After a deafening silence, masked alien duo ATLiens have touched down on Earth again with their newest creation, “Meltdown.”
“Meltdown” marks the anonymous trap extraterrestrial acts first original release since their mind-bending Ghost Planet EP and its massive accompanying tour. Ghost Planet and its staggering 28-track Bassrush-released remix package feature the likes of Moore Kismet, Leotrix, Luca Lush, Pierce, and more; while, the apocalyptic project still enjoys heavy rotation in any bass music set, “Meltdown” is poised to join as the next weapon of choice in ATLiens’ heavy arsenal of planet-decimating tracks.
Beginning with a myriad of ominous ambient noises, “Meltdown” is led by the mindless foreboding of random numbers chanted by a menacing voice. As a foreboding doom descends, a robotic countdown signals the ensuing devastation of trap-fueled chaos and trilling subterranean mayhem.
There’s something to be said about seeing a show in a special venue. It’s what makes events like FORM Arcosanti, Friendship, Your Paradise, and others some of the most sought-after boutique events of the year. Now, the Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee, will be the next unique site to host an electronic show, welcoming SVDDEN DEATH for one of his coveted VOYD performances on March 6. For the uninitiated, picture Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater…deep underground.
SVDDEN DEATH’s upcoming VOYD show will be the first electronic event to ever take place at the Caverns. The performance only features the bass afficionado’s reserved live catalog, set to a tightly curated audio/visual experience, and this time, the whole event will take on an additional otherworldly quality with bassheads descending into a prehistoric underground cave to enter the VOYD. Tickets to SVDDEN DEATH’s upcoming VOYD performance at the Caverns are available here.
Kompany and Wooli are currently two of the most exciting names in bass music. Regularly showing face at Excision‘s hallmark bass events Lost Lands and Bass Canyon, the two have an arsenal of hard-hitting releases on Circus Records, Never Say Die, and more. The pair have collaborated multiple times already, resulting in battering dub weapons, “Briddim Bomb,” “Thicc Boi,” “The Cave,” and more. Adding to their shared portfolio once again, Wooli and Kompany are back with one of their heaviest singles to date—”Bussback.”
“Bussback” has been handed around for live sets quite a bit now. Fans might recognize this hard-hitting tune from Wooli’s The Voyage Tour mix and Kompany’s collaborative mix with Sullivan King, The Road to Bass Canyon, as well as an uncountable amount of live shows and festival performances. The massive drops highlight the unique sound design talents of both formidable producers. Now it’s finally out courtesy of Never Say Die. Listen below, but fair warning, this one isn’t for the faint of heart.
Crankdat isn’t easing into the new year. He is diving right in with the pedal to the floor, with a high octane single to kickstart 2020. The track, “Who I Am,” makes for a fitting title, as the track bounces and bops between styles, making it difficult to put the new tune in a single musical category. Crankdat has another battering set piece on his hands with “Who I Am,” proctoring a heavy-handed new cut that’s designed for live performance mayhem.
The track opens with humming bass notes that are interwoven with chanting, synthesized vocals. A drum line picks up the energy until Crankdat abruptly lays in siren-like synths and deafening wubs. The track weaves together a head-spinning variety of different elements, all coming together to create a sporadic yet addicting whole. The single marks Crankdat’s return to Monstercat after releasing emotive “Falling” on the label a few months prior.
Boombox Cartel rears his gentler, more melodic side on his new feeler, “Remember.” With catchy vocal chops and filtered rolling synths, the track dips and dives through serene atmosphere guided by a sturdy percussive backbone.
The Mexican-born, LA-based producer flaunts his sensitive touch in this new project, adding to his versatile aural toolbox. Some might know Boombox as a heavy hitter, judging from his highly-anticipated annual DIAS DE LOS MUERTOSmix or his track”“Moon Love” with Nessly, among a menagerie of other bass-burgeoning trap mayhem. After gaining massive recognition from tracks like “B2U,” the Mad Decent-signee act has worked closely in the studio and on tour with contending heavyweights bass counterparts such as Flosstradamus, NGHTMRE, Bro Safari, and more.
“Remember” is his newest release since “All I Want” with California songwriter Griff Clawson. He’s also partnered with Dillon Francis, Desiigner, and MadeinTYO on releases this year.
One of the best things about Holy Ship! is that, since the first departure back in 2012, the event has always catered to an open interpretation of dance music. That’s one of the reasons “Shipfam” has become such an enthusiastic and tight-knit community.
Careful steps are taken to ensure that the all-too-common musical elitism of other boutique events has no place on the ship. The landlocked edition, Holy Ship! Wrecked (HSW), taking place early next year in Punta Cana, promises to mirror its history in that regard. Accordingly, HSW’s lineup includes heavy-hitters and rising stars from all across the electronic spectrum.
That spectrum includes bass, of course. One of the most exciting acts to trickle onto this year’s beached blowout is most definitely Ivy Lab. Since their inception in 2013, this duo (formerly trio) have built their reputation on diversity and aural innovation. They follow the mold laid by dozens of niche-carving UK counterparts, manipulating the low-end to work for their sound as they tackle hip-hop, grime, breakbeat, and trap.
Their recent mix, a Dancing Astronaut exclusive, for Holy Ship! Wrecked not only explores the various nooks and crannies of Ivy Lab’s boundless influences, it features unreleased IDs, as well as every track from their brand new EP entitled Space War out on their own 20/20 LDN Recordings.
A staple in the bass music scene, Zomboy is known and loved for his consistently innovative sound design and wildly powerful drops. 2019 has already been an amazing year for fans, with the release of EPs Rott N’ Roll: Part 2 and Rott N’ Roll Part 2: Remixed, as well as DJ Snake collaboration “Quiet Storm.” With the year quickly coming to a close, the world has received another coveted Zomboy original, courtesy of dubstep super-label Never Say Die.
After opening with a series of eerie individual synths, “Archangel” expands into a full cinematic intro before quickly moving into a tense buildup. The drop begins with Zomboy’s signature vocal tag, followed by utter chaos as deep growls and high-pitched screeches intertwine. Sure to edge its way into major festivals and shows around the world, take a listen now before it inevitably makes its way into countless DJ sets.
It has been fascinating to watch the most recent chapter of RL Grime‘s career unfold. Henry Steinway’s Grime persona emerged with the rise of trap in the earlier half of the decade, and then, when many thought the “Core” producer had reached the genre’s ceiling, he began championing other offshoots of the bass music umbrella, eventually launching his own Sable Valley imprint at the onset of 2019. Now, the latest addition to the label’s catalog is a new collaboration between the boss man himself and Juelz on “Formula.”
The track first saw the light of day the very end of the recent eighth installment of Grime’s beloved Halloweenmix series. Since then, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on the official release. “Formula” lands as a percussive, high octane bass cut that certainly holds sway as the perfect setlist closer. Now that RL’s mission is less about his own sound and more about his influence, expect to see the Sable Valley founder pushing more new talent in 2020.
Ever since Excision brought out “the biggest DJ in the world” as a Lost Lands special guest in 2018, Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Diesel) has taken the bass music scene by storm, hosting his own events and performing at massive festivals across the world. Now, Shaq is leaping into original production, teaming up with recent Latin Grammy Award-winning producer, Nitti Gritti.
Shaq has been teasing this elusive ID at festival performances for months now, leaving fans anxiously awaiting its release. With its arrival, it’s evident the winnings were worth the wait. “Takin’ Over” opens with a series of ominous growls topped with aggressive shouts from Shaq himself, preparing the listener for the bass destruction to come. The drop hits hard and fast, and showcases the leaves-nothing-to-be-desired production style embodied by Nitti Gritti. The combination of the track itself and the reputation of the names attached to it is certainty enough that the offering will be a fixture in the bass dominion for months to come. Catch Nitti Gritti on his upcoming Asian tour dates with Space Yacht, including stops in Taipei and Shanghai.
Any curiosity about Kompany‘s latest material disappears by the time you read the name of the track. “Skullcrack” tells you exactly what you’re in for, even before you click play. The LA-based producer is carving out a name for himself behind some of the hardest products in the game, proctoring his own brand of relentlessly aggressive bass music. “Skullcrack,” the latest original to land in Kompany’s growing arsenal of bone-rattling low-end fare, proudly wears its name on its sleeve—this one is a headbanger’s dream.
The ID has been passed around the internet for the better part of the year before gaining an official release with bass powerhouse Never Say Die. Following up on a recent collaboration with SLANDER, Kompany is continuing his upward trend into 2020, and there’s likely a lot more where “Skullcrack” came from. Listen below.