Official Bassnectar After Party: Zion I /  ill.Gates Church of Bass

Hip-Hop group Zion I continue to forge new ground musically on their latest LP Shadowboxing, a beat-heavy hip-hop album decidedly grittier than past projects. Always pushing the literal—and figurative—needle forward, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, have once again created something experimental and heartfelt. Shadowboxing features guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Collie Buddz and Goapele.

A move from the live instrumentation of their last record, Shadowboxing enlists a range of producers such as Traxamillion, Timeline, DexBeats, Minnesota, who bring an unconventional, eclectic flavor to the album. With its futuristic beat, “Float,” produced by Santa Cruz up-and-comer Minnesota, is reminiscent of Zion I’s earlier work, Mind Over Matter. On “Bounce,” Bassnectar masters the manipulating of frequencies and crushing basslines. “I just did my thing with the image of a huge crowd going ham in my mind while I penned the verse,” explains Zumbi of recording the track.

Thematically, Shadowboxing is signature Zion I: "This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself," explains Zumbi, "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche."

To support the album, Zion I will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ Minnesota for the “2012 Shadowboxing Tour.”

Since 1999, Zion I has released seven critically acclaimed LPs, including Mind Over Matter (1998), Deep Water Slang (2000), True & Livin’ (2003), Break of Dawn (2004), The Take Over (2009), and Atomic Clock (2010). They also have two highly acclaimed albums under the name [Zion I and The Grouch with long time collaborator The Grouch, Hereos in the City of Dope and Hereos in the Healing of the Nation. Voted best Bay Area hip-hop group by the SF Weekly numerous times, Zion I have been featured in media outlets from XXL, The Source, Vibe, YRB, 944, Prefixmag.com, Popmatters, 7+7, SF Chronicle, and SF Bay Guardian.

lll.Gates is a Toronto-based composer, performer and educator. Over the past 16 years, he has established a global fanbase and a reputation as one of the most dynamic electronic music artists around. He regularly tours across North
America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates has headlined at such festivals as Burning Man, Shambala, the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. His first full-length release, Autopirate (Muti Music, 2008) charted and continues to sell strongly. His upcoming triple album The
ill.Methodology and accompanying online course are highly anticipated. Gates was recently selected as one of the Next 100 by URB Magazine.

Many of his contemporaries cite ill.Gates as a key artistic influence and inspiration in their music. While on tour, Gates frequently teaches workshops to grateful and attentive audiences, in which he shares his highly effective approach
to producing quality finished music as well as insights into the mentality and strategies necessary to succeed in the music business.

Boulder, Colorado's Jantsen has been pushing the envelope of the bass-centric electronic music scene for several years. Jantsen draws inspiration from his elevated surroundings, bringing together the influences of electronica, jazz, blues, funk, rock, hip-hop, and every single sound in between. Like an alchemist
working his elixirs, Jantsen performs precise musical chemistry, creating new bass-funk gold. His musical style looks to the horizon of the scene, progressively pushing creative boundaries, expanding upon the typical to make them abnormal. Truly, the best way to listen to Jantsen's music is to experience it live--the energetic sound waves and contagious stage presence are what
make his show one of a kind. Jantsen's music has been on the decks of many Djs, including: Rusko, Datsik, Downlink, and Trolly Snatcha. Connect with Jantsen's Facebook page to be updated on the latest releases and free downloads.

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Official Bassnectar After Party: Zion I / ill.Gates Church of Bass with Jantsen

Saturday, June 1 · Doors 11:30 PM at The Gothic Theatre