This Week in Bass Music: sumthin sumthin, Smoakland & Flux Pavillion
Best New Track: sumthin sumthin, CloZee - Salt (Deadbeats, May 6)
Finding duality in music strikes a chord with listeners by offering a spectrum of emotions and energy. Los Angeles-based artist sumthin sumthin has earned acclaim due to his ability to connect with listeners and earn respect from his peers. For his latest showcase, the producer teamed up with Deadbeats on the four-track, Light Garden EP, which features “Salt,” a collaboration with electronic star, CloZee. The three-drop banger is long in the making, and primed to devastate festival crowds all summer long.
Best New Mix: Smoakland & Wolf-e-Wolf at Mersiv’s 44.4 Radio (April 20)
Few acts in the dubstep scene today are as hot as Oakland badasses, Smoakland. The electric duo, Harry and Anthony, have risen through the ranks via proficiency in underground ‘wubs’ and classic dubstep taste. Smoakland just wrapped the nationwide leg of Liquid Stranger’s BALANCE, are currently touring with Jantsen, and treating cities with their own headlining run, Method to the Madness, featuring fellow up-and-comer, SuperAve. Their latest mix comes via 44.4 Radio curated by Mersiv, who they are set to go B2B with at Zeds Dead’s Backyard Jamboree in Denver this July. The spot also features a mix from Arkansas bass act Wolf-e-Wolf.
Best Classic Track: Flux Pavillion - I Can’t Stop (Circus, 2011)
One of the original dons of dubstep, Flux Pavillion, helped inspire a generation of producers and fans with his forward-thinking, high-energy production. The epitome of his influence came with 2011’s “I Can’t Stop,” which sits at 116 million streams on Spotify today. With its instantly recognizable vocal, the track represented Flux’s ability to stray from his bass-heavy approach and cater more accessible melodies to a wider audience. The track was touted by Zane Lowe as the hottest record in the world during his tenure with BBC Radio 1, and received a high-end cosign from Kanye West and JAY-Z, who used the track as a sample on their iconic collab album, Watch The Throne.