Throughout the month of November, Connecticut-based Elemental Minded Promotions has been tantalizing our ear buds with bite-sized morsels from their Neurons Vol.1 compilation. Today, the full 11-track set is available for your listening pleasure, and it’s proven to be an expertly curated menu offering only choice cuts from bass music’s finest up and coming talent.
For starters, we have “Nautilus,” an airy track from Philly’s own Pluto Era. Wistful at first taste, it progresses into a thick neuro bass track with a soulful finish: a proper start to any fine listening experience. Up next, rising stars Tsimba & Smigonaut serve up a smooth collaboration with “Headspace,” an appropriate title for their rich but mellow drum and bass groove. A heavy hitting, half time bass break is sure to satisfy any low end cravings that may arise before the main course.
Things are kicked up a notch with Maxfield’s funk-fueled glitch-hop in “Little Death In The Morning Sun,” featuring a notably unique aroma brought out by skillful scratching and a smattering of spicy samples throughout. For a much smokier flavor, we recommend “Illgamesh,” compliments of Scatz. Here, the Connecticut-based producer escapes traditional song structure, crafting a compelling composition both hazy and fluid in its narrative and a superb segway into the compilation’s heartier options.
Bringing a touch of fusion to the table is Brooklyn’s very own iX. His track “Desert Form”comes sizzling from the start, accentuating a certified-organic Eastern flair served over gripping bass grooves and enticingly rhythmic synths. Jizzy Fra’s “Sensi Star Dub” is possibly the sauciest offering of the compilation, so saucy it might be considered a soup if it weren’t for thewell-seasoned chunks of deep dub generously marinating throughout. It’s almost too hot to take in all at once, so it’s highly recommended you get some Italian bread or something to mop up all that residual sauce.
Neurons Vol. 1 takes a vibrant turn with Face Plant’s “French Press,” refreshing, expressive, and sweet to the taste. It’s delightful and well-executed — a pleasant change of pace leading into west-coast grime lord Phydra’s bass-drenched “Particle Board.” Full-bodied and relentless with its low end synth work, “Particle Board” is worth bumping on repeat, but save room, as it’s oneof three heavy hitters bringing the compilation to its peak.
The second of which comes with a warning: Keota’s “Wook Flu,” with diced-up vocals and downright decadent synth work, is so damn mouthwatering it just might make you sick. Luckily, we have “Juice” next to clean up the mess, soaking in all available filth to thicken its meticulously plated sound design. DeeZ, formerly Satori, presents such a well-mastered piece it almost over shadows how lusciously psychedelic “Juice” is at heart, but every drop into its finger-licking bass frequencies (garnished with modular synths from Frequency Fodder) has us feeling full nonetheless.
As always, there’s room for dessert, and Zoo Logic’s “Void” will undoubtedly hit the spot. The future bass duo baked up quite a divine atmosphere, as electrifying as it is complex. The heavenly vocal sample drizzled atop its sweeping soundscape is the ideal finish to an already gratifying compilation. It’s hard to imagine what’s in store for Vol. 2.
What do you think of the Neurons Vol. 1 compilation? Which track is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below?