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.
There’s no arguing that pioneering UK bass act, Ivy Lab, have established their legacy for decades to come. The latest, greatest thing to come out the iconic Northern London trio has been Halogenix. As formerly one-third of Ivy Lab, Laurence Reading is the production mastermind behind Halogenix. When Reading announced his departure from the group in mid-2018, it was the dawn of a new era for the halftime DnB heavyweight.
With the start of a new solo chapter, Halogenix hung up his Ivy Lab stylings in favor of an even more distinct sonic oeuvre. With his most recent EPs, Deep News and Gaslight, both released on Critical Music, Reading has been able to explore everything from rowdy dance-floor drum’n’bass and swagged-out bass-line dominated beats, to sultry vocal laden slow-jams, and everything in between. But, make no mistake, Halogenix is no newcomer per se. He’s released under his solo moniker for years, with 2015’s All Blue EP via Metalheads, 2017’s Velveo EP, and Jumpsuit EP on 1985 Music in the same year.
Now Halogenix has reached another career milestone with the release of his Lordel EP, out now via Deadbeats. The four-track project explores Halogenix’s creative curiosities with a deeply experimental sensibility as he puts his high-energy half-time tempos on pause. Favoring spacey, computerized synths, moody, ominous basslines, breakbeat tempos, and ambient atmospheres, Lordel is a journey in the bass music abyss. It’s chill-out music to lounge to and, not to mention, to escape reality with.
Featured photo: Chelone Wolf.