Bassnectar Goes Downtempo For New ‘Unlimited’ Album [Review/Stream]

first_imgBass god Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, has done it again with his twelfth studio release Unlimited. Just as his label Amorphous Music suggests, this album is truly unclassifiable, yet it is undeniable that this collection of hypnotic songs is more downtempo than most of his previous releases. But fear not— there is still plenty of heart-thumping bass to cozza frenzy.On Youtube, Bassnectar described the first track “Reaching Out” as a song “about human connection, but also about our personal journeys and how they intersect in cathartic and beautiful ways in a kind of metamorphosis.” The accompanying video stunningly captures this essence and can be watched here.“Music Is The Drug” featuring LUZCID really needs no explanation and leaves one wondering ‘where can I get an IV drip of that?’ “TKO” is a referee-declared hit, with Rye Rye and Zion I delivering the final blows. Tapping in heavy-hitters G Jones and Lafa Taylor, an extra filthy layer of bass is dished up in “Mind Tricks.” It’s easy to get lost in the spiral of this song’s hook: “the mind tricks the body tricks the mind tricks the body.”“Unlimited Combinations” is like a carnival ride for adults. Strap yourselves in, bassheads, we’re going for a ride! “Level Up” with LEViT∆TE features highly electronified elements of traditional Bollywood dance combined with nicely complementing verses by Seattle-based rapper Macntaj. “Shampion Chip” carries a heavy feet-stomping beat for two and a half minutes before bottoming out to wobbly drop full of clickety gloriousness. Right at the halfway mark of the album, “Zogdilla” delivers the heavy basslines just as we need them. Creatures of this same name will no doubt get raucous to this knee-banging track all summer long.A paracosm, as defined by Wikipedia, is a detailed imaginary world created in one’s mind, that may contain humans, animals, and things that exist in reality…or not. With that bit of knowledge drop, it’s interesting to contemplate the intentions and delivery of Bassnectar’s next track “Paracosm,” for which he again partnered with glitch pioneers, The Glitch Mob. You can continue to sail away into the depths of your own mind with “Surrender,” and then wind down an increasingly darker path with “Dream Catcher.”Critical to this other-worldly voyage, both on the album and for live shows, are tracks like “Journey To The Center” and “In The Beginning,” which challenge you to push through the glob of glue that is your head. When you make it through, you’re rewarded with the utterly beautiful “Rising Rising,” which is Bassnectar’s breathtaking remix of Crywolf’s original song. This whimsical lullaby leads into the final track “Inspire the Empathetic” which features a couple of guys laughing – Lorin included – and singing a capella. In 2004, he released a track of this same name, which spotlighted the corruptness of media corporations. Twelve years later, fans across the interwebs are now trying to determine the meaning of this newest release, which is much more light-hearted and political-message-absent, compared to its counterpart. We can think on that, as I’m sure the mastermind Lorin intended us to do.Last week, the hills of Bethel Woods, NY were alive with the sound of bass music, as Lorin unleashed this fury for the first time at Mysteryland USA. While some were caught off guard with the more chilled-out nature of the set, the majority of his legion understood the transformational journey he was directing. Bassnectar’s next stop is Electric Forest, followed by a string of other summer festivals, including Moonrise, Electric Zoo, and Life Is Beautiful. Check out the full tour schedule here.You can stream the new release below.last_img read more

Projected Week 14 NFL DFS ownership percentage, advice for DraftKings, FanDuel contests

first_imgWe’re into the fourth quarter of the NFL regular season, and wow does it fly by quickly. We now have 13 weeks of data to help inform our Week 14 NFL DFS decisions, and while those stats are helpful, the public tends to overvalue basic numbers and not pick up on recent trends. This creates solid buy-low opportunities over the next few weeks as sharp daily fantasy football players fade guys likely to regress and target guys who have been getting opportunities but just haven’t produced yet. By looking at DraftKings and FanDuel ownership projections on RotoGrinders, we can stay ahead of the masses.In addition, we can use that predicted behavior to take advantage with our sports betting picks. For those residing in New Jersey and curious to learn more about online gambling in general, head over to You’ll also be able to find a wealth of NJ sports betting information to help you get up to speed. Now, let’s get back to business and dive into the upcoming NFL DFS slate from a projected ownership standpoint.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 14 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: QuarterbackLOW: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins @ Jets (4.3% pOWN on FanDuel, 6.3% on DraftKings). Rostering Fitzpatrick is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. He doesn’t seem to be as afraid of turning the ball over as most QBs and his style of play can occasionally lead to some ugly stat lines, but it also gives him an ample ceiling at his price tag. He’ll face off with the Jets for the second time this year with virtually no running game behind him. The Jets are also much more susceptible through the air, boasting one of the league’s best run defenses, so with more of a pass-catching back (Patrick Laird) in the fold, I’d expect Fitzpatrick to air it out more than usual. DeVante Parker has been a revelation this season, and Mike Gesicki, Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson aren’t bad supporting actors. I’ll be overweight on FitzMagic in GPPs.HIGH: Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Panthers (10.5% pOWN on FanDuel, 6.0% on DraftKings). Matty Ice is still getting too much love – most notably on FanDuel where he’s expected to be the second-most popular QB – and I don’t think that’s warranted. The Falcons offensive line has been an ongoing issue, and unfortunately for them, they face off with a Panthers defense that leads the NFL in sacks. Ryan is also dealing with injuries to two of his best playmakers with Julio Jones (shoulder) and Austin Hooper (knee) banged up, although both do appear to be in line to play Sunday. The Falcons best method of attack here is on the ground, where the Panthers have been far more generous and are coming off a week where they were embarrassed by the Redskins rushing attack.Other notable QBs at low ownership with a chance to boom: Sam Darnold (vs. Dolphins)Other notable QBs that I think are being overvalued: Ryan Tannehill (@ Raiders)MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 14 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: Running BackLOW: Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Lions (7.1% pOWN on FanDuel, 4.3% on DraftKings). As I’m sure most of you know, Cook left Monday night’s game with a chest injury and didn’t return, allowing Alexander Mattison to see added work late in the game. Cook will reportedly play on Sunday, and it doesn’t sound like they are going to keep him on any sort of restriction, so I think this is a good spot to be bullish where others will be apprehensive. The Vikings are considerable favorites against a Lions team that will be led by David Blough — not to mention the Lions are already a very beatable defense on the ground — so there is ample touchdown upside for the Minnesota running game. Is it possible Mattison sees a little extra work than we’re accustomed to? Sure, but even that may not eat much (if at all) into Cook’s workload.Other notable RBs at low ownership with a chance to boom: Aaron Jones (vs. Redskins), Patrick Laird (@ Jets), Phillip Lindsay (@ Texans)Other notable RBs that I think are being overvalued: Devonta Freeman (vs. Panthers), Kenyan Drake (vs. Steelers)WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 14 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: Wide ReceiverLOW: Keenan Allen, Chargers @ Jaguars (4.1% pOWN on FanDuel, 3.4% on DraftKings). The Allen love has fallen off a cliff, and I don’t fully understand why. Yes, Philip Rivers is ancient and looks less and less capable of leading an offense every week, but Allen doesn’t have too much competition for targets and is still Rivers’ most trusted security blanket. He’s seen at least double-digit targets in four of the past six games, and with the Chargers targets condensed to Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler, it’s not hard to figure out where Rivers is looking. Jacksonville’s defense isn’t a total pushover, but they are not strong in the secondary and figure to have trouble tracking Allen on Sunday.HIGH: A.J. Brown, Titans @ Raiders (11.0% pOWN on FanDuel, 8.15% on DraftKings). He’s looking like he’ll be one of the most popular value plays at WR this week with Adam Humphries out, but I’m not really sure that impacts him all that much. Since Ryan Tannehill took over, the slot man is seeing just a little over three targets per game and the offense continues to be dominated by Derrick Henry. As long as the Titans are competitive, that will continue to be the case. Brown has seen more than five targets just once in his past five games, and at this ownership, I see no real reason to target him on Sunday. If he breaks a big play and burns me, so be it.Other notable WRs at a low ownership with a chance to boom: Jamison Crowder (vs. Dolphins), Mike Williams (@ Jaguars), Terry McLaurin (@ Packers)Other notable WRs that I think are being overvalued: Diontae Johnson (@ Cardinals), Will Fuller (vs. Broncos)WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: Tight endHIGH: Mike Gesicki, Dolphins @ Jets (7.4% pOWN on FanDuel, 10.3% on DraftKings). DeVante Parker is the most obvious stacking partner with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Gesicki deserves a lot of love, as well. He’s seen no fewer than six targets in any of his past five games and has become a bigger part of the red-zone offense, giving him a legitimate ceiling for tournaments at a boring TE position. Gesicki is one of the lone value options at this position who carries a worthwhile ceiling. I’d have to get up to a guy like Darren Waller to find another suitable GPP target at this position. LOW: Noah Fant, Broncos @ Texans (9.0% pOWN on FanDuel, 3.7% on DraftKings). Fant is expected to be much more popular on FanDuel thanks to his bottom of the barrel price tag, but even with the savings I don’t see a need to go here in Week 14. The rookie TE was actually out-targeted by Jeff Heuerman five to three last week and is now catching passes from Drew Lock, which certainly does not scream upside. Fant is an easy fade on DraftKings at his price tag there, but he’s just as easy to ignore on other outlets with his expected production.Other notable TEs at a low ownership with a chance to boom: Ryan Griffin (vs. Dolphins), Vance McDonald (@ Cardinals)Other notable TEs that I think are being overvalued: Ian Thomas (@ Falcons)last_img read more