The 15 Best Bass Music Tracks Of February 2019

We have triad trap music from Howie Lee, dark soundscapes from King Midas Sound and a beautiful track off Bonobo's recent mix for Fabric.
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You don't need to be a wizard to be able to see into the future of electronic music this year, the proof, as always, is in the pudding. And what a pudding we have for you this month ladies & gentlemen. We have triad trap music from Howie Lee, dark soundscapes from King Midas Sound, a premium slow jam from JVXTA and a beautiful track off Bonobo's upcoming mix for Fabric. Whatever the flavor, I got you, now go on, just tuck in.

1. ALBERT ONE - "TURBO DIESEL" [BABY RECORDS]

I'm going to throw a curveball at you for number one this month, with "Turbo diesel" off the new extended version of Albert's 84 classic Hearts on Fire. I missed him and alluded more to the weaknesses of Italo Disco then its strengths in my recent top ten, it was a good bit of fun we can all agree, but please except formal apology to all Italo disco fans but also to the traumatized scene itself in the form of this, legendary song. Forget about bass music, this is the beginning and you cant know where your going if you don't know where you came from. This might be the best song ever, imagine if you knew it when you collected cars when you was a kid, or the fun you could have had with it off your face with old friends, while buying a sweet new ride or whatever, this is emotional shit, the Top Gear people must know about this banger right here, the lyrics man! "I drive without emotion, I calculate each curve, I know that I will soon be, A hero in the Grand Prix!" or "Saturday night, I win at Le Mans - risking my life! I wave to my fans, Monaco lights, Champagne on ice, now I'm a star, driving my car!" 

2. SHLOHMO - "ROCK MUSIC" [FRIENDS OF FRIENDS]

Part eulogy and part canonization of rock music and guitar work, Shlohmo's new album is excellent and "Rock Music" captures the epic mood of new album The End perfectly, from the slow buildup that eventually launches into the musical equivalent of a time-lapse camera panning around a bustling metropolis with myriad lights and numerous risings and settings of the sun. It's big, it's bold and laced with gravitas and urgency.

3. JVXTA – "THE ONLY ONE" [A-Z RECORDS]

Listening this track is going to make you want to be daddy even if you don't want to be daddy or you already are one and it's going to make girls want a daddy even if they have one. This could lead to another child if your not careful. JVXTA is known for his fondness for old school R&B dance music and really brings out that smooth old school slow jams flavor in this one, shout out to this lust soaked ballad of passion.

 

4. Throwing Snow - RHEGED (BONOBO MIX)" [FABRIC]

This is a wonderful piece of work by Throwing Snow given a five star makeover from Bonobo on the Fabric mix he will release later this month. The mix is a nice treat to your ears you would come to expect from the legendary simian, not wholly in his territory but still managing to claim his own at the club. The track is a delight, at its core is a step forward, step backward momentum that maintains a cool tension as motes of sound flutter and scatter away like digital butterflies.

5. KING MIDAS SOUND - "WHO" [COSMO RHYTHMATIC] 

You need to really listen to the whole of King Midas Sound's new album in order to really understand this songs role in the breakdown of the main characters mind. It's a claustrophobic and intense journey into the void with its sinister drone and grim narration, but its all amounts to a healthy ying yang balance at the end of the day. Or does it?

6 HOWIE LEE – "GU DAI YING XIONG" [INDEPENDENT]

Like Onra before him, Howie Lee has a history of splicing traditional Chinese music into his beats and preserving cool modern snapshots of Chinese culture for the new generation. "Dai Ying Xiong" is a Chinese rap song and the stand out on "Socialism Core Value III," the rapper sounds like his veins bursting and is constantly on the edge to drawing a meat cleaver. It's aggro triad trap music and its just wonderful. Full album linked.

7  WILL SAUL - "FOR JOALIE" [PHONICA]

Will Saul has taken a well known soul vocal and injected it with a new lease of life with "For Jolie" from his 3 track EP Lakeside. It's a bouncy and happy number that doesn't look to reinvent the wheel, but just to keep it turning. 

8 MODESELEKTOR - "WHO FEAT. TOMMY CASH" [MONKEYTOWN]

One of the tracks from his recent album Who Else, this is Modeselektor where they are most comfortable, selecting moods. The playfulness of this track is charming from the uplifting intro and bridge sections that will conjure memories of pills, powder and sweat on the dancefloor, to the rhymes of Tommy Cash with his disenfranchised teenager sounding voice and themes of petulant rebellion.

9 CESCO - "DRONES" [1985]

Cesco wrestles with the shadows of the past as he breathes life into old school UK bass sounds, notes of acid and dubstep nostalgia blended into a cute little mashup of the decades most popular highs and lows.

10 MATHEW JONSON AND THE AGENTS OF TIME FEAT. ISIS - "REPEATING PATTERNS, NUMBERS AND LETTERS" [OBSCURA]

Agents of Time have got together with one of their idols, producer prodigy Mathew Jonson and his wife Isis on vocals for a voyage into the soundscape of a future yet to be realized and machines yet to be created. Released on their own imprint Obscura, this collaboration was a long time in the making and combines artists of a united vision, hence such healthy results.

11 SANSIBAR - "WALLAH" (DJ SANS MIX) [NATURAL SCIENCES]

Never heard the original, but I'm really digging DJ sans remix of "Wallah" by Sansibar out on Natural Sciences. It's got a laid back groove that doesn't make too many demands on the royal ear.

12 - KLEIN ZAGE - "WOMANHOOD (DJ PYTHON MIX)" [ORPHAN]

The title track of the new EP is a slow and smooth flirtation with reggaeton born out of the two artists mutual passion for the genre and the end results are a success. The EP itself is just as good, in their words its "a tech house hymn to menstruation" 

13 - MAX COOPER – "RULE 110 SYNKRO REMIX" [MESH]

This is the first track from Max Cooper's One Hundred Billion Sparks Remixed which is dropping March 21st. This is a beautiful piece that stimulates a sense of solemn reflection and a dream like sense of hope.

14 - NIKOLAJEV - "PLASTICINE" [INCENSIO]

This track would make a great into to a movie or old school soap opera. It has a friendly, vintage feel and sense of Hollywood style and glamour to it, all you need to complete it are retro themed graphic credits scrolling down the TV screen.

15 MAELSTROM & LOUSIAHHH - "VITAL ENERGY" [RAAR]

This gut punch from Maelstrom & Lousiahhh demands your attention, with its wild push sounding almost like big cats roaring, it grounds you in the serene and serious wisdom of the science themed musings on energy throughout.

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