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Get Ready to #WatchTheMoonrise With Full Lineup Playlist

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Featured, Latest, Noise | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

This August, Pimlico Race Course will again be the site of now-annual electronic soiree Moonrise Festival. For year number three Steez Promo diversified their aural portfolio, bringing on heavy hitters from the house & techno scene to compliment a boatload of bass-focused acts.

To keep you up to speed on the whole shindig, we’ve compiled one of our world-famous* playlists, covering the lineup from top to bottom. On top of that, we’ve hand-picked our can’t-miss artists & given them each a few words. Come August 6-7 you’ll wow your friends and snag the festival sweetheart of your dreams with your sexy superior knowledge. Read on!


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Diversity, Maturity, General Saxiness Color Moon Hooch’s “Red Sky” (Review)

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Featured, Latest, Noise, Reviews | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

Kicking off your career with a solid LP isn’t unheard of. Hell, vaulting over the sophomore slump & releasing a well-received follow-up isn’t always a surprise either. But here we are, three albums deep, and New York based brass-blowing darlings Moon Hooch show no signs of plateauing. Red Sky is musical growth personified, tracked & mastered; full of diversity inspired by maturity and risk-taking inspired by the confidence said maturity entails. Of course, it’s also endowed with the frenetic energy that made Moon Hooch This Is Cave Music such stellar albums. Convinced yet? No? Yeesh, and I was hoping I could step out early on this one…

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Prep For Next Month’s Camp Bisco With Full Lineup Playlist, AltFreq Can’t Miss Sets

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Featured, Latest, Noise | 0 comments

Words & List by Kevin Madert

A month from today, the snowless slopes of Montage Mountain will be dotted with tents. Music will echo out over the city of Scranton situated in the valley below, and top-notch production will alight the night sky. For the second year running, the four seasons resort will play host to Camp Bisco. The perennial east coast jam/electronica festival boasts an eclectic assortment of talent, topping out near 90 performers.

AltFreq is here to make planning your weekend just a bit easier. Split-second set decisions throughout the weekend won’t strain the brain when you’re armed with our lineup-encompassing playlist. We also sifted through the bill to compile a shortlist of acts we’re especially amped for. Wanna get the most out of your ticket by knowing before you go? Read on, intrepid internetters, and we’ll see you on the mountain.


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Tor’s “Blue Book” Well Worth The Wait (Review)

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Featured, Latest, Noise, Reviews | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

From the opening moments of Blue Book, Loci Records mainstay Tor invites the listener into a carefully crafted world of monolithic ambience. Picking up right where 2012’s Drum Therapy left off, the lush minimalism present on the Canadian producer’s sophomore full-length is all-absorbing.  With attention to detail uncommon even in the nuance-laden sphere of downtempo his work occupies, he’s able to create a ten track trip-hop smorgasbord delectable in both its delicacy and digestibility.  Headphones are all you need to start this 45 minute aural journey, buoyed along by a diverse coalition of instrumentation & driven forward by an oft-shifting, ever-present beat.

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Opiuo Traverses Sonic Terrain New & Familiar on “Omniversal” (Review)

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Featured, Latest, Noise, Reviews | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

Few artists have a hold on my heart (and ears) quite like Opiuo. His wobbly, wonky, oh so funky brand of deep bass glitch-hop reeled me in, and his ability to innovate sonically within his own creative space has kept me hooked ever since. It follows, then, that Omniversal shines as a fresh take on the themes and styles that have long defined the Australia-based producer’s work. Picking up this album equates to obtaining a ticket on the Mid-Tempo GlitchFunk Express – dress code casual, dance parties inevitable.

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On “The Dream Is Over,” Pup Confirms the Opposite (Review)

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Featured, Latest, Reviews | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

For all the misery Pup espouses on The Dream Is Over, they seem to be having a pretty good time. While the Canadian foursome’s sophomore full-length teems with omnidirectional vitriol, it also teems with insightfully empathetic, listenable music. Thanks to the group’s admirable acumen, these elements coalesce to make up one of the best albums of the calendar year.

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Below The Fold: Dreamscape 2016’s Can’t-Miss Regional Acts

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Featured, Latest | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

As we’ve highlighted on several occasions, much of the strength in a Badass Raves lineup lies towards the lower half of the poster. Some of them are established regional names who’ve built a strong rapport with event organizers and please familiar crowds at event after event. Others may be relative newcomers to the scene (or at least the Badass fold), but thanks to careful consideration in the planning stages they’re usually well-suited for whichever event they’ve been booked.

All this to say, Dreamscape is rife with regional talent that you’d do well to familiarize yourself with. Lucky for you, AltFreq loves supporting local music & the artists who play it. Read on to learn a bit more about our favorite locals slated to perform this weekend at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, MD.


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New Tune Tuesday (Dreamscape Edition)

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in New Tune Tuesday, Noise | 0 comments

-Written by Kevin Madert

A few short days from now the first sets of Dreamscape 2016 will be echoing through the undulating, tree-dotted hills & of Camp Ramblewood. Lucky for us, plenty of the artists playing this year’s festival have been hard at work churning out new tunes – just in time to unleash them on the masses come May 5-8. Read on to hear the latest from some of our favorite acts on the lineup.


Destructo & Wax Motif Ft. Vanilla Ace – Beatdown

Kicking off the list is, appropriately, a recent song from an artist playing Dreamscape. On “Beatdown,”  Holy Ship don and purveyor of oft-fantastic four on the floor Destructo teams up with capable friends Wax Motif and Vanilla Ace to deliver a winner. The dark tune is quintessential Destructo, packing a serious punch in the breakdown but refusing to view itself through overserious eyes. Attesting to this is the well-sourced hook – a few lines of poignant life advice adapted from “G’d U” by Snoop Dogg helmed hip-hop trio The Eastsidaz. Keep it real and get gangsta’d up with the HARDfather at Poseidon’s Playground to close out pool party numero uno (9pm Friday).

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AltFreq’s Daily Dreamscape Guide: Saturday

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Featured, Latest | 0 comments

-Written by Kevin Madert

We’re less than a week out from Badass Raves’ annual festival season kickoff, so it seemed a good a time as any to give our readers the inside track on the festival. Where you should be, who you should listen to, what the heck else there is to do; if you’re looking for assistance in planning your Dreamscape experience, Alternate Frequency is here to help. If you somehow made it here first, find our Thursday guide here and our Friday guide here.


First Things: The best thing you’ll witness all weekend kicks off at 11am, as 1,000 Drunk DJs take over Poseidon’s Playground for two hours and one entire bottle of Johnnie Walker. If you’re a Saturday-only kind of partier, one day tickets are yours for the purchasing, and gates will open at 11am to receive you.

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AltFreq’s Daily Dreamscape Guide: Friday

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Featured, Latest | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

We’re less than a week out from Badass Raves’ annual festival season kickoff, so it seemed a good a time as any to give our readers the inside track on the festival. Where you should be, who you should listen to, what the heck else there is to do; if you’re looking for assistance in planning your Dreamscape experience, Alternate Frequency is here to help. Our Thursday guide can be found heren, and Saturday’s is right here.


First Things: We’re hoping you remembered to pack your swimsuit & floaties for the daily pool parties. If last year is any indicator, believe us when we say things get rowdy and *had to do it* wet. Poseidon’s Playground gets going at 11am, and with the mix of headliners and highly capable locals you can bet it’ll be a wild ride from start to finish. If you’re unable to attend all weekend – real jobs are a pesky necessity, right? – Friday arrival is permitted beginning at 11am; save a little cash with two-day tickets.

IMG_9137As Massacat can attest, it might get wild

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