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

Lessons of the Haiti quake

first_imgLeaders from government, military, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) gathered at Harvard to reflect on the response to last year’s devastating Haiti earthquake and begin the search for ways to improve future disaster response.A significant part of the discussion Wednesday and Thursday (March 23 and 24) revolved around the lack of coordination in the massive response that saw more than 350 organizations send personnel with a wide mix of skills to the quake area.The lack of coordination was exacerbated by the fact that the quake struck the island nation’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, and heavily damaged government facilities and equipment, affecting personnel too.“One of the findings was the need to support the government and government structures very early, provide space for them, generators, vehicles,” said Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.Other sponsors of the closed-door roundtable included the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health, and the Harvard Global Health Institute.Arnold Howitt, co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership, said participants detailed not just problems, but also things that worked well in the response. The work of the U.S. military, he said, was “exemplary,” and the organization was committed to humanitarian objectives. Some of the larger nongovernmental organizations also were praised. The group felt that the NGOs and the military got to know each other better during the crisis and perhaps dispelled some preconceived notions about each other.In some ways, the Haiti crisis was unique, VanRooyen said. The island’s needs and proximity to the United States meant there were pre-existing relationships between the two nations in thousands of small ways, through Haitian immigrants to the United States and through schools and church groups that had relationships with Haitian communities and sister churches there. When the quake hit, these relationships resulted in a massive wave that landed groups of people who set up mobile kitchens, supplied water, and even provided small comforts like toys for kids.“We were already engaged with Haiti. We had a long history of NGO activity, volunteer activity, church activity,” VanRooyen said. “When Pakistan floods, that’s not a place where you’re going to find 20 college or high school kids or kids from a community center who show up in matching T-shirts because they have a relationship.”VanRooyen said the response of U.S. civil society was a plus, but the veritable flood of organizations and people created chaos in the early days after the quake.Though 350 NGOs did register with the Haitian government, Howitt said, there were many more operating there that did not register. Participants also voiced concerns that organizations were operating outside their areas of expertise, a potentially dangerous situation if that involves medical procedures. Even after the Haitian government began to get back on its feet, Howitt said, some NGOs continued to go it alone, pursuing their own organizational goals with little concern for the government’s priorities.While not every disaster will strike at the heart of a nation’s government as the Haiti earthquake did, VanRooyen said many developing nations’ governments are resource-poor and will still need support to cope with a major disaster and coordinate the influx of help. There was some discussion of setting up a fund to help governments cope in such times.The fund could be used to help construct buildings, meet other needs related to a disaster, and help governments function amid the swarm of helping organizations. There was also discussion of the United Nations’ cluster system, Howitt said, which seeks to coordinate groups around different functional goals, such as health, and which did not uniformly function in Haiti as designed.One of the participants in the discussions was Haitian Minister of Health Alex Larsen. Responding to questions before the event began, Larsen said that the cholera epidemic that broke out in the weeks after the quake continues and will likely become an endemic disease in Haiti, with periodic outbreaks that must be dealt with by the health care infrastructure. In Port-au-Prince, the general hospital’s reconstruction is moving ahead, with contracts being signed and work to begin in the coming months.About 800,000 people remain in temporary camps, Larsen said, though some are moving to permanent homes. Those who remain have access to clean water and sanitation, he said.As to the future, extending primary medical care across the country remains a major governmental priority. As such, the ministry is moving ahead with plans to train more than 5,000 health care workers to function in the community and provide services, particularly to inaccessible rural parts of the country that remain without access to even basic medical care.“It’s very important to train these workers,” Larsen said.Howitt said the roundtable discussions should continue in the future. Organizers plan to write a summary of the sessions for publication on the web and hope to convene leaders in the field to continue to consider the broader issues raised and their general applications to such disasters.last_img read more

BT scheme loses final court appeal against PPF levy exemption

first_imgIn a statement, the scheme said: “We welcome the clarity the judgement provides and have proceeded to date on the basis that the levy would remain payable.”A spokesman for BT said it accepted, but was disappointed, by the court’s decision.The ruling is the latest in a number of court cases for BTPS, which has been seeking to clarify in front of domestic courts the extent of the Crown Guarantee – a guarantee that would require the UK government to support the formerly state-owned company’s pension fund were it to become insolvent.A UK Court of Appeal ruling from July found that the UK government would not be required to meet the costs of a buyout were the sponsor to collapse.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to European Court of Justice verdict The BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) has seen its exemption from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levy confirmed as unlawful state aid.The UK’s second-largest pension fund had been appealing a 2013 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that found it was incompatible with the single European market to be exempt from the lifeboat scheme’s levy, and therefore amounted to state support.It followed an investigation by the European competition authorities in 2007 that led to then-competition commissioner Neelie Kroes to order an end to the PPF levy exemption.In its judgement, the court said the appeal was “unfounded” and would be dismissed, ordering BT and the BTPS to cover all associated costs.last_img read more

New site for MassKara beverage, food kiosks soon to open

first_imgApplicants must submit their residencecertificate along with duly accomplished forms and valid identification cards.All payments must be made through the bank. The MassKara is an annual festivalwith highlights held every fourth Sunday of October. Festival sites include theBacolod Public Plaza, the Lacson Tourism Strip and the Bacolod GovernmentCenter. “The additional kiosks are located atthe back of the City Accessor’s Office and near the Annex Building. It will bedesigned as a food and drinks plaza with a central area for eating,” he said. “We will be opening this new festivalsite on Oct. 8,” Salanga noted. The word “MassKara” is a portmanteau,coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from mass(a multitude of people), and the Spanish word cara (face), thus forming MassKara(a multitude of faces). Each kiosk will go for P15,000. center_img According to Salanga, the 19 kiosks inthe Football Area of the BGC were already removed, so they have to establishanother festival site to accommodate those who will be willing to do businessduring the festival. BACOLOD City – The Silver MassKaraFestival Organization (SMFO) will put up another festival site in this city. Councilor Israel Salanga, chairpersonof the city council’s Committee on Tourism, said 24 additional food andbeverage kiosks will be established beside the Annex Building of the BacolodGovernment Center (BGC) The word is also a pun on maskara, Filipino for “mask” (itselffrom Spanish máscara), since it is aprominent feature of the festival and are always adorned with smiling faces,giving rise to Bacolod being called the “City of Smiles.”/PNlast_img read more

CAF CC: Medeama beaten 3-1 after late Sundowns rally

first_imgMedeama have a herculean task now in the CAF Confederations Cup, after they lost through three quick goals in eight minutes on Saturday evening in Pretoria.Mamelodi Sundowns came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over the Mauves and Yellows in the first leg of their tie. The Ghanaians broke the deadlock inside the opening minute, as Eric Kwakwa rifled home a sublime effort that left Wayne Sandilands with no chance.Khama Billiat went close for Sundowns after 13 minutes as his cheeky lob from close range was tipped over the bar by Tagoe.Sundowns should have been level in the 27th minute, as Anthony Laffor weaved his way into the box and a had glimpse at goal. However, the Liberian opted lay the ball off rather take a strike at goal.The home side went even closer in the 33rd minute. Leonardo Castro’s fine back-heel released Mzikayise Mashaba, who rattled the upright from close range.Cuthbert Malajila was brought on to replace the in-effective Laffor five minutes into the second half, as Sundowns pushed for an equaliser. Castro squandered a glorious chance to level matters in the 58th minute, as the Colombian placed his header wide of the upright from six-yards out.Mosimane opted for a double change after 70 minutes, introducing Teko Modise and Siyanda Zwane for Tebogo Langerman and Rama Mphahlele.Sundowns eventually leveled matters in the 80th minute, as Castro nodded home Dolly’s corner at the near post.Mosimane’s charges eventually completed the comeback in the 84th minute, as Billiat’s cross-cum-shot from the right flank sailed over  a flailing Tagoe and into the back of the net.However, the hosts sealed the win a few minutes later, as Malajila calmly slotted into the bottom corner from six-yards out, 3-1. FORMThe South African side were favorites to wrap this up, after winning their tough domestic Premiership title this week when a 3-0 win over University of Pretoria gave them an unassailable lead over Bidvest Wits.The Brazilians, as they are called, dropped down into the Confederation Cup, Africa’s second-tier club competition, after being eliminated from the CAF Champions League by AS Vita two weeks ago.Meanwhile, Medeama have been struggling in the Ghana Premier League, where they lie tenth.They would need a miracle to overturn this tie in Tarkwa. LINEUPS:Mamelodi Sundowns: Sandilands, Mphahlele, Langerman, Nthethe, Arendse, Kekana, Mashaba, Laffor, Billiat, Dolly, CastroMedeama: Tagoe, Adade, Amoah, Aidoo, Sarpong, Boahene, Kwakwa, Akowuah, Bio, Donsu, Abass Mohammed—last_img read more