Tom Morello releases electronic-rock-focused ‘The Atlas Underground’ [Stream]

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Tom Morello releases electronic-rock-focused ‘The Atlas Underground’ [Stream]Tom TAU Main Press Image Credit Eitan Miskevich

Tom Morello has released his first-ever solo album under his own name, entitled The Atlas Underground. As an undisputed rock icon and top guitarist, Morello has led bands like Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and now Prophets of Rage to success through making music that centers around raw, real emotion. Now, the Guitar Hero III boss has made it his mission to join together the energy behind rock music together with modern electronic dance music through a collaborative, focused album.

Enlisting artists from the electronic world that inspire him, Morello has created an album that bridges a gap between a generation of those who grew up when rock music was king, and those who have been raised at the height of electronic music’s success. For the latter, Morello explained in conversation with Zane Lowe at his Los Angeles stop of The Atlas Underground Experience that his intention with this album is to “inflict” the energy of guitars onto the next generation, inspiring future rockstars along the way. Working with stand-out artists like Knife Party, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and K.Flay, Morello has created something true to himself in its motivations in social justice. Not only that, but the music succeeds at its intention to make us both rock out and dance.

Bassnectar, Moby, Kill The Noise, and more observe Voter Registration Day

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Another National Voter Registration Day has come and gone in the US. This year, a sundry of the electronic circuit’s top-drawer DJs and producers observed the holiday, which falls on the fourth Tuesday of every September, by encouraging their own constituents (listeners) to exercise their right to vote.

With a number of high-stakes US Congressional seats up for grabs this year in the often overlooked mid-term elections, artists like ODESZAMoby, Bassnectar, and Kill The Noise took to Twitter to acknowledge what’s at stake. This year, registering is easier than ever, with not only Google, but social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit helping to streamline the process by hosting registration links in various sections of their respective interfaces. So whether you’re a hardcore rail-rider or a laid-back electronica enthusiast, electronic lovers of all shapes and sizes can and should employ their ability to have a say in government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bassnectar continues to explore new sounds on ‘Reflective Part 3’ EP

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Bassnectar releases the third installment of his Reflective EP series, a continued celebration of collaboration and experimentation through remixes and new original works. The bass deity released two pieces from the EP this month, “Heavyweight Sound” with Jentsen and RD and his remix of Rusko‘s “High.” New features on the EP include collaborations with Vindata, Gnar Gnar, Conrank, and an appearance by Bassnectar’s downtempo side project, Naux Faux, with Sayr.

The lead single from the EP is a remix of Lorin Ashton’s own “FSOSF,” originally from his 2007 Underground Communication album. Maintaining its celestial, delayed mallet melody, the track continues the narrative of exploration with complex sound design; a precursor to the rest of the project. “Whiplash” features London-based, vocal academic and beatboxer, Reeps One. The collaboration with Gnar Gnar stars the beatboxing vocals, which naturally ride a low end grittiness, showcasing Reeps One’s dual vocal frequency range.

“Easy Does It” hits the don of bass’ signature growling synths and bass right from the start. The track carries a melody from the beginning, juxtaposing a beautiful arrangement with heavy hardstyle flourishes. In contrast, “The Mothership” takes a jovial tone with an uplifting theme in a welcomed departure from Bassnecar’s characteristic griminess. The EP ends with a remix of “Enchanted” by Naux Faux off 2018’s Enchanted. The remix here is subtle, it’s an old-school use of the term remix, as in the song was literally re-mixed from the original rather than almost completely redone.

TRACKLIST:

1. Bassnectar & Maximillian – FSOSF (Bassnectar Remix)
2. Bassnectar & Jantsen – Heavyweight Sound ft. RD
3. Bassnectar & Gnar Gnar – Whiplash ft. Reeps One
4. Bassnectar & Conrank – Easy Does It
5. Rusko – High (Bassnectar Remix)
6. Bassnectar & Vindata – The Mothership
7. Naux Faux – Enchanted (Bassnectar Remix)

Tom Morello, Big Boi, and Killer Mike speak out against police brutality on Bassnectar-produced ‘Rabbit’s Revenge’

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Tom Morello, Big Boi, and Killer Mike speak out against police brutality on Bassnectar-produced ‘Rabbit’s Revenge’Tom Morello Live Credit Associated Press 1

In anticipation of his forthcoming solo album, The Atlas Underground, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, has aligned himself with hip-hop associates Big Boi and Killer Mike, as well as ubiquitous bass producer, Bassnectar, for “Rabbit’s Revenge.” The track takes a staunch look at an incredibly volatile topic as of late, addressing police brutality in its messaging.

The track assumes an aggressive stance toward the issue, with fierce, thrashing guitar chords, and assertive lyrics to match, which allude to some of the most prominent and hotly-debated subjects of police brutality in the last decade: “Fight for my life like I’m mother****ing Mike Brown / cause I refuse to be the next ni**a shot down.” The official video for the track, released through Apple Music, commemorates more of the most pronounced subjects of recent police brutality cases, including Bernard Bailey and Neville Johnson Jr.

“Rabbit’s Revenge” and its crew of individually outspoken creators follow a towering list of artists throughout history who have used their platform and following to take stances on the ruling issues of the day, from The Beatles‘ “Revolution” to Beyonce‘s 2013 Super Bowl performance—the latter also a blast to the police force. “Rabbit’s Revenge” is not Morello’s first police force critique, either. In 1992, Rage Against The Machine released the hotly-contended “Killing In The Name” following the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King the previous year. The track was crafted in response to the officers’ subsequent and controversial acquittal of all charges.

Bassnectar drops melodic rework of Rusko’s ‘High’

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Bassnectar drops melodic rework of Rusko’s ‘High’Bassnectar Hyperspektiv MAIN

Bassnectar‘s recent series of Reflective EPs have allowed the artist to experiment with collaborations and remixes while providing solid new material for his storied live sets. After releasing “Heavyweight Sound” leading up to the release of Reflective (Part 3), the bass music mainstay has remixed Rusko‘s recent single, “High.”

Released as part of Flux Pavilion‘s Earwax compilation, Rusko’s original featured catchy vocals over a deep, rigid beat, which Bassnectar has proceeded to flip into a melodic dubstep track reminiscent of earlier days of electronic music. With a strong low end and textured production, the artist has created another weapon for his upcoming shows. Coming Aug. 24, the third installation of the Reflective series is shaping up to be yet another promising offering from Bassnectar.

Tom Morello’s insane cast of collaborators on new solo album includes Knife Party, Basenectar, Pretty Lights, and more

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Tom Morello’s insane cast of collaborators on new solo album includes Knife Party, Basenectar, Pretty Lights, and moreKnife Party Tom Morello

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, has gathered an insane, A-list group of rappers and dance producers for his upcoming new solo LP, The Atlas Underground, coming out October 12 via Mom + Pop Music. Collaborators on the project include Big Boi, Killer Mike, RZA, Steve Aoki, BassnectarPretty Lights, Herobust, Knife PartyWhethanVic Mensa, Gary Clark Jr., Portugal. The Man, and more. He’s already dropped two singles from the album: “Battle Sirens” featuring Knife Party and “We Don’t Need You” featuring Vic Mensa.

Morello told Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, on his Beats 1 radio show, It’s Electric!, “I wanted to make a record that was the [Jimi] Hendrix of now,” which he described has three components: extraordinary guitar playing that falls outside the norm, creating radio songs that connected with a mass audience, and fashioning a new genre of music. The idea was to combine Morello’s analogue guitar sound with his favorite producers, rappers, musicians, and singers of today. Noting the shared DNA between electronica and metal after listening to Knife Party and Skrillex, Morello became illuminated to the idea of making a cross-genre project, and now in a few months it looks like it’ll finally materialize.  

The Atlas Underground Track List

1. Battle Sirens ft. Knife Party
2. Rabbit’s Revenge ft. Bassnectar, Big Boi, and Killer Mike
3. Every Step That I Take ft. Portugal. The Man and Whethan
4. We Don’t Need You ft. Vic Mensa
5. Find Another Way ft. Marcus Mumford
6. How Long ft. Steve Aoki and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath
7. Lucky One ft. K.Flay
8. One Nation ft. Pretty Lights
9. Vigilante Nocturno ft. Carl Restivo
10. Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is ft. Gary Clark Jr. and Nico Stadi
11. Roadrunner ft. Leikeli47
12. Lead Poisoning ft. GZA, RZA, and Herobust

H/T: Rolling Stone

Bassnectar drops UK grime-inspired ‘Heavyweight Sound,’ the first single off upcoming ‘Reflective Part 3’ EP

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Bassnectar has revealed the first cut from his newly announced Reflective Part 3 EP, “Heavyweight Sound.” Featuring grime spits from the UK-bred rapper RD and production work from Jantsen, the new collaboration’s antsy vocals build into a sustained half-timed bass break with that signature Bassnectar grittiness. Fans were treated to a recent live preview at Electric Forest, reveling in Bassnectar’s newest material ahead of the EP’s official release.

The new EP lands on Bassnectar’s own Amorphous Music imprint, including work from Vindata, a track from Ashton’s Naux Faux side project, a remix of Rusko‘s “High”, and a VIP remix of Bassnectar’s own 2007 hit, “FSOSF.” Last year, the heavy bass deity released Reflective Part 1 and 2, featuring a crop of talent from the low end of the spectrum with contributions from G Jones, EpromSayr, Digital Ethos, and Dorfex Bos. If Reflective Part 3‘s predecessors were any indications of what to expect, bassheads should should be well on their toes for the EP’s August 24 release date.

Listen Now: PEEKABOO “steps it up” with new tunes

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Listen Now: PEEKABOO “steps it up” with new tunesManiac EP PEEKABOO

Who is PEEKABOO? Those well-versed in all things bass music have likely heard of this enigmatic new act, who made his break by way of a surprise Bassnectar collaboration that sent fans into a veritable frenzy. Since the aforementioned tune, titled “Disrupt The System,” PEEKABOO has only continued to disrupt in his own ways with a series of jarring and forward-thinking bass productions.

His latest EP, MANIAC, sees the young producer in top form as he offers up four unique, left-field new pieces of music that are built for utter destruction. In particular, we’re drawn to the EP’s closer, “Step It Up,” which really ups the ante for his artistry. Three minutes of experimentalism seem to fly by as the ears are greeted with wobbly, abstract runs of bass and hollow hits of synth. He drives the track forward with encouraging vocal clips, expertly placed before each drop to elicit maximum frenzy.

“Step It Up” and the rest of MANIAC will be available on digital shelves as of July 13.

Bassnectar, Dillon Francis & Friends, Kaskade and more lead EDC Orlando’s 2018 lineup

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EDC Orlando will descend upon its historic host venue Tinker Field from November 9-10, and as in all past years of production, the Insomniac festival will bring a slew of stars to the Sunshine State. After last year’s record turnout, the events giant had to follow with a special billing, and suffice it to say they’ve delivered with their 2018 lineup.

Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis & Friends, Kaskade, Bassnectar, and more will take to the decks, their performances interspersed among a series of heady back-to-back sets, including 4B, GTA and Valentino Khan sharing the stage, Nicole Moudaber back-to-back with Paco Osuna, and Jamie Jones joining the Martinez Brothers, among others. Tiësto is slated for a special sunset performance, along with appearances from Martin Garrix, Tchami, Pendulum and many more.

Tickets to EDC Orlando are currently available and can be purchased here. Two-day GA passes to the festival begin at $189, while VIP passes start at $359.

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Watch Bassnectar premiere new music at Electric Forest weekend 1

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If there is one thing that has become a certainty over the past few years, it’s that Bassnectar will be testing out and releasing new album material at Electric Forest. The EF resident has used past years to premiere his Into The Sun LP and Reflective EP material; and the 2018 edition of Insomniac & Madison House‘s annual gathering was no different.

That’s why, when Lorin Ashton posted to his Facebook on the first day of Forest that he would be premiering new sounds from his third Reflective EP, his loyal cult following of bass heads were in a frenzy over the surprise announcement. Previously thought to be a two-part EP project, the questions resonating across everyone’s minds were: Reflective is now a trilogy?! Would the third part be focused in Ashton’s current downtempo direction? Who are the collaborators?

Those questions were partly answered upon Bassnectar’s headlining set on the final day of Electric Forest weekend one. Upon closing out Sunday night at the famed Ranch Arena stage, the bass music demigod premiered a new track, titled “Whiplash,” featuring one of his favorite collaborators in Gnar Gnar.