This Week In Bass Music: Ivy Lab, Meduso & Mersiv
Ivy Lab - Double Blind (Deadbeats, May 20)
The UK’s Ivy Lab has long stood out as something “different,” consistently providing raw, innovative music. For their latest turn at making a stamp on the electronic scene, the duo has teamed up with Deadbeats for the first time on the Double Blind EP. The project spans 3-tracks, leading with a hype-inducing title track that takes listeners on a journey of style and beat switches. The song opens with a groovy, looped vocal line backed by a sweltering beat that calls focus to crisp, bouncy percussion and off-kilter lofi moments.
Noisia, IMANU - Shift (May 12th, 2022)
Noisia has decided to finally hang it up after two decades of acclaim and a game-changing catalog but decided to give fans one last full-length project, Closer. While their original victory lap was supposed to take place during 2020, the pandemic pushed the producers to spin off one final world tour and the time to craft one of their finest works to date. Always forward-thinking in their approach to production, the new album features 20 tracks, including collaborations from Skrillex, Kamo & Krooked, The Upbeats, Posij, Halogenix, Two Fingers, Former, Phace, and the enigmatic act, IMANU. The French-born Dutch DJ has skyrocketed through the ranks in a short time behind next-level sound design. IMANU and Noisia’s collab, “Shift,” opens with an eerie atmosphere that builds to the one-minute mark, where a dark drum & bass line takes over.
Meduso’s Blood Moon Odyssey (May 15)
Underground bass producer made a firm impression on the bass scene in 2020 with his debut album, Yugen. Since, he’s taken a hiatus from official releases while performing at events like Sound Haven and supporting artists like Mersive and ILLENIUM live to further craft his sound. Last Sunday, he released a new mix in celebration of the ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ eclipse, The Blood Moon Odyssey, which is the latest chapter of his Odyssey mix series.
Meduso said, “I wrote this mix with the intention of using it as a medium to work through some thoughts, emotions, and mental battles of my own… This one’s a journey full of new tracks, mashups, edits, and a few IDs that have only been played live…Use it well.”
Subtronics at EDC Las Vegas (May 25th, 2022)
Few acts are on a roll like Subtronics. While his profile was starting to pick up pre-2020, the producer continued to grow his platform and community through the pandemic by becoming one of the first to plot a nationwide drive-in tour. His Cyclops Army and Cyclops record label have a prominent fanbase in the US festival community today and afforded Subtronics headline status and back-to-back sold-out shows at Red Rocks in less than 12 months. Subtronics emphasized his recent success with two performances at EDC Las Vegas, including a B2B with Boogie T and a solo set at the infamous CircuitGROUNDS stage. Check out his hour set packed with new IDs, mashups, and, of course, tracks from his recent LP, Spiral.
Mersiv - Beautiful & Filthy (2019, WAKAAN)
This week we look at a more recent classic, Mersiv’s 2019 banger, “Beautiful & Filthy.” Released in 2019 on Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN label, the track skyrocketed Mersiv into mainstream electronic stardom and imprinted his iconic “Pretty Dark Loud” style into the cannon of modern festival sounds. The track helped land a support slot at Zeds Dead Red Rocks show in the Summer of 2019 and was followed up by a nationwide Beautiful & Filthy tour. The song also features Colorado vocalist Chill Bobby and uses the fun, get-down vibe that caters to both the hip-hop and bass scenes. “Beautiful & Filthy” ’s momentum helped drive his successful 2021 debut album, Pretty Dark Loud, which he’s been playing out on Liquid Stranger’s BALANCE tour this past Spring. Today, the track sits just shy of 3 million streams on Spotify.
Doctor P - Sweet Shop (2012, Circus Records)
Few dubstep tunes have resonated so profoundly and stood the test of time as Doctor P’s “Sweet Shop.” Unbelievably, it has been ten years since its release on Circus Records, yet the track still finds influence in today’s dubstep scene. Its savage beat switch-up has provided high-energy moments for countless festivals and sets over the years and received a few inspired remixes as well (see: Shlump). Today, the track sits at nearly five million streams on Spotify and has distinguished Doctor P as one of the founders of the dubstep world.