Bassnectar reveals new Naux Faux EP is set for tentative Valentine’s Day release

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Despite incessant rants from a few vocal minorities across his cult following, Lorin Ashton continues to shower his spoiled fanbase with new gifts — in the form of a throwback Naux Faux side project. Bassnectar has officially revealed by way of Twitter that his psychedelic downtempo EP under the shared moniker with Sayr is in the works for as early as Valentine’s Day. Naux Faux harpoons back to Ashton’s early 2000s sound aesthetic circa his Mesmorizing The Ultra LP, which is characterized by ambient, pulsating melodies, break beats, and lo-fi synth work. No word on whether the EP is self-titled, although one remixed track, “Psyopia,” has already been released as apart of Bassnectar’s Reflective Part 2 EP.

 

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Bassnectar responds to fans’ complaints about Atlanta New Year’s Eve show

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For more than 21,000 people, New Year’s Eve plans included hundreds of watts of bass, and at the center of the 808, Bassnectar. The sold out event attracted a massive crowd to Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, where Nectar fans from near and far convened to catch the electronic expert’s set, the bridge between 2017 and the new year. Despite Bassnectar’s presentation of a set exceeding two-hours in length, some fans felt that they’d encountered a pit in the “Peach State.”

Although billed as the Bassnectar camp’s “most special event to date” by the event’s marketing team, fans lamented long lines to enter the venue, an alleged lack of organization regarding water station arrangement, set lists, the aggressive behavior of fellow fans, and overcrowded medical tents. “In the medical tent, I had never seen so many people seizuring and acting in manners that led me to fear that they were knocking on death’s door,” writes RedPilledRanger on r/bassnectar. “The crowd was rude, the lines were sh*t, we didn’t get much Bassnectar music, and drugs f*cked people up again,” wrote LeftyBackhands.

Bassnectar and his team have since responded to the Internet supported outrage regarding the New Year’s Eve event, inviting attendees to send “constructive” feedback that could be pivotal in the production of future Bassnectar branded events to feedback@bassnectar.net. The statement acknowledges and deems the long entry lines as problematic, but suggests this was a “reality check for all events in the future.”

“There will be thorough security checks everywhere,” the Bassnectar camp writes, citing national shootings as a catalyst in the institution of extended security procedures. The message additionally elaborates on complaints surrounding water stations and general health and safety conduct.

The full message features a note from Bassnectar himself, the artist thanking attendees and promising “as short of lines as possible” at his Spring Gathering in Chicago in March.

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More than 150 artists, actors, and musicians have penned a letter endorsing the hundreds of protests set to take place today at cell service providers and congressional offices nationwide.

Tom Morello, Incubus, Evangeline Lilly, Bassnectar, Against Me!, Alyssa Milano, Michael Stipe (REM), Wil Wheaton, Talib Kweli, Gramatik, Graham Nash, The Glitch Mob, Downtown Boys, Speedy Ortiz, STS9, and Anti-Flag are among the letters signatories, which includes artists from nearly every genre and artistic medium.

“We support the people from across the political spectrum protesting across the country on December 7,” reads the letter, “and we echo their call for our members of Congress to do their jobs and take action to stop the FCC vote that’s planned for December 14.”

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should not be allowed to selectively speed up or slow down internet services in exchange for monetary compensation.

See the letter and a full list of signers here.

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Spotify has officially released its Your 2017 Wrapped feature. By tracking listening habits over the year, the Swedish streaming giant provides users with a year in review to sum up their most listened to artists and genres throughout the year.

The feature farms data throughout the year to generate a list of listener’s top 100 streamed songs, and also provides a convenient virtual infographic detailing genre preferences, minutes listened, demographics, and even the amount of times listeners skipped tracks. Spotify also gives users a short quiz based on listening preferences to determine musical self awareness: Did you know that Bassnectar was your top streamed artist of 2017? How many minutes did you listen to music throughout the year? What is your most listened to genre? If you know the answers to these questions, you might be considered musically self aware.

All of these features can be accessed by visiting the service here and logging in with your Spotify account.

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Electric Forest reveals full 2018 lineup featuring REZZ, Marshmello, Testpilot and more

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After attendees leaked a partial list of 2018 Electric Forest artists at an event thrown by the festival in Ann Arbor earlier this month, next year’s lineup is finally out in its entirety.

During the first weekend of June 21-24, attendees will be treated to Galantis, Green Velvet, Jauz, Keys N Krates, Lil Dicky, in addition to previously announced headliners The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Griz Live Band, RÜFÜS DU SOL and ZHU, who will play both weekends.

Additions to the weekend two lineup include Marshmello, deadmau5 moniker Testpilot, Datsik and REZZ, among many others.

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Bassnectar, Halsey, Arcade Fire top Okeechobee’s massive 2018 lineup

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2018’s festival circuit is already heating up, with Florida’s Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival dropping off a well-rounded lineup teeming with talent to jump start the spring season from March 1 – 4. Now, in its third year, Okeechobee is boasting perhaps its biggest lineup yet, led by Halsey, Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, with Bassnectar returning to pull double duty this year, slated for two headlining sets. Offering a more curated, hip-hop and rock inclusive alternative to Miami’s EDM festivities at Ultra around the same time, Okeechobee is bringing The Flaming Lips, Khalid, Zeds DeadGramatik and Illenium along for support among many others.

From Foster The People to Denzel Curry, Tycho to Big Gigantic, the four-day camping festival is aiming to satisfy a wide range of musical taste, along with top-notch programming including workshops, visual art installations and more. View the full lineup and purchase tickets here.

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Bassnectar unveils Naux Faux side-project

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Who other than Bassnectar would debut a brand new side-project, then release the very first single as an official remix?

Coming as the third teased track off his Reflective Part 2 EP, Bassnectar has teamed up with long-time collaborator and friend Sayr for a throw-back psychedelic downtempo project called Naux Faux. The two producers haven’t worked together since the early 2000s — on the tracks “Enter The Chamber,” from Bassnectar’s Mesmerizing The Ultra LP, and “Grampa Slams” off Beatfreak Bohemia .

As its title suggests, “Psyopia” lays down a transient utopian landscape that calls upon a long-lost era of deep, mystical electronic music. Strewn across this scenery are analog synths, shimmering effects, and pulsing chords over chopped-up breaks and low-frequency subwoofer bass lines. The track is ultimately a tribute to the magical days of the side room, the sunrise set, and the discovery of new spellbinding frequencies, says Lorin Ashton..

“Although the finishing touches are still being added to the Naux Faux EP (thank you to all patient trainspotters!), 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…”

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Bassnectar reveals first of four 2018 seasonal gatherings in Chicago

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After tweeting a short cryptic teaser that had the Bassnectar family clamoring over possible upcoming events, Bassnectar has officially revealed his return to Chicago, IL, March 30–31, 2018, after a seven year Windy City hiatus. The two-night run features an incredibly diverse cast of bass music’s most promising rising talent, including REZZ, TroyBoi, TOKiMONSTA, Ivy Lab, Danny Corn, and Bay Area newcomer Andreilien.

The theme of the spring time gathering, according to Bassnectar’s official blog, is set to “…celebrate the dawning of Spring: rebirth, regeneration, and a radiant gratitude for life.” The whole team promises to amp up all levels of art, music, interactivity, and community as well with staples like The Haven and The Gift Altar.

The spring announcement also comes as the first of four seasonal gatherings in 2018, of which Lorin Ashton presents as a bit of a jigsaw to be decoded by his devoted followers. The Bassnectar team will be planting tiny reveals and clues over the coming months as to dates, themes, locations, and line-up support. But for now:

 

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Pre-sale tickets for the Spring special event will go on sale Wednesday, November 15th at 12pm ET. Regular tickets will go on sale the following day, also at 12pm ET. Read the full announcement on Bassnectar’s official blog.

 

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Still fresh off the news of his Atlanta NYE special event and the announcement of a headline appearance at Buku, Bassnectar has been focused on mastering and promoting his Reflective: Part Two EP, out December 1 on Amorphous Records. The bass music powerhouse recently teased the first single off the project, an earth-shattering track with Wakaan’s own Digital Ethos.

Now, Bassnectar shares another single featuring Dorfex Bos, which follows their initial “Horizons” collaboration on part one of the Reflective EP. Their sophomore collaboration, “Other Worlds,” while equally celestial and downtempo to its core, will take listeners into a completely different direction, instilling the two tracks with a yin and yang type of relationship.

“Other Worlds” utilizes a similar sound design as “Horizons,” with a repetitive grinding synth and “Shepard’s tone” effect that creates an auditory illusion effect on the ear, where listeners feel the tension as constant and never-ending. With each drop, however, rather than being taken down into a seismic direction, listeners are lifted a bit higher into the cosmos and gently dropped off on the track’s sublime lead out. The result is a track that is reminiscent of some 1980s Hans Zimmer-scored sci-fi film, taking listeners on a ride that goes up and down and around and round.

“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.

Pre-order for Bassnectar’s Reflective: Part Two EP is available November 17, 2017.

UPDATE: Bassnectar has just released the EP’s official tracklist, which includes his long-awaited remixes of Eprom‘s “Pineapple” and Naux Faux‘s “Psyopia,” along with a previously-teased track ID with G Jones that Ashton premiered at Hulaween a few weeks ago.

Tracklist:

1. Bassnectar & Dorfex Bos – Other Worlds

2. Bassnectar & Digital Ethos – Slather

3. Bassnectar & Peekaboo – Disrupt The System ft. Azeem

4. Bassnectar & G Jones – Chromatek

5. Eprom – Pineapple (Bassnectar Remix)

6. Naux Faux – Psyopia (Bassnectar Remix)

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After unleashing loads of new unreleased music Halloween weekend at Hulaween, amorphous bass music mastermind Bassnectar has just released the first single from Part Two of his Reflective EP pack.

The track, “Slather,” is a heavy bass collaboration with underground rising talent Digital Ethos, complete with complex synth work and his signature, seismic drops to boot. The entire track is a sonic journey of interstellar proportion, guaranteed to take listeners into omni-directional spaces with no chance of letting go until the track’s closure.

Following the release of Part One this summer, Bassnectar has announced a December 1st release date for his Reflective: Part 2 EP. Look out for the second single release, titled “Other Worlds,” out this Friday, November 10.

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