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Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: BASS LOVERS UNITE

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by worldromper
Nosaj Thing

Nosaj Thing

Around the globe a distinct new sound is seeping from fissures in traditional music production, and the bass bubbling up from the bins is catching the brains of audiences from London to Los Angeles. This music with no name heralds a fresh and formative age in abstract beat culture and its influential adherents champion the experimental, the instrumental, the street bass, the chopped-up and the future-funk. With beats that defy gravity as well as locality, this “bass music” is quickly infecting listeners with its swung-out, jazzy interpretation of electronic hip hop. Step into the warm circle of tomorrow-music (don’t trip on the bassline) and dunk your head in the refreshing waters of exploratory sounds, all connected by a love of innovation and by the heavy-thick lines of thundering bass.

Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs

Bass Lovers Unite brings together some of the most significant producers and DJs of this new sound from a few of the world’s strongholds: Los Angeles, Montréal, and the UK. The music heard at this showcase will affect what mainstream pop fans will be listening to in five years; these artists are shaping the future of sound with every button they press, every show they play, and every new earhole they penetrate.



Out of LA’s fertile beat scene comes one of the city’s finest producers, Nosaj Thing. This young noise conductor has received global acclaim for his recent release Drift on Alpha Pup Records, and opens the night with his disjointed funk beats and seamless sound mastery. From BBC Radio 1’s Experimental show comes Mary Anne Hobbs; this DJ, music journalist and evangelist for the underground brings dark and radical flavors together and then shoves out the next-generation animal onto airwaves around the world. Daedelus delivers an eclectic electronic interpretation using the futuristic monome device; he creates tactile performance experiences and music that everyone from indie rock devotees to instrumental hip hop fans can get sweaty to. Representing the twisted



turbo crunk sound of Montréal is Megasoid, whose live sets of dirty club bangers and remixes of top-rated productions have no compunction about killing dance floors and have made Montréal into a legit scene for street bass music. Finally it is back to the UK and to the frontier of dubstep with Mala of Digital Mystikz. One of the genre’s most famous producers, Mala is a central figure of dubstep’s evolution and an early champion of its rougher, clubbier side.

Bass Lovers Unite promises to connect a fresh Seattle audience with artists from around the world who are pushing forward the slicing-edge of electronic music as the pioneers of Generation Bass. Hop in and put your seatbelt on: it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Bass Lovers Unite takes place Saturday, September 26 at Neumos. Click here to buy tickets and for more information about the 2009 Decibel Festival.

Boreta & Eprom on BBC Radio 1: Listen Here

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2009 by worldromper

FYI: Mary Anne Hobbs’ Pacific Coast Special on BBC Radio 1 Experimental yesterday featured tracks from killers Boreta and Eprom along with Dorian Concept.

If you missed the show you can download it here!


Boreta is the shit, just in case you didn’t know!

X Chromosome Special on BBC Radio 1: Ladies of BASS

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by worldromper

Get ready for the ladies of bass!

My hero Mary Anne Hobbs will soon bring us another booming Experimental show, her BBC Radio 1 weekly special that focuses on the worldwide future sound movement, aka BASS music. Up next week is a lineup of emerging all-female talent from all over the world, featuring these brilliant women:

Mark your calendars!

The show airs at 2AM-4AM GMT (6PM-8PM West Coast time) on Tuesday, April 21. Find the show here, and international listeners should download the sweet BBC Radio 1 listening widget here.

Tune in to enjoy the raw fresh female talent! 

Mary Anne HobbsMary Anne Hobbs – Tokyo Unit – July 2008 by Wararu Umeda

West Coast Future Sound Movement on BBC Radio 1

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by worldromper

 Download and listen to the whole show for yourself here.

Bear in mind however, that West Coast Rocks on Mary Anne Hobbs’ Experimental show on the BBC Radio 1 is much, much more than a music show. It is a documentation of the fresh and crackling cultural movement of music that is growing on the West Coast of the USA and changing lives in the process.

I know- I just moved to LA to write and promote for the music that I love and the artists who make it.

With 100% West Coast beats the show begins. The bass from Mono/Poly‘s “Red and Yellow Toys” flaps down and gnaws on you, and from there you get a guided tour of the future sound happening in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Particular focus is paid to what I labeled “the epicenter of the future of music:” the community and inspiring energy whirling around Low End Theory in LA. A sense of momentum is indeed building, and you can feel it right inside your chest when you walk into Low End Theory, which I am about to do in a couple of hours.

And when I return home tonight, things will have shifted, musical tomorrows tweaked just a bit more by what will come out of those speakers tonight, by the audience’s reaction, by the dancers’ moves, by each knob twisted and every lever adjusted by the performers. Daddy Kev talks about Low End Theory as a physical experience; the design of the venue itself is like a bass bin and the music flows through you. Here you are not a mere spectator; here you are part of the international electronic community, and here you will partake in the evolution of music, and come out a different person on the other side.

Low End Theory is a rite of passage for performers as well, many of whom you can now hear on the 2-hour show which is ripe with interviews with the Glitch Mob, Kid Kamelion, DJ Tomas, The Gaslamp Killer and Daddy Kev, tons of cameo’d voice shout-outs, and a track list that tickles the fancy of any music freak worth their MP3s.

Standout tracks for me include:

  • Take‘s remix of “Sleeping Bear” for Architeq, my new Myspace profile song (Dubplate)
  • SamIYam‘s “Bricks” (Dubplate)
  • Vaccine “Radiate” (Dubplate)
  • Eprom “Zoning” (Dubplate)
  • Nosaj Thing “Coat of Arms” (Alpha Pup)

…and of course a lot more you guys, but I have to go now and start the prefunk and head out to Low End Theory, to celebrate the Age of the Nerd in a place where music has been liberated, where dots are connected, where you might just find yourself party to an audio sonic bikini waxing. And just maybe run into a “portal“.