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.
For those in the gang of bass music aficionados following Mystic Grizzly closely, they’ve been manifesting a new project from the Floridian DJ/producer for some time. Known lesser under his given name, Jordan Hoffman, Mystic Grizzly is a 22-year old multi-instrumentalist hailing from Fort Lauderdale. Using his decades-long training in guitar, percussion, harmonica, and ukulele, the Madison House signee’s catalogue has evolved over the years to fuse psychedelic grime, psybass, glitch hop, space bass, and tribal bass.
While Mystic Grizzly has long been a CE favorite, we’ve surprisingly yet to cover a single ounce of his original music. No time like the present, they always say, and what better timing then that his newest album release, Satellite Work, which just landed today. Understanding the true spiritual effect and impact music has on humans and on life in general, Mystic Grizzly’s 11-track effort truly brings about a one of a kind, mystical experience for its listeners.
The first two tracks are admittedly disjointed, albeit intentionally experimental, although that intention isn’t quite clear to listeners. Yet, somewhere in “Journey To The Hearts Center,” healing flutes and eastern tones come in, bringing forth a wave of relaxation over listeners, taking them straight into Mystic Grizzly’s world. The spacecraft then takes its full ascent on the Jalla The Great-assisted third track, “Kingdom Of Light,” with an immediate reprise in the following track, which Jalla The Great takes on the role of spoken word artists on “Universal Architects.”
From there, the album jumps into limbo, climbs its way out of black holes somehow, and comes full circle again and again. Whether it be taking up the theme of gratitude on “The Formula,” or the meditative and organic soundscapes of “Stillness Of The Mind,” or even spaced-out psybass compositions like “********* Royalty” and “Experiment 333,” the entire LP is a complete and full-on exercise in everything we stand for here at CE—love and gratitude, creation and expansion, and some weird bass.
Hoffman explains the following of the album, which lends its way to an extremely imaginative, yet thoughtful world:
Once upon a time, in a higher dimension of eternal light, a family of celestial entities agreed to incarnate on Earth to assist in ‘The Galactic Initiative.’ This was the name given to a divine mission to assist in the ascension of Earth to a higher existence. The immaculate plot to manifest Heaven on Earth through the power of Love is underway. Satellite Work is a sacred transmission intended to connect these beings all around the world. This electronic bass music album incorporates elements of spoken word and organic instrumental recordings, to create soundscapes that elevate the listener to a higher dimension of love and healing.
Listen to Mystic Grizzly’s full Satellite Work LP below.