Minnesota w/HugLife + BassClef @ New Mountain 11/20

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I remember hearing Minnesota’s name around CounterPoint time last year, when I really didn’t care for bass music at all and just thought it was cool his name is Minnesota. But a lot has changed for me in a year and a half, and now I can speak with a considerably more open mind on the sick pleasures of the hard, floor-grinding genre.

Originally from Minneapolis (hence the nickname), Minnesota (Christian Bauhofer) moved to Santa Cruz at 18 where he began plugging into the rising Left Coast bass scene. He hit it hard in 2011 with his first EP Panda Snatching Tycoon and quickly gained traction for his seamless eclecticism and melodic sensitivity in a world where Skrillex ruled the roost.

Now with something like six albums in four years, Minnesota has proven himself a worthy contender in the ever-expanding EDM universe. Sharing the bills at some of the most popular electronic festivals with the likes of STS9, MiMOSA, Paper Diamond, and with Bassnectar as a bona fide fan, whatever this guy is getting at, he’s getting it.

Now don’t tell me that raw drop doesn’t feel good:

What got me thinking about this show at all though was my girl Julie’s interest in the supporting act, bass/trap/hip-hop producer HugLife. I can’t find a whole lot of information on him, other than he used to be called Slink and has lived everywhere. Solid? I suspect we’ll all have a better idea of him on the dance floor tomorrow. For now, here’s something yummy:

The night opens with local producer BassClef, but I suspect I’m going to be kickin’ it at Sol Bar during that time to see Earthtone Soundsystem, Asheville’s longest running house ensemble, who, in my relatively newfound appreciation for the ol’ four-on-the-floor, I have yet to experience. This baby girl needs to balance out that grimy goodness with some vision-inducing heart bangers. (Though it must be mentioned that I can’t find any sonic evidence of them on the whole of the internet. Someone explain this to me.)

Suffice it to say, ISIS ain’t got shit on the American commitment to a good time. Let’s get weird, AVL.

Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm

Tickets: $10-15 // 18+

 

 

 

 

BomBassic Drops a New Track, and it is Cotton Candy-Colored Fire

It’s been a few months since BomBassic’s last official release, but their summer was a busy one. They played a string of local shows, went on a southeastern tour, and finished up their new album, all on top of the responsibilities of their regular day jobs, their facilitation roles in the Asheville Beat Tape Collective, and lots of badminton.

“Cotton Candy Sunset” is a collaboration between BomBassic and local guitarist/vocalist Tin Foil Hat (Jared Hooker). It begins slowly, an ethereal vocal massage from Hooker leading us carefully to a precipice. It unfolds from there, Brucey B’s frosty keys building a bridge to the kick, this verified house beat (yesss!) reaching beyond their usual soul bass style with fervor and flair. The track waves and winds, sashays and grinds; I feel myself dancing on a crystal rainbow road in the sky, weaving through those cotton candy clouds, diamonds in my hair and hot angel breath on my neck. No, I’m not on drugs right now!

Not ones to rest on their laurels or get too comfortable in any zone, Cpt. HyperDrive and Brucey B continually evolve, applying their insatiable thirsts for knowledge, movement, and growth to their tunes while still maintaining the undeniable integrity of the BomBassic sound. If you didn’t think BomBassic was pretty fucking great before, check again.

Also, the beautiful cover photo you see here was taken by fine AVL photographer Arlie Huffman, the queenly model of which is none other than the exceptional Aubrey Huntley, a very good baby girl friend of mine and actual girlfriend of Cpt. HyperDrive. Keepin’ it reeeeal local here, folks. Homegrown.

BomBassic is currently in negotiations with a potential new label regarding their upcoming album release, titled Acceleration. 2016 is gonna be a joyride year, y’all.

 

AshevilleFM Fall Fund Drive Was a Hit and So Was RBTS WIN Obviously

While I’m still riding high on the “party with a purpose” vibes The Polish Ambassador rainbow wagon reminded us of during their visit last month, why wouldn’t I be at the damn good party with the damn good purpose that went down at The Mothlight last night?

Local radio station AshevilleFM (103.3) concluded their fall fund drive with a throwdown that served up a lot of AVL love. With a commitment to increasingly sovereign, diverse, community-based radio access, AshevilleFM has been reflecting the sonic pulse of the big, beating heart of this community since 2009 and is poised to keep going strong. Of course, any venture that rejects corporate control needs money to keep rockin’, which is where we put on our big baby girl & boy pants and give a little for the things we give a shit about.

Entry was by donation, which came with a bumper sticker and pin. They’d gotten me already; I love swag. The crowd of primarily young, hip, sexy AVL types filled the room, an air of richness filled my lungs. It’s good to see the Mothlight packed out once in awhile, the tones of togetherness drawing me deeper into the mix.

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I arrived just after the last of the DJs, perfectly timed before RBTS WIN’s set. I hadn’t seen them since my maiden show at Isis just this past July, so clearly, I was mad jazzed. While I milled and grooved around the floor in anticipation I ran into the lovely Ali McGhee: doctor of language, teacher of yoga and fellow music journalist, which is always a thing of beauty. (Girl, let’s hang out!) I made a dash for one last cigarette before the guys took the stage.

Enchanting lead vocalist Brien (Cliff B Worsham), beat-mancer Javi (Bolea) and guitar god Josh (Chassner) took their places under the dim colored lights, the crowd just as happy to see them as they us. It is such a pleasure to witness the three of them do their thing, Worsham with his seraphic voice, Bolea with his fucking metalness, Chassner and his firm grace on the strings. They moved through a solid set of bangers, “Mountain Child,” “So Celebrate,” and “When I Think of You” from their most recent LP Palm Sunday, as well as a handful of older tunes and fresh ones. They assure us that they are nearly finished with a new record to be called Sensitivity Kit, and we can expect it sometime after the new year. Yes. So much yes.

Caught some extra loving feels when the whole crowd sang along to “Death Magic.” Uhhnngghh this song.

Shout out to everyone who came and contributed to the cause. AshevilleFM nearly doubled its monetary goal, so good on you, Asheville. Free the radio! Love AVL!