Here at Conscious Electronic, we love all things bass — breakbeat, downtempo, left-field, experimental, dubstep in all its forms, you name it. As the underground bass movement has begun its full ascendancy in the US, we’ve been keeping a finger on the pulse of up-and-coming bass artists the country over. As such, CE‘s Rising Bass Spotlight seeks to turn a focus onto those rising producers who’re developing their craft, garnering their audiences, and turning eyes, ears, heads, and bodies with their commitment to all things low end.
Buried deep in the underground is a thriving bass scene in the San Fransisco Bay Area. It’s steep hillsides and foggy panoramic views are home to heavy bass producers like Bassnectar, G Jones, and Wollymammoth, to name a few. One new producer that is beginning to emerge from the bay is Paul Stew, who flies around town under his stage name Ravenscoon.
Since first delving into sound mixing in 2012, he’s released some of the internet’s most popular fan-made Bassnectar mix tapes for quite some time, but says he’s wanted put off releasing his own original music so he could find his own sound and his own vibe. Now, after years of soul searching and playing with sounds, Ravenscoon proudly presents his very first original tune in “Accelerated Mortality.”
Pulling on elements of Drum N Bass and heavy hypnotic bass, the track features beautiful arps layered atop gritty synths and changing tempos which gradually speed up and slow down, evoking feelings of deep nostalgia from childhood mixed with a gratitude for the present. It’s a feeling that forces you to “stop and smell the roses,” as they say, before life all but passes you by. It’s hard-hitting and chill all at once. Ravenscoon elaborates on the track,
“The name reflects the strange relationship we have between life & death, and the pace that life continues to increase at until we die. A bit morbid — which is why Halloween (my favorite holiday) is the perfect time to release this into the universe.”
“All systems are currently go for an EP,” he continues, with a TBA release date once he’s gotten four more tracks cleaned up and mastered. Also be on the lookout for Ravenscoon in Denver on December 6.