Sunday 25 January 2015

All About the Bass

One of the biggest things I'm ashamed of is that I haven't been paying close attention to the imprint Night Slugs. I've unfortunately only heard select tracks from label head DJ Bok Bok and the stellar debut album from Kelela. I really need to dive deeper because everything I've heard from this crew has been unbelievable. Take for example this stellar cut from Jam City. The track Aqua  Box from the Waterworx EP is a great introduction to the Night Slugs sound. Huge basslines and distant sirens create a hazy and dense atmosphere.

One of the most curious signings recently was Chicago footwork artist DJ Slugo being signed to Nicolas Jaar's Other People imprint. We discussed the imprint before here on ilictronix and reading that makes this signing even more curious. Where much of Other People was Microhouse, DJ Slugo is all about maximalism. More really is more on his Ghetto House bass behemoths. Taking the best elements of Booty Bass, Detroit Juke and footwork, track I Ain't Yo Baby Daddy was heavy on my rotation this week. An infectious vocal sample *I Ain't Yo Baby Daddy* is somehow both dizzying and dazzling.

Remember when Evian Christ wasn't working with Kanye or making huge trap bangers? Yeah me either until I relistened to his Kings and Them mixtape. Lean sounding MYD is a bonafide hustlers anthem. Even though fuzzy reverb soaked R&B is becoming a parody of itself its nice to hear songs like this that remind you why this style grew so fast in the first place.

Next we have a somewhat rare mix from our good friend ARCA. His work on the new Bjork album and the Sheep Mix he presented at this years HBA fashion show sets this promising producer up for a unforgettable year. This is not the first time he has worked with the framed streetware company though. Back in 2012 he did a mix with Fader for MOMA PS1 and remixed some tracks on a Hood By Air mixtape. This whole mix is stellar but the moneyshot is the remix of Ocean Gang, which features a syrupy chopped sample of Beamer, Benz, or Bently. 

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