by Josh Lofurno
Our generation is prime for setting new trends. One of the more recent ones has been throwback Thursdays. So here at Funkadelphia, we’ve decided to play into that idea. After all, history’s a big window, and it offers an endless world of music. Each Thursday we’ll be recounting a favorite release- be it an album, a mix, a song, or just an artist generally- while simultaneously attempting to challenge your musical knowledge. Let’s begin.
Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, has come a long way in his career, starting back in 1993 as just another dude trying to make music, only to be become someone who some now would call the “King of the Sound”. Over the years, as Bassnectar’s career has progressed, so has his sound. Today, the name Bassnectar is synonymois with brain-melting wubs and ceiling-cracking bass, but that wasn’t always the case. His earlier tracks held the raw, gritty sound of younger electronic music, while still maintaining a lot of wild elements we still hear in his music today.
A good example of this is Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks, Bassnectar’s first full-length album, produced back in 2001. The album features a solid combination of old school four by four breaks over synth lines that are dark enough to drive a grown man insane throughout the entirety of the album.
Bassnectar does a superb job of capturing the time by periodically throwing down classic hip-hop samples, all while simultaneously staying ahead of his time with the sounds and production included in every track on this album. Each track flows together so perfectly, you’ll never even know you’re listening to nine different songs, all hitting on a large variety of emotions throughout. Tracks such as “4” will get you going enough to want to smash a table, while “8” will have you calmly hugging and swaying back and forth with the friend next to you.
Bassnectar’s music has developed a lot in his long career, experimenting with a wide variety of styles. However, even after all this time, the original Bassnectar sound is still very much there. This just goes to show how truly gifted of an artist he really is.
Bassnectar – Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks
Edited by Kyle Taylor