Malai Llama w/ Lula Granji and Sixty Minute Men | 10.06.16 @ The Fox Theatre Boulder
First up was Sixty Minute Men. This group is known for their skillful blending of jazz, funk, vintage and neo soul, rock, and r&b into soulful originals that keep your feet moving and certainly feed the need. Opening with a recording of the classic r&b tune, “Sixty Minute Man,” after which the band is named, they headed into a heavy New Orleans funk jam before playing through a few original songs off their most recent album, “Away We Go,” released this past July. They did a great job of warming up the stage for the next group Lula Granji who picked up right where Sixty Minute Men left off.
Lula Granji, popular local jam group, was next on stage to set an ethereal tone with music that was both hypnotically mesmerizing and expertly executed. They never cease to amaze with their ability to play together while taking the crowd on a psychedelic journey where who’s in charge could be anyone. The atmosphere created is truly one of joint expressiveness.
The headliner, Malai Llama, brought the heat out of the gate. All experienced and impressive musicians in their own right, they were joined by none other than Michael Travis of Eoto and The String Cheese Incident as well as Bill McKay of the Derek Trucks band and Leftover Salmon. In the middle of their set they brought on Saxophone player Jonathan Frett, of Sixty Minute Men to fill out their horn section as their guitar player shifted to Bass and the Bass player to Trombone for their iconic reggae song about love and fun. To say the least, this show was one for the ages and, perhaps, even the fine proprietors of The Fox Theatre were pleasantly surprised.
Catch these bands around Boulder and the surrounding area for a chance to catch their next show, and follow them on social media to stay up on the news. We expect to continue seeing great things from these groups!
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Boulder resident and powerhouse produce, Griz, is at it again with his new Album entitled, "Good Will Prevail," bring back some of his production roots of great glitchy, and complexly rhythmic production, releases a nice blend between some of his new school and old school styles. Never skimping on his vocal sampling and MoTown roots, this producer is a hit factory. Teaming up with fellow Boulder artists SunSquabi and Big Gigantic, he succeeds yet again in creating a diverse album showcasing his many abilities both as a producer and as a saxophone player.
He also comes together with guitar phenom, Eric Krasno, to put together some tastefully eerie yet insightful music that is both interesting and challenging to the listener. Something that we love to see in electronic dance music. As a producer, it's difficult to work in some tasty relationships between melody and harmony within a genre driven mostly by rhythm. Griz doesn't disappoint while maintaining his roots, his creative flare, his musicality, and his incredible production technique.
Griz | Good Will Prevail
KMG Top 5 Best New Tracks
Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience
Shout Out to KMG FAM for the Dope New Video Release, "Special Price." Check out the Video Below!!
Robert Glasper is perhaps the quintessential family name when the genre of jazz fused with hip hop/soul/funk comes up. Making breath taking blends of old favorites and prophetic fusions of originals, he never ceases dazzling fans everywhere. His music is both brilliant and challenging while remaining widely accessible to music lovers everywhere. This album comes after his 2013 LP release "Black Radio 2" that he featured many hip hop artists on including Common, Snoop Dog, and Lupe Fiasco, as well renowned vocalists Nora Jones and Jill Scott. His band is made up of Glasper on Keys, Casey Benjamin on Vocals/vocoder/ and saxophone, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Derrick Hodge on Bass, and what they create together is truely art science!
"The reality is my people have given the world so many different styles of music, you know, so many different styles, so why should I just confine myself to one. We wanna explore them all"
The album's next tune is a track called "Thinking Bout You" which is a very light blend of hip hop and soul to make a delicious neo-soul mix of sounds with the lush vocoded vocals of Casey Benjamin rocking you almost like a lullaby.
The album begins with a great intro track begun at a burning tempo in a very modern-free jazz style form. There are some dazzling solos played before entering into a more chilled neo-soul feel which is the classic Robert Glasper style his fans have come to know and love. It is quite a great introduction to the spirit of the rest of the album as this listener comes to learn as they get deeper into the music.
The next tune on the track called "Day to Day," is a new style we've heard from Glasper. It's heavy disco influence infused with a little taste of funk is a very fresh new sound for some of our ears in particular. It is a sound we very much like! Some great use of cool production and stylistic techniques fused with some more velvety vocals from Benjamin.
Tell Me A Bedtime Story is a favorite off Artscience. Glaspers treatment of the timeless Herbie Hancock classic is nothing short of immaculate. The song was originally written by Hancock as part of the Fat Album Rotunda, Hancock's 8th studio record and first after leaving Blue Note for Warner Brothers. The album was originally written as part of a sound track for the TV special Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert which was the inspiration for classic TV show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Glasper and the boys went as far as to write new lyrics over the original melody which only adds to the artistic value of the track, and album all together.
As for the rest of the album, we don't want to give away all the juicy ear-plums on this record. You'll just have to click over to youtube or spotify to check out the scene. We promise it is very hip.
New Lettuce EP: Mt. Crushmore
Mt. Crushmore promises to be an amazing and MUCH anticipated new collection released by the New York City funk/soul revivalists. Rich there next to Tower Of Power, these guys crush funk and soul shows from coast to coast consistently funking people out of their shoes.
This next release is due for November 11th, but while we wait, check out their newest single release with Tedeschi Trucks Band singer, Alecia Chakour, and mark your calendar for Mt. Crushmore!
Oct 25, 2016
Apr 04, 2017
KMG Podcast 006 // Ft. Papa J Ruiz
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Toussaint Lorenz New EP // I.B.O.H.
We want to give a huge shout out to KMG Fam Toussaint Lorenz and a warm congratulations on his new EP release! Tracked, mixed, and mastered here at KMGLife Inc., we've watched him put his heart and soul into his music during every session. We are honored to have played a part in his musical journey.
Check out his new EP below and follow him on social media!
Doobie Club Presents: Beat Battles
Last week KMG had the pleasure to be a part of Doobie Club's Beat Battle down in Denver at Lincoln Station. Beat Battles was a tournament style competition including 16 producers going head to head for the grand prize of 5 free hours of studio time here with us! Each round gave the producers the chance to show case 2 beats with the winners advancing to the next round. Each elevated round included an extra minute. With so much talent in one room, the competition was fierce!
We'd like to congratulate the winner, EC3! We look forward to working with you in the studio!
Apr 11, 2017
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KMG Podcast 007
New Gorillaz Album // Humanz
It's been 7 years since their last album "The Fall" back in 2010 which came merely months after their ground breaking concept album "Plastic Beach" released just a few months prior. As a kid who aged half his life dancing a two step to the Gorillaz very different sound with the kind of attitude reminiscent of RATM (Rage Against the Machine) but a little more toned down, there was something about the lack of respect for authority that made up the rebellious music of the 90s.
The new album is set to release April 28th. Check out a track list below! The heavy list of features is almost enough to have you pre-ordering it right now!
Ascension feat. Vince Staples
Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
Momentz feat. De La Soul
Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
Charger feat. Grace Jones
Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
Busted and Blue
Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
Transmission Thailand 2017 // Markus Shultz
For all the jet setting festival goers out there, there's a new destination to mark on your map! Transmission festival! One of the worlds biggest and best Trance festivals has added a new location on their map and it's growing! Check out legendary Trance artist Markus Shultz' set from this year edition of Transmission below!
Greg Kimble Speaks at BeCome Denver Talent Search & Industry Panel
Owner and CEO, Greg Kimble ventured down to Denver last weekend to participate in this edition of BeCome Talent Search and Industry Panel. BeCome is a talent search reaching out to all genres and ages as an invitational event to audition for label executives for a chance to get signed and fly to Los Angeles.
The industry panel discussion was made up of industry professionals such as artists, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, managers, and music executives and covered topics such as song writing, roll out, production, submissions, marketing, radio, and what the industry is looking for today! Featured guest speakers included Andrew Grant (A&R), Brandon Kitchen (Director of A&R/Publisher), DJ Squizzy Taylor (Squizzy Gang), and Greg Kimble (CEO of KMGLife Inc.).
Apr 18, 2017
KMG Top Tracks of the Week
We'd like to give a warm welcome to Zaak Kerstetter as one of our brand new instructors! He is one of Colorado's only certified Ableton Trainers and has been working in the business for several years now. His music of choice for production is cinematic bass and he produces under the name Zenotope. He has been working in music education (specifically in production) at Art of Audio down in Denver as well as for Pyramid online. In his spare time, he also works as the organizer for Boulder's Ableton Live User group.
Lou Phelps New EP // Experiments
Check out the brand new Ep drop from Lou Phelps. Head over to his soundcloud page directly, but here are a few of our favorites from the brand new Ep. Always respect those speaking their truth...it easier to hear than it is to speak!
Apr 25, 2017
KMG Top Tracks of the Week
Boulder Ableton Live User Group Meeting
We are excited to share an amazing opportunity! Our newest instructor and Ableton guru, Zaak Kerstetter will be hosting the Boulder Ableton Live User Group Meeting once a month at our location here in Boulder! The meet up is designed to bring Ableton Live users together to help share knowledge on using this complex software as well as give newer users the opportunity to network with experienced users. Zaak always does a great job of inviting very knowledgeable guest speakers/lectures to help expand on the creative aspects of using Ableton for both production and performance.
The next meet up is this Monday, May 22nd from 7pm-9pm so come on down to get some knowledge to help broaden your knowledge of Ableton. This month's event includes a very special guest so it's not one to miss!
Millision Album Release // Two Each His Own
KMG Podcast 008 // Student Feature
Willi Miller & King James VI
*Featured guest speaker, Scott Tredennick @sdktheway