Midweek Mantra Mix 009: Ott. transforms chillout into uptempo grooves on ‘Live at Gnomelandia’ mix
Wednesday is humpday, which not only marks the halfway point between the work week and the coveted weekend, but also Conscious Electronic’s Midweek Mantra Mix (M3). We’ve been scouring the web’s most enlightening bass music mixes that align with our vision, to provide “a conscious way to consume dance music.” M3 spotlights both veteran and up-and-coming bass music artists whose music seeks to raise the vibrations of their collective listener base.
Coming in for our next M3 transmission is a throwback to Ott.‘s ‘Live at Gnomelandia,’ a 60-minute mix that incorporated then-unreleased versions of tracks from Ott.’s first two studio albums, 2003’s Blumenkraft and 2008’s Skylon. While the mix is a whopping eight years old, we thought it fitting to include coming off a magical weekend out at Tipper & Friends, where Ott. delivered one of the most talked-about sets of the weekend inside Suwannee Music Park.
While most may know Ott. from his more recent digital live album in 2013, Ott & The All-Seeing I, the mix is the closest thing to the Ott Live experience that we’ve heard in perhaps ever. Listeners familiar with both of his early albums, which are often categorized as downtempo or chillout, will notice many of the tracks transformed into uptempo grooves more suited to dancing, shaking, and squiggling.
At this point, Ott is a well-known producer in the world of psychedelic bass music. He has steadily gained recognition since 2002 for his own psychedelic dub tracks and his collaborations with Simon Posford of Shpongle. Unimpressed by acid house and “rave” music, Ott. gravitated towards artists who shared his love of organic dub and pristine electronics. Artists like The Orb, Dub Syndicate, FSOL, and African Head Charge, all of whom are unafraid to combine bass-heavy rhythm, abstract soundscapes, and timeless melodies into an ever-changing sonic universe of hope and positivity.
Ott. is one producer who doesn’t care for the fame, fortune, or following what’s trendy. He simply follows what inspires him and his audience of “psychonauts.”
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