AC Entertainment is just a few days away from bringing some serious noise to downtown Asheville, NC. Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is a three day festival that brings not only a staggeringly diverse lineup, but a panel of talks and seminars hosted by artists and other figures throughout the weekend. Dance music fans are certain to recognize bass headliners Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, and indie electronic breakthrough act Disclosure and deep house guru Claude VonStroke further add to the festival’s list of eye-catching names. Though Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is bringing some of the world’s leading talent to the Asheville scene, there are some smaller print talents that you shouldn’t miss if you’re attending the festival this weekend.
After a successful two-day run in Miami, midtempo moguls Pretty Lights and Bassnectar plan to reunite this December at the birthplace of their Basslights spectacle for another vibe-filled weekend. With back-to-back shows planned for December 27th and 28th, Derek and Lorin look to celebrate the one year anniversary of the creation of Basslights with their unique, yet complimentary styles of music with the DMV’s grooviest at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. Pre-sales for the dates begin today, October 23rd, at 12pm eastern, while general public sales begin October 26th on Ticketmaster.
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With his Immersive Music tour in full swing, Bassnectar has just upped the ante by releasing both his five-track Take You Down EP as well as the final, fifty minute side to his Immersive Music Mixtape. Lorin first teased the EP two weeks ago with the lead single “Take You Down,” a lush, off-color 808 tune. The newly released EP also contains Bassnectar’s highly anticipated collaboration with ill.Gates, “Expanded,” arguably the biggest track on the EP, as well as the heavy, Primus-approved original, “Raw Charles.” Finally, Lorin brings us a remastered version of “Colorstorm” and a West Coast Lo Fi remix to “Take You Down.”
In anticipation of his upcoming Immersive Music Fall Tour, Bassnectar has unveiled his newest release, “Take You Down,” a five-track EP set to drop on September 24th. Prior to the official release, Bassnectar has uploaded a special edit of “Take You Down,” with West Coast Lo Fi’s remix of the lead single incorporated into the edit. Bursting with bright, off-color melodies, the tune takes on a lush, hypnotic feel, emboldened by its heavy 808 kit.
In addition to “Take You Down,” the EP will see the long-awaited release of Bassnectar and ill.Gates’ stunning collaboration, “Expanded,” as well as the official release of “Colorstorm” and “Raw Charles.”
Hard Summer Sunday: Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Dillon Francis, and Dirtybird highlight superlative closing day
Hordes of Los Angelenos returned for the second and final day of HARD Summer 2013 — ready for another twelve hours of frolicking in cool tents, woodchipped stage grounds, and dusty lawns areas of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. For diehard fans of Ed Banger Records and Dirtybird, the two labels owned their own stages on Sunday (on the Summer Stage and Underground Tent, respectively). Bromance fiends got sets from both Brodinski and Gesaffelstein, and those prone towards the “HARDer“ sounds soaked in the grinding basslines of Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Baauer, and Clockwork. Click through to read more about our highlights from the festival’s closing day.
Seven months ago, the imaginative minds of Lorin Ashton and Derek Vincent Smith teamed up for an awe-inspiring two-night run of Bassnectar-Pretty Lights insanity. Those who were lucky enough to attend the inaugural BassLights still speak of the incredible doubleheader in Hampton, Virgnia. Fortunately for those on the East Coast, Lorin and Derek will bring their renowned BassLights show to Miami, Florida on October 18 and 19 with opening support from Koan Sound, Pantyraid, SuperVision, and Run the Jewels.
It’s safe to say that Bassnectar has mastered the mixtape format. After all, he has been making them for over 15 years. His newest assemblage of gargantuan bass tunes comes under the guise of Immersive Music, his massive upcoming fall tour. The mix begins with Lorin’s latest remix to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” before taking it back to late 2009 with his notorious remix of the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind.” To much delight, the mixtape is pervaded by plenty of unreleased Bassnectar tunes, ending with some truly beautiful downtempo selections. Click past the break for the tracklist and free download, and stay tuned for Side Two.
Though summer is far from over for Bassnectar, the n0-rules NorCal native has revealed the dates for his annual fall tour. This year dubbed the Immersive Music tour, the bass king has promised an even more bonkers production than past efforts:
“This one’s all about letting our imaginations run wild, dreaming up the most magical tricks and special effects, and setting the bar as high as possible!!!!”
Koan Sound, Andreilien, Amp Live and ill-esha have all been confirmed as support on the 18-date tour, which begins in Oakland, crosses the country and loops into Canada before swinging south and ending at New Orleans’s Voodoo Festival. Dedicated bassheads know the spring/fall drill, so if your city isn’t listed this time around your options are to road trip or wait for the next round. Click past the break for the full lineup and here for more info. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Heading to your Fourth of July celebrations with food, drinks, and fireworks? Don’t forget to load up on the music to accompany the Independence Day festivities. In July 4th fashion, take live sets from your favorite patriot technicians on the go — and what better way than to revisit some of our favorites from the homeland.
The almighty Lorin Ashton has been called upon for remix duties for Verve Records’ upcoming album Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, paying tribute to jazz music’s most celebrated matriarchs. Taking on the lovely Nina Simone, Bassnectar has crafted a masterful trap rendition of “Feeling Good.” Amplifying the original’s horn section to a spine-tingling bravado, Bassnectar deftly emphasizes the big band brass, eventually transforming the horns into a flurry of dicing, distorted synths. The remix’s booming 808 kick drum recalls Bassnectar’s much overlooked 2009 remix to Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up.”