There’s something incredibly legitimizing about an electronic artist’s first Essential Mix. It’s a level up from one’s current echelon into certified “industry heavyweight” status, and now it’s officially REZZ‘s moment to shine. The undisputed queen of mid-tempo bass, REZZ has long been carving out a formidable name for herself on the international dance circuit, garnering a cultish worldwide following behind a catalog of infectiously strange, gripping sonics.
REZZ’s BBC debut came in 2017 during one of deadmau5‘s residency sessions. After gracing the airwaves during the first hour of her mentor’s mix, it was clear REZZ was bound for her own Essential Mix in the near future. Now, she’s delivered, and she’s kept strictly to her own catalog of work throughout the battering two-hour session.
In a recent interview with SiriusXM, Shaquille O’Neal compared bass music to game seven of a championship game. The wholesome personality said in the interview a lot of people ask him why he performs for free, to which he responds “I’m doing it for the sport of bass music.”
He goes on to describe when he started DJing in 1988 with an SP1200 Gemini mixer he got from a pawn shop. When he retired from the NBA in 2011, he needed to fill that void of excitement he used to get from roaring crowds after a Shaq slam. So he went to Tomorrowland and was shocked by the pure energy of the fans and made the connection there are only two things that help one stop all the negativity in their life: sports and music.
8/08 day is an annual cause for resounding celebration. The iconic Roland drum machine played a quintessential role in electronic, hip-hop, and pop’s development, with its imprint permanently stamped on a vast amount of top-charting singles of the ’80s and ’90s. While, the mechanism became antiquated by the turn of millennium, on account of oversaturation, lack of availability, and Roland’s plans to propel newer gear to the forefront, this was far from the end of its legacy.
Fast-forward another decade: the 808 revival had begun. Rappers like Kanye West found that the instrument added a unique, crisp edge to the low-end of their productions, whilst dance music innovators like Aphex Twin found other creative ways to utilize the 808 for maximum impact. Today, a good deal of producers appreciate the vintage appeal it offers; so much so, that Roland even revived the 808 in 2017.
We honor this musical staple with a series of larger-than-life tunes by Skrillex, Eptic, RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Bassnectar, Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, and more from heavy-handed listeners’ legion of 808 legends who have allowed this instrument to shine in the dance space over the years. In 808, we trust.
Modern drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Sub Focus returns to low-end-gushing form with his latest, a double A-side single that gives newcomers to the genre a worthy welcome while still satisfying the headbanging tendencies of the UK producer’s longtime fans.
“Solar System” is the quintessential space track, and a great set opener at that, first walking its listeners to the launch site before penetrating synths slice the sky open wide and they’re catapulted through the atmosphere into Sub Focus’s low-grav d’n’b nether. Once breaking through, however, “Solar System” simply cranks, fusing equal parts melody and kinetic bass for a 174 bpm single that can stand with the genre’s best.
Following “Solar System” is second single “Siren,” dripping with low-end filth. While “Solar System” invites fans to ascend to the skies, “Siren” straight-up pushes them in the mud. The second single doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, but instead sticks to its strengths—tearing its way to the heart of avid bass lovers.
Excision enlisted a dream team of bass music power players for his new Apex remix collection, with 12th Planet, Downlink, Spag Heddy, and more all lined up to deliver their own bone-rattling takes on Excision’s work. Kicking off the high octane action comes Kompany with the remix pack’s lead offering—a bulldozing spin on Excision’s “Power.”
Upping the ante on the original with his own menacing spin, Kompany swaps out “Power’s” distinct two-step jab for a pair of steep builds and two aggressive, elbow-throwing breaks. In short—Kompany snaps on his stomping new Excision remix, notching another profile-building remix on his growing rap sheet. The LA-based Icon Collective alum is putting together a formidable track record as one of bass music’s most exciting young talents, and his “Power” remix is just the tip of the iceberg.
After a stellar 2018, REZZ is back on the festival grind with new music to share. The Canadian downtempo space bass boss recently released a new single, “Dark Age,” in preparation for her new EP Beyond The Senses set to drop July 24.
REZZ is known for her cult of loyal followers and hypnotic presence. The drumming low ends pair nicely with haunting melodies curating a contrast of anxiety and power complimented nicely by mesmerizing visuals. Her new project will reportedly “exudes more depth in my songs’ melody and structure.”
To see the REZZ in action at 12:30am Sunday morning (May 19), tune into the EDC livestream below.
Um.. have unleashed a rickety three-track EP, now thats what i call branding, on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats label. The duo’s style consists of downtempo bass that soothes the ears for those listening for new sounds with an underlying high-energy. Dubstep noises live between the percussion elements, which creates fluid dynamics; sounding like the tracks are alive and moving. Fans of ’00s hip-hop will indulge in the hilarity of the title tracks, “what?,” “okay,” and “-lil jon;” which are fitting due to the rap tempos played with on the project.
Ben Bruce and Dylan Gold take listeners through unexpected twists and turns, leaving much to the element of surprise. They also recently released “Srillex 5,” their third rendition of yet another genius branding mechanism from their tongue-in-cheek marketing. Um.. are a force to be reckoned with in sound design, curating a unique space even for bass heads.
The festival circuit is kicking off early in 2019 with south Florida hosting one of the heaviest lineups currently out there. Forbidden Kingdom, a new event coming to Boca Raton on Presidents Day Weekend 2019, has debuted their inaugural lineup, topped by Excision‘s full Paradox production, Adventure Club, and Zomboy. Bass heavyweights 12th Planet, Dion Timmer, Funtcase and Sullivan King also round out the wub-heavy billing, though Forbidden Kingdom is bringing a lot more than rattling low end to Boca come February 16 – 17.
The event is aiming to create an immersive narrative for attendees to dive into, launching a full fantasy story line in a 60-page book written to complement the lineup announcement. More books and characters are expected to follow Forbidden Kingdom’s first installment. Tickets to the first Forbidden Kingdom are on sale now.
Though he has only been releasing music for a few years, Jaenga‘s name is already well-known in his niche. Cruising to the hottest bass music destinations in a massive purple school bus, the New York-based DJ and producer has made a presence at festivals like Electric Forest, Camp Bisco and Mysteryland. The emerging artist follows up a remix to Zeds Dead’s “Kill Em” last week with his debut Toulambi EP on Deadbeats.
A four-track offering, Toulambi explores a variety of sounds within the bass music landscape. The EP opener, “Gravity,” introduces a subtle yet menacing bass line reminiscent of Zeds Dead’s earlier work. The track is followed by “Monsters,” and it’s at this point in the EP that Jaenga shows what he is capable of. With hard-hitting drums, fierce stabs on the low end, and a simple yet fitting vocal sample, this track is sure to enthrall bass lovers everywhere. On the second half of the EP, “Toulambi Tribe” sees Jaenga giving his take on trap music, while he displays his flair for drum & bass on “Never Gonna.” With each song presenting a different side of his diverse production, Toulambi acts as the perfect taster for new fans and a treat for his loyal following.
QUIX has released his second extensive EP offering entitled Illusions. The six-track release sees the New Zealand producer and DJ come into his own, with a range of engaging, dynamic work throughout the EP standing to solidify him as a creative force in the world of bass and future bass music. Ever the juggernaut, this EP continues a slew of exemplary releases from the rising star.
Illusions follows the release of the emotionally engaging single “Giving Up,” featuring Jaden Michaels on vocals, and the track is a microcosm of what the EP offers. With each track offering new insight into varying moods and music that ebbs and flows stylistically from R&B, trap, bedroom future bass and wavy electronica, Illusions is immediately attention grabbing, continuing to captivate as it progresses.
QUIX will embark on a North American tour in conjunction with this release, kicking off this past weekend in Vancouver. Find more information here.