Although this album is not newly released, I felt the need to write about it because I have been replaying it 2-3 times a day for the past several weeks. Given the intense internal journey I have been recently, every single track on this LP speaks to me differently but in the soul-soothing way that I am craving. This is the first full length album Colorado native Ricky Shine has released in over 2 years and no doubt outshines ANY album I have listened to this year. Released in September on the popular glitch label, Gravitas Recordings, Chasing the Midnight Sky is sure to inspire, motivate, move and groove you. Close your eyes and chase that midnight sky. <3 It is available for free (pay what you want) on Bandcamp. Favorite track: "If Only You Knew"
I deactivated Facebook quite some time ago since I am going through some intense transformation at the moment- which is also why I haven't been posting, I've been spending a lot of time away from my PC- however, this released on Gravitas Music December 1st and I have been listening to this EP on repeat since then. It takes you on such a psychedelic journey and has something for everyone: trap, dubstep, psytrance, glitch hop, and most importantly the weirdest noises that make you slither all over the place. Its available for download (pay what you want) on Bandcamp, so go grab this funky fresh EP and dance your hearts out!
I fuggin' love the Belgian dudes who make up GWN and the rawness of all of their tunes. I got a chance to see them at Infrasound Equinox in Black River Falls, WI in September, shortly after their newest album "Hybrid Distillery" came out, where they played 3 different sets. They played all original music with a slight exception of a few tracks- one set which was all of their classic Dubstep bangers, one which experimented with the combination of their newer and older style, and one which was their "alter ego", Vice Vertu with Simon. This 37 minute mix is a good combination of tunes from their new album plus some bangers from their past- its super solid.
But, since I am on the topic of their new album, if you haven't already- you should absolutely go buy it. I will warn you though, it is a bit different from their previous albums, which were all Dubstep. They experiment with some new sounds while still keeping it heavy and wonky with my personal favorites, "Zamal" and "Blackberries". They took some heat from the Infrasound community for experimenting and although I don't love every track, I appreciate them for stepping beyond their comfort zone and trying something different. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love these guys!
I've always thought Cotti was one of the most under-rated and unknown producers out there given his long history with the Dubstep community and the evolution of it. The owner of Sumting New Records has been producing dubstep in the motherland of London since 2004 but only has 7,350 Soundcloud followers. He's worked on collaborations with dubstep legends Coki and Skream, as well as Kromestar, Dub Pistols, P Money, and Skepta. He even had a track titled "The Legacy" featured on one of dubstep's most famous releases, Rusko and Caspa's "Fabric Live 27" CD. His US breakthrough was my personal favorite Cotti release, "The Resurrection" EP signed to 12th Planet's LA based SMOG Records in 2014. He has remained relevant by continuously releasing music on his STN label that always seems to keep his signature style and push barriers of genre constraint at the same time. Today, I am posting his "Back to My Roots" EP that was released on Nov. 25th. This EP cannot be streamed on Soundcloud but instead on Bandcamp, where you can purchase it for $4.54 (or £3).
In this 4 track EP, Cotti showcases his signature wonky, well mastered synths that his fans know him for but effortlessly mixes and pays homage to his Reggae/Jamaican Dubstep roots in "Elusive", "Stay Calm", and "Cool Down". This is great, vibey release from Cotti- I support it! And you should take some time to check it out. Also, if you don't already, definitely follow him on Soundcloud. He always has new and good music coming out.
I'm not quite sure if anyone read this when it was active but I miss writing about my favorite thing in the world, bass music. Even if no one reads this, I'm going to blog about my passion for myself..that way I'll have a nice little page to look at my collection of thoughts, music, releases, etc. IDGAFOS who sees it, this is for me now. :)
French dubstep producer Fytch teams up with Kushberry to capture the hearts and attention of dubstep fans with another release on Jesus Died 4 Dubstep Records (JD4D). I personally prefer instrumental tracks but the vocals of Carmen Forbes is such a beautiful contrast to the aggressive nature of dubstep, but yet a soft compliment to the melodies in the track In These Shadows. The two continue the patterns of beautiful melodies overlaying aggressive womps in Bright Lights, where no vocals are needed to express contrast. They continue to create a massive neurofunk/DNB tune with Post Mordem and close their 4 track EP with a darker, more house-like tune with no specific genre classification, Sinister Hearts...and sinister is just the right word. Support dubstep and grab this EP on Bandcamp.
Hybris is blowing my mind with this album. He is no stranger to the underground world of drum & bass with his now second release on super group Noisia's record label, Invisible Recordings, with the first one being his Garbage Truck EP. The American born producer had this to say about this game-changing 15 track LP:
"I wanted to make this album a cohesive listening experience from start to finish, while still tending towards the dancefloor. It took up a good majority of the past three years of my life, and overall it was a pleasure to work on."
His hard work is clearly evident while listening to Emergence from beginning to end; he has certainly emerged as a powerful DNB producer and wrote a wonderful story for your ears. Support Hybris by purchasing Emergence on Beatport and iTunes.
This used to be personal blog dedicated to promoting artists, events, and music. This is still a personal blog that will discuss music, artists, and events but will now just be for personal enjoyment. I will no longer be advertising this blog as a promotional resource. The content that I post about will be because I enjoy it and need an outlet to mostly keep myself updated, organized, and expressed. I do not have background in sound design or song construction so I am not properly "qualified" to critique music. I'm more than open to learning though so if anyone would like to reach out and be a resource of knowledge, feel free. Otherwise, I'll just be babbling about why a certain track sounds good to me.
This blog will no longer be limited to JUST bass music. If I enjoy something, I'll post about it. If you enjoy it too, cool! I hope I can offer something new to anyone who reads this and even if I can't, hopefully we can connect through the common enjoyment of music. :)
12/13/15 - Mershak "ENC012" EP (Encrypted Audio)
12/18/15 - ENiGMA DUBZ - "The Journey so Far pt. 2" (From the Vine)