Today, it’s our pleasure to provide our readers with our first ever “Ones To Watch” list. These are twelve unique Bass artists who we truly believe are destined for big […]
Today, it’s our pleasure to provide our readers with our first ever “Ones To Watch” list. These are twelve unique Bass artists who we truly believe are destined for big things and big stages across the world. Definitely coming at you in no particular order. Enjoy!
Mize embodies the throwback vibe. Whether he’s laying down some smooth downtempo or heavy, brooding wubs, you better bet there’s a 2000s hip-hop/R&B sample on top of it. His Soundcloud game is crazy — whether it’s his fat arsenal of remixes or his insane, party-starting mixes. Mize actually took the reigns for our fourth ever Heard It Here First guest mix back in June, which he absolutely demolished, and you can check out here.
The fifteen-year-old wunderkind is a definite one to watch. Not only do they have a hell of a career ahead of them, but they’re also paving the way for a younger generation of artists. Moore describes their style as “music you’d hear if your computer glitches to oblivion”.
In 2019, Moore provided direct support for Nitti Gritti in Orlando and performed at Utah’s Get Freaky music festival. As of now, Moore’s providing support in Denver for Spag Heddy’s Armagheddy tour at the Ogden Theatre, keep an eye out for more show announcements in 2020. With multiple releases off of the esteemed British Dubstep label Never Say Die, I have a feeling we’re gonna see Moore Kismet’s name on Excision’s Lost Lands 2020 lineup.
Khiva has been around a few years in the Bass world, but we truly believe she’s going to blow up big in 2020. This Canadian goddess won the hearts of thousands of festival-goers throughout the Summer at premier events like Shambhala and Bassnectar’s BassCenter XII.
Intricately crafting low-frequency Bass soundscapes and charging beats while fervently utilizing contrasts, Khiva hopes to invoke a true experience in the listener, whatever that may be. If you haven’t checked out her music yet, we don’t know what you’re waiting for!
An outstanding member of the Denver/Chicago-based Spicy Bois collective (founded by MeSo and no kay), Space Wizard had some of the filthiest tracks under his insignia. Whether it’s one of his innovative originals or his epic reworks, Space Wizard is always knocking down the walls of what our mind is used to and/or expecting come the drop.
He’s currently slated to provide support on DMVU & TVBOO’s nationwide Eat My Sass tour. His bootlegs of “Griztronics”, “Babatunde”, “Inhalant Abuse”, “Wrecking Ball”, and “Ichor” all go dumb hard. This man’s got a lot going for him, regardless of the fact that he looks like he’s Targaryan royalty. We’re expecting to see Space Wizard on bigger and bigger lineups with every exciting new release he drops.
One of the most unique producers on this list, Hex Cougars music transcends genres. No matter which direction he takes the track, you know that Hex is going to layer his work with the most exquisite sound design imaginable. He supported Graves on his Far From Here Spring 2019 tour and just announced his first-ever headline shows in both NYC and Los Angeles.
Hex was also announced as a part of the Tenth annual Electric Forest lineup. If you’re attending forest in 2020, do not miss his set. It’s gonna be epic.
Lucille Croft is an Australian Bass producer who hosts her own mix series titled the “Bad Wolf Podcast”. When she’s not on the airwaves, she’s carving out a name for herself as one of the most unique and exciting names in the Midtempo Bass sub-genre.
Using music as a form of self-expression, Croft is the epitome of creative mentality. She’s forever evolving as an artist and we cannot stress how much you need to check out her music. In her home of Australia, she’s played all over the continent, providing support for names like Black Tiger Sex Machine, ShockOne, Matroda, and Dombresky. Once she makes her way over to the U.S. for some shows, I have a feeling we’re gonna be seeing her name everywhere.
INZO hit it big with his Alan Watts narrated track “OverThinker” back in 2018. This year he put out his debut EP with Liquid Stranger’s Wakaan label. He also appeared at the inaugural Wakaan Festival where he rocked the mainstage and soon after released the follow up to “OverThinker”, “Angst”, which shares a similar, self-reflection, self-love type vibe. INZO is currently providing support for Kaivon on his current Fall/Winter Transformation tour.
Never afraid to dive into the unknown, Laika Beats’ musical selections are a fusion of varying genres and styles of sub-bass heavy electronica. The Michigan producer put out his collaboration EP alongside Mersiv and Knat Turner off the Wakaan label and it was one of our favorite projects of the year. Other standouts from Laika Beats in 2019 were “Colfax Ave”, “Merry Jane”, and “Unstoppable”. Keep an eye out for Laika Beats to blow up soon, we know it’s coming.
Krilla’s Soundcloud game is untouchable. The Canadian producer has some of the most infectious remixes on the web, including but certainly not limited to his Knife Party “Centipede” flip, his Skrillex “Make It Bun Dem” flip, his Space Jesus & Liquid Stranger “Space Boss” flip, his Zeds Dead “Collapse” flip, his Eazy E “Boyz N Da Hood” flip — I could keep going.
Krilla also absolutely knocked it out of the park with his debut self-released Outer Beings EP, released back in August. Give this man a listen and be sure to keep your ears open for his endless supply of remixes and originals come the new year.
Just like his many in-genre influences, Chee’s music is pushing boundaries at the very fringes of sonic possibility. His production prowess has earned the attention of some of the biggest names in Bass music ranging from Noisia to Bassnectar to The Glitch Mob. After appearing at several Space Jesus & Friends sets throughout the year, Chee is gearing up as support for Subtronics on his 2020 Cyclops Invasion tour. The two just worked together on their highly anticipated ‘flip’ of Subtronics’ Ganja White Night collab “Headband”.
Another artist who’s caught the ear of Bassnectar, VCTRE is known for his filthy, low-end soundscapes. Featuring guttural bass lines and a vivacious swagger, VCTRE boasts a particular attitude in his music like none other. The Birmingham, Alabama producer also crushes it with his good friend, past collaborator, and fellow bassmaker Black Carl! with their Integrate side project.
Leotrix has caught the eyes and ears of some of dance music’s biggest names. His Never Say Die smash hit “Hive Bounce” was played by Zomboy, Griz, Kayzo, Space Laces, Slushii, Subtronics, and tons others in sets throughout the year. He also appeared on Kayzo’s Welcome Records Halloween compilation album where he collided with Hybrid trap heavyweight Tynan on “God’s Eye”. Last Friday, he finally dropped his Gud Vibrations label cosigned collab with Moody Good, “Crackshot“. Keep an ear out for Leotrix’s IDs in 2020, there already circulating around DJ’s sets in late 2019.