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Our Favorite Music in 2014

The Polish Ambassador + Ayla Nereo at Beloved Festival, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.

Destination Burning Man's Favorite Music of 2014

It's been an incredible year for high-quality electronic music, with several of the best producers on Planet Earth releasing full-length albums (usually for free!) that were painstakingly-produced, richly-layered, bursting with innovative sounds and interesting ideas and, last but not least, lovingly-crafted to enhance Bass Chakra Therapy via luscious low-end vibrations. We were lucky to catch many of our favorite musicians-producers-DJs as they took their new music out for a spin at festivals, gatherings and clubs in the Pacific Northwest ~ our favorites were Luminosity on Vancouver Island, Photosynthesis in the Cascade Range and Beloved in Tidewater, Oregon.

In many ways, it feels like the
Year of The Polish Ambassador, with the release of his most fully-realized album yet, Pushing Through the Pavement, his ground-breaking Permaculture Action Tour, his ongoing creative collaborations with Ayla Nereo, Wildlight, Mr. Lif and now Terra Bella and TPA's already-legendary Sunday afternoon set at Beloved ~ throwing down an epic afternoon danceparty at the end of an amazing weekend from the middle of the dancefloor, surrounded by thousands of blissed-out, funkafied, Left Coast bass-lovin' tribal hippies!

In addition to TPA ruling it in 2014, we were blessed with amazing releases from heavyweights like Apex Twin, Bonobo, Tipper, Thriftworks, Androcell and Kalya Scintilla. Also, lots of beautiful, deep music from lesser-known local NW-BC producers like Goopsteppa, Subaqueous, GUDA, Halo Refuser, ATYya and Erothyme.

Below is a list of what releases brought us the most joy in listening this year. You can share anything we missed
on our Facebook page. Here's to an abundant and joyful 2015!


The Polish Ambassador "Pushing Through the Pavement"

Kalya Scintilla "Open Ancient Eyes"

Subaqueous "Tides of Twilight"

Thriftworks "Fade/Fader/Fadest"

Tipper "Forward Escape"

Aphex Twin "Syro"

ODESZA "In Return"

Skytree "Cirrus Sapiens"

SaQi "The Well"

Yaima "Pelucidity"

Emancipator at Wanderlust Whistler, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.


Androcell "Imbue"
Halo Refuser "Into Your Layers"
Bogtrotter "Jamais Vu"
Soulular "EvoLuminate"
Erothyme "Circadia"
AtyYa "Transendence"
GUDA "Tyromancy"
Soulacybin "Funkerpump"
Goopsteppa "Crystals"

MC Yogi & DJ Drez at Wanderlust Whistler, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.

You can hear all of these amazing musicians and many more in our dBMcast mixes, available to stream and download on our Music page. The most recent mixes are also up on our Soundcloud page.

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Here at the beginning of a new year, please consider making a donation to support Destination Burning Man and our efforts to discover, mix and share new music from musicians across the planet. We'll use any funds generated to continue purchasing music and keeping our website and dBMcast service up & running for the people:

Thanks so much!

2014 Dancefloor Highlights

Plantrae in Bellingham, Sacred Bass Session #4, March ~ photo by moontroll

Rising Appalachia in Bellingham, with moontroll

SaQi + DJ Playaduster in Seattle, November ~ photo by moontroll

Bluetech + Plantrae in Seattle, December ~ photo by moontroll

Favorite Music of 2013

Here's a list of Destination Burning Man's favorite 15 music and artists of 2013:

Bonobo "The North Borders"

Mount Kimbie "Cold Spring Fault Less Youth"

Emancipator "Dusk Til Dawn"

Random Rab "Release"

James Blake "Overgrown"

Claude VonStroke "Urban Animal"

saQi "Quest's End"

Tor "Drum Therapy"

Rising Appalachia & The Human Experience "Soul Visions"

Jon Hopkins "Immunity"

DJ Koze "Amygdala"

Odesza "My Friends Never Die"

Plantrae "Taproot"

DARKSIDE "Psychic"

Thriftworks "Deviation"

Honorable Mentions: Aligning Minds "My Heart is Remixes"; The Polish Ambassador "Ecozoic"; LYNX "Light Up Your Lantern"; Forest Swords "Engravings"; Koan Sound "Sanctuary"; RJD2 "More Is Than Isn't"; Nightmares on Wax "Feelin' Good"; Insightful "Elsewhere"; Living Light "Ecliptic Visions'; Holden "The Inheritors"; Four Tet "Beautiful Rewind"; Vibesquad "Spinning Gears"; Wildlight "Live Inside a Dream."

All of this music can be heard on
our monthly dBMcasts, free electronic music mixes handcrafted by resident DJs Playaduster and Kaya Rainface. Subscribe in iTunes here.

DJ Playaduster teamed up with his buddy DJ Fundi to spin out this mix of favorite music of the past year, blending in Emancipator, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, James Blake, Odesza, Tor, Pretty Lights and others with Fundi's subtle blend of folk, rock, groove and world beat: http://podcastcafe.org/episodes/files/2013-favorites.html

What were yours? Happy new year folks, and here's to sharing more music in 2014!

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The Year in dBMcasts: DJ Playaduster & Kaya Rainface in review

It has been a prolific year in dreaming up, mixing and sharing for free EIGHTEEN dBMcasts for the masses since the last Burn! Just looking at our output makes me tired: so many different audio journeys, bass excursions, ambient reflections, visits to the temple of Whomp Massive and deep explorations of Bass Chakra Therapy. We want to take a moment to review the our output, collect it all in one place, especially now with just days before the Portal opens and Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult commences!

We advise that you load up on as many of these mixes as you can now: they are helpful for packing, inspiration, information, road trips, gate waiting, camp building, playa cruising, art car-ing and other dusty activities. As always, we recommend that you subscribe to our dBMcast feed via iTunes at
http://bit.ly/h60Ijk — this is the most fool-proof method for getting access to all 130 dBMcasts (!!!) and moving them in to your listening rotation. An alternate route is our Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/moontrolling, though this portal only holds the most recent eight or so episodes.

One last note: we love to receive feedback from our listeners — we crave it, feed off of it! — both in written responses and financial contributions. If you get something out of the dBMcasts we freely gift the universe -- inspiration, visions, dance parties, introspection -- please contact us with your feedback at destination [email protected] and consider making a small donation via Paypal.

Happy listening and glorious Burning y'all!

Dusty love, the dBM crew

dBMcast113: Interdimensional Lounge Music
Mixed by DJ Playaduster, September 2012 -- first dBMcast post-Burning Man 2012!

Well, that was a BIG FUN TIME!

Yes yes yes Burning Man 2012 served us right and now we're back home in the Default World, dusting off, processing all the brilliant stimuli we saw tasted heard and felt, and trying to bring the best of it all back to our lives and relationships and work here at our "other home." This new mix is mostly downtempo, smooth, bubbling, spacey, warm and user-friendly. I am inspired by the sounds I heard at various lounge/chill parties where the music was soothing yet psychedelic, low-key but intriguing, somehow existing both in the background and foreground at the same time.

Artists include Sugarpill * The Polish Ambassador * Kalya Scintilla * Tipper * Bonobo * Pretty Lights * Nicholas Jaar * The xx * Emancipator * Thriftworks * Andreilien * & Gladkill.


dBMcast #114: Lost Track of Time
Mixed by DJ Playaduster, October 2012

More often than not, DJ Playaduster's dBMcasts choose a musical genre and explore the various electronic permutations of that vibe over an hour-and-a-half. In this new mix, the genres are blended, one flowing in to the next, an undulating river of blending sounds and spirits. This is a sonic exploration that goes off the map, a journey through progressive grooves and forward-leaning beats: Bass Chakra Therapy alongside deep house, Gypsy whomp vs. ambient spacestep, fractured glitchhop rubbing up against pop music remixes. Playaduster was guided by intuition on this excursion and the results are exquisitely interesting, both for a headphones chill-out session or a dance floor adventure.

We might also note that at the heart of this mix is a long cut from Pachanga Boys entitled "Time" — a bit of an unusual choice for DJ Playaduster. This was the beat that Robot Heart often played to meet and greet the first rays of the rising sun out on the playa, so it is packed with meaning and memory for many of us RH junkies at Burning Man 2012!

Other artists include Flying Lotus * Ricardo Villalobos * Nico Luminouos * Jupit3r * SBTRKT * Radiohead * Four Tet * The Polish Ambassador * Sugarpill * Nicholas Jaar * GRiZ * Beats Antique * Filastine * JoBOT


dBMcast #115: Kindred Spirit Funk Beacon
Mixed by DJ Playaduster & DJ Fundi, October-November 2012

Is there life after whomp? Or, as this mix sets out to explore, life before whomp? To find out, DJs Playaduster and Fundi (from our sister site The Podcast Cafe) dug deep to create this "old-school" (not that old!) outing of jazz-funk, electrobeats, triphop, turntablism, soul and downtempo grooves. It features classic tracks from well-loved musicians and DJs including Mr. Scruff, Bonobo, St. Germain, Quantic, DJ Logic, Q-Tip, Thievery Corporation, Boozoo Bajou, Monta at Odds, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jurassic 5, Jamie Woon, Jon Kennedy and Zero 7. Dig it!


dBMcast #116: Beautiful World
Mixed by Kaya Rainface, November 2012

Music by The Polish Ambassador * Stephan Jacobs * Gladkill * Emancipator * Sugarpill * Michael Meneirt * SBTRKT * Paper Diamond * Russ Liquid * Andreilien * JoBOT * Bassnectar.

"Its a beautiful world we're livin' in…"

With this simple phrase repeated over and over like a mantra on the title track from Stephan Jacob's new album, DJ Kaya Rainface heard the possibility of a new mix celebrating the ephemeral glory of being alive on Planet Earth here at the end of the Mayan calendar. Whatever goes down, 12/21/12 provides all of us a centering of attention, a cosmic quickening, and a chance to refocus our intention. I felt the call to create a mix that celebrated how fortunate we all are to be here, in this place, at this time. Beautiful world for sure!"

Elements that hold this musical journey together include 1.) heavy participation from the Headtron crew in California, including Sugarpill, Gladkill, Andreilien, Stephan Jacobs, Russ Liquid and JoBOT, 2.) an exploration of tracks that use the human voice in interesting ways: looping, mutating, glitching out, bending and folding and chopping singers' voices until they are barely recognizable as human, becoming instruments instead, disembodied androids offering fractured vespers, and 3.) an interconnected mosaic of midtempo tracks that marry intergalactic space travel, melodic beauty and deep, nutrient-rich bass whompage.


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Moontroll's Emancipator Videos

I've been playing around with video editing lately, as well as the new album from Emancipator. Here are some fun videos I've come up with….

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dBMcasts : free music mixes for Burning Man 2012

Here's a small sampling of the musical goodness that the Destination Burning Man crew —DJs Playduster, Edubious, GrapeNuts & P*DIZzle — have mixed and posted to share with all y'all. Download and stock yer iPod at http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts and http://soundcloud.com/moontrolling. Subscribe via iTunes at http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts. Support our efforts by donating via PayPal on our homepage at http://www.destinationburningman.com. We will be hanging out at Buddha Lounge, 8:45 & Esplanade, handing out free dBM stickers and hopefully DJing some afternoon sessions. Hope to see y'all in BRC!

Prepare yourself for an intergalactic soundwave excursion to the Indian subcontinent and choice African destinations with DJs Playaduster and Kaya Rainface. Originally inspired by my discovery of the amazing Desert Dwellers remix project and the new Dirtwire project from Beats Antique, this musical journey invokes caravans in the desert, mystical night wanderings, starlight, throngs of pilgrims seeking visions on the playa, uttered prayers and whispered secrets, meditation, tribal gatherings, tea ceremonies, transcendent dancing, spices and scents. With plenty of earthy bass tones to ground our seekings, the mix floats towards the heavens on the wings of sitar, violin, cello, tabla, kamel ngoini and voice.

An exploration of the alchemical/magikal energies of low-end frequencies for bass chakra therapy. Featuring excursions from the very best in sacred electro-space-bass-whomp adventurism. Inspired by meeting DJ Kaya Rainface, 11:11 and Burn Night magic. Featuring: Prelude: Hildur Guonadottir + Peter Van Hoesen * 123 Mrk * Beats Antique * Kalya Scintilla * Opuio * Nanda * Tipper * RLS * SUN:MONX * The Human Experience * Kaminanda * Grouch * Welder * Mount Kimbie * Four Tet * Radiohead * PhuturePrimitive * Coda: Hildur Guonadottir + Peter Van Hoesen

DJ Grapenuts digs deep. This time with some Electro Boogie Funk-packed full of bubbling basslines, percolating percussion, sexy synthesizers, and some velvety vocals. His exclusive mix is custom tailored to accompany you on your 2012 voyage to the place we all love to call home... Black Rock... Our Lovely City!

Featuring Love & Light * Griz * Opiuo * Sunmonx * Sugarpill * Russ Liquid * Thriftworks * Chris B. * Gladkill * Kraddy * Pretty Lights * Jamie Woon * MartyParty * Vibesquad * Nico Luminous * Bonobo remixed * Goldrush * Bassnectar // Art by Mugwort.

This mix drops into the sacred bass realm and was designed as a soundtrack for your Practice.  Find your flow with Kaminanda, Phuture Primative, Kayla Scintilla, Tipper, Nanda, Thriftworks and The Human Experience.  This mix is a sampling of some of the freshest, most deeply studied bass chakra masters.

Featuring Ehassan Karimi / Lilt / Cheb i Sabbah / eO / Kaminanda / MiMOSA / Nicholas Jaar / SUN:MOX / Mickey Hart / An-ten-ae / Low Ryderz / Schlomo / James Blake / Welder / Matt Shadetek / DJ/Rupture / Beats Antique... and field recordings of Camp Get Found on the road to the Black Rock desert in northwestern Nevada: moontroll, Hannah Tangerine, Maketa, DJ Grapenuts, Scotty G, Colby, Gabriella & others in Bend, Oregon; Summer Lake Hot Springs; and crossing the portal and Getting Found.

This heavy-duty slab of molten bass music is dropping less than 48 hours before the dBM crew and friends hit the road for Burning Man 2012. Featuring Sunmox * Jupit3r * Bassnectar * The Glitch Mob * Nico Luminous * Sugarpill * R/D * MartyParty * Opiuo * GRiZ * An-ten-ae * Paper Diamond * DATSIK * SBTRKT * Sleigh Bells * Rusko * Modeselektor * Pretty Lights * Grammatik * Holy Fuck * Florence & the Machine.

A spacey soundtrack for lucid dreaming, chemical mindsurfing, mystical visions and intergalactic voyaging. Featuring: Four Tet / Tinariwen / Floating Points / Jamie Woon / Thriftworks / Bacan Acab / Mount Kimbie / Gadi Mizhradi / Tanner Ross / SBTRKT / Ellen Allien / Apparat / Zomby / Tim Hecker / Sepalcure / Kaminanda / Pink Floyd

Side one of What the Mixxtape?! features some of the artists I saw and danced my ass off to at What the Festival?! in Oregon the last weekend of July 2012, with a focus on the glitch-hop, dubstep, acid crunk, whomp and other soundz from the heavier end of the Bass Chakra spectrum, including Bonobo, Beats Antique, GRiZ, Gladkill, Ana Sia, MartyParty, Sugarpill, EPROM and Paper Diamond.

P*DAZzLE was conceived on the cold dark frontier of the deep Black Rock playa. "Traps Claps and Ratchet Straps" showcases his commitment to all things rude, nasty, and sinfully decadent that exist in bass music today. Prepare yourself for the audio assault you are about to receive at this year's Burning Man Festival with this mix of serious filth from one sick sound selector.

DJ Playaduster weaves a sonic tapestry designed to induce dream states and facilitate astral projections. With rumbling bass as our Earthly grounding, we float past nebuli, vortexes and voyaging spacecraft on the wings of violin, percussion, guitar, trumpet and more. Have a look around. Smell the colors. Feel the low-end textures massage the tender places in your Bass Chakra. Taste the salty stardust. Relax. Let go….There are no sharp edges or rough transitions here, so you can close your eyes, lay back and take the ride with full trust in the interstellar navigational skills of DJ Playaduster. Featuring
Liquid Stranger * Pantha du Prince * SexyTime * Sunmonx * Nicoluminous * MartyParty * Ganucheau * Shlomo * Filastine * Kalya Scintilla * GRiZ * Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Get yourself ready for a hour long mix of electronic music based on DJs and producers who played at What the Festival?! in Oregon the last weekend of July 2012. This was the best festival my PNW Get Found crew and I have ever experienced off the playa and the rush of inspiration we felt in the White River canyon has carried over in to this 2 side music mix tape project. We're going to explore some of the more experimental bass frequencies that What the Festival offered, including Sepalcure, Scuba and Sinjin Hawke, taste some acid crunk from Low Ryderz, get soothed with a long set from Emancipator and dabble in some forward-leaning low-end wavelengths from Gladkill, Bluetech, PhuturePrimitive and Sugarpill.

Download and these mixes and more at http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts (a few are available at http://soundcloud.com/moontrolling.)
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Much love!

DJs, soundsystems, sources of bass

Kalya's Burning Man Sonic Heart Activations
Wednesday 7:30ish-pm - Abraxis Art Car (Pick up from Fractal) Wednesday 9pm - Camp 'Want it' 9:15ish & Esp Kalya + Merkaba Thursday 2am (Wed night) - Sacred Spaces - 4:20 esplanade Thursday 9:30 am Abraxis Art Car near the Temple
Friday 12am (Thurs night) Red Lightning (9:30&E) Friday Sunrise - 6:30-8am - Jabba Barge Saturday 5am - Fractal Nation Saturday 9-10:30pm - Synesthesia Sunday Morning 4am - Buddha Lounge 8:45 & Esplanade