Lorin Ashton, also known as Bassnectar, aka The Bass God, is considered by many (myself included) to be bass music’s most talented producer and mixer as well. His insanely skillful musical production has been a key stone of the bass music world since he first began releasing music in 2001. The long haired legend has eleven studio albums, dating back to his first one titled “Freakbeat For The Beatfreaks” in 2001. He has released an album every single year since then with 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013 being the only acceptations and seven EPs as well as numerous singles and official remixes. The man has a discography that would last hours and hours if played from beginning to end. Ashton has produced dozens of EDM instant classics, but the one most fans who aren’t familiar with his works would notice right away is his smash hit “Bass Head” off of his 2010 EP “Timestretch”.
His most recent album “Into the Sun” was released in late January of 2015, and was hugely successful in the bass head world. But that didn’t stop Lorin from continuing his work. Early yesterday, EDM.com premiered the release of his newest single, a collaboration with fellow bass music produced Jantsen, titled “Every Time”. This is not the first time Bassnectar has worked together with Jantsen though. When working together the duo have been known to go by the name LOCOJA. They’ve produced a few other songs as a team in the past including “What” and “Lost in the Crowd”. “Every Time” has a similar feel to both of these tracks. They all share that familiar old school dubstep sound which got me to fall in love with electronic music back in the late 2000’s.
The song is not a very long one, so it gets started pretty quick. A short twenty five second intro instantly transforms into a bass blasting melody that reminds me a lot of Bassnectar’s older more roughed up around the edges style of music. The second drop shows a bit of variation from the first with a more drawn out lead synth and more distinct drum beat. After his mind bending closing set at Nocturnal Wonderland two weeks ago, my Bassnectar withdrawals have been all too real, so this was a much needed and appreciated surprise for me and all bassheads alike.
Excision is another one of bass music’s top dogs, and for very good reason too. The dubstep mastermind has been tearing up dance floors and festivals for more than a decade now and has no sign of stopping any time soon. Jeff Abel, stage name Excision, has two studio albums titled “Codename X” and “X Rated” as well as five EPs and has been touring the world with his enormously powerful amplifiers and incredible stage set up for years now. Since 2008, Excision has been playing at Shambhala music festival in Canada and every year he releases a recording of his set. This has become a bit of an Excision tradition, and is something that is highly anticipated by all his fans all year long. Well this year is no different than the previous six years. On Wednesday Abel released his 2015 Shambhala Mix, an hour and twenty minute mix with 42 insanely heavy dubstep tracks crammed into it.
The very same day, EDM.com also premiered a brand new original track by Excision and Dion Timmer. The track is titled “Again and Again” and it features the strong vocals of Matt Rose. The song has the classic Excision feel and sound to it, starting out with an intro that features a heavy electric guitar coupled with a quickly building and an extremely powerful drum beat. Right before the drop there is a split second of silence and the sound of a shot gun cocking, which is instantly followed by a full force blasting synth that completely obliterates the listener. The song reminds me a lot of another song by Excision titled “Codename X” with the same main synth used in it. The release of this track gives me hope that he’ll be releasing more material in the near future.