Future Bass

Artist: 
RL Grime
Label: 
WeDidIt

With hype coming to a head for his new NOVA album, RL Grime wets the appetite of fans and newcomers alike with "I Wanna Know" ft.

Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Chainsmokers
Name: 
Richard Wong
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2018
Artist: 
DROELOE
Label: 
bitbird

DROELOE commands the floor with their newest, assertive single "BACKBONE". The song starts off in a melancholy, minimalist soundscape that is effectively backed up by Nevve's lyrics about being left behind. Then, at the drop of the dime, her voice shifts into a more enthusiastic tone as if to say "f*** that." Not long after, the track abandons the minimalist tone of the intro in favor for a warm, complex chorus. One could say that the track grew its own backbone, showing the world all that it has to offer.

Sounds Like: 
Cashmere Cat
Sounds Like: 
WRLD
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2018
Artist: 
Louis The Child & Whethan
Label: 
Louis The Child & Whethan

This collab between Louis The Child and Whethan is an instrumental mixtape without any vocals. Although it does feel a little lacking at times, is it by no means a boring EP. The hard-hitting beats, elements of trap, and future bass make the songs easy to move to. "Tengo Mas" has kind of a salsa feel to it, while the others are a mix of different, experimental sounds. Most of the songs are pretty busy, but they're not too intense. My favorite is "Synths with Bangs", which constrasts sharp, steady hits with a soft hum in the background. 

Sounds Like: 
NGHTMRE
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2018
Artist: 
Petit Biscuit
Label: 
Strange Loop

A few weeks into school and you already have three tests, two papers and a presentation due in the next 48 hours? I feel you; we’re all in the same situation just about now and could use some vibes to carry our mind to another world of peace and beauty. Luckily, 18-year-old musical prodigy Petit Biscuit realizes this, blessing us with the cinematic masterpiece Presence, his debut album.

Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Sounds Like: 
Kasbo
Sounds Like: 
Gryffin
Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Name: 
Ryan Carlson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2018
Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
bitbird

With his latest EP, San Holo asks listeners if they would like to take a trip with him. Where exactly? Not sure. That part is in the eyes, or ears, of the beholder. San Holo tries to create a mellowness in each song's sound, which works very well for the most part (and is aided by having all of the song titles in lowercase). However, there are some elements in the songs that end up clashing with the melodic tunes.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
The M Machine
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Seven Lions & Kill the Noise
Label: 
Monstercat

For those who do not know, Seven Lions and Kill the Noise are big names in the electronic music scene. Seven Lions is known for mixing dubstep with trance, and Kill the Noise is known for his dirty dubstep mixes. Fans of both of these artists may still enjoy this collaboration; however, listeners who are not fimiliar with these two may be less than satisfied. Right out of the gate, "Cold Hearted" seems unable to make up its mind on what kind of song it wants to be.

Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Sounds Like: 
Zomboy
Sounds Like: 
Ahee
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
Ahee
Label: 
Impossible Records

Taking a glance at the title of the EP, and the Rick and Morty inspired cover art, one could guess that they would be stumbling upon a variety of wacky, creative tracks; and that's exactly what happens on Ahee's latest release. This four-track EP showcases the unique ways that bass can be used to help create a desired atmosphere. The opening track, "4U" establishes the alien sound, blending modified vocals with dark beats, and squelching synths with grimy dubstep bass; and maybe it could be thought of as the alien party-anthem.

Sounds Like: 
Knife Party
Sounds Like: 
Kasbo
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2017
Artist: 
Jai Wolf
Label: 
Mom+Pop

Jai Wolf released three remixes of his song “Like It’s Over feat. MNDR. (Which if you haven’t already checked out give it a listen)

The first of the three remixes was made by Ramziod. It is not an aggressive remix. It seems to be a great song to lie down and relax alone with. The drop has elements of future bass but is not overwhelming. Overall I think Ramziod did a beautiful job on an already beautiful song.

Sounds Like: 
Hippie Sabotage
Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
Big Wild
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

I've been obsessed with the song "Invincible," for weeks, so I was very excited when I found out that this EP had come out. Big Wild is on Odesza's label Foreign Family, so their music already kind of comes with its own seal of approval. You can expect catchy, melodic buildups that turn into anthemic EDM songs. I was very surprised when I found out that this is Big Wild's first non-single release, even if it is just an EP.

Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
Odesza
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Pusher
Label: 
Black Butter Records

Pusher is a DJ producer who has recently made some waves in the clubs of Toronto with some stellar productions and remixes. In his new work, New Laces EP, Pusher puts forth an amazing set of great tunes. His sound is familiar, yet unique. It's pretty, but hits hard. Let me explain. In the world of EDM, future bass is absolutely taking over and many DJs and Producers are diving into this genre, and following the same general mold. There's something about Pusher's take on Future Bass in this EP that is so refreshing.

Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
Wave Racer
Sounds Like: 
Mura Masa
Sounds Like: 
Giraffage
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
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