Beats of All-Nations Radio 020: Phantom Thrett & Ken Barrientos

Phantom Thrett is an experimental producer, singer, and rapper from Pomona, California that has been creating hip-hop and R&B tracks since ’07. Thrett plays a live set a beats from his SP-404 and talks about the grand opening of Serious Cartoons Records & Tapes happening Saturday September 23rd, co-owned by Thrett and IE emcee Gilead7 located in San Bernardino. More: https://phantomthrett.bandcamp.com

Ken Barrientos aka The LogOs, founder of label and studio space, The.Breath is an unsung hero in the Los Angeles music scene. He runs in deep circles, with past work with the likes of Bilal, J*Davey, Sa-Ra, Blu, Iman Omari, Afta-1, Nanna B and more. He plays a set of music that he was involved with from the recording process, production and/or released on his label featuring newer work from The Stomach Club, Alex Hentze and unreleased recordings and remixes. More: https://thebreath.bandcamp.com
Resident and studio host, Gabe Real opens the show with an all vinyl mix. Enjoy.

Vinyl Set by Gabe Real, Beat Set By Phantom Thrett, DJ Set By Ken Barrientos w/ tracklist:

1. The Log.Os – Piano Pattern (Piano Stem)
2. The Log.Os – Piano Sustain (Percussion Stem)
3. The Log.Os – Korg MS-20, Roland Space Echo RE-201, AKG BX-10/II Improvisation
4. Joaquin Orellana – Itero-tzul, for tape (1972)
5. Joaquin Orellana – Sacratávica (Live at Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias)
6. Joaquin Orellana – Ramajes De Una Marimba Imaginaria (Alex Hentze Interpretación)
7. Jamire Williams – WHO WILL STAND?
8. Quartetto Fantastico – Constellation / BE HEAR NOW #7
9. Alex Hentze – As If Awake (feat. Mabe Fratti)
10. Alex Hentze – Solsticio Nórdico
11. Alex Hentze – Solsticio Nórdico (Hermetics Remix)
12. Alex Hentze – El Ultimo Humano
13. Stomach Club – Fallin (Dub)
14. Stomach Club – Fallin (Down)
15. Carlos Niño – Everything Is Happening (Stomach Club Re-Flash)
16. Gonjasufi – When I Die (healed) (Stomach Club remix)
17. Dexter Story – Xamar (Stomach Club Reflix)
18. Jamire Williams – TRUTH REMAINS CONSTANT
19. Nanna B. – Solen
20. The Log.Os – Lily (Score for David Helman)
21. The Log.Os – When You Mean…
22. The Log.Os – Ticky 64 (Floppy Disk)
23. The Log.Os – Tingy (Zeroh Remix)
24. Ken Barrientos – Evil Man (Original)
25. Blu feat. Edan & Zeroh – RonMo (The Log.Os Remix)

Beats of All-Nations Radio 019: 7even Sun

Just in time for the very hyped solar eclipse we welcome back our French cousin, 7even Sun to the show for the very first time. No stranger to Beats of All-Nations, check his 2015 full-length release, ESCAPOLOGIES, at beatofallnations.bandcamp.com. We also welcome back our very own Porchlite, who has just returned from a national tour with Jurassic 5 and some pretty epic live shows with Epic Rap Battles of History. He opens up the show and JB closes us out with a brand new mix. Gabe Real and Mike Styles join in on the conversation. Recorded live in Downtown Pomona at Gabe Real’s Music. Culture. Freedom. Studio.

 

NEW RELEASE :: “GOING BACK TO CALI: CUT CHEMIST’S COLOMBIAN CRATES REMIXED”

Upon return from a recent trip to the deepest of crates in Colombia, Cut Chemist and Beats of All-Nations sought out to remix a unique set of dusty records, each different from the last, with an equally diverse list of producers. Going Back to Cali: Cut Chemist’s Colombian Crates Remixed is MORE THAN CUMBIA, its a reflection on a tropical culture rich in spirit, creativity and passion strung together with field recordings found along the way. These records were bought in Cali, Colombia during Patronio Alvarez Festival last year, hence the name.

Our trip begins with folklore Colombiano favorites Los Corraleros de Majagual over a crunchy boom-bap by Co. Fee from Los Angeles’ beat collective, My Hollow Drum. Dance Kill Move (Stockholm, Sweden) adds some serious low end to Los Jovenes de Hierro’s classic charanga, “Ritmo Sabroso.” Ubiquity recording artist, currently residing in Colobmia, Bosq and Yukicito of La Junta (Los Angeles) contribute absolute party starters, while El Dusty’s “Mi Chola” give Los Teen Agers a taste Corpus Christi, TX. Atropolis (Queens) pays homage with a heavy stripped down edit of Julio y su Combo’s “Lamento Cumbiambero” and Los Chicos Altos (Barcelona) add in some rub-a-dub flavor on Los Hermanos Tuiran’s “Lluvia.” In addition we explore national treasures and the lesser known, new styles of chirimía, porro, pachanga, salsa and cumbia as interpreted by Sumohair (Los Angeles), Gabe Real (Pomona, CA) and Greece duo SUPERSAN (aka Panama Cardoon & Mister Kentro).
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released June 21, 2017

Brought to you by: A STABLE SOUND & BEATS OF ALL-NATIONS

Arrangement & Field Recordings: Cut Chemist

Project Coordination: Mike Styles

Cover Design: Joseph Moreno

Beat Cinema x Re:Fresh Pomona 12.28.16

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**WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28TH**

BC fam is back with another epic Wednesday night at the amazing Acerogami Bar (Pomona, CA)

This time around, our friends from Re:Fresh Pomona are coming thru to celebrate the holidays with us

LIVE VISUALS by the one and only MAJOR GAPE
https://www.instagram.com/majorgape/

•s p e c i a l . g u e s t s•

MIKE STYLES

GABE REAL

SUBIRA

JB

FALCN23

•r e s i d e n t s•

WAVE GROOVE

RICK G

DJ DROPDEAD

JERMS

DMM

COBY

$5
9PM-1AM
FULL BAR
21+
http://www.beatcinema.org
http://www.soundcloud.com/beatcinema1

Re:Fresh Finale!

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EARLY ARRIVAL HIGHLY SUGGESTED!

The end of our residency at Dba256 Bar & Gallery is upon us, our decision wasn’t an easy one and it’s certainly not goodbye forever. Individually our plates are full with great projects and events on the horizon, collectively we will return to dba256 for some very special events in 2017. We are thankful to have served #Pomona, bi-weekly since July, 2008. We’ve met a lot of great people and shared some fantastic memories. We would love to see everyone in the house, OUR HOME, one more time this year on Saturday November 12th. Thanks to everyone who has helped Re:Fresh become the most culturally unique party in Pomona, possibly ever!

With Love,
Re:Fresh Crew

LIVE & DIRECT:

– Re:Fresh Residents –
MIKE STYLES // JB // GABE REAL // SUBIRA //
+ Friends and Family

Brought to you by:
Beats of All-Nations
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | 21+ | No Cover!

EVENT LOCATION:
Dba256 Bar & Gallery
256 S. Main St.
Pomona, CA 91766

– About Re:Fresh [POMONA] –
Established in 2008, Re:Fresh is a great collaboration of DJs, who for over the last decade established themselves through the arts & music community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The Founding Fathers of events like More Fire Mondays, A Mic and Dimlights and the Lapa Lounge come together for the most sought out party in Pomona, playing the best in Soul, Hip Hop & World Rhythms!

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/beatsofallnations
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/refreshpomona
WEBSITE: https://beatsofallnations.com/
VENUE: http://dba256.com/

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A Stable Sound Ep. 2: 808s and Heartaches

 

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Cut Chemist
begins the second EP with a dedication to his fans at the previous week’s Tipper and Friends show in Denver by playing a section of his ‘head nod psychedelic’ set. Mike Styles follows up last week’s Brazilian selections with classic funk and hip hop. We then explore the connection between dance music legends Egyptian Lover and Arthur Baker as well as Cut’s first encounter with hip hop through a live concert he recorded in 1983. L’Trimm is reunited on the air to help bring the party up a notch along with DJ IQ on the cut. Put this all together with a Bob Dylan shout out for good measure and you have the second Episode of ASS…

Listen to A Stable Sound Live every 1st & 3rd Saturday (…and sometimes 5th) live on dublab from 6pm-8pm (PST).
Check the archive at Mixcloud!

NEW RELEASE: Sev Seveer – Smithereens EP (Limited Vinyl)

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>>>>DOWNLOAD & PRE – ORDER LIMITED VINYL HERE<<<<

Smithereens is yet another one of my journeys into bringing visual stimuli to sonic fruition. In this case, my prompt and inspiration was Neo-Impressionism, particularly Pointillism. Last year I created an instrumental that eventually went on to be the title track of this project. The song was so complex in nature; I couldn’t even tell you where my mind was when I was arranging it. It wasn’t even a recording that I was sure I liked at first, mostly because of its frantic and composited structure. In an unrelated instance (or maybe it was related, subconsciously) I was reading about Georges Seurat and his role in leading the French Neo-Impressionist movement in the late 1800s. It occurred to me that this style of visual art was the only way I could describe the song that would eventually go on to establish Smithereens as a project. Initially when I began to lay out supporting instrumentals, I made stringent attempts to abide by the complexity of the concept song. I found that it couldn’t be done, and that the beat was truly a moment in time. I then decided to continue studying Pointillism/Divisionism and some of its key characteristics— the progressive yet realistic use of primary colors, lighting, contrast and also very importantly, movement— as my guide in arranging new instrumentals in their own unique way, while still keeping with the prompt.

In music theory, the parallel/counterpart to Pointillism is known as Punctualism. Punctualism essentially gives unique individual life to each note in a piece. Arpeggiated notes of varying pitches, lengths and dynamics take the place of the ‘colored dots’ that you see in pieces such as Seurat’s most famous work, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” The techniques were independently established of course, i.e neither gave birth to the other. Their juxtaposition is largely interpreted perspective.

Aside from accomplishing the unity of visual and sonic cues, an important goal for me with Smithereens is to define new, deliberate ways to use the Roland/Boss SP machines. I used The SP-202, SP-303 and SP- 404 for the project, recorded all of the songs with a unique style that involved recording long, live layering takes of my hitting a note loaded onto a pad repeatedly while riding the pitch effect at various parameters. Sometimes I would use the first note of a longer loaded sample to “tease” the sample in and out of the beat, as you hear on “Televised Chocolate”. This was solely inspired by my research into punctualism. In addition to the pitch effect, I used the time stretch function often for its distorting effects and also the unique pitch parameter in the DJ-effect-looper, all to provide a texture that sounds like a bubbling, composited arrangement of independent tones. Some songs, such as “CSG x CSG”, take a more literal approach to individual tones. Others, such as “Seuratcha Sauce” utilize a more textural ode to punctualism/pointillism. Other pieces offer both approaches.

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When I realized this was a sonic-visual project, it was a no-brainer that the cover artwork had to go hard, and that it had to be representative. I was fortunate enough to work with several artists for this project. When discussing the visual possibilities, I received incredible insight from Anna Szymczak, a brilliant painter and activist here in Chicago. She suggested that I also look into the work of Russian abstract expressionist Wassily Kandinski. Kandinksi was a multifaceted artist whose works and styles span many phases, including but certainly not limited to pointillist techniques. He was a pianist and proponent of the unity of sound and color, often assigning tonal and chordal identities to colors. Kandinski’s pieces were more abstract than the Impressionist styles that had been exploring, but I found his work to be so undeniably inspiring, particularly the pieces created during his time teaching at the Bauhaus school in the mid- 1920s. These works were highly geometrical and design-oriented in style, and useful visual examples of Gestalt psychology— a theory focused on our brain’s ability to perceive things as whole as opposed to various parts. Kandinsky’s Bauhaus works were characterized by shapes, lines and strategically-placed colors, appearing initially to be chaotic, but actually quite unified. I found so much similarity to what I was doing with Smithereens in Kandinsky’s paintings, and in reviewing his work I felt a feeling of closure.

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RasOm, who created the artwork for my last project, Constant Elevation: Odessa Star, took the reins on one of the two “Smithereens” covers. His work in digital pixel sorting is very similar in nature to the lighting techniques seen in Pointillist arrangements. He was able to chop and screw a great photo of a leaf print on a random sign in Northwest Chicago, taken by Mike Bump, and transform it into a piece that fit the original concept perfectly. Our other artist, Fonte, is a longtime friend of mine, DJ, beatmaker and painter whose works often reflect the sentiments of a roof dwelling graffiti writer born and raised in Chicago. His “Smithereens” piece has a brilliant comic-scene feel, was more of a literal interpretation of the project title, and is surely more Kandinsky influenced. However, the concept of realistic movement that exists in Impressionism holds true for Fonte’s amazingly detailed “explosion portrait”, which is actually an 11 x 15 inch painting of a technicolor plume with depth and texture.

Thanks for listening, visualizing, and reading. Peace and enjoy.

-Sev Seveer

Re:Fresh 8 Year Anniversary: Jeremy Sole + Lucha Libre DJ Set

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Our biggest annual party returns to dba256 Wine Bar Lounge!

Beats of All-Nations presents
ReFresh Pomona 8 Year Anniversary!

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Jeremy Sole (KCRW, TheLIFT)

Lucha Libre Dj Set (Que Sabroso)

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Resident Re:Fresh DJs:
MIKE STYLES // GABE REAL // JB // SUBIRA

DOORS 8pm
EARLY ARRIVAL IS HIGHLY SUGGESTED, SPACE EXREMELY LIMITED….THIS PARTY IS FREE!

8pm-2am | 21+ | No Cover
256 S. Main St., Pomona 91766

STAY CURRENT with the schedule of events at http://www.beatsofallnations.com/

Living Room Sessions featuring Beats of All-Nations

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LA friends!

Join us this Saturday for a special episode of Living Room Sessions feat. Beats of All-Nations (beatsofallnations.com). We got DJ sets from Porchlite, Mike Styles, El Toro Negro + Live set from Radius. It’s gonna be a good one!

Beer and pizza will be on the house but feel free to bring food or drink of choice. Hope to see y’all!

Check out Living Room Sessions at
https://vimeo.com/livingroomsesh