[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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MellowHype, consisting of Odd Future members Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, has quitely released some of the dopest hip-hop tracks in the last several years making their upcoming album, Numbers, one of the most anticipated among OFWGKTA fans. On their most recent release, “Decoy,” The LA-based artists hop on a trademark dark beat both delivering with their quick rhymes shuffling a wide rang of content through out.

“Decoy” marks the beginning of #MellowHypeWeek, so look out for new material from these dudes for the next few days. Stream and download the second impressive single below and make sure to check out Numbers when it drops on October 9th.

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Feed Me & Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got

This track is why I blog music, for collabs like this. Feed Me and Crystal Fighters are the last two artists I expected to see on a track together. It works better then you could ever imagine, and thats because Feed Me has the ability to adjust his sound to match any genere or artist. He proved that to us recently by dropping an acoustic cover of Fink‘s track “This Is The Thing”, that had him playing guitar and even singing. The vocals from Crystal Fighters complement this melody flawlessly, and on first listen I was curious on Feed Me would do when it drops. Well he drops some infectious light wobbles that mesh with the vocals like you would never believe. This is a tune that everyone can love, even people who aren’t big on Electronic music. It was dropped earlier tonight on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1, and there is no announced release date yet so stay tuned. Cheers.

So save us all…..

Feed Me & Crystal Fighters
Love Is All I Got
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[Dubstep] Skrillex & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley – Make It Bun Dem Remixes

With the recent announcement of Skrillex and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley ‘s “Make It Bun Dem” remix contest, the surge of remixes is upon us and now the only thing to do is to hold tight and weather the storm of incredible releases being thrown at you in a break-neck pace. Although, submissions to the contest seem to be endless, some artists have taken this opportunity to put their original spin on the original with the sole intent being to share great music. With that being said, here are three remixes from the likes of Rednek, Mizuki, and Luke Da Duke. All three of these remixes are a unique interpretation of the original, which emphasize each artist’s creativity and diverse productional palettes. Without any further ado, give each of these tracks a listen, snag a couple free downloads, and prepare to continue reaping the benefits of this contest for the next few weeks to come!

Skrillex & Damian Jr. Gong Marley
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“Change” departs drastically from Danny’s regular sound as he matches the smooth instrumental with slightly more conventional and reflective raps concerning his recent success and progression. The motorcity native pulls off the more classic feel flawlessly once again proving his artistic versatility and impressive lyricism. Stream this uncharacteristically mellow cut below and look out for the collaborative Danny Johnson album out soon via New World Color.

Danny Brown - Change

P.S. Hit the “Read More” to check out a hilarious animated video featuring Danny Brown as a crack-dealing cat courtesy of Pitchfork TV.

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wickerbird druids

After hours of hiking with a heavy pack firmly attached, all it takes is one parting of the trees to show a landscape that will inspire many stories and many moments of reflection for those who come. Anyone who has taken a vast hike can attest to the overwhelming euphoria that envelopes the soul upon seeing such a landscape. This song manages to capture that moment throughout its entirety. Blake Cowan, AKA Wickerbird, lends us home video footage so that we can revel in the pure spirit of what the song is all about.

Sitting atop a 12,400 ft mountain in New Mexico I will never be able to explain the serene feeling I had while watching a plane fly below me in the valley — just emphatically enjoying the beautiful view that went on for miles, states even. But this song comes pretty darn close to expressing that moment in its most raw form. All the intense emotions from such a trip came rushing back because of “Druids,” as the Washington-based artist sets his music amidst a mesmerizing, but nostalgic realm. To experience more of his music visit his Bandcamp page by clicking here. Wickerbird’s debut album, The Crow Mother, comes out September 25th.

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The original track by the Dutch Diva vocalist is more of a dub-styled banger, but Dragon and Jontron have picked it apart and put it back together as a solid electro house tune. Give it a listen, and give the boys a shout out on Facebook.

Eva Simons
Renegade (Dragon & Jontrons Discovery Project Remix)
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