Album Review: Bassnectar, Art of Revolution EP

aorcover-smMesmerizing, transcendental, and hypnotic pulses of low frequencies and magnetic melodies ghostily grab my legs and make me move to the new single “Art of Revolution”; Bassnectar has done it once again.

Seated, I promptly pushed play on the single, “Art of Revolution”.  My heart slowly morphs from a lazy, bradycardiac beat to a rapid, tachycardiac pounding, as I soon found myself no longer in a seated position, but as a terpsichorean of mythical multitudes.

“Art of Revolution”, introduced with stick-beaten African drums and de-tuned Indian sitars, combusts into a cacophony of wobbly, intoxicated, insect-like buzzing of breaks and “slippery when wet” bass lines. This, paired with the unmatched voice of Jamaican Tapper Zukie, makes for a single that will soon take over every stereo and club. In addition to ‘Necters version of “Art of Revolution” and an instrumental mix, we are blessed with 4 other marvelous mash-ups of monolithic proportions. Remixes from Diplo, Chislain Poirier, 6 Blocc, and Product 01 all comprise an assortment of ingenuity and individualistic interpretations of this single.

I have to say, the wait for ‘Nectar’s new single to drop has felt eternal; similar to waiting in the doctor’s office. There you sit (highly anxious fan) with symptoms of melancholy-melodies, no-dance-ititus, and the bassnectar-blues, waiting for the doctor’s prognosis. The doc (Dr. Bassnectar) shows up just in time to tell you that everything is going to be fine, and serves you up a dose of “Art of Revolution”.  Ahhhh, you are better.

The Art of Revolution EP will be falling into digital music players through Beatport and everywhere else on May 12th (and turntables later on as a limited 12″ vinyl via Groove Distribution). However, if you cannot wait for this anthem to hit your eardrums, check it out a free download of Groove Armada’s Superstylin’ set to Bassnectar’s instrumental version of Art of Revolution” in Superstylin’ Smashup, here!

So by this point, you’re probably all asking yourself ‘what the hell does Bassnectar even mean?’ Well, according to, it is: “A freeform project that merges music, art, new media, social involvement, and community values; dedicated to a constantly-evolving ethos of collaborative creation, self-reinvention, and boundary-pushing experimentation.”  This mission statement, however, does not do justice to the 150 + shows that Bassnectar perform on a yearly basis, and to truly understand this “project” you must be apart of it. You can catch Bassnectar at any one of these dates to experience and stitch yourself to the fabric of this majestic movement…

May 2 – Elemental Experience – San Diego, CA

May 4 – HopMonk Tavern* – Sebastapol, CA

May 5 – Red Fox Tavern* – Eureka, CA

May 6 – Stillwater* – Ashland, OR

May 7 – McDonald Theatre** – Eugene, OR

May 8 – The Crystal Ballroom* – Portland, OR

May 9 – The Showbox* – Seattle, WA

May 10 – The Nightlight* – Bellingham, WA

(Vancouver date TBA) – Vancouver, BC

May 15 – 103 Harriet – San Francisco, CA

May 16 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

May 23 – Bella Music Fest – Geneva, MN

May 24 – Summer Camp – Chillicothe, IL

May 25 – Detroit Electronic Music Fest – Ferndale, MI

May 29 – Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

*Featuring Random Rab

**Featuring Gift of Gab (Blackaliscious), and Random Rab

Enjoy and Cheers!


One Response to “Album Review: Bassnectar, Art of Revolution EP”

  1. Blex your alliteration in the first paragraph had me totally hooked into reading this review man, you have some extreme writing talent. KEEP IT UP!

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