• One Month of High Noon: 19 Tracks from the West Coast’s Trippiest Beat Cypher

    March 3, 2015 Ben

    High Noon is a pact between a group of West Coast creatives to complete new pieces of art every week throughout its three month run. Regardless of life’s challenges, the five producers and one visual artist involved have championed through to provide us with a wealth of aural and visual art. The producers here (VNDMG, Chase Manhattan, WERK, SOSAY…

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  • Three Compilations of the West Coast

    February 27, 2015 Ben

    The West Coast has always been in its own private world musically, external influences propagate here only by mutating into funkier, weirder forms and the homegrown styles are stranger still. Yet to homogenize the West Coast into one group would lose many of the localized flavors to which it plays host. Recent compilations from Portland, Berkeley and Humboldt…

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    February 24, 2015 Ben

    When I received some massive and mysterious test masters in my inbox from Saturate Records last week I desperately messaged them, “Who made these untagged bangers?!” One word appeared in the answer: “BANGANAGANGBANGERS“. An alliance of 5 like-minded dudes from The Netherlands, BANGANAGANGBANGERS is the metaphysical manifestation of their collective desire to bang. Whether they’re slaying crowds or…

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  • Tropical Futurism with Liquid Rockz – Gringo

    February 11, 2015 Ben

    Germany’s Liquid Rockz acts as a psychedelic wormhole between disparate musical dimensions. On their newest release, Gringo, the traditional sounds of South American music are sucked through their vortex and emerge as trippy club music. Much like Clap! Clap! has done with the music of Africa, Liquid Rockz manage to make bass music that appreciates rather than…

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  • STYLSS Single 014: Kamandi & Jaga – FCKWTU

    January 28, 2015 Ben

    As far as combinations go, “Kamandi on STYLSS” ranks up there with “sex on washing machine” or “nutella on anything” in terms of satisfaction. Portland’s purveyors of atmospheric future bass, STYLSS, would be hard pressed to find a better suited producer than the fast-rising Kamandi for their newest single. Fresh from the fantastic “Claustrophobic” with Azizi Gibson, New Zealand’s…

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  • Terrorhythm Elements Runs the Purp with Amethyst (JD. Reid)

    January 22, 2015 Ben

    Terrorhythm has been a leading force in the resurgence of purple music this past year. Since setting up shop on the unpaved crossroad of purple, future bass, grime and trap, they’ve given voice to artists toying with those genre conventions and in the process turned that unpaved crossroad into a bustling intersection. Their latest release along this tangent, JD.…

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  • STYLSS Gives Us Feelings with Ext’s One of the Moments LP

    January 7, 2015 Ben

    Ext‘s One of the Moments LP is sure to garner comparisons to Burial. It’s emotional, full of down-pitched voices and haunting atmospheres, and propelled by garage beats. While blogger math class teaches that feels + garage = Burial, there’s a lot more to Ext’s complex LP than biting some old Burial tunes. OOTM is a work of technical and…

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  • ONHELL’s Making Waves with Mariah Carey and Comicarion Vol. 1

    December 18, 2014 Ben

    ONHELL‘s penchant for making the wettest, plink-iest future bass in the game has elevated him from his Humboldt beginnings to rising star status in the West Coast bass world. ONHELL (real name Angel) has continued his furious bass pace this winter, curating his Phantom Wave Records‘ Comicarion Vol. 1 compilation along with releasing free remix of Mariah Carey‘s “Shake…

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  • Terrorhythm Elements – Topaz (Laetho & Abu Simbel) – Free Download

    December 15, 2014 Ben

    Plastician‘s Terrorhythm Recordings has been perfectly situated for 2014’s grime and purple renaissance. Sitting astride the two genres, Terrorhythm has released golden material from new names such as Parkinson White, Kyle Cook, KRNE and Deon Customs alongside the remastering and remixing of Plastician’s own classic tracks. The newest addition to Terrorhythm’s release schedule is their Elements Series;…

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  • Murlo & JT The Goon – Garden of Eden EP

    December 9, 2014 Ben

    Murlo and JT The Goon have gotten a lot of play here this year. Murlo’s recent Into Mist EP and stellar mixes and radio shows are always on repeat, while JT The Goon has put out some beautiful sinogrime on Boxed LDN‘s last two compilations, as well as his Twin Warrios EP on Oil Gang.…

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