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Here in 2011, it seems there is an almost limitless amount of electronic music to absorb, coming from seemingly limitless sources. As wonderful as this dilemma can be, it can also be over whelming to both casual listeners and DJs alike. This ambitious compilation, curated by Vancouver’s bass wizard, HxdB, aims to create a snapshot of what is now commonly known as bass music and become a beacon for listeners to find their way through an ocean of music. Also with its breadth and scope, it perfectly represents this exciting time, by bringing together a group of superb artists from the creative ether to demonstrate their interpretations. The project represents all that is right with modern electronic music, lending it’s inspiration from the need to look past stymieing genre titles and focusing on the fresh and exciting, multi-faceted sounds found in bass music culture.
~ Much sonic territory is explored in this globe-spanning affair, with 24 artists, from points on the map as diverse as the UK, USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, Austria & Puerto Rico.
What can you expect from this release?
Fearless explorations of sub bass frequencies and futuristic soundscapes, from the blazing,8-bit arpeggiators of Cairo’s ‘They Met in Flushing’, to the soothing, yet emotive vibes found on Kid Smpl’s ‘Comfort’. Funky-inspired tribal drum patterns sure to move a dance floor in FBOM & Outlaw Producer ‘Compound VIP’. Rude bass lines and 808 sub pressure found in Hodge’s ‘Boy + Girl’, old school stabs, happily sitting on top of chopped breaks and righteous vocal treatments in Magnum’s ‘Schemes’. Cure’s reworking of HxdB’s ‘Mustard’, perfectly balances catchy melodies and infectious funky synths. Acre’s ‘Effected The Most’ shows us the raw emotion of garage-influenced vocals and minimal percussion. Sclist’s ‘V’ takes us on a journey to a rave surely set in the year 3000, with intense percussion and quirky atonal sounds. Submerse & Resketch funk things up with their J-garage classic,‘Wafu Wafu’. Juxta’s clever remix of Cedaa’s ‘Hypnotiq’ is a funky, footwork- inspired roller, while Self Evident ‘Look in Your Eyes’ takes things in a different direction with it’s triplet swung beats and almost wonky, but engaging synth-work. Wachs Lyrical’s ‘Felt Smasher’ proves just how effective the classic808 kit can be when tweaked to sub-tickling perfection and DFRNT’s ‘Tribal’ is a sublime auditory journey with it’s slow-burning aggression, massive tribal drums and all-consuming bass.
~ The commonality that unites this package is the shared goal of each artist to innovate and continue pushing the envelope of modern dance music, while captivating dance floors and imaginations alike.