20140514

Lots of Changes and Content - Blog Updates!!! 

What's up drifters!!? There have been so many changes to DJ Dark Flow and "Adrift In The Airwaves" since my last post on Airdrift Signals a year and a half ago. (:

Since slowing down posting music reviews after securing a full time job in 2012 (all my music reviews for Surviving The Golden Age can be viewed here), I have made myself a weekly 4 hour time slot on WPKN 89.5FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Every week, I feature independent and local artists, either through their music, or as live in-studio guests or callers, mixing experimental electronic music, dance music, hip-hop, and psychedelic rock infused with abstract reggae and world styles. 

My guests have multiplied and my phone callers have consistently joined in these late-night ventures through music and commentary. There is a great community group page on facebook where artists and fans can network and share music for submittal to be played or featured on the show!!

Keep your eyes peeled on the WPKN archives for recorded through the weeks (My show is always the first link under Wednesdays, or personally message me to get any recorded show if I featured you or your art in some way. (:

In addition to all of this, I have begun collaborating more with graphic designers, musical artists themselves, over the visual conceptions I have had for DJ Dark Flow and the show. The end results have started to print on my first pressings of posters, stickers and t-shirts!!! You can visit the DJ Dark Flow / Radio store to support my artistic endeavors in music and art as I move forward with my vision. 

As if that wasn't enough, I finally built a custom website for DJ Dark Flow!!! Visit my personal website for everything DJ Dark Flow and "Adrift In The Airwaves"!! Everything is connected through this center point here and branches off from there.... Listen to any one of my many electronic mixes on the home page or read in my about section my influences or extensive biography that chronicles my history of becoming DJ Dark Flow (; Contact me directly through there or visit the online store, or this blog, or the facebook pages!! 

Finally, I have released recorded shows from the past 5 years of the show in its 6 year span in a special internet torrent!!! You can download the torrent containing all of the 146 recorded shows through Mid-March of 2014, plus extras featuring interview clips, guest mixes, and my long missed original radio intro collages through my first few years of the show!! 

Please take your time to check out all of my artistic content, and consider supporting my musical movement of bringing local and independent people and their fans together for a truly remarkable radio experience!! You can either support my Podfund campaign or by purchasing a piece of merchandise that I have worked hard to create (: 

Peace for now, stay in the flow, and until the next blog post (because I am going to start posting more), keep on drifting~



20120910

The Nomad - Perilous Times




For years, Daimon Schwalger, aka The Nomad, has been producing electronic sounds, masterfully mixing elements of dubstep, reggae, drum and bass and electronic music. His unique sounds continue on his sixth LP, Perilous Times, which features a foray of electronic beats spanning many genres that all feel related, and a multitude of singers to give every song a fresh face. The Nomad proves to listeners that they should not expect to hear the same thing twice, as his tracks all bring something new to the table. The dark funky lull of the opening track, “Give Some Love,” resonates with a neo-disco soul similar to electronic dance artist TV On The Radio. The reggae melody that races through “Run Through These Streets” takes surprising twists and turns as Vida-Sunshyne sings, “These are really perilous times.”

After listening through the first few tracks of Perilous Times, it becomes apparent that The Nomad has reached a very impressive level of electronic musicianship, mixing sonic echoes with furious drumbeats and reggae keys; all of this under the strong foundation of the different styled vocalists featured on each track. As Rajah45, who offers his vocals on the opening and title track, spits his funky flow over The Nomad’s soulful buzz, a new era of dubstep seems to be just over the horizon. Blending the reggae vocals with the fuzz of the bass, we hear all these sounds from separate genres of hip-hop, reggae and dubstep, coming together in a brilliant exhibition of future dub.

“We got to be conscious,” sings Jornick off of “Free.” The gentle vibes from Jornick’s voice and the steady electronic beat that The Nomad provides speak a message as universal as the love that makes us all one. It is all very familiar territory for any fan of reggae or dub music, but the duo still makes “Free” a very enjoyable listen that is new for where future dub music is heading.

All in all, Perilous Times covers a load of themes, ranging from the ominous presence of troubled times, the need to run from those troubles, and the freedom that we all share, that lives within us, all the while The Nomad’s reggae-fused sounds, which go from hip-hop to heavy dubstep, all blend from one genre to the other. Perilous Times is an astonishing experience, and a true testament to all lovers of reggae, hip-hop and electronic music.

Rating: 8.2/10.0

Tracklist:

  1. Give Some Love feat. Rayjah45
  2. A Silent Song feat. Caroline Agostini
  3. Run Through These Streets feat. Vida-Sunshyne
  4. Perilous Times feat. Rayjah45
  5. Free feat. Jornick
  6. Deeper feat. Jornick & Saritah
  7. All They Need feat. Boover Banton
  8. Jah Bless feat. Jornick
  9. Stand Up & Be Counted feat. MC Jazz
  10. Sweet AZ Soundsystem – Blaze (The Nomad Remix)
  11. Devil In The Dark – Julia Deans & The Urban Soul Orchestra

20120822

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Seeds


From here on out, music reviews that I post on my blog will be a combination of reviews I have written for Surviving The Golden Age and reviews I have commissioned on my own time. For now we have Georgia Anne Muldrow.

In r&b and soul music, nothing has made a bigger splash in recent years than Georgia Anne Muldrow’s new full-length album, Seeds. Produced by hip-hop beat wizard Madlib, Muldrow channels her inner soul and life purpose for the psychedelic array of samples and textures that pass through each track.

Muldrow has been a prominent singer in neo psychedelia and soul music since 2006. Seeds, her 7th full LP proves that she is only gaining momentum. “Seeds” as the opening track keeps Muldrow’s statement direct and full of purpose. “Who is on the lookout for the seeds / We took more than we really need / Protect de seeds,” sings Muldrow with vast, emotional depth. It is easy to detect the fiery passion that rages inside of Muldrow, for her themes in Seeds range from humanitarian efforts to spiritual and transcendental contemplations.

Each song is a testament to both Muldrow’s talent as a singer and Madlib’s talent as a producer, and for anyone who is a fan of both, it is truly a thrill to hear the two of them come together so effortlessly. “Calabash,” the 3rd song on the album, opens with a colorful Motown intro, which quickly cuts to the soft funky jazz samples as Muldrow soars over the beat with her captivating vocal melodies. Even when it sounds like she is improvising with her melodies, she pulls it off with such a natural quality that one cannot ignore the beautiful music that is a part of this woman. “Why do we kill each other / when we’re all the same,” she asks in a hypnotizing loop.

Muldrow’s music and lyrics are full of love, and Seeds contains a very encouraging and enlightening tone throughout. As for the producer side of Seeds, Madlib seems to be the best fit for Muldrow’s vocal style. His bright and melodic samples, ranging from funk, r&b, hip-hop, and soul help elevate the overall musicianship of the album to a very high standard that seems like it would be very difficult to top. “Don’t wait / Been thinking about it too long / We got to elevate and be strong,” sings Muldrow on “Seeds.” 

Rating: 8.4/10

Tracklist:

  1. Seeds
  2. Wind
  3. Calabash
  4. Kali Yuga
  5. The Birth of Petey Wheatstraw
  6. Best Love
  7. Husfriend Intro
  8. Husfriend
  9. Kneecap Jelly
  10. The Few feat. Declaime
  11. Remember (Outro)

20120102

Music reviews, and writing for Surviving The Golden Age!

It's been a few months since my last review was posted for Avey Tare's melancholy, rhythm induced, watery solo debut, Down There. Since then, I have been active in my efforts to keep the music alive in the absence of my radio show, Adrift In The Airwaves. I have been producing dubstep mixes and mashups and have been trying to DJ in areas around CT where the underground electronic scene has been blossoming.
Very recently, I have been hired for a writing internship to write music reviews for Surviving The Golden Age, an eclectic music blog that specializes in DJ mixes, mashups, as well as hip-hop and electronic music. I decided that I will be posting my reviews for Surviving The Golden Age on Airdrift||Signals as well, and will be including a link to the original post. My first review covers The Nomad's sixth LP Perilous Times, a fantastic tribute to reggae, hip-hop, and dub music. The review goes live on Friday, so stay tuned, and keep on drifting.
DJ Dark Flow~

20110824

Avey Tare - Down There


There is not a moment to spare from the beginning of Down There. Instantly Animal Collective member, Avey Tare, pulls listeners into a swampscape of blurry voices and wet beats for his debut solo effort. Animal Collective are known to craft songs that experiment with the production and style of modern music, to such a huge extent, that their music has gained a considerable cult following. This steady rise in popularity has only since exploded by the time the group released their mainstream breakout album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, in 2009. Their music can be described as freak-folk, or neo-psychedelic, but that sort of statement might even be restricting considering the group’s constant evolution. The soundscapes and emotions that Animal Collective produce in their albums, such as their guitar driven, Sung Tongs, or sample based Strawberry Jam, make their records have a true cohesion and are a real treat to experience as a full album, and a journey into the minds of these awe-inspiring musicians. However, the exclusion of three quarters of the group does not stop Avey Tare with this brilliant, surreal escape of an album, Down There. This nine track solo release goes many places, and is best experienced as a whole. Starting off with “Laughing Hieroglyphic,” Down There takes listeners under, and it flows from one song to the next, just as Avey’s voice flows next to the beat. “Glass Bottom Boat” is a short interlude, which splits the album in a way, and sets the tone for the remainder of the tracks. The swimming and water themes, when combined with the musical instruments and electronic beats, which sound as if they are just under the surface of the lagoon, leave listeners in the depths of Avey’s mind. And when thinking back on all the popular music that is designed by the dollar, and made to follow all the rules, it surely is a joy to experience the real sounds and real emotions of Avey Tare, and descend into the vast world and whimsical madness of Animal Collective’s most prominent songwriter.

Rating: 8.9/10


Tracklist:

  1. Laughing Hieroglyphic
  2. 3 Umbrellas
  3. Oliver Twist
  4. Glass Bottom Boat
  5. Ghost of Books
  6. Cemeteries
  7. Heads Hammock
  8. Heather In The Hospital
  9. Lucky 1

20110822

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up


When Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Brooklyn, New York, worked as part of the jazz hip-hop trio, Digable Planets, their easy-going alternative rap rocked the 90’s, when hip-hop was still in its early stages and growing in popularity. Now more than a decade later, Butterfly is back with a new name, and a new group, pushing a sound that burns a new chapter into the history of hip-hop. Based out of Seattle, Butterfly, newly dubbed as Palaceer Lazaro, heads Shabazz Palaces. Many excited fans were already buzzing from the release of Shabazz’s first two self-released EPs, Of Light and a self-titled EP. If these two releases meant anything in the world of hip-hop, it was a sure sign of something else entirely. Come summer 2011 and Shabazz Palaces releases their first full-length, Black Up, a collection of spaced out beats that build up and dissolve several times over for each track, leaving listeners entranced by the album’s mystifying and near-flawless production. Boasting a record full of sounds that make no compromises for accessibility, Black Up contains no discernible radio singles. The last time a hip-hop record so blatantly left listeners to do most of the work was 2004’s hip-hop album, Madvillainy, now arguably one of the greatest hip-hop releases of the decade. Now it can certainly be a risk to leave a record absent of any standout hits, but with Shabazz Palaces, this is clearly not the case. Black Up transforms every couple minutes, and Palaceer Lazaro has a way to make it work in the best way possible. Only time will tell how well this record will be received, but perhaps time will catch up with the sound that is contained on this newly released LP. For now, Shabazz Palaces own a sound that hip-hop has never really heard before. Check out their new record to hear for yourself the future of hip-hop, and always support the artist. Buy their records, see their shows.

Rating: 8.9/10

Tracklist:

  1. Free Press And Curl
  2. An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum
  3. Are You… Can You… Were You? (Felt)
  4. A Treatease Dedicated To The Avian Airess From North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer)
  5. Youlogy
  6. Endeavors For Never (The Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though)
  7. Recollections Of The Wraith
  8. The King’s New Clothes Were Made By His Own Hands
  9. Yeah You
  10. Swerve… The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding) 

20110412

Thank you, radio listeners (+5,000 podcast downloads!!), and goodbyes.

First off I would like to say that my time here at UConn has been some of the best years of my life. Getting into radio programming here at WHUS happened almost by chance, as members from the station came to my Culture Of The College Media class to give a presentation on UConn’s radio station... I was hooked from my very first semester, and have been at the controls for Adrift In The Airwaves for over three years now.

Early on, Adrift started out as a very different show than it is now. I started off playing lots of psychedelic music, such as Pink Floyd and Animal Collective, and branched out into other genres of alternative rock and post-rock, such as Portugal. The Man or Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Since that time, my show has inevitably evolved and transformed as my musical interests shifted as well.

The springtime of 2009 was the first time that I was legitimately exposed to quality hip-hop music, as I started to get into the likes of MF DOOM, Common, Madlib, and Mos Def, and felt the need to start incorporating this into my show as well. I was also becoming more interested in electronic music, specifically that of Derek Vincent Smith, as his productions that he creates under the moniker of Pretty Lights baited me with their incredibly catchy hooks. I felt like my show was taking a turn to a more lively and energizing listening experience.

During the summer of 2010, I moved in to live with a few friends, including fellow DJ Daysix (producer name BEATGOSZIP), and that summer proved to change the nature of my radio show almost completely. Dubstep was the new music genre that I was exploring. After coming across this new form of music many times, it was this period that I lived the true life of a bass head. Going to DJ shows in West Hartford and throwing raves at our apartment only proved to me how fast this genre was catching on. I became hopelessly addicted to the earth-shattering bass.

Adrift In The Airwaves, as it is right now, incorporates all of these different forms of music, blending psychedelia with hip-hop beats, and electronica with dubstep. I am happy to announce that my radio podcast (which I started just over a year ago) has surpassed a whopping 5,000 downloads online! As of right now there are a total of 5,349 podcast downloads from all of you listeners! I could have never expected such a positive response to my show, which I have always put a lot of love into every week. I can only continue to work just as hard to deliver you loyal listeners the best music that I can.

Sadly, I will be retiring Adrift In The Airwaves from UConn’s “Radio for The People” in just a few weeks and Monday May 2nd will most likely be my last show. It is a bittersweet end to the very strong run that I have had as a radio DJ on WHUS, but I will always keep Adrift In The Airwaves alive and will keep the show up and running as often as I can.
Stay a fan of the facebook page, for future updates, and even go back through the podcast to listen to some of your favorite past shows. I really enjoyed my time on WHUS and I hope you did too. DJ Dark Flow~