Bass Physics – Lose Your Mind
By: Aaron Gi
Bass Physics, the duo from Denver, Colorado is the collaboration of Applied Physics (A.P. Adair) and DataBass (Luke Sims). The two met at Cherry Creek High School in 2010 and in May of 2012, they formed a group that is now making waves on the electronic scene. Known for their electro soul and heavy glitch productions, they have refined their sound and are ready to take it to the next level. Incorporating live instruments into their set they have a progressive form of electronic music that is going to change the game.
Having already played alongside reputable artists such as Savoy, Minnesota, and Zion I the duo has made leaps in the progression of their performance and live production. They sold out their first headlining show at Cervantes, and with their first EP release Lose Your Mind the group is sure to make some noise and turn some heads.
The first track off the new EP, “I Notice You,” begins with a warm guitar riff and melodic piano progression. It has a very mellow vibe to it and when the heavy hip-hop drum line comes in, the song carries into a high synth that gives the song a livetronica feel. With some vocal samples before a short bridge, the song builds with the sub-bass, working into a Wu-Tang Clan sample, which drops into a funky soul rhythm. The singing vocal samples are majestic; this soulful tune has a very upbeat feel.
Track number 2, “Lose Your Mind”, the self titled track for the EP, has a darker quality to it. With light synths and a glitchy bass, the song moves precariously throughout different genres of Bass music. Reminiscent of a NitGrit production, the song has everything from robot-gated synths to guitar chords layered throughout. It has an intergalactic feel and seems to be in a constant progressive build up. The drop has a heavy glitch and dubstep-like progression with some echoing synths that give it the outer-space feel; this song is definitely a banger. The several drops and the synths are so layered you never know exactly what you’re listening to. the track mashes the electro soul that they have developed as their own sound and a heavy glitch bass that will surely get a crowd jumpin.
“Loco,” is the first track A.P. and DataBass produced as Bass Physics. Much like all of their productions, it begins with a calming mood and is layered with guitar and several synths. The beat drops with a Notorious B.I.G. sample and breaks down with heavy layers of bass synths. The expressive vibe in this song makes you want to close your eyes, sit back and smoke a fatty. The seamless incorporation of the hip-hop vocal samples and dirty bass reminds me of older Pretty Lights. The mash of heavy bass and organic synths is out of control; this track truly is loco.
“Keep The Party Live” is an eight-minute anthem. It begins with a rolling gated lead — the song has a very house-y feel to it in the beginning. The first break down has some vocal samples and high, heavy synths, which then drop into Bass Physics’ take on electro house. They coat the rolling synth with a high tone that sounds like a howl and hold down the trademarked glitch bass that has been a staple through this whole EP. The next bridge is a minute long buildup and right when you think this whole track is going to lead into an electro beat they break it down and drop some nasty bass. It’s straight rowdy. Another vocal sample and it goes back into the electro-house. This song is all over the place and would keep any party live.
Lose Your Mind is eleven tracks of jaw dropping, unique, progressive electronic music. If there was any question about what Bass Physics can do production-wise, after listening to this EP from start to finish, the answer: basically anything. They bring the heat when needed, break it down with the soulful electro funk that has become a genre of its own from artists like Griz, Gramatik, and Break Science, among others. “Keep The Party Live” throws it all together and incorporates heavy electro house just to let the listener know that the duo can do that too. Look out for Bass Physics as they continue to awe crowds with jaw-dropping bass. This is unquestionably a group on the rise.