David Starfire is one of the most distinguishable producers in bass music right now. His out-of-the-box, eclectic style is setting him apart from the rest of the glitch game. Today, he’s releasing his Lapis EP, but we get to premiere his Ragga Twins collaboration “Shock” to you first!
The blending of genres is not new to David. With “Shock” he fuses twerk, hip-hop and eastern sounds with his own unique bass brand. “Shock” is all over the place, in a good way, as its tones and textures bounce back and forth to give the listener an experience that is anything but boring. Ragga Twins add their flavor to the mix, taking the song up a notch as they always do. How David manages to blend all these styles together so seamlessly is beyond us, but we’re glad he is able to bring the world such fresh tunes. Stream “Shock” today and check out the full EP, available on Bandcamp for free!
2016 has been a giant, defining year for both Phantogram -the shape-shifting pop duo comprised of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, and Brooklyn based genre-eschewing producer James Hinton, better known as The Range. Both acts have jumped out of the gates with strong album entries to their name: Phantogram’s Three and The Range’s Potential, and on the heels of those worthy LP’s they’ve just kicked off a joint North American to pace the Fall season. Tomorrow night in Denver, at one of the city’s most notable and storied venues, Phantogram and The Range bring their opposing yet suitable sonic aesthetics to the Fillmore Auditorium for the tour’s second stop, and our Ninja feathers are rather ruffled with anticipation.
While Phantogram have for years layed their stamp as perhaps the most notable U.S. electro-pop darlings turned mega stars; it is The Range that has our interest thoroughly piqued. The aforementioned Potential, is a journey in textures and sounds, carefully steeped in history and samples. Relatively new to the landscape of exciting producers, The Range and its LP counterpart Potential carry with them a lush, weighty backbone and the kind of genre splicing usually reserved for more seasoned producers with decades invested in the game. After a couple of listens it starts to become pretty clear why we’ve been hearing terms like “digital archaeologist” get thrown around when describing The Range’s sound. Needless to say, we’re rather prepped for this one tomorrow night, and to get the ball rolling, we’ve put together a mini playlist below highlighting some of our favorite cuts from both artists. Tickets to the show can be found here, and a complete list of Phantogram and The Range’s tour dates can be found here.
Let’s get one thing straight. Dubstep isn’t dead, and it never died. It may not be as hype as it once was, but that all can change very quickly. Currently, it’s making somewhat of a comeback, thanks to some veterans as well as some newer artists like Oolacile. This talented bass-head recently came out with his Expansion EP on SMOG Records, and I’m here to tell you, it’s heavy. Like, REALLY heavy.
Althought Oolacile is the mastermind behind the project, the Expansion EP has its features including label head 12th Planet, Jumanji, MurDa, Savory and Boogie T. From start to finish, this EP is jam-packed to the brim with as much low frequency energy as you can handle. Oolacile moves between classic dub, riddim and the newer fashions of the genre with ease, yet he always has his own flavor on it. I’m not surprised in the slightest that SMOG picked this one up, and that its lead man wanted to collaborate with the up and comer. His focus on sound design and rhythm is something that really shines in this project, and will continue to do so as his career progresses. Take note, Oolacile is here to stay. Grab Expansion now!
Awwwww, moombahcore; it’s been a while since I’ve whipped that term out. Thanks to Goja and their single “The Ballad” it was possible. Released on WOLV Records, “The Ballad” is a bass booming midtempo record that features the vocalist Chantelle Paige.
Goja has quickly become a go-to act in the bass music scene. Their past few releases with WOLV Records have been absolutely killer, and they have even more dope tracks beyond that. With “The Ballad” we get a tantalizing original that first lures you in subtly, then drives some heavy low frequencies into your ears and body. The groovy rhythms in the bassline are not only strong, but they are catchy. With school just starting for many of you, “The Ballad” is what is going to be popping into your head when you are spacing out in class. Then once you’re done, you’ll be playing it in your spare time, especially if you are partying during leisure hours. Stream “The Ballad” today, and if you want a copy, several digital stores can oblige.
When artists take their first step forward with a new project, it’s both nerve-racking and exciting. The same goes for us when we see someone launching a project. However, once we heard what Camino Cabal had to offer with his debut EP, we only felt excitement for what’s to come.
After listening through the Camino Cabal EP, it should come as no surprise that the man behind this has already worked with the likes of Lindsey Stirling and Afrojack. Camino’s style is a fresh mixture of acoustic meets electronic. It’s hard for some to pull it off, but he does it without a hitch; creating smooth records that sway back and forth between a poppy singer/songwriter style and heavy bass. This motif is ridden through each of the three singles. Not only will you be headbanging, and dancing your ass off, but you will be singing along to the memorable lyrics that have a tinge of an old-school feel to them. All three singles are worth the listen, but if we had to pick a favorite, we’d run with “Black Sugar Sky.” It’s just too good. Check them all out and get ready for the official EP release next week on the 16th!
I was first introduced to Jagwar Ma via BIRP’s May 2013 release. In “Man I Need”, I found a 9-minute long primer to what would soon become a favorite genre of music. The influences of indie rock, glitz-pop, and psychadelia came together to form a symbiotic masterpiece with each piece complimenting the others. While Jagwar Ma has been touring regularly, fans have not been exposed to new material since the debut of Howlin’ in 2013. This week, the first single from the soon-to-be released album Every Now and Then, “OB1” has hit the airwaves.
Opening with a glitzy, reverb heavy loop set under Gabriel Winterfield’s vocals, the track wastes no time to root itself in the same psychedelic framework that made the band so popular in 2013 – and propelled Lonerism to universal acclaim in 2012. “OB1” plays out nicely over the course of a lengthy five and a half minutes, giving an ode to previous works like “Uncertainty” and “The Throw” which take equally as long to build up.
As the song unfolds, a subbed out bass line and a 90s-rock guitar riff carry the bridge and the hook respectively. Overall, “OB1” is a return to form for Jagwar Ma and gives fans a hopeful glimpse into what is in store from them in the second half of 2016. In addition to dropping a new album, fans can catch what is – in my personal opinion – one of the best live performances that exists all over the globe this summer and fall. Jagwar Ma’s website can be found here and a few of their tour dates are listed below the music video.
Bass music and charity are two of our favorite things. Recently they came together to benefit Youth On Record, an organization dedicated to guiding at-risk youth in Denver through leadership and musical pathways. Who brought these two together you might ask? That would be the black. collective with the first volume of their black. compilation.
Thanks to Cadence & Cause, the black. collective’s charitable desires came to life. Before the charity, the music had to be made. This epic collection of bass tracks, ranging from dubstep to moombahcore to trap, were put together by over ten artists, including BENTZ, Kompany, Tuslo, and WILLY P. As far as up and coming producers go, all these cats are talented gems that will blow your mind. From start to finish, all eight tracks are as good as it gets. There are a lot of compilations out there whose quality goes up and down throughout the project, but here, we have non-stop fire. Stream the compilation below, and if you would like to purchase the album or simply donate to the cause, head over to the compilation’s page.