Six tracks blend together nuances of trap, downtempo, glitch, and grime.
‘Reflective Pt. 2’ EP – Traveling to inner-dimensions
The bass wizard Bassnectar has released his latest effort, the ‘Reflective Pt. 2’ EP out now on his own record label, Amorphous Music. The album blends together six tracks of downtempo soundscapes that journey into introspective contemplation, while tossing in a few more signature Bassnectar bangers showcasing the mastery of this producer’s talent to continually pioneer Bass music. All the songs on this edition of the ‘Reflective’ series are collaboration tracks or remixes, which include the likes of Dorfex Bos, Digital Ethos, Peekaboo, G Jones, Eprom, and the newly announced alias for the collaboration between Bassnectar and Sayr called, Naux Faux. You can buy bundles, download, or stream here. In addition, Bassnectar has unveiled six visually compelling music videos to accompany each track, including three of which are produced by longtime friend and collaborator, Kyrian Bobeerian.
Bassnectar & Dorfex Bos – “Other Worlds”
“Other Worlds” was inspired by a new collage from Sebastian Wahl, which we brought to life with the help of Black Lake Media. The collage shows portals emerge and unfold and evolve within and around a picture frame… a magical gateway, like the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia.”
“On a sunny day in Brooklyn I sat down with Dorfex Bos to write a piece of music to go along with the visuals, and the ideas just came pouring out. We finished the song in 24 hours flat, with various instruments and sounds mapped to various details and dimensions of the various worlds within the collage.” – Bassnectar
Bassnectar & Digital Ethos – “Slather”
The heaviest, the dirtiest, the most explosive track on this EP – “Slather” takes off with primordial drum loops and a synthesizer sequence that seems to fly in from above and implode on impact. This track will certainly give your sound system the workout it’s been fiending for. Listeners may notice an earlier version of this song on Digital Ethos’ featured guest mix on Beat Lab Radio from January 2017. Fast-forward to the 32:30 mark to hear the earlier rendition.
Bassnectar & Peekaboo – “Disrupt The System” (ft. Azeem)
“Disrupt The System” begins with confident military-like cadences from the snares of a masterful drumline. As the beat builds, a texture of bass finds its way into the mix. The thick, yet smooth lyrics of Azeem slide in, bringing the title of the track to the forefront. “Let’s disrupt the system…Let’s disrupt the nervous system!” When the bass drops, high-pitched synths ping-pong and bounce back and forth, seemingly becoming the main attraction of this song. The synths are round and trap-worthy, picking up tempo throughout and sounding just as fat as the layers of bass. Solid breaks and hi-hat sequences take off accompanying this dance-worthy synthesizer journey. Featured collaborating artist, Peekaboo started making his come-up with the track, “Wobbly” which Bassnectar has played at numerous shows this year.
Bassnectar & G Jones – “Chromatek”
The fourth collaboration between these two producers, Bassnectar and G Jones are continuously showing fans that they are pushing into uncharted territory with each new release. “Chromatek” has been making its rounds at the G Jones/Eprom concerts lately, but now listeners have an official release. Crossing between downtempo and glitch, the song begins by slowly ascending into the future with synthesizers that smash, wobble, and fly. Some fans have noted “Chromatek” to be one of Bassnectar’s most ambitious songs to date, with finer nuances of sound being heard upon each re-listen.
Eprom – “Pineapple” (Bassnectar Remix)
The song “Pineapple” by Eprom came out earlier this year; A heavy pounding bass-driven song with a wonky and wild synthesizer sequence that loops all over the soundwaves. The track was soon followed by a G Jones remix who tightened the track up a bit and cranked up the bass drivers. Now, Bassnectar has graced the airwaves with his rendition of “Pineapple”. Perhaps picking up the tempo and incorporating elements of hi-hats and snares that aren’t heard in previous versions. The sub-kicks are fuzzed out a bit more, but receive the same amount of precision-to-detail that G Jones incorporated into his remix.
Bassnectar said, “This is a little edit I did to Eprom’s stems and couldn’t help but play it out almost every set this year.”
Naux Faux – “Psyopia” (Bassnectar Remix)
“Psyopia” is a musical ode to the downtempo – that glistening, ethereal, euphoria capable of electronic music. Layers of bass seem to resonate fuller during each drop, caressing listeners with soothing kicks. Hi-hats pitter and ting like falling stars across the sky. The track title, “Psyopia” (perhaps short for psychedelic utopia) is a fitting metaphor for the audio journey that unfolds. Bassnectar and Sayr have come together to collaborate under the title, Naux Faux for the original version of this song. For now, though, fans will have to travel to “Psyopia” with this Bassnectar rendition.
“Naux Faux is a new Bassnectar side project with long-time collaborator Sayr. It’s a throwback to a long-lost era of deep, mystical electronic music: analog synths, shimmering sounds, pulsing chords, chopped up breaks… A tribute to the magical days of the side room, the sunrise set, the discovery of new spellbinding frequencies… Fans of “Mesmerizing the Ultra” will likely find special delight in this…”
“Although the finishing touches are still being added to the Naux Faux EP, we couldn’t resist including this remix of “Psyopia” on Reflective Part 2. It rounds out this 2nd chapter so nicely, and offers a glimpse of things to come…” – Bassnectar
“I chose “Reflective” as the title of my musical project this year because I love thinking about how every human is a sum of all the inspiration they get from the world around them. All the reflections from our surroundings. We all reflect our favorite things in life at each other, and other people reflect their favorite things back at us. Over time the highlights rise to the top, yet continue to mutate in finer and finer recombinations of new thoughts, new ideas, new inspirations. I think we can all be mirrors to each other, but it goes deeper than that. And I wanted to reflect on all of the nuances of this concept in my music.” – Bassnectar
Bassnectar will be performing on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center this year. Along for support is Phutureprimitive, Ott., and What So Not. As of now, general admission tickets are sold out but VIP packages are still available for purchase here. There will also be a pre party/after party called Warped Horizon that is coinciding with Bassnectar’s NYE show. The two-day festival boasts a worthy bass-curated lineup and sound systems that are certain to please the NYE night owls.
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