Gem and Jam Pre-Party with Kaminanda, Love & Light, Soulular, GKEN-E @ King King, LA 1/11/14

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LA-based merrymakers The Do Lab joined forces with Gem and Jam Festival to bring an eclectic night of music to King King Hollywood to celebrate the festival’s eighth year. Featuring artists with something unquantifiable and ever evolving, this night was a colorful exploration of electronic music in every form. The Do Lab always attracts a beautiful, conscientious crowd that quickly checks their worries at the door to get lost in the groove for a night. This particular evening was a celebration of west coast music (aka best coast music). The evening began with GKEN-E and Soulular, who were both sporting that sexy psychedelic edge that radiates out of the Sunshine State.

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Kaminanda ignited the evening with his deep, tribal blend of dub and trip-hop. Featuring a huge array of different elements, his sound is complex and multi-layered. His live sets are an adventure through different acoustic landscapes, creating a performance that is both stimulating and engaging. Kaminanda is a champion of what I think of as “the left coast sound”: deep, creeping waves of bass balanced perfectly below lush, chilled-out melodies.. If you’re new to Kaminanda, check out this track:

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The real stars of the evening were the effervescent duo of Love and Light (Probiotik and 4centers). At times souring house anthems, at times glitched-out trap bangers–these Reno-natives have a uniquely uplifting style of bass music that is impossible to fit into a specific genre. This “omnigenre” duo fluctuates between many different sounds while maintaining their characteristic heavy-hitting bass. Always bringing a new, ingenious life to all different kinds of tracks, Love and Light have absolutely mastered The Art of the Remix. The Turtles, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dr Dre—literally nothing is off limits to these creative, innovative producers. The evening featured a well-balanced mix of soul-shaking original tracks and a sampling of their brilliant remixes. Their set was relatively bare bones production-wise, but their talent and energy brought the entire room to life. I left the show glowing with what I can only assume was love and light.

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Gem and Jam Festival takes place on February 7th-9th in Tucson, AZ featuring an unbelievable mix of musicians and artists. The lineup sports an impressive list of large names including Mimosa, Purity Ring (DJ set), The Motet, Love and Light, Boombox, Bluetech, SuperVision, Elliot Lipp and Paul Basic (to name a few). Gem and Jam will also provide an opportunity for music lovers to explore new artists and find their new favorites. Some of our favorite smaller names include The Digital Connection and Krooked Drivers from the Denver scene as well as NVO and Nicoluminous from the west coast. Oh and Alex and Allison Grey will be there painting and speaking. I can’t seem to find a reason that you shouldn’t buy a ticket right now and go have an enriching, inspirational weekend in the desert with a group of beautiful strangers! Tickets available here: