[Show Review] Bassnectar – Red Rocks amphitheater, Colorado

And sometimes, you go to a show that just blows your mind, literally and figuratively.

The night at Red Rocks was just right, a cool summer evening as fans of the acclaimed electronic master, Bassnectar, gathered for the second night of back-to-back sold out shows. As he took the stage, the longhaired musician gave some love to Colorado and then put it simply, “I know trap music is the music style this year but I’m going to play some good old dub all night.”
Play dub? Not even, he played, threw down, molded, melted dub all over the crowd that night. Bringing along his own sound system did not hurt either, his deep melodies and intense beat sessions could be heard far outside of Red Rocks. Bassnectar, also known as Lorin Ashton, has been at this for a while the whole killing people with his musical talents. He went to his first rave back in 1995 when he was just a young buck and since then, his world and our world has never been the same. Naming himself the famous Bassnectar, he released his first album back in 2001 and I was only too happy to hear him go back to his beginning roots. He played songs that were a decade old that still held the same excitement they did when they were first released, and the crowd loved him for it. All musicians start somewhere and Bassnectar is one of those musicians whose beat naturally flowed out of him from the minute he touched his first electronic music system.

Playing for over two hours straight, Bassnectar showed why he has such a huge fan base and why his music will continue to awe and inspire his adoring supporters.

Keep rocking those long locks Bassnectar and keep capturing the hearts, ears and minds of all who listen to you.

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Tom Swoon (feat Amba Shepherd) – Not Too Late (Bassnectar & PatrickReza Remix) [FRESH]

Tom Swoon
Not Too Late (Bassnectar & PatrickReza Remix)

Extending their working relationship one step further, Bassnectar collaborates with LA producer PatrickReza for another compulsively seductive remix. The track “Not Too Late” by Tom Swoon and featuring the vocals of Amba Shepherd has fallen victim to the creative ideas of this synergistic partnership. Bringing in an array of revolving wobbles over a landscape of melodic noise, it is really the continued use of Amba’s vocals that make this track stand out.

The song can be purchased on Beatport Today via Ultra Records

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[Trapstep] Bassnectar feat. Angel Haze – Freestyle

Lorin just released “Freestyle” that will be off his Freestyle EP dropping on October 16th. Bassnectar‘s hard hitting style of Dub is showcased in this brain melting banger featuring vocals from Angel Haze. With a heavy 808 influenced intro then building into relentless wobbles that hit at all the right times. Cheers.

’Bassnectar – Freestyle feat. Angel Haze’
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[Live Review] Bassnectar – KOKO, London

After a solid Pendulum DJ set, and with the venue at capacity, Lorin ‘no bullshit’ Ashton AKA Bassnectar took to the stage. I have no idea how he can see what he’s doing under all that hair, but seriously, this guy means business.

“London you’re a fucking mad house out there!”

And with that – Bassnectar began his relentless sub driven set in KOKO Camden over the weekend. Mixing between mixing dubstep, reggae, drum step, DnB and anything else he could get his hands on – Lorin’s performance that night showed why the guy packs out arenas across the world with the promise of the heaviest sounds on the planet.

You can be sure of two more things at a Bassnectar show; serious amounts of sub bass and whiplash – tonight was no exception. Lorin delivered drop after drop of of his unrelenting dub/step hits and the crowd responded every single time. Stand out moment of the night was undoubtedly Vava Voom, with everyone singing along to Lupe Fiasco’s pitched down vocals (I’m sure we all looked like bloody idiots).

His last appearance in the UK was way back in 2010 and probably consisted of a “classic” dubstep crowd. Eg. mostly guys wearing vests or minimal clothing so their sweat can pass easily from their armpit to your face. The crowd this time was a bit more mixed, but I probably absorbed a good amount of other peoples sweat – a process of osmosis if you like.

I can’t recommend Bassnectar’s live show enough and if you’re in the USA you should definitely make every effort to get to his headlining tour this fall.

One of the other DJ’s that night was one of TMN’s favourites – Zedd who kicked off with his trademark bits and pieces mashups including snippets of everything from Mario to Marley. His biggest drops were, unsurprisingly, some of his own sending the KOKO kids crazy. I’ve never heard Skrillex/The Doors ‘I’m breakin’ a sweat’ sung so loud! What was really impressive was his quick changed of tracks, i swear he must have played close to a 100 different tracks… awesome.

For more Bassnectar treats, get onto his European Vacation mix or even better – buy his latest album Vava Voom which gets a glorious Music Ninja thumbs up.

Special thanks Playground for putting on the event
Photo credit – Bassnectar, Playground Music & Flood Photos

Review via the awesome Steve Williams

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[NEW] Bassnectar – Divergent Spectrum LP + “Above & Beyond”

Bassnectar (Lorin Ashton) has never been one to be put in a category. Pulling influences from Glitch, Hip/hop, Dubstep and drum & bass he has always been able to push the envelope, extending sounds and melodies further than any other producers dares to go. His upcoming album, Divergent Spectrum is not only proof to his incredibly eclecticism but also his maturity as a producer. It features songs from his Winter 2010 and Spring 2011 tours a long with a couple more of unreleased surprises.

The album starts with “Upside Down”, a massive dubstep heavy track with attitude driven hip/hop breaks. The track not only sets the mood for the rest of the album, but it showcases Lorin’s maturity in creating beautifully complex melodic rhythms, something we know he does so well. As soon as you get comfortable with the first two tracks, Bassnectar delivers a couple of curve balls that go beyond his comfort zone (not sure if he even has such a thing as he does it). “Immidraniada”, a song by Gogol Bordello combines both dubstep and gypsy punk into one to create a devastating on and off relationship. There are some tracks that stay very true to the core of his previous releases like with his distinctive experimental approach, such as “Probable Cause” and “Boomerang”. As well as his fascination with Hip/hop rave-friendly tracks “Voodoo” and “Paging Stereophonic”.

However, not all is loud and heavy. “After Thought” is a sensational stereophonic experiences of long strings, light glitches and minimalistic use of bass. Slow wobbles with light and relaxing instrumentation in “Parade into Centuries” as well as a light non-bass outro that seems to have been a great fit for the Tron Legacy Soundtrack.

Divergent Spectrum is a great continuation from his 2009 release Cozza Frenzy and it has absolutely everything for anyone including what we consider the best remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”. The album has a much condense sound, rich in instrumentation, melody and Lorin’s unique approach to dubstep and extending the very perception of it.

Divergent Spectrum is available on iTunes as well as on bassnectar.net

To celebrate the release of Divergent Spectrum today, Bassnectar has gifted as with the brand new unreleased track “Above & Beyond”. This track is a collaboration between Bassnectar and Seth Drake, Bassnectar’s mastering engineer, and the latest addition to the Amorphous Music Team. Seth Drake was previously known as Shakes and released under SPL’s Hollow Point Label. You can listen/download below:

Bassnectar & Seth Drake – Above Beyond

’Bassnectar Seth Drake Above Beyond.mp3′

Rollz – Plugged In (Bassnectar Remix)

http://themusicninja.net/newsongs/02 Plugged In (Bassnectar Remix).mp3’Rollz – Plugged In (Bassnectar Remix)’

Bassnectar – Boomerang

Bassnectar – Voodoo

Bassnectar – Parade Into Centuries 2011 Version
’Parade Into Centuries 2011 Version’

Support Bassnectar and buy Divergent Spectrum on iTunes.

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[Best Of] The Music Ninja January 2011

Editor’s Note: We want to make things more convenient for you incase you missed a post. I’ll let this least speak for itself. All we ask is that you share it with your friends! Enjoy! -Blas


1. The Cataracs – Bass Down Low (Feat. Dev) (Proper Villains Remix) // [MP3]
2. Benny Benassi & Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix) // [MP3]
3. Cerebral Vortex – Fly By Night (Cyberpunkers Remix) // [MP3]
4. Porter Robinson – The Wildcat] // [Read Post]
5. Charles I – The King is Back // [MP3]
6. Derek Sabiston – Whip My Hair Here We Go (Willow Smith vs Bassnectar) // [MP3]
7. Afrojack and Bobby Burns – Bridge // [MP3]
8. Skream – Shot Yourself In The Foot Again feat. Example // [MP3]
9. The Partysquad – Ik Ga Hard (Henzel & Disco Nova Remix) // [MP3]
10. Sleigh Bells — Tell Em (Diplo Remix) // [MP3]
11. Duck Sauce vs Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers Streisand // [MP3]


1.Wiz Khalifa – On My Level (ft. Too Short) // [Stream]
2. Chris Brown — Look At Me Now feat. Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne // [MP3]
3. Gorilla Warfare Tactics – Temptations // [MP3]
4. Hoodie Allen – Dreams Up // [MP3]


1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues // [MP3]
2. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Pictures // [Stream]
3. Alexander – Million Years // [Stream]
4. Yelle – Safari Disco Club // [MP3]
5. The Rodeo Church – Miserable // [MP3]
6. Cotton Jones – Egg On A See [MP3]
7. Strfkr – Bury Us Alive // [MP3]
8. U.S. Royalty – Monte Carlo // [MP3]


1. Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Jamie xx Shuffle) // [MP3]
2. Christoph Andersson – Metropol // [MP3]
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps (Cosmonaut Grechko version) // [MP3]
4. Suuns – Up Past the Nursery // [MP3]
5. James Blake – Wilhelms Scream // [MP3]
6. Purity Ring – Ungirthed // [MP3]
7. Amadou & Mariam – Sabali (Vitalic Remix) // [MP3]
8. Tor – Aperture // [MP3]

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[NEW] Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

Fresh from mastering and never before played live, Lorin told us a bit more about his latest remix:

An amazing vocalist, currently blowing up with countless amazing songs. There are lots of remixes going around, but we wanted to give you a version that sounds like what I would play in a set, something deep and hypnotic and churning with sub bass… ENJOY! – L

Celebrating the Bassnectar‘s Winter Tour kick off, Lorin has shared with us the free track featuring the beautiful vocals of Ellie Goulding. With so many remixes already out, Bassnecter yet again breaks away from the chain to form a much profoundly melodic specimen of bass heavy electronic music.

Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

’Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix).mp3′

Here are the tour dates for the entire month of February, click here to see more

02/01/11 Petaluma, CA Phoenix Theater
02/02/11 Eureka, CA Redwood Acres
02/03/11 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
02/04/11 Portland, OR Roseland Theater (Indoors)
02/05/11 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
02/10/11 Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
02/11/11 Lake Tahoe, NV MontBleu Resort Showroom
02/12/11 Lake Tahoe, NV MontBleu Resort Showroom
02/19/11 Asheville, NC Bass Center 2
02/19/11 Asheville, NC Afterparty @ The Garage at Biltmore
02/22/11 Oxford, MS The Lyric
02/23/11 Birmingham, AL Boutwell Auditorium
02/24/11 Memphis, TN Minglewood
02/25/11 Fayetteville, AR Fayetteville Town Center
02/26/11 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater
03/05/11 Vail Valley, CO Snow Ball Music Festival

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