought was the Fabolous & DJ Drama "There Is No Competition 2 - The Funeral Service" mix. I'm a big fan of both and they consistently put out dope product, so it's kind of a no-brainer.

The word mixtape gets thrown around a lot now without an actual DJ on production. What are your thoughts on that? Well I think there's an art to compiling. Even back in the day when one would make mixtapes in high school, the programming and sequence is crucial, and working with the ebb and flow that conveys the feeling you are trying to express. Like think about that scene in "High Fidelity" when Cusack gets all into that. But obviously in the 21st century the bar has been raised so much higher where now you have mixtapes that are basically albums, both sonically and in a marketable sense. So the production is really important obviously. And you can look at the production techniques that a lot of the DJs in the 90s did with multiracking, and then how you had guys like Spinbad and Green Lantern take it to the next level. Then you have a guy like Drama who I mentioned before. Now normally I think it's lame when DJs - or so called "DJs" - have a mixtape and don't even mix one record. But then you have a guy like Drama and he basically took the art of compiling and the concept of "theme" and makes these super cohesive and together mixtapes, like a lot of the "Gangsta Grillz" series. LIke I said, basically like mini-albums. But ultimately I think that with any DJ it's important to have a fully formed vision and a concept of what you are trying to say. Most of the joints that I do, be it the Love Break series or shit like the Too Much Possee, I try to have definitive concepts that are fun and also unique.

Do you think it lessens the importance of a DJ when a mixtape is not done by an actual DJ? Yes and no. Anyone can cook an egg that will be good to eat for breakfast, and that's cool. You take a top chef and they will cook some eggs that will fuck your whole shit up, boy! And again, don't get me started about these mixtape "DJs" that don't mix at all.

What was the song or set that set you off into the wonderful world of vinyl? I dunno man, my first real record I owned was Elton John "Bennie & The Jets" on 45. I'm pretty sure the first record I went out and bought was Newcleus "Jam On It" for obvious reasons. But you know, once you get started with this shit, it just takes over you.

You play a wide variety of music in your sets, what kind of vibe do you like giving off from a Cosmo Baker night? I try to do a lot of shit that I think is smart and you can dissect and be like "Oh shit I get that!" But at the end of the day I don't want people standing around scratching their fucking heads like it's a goddamn symposium. I'm into making people dance, and helping them have fun and lose their shit. But I also try to do it in a unique way that people wouldn't expect, but works so naturally. So fuck it I'm just gonna be funky no matter what.

We'd like to thank Cosmo for sharing some time with WGM and hope our readers enjoyed this piece as there will be more to come. If you are a DJ and would like to share your thoughts on this topic hit us up!