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Midweek Mantra Mix 017: dela Moon goes deep at Fractalfest

Wednesday is humpday, which not only marks the halfway point between the work week and the coveted weekend, but also Conscious Electronic’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.

In the vast, mysterious deserts of Southern California, the full moon shines on many things. The beauty and brutality of life are on full display, mostly never to be witnessed by human eyes. Scenic landscapes that look like the surface of an alien planet sprawl as far as the eye can see, and giant Joshua trees frame distant snow-capped peaks as red-tailed hawks cry out from far above. If you know exactly where to look, you might even stumble upon a legendary Moontribe party, home of deep desert beats and sacred community.

Held under the full moon in the desert wastes outside of Los Angeles, the Moontribe has been throwing these events for over 25 years. Not for profit, and with no vendors or ticket sales, these intimate gatherings mirror the self-sufficient, responsibility-based ethos of Burning Man. Individuals are responsible for themselves and their resources, and respect and consent are openly and highly prioritized.

It is in this environment that several now-legendary musicians have been nurtured and developed. Certainly one of the most notable is dela Moon; renowned for her nuclear drum and bass sets, she is also versatile enough to throw down techno, downtempo, and experimental bass sets.

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This week, we’ve decided to feature her epic mix from Fractalfest 2018, which centers around her drum and bass origins. The mix is emblematic of what one can often expect from her, which is a mix that ranges from soul-crushing heaters to vibey head-nodders to deep, minimal tech.

The ethos of Moontribe’s philosophy, combined with the versatility of the producers within the tribe, are what make dela Moon and her incredible drum and bass sound this week’s MMM.