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NIGHTBASS Vol.1 + NIGHTBASS EDC Photo Recap

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As a fan of music, living in Los Angeles is a luxury. You have a chance to see so many new artists and movements before they get popular, and to be a part of any one of them is a beautiful feeling. AC Slater, along with many DJs of a similar sound, have put together a monthly event that consists of a mixture of future house, UK garage, and “wobbles”.

We here at the arntreLA have been huge fans of the Night Bass event since the inaugural event in January of 2014, with Christian Martin as their headliner. Its great to see where this label has gone and where their bass heavy music is taking them.

Centered in the middle of Hollywood at Sound Nightclub, Night Bass has become one the venues most popular events. Instead of focusing on LED walls and flashing strobe lights, the party focuses on the music itself, and homage to what clubs were like in the 90s. Night Bass is a time portal to club nights with the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Mercer as music selectors.

Over the last year and a half, that party has manifested itself into a record label, and an EP, called This is Night Bass Volume 1. Hopefully this is the beginning of many albums to come and a reminder of what good music in clubs used to sound like. The album features 3 tracks by El Capitan, AC Slater, as well as a few other DJs, some that have played the event: Chris Lorenzo, Jack Beats, Petey Clicks, DJ Q, Jay Robinson, GotSome, and Taiki Nulight.

AC Slater & Chris Lorenzo – Fly Kicks:  A bouncey, bass-heavy track with samples of what sounds very much like the Notorious BIG. Chris Lorenzo, part of the Dirtybird crew in SF, brings his UK garage influences on this song, a theme that you hear a lot throughout the album.

Jack Beats – Wild Fire: The song starts with a very mellow introduction followed by low hitting beat drop, similar to one of their most recent tracks, One Love. The guys have taken a step back  style-wise from the tracks they made earlier in their careers, such as the well known “Get Down”, a classic by many standards.

AC Slater & Petey Clicks – Got Damn: Do you know what permanent stank face is? It’s the face you make you hear this track by AC and Petey Clicks. The track itself has a much groovier bass line, and is one of our favorites.

DJ Q – Madness: The first track on this album with female vocals  and it’s a beautiful one. The song’s bassline follows the DNA of many Night Bass parties and his drum lines is very much UK garage. Great track.

Jay Robinson – Gloom: Uh oh, there goes that stank face again. Jay hits us with the meanest and dirtiest bass line in the album, and follows it with one of the slower beat per minute tracks in the EP.

AC Slater & Gotsome: Alright AC, you have to send us the MASSIVE settings used to make the lead in this track. Very groovy track with a futuristic bass line. The foreign vocals used on the track are a refreshing change from the rest of the album and shows AC’s wide range of talents. It teeters along the lines of being a G-House track. Kudos to Mr. Slater and GotSome.

 

Taiki Nulight – Check Out Time: this is one our favorite producers and DJs that we’ve had a chance to see grace the decks at Night Bass. His instagram is a calalouge of great tracks he’s been working on, and this one itself doesn’t disappoint. As one a the more laid back songs in the album, Check Out Time is a a great closer to the album that leaves you wanting Volume 2.

 

Overall, the Night Bass EP gives you a glimpse of the event that you MUST go to. They recently Hosted their own stage EDC Las Vegas check out some of the behind the scenes photos by our very own Danny Trejo 😀 

-Henry (Room228)

dirtybird Announces “The Yeah / No” EP by Ardalan, Out December 1st

Having blazed the US on their recent BBQ tour, the dirtybird crew are back in release mode and proud to present a first ever solo EP from one of the jewels in their crown, namely Ardalan.  Our little Iranian brother and resident at chez Martin has previously worked together with his illustrious housemate Justin on breakout hits ‘Mr. Spock‘ and ‘Lezgo.’ Now grabbing the full spotlight himself, Ardalan proves he’s more than got the skills to pay the bills across two brain-frazzling tracks. 
 
Up first is ‘Wake Up’, with its boisterous and rambunctious beats bobbling away underneath whizzing, whirring, fizzing synth lines and tripped out metallic cowbells. It’s the sort of physical, corrugated groove that this label is most celebrated for and proves Ardalan can infuse his sounds with a ton of off kilter charm as well as anyone else in the dirtybird family. 
 
On the flip, ’The No Yeah’ is a colourful brew of malfunctioning machine sounds and raw as coleslaw beats that has blurts of soulful synth and breathy female vocal breaking though. Clipped sirens, fat bass and skipping percussion all nimbly shape shift and have you doing the same for the loveable duration of the track.
 
Having already impressed in cahoots with Justin Martin, Ardalan disappoints no-one when given this full solo step up, so it’s time you got on board with this exciting emergent talent, if you haven’t already.