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.
Hailing from Denver, MAKESHFT is a re-brand of a previous project from Tevin Dominguez, whose past productions drew on influences from 80s synth wave electronica. He’s transferring those roots into a modern genre he’s dubbed “cyberwave,” which incorporates robotic sounds, movie quotes from that era, and Stranger Things-adjacent melodic synths into mid-tempo baselines. Now the self-taught producer has shared a budding track, entitled “Self-Aware,” to further define his style.
“‘Self Aware’ represents all the crazy obstacles that I’ve overcome to be where I am today musically,” MAKESHFT told us. “My music really takes a page out of the 80’s taking influences from Terminator, Robocop, and BladeRunner.”
The track draws up associations with a new age AI theme where digital lifeforms have become conscious and sentient. With an intro that calls on Daft Punk’s TRON-era aesthetic, the entire lead up to the first drop is entirely nostalgic and every bit as foreboding. After an intentional drop-pause, MAKESHFT then dips into a glaring midtempo progression that sits somewhere along the sound spectrums of REZZ and 1788-L, except not as dark and not as heavy. Still, it’s a sound that is every bit his own. “Self-Aware” is so expansive — and so entirely cinematic — that one could see MAKESHFT producing movie soundtracks one day, which he says is a dream of his.