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.
The world of psychedelic, freeform bass music is expanding at a rapid rate. Producers who combine a New Age spirituality with their love for musical experimentation are beginning to command a noticeable amount of space on festival lineups and record label rosters. Moving beyond the typical party DJ culture that can be seen on huge stages across the world, many artists in this nascent subgenre are often found imploring their listeners to become the embodiment of compassion and conscious thought, rather than mindless hedonism.
Mystic Grizzly is one such producer. Making a name for himself with a combination of alien sound design, heavy bass, and positive vibrations, the Fort Lauderdale native has become a force in this corner of electronic music. Equal parts innovative and prolific, his most recent EP, A New Existence, set the bar high for what to expect from the young artist. The genre-blurring EP was released just months after his full-length album, Satellite Work, offering further evidence to Mystic Grizzly’s work ethic and his penchant for diverse bass collections.
Last year, he released an entirely original mix of tunes that spans nearly 40 minutes, offering an impressive display of his ability to tell stories with sound. Peppered with the sound of nature, ancient instruments, creative electronic sounds, and inspirational quotes, “The Manifest Gang Mixtape – Vol. 1: Certified Wizard” is an excellent exploration of a new way forward in electronic music. The vocal sample that kicks off the mix perfectly encapsulates Mystic Grizzly’s values:
“At this very moment in time, you are experiencing the collective shift in human consciousness and are a part of a global mission to raise the Earth’s vibration. Our true essence is of love and light. Realize that you are the center of your own universe and within you lies all of Life’s ancient wisdom and knowledge. All of human life is unified through the vibration of Love……Love is the highest frequency on Earth, it is our purest truth, and with the intention held in your heart, you have unlocked the infinite power to create all that you desire”
Mystic Grizzly goes on to describe what it takes to be a part of Manifest Gang, his group of followers who are setting out to elevate the Earth’s vibration: supporting each other’s goals, speaking positive affirmations, meditation, hard work, full moon celebrations, and more. Rarely do producers have such a clear and uplifting manifesto of the things they would like themselves and their fans to embrace in this life. His open promotion and celebration of this set of values make this mix a natural choice for this week’s MMM.