Bassrush’s latest The Prophecy compilation is yet another delectable selection of what bass music has to offer at the moment. It features DMVU, Dr. Ushūu, Ghost In Real Life, and more.
As a staple in the bass world, Bassrush Records has more than just made its mark on the genre. It also helps to continue paving the way for its future. Between curated events, takeovers, and compilations, the Insomniac Records imprint consistently works to bring the freshest sounds in bass music to the world. Bassrush started their The Prophecy compilations to do just that.
The series offers seasoned names, up-and-comers, and innovative bass fusions that express how expansive the genre’s umbrella has become and how many directions it is heading. While pushing forward new sounds, The Prophecy compilations still contain the hard-hitting dubstep for which Bassrush is known and loved. The Prophecy: Volume 9 is no exception.
Quackson opens the compilation with “Ignorant,” a track that creates intrigue until we are suddenly thrown into a zapping low-end that massages the brain. If “Ignorant” was a wake-up call, then “Feel Alive” by Vastive and RZRKT is your morning coffee. For a brief moment, listeners might think “Feel Alive” will be a melodic feature for the project — and, for that moment, we are so wrong. The melancholic motifs quickly turn into growling vocals and punching drums until we are slapped in the face with pure, unadulterated, heavy-hitting dubstep.
If you have yet to abandon your expectations, DMVU and Tsimba promptly ask you to leave them at the door with “Dip.” The pair lean heavily into the experimental end of experimental bass music with jungle flavors and electronic trap stylings sprinkled in. AlienPark follows and offers another change of pace with “ONE.” This heater subverts expectations of what a dubstep drop can sound like with an experimental take on the sound instead of bars of similar-sounding bass.
Riding the experimental wave, IRL best friends Dr. Ushūu and ROI OS teamed up to create “Dubstar.” The track takes you on a smooth ride through a low-end that is accented by snappy drums, the perfect combination to get any dancefloor of bass lovers moving. Natty Lou changes the pace of the compilation with “Crazy Love.” Natty Lou gives the liquid drum and bass offering a moment to breathe with soulful and heartfelt production that keeps the compilation’s energy high.
“Target System,” produced by ION, leans heavily into the hip-hop inspirations that led to some of our favorite electronic sounds today with heavy emphasis on the drums at the start of the track. After giving the beat its time to shine, the song splits into a groove of bass broken up by sneaky amen breaks and sparkling flourishes.
Ghost In Real Life takes the compilation in an eerie direction with “Stuck In Purgatory.” Droning vocals reel listeners in while a guitar trills in the background in a slightly unsettling manner. Shredding into riffs then take over as the vocals trail off before Ghosts In Real Life blast us with delicious drum and bass that kicks and stutters.
The following effort, “UP!” takes the mysterious vibe from the previous track and toys with the listener. Thus far, The Prophecy: Volume 9 has been an excavation throughout bass with twists and turns that keep you guessing as to what comes next. Don Jamal teases listeners with a minimal introduction before bubbling bass is unleashed abruptly and we are in full wobble.
Bemah closes the compilation with “Right Off The Bat,” which conjures the gnarliest bassface you’ve got. This exhilarating bass slapper concludes this edition of The Prophecy, leaving us wanting more and reminding listeners that Bassrush’s curation is fullproof with no skips.
Listen to Bassrush’s The Prophecy: Volume 9 on Spotify or your preferred platform, and be sure to tap into the artists online to see what they’re up to next!
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The Prophecy: Volume 9 – Tracklist:
- Quackson – Ignorant
- Vastive & RZRKT – Feel Alive
- DMVU & Tsimba – Dip
- AlienPark – One
- Dr. Ushūu & ROI OS – Dubstar
- Natty Lou – Crazy Love
- ION – Target System
- Ghost In Real Life – Stuck In Purgatory
- Don Jamal – UP!
- Bemah – Right Off The Bat