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

Austria could start loosening lockdown from April 14

first_imgTopics : Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules.”The aim is that from April 14… smaller shops up to a size of 400 square meters, as well as hardware and garden stores can open again, under strict security conditions of course,” Kurz said at a press conference.He added that if the government’s timetable goes to plan, larger shops will reopen on 1 May and from mid-May hotels, restaurants and other services could also start to open their doors again in stages. However, he stressed that the restrictions on movement that Austria has introduced to fight the spread of COVID-19 remained in place and called on Austrians not to celebrate Easter with people outside their household.Schools will remain closed until mid-May and public events will remain banned until the end of June, Kurz said.If trends in infection began to worsen again, the government “always has the possibility to hit the emergency brake” and re-introduce restrictions, he said.The country of 8.8 million people currently has 12,058 confirmed infections, with 204 deaths and 2,998 people who have recovered.last_img read more

Mourinho: We will fight ‘to the last day’ to bring Wayne Rooney to Chelsea

first_imgJose Mourinho says he will continue to try and sign Wayne Rooney despite Manchester United insisting the striker will stay at Old Trafford this summer.Chelsea have made two bids for the 27 year-old England forward both of which have been rejected by United.Rooney, however, has told manager David Moyes that he wants to leave and Mourinho has vowed to continue pursuing his signature.The Chelsea boss told the Telegraph: “We are far away so we are not in England to know every detail but, we are doing things in the correct way. We made the bid and Manchester United have reacted, let see what happens. But we can’t do more than we are doing now.Speaking after the Blues lost in the International Champions Cup final to Real Madrid, Mourinho added: “We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing.“We are doing everything in an ethical way, so lets see if things change. There is no time limit. We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would look to have with us.We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day.”last_img read more

The Northern Trust picks, sleepers, betting advice

first_imgThe FedEx Cup Playoffs are here, and it’s crunch time for the world’s best golfers to finish the season strong. The playoffs have been cut from four events to just three, so there will be added pressure to perform this week (for the golfers and the bet placers). Liberty National Golf Club will host the PGA Tour’s top-122 players who qualified for the playoffs, and it is one of the best venues in American golf. Liberty National hosted the 2017 Presidents Cup and last hosted a PGA Tour event in 2013, which was won by Adam Scott with a winning score of -11. Liberty National features pristine views of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, and it’s one of the most scenic courses in the Northeast despite being built on a former landfill. Liberty National is a challenging layout that is a real test for the best players in the world. It’s reasonably long at 7,350 yards for a par 71 layout and will place a heavy emphasis on driving. The fairways aren’t extremely narrow, but there is thick fescue, water and tricky bunkering should players miss the fairway. Golfers will have to be both long and straight off the tee, and this is a week where I will be placing a heavy emphasis on gaining strokes off of the tee. MORE: RotoQL Lineup Builder Key Stats for Liberty National Golf ClubBall Striking Strokes Gained: Off the Tee Strokes Gained: Around the Greens Par 4 Scoring The Northern Trust betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookJustin Thomas 22/1 2019 has to be seen as a somewhat disappointing year for Justin Thomas. Despite playing fairly well with six top-10 finishes, Thomas has yet to secure a win. A player the quality of Thomas won’t be held out of the winner’s circle for long, and this week at Liberty National sets up well for his tee-to-green game. JT’s game has been trending in the right direction since missing the cut at the U.S. Open — going 4/4 in cuts with finishes of T9, T11, and T12 in his last three events. 22/1 is nice value, and starting your card with Thomas allows you to jam in a few more players in the 20/1-40/1 range, which is valuable at an event that has a truly elite field. Patrick Cantlay 25/1 I’m admittedly a hater of Patrick Cantlay. Watching him stand over the ball for 20 seconds before each shot is cringeworthy, but I won’t let my bias distract from the fact that he sets up perfectly for this week at Liberty National. Cantlay is an elite ball-striker who has taken his game to another level in 2019. The most significant improvement has to be Cantlay’s short game. He ranks 9th on Tour in SG: Around the Green, and 43rd in Sand Save Percentage — both being vast improvements over his career averages. 25/1 is an appropriate price, and I wouldn’t have any problem if you wanted to start your card with Cantlay or make him your 2nd outright bet if you’re going to grab one of the favorites in the field. Adam Scott 45/1Adam Scott has been frustrating to bet on this season. On one hand, he has drastically improved his putting woes that have held him back over the last few seasons, but he has still been too inconsistent to challenge for wins in 2019. With that being said, Scott won at Liberty National the last time the PGA Tour hosted an event here, and a difficult layout where the winning score should be in the -10 to -12 range will suit Scott’s style of play. Scott’s ball-striking remains elite, and a SG: Around the Green ranking of 10th makes me think that his game is where it needs to be to grab a win in an elite field. I love the 45/1 number and would be willing to wager on Scott up to 38/1.  Marc Leishman 90/1 I’ve been a week early on Marc Leishman all year long. I bet on him to win The Open, and he missed the cut. He then followed that up with a T2 in his next outing at the WGC Invitational after firing a 63-67 on the weekend on a tough layout. I will always give the big Australian a look at courses where he can pound driver off the tee, and Liberty National will certainly allow him to do that given its 7,350-yard layout. Leishman is an excellent value at 90/1 and is one of the few players in that price tier that has a proven track record of contending (and winning) against elite fields. While the approach isn’t quite as important as off the tee, there is still plenty of trouble to be found around the greens. The bunkering around the greens is especially difficult, and I’ll be looking at both SG: Around the Greens, and to a lesser extent Sand Save Percentage to help make my picks. Outside of the WGC Invitational, we have seen birdie fest-type events for most of the second half of the season. That will change this week with -2 or -3 for a round being a great score. We’ve been able to look at players with deep odds over the last few weeks as well, but I want to target the top players at this event. Just take a look at the last few winners of The Northern Trust: Bryson Dechambeau, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, and Jason Day — all top-25 players in Official World Golf Rankings at the time of their win. Before we get into this week’s picks, here’s a reminder to check me out on Twitter ( @DFSBenj ) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.last_img read more