Templo's New 'Mountains Can’t Cry' Features Naturescape Vibes, Reggae Beats & More

By: Mirna Tufekcic

Agreeing to review Templo’s newest EP Mountains Can’t Cry was a bit of a stretch for me; a test to see if I could get down with dub. Generally, I do not subject my ears to dubstep of any kind, but I made an exception this time out of pure curiosity, and to give the genre another chance because this EP was presented to me as an “ethnic dub album.” I like CloZee and I really like Beats Antique, Bonobo, Ott, and Dynohunter, none of whom are dub, but all of whom definitely know how to throw down some gooey good ethnic sounds. So here I was with Templo, and it did not disappoint!  

Though Mountains Can’t Cry certainly falls into the dubstep category, it is subtle, and filters through the ears without leaving you feeling like you just lost brain cells huffing glue, which is how most of the genre has left me feeling before. At the forefront of each of the six songs are naturescape vibes, reggae beats, and the aforementioned “ethnic” sounds.

The first two tracks on the EP have a Middle Eastern flare. “Magnetics,” has a more up-beat, daytime feel and “The Owl Watches,” turns a little darker and is seductive, with calls from night creatures accompanied by mesmerizing sounds resembling far-east wind instruments and maybe even a bit of Balkan folk. 

Templo.

Templo.

The third track, “Shot in the Dark,” is probably the most traditionally “dubby” track on the EP, with heavy reggae beats and a lot of record scratching. Not long after that, the fourth track reawakens the spirit with a playfulness reminiscent of video games from the early 2000s, and mixes in what sounds like Native American or African tribal chants. “They Gone,” the next to last track on Mountains Can’t Cry, is heavy with reggae vibes. The final track on the album, “RedShotScandal,” incorporates a lot of everything heard in the previous five tracks, but like a fireworks finale, it creates a loud explosion of light and sound only to fade into silence, smoke and gratification at the end. 

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Mountains Can’t Cry is built like a journey through naturescapes. It’s an easy and enjoyable listen that doesn’t even take thirty minutes to complete, and even as someone who wasn’t a fan before, I am confident you’ll like it whether you’re winding down the summer, or catching Templo live on tour this fall. 

Keep up with Templo here.

-Mirna

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Sullivan King's 'Fight Back World Tour' Brought the Heaviest Bass I've Ever Seen

By: Ryan Schultz

Sullivan King's Albuquerque stop on his Fight Back World Tour was one of the heaviest bass events I've ever seen. The local opening acts all played great sets, but the one that stood out to me the most was Navallo's. His set was a very fine balance of heavy-hitting trap remixes and melody filled bass tracks.

Navallo.

Navallo.

Sullivan King's set was an epic fusion of crushing heavy metal riffs and massive dubstep basslines which shook the entire venue. He played his 7-string guitar along to his music, and he  sang on some parts, all while DJing.

Sullivan King.

Sullivan King.

Having never seen Sullivan King live before, I was blown away by his performance and would recommend anyone see him live if you haven't already!

You can still catch him on tour until December 22nd and keep up with him here.

-Ryan

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Trap and Dubstep Beast Borgore Coming to Sunshine Theatre This Thursday

This Thursday, trap and dubstep beast Borgore will play the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM as a part of his Buygore University Tour. The tour, named after Borgore’s own record label Buygore Records, started on September 12th and continues through the 21st of October, showcasing the hottest new talent coming out of this label. For his Albuquerque date, Benda and GGMagree will be on board for support.

Borgore.

Borgore.

Borgore’s newest aggressive trap release “MOP,” featuring Gucci Mane and THIRTY RACK, has only strengthened fan excitement for this upcoming show, and the rest of the tour. The track just hit the airwaves last month and has been climbing the Soundcloud charts.

The show this Thursday is a 16+ event and tickets can be purchased at the door, and online here. Anyone in the area who’s a fan of the heavier side of EDM should not hesitate to check this event out.

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Illenium Ends 2017 With A Sold-Out Tour And A Slot At Coachella

By: Elizabeth Lee

2017 was a huge year for the world of electronic music. We saw the return of old veterans such as deadmau5 and the coming of his new protege REZZ with her unique, dark industrial sound. A huge genre turn around occurred, as big room house faded and set the scene for dubstep and its subgenre riddim. Long-standing king of bass music Excision pulled off one of the most successful first festivals in history with the birth of Lost Lands Music Festival in Ohio. But there was another name who had been rising to fame long before this last year. 2017 was the year everything paid off for Denver-based producer Nick Miller, otherwise known as Illenium.

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Illenium came from humble beginnings as a producer who released several remixes on Soundcloud and then eventually his debut EP Ashes in 2016. His music captured the hearts of fans who were looking for the emotional depth and complexity no other other artists seemed to be able to replicate. From there he shot to fame, touring and playing major festivals across the US and the rest of the world. September 2017 saw the release of his sophomore album Awake.

Nick Miller.

Nick Miller.

BolderBeat was lucky enough to catch the last stop of his sold-out Awake tour at Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles on December 28th.

The venue was packed and buzzing with an excited crowd warming up to the sounds of artists Dabin and Said the Sky. Delivering over an hour and half of music, once Illenium took the stage each person watching was enraptured and caught in a beautifully woven soundscape. With a live keyboard and drum pad setup, he dropped tracks such as “Sound of Walking Away” ft. Kerli and “Rush Over Me,” his song with artists Seven Lions, Said the Sky, and HALIENE. Fans of his older album would also recognize classics such as “Afterlife” and “It’s All on U.” Dabin and Said the Sky returned to the stage to join him for a few tracks on electric guitar and piano. Besides his ability to create a fully immersive experience, Illenium also demonstrated his versatility as an artist as he played his unreleased collaboration with Kill the Noise and Mako. This track strayed away from his usual melodic style and into heavier dubstep. He continued to delight the crowd throughout the night with a mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and energetic beats.

As a recently announced artist on the 2018 Coachella lineup, we’re looking forward to what’s next for Illenium. Keep up with him here.

-Elizabeth

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Binsky Explores The Realm of Glitch Hop, Phantom Beats, and Robotic Animals

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Binsky's glitch hop will keep you movin.'

BLDGBLKS  Artist Binsky.

BLDGBLKS Artist Binsky.

Binsky (born Drew Jubinsky) takes electronic music to the next level. He has an incredible ability to visualize and replicate the texture of sounds and has a unique spirit as well. It’s not every day that you meet a producer who views his music the way Binsky does. Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, he has been creating drum and bass rhythms since 2001.

Having made his home in Denver for almost five years, Binsky occupies his time with creating beats that resemble the unrecognizable phantom rhythms one might hear ringing in their ears hours after attending a live show. His music might be described as drum and bass, glitch hop, and dubstep. But holding favor to a darker, creepier vibe, Binsky uses drum cymbals, bass lines (and would you have ever guessed, saran wrap?) to create intensely flexed visuals through texturally diverse beats. In a conversation, he shared with me that he is influenced by the philosophy of Biomechanical Tattoos, an increasingly popular art form that depicts what the human anatomy would look like with mechanical parts.

“I have a number of influences, but they don’t necessarily come out as themes in my music. I create textures that are pieced together. For bass lines, I think of a specific animal as if it’s running through the woods, and then tweak the sound accordingly. You know those sounds and rhythms you think you hear? I try to recreate those sounds with my music.”

For Binsky, music is about the art, not about generating attention for his work. But lucky for us, an ample amount of his music is available online for our listening pleasure. His single, Forest Creatures takes it to a whole other level, transforming you into a robotic woodland creature, scampering through the dense shadowy shrub. Like the sound of that? You can find even more of his music on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Last.fm. And that doesn’t even include the full arsenal of music he has yet to release.

His collaboration with fellow BLDGBLKS artist Amy Kress for her music video "Iceland" is also one that is sure to keep your body moving. And if you’re a fan of bootleg remixes, then be sure to check out his Bootleg Remix page on Bandcamp.

Binsky is purely, wholeheartedly, and passionately about the music. His knack for constantly molding and adapting makes him one to keep tabs on. His goals are set high, as he strives to tap into the soundtracking industry and also create accompanying visuals for his music. His unique techniques for creating his sound makes me especially excited to see what kinds of visual art he will create in the future.

If you’re hooked, just as I was after my first Binsky listen, then you can check him out every second Monday of the month at Herb’s Jazz Bar in Denver. It’s one way you can make your Mondays a little less mundane. Keep up on Binsky’s latest whereabouts here on BolderBeat and on Binsky’s Facebook.

Check out some of Binsky's tracks below:

-Jura

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CU’s Welcomefest Was a Massive Bash Booming with Bass, Lasers, and Infectious Energy

By: Hannah Oreskovich and Greg Laut

Welcome back Buffs.

Welcomefest.

Welcomefest.

The Buffs are back in town. And nothing proved that more than the electric energy buzzing around Farrand Field on Saturday night for CU’s Welcomefest. Put on by Program Council, Welcomefest is CU’s annual concert extravaganza for students. This year the lineup included headliner and dubstep DJ Seven Lions, NY-based Joywave, Denver’s Sunboy, and Boulder’s very own Innerspace. What started out as a few hundred people sitting in the field at 530PM turned into over 7000 students packed along the stage barriers dancing, jumping, and crowdsurfing to Seven Lions’ waves of bass.

Innerspace, a local alternative rock outfit, kicked things off while the sun was still high in the sky. They played some guitar-heavy, head-banging licks from their latest EP, Earthrise. The guys call themselves “space rock” and you can check out a ton of their songs here.

Sunboy. Sidenote: Their bassist wins for "Best Dressed" of the whole fest. we Dig. 

Sunboy. Sidenote: Their bassist wins for "Best Dressed" of the whole fest. we Dig. 

Next up was Denver’s Sunboy, a psychedelic rock pop five-piece with some Tame Impala undertones. These boys have been getting some noticeable buzz lately, and played both the UMS and the Denver Pysch Fest this summer. Though they couldn’t incorporate the visuals they’re known for in their live performances into Saturday’s show, member Justin Renaud told us they recently created a new light production that they’ll be using for upcoming gigs. When we asked hypnotizing frontman and former CU student Jordan Lempe what it was like to be back on campus getting paid for a show, he laughed and told us, “It’s great to be on the other side.” Word.

The silhouettes of Joywave.

The silhouettes of Joywave.

As the sun set, Joywave entered, all in black. Joywave released their debut EP How Does It Feel? just last April, and they’ve already played on a number of late-night TV shows, opened for The Killers, are jetting off to play Reading & Leeds + Lollapalooza Berlin soon, and will return to headline their own US tour following their European adventure. If you caught any of Joywave’s set, you know why. They’re a five-piece indie pop and electronic crew who brought sweet beats, mad energy, and fun stage banter that engaged the crowd. Frontman Daniel Armbruster had CU students dancing, screaming, and jumping with him throughout their set. By the end Armbruster had everyone begging for “One more song!” and the group ended with their most popular track, “Tongues.” The crowd erupted in excitement and a massive sing-along commenced.

Seven Lions. Let it drop.

Seven Lions. Let it drop.

With the night in full swing, DJ Jeff Montalvo aka Seven Lions, took the stage. At this point, Welcomefest was packed. Students crowded against the stage barriers and when Seven Lions emerged, they went crazy. Girls jumped onto the shoulders of boys to rock out, there were tons of crowdsurfers, and everyone was moving to the bass. And that’s because the bass was insane. It was as if Seven Lions was controlling heartbeats with every thump. He had a ton of incredible visuals behind him as well. Lasers jetted out above the crowd until they hit the dorms across the field and the stage lights strobed in time with the beat. 

Seven Lions first gained popularity for his dub and trance tracks in 2011 when he remixed Above & Beyond’s “You Got to Go.” Since then, he’s toured with Porter Robinson and played several notable festivals including SxSW, Ultra, and EDC. And, lucky for the Buffs, Seven Lions just released a brand new track, “Falling Away” on August 14th, which he played at the show. The energy of the crowd was as palpable as the bass, and at some points, the crowd even started “Let’s Go Buffs!” chants. Welcome back, indeed.

Whippin' hair and heartbeats. 

Whippin' hair and heartbeats. 

Overall, Program Council assembled a very successful lineup. When we talked about the bands chosen with Aaron Rogers, Director of Public Relations for Program Council, he told us, “The whole process [of booking acts] takes months. Booking depends on budget, timing, artist availability, and a whole lot of other factors.” This year, Program Council’s time and investment were clearly worth it.

Well done Welcomefest.

-Hannah and Greg

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