Bass-Bin Mecca: Outlook Festival

Photo by Marc Sethi, Outlook 2011

What up heads!  Hope everybody is pumped for the weekend, I’m amped as funk!  As the summertime vibes have been rolling in deep here in Cali’, I figured it was about time to start thinking about Outlook Festival.  This shit is the ILL, straight up.  After talking with artists, somehow, the statement “you NEED to get to Outlook Festival”, is always thrown at me.  Resident Advisor has said it’s “the best four days of bass in Europe, if not the world.”  Just from pictures alone, I get the chills about this place.  Then, after I hear all the stories from various people of what goes down, I get goosebumps the size of  grapes rolling up my spine!  That’d be a trippy sight, huh?  But seriously, this place is just unbelievable looking.  Same location as Dimensions Festival that we were talking about a couple weeks ago, the abandoned 18th century fort.  The scenery of this fort is breathtaking, crystal-blue water backed by silhouettes of the cliffs that line the shores, and oh yeah, don’t forget about the LAZERS broooooo.  Haha, shit is going to get weird.  According to the Outlook crew, there is only a limited number of tickets left, so jump on that if you’re trying to go.  As I’ve been browsing the web trying to find housing for the trip, things are filling up really fast (most places are already booked up!), so I don’t doubt that capacity is going to be reached relatively soon.

The artist lineup the year is absolutely unbelievable.  Name any style of soundsystem music, and it is represented at Outllook.  They just released the 3rd lineup wave sometime last week I think and it’s crazy to think about all the sick performances that will be going down in a single venue.  Digital Mystiks, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Phife, Kryptic Minds, Submotion Orchestra, Phaeleh, Dub Phizix, and on and on.  Check the image below for a more in-depth look at the lineup.

How nutty does that look?! ^  It’s going to be such an amazing experience to get out there.  Seriously, try to make it!  Below you will find a bunch of music from a few of the artists that will performing on the beach.  The mix from Zed Bias is straight FIRE.  Also, make sure you check out the track ‘Horizon’ from Tunnidge, it’s one of the hardest steppers anthems I’ve heard in a long long time.

Amoss – Footloose (Linden, Octane & DLR Remix)

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Scuba – The Hope/Flash Addict

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Submotion Orchestra – It’s Not Me It’s You

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Zed Bias – Feb 2012 30 Minute Mix

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Tunnidge – Horizon

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BOOM!  That should be enough bass to hold you over for the weekend, so until next week…

To the gods.

-Kinman

Dimensions Festival 2012: Sneak Peak

What up everybody!  Tuesday is back and today we want to take some time and have a quick look at the one of the most hyped  new musical experiences of 2012, Dimensions Festival.  This one and Outlook are THE two most highly desired events for us here at BWS.  But, today we’re going to talk about Dimensions since it’s the first one ever!  All elements considered, there seems to be no better place to experience the finest collection of bass music.  Anywhere.  Needless to say, we’re hoping that we will get our scrubby ass selves over there soon (crossing our fingers for this year!).  Taking place on an abandoned fort in Pula, Croatia from Thursday September 6th – Sunday September 9th of this year, there’s no doubt it’s going to be straight bonkers.  The lineup is jam-packed full of so many unbelievable artists like Mala, Author, Scuba, Floating Points, Joy O, Pinch, Machinedrum, Untold, and the list goes on for days.  If you haven’t heard of this event and you truly have a passion for quality bass, I would highly recommend manipulating your schedule in whatever way necessary to get yourself there.  It’s the brainchild of Outlook festival, obviously since it’s organized by the same group, so you know it’s going to be done in a proper fashion.  While Outlook is really the icing on the cake for bass enthusiasts, Dimension is looking to be a much more intimate festival (and a bit more affordable, too).

As we’re from the US, we don’t have chances like this to view the multitude of quality artists that Dimensions offers, in such a surreal setting.  This is the perfect vacation from candy-glow ravers, commercialized music, and shot-out venues.  It’s no secret that the festival/rave scene has grown exponentially in the US, so taking a break from all the hype and really getting to listen the the artists that we love, with people who are truly their for the music, is something that we deeply long for.  All the US heads, make sure you get out here if you can, make our presence known.  A lot of people have misconceptions about listeners from the states so I’m sure they would love to meet stateside cats that know a thing or two about music made for the chestplate.

“With a higher technical specification of sound systems than you will find at any other festival of its size, Dimensions is the perfect place to enjoy the deep end of electronica, the best in techno, house, deep dubstep, drum & bass and other electronic sounds.”

- Dimensions Team

Hopefully, we will run into this guy.  Definitely going to buy him a beer or two, that’s for sure.  He looks like he’s strictly about business.

Photo Credit: Dan Medhurst 2011

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I would love to show you all more pictures of the event, but this is the first year it has taken place so there aren’t any pictures!  And I lost John Connor’s number when I dropped my last phone in the toilet.  Before we send you off for the day we want to showcase some sounds of the artists that you will be seeing at the festival this year!  As I was saying earlier in the post, there is honestly too many good artists to name on this ticket, and the sounds that we’ve chosen today are simply at random because if we posted everything that we wanted to, we would likely overload the server.  But, take a peek at this promo video they made for the event.  Gets our blood going!

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The first piece of music we have is one from the Dutch bred 2562.  This is a mix we pulled off the Dimensions Festival Soundcloud Page, so it’s like totally official.  Was a mix done for Ninja Tune online radio.  This 45 minute mix is a shining example of 2562′s technical mixing abilities and his unparalleled interpretation of techno/house music. Aka ‘A Made Up Sound’.

2562 – Solid Steel Radio Mix

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This next bit is a mini-mix from a guy who has been making the US proud.  Brooklyn based Machinedrum has been putting out some of the greatest dance jams of the year.  On the forward-thinking tip for sure!  This track teaser of his displays influences from all over the board; jungle, soul, hip-hop, trance, to name a few.  Definitely going to be one of the sicker sets at Dimensions.

Machinedrum – New Beats Teaser 2012

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This next mix is from the almighty Author.  We highlighted this mix a few months back, when it was put up but, it’s honestly one of the sickest mixes that I’ve ever heard and I think is a great example of what Author does.  This is 45 minutes of the most intense audible bliss you can experience.  Maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but maybe not.  Taken from DMZ/Exodus in Leeds.  You should really set aside 45 minutes and listen to this mix in its entirety.

Author – Live At DMZ/EXODUS

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This last bit is one to represent the Exit Records crew.   A mix done awhile back with from Loxy at Intrigue in Bristol.  A truly badman mix.

Loxy – @ Intrigue, Bristol, Oct. 2011

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Tickets from Resident Advisor

Dimensions Accommodation Page

Dimensions Travel Page

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I’m out for the day.

To the gods.

-Kinman

 

Depth Charged By Legend4ry, Inkarv, Kaiju, and More!

What up fam!  It’s your boy Kinman back with some fresh bits that I know will tickle your fancies.  If you don’t like them you should probably just delete your Facebook page.  I’m hoping a few of you get that one, haha.  Anyways, the weather is starting to warm up over here in California (As if it’s not warm pretty much the entire year here) and I got to say, I love California.  One of the most gorgeous places on this earth.  Anywhere where you have plate activity you’re going to have jaw-dropping natural beauty.  Too many people take their surroundings for granted and it bums me out.  Just take a few minutes out of your day to really look around you, this earth has so much beauty contained within its borders.  I don’t care where you live, there is wonder.

The first tune up today is one from Inkarv.  This jam is pure vibes, so it’s not surprise that it was a runner-up for the Outlook Festival producer competition.  Honestly one of the more beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard lately.  From the inspiring vocal samples to the groovy drum sequencing, this tune is one for the lovers no doubt.  Some true eyes down business.

Inkarv – I’m Falling (Outlook Festival Entry)

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Now we’re going to progress into some more head-nodding jams.  The latest release for Osiris Music, coming from the hands of Kaiju.  We’ve highlighted some tracks of this guy previously so hopefully you’re familiar with him, if you’re not, then get on it!  The A side of the release, titled ‘Close Break’ fully displays Kaiju’s ability to concoct heart-stopping sub-frequencies.  The vocal’s that are layered over the track give you a very reassuring vibe.  The second tune, ‘Belcanto’, is priceless.  Honestly, there really isn’t much I can say about this tune because you need to hear it for yourself.  No surprise that KM signed both of these tunes, they’re golden!

Kaiju – Close Break

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Kaiju – Belcanto

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Next up we got another one from Percept.  The man is just making tune after tune.  This one is on the mad bouncy vibe, I’m loving it too!  The kicks on this keep your body bouncing while the cinematic ambiances grab your mind and plummet it into the underworld.  Big up to Percept on this one and all of his recent accomplishments!

Percept – Hedorah (Widowmaker on Rood FM)

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To close things out for the night I have two MASSIVE tunes from different artists, Killawatt & Quantam Soul, and Legend4ary.  These tunes are madddnesssssss, both of them.  To see Killawatt and Quantam Soul on the same track made my stomach erupt with butterflies because I knew it was going to be something just off the charts massive, and it was.  I can’t imagine this tune going unsigned and if it does I will be quite disappointed  because this is definitely a platter that I want in my crates.  The other bit from Legend4ry is another roller that can set the dance off HARD!  Legend4ry is one of the most underrated producers, in my opinion, so spread this guys sounds around!  A straight badman on the buttons.

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Legend4ry – That Was Yesterday

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Alright fam, blessings upon all of you, can’t express how grateful we are to have such a dope community (you guys) that we can share all of this great music with.  Until next time…

To the gods.

-Kinman