Minnesota, Zion I

Minnesota

Zion I

Mithra

Sat, November 17, 2012

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

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Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota’s first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, came out on Tycho Records in January 2011. It received critical acclaim from a national audience, prompting Minnesota to drop his
second official album, Ancient Machines, just months after. Released on Mal Label, Ancient Machines hit number nine on the Addictech.com best seller’s list for 2011 and every track appeared on the Beatport.com glitch-­‐hop charts. During this time, Minnesota also managed to put out a free EP with MartyParty called Ultraviolet Halo that was released in July 2011. His fourth EP, Astral Projection, came out the following year and showcased his affinity for downtempo melodic ethereal sounds, which diversified his fan-­‐base through hits like “Stardust,” and “Relax.” Minnesota’s fifth album, Altered States EP, has since been his most
popular with tracks being played by DJs across the country. He describes the album as, “big room, melodic bangers,” with some, “faster tempo hip hop influenced stuff on it.” Minnesota’s most recent release Voyager EP resonates as a culmination of these projects, balancing his identifiable melodic synths with the bounce of 808’s. The album, fine-­‐tuned with experience and precision, plays naturally in the evolution of Minnesota’s signature sound.
Now in his fourth year of touring, Minnesota has traveled to over 50 cities and performed at nearly every major festival nationwide. Last year he headlined his first two tours, and performed with the likes of STS9, Big Gigantic, MiMOSA and Gramatik. His music has been lauded by the likes of Bassnectar, Adventure Club, Paper Diamond and many others in his genre. Discussing Minnesota’s track “Push It,” Bassnectar once commented, “[It’s] quickly becoming a staple in my sets,” and “perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped.” The support of Minnesota’s management team, agency, and some of the world’s greatest artists can only attribute to his hunger for more time spent on the road and in the studio. To those that haven’t had the opportunity to see Minnesota perform, make sure to be on the lookout for the next time he rolls into your city. To put it lightly, Minnesota is a name to watch.
Zion I
Zion I
After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009′s The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group’s longtime admiration for reggae and dub.

While the group’s roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. “The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music,” says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. “This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn’t want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past.”

For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live’s original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock’s tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group’s live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp’s initial idea.

For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee’s personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.

This extends to the title. “The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music,” says Zumbi. “But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it’s dilating and contracting really quickly. We’re living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone’s mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now.”

On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. “4U,” with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of “Always” supplement Zumbi’s optimistic hook of “Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up.” “Many Stylez,” featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre’s roots, and the atmospheric beat of “North Star” complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one’s life.

On “History,” the group’s most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo’s autobiography from prior to the group’s formation until now. “We’ve been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you’ve been,” admits the emcee. “I think it’s good to look back for a second before keeping it moving.” Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing and Atomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group’s mind, heart and soul.
Mithra
Mithra
Alive since 2008. Guitar - Robert, Bass - Edgaras, Vocal - Eldar, Percussions - Andrejs. Thanks to: Misha for making sick drum parts, mixing, mastering - Ričards C. ,recorded at Dimon Studios. Special thank you to Robertas ( Amber Icons/ Ramybes Skveras ) for doing melodic vocals in our songs!
Venue Information:
Terminal West
887 West Marietta St. Studio C
Atlanta, GA, 30318
http://www.terminalwestatl.com/