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.
The Space Cadet may not be a name on everyone’s lips just yet, but he certainly is well known in the Tipper fan community. The Tennessee native has played at a handful of Tipper & Friends events, which have included landings at Denver’s The Fillmore in 2016 and Tipper’s 4321 Eclipse Gathering in 2017. He’s shared the stage with internationally renowned artists such as Cut Chemist, Ott, and Thriftworks and has appeared at festivals across the east coast from Resonance and Deep Tropics.
The Space Cadet is multi-instrumentalist Julien Foster’s chill out/ambient project. Drawing inspiration from psychedelic music, comics, and culture, his output is a distillation of synths, samples and real instrumentation into swirling soundscapes and smokey beats. Over the past year, The Space Cadet has been featured on releases through The Rust Music (Illuminations EP, Oxidized Vol. 2) and worked as the sound designer for immersive art exhibit Otherworld Encounter in Nashville.
Now Foster has released his latest single, “Paper Planes,” which is a self-released track from his forthcoming Astroscope LP, out this month. The track is a quintessential ambient gem marked with crawling landscapes, glistening synths, organic tones and samples, and one soothing low-end bass line. Add in some breakbeat percussion and a few Alan Watts spoken word samples and what Space Cadet has managed to cook up is a meditative track with slippery groove appeal. If nothing else, “Paper Planes” certainly raises excitement about his coming full-length project.
The Space Cadet is currently working on several new projects, including collaborations, a remix EP, and more material to be released in 2020. Stream “Paper Planes” below and be on the lookout for his Astroscope LP, out November 11.