Bassnectar is a rockstar. When the intern at my office — who looks like he stepped off a Scorpions record cover — comes up to my desk asking if I like Bassnectar, you’ve reached ‘rockstar’ status. “Cozza Frenzy (Mega-Bass Remix)” is the quintessential Bassnectar sound: time-stretched vocals, massive basslines, warped horn samples, all laid on a foundation of chunky beats. You know a Bassnectar song is playing because his sound doesn’t tickle you, it engulfs you.
“Cozza Frenzy (Mega Bass Remix)” (play/download mp3)
I never felt that Bassnectar’s live shows ever eclipsed his recorded material, until I heard his latest, “Wildstyle.” If you’ve never been to a Bassnectar show it usually goes down like “Wildstyle Method (Radio Edit),” the bass rolls and shudders over your body making the experience of listening (or being at his show) the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Listen to the rest of “Wildstyle” at Bassnectar.net.
“Wildstyle Method (Radio Edit)“ (play/download mp3)
This week current beat king Diplo released “The Roots of Dubstep,” a mix compilation of- you guessed it – songs that have influenced current dubstep production. Get a little taste of what’s on the album with “U Don’t Like Me (Datsik Remix),” a modern bass music killer with current dubstep beat champ Dastik on the remix. I don’t know about you but this is totally the kind of music I want to hear when I’m tearing up the dancefloor.
Diplo & Lil Jon – “U Don’t Like Me (Datsik Remix)“ (play/download)
Listen and buy Diplo’s music here.
I usually hate it when artists take a nostalgic pop tune from the eighties, that wasn’t even good back then, and try to turn them into dance-floor killers. Plus Foreigner is the worst; they make Boston look like The Beatles. Even with all that stacked against them, Specimen A manages to revive “Cold As Ice” from cheesy-arena rock into a dance-floor filler. Trust me, in 1 minute in you’re going to want to put your lighter in the air.
Specimen A, “Cold As Ice“ (play/download mp3)
Visit Specimen A on their Facebook page.
Project Midnight may be a newcomer on the bass music scene, but his productions show a maturity that’s anything but amateur. Recording for Fixed Music, Foulplay Dubstep, and running his own digi-label, Reboot Records, Project Midnight’s dubs are making the dubstep rounds including Beatport’s must-hear Dubstep tracks of the month. Take a little taste for yourself with “Mean Streets” a tune that goes from classic drum n’ bass to sweeping modern dubstep with total grace and ease.
Project Midnight, “Mean Street” (play/download mp3)
Hear more music from Project Midnight on his Myspace Page.
It’s Excision and Datsik’s personal mission to make music that people will go wild over. Released in 2009, “Swagga” has that “last year” dubstep feel: hard, dark and robotic. And if you don’t go wild over the vocal sample in “Swagga,” your ganster dial is currently turned to 0.
“Swagga“ (play/download mp3)
Check out their Facebook page for more.
Doctor P – “Badman Sound” (play/download)
Dubstep’s hold as the bass music of choice in the world isn’t showing signs of letting up as long as artists like Doctor P are releasing records. Signed to Circus records, Dr. P’s “Badman Sound” is his first ‘hit’ and was featured on various bass DJs playlists. This one is quick to grab your attention as Dr. P wastes zero time dropping the grimy elements of bass music right from the start. Definitely going down as one of my favorite tracks of the year.
Become a fan of Dr. P. Visit his Facebook page.
Funtcase – “Mattress Punch” (play/download)
Listening to “Mattress Punch” you would never suspect that at the time of this writing UK producer Funtcase has been releasing dubstep records for less then a year. Then once you listen to it again knowing what you know now, it’s clear this artist is unleashing sounds and rhythms that move to Funtcase’s OG groove, and if you ask me, that is always a sign of a gifted musician.
Piss your neighbors off by heading over to Funtcase’s SoundCloud page to hear more forward looking beats.
German dubstep producer Bukez Finezt productions are as eccentric as his personality. “Wash Yo Nutz” is from Bukez’s Personal Hygiene EP. This one is my personal favorite right now. Enjoy the synths and the public service message.
Bukez Finezt – “Wash Yo Nutz” (play/download)
The latest Bassnectar EP Timestretch is officially out. Listen to the whole thing for free as many times as you like.