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.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was cheered by fans at an open training session at Anfield but remained reluctant to acknowledge the support he was given. Press Association Just like on Saturday at Steven Gerrard’s testimonial virtually everything the Uruguay international did brought the select 5,000-strong crowd to life. However, the 26-year-old did not seem keen to acknowledge their backing – even when the rest of the squad did so at the end of the session. Suarez’s agent has made it known to the club his client wants to play in the Champions League and he has been the subject of two bids from Arsenal, the last amounting to £40million plus £1. He took full part in training, even going through some individual three-quarter sprints almost the full length of the pitch while the rest of the squad recovered from a small-sided game exercise. The striker is slightly behind the majority of his team-mates in terms of preparation as his return to pre-season training was delayed as he was allowed extended leave following international duty in the Confederations Cup. He is also suspended for the first six matches of the season as his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last April is carried forward into the new campaign. But he was fully involved in training, with one looping shot onto the crossbar cheered by the Kop, and showed he has retained much of his sharpness during his summer break with one smart volley in the game situation bringing a good save out of Simon Mignolet. The session also saw the first public appearance of fellow striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the end of last season. He also took full part in the training session and with two friendlies remaining – one against Valerenga in Norway on Wednesday and the other versus Celtic in Dublin on Saturday – before the Reds host Stoke on the opening day of the season, the England international will be looking to increase his involvement. Suarez’s suspension means Sturridge will be required to lead the line, although summer signing Iago Aspas has put in some promising displays in pre-season while the club are hoping to secure a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa after lodging a £21.8million bid last week.