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 Ant-Ten-Nae’s 35-minute “Medicine Crunk 4” mixtape. Coming out of Oakland, California, one the country’s hotbeds for underground bass, An-Ten-Nae still manages to stand out among the pack. Born Adam Ohana in New York, his music combines deep bass rumbles with glitchy atmosphere into a style Ohana has dubbed “acid crunk.”
A veteran in every sense of the term, An-Ten-Nae’s experimental beats were first heard on his debut EP, Acid Crunk 1, released in 2008. Since then, he’s released his debut album, Raindrops On Roses, in 2013, along with a sophomore effort, Transmissions, in 2015, all in the midst of countless celebrated EPs.
What makes An-Ten-Nae so perfectly suited for this week’s M3 feature is his ability to transcend the constraints of generic rigidity in favor of transmitting healing, bass-heavy beats of the highest degree. “Medicine Crunk 4,” like the preceding mixtapes in his series, is meditative, transcendent, exploratory, and always changing.
“For this latest mix I wanted to explore different soundscapes,” says An-Ten-Nae of the mix. “Inspired from my recent deep house music explorations, this mix is more about deep subtleties and organic vibes. Deep Bass version of house music. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I had created all these remixes and edits for this mix. All these remixes are exclusive to this mixtape.”
Perhaps more than anything, An-Ten-Nae takes his listeners deep into a hypnotic state on the mix, and just when one becomes settled and comfortable, he intentionally jolts his audience back with his playful dive into deep, desert-inspired house music.