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

Erink Lamela nets as Tottenham are held to draw by Monaco

first_img It may have taken two seasons to find any consistency, but the £30million club-record acquisition from Roma is at last fulfilling his promise. Just days after the departure of oft-maligned technical director Franco Baldini, so key to the signing, Lamela began and ended a move that gave Spurs a deserved lead – one chalked off by substitute El Shaarawy late on as Monaco secured a 1-1 draw. Thomas Lemar, Fabio Coentrao and Lacina Traore attempted to draw parity, with the latter’s effort coming on the break after Alli showed composure that belied his tender years to cut back for Kane, whose shot was smothered by Subasic. Jan Vertonghen stretched to deny Lacina Traore before time was called on an impressive first half by Spurs, who were being forced to defend more when play resumed. However, Kane had an effort deflected behind at the other end and Eric Dier had a header saved from the resulting corner, with the former then heading straight at Subasic – missed chances Spurs were made to rue as the match came to a close. Nabil Dirar, introduced minutes earlier from the bench, sent in a fine, right-wing cross to El Shaarawy, whose header stumped Lloris after taking a slight deflection off Trippier. It gave Leonardo Jardim’s men renewed confidence and only a wonderful challenge from Rose thwarted Guido Carrillo after Lloris spilt Dirar’s long-range drive. For much of the game it looked like Mauricio Pochettino’s men would follow up their impressive 4-1 defeat of Manchester City with another win, especially when their Argentinian winger tapped home after Dele Alli was denied on the day of his maiden England call-up. Lamela’s finish was straightforward enough but the skill shown in starting the move was anything but, rolling the ball onto his right and playing in Nacer Chadli, who, like Harry Kane, could have netted in the opening period. They were missed chances that Monaco capitalised on as the Group J encounter came to a close at the half-full Stade Louis II, with El Shaarawy’s header beating Hugo Lloris after taking a slight touch off Kieran Trippier. It was a solid result tinged with frustration for Spurs head coach Pochettino, who named a surprisingly strong line-up in Monte Carlo. Andrea Raggi and Lacina Traore had chances in an even, uneventful start to the match, which began to liven up in the 19th minute when Lloris showed impressive composure to jink away from danger and start a counter-attack. Danny Rose led the charge and Kane cut back from the byline after goalkeeper Danijel Subasic charged out, only for Chadli to curl over from 18 yards. Adama Traore and then namesake Lacina had efforts, but it was Spurs that found the breakthrough as Lamela ended a move he started. The rejuvenated Argentina international’s wonderful footwork put through Chadli, who burst forward and played the ball across to Alli. The teenager’s strike was blocked but the ball fell kindly for Lamela to tap home into an empty net. Erik Lamela’s resurgence continued in Monaco but a late Stephan El Shaarawy header denied Tottenham victory in the Europa League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Playtech completes integration of new fraud detection tools

first_img Share Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Playtech has completed the integration of Featurespace’s machine learning fraud detection tools into its Information Management System (IMS) player management platform, enabling licensees to instantly identify and reduce fraud.Playtech signed a strategic partnership with Featurespace in 2017 with the deal forming part of the group’s strategy to further enhance its IMS platform. Playtech’s strategy also includes several other third-party agreements, such as Captain Up’s gamification engine and other partnerships that are soon to be announced.Featurespace’s adaptive, real-time, individual change platform (ARIC) understands each player’s individual behaviour and automatically evaluates risk.By monitoring player behaviour, the ARIC platform instantly identifies new fraudulent attacks. At the same time, ARIC reduces the number of genuine, incorrectly sanctioned customers – significantly reducing poor player experience. This partnership further underlines Playtech’s commitment to helping customers manage risk and to providing best-of-breed gaming products to its customers.Once a licensee has set up Featurespace as a third-party provider within IMS, the occurrence of a set of pre-configured player events, such as deposits, withdrawals, and changes to personal information, begins triggering alerts for IMS to send information to the ARIC platform.To maximise the effectiveness of ARIC’s evaluation, licensees will be required to send historical data to Featurespace prior to its real-time investigations.Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, commented: “Playtech is committed to promoting safe play and empowering licensees and players with advanced customer engagement and protection.“We are developing industry-leading risk management technology and processes and Playtech’s IMS player management platform provides our licensees with the latest player protection protocols. I’m therefore delighted that our partnership and integration with Featurespace technology will enable us to further increase the quality and effectiveness of our offering.”Martina King, CEO, Featurespace, added: “Our strategic partnership with Playtech enables us to deliver enhanced protection to their customers through our real-time, machine learning technology and will allow Playtech’s licensees to better manage risk.“We are proud to be working together to provide our machine learning ARIC platform to protect and serve Playtech’s customers.”last_img read more

In Kawhi Leonard, Clippers have a self-made superstar who keeps getting better

first_imgMichael Snaer got everyone at the photo shoot laughing – including Kawhi Leonard, the reserved Riverside King High boys’ basketball star with whom Snaer was sharing the 2008-09 Riverside Press-Enterprise Player of the Year honor.Snaer, an effervescent standout for Moreno Valley’s Rancho Verde High, was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American who was headed to Florida State, where he’d lead the Seminoles to their first ACC Tournament championship.Leonard, who was neither a McDonald’s All-American nor a highly rated recruit, was bound for San Diego State, the NBA and basketball orbit.“We both did have great seasons,” Leonard said Monday before his L.A. Clippers’ final preseason practice. “And you can’t predict the future, but you can always prepare for the best and the worst, and at that time my mindset was just to getting to a college and playing well and being able to get drafted.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Ten years after sharing the Inland Empire’s player-of-the-year honor, 62 percent of NBA general managers surveyed said Leonard has become the best small forward in the game.Moreover, the two-time NBA Finals MVP, who this summer became the highest-profile free agent ever to sign with the Clippers, is included in the broader conversation for best overall.When Leonard steps on the Staples Center court on Tuesday night in his signature New Balance sneakers, it will be for his first official home game in Southern California as a pro. He arrives as a two-time NBA champ and one of the main attractions in a heavyweight basketball showdown unlike any L.A. has seen.The Lakers are headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Clippers by Leonard and, when he returns from rehab on his shoulders, Paul George.In a tantalizing first for L.A. basketball fans, both teams are set up to contend for the crown at the same time. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Their respective quests begin in earnest against each other in Tuesday’s season opener, for which nearly 400 credentials had been issued as of midday Monday.Leonard’s focus a decade ago growing up in Moreno Valley might have been on just getting to the league, but anyone looking for clues of his forthcoming ascent would have found them in his preparation, a work ethic that hasn’t waned.Between his junior and senior seasons of high school, Leonard became a matchup nightmare, growing an inch and putting on close to 15 pounds to become dominant inside while managing to maintain his sweet shooting stroke.He led King to a second consecutive appearance in the CIF-State Division 1 regional finals after they won the CIF-SS Division I-AA title. In that championship game victory, the “Board Man”-to-be controlled 20 rebounds to single-handedly outrebound a Mater Dei frontcourt that featured two McDonald’s All-Americans.More recently, Clippers coach Doc Rivers has watched Leonard, long a top-tier defender, continue his progression professionally, improving both that shot and his facilitating aptitude.“If you saw how much he worked, you would understand why he keeps getting better,” Rivers said. “It’s great for our young guys to watch. There are no secrets – and not just in sports but in life. If you work hard enough at it, you’re probably gonna get better at it.”And Leonard works.“He’s maniacal and it’s long and it’s very serious,” Rivers said, noting that being exposed to such effort benefits young players and young coaches alike. “The seriousness that he takes with his workouts, I’ve seen a couple of (similar) players that I won’t name that I’ve had, but other than that I haven’t seen anything like that.“He’s not goofing around. He’s getting it done. No chat. It’s work time. He approaches practices that way and I think it gives a lot of guys a serious focus that a coach can’t give you – only your best player can give you. And I think he does a great job there.”And with championship experience with two organizations, Leonard said he hopes also to be able to imbue the Clippers with perspective born from those experiences.“It is just the simple fact of trying to get all 15 guys on the same page and just buying into the goal,” said Leonard, who this summer signed a three-year $103 million contract with the Clippers, with a player option for the third year.“You know, how are we going to respond after big wins, tough losses, missed shots?” Leonard added. “That is what it’s about, just keeping a steady mindset on the ultimate goal and not getting discouraged when things go bad or things get too good.”His Clippers teammates aren’t surprised by anything Leonard’s brought to camp – except for how often they hear his voice.“He’s not quiet,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “I thought he was quiet coming in, but he’s really not. … He’s a really dope dude, man.”Related Articles Said rookie guard Terance Mann: “I always thought you know from outside looking in that he’s a quiet guy … but I feel like being on the same team as him, he’s real vocal. He always gives me advice.”After spending the first eight seasons of his NBA career playing for teams in San Antonio and Toronto, Leonard gets to pursue a third title in front of his family in Southern California.They’ll be at Tuesday’s game, he said, and at every one after that.“They all understand what it is,” he said. “It’s been good. It’s like any other day, just on some of the off days I do have, I am able to see my nieces and nephews.”Still, the season is starting and they know Uncle Kawhi has to go to work.“It’s not a vacation,” he said. “It’s the same mindset in any other state or city that I play in.”And now everyone understands what that means. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade after last All-Star Game: ‘This one was special’

first_img NBA All-Star Game 2019: Top 5 highlights from Team LeBron’s victory over Team Giannis For the 13th and final time, Dwyane Wade suited up as an All-Star.The Heat veteran reflected on his final weekend enjoying the festivities as a player, during which he and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki were honored with a framed All-Star jersey to commemorate their retirement at the end of the season. Pass the tissues! 😭We had an awesome #NBAAllStar moment in Charlotte tonight.NBA Legends.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 18, 2019Wade finished Sunday’s game with seven points, two rebounds and four assists in 10:27 of playing time, but the highlight for the 37-year-old veteran was throwing one last lob to friend and former teammate LeBron James. Related News “That was the moment where I realized that this was the last one,” Wade said, via the Miami Herald. “Obviously going through the whole process, you’re going through everything. But at that moment, being out there on that stage and sitting next to Dirk, I realized that this was it and I was thankful for that moment. The NBA, I’m thankful for everything they did for myself and Dirk to even be here, to be in this environment with the game’s greats. We had fun.”center_img “This one was special,” Wade said. “I’m just thankful for the NBA for making sure to accommodate everything I wanted and things that I didn’t even think I needed or wanted and they provided it. My team did an amazing job, my family. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of this weekend. It definitely was my most enjoyable. People like to say, what’s your most enjoyable? This one will take place now as my most memorable, most enjoyable All-Star.”Team LeBron didn’t get off to a great start, but came back to claim a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. NBA All-Star Game 2019: 3 takeaways from Team LeBron’s comeback winlast_img read more