Bass 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.
“This is an honor I never saw coming,” Delaplane said. “I am grateful to Great Britain and her people for the many rich experiences they have given me, both professionally and personally. I hope this recognition signals many more years of collaboration between bee scientists across the pond.” For more information about the Order of the British Empire, go to www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/Honours/OrderoftheBritishEmpire.aspx. British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott presented Delaplane with the honor on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Feb. 11 at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Keith Delaplane, professor of entomology in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been inducted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his research into honeybees and their disappearance. For more information about Delaplane’s work and the UGA Honey Bee Program, see ent.uga.edu/bees. Induction into the Order of the British Empire is bestowed by the British monarchy on individuals who have demonstrated distinguished service to the arts and sciences and public services. Because Delaplane is not British, he received an honorary induction, reserved for non-British nationals who have made significant contributions to British interests. Delaplane’s work, both at UGA and while working in Britain, has focused on honeybee health, preserving the dwindling population of honeybees and working to decipher the mystery of colony collapse disorder. In Georgia, he conducts a series of regional beekeeping and pollinator protection workshops and directs the UGA Honey Bee Program. “The global impact of our work in agriculture and the environment becomes more evident every day,” said Dean J. Scott Angle of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Dr. Delaplane’s critical work to help save the honeybee, a vital part of the agricultural ecosystem, is a tremendous example of how our scientists are helping solve problems here and around the world.” Delaplane has worked on and off in Britain since 2000. In addition to his UGA-based research program, he has worked as a program reviewer for the United Kingdom Natural Environment Research Council. Over the past 14 years, he has given support to local and national beekeeping associations throughout the U.K., where he is well known for his scientific and educational outreach work. He was instrumental in the formation of the Institute for Northern Ireland Beekeepers, and in 2012 and 2013 he was a visiting sabbatical scientist at the U.K.’s National Bee Unit in York, England, where he and his British colleagues conducted research on honeybee pollination, health and breeding.
Less than 24 hours after conceding the Premier League title Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers promised the team would “fight for their lives as you never know what can happen”. Press Association But speaking to a captive audience at the club’s inaugural awards night, the Reds boss suggested there was still a glimmer of hope ahead of Sunday’s match against Newcastle. “This season the players have allowed the supporters to dream and for a club of this size and magnitude – to be a point ahead at the top of the table with a week to go, you never know what can happen – it has been magnificent,” he said. “I promise for the time I am here we will fight for our lives and we won’t finish until Newcastle.” Rodgers, who received a standing ovation from his players after winning an outstanding achievement award less than two years into his tenure, maintained there were still positives to take from the season. He added: “Monday night was difficult. If you were in the changing room you would have felt how much it mattered to everyone. “The key thing to remember is the journey we are on is going to have good and bad times but through it all we have to stick together as that is the Liverpool way. “We will finish the season strong and keep going to strive to be the best.” Striker Luis Suarez, already a two-time player of the year after winning the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ award, won the goal of the season, players’ player of the year and player of the year, voted for by fans. After the damaging 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace the Northern Irishman suggested that the championship was destined for Manchester City. The Reds are still top of the league but Manuel Pellegrini’s side are only a point behind, with two matches still to play and a superior goal difference. “He has thoroughly deserved it. As a team they have been outstanding but he has been absolutely phenomenal,” added Rodgers. “The great thing about Luis Suarez is his professionalism. To play the games he plays to the level he plays takes huge professionalism. “I am delighted for him.” Captain Steven Gerrard believes Suarez is the man who will ensure a successful future for the club. “Luis seems to be cleaning up at the moment, he’s won everything, and we are lucky to have such a world-class talent like Luis playing here with us and helping us to great things and be successful,” said the England captain. “He is out there by a big distance (as the best player he has played with) and that is no disrespect to all the players I’ve played with, there has been some top talent for club and country, but this fella can do the lot, he is different to most footballers. “I don’t have to mention his talent, you can see it out there, and he is a winner who is doesn’t give up. “There is some disappointment looming around but if this fella stays around for a few more years I think there will be some really big nights.”