To celebrate Astro Nautico’s eighteenth official release (Dreams’ debut LP ‘Lost Kingdom’) Dreams will headline our monthly party at FreeCandy, a former car parking garage filled with street art, neon UV paint, a full-service bar and a 20’ x 12’ projection area.
Supporting Dreams is a cast of four globally-minded young East Coast producers and DJs. Astro Nautico residents will be holding down all the in-between sounds for the night and Paul Jones will be curating movie-theatre-sized VHS video projections.
We’ll also stream the whole night live on Ustream for our foreign friends.
As always, you don’t have to be a music head in order to enjoy what we’re planning. Thunderous bass weight and raw visuals form a potent electronic cocktail capable of offering just about anyone a uniquely invigorating party experience.
Please note the special Saturday date.
DREAMS – LOST KINGDOM LP RELEASE PARTY
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Saturday, Oct. 6th, 2012
905 Atlantic Avenue (located next to the “Roofing” sign)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Based in Atlanta, 20-year old Moist Ghost‘s debut LP and Astro Nautico’s seventeenth official release – Big Game Hunter – conjures a landscape as ethereal as it is post-apocalyptic. Liquid textures and haunting soundscapes connect songs along a constellation that is oceanic in character, yet also finds roots in a dangerous, late-night aesthetic. While the album spans a myriad of musical styles, there is a clear, underlying vision to the work that is both coherent and timeless.
Opening with deep and brooding synth pads reminiscent of Vangelis and John Carpenter, “Wilderness Survival” sets a cosmic tone. Songs like “Waterwalker” and “Epoch” are both reminiscent of early DMZ golden-era dubstep, full of deep sub basses and polyrhythmic percussion. “Maze” and “Keeping Tabs” borrow from a similar vibe, substituting low end for lush analog-sounding pads that drench the tunes’ 2-step styles in a thick, creeping haze.
Meanwhile, other tracks defy categorization. “Big Game Hunter” maintains an unsettling vibe, combining sharply filtered chord stabs, poltergeist vocals and crushing percussion that literally shatter into a hypnotizing and rhythmic club tune. “Witch Doctor” opens with panned hand claps that break into a punishing mix of rasta chants and dancehall riddims which can only be described as ratchet. Glueing all of these percussive tracks together are a series of fluid-moving interludes that drench the record in a vaporous rainforest mysticism.
With pulsing remixes from fellow ATLiens Time Wharp and REKchampa smoothly rounding out the LP, Big Game Hunter is a glimpse into the swamplands of the south through a voodoo lense, a smoke-filled cave where saltwater flows into the earth. Though each track individually can be dissected and analyzed, there is an intangible aura encompassing the album both familiar and unfamiliar which lends itself to finding a comfortable home in the long lineage of future-classic electronic music.
For our 27th Astrocast we have another stanky-dank mini-mix from Long Island-based ‘Pants Morgan’ Mattron of our East Coast brothers-in-arms, the Guns of Kingston crew. Squeezed through cassette and back, the mix has an undeniable saturation and character that will make you want to hit play again and again (we recommend recording it to cassette yourself and bumping it in the trunk). His ‘Personaltape/Pants Morgan Money Tape‘ filled with warmly-mixed golden-era hip hop style beats that was released late last year is a testament to the man’s production power and a sign of what we can expect from yung Mattron in the future. You might spot him at our monthly FreeCandy shows holding a VHS camera and if you find his lens upon you – ladies, please twerk that ass.
1. Who is Mattron and what is playing on his TV? Where does ‘Pants Morgan’ come from?
Mattron is a 19 year old music producer from Long Island, [adult swim] stays on my TV, and if it’s not adult swim it’s Law & Order (I’m a 50 year old on the low) or something with David Duchovny. I’m not really at liberty to talk about where ‘Pants Morgan’ came from. Gonna have to leave everyone in the dark.
2. What is Guns of Kingston in 2012? A league of super villains? A professional basketball team?
Guns of Kingston is a high school basketball team, and a group of tight ass ‘producers’ I guess. Producers sounds so wack, but yeah we all make music. Oh, and this one kid Joe, he doesn’t make music but still draws animals in crayon on shit.
3. Tapes, tapes tapes. Can you explain your use of VHS and cassette tapes in your audio-visual productions? If you made a tape casserole what would be the main ingredients?
As for cassette, I run most of my shit through cassette now because that’s exactly how I always wanted my shit to sound anyway. Warm as fuck and all that… and that just goes with the VHS. aesthetically, that shit works perfectly for me… it’s beautiful garbage, haha. And, my tape casserole is simple: Maxwell cassette tapes, du-rags, yogurt and money.
4. Who is Sidewalk Kal? Any other upcoming projects we should know about?
Sidewalk Kal is an MC from Jersey who I linked up with almost a year ago now, and yeah he’ll be around for a while. We’ve been working on shit since we linked. Right now we’re working on the Sidewalk Kal – Kough video, though.
5. What are 5 things that you keep in your backpack at all times?
A CD that only has Cella Dwellaz and Chief Keef on it, a single grape swisher, twizzlers, Orajel, and my wallet (complete with racks).
Mattron – Brainspills
RAJA – Nuntaken
Tuamie – Yes
RAJA – Games
Mark Aubert – FlyBy
Uplift – SONG14
Starchild – Slammin Mannequin (Instr. Demo)
RAJA – My Style Argile
Angelina Bofill – Let Me Be The One
Lil Reese ft. Chief Keef – Traffic
We’re very excited to announce Moist Ghost’s Big Game Hunter as our seventeenth official release. Hailing from Atlanta and known in larger music circles as Taste Tester, Moist Ghost is the deranged and experimental side of 20-year old producer Sam Wilhoit. Taking cues from the golden-age of dubstep, modern footwork and combining them with haunting textures spawning from the darkest corners of the ocean, his contribution to Atlantics Vol. 2 along with the fiery Astrocast21 are telling cues of what to expect from the LP.
To celebrate the August 28th release, we will be flying Moist Ghost here to Brooklyn to do the dirty bird and perform at our monthly party on Friday, September 7th at FreeCandy. Joining him on the bill to complete the night’s soundtrack will be a cast of globally-minded, East Coast based producers and DJs. As usual, Astro Nautico residents will be holding down all the in-between sounds for the night, set against movie-theatre sized VHS projections in our neon playground, all of which will be streaming live for the rest of the world.
MOIST GHOST LP RELEASE PARTY
Friday, September 7th 2012
905 Atlantic Avenue (located next to the “Roofing” sign)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
$8 at the door.
RSVP for a reduced entry fee of $5 at RSVP@astronautico.com
Can’t wait to see you there!
After the wild success of our first Astro Nautico night at FreeCandy on July 6th, there was a considerable amount of pressure on all ends of the second event (last Friday, August 3rd) to come correct again. Thanks to you, the fans, and all of the artists who came out to represent New York sound (lotide, Jacob 2-2, Mess Kid, Dave Q & Falty DL) we think it’s safe to say we (everyone!) accomplished just that.
Literally shaking the foundation of FreeCandy with Tsunami Bass Sound System, Brooklyn came together once again and proved that there is a place for this musical and visual aesthetic on the East Coast – raw, experimental bass-waves surrounded by the love for VHS static and a higher consciousness. Here is a look at how the night went down, with some amazing photography from our friend Lorenna Gomez-Sanchez.
In case you weren’t there to experience the magic with us, we recorded a good portion of the night with Ustream, including the entire sets of Jacob 2-2, Mess Kid, and a large portion of Dave Q & Falty DL’s Hardball b2b set.
Check it out:
Stay tuned for an announcement regarding our upcoming September event as well as our next Astro Nautico release.
(Hint: they are related )
The turnout to Astro Nautico’s first bash at FreeCandy on July 6 was staggering. An eclectic crowd of over 300 energetic beautiful party people flooded the Prospect Heights space, a former car parking garage filled with street art, neon UV paint, a full-service bar and a 20’ x 12’ movie-theater-sized projection area.
We are well aware that it’s one thing to throw one party, but another thing entirely to build a series of parties — let alone to inject the whole NY scene with a new vibrations and new vibrancy. But that is exactly our goal: to fire it up!
So on August 3 we’re pushing to bring up from the woodworks all the vim and vigor of a city defined by its creative types. This particular night is dedicated exclusively to NYC-based artists and to the city that sustains them.
The deejay-producer performers run the generational gamut, from a 20-year-old Seattle transplant who has only been on the ground for less than a month to the O.G. don of Twisup/DubWar/Percussion Lab, a man who it’s safe to say brought the sound of Dubstep to America before it blew, and who has full-on dedicated himself to the music culture of our city for over a decade. Back to back with scene hero Falty DL.
The young guns meet the vanguard. The stage is set. New York Sound.
As always, you don’t have to be a music head in order to enjoy what we’re planning. Thunderous bass weight and gigantic raw visuals form a potent electronic cocktail capable of offering just about anyone a uniquely invigorating party experience.
Come celebrate with us our constant mission to found a new home for experimental club music in Brooklyn.
And tune in from around the world on Ustream.
MUSIC BY RESIDENTS: OBEY CITY • KUHN • PAUL JONES
AND GUESTS: HARDBALL (FALTY DL B2B DAVE Q) • MESS KID • JACOB 2-2 • LOTIDE
VISUALS BY: PAUL JONES • JÓNÓ MÍ LÓ
Got a question of any kind? –> email@example.com
Want to pay $5 at the door instead of $8? –> Send an e-mail with your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org.****
*Limited to +1 guest per reservation.
**RSVP list is valid ONLY BEFORE midnight. We may meet capacity, so please plan accordingly by following @astronautibro on Twitter for live updates.
***Our bar takes cash only, and the nearest ATM is two blocks away, so please take out cash ahead of time. Sorry for the inconvenience.
This Friday (7/27) at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn we’re having a release party for our upcoming collaborative cassette release entitled 7 by 7: Astro Nautico x Day Tripper.
An experiment in cultural exchange and sampling, respective music collectives Astro Nautico and INNIT/Day Tripper Records have collaborated on a transpacific project which finds 7 members of Astro Nautico sampling Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai” to create a track and conversely, 7 members of Japan-based INNIT flipping sounds found in the westernized version of the same film, “The Magnificent Seven”.
Erik Luebs aka Magical Mistakes (who has previously contributed a track for Atlantics Vol. 2 and remixed Kuhn) will find himself accompanied by up-and-coming Bay Area producer Giraffage, along with three members of Astro Nautico (Obey City, Paul Jones and RAJA) for the release party of this 14-track compilation, which will also be available on cassette this Friday, the 27th.
Cassettes will be available for purchase on Friday via either label’s respective sites.
Preview a track from our side of the project, Kuhn‘s Even Bears.
Short but sweet, our 26th Astrocast comes from now NY-based producer lotide, who will be joining us along with Jacob 2-2, Mess Kid, Falty DL and Dave Q for our second big Astro Nautico show here in Brooklyn at Free Candy on August 3rd. Making waves with Lord RAJA and the Guns of Kingston crew, you can expect to hear (and see) lots of exciting output from this kid in the near future. Marked by grimy, textural beats and spiritual static, the mix itself is a theme song for 2012 pushing onwards into dark future space. The download link is attached at the bottom of the interview.
1. So first question is prolly the most important for us: as a 20-year-old young gun who constantly has his hands in a number of different projects all at once on top of making original productions/mixes/videos, why New York and why now?
When I started producing more material I figured it would be nice to go to a city where I could meet good people and play shows and get involved, etc. I tried Seattle, but that wasn’t it. I wasn’t interested in going to LA because I wanted to be a part of something in its early stages, as opposed to just taking a number and having a seat. New York has really kind of seduced me in the past few months. It’s clear that something good is brewing in Brooklyn, it just hasn’t started to coagulate until now.
2. You’ve already got a split remix EP out on Bandcamp with Kouta (SF), a 45-min ambient mix for Vanguard Music (Italy) and a 20-min radio mix for Wavy Graves (Glasgow), and you remixed D33J (Wedidit) and a Slovenian techno girl Nightwave plus you have your first record forthcoming on Svetlana’s new subsidiary label Woetone. What the fuck?
I know. It’s what the fuck in a funny way. I’m not as busy as that sounds. Great thing about the internet is I can meet people in different cities and countries who like what I do, and want me to do it for or with them. Trying to get as much out of that as I can.
3. A machete or Excaliber?
A machete. Anything you can have in one hand you can also have in the other.
4. Is Guns of Kingston armed? What are your plans for joining RAJA’s elite task force?
The bossman at Svetlana Industries put me in touch with RAJA early on, he did the video for my upcoming record and we sent stuff back and forth for a while. I noticed GOK had kind of frozen up for a while and RAJA said getting things going again was just a matter of re-doing the site and actually maintaining it. I’m working on it now, we’ll be putting together a nice little hype machine so we can make some good shit happen soon.
5. Can you link us to your favorite original video you’ve made and tell us why it’s your favorite?
I did this video for Shlohmo a while back and it never got out, he and I figured it wasn’t quite finished and I eventually just moved on to something else. Almost no one has seen it, it’s old, but I’m curious to see if people would’ve liked it. I’m into it because it was fun to make. Here we go: https://vimeo.com/27760254
Today’s the day y’all – my non-Astro Nautico debut EP, My RVM, is out and available all over the internet to download. It was actually right about a year ago that I released my debut Melted Magic on Astro Nautico and following that EP I was contacted by Crabbe from B. YRSLF – the first label to show genuine interest in my tunes.
After about a year of trading back and forth tracks and all the other things that go along with a release, it’s finally out for you all of you to hopefully enjoy.
Couldn’t have really had a better first experience with releasing this EP either – B. YRSLF is a great label, made up of stand-up dudes who are releasing a great and diverse array of modern dance/electronic music. Definitely check out their past discography if you haven’t, as they really haven’t released anything that isn’t quality. They’ve also been very supportive of all of our releases here at Astro Nautico, so you know they’re family now.
This EP also marks the first time anyone has remixed one of my tracks which was really exciting and I have to give HUGE props to the three talented producers who turned in remixes for me.
Baauer is a straight-up beast and turned my tune into a club anthem. So many big things happening for him right now.
Applebottom is an extremely prolific young gun producer who will definitely be on a lot of peoples radar soon (if he isn’t already) and he turned in a beautiful remix, adding textural depth well beyond his years (17!!).
And obviously you all know that boy Kuhn by now…he turned ID ID into a mutant Japanese battle chant that is both an exhilarating and terrifying listen at the same time.
Anyway, enough rambling – preview the tracks and if you dig them and want to support, you can purchase it at any of the major online music retail sites (iTunes, Boomkat, Beatport, Juno, etc.).
Thank you to all my friends who have been supporting the EP, blasting it on Twitter and just genuinely giving props. It means a lot.
Also stay tuned in because I may just have another release planned for later this year
Dear Astro Nautico Community,
Wow. That just happened. Just scrambling now to collect ourselves not to mention all our hi-res photos and videos and make sure it all looks nice as can be before we publish them here forever. But before all that here’s the first draft of our excitement.
For starters, while you read, hit play on/download the Lord’s instantly-legendary full live set below.
We had about 300 amazing, talented, creative, beautiful people in the building. One of them was Radio 1Xtra DJ and Deviation founder Benji B (He really is beautiful… look up his mug if you only know his voice). He said he thought that the party would come to represent a new page in the history of musical exchange between London and New York. Reverse the flow. He said it was one of the best parties he’d been to in NYC in over a decade. He asked for and now has a selected discography from all the artists who played and you’ll likely be hearing some Astro tracks on his show for BBC1xtra this Wednesday night (9pm-11pm NY time) if not on future shows.
On the other hand, we were graced with the presence of some West Coast cats who said it reminded them of their favorite times at Low End. The community feeling. The coming-together-ness. The gravity. We’re honored to inherit even a small bit of that energy. It’s what we’ve personally lacked as New Yorkers pretty much all our lives. 21-gun salute to Low End Theory for inspiring us so much to do something like this.
But influences aside, we’re definitely not trying to be like anywhere else’s big party. We couldn’t even if we wanted to. They’ve all got their thing, and that’s that. Here’s ours: 20′ x 12′ live VHS-mixing projections by Paul Jones on the walls of a neon UV-painted former parking garage performance space in Prospect Heights (FreeCandy’s motto is: ‘Paradise Garage meets MOMA.’) stuffed with a pristine triangle of Unity PA speakers and thunderous Yorkville subs pounding out all your favorites and a bunch of stuff you’ve never heard, forming a million diverse variations on beats and bass from young guns and veterans of the scene equally.
That’s how we do it in New York.
As for the future: first Fridays monthly = Astro Nautico parties in Brooklyn. Yes, first Friday of every single month. Simple. We’re locked. Not going anywhere. This is our home, and we want to make it feel like yours too even if you just came here or are just passing through or have been here for ten years and are utterly disenchanted. We might throw the odd one-off at a different venue just to change it up and stay a bit unpredictable. But generally it’s looking like we’ve found our way, and FreeCandy is our home base (read: yours!).
So please keep your first Fridays reserved for these special occasions. Mark ‘em in your cellular iPods’ calendars right now and let ‘em marinate. And tell your friends. Because this is a party about YOU fueled by YOU. Yeah, YOU!! YOU the individual person reading this! Thank YOU!! Because YOU are the ones pushing us forward in this world, making us envision the next year of amazing parties and releases here in Brooklyn/NYC.
Astro Nautico began as a college radio show, then became a blog, then a net label and now it’s a party. Or maybe it’s more than that… a burgeoning, physical, real life community embodying the cyber community that has always kept it afloat. Maybe. Guess we’ll only find out if you show for the next one! And fam from out of town better believe we’ll be Ustreaming every event from now on. Details about next party coming next week, but, for now, save this date: August 3 we prove this is permanent!
Peace, thanks and raw vibes,
SAM (OBEY CITY)