NECTAR ALERT: Yesterday, American bass music pioneer Lorin Ashton rewarded his loyal followers with yet another fantastic collection of tracks molded in his trademark sound. In classic Bassnectar fashion, the ‘Freestyle EP’ contains 6 highly diverse, new songs (many of which are collaborations) that span the bass music spectrum while still maintaining that unmistakable Bassnectar grind that we’ve all come to know and love. So without further adieu, jump in and to listen to the EP, Mix, individual songs, whatever and check out a track-by-track analysis which I originally started as just stream-of-consciousness notes
Freestyle: After listening to the other five tracks prior to this title song, I was definitely expecting more. Even though I’ve heard the song countless times in the last few months. I thought there was more to it. Good song, don’t get me wrong, I just was expecting, I dunno; It just seems like a continuation of Wildstyle Method with a bit of a “Trap” twist, but maybe that is exactly what Lorin was going for, in which case I cannot be upset.
Breathless: My GOD! This is like the sequel to Magical World I have been yearning for! Phenomenal piece of music, with the drum line, the heavy groove and perfectly laid synth samples. BOOM! the vocals could be a little more emphasized, but it definitely does not detract from the track.
Hologram: I can imagine him playing this live and loving the deep groove it creates with the crowd. This is what I’m looking for with a Bassnectar Track; the melodic highs with so many varying and entrancing layers that are tied together by the deep bass groove/grind which he expertly creates. Fucking pumped to see Mr. Ashton play this one out and the accompanying visuals he ties with it.
Infinite: Another stereotypical Nectar track, but in a different light altogether when compared to ‘Hologram’. I’m definitely partial to the prior track (at first listen that is, we’ll see what comes in the next few days as I beat this album to death). The transition into the bass synths is what is missing from ‘Ego Killer’.
Human: classic Nectar vocals with that subtle grind laid beneath; great track.
Ego Killer: Awesome intro piece until Lorin seemingly blackouts with the remix, while being his classic sound, the bassline should have been segued in a much cleaner fashion