West Coast bass music creator Nico Luminous draws from a variety of influences to create his melting-pot style of music. Everything from hip-hop to reggae, RnB to dancehall, and more goes into his proprietary blend of smooth bass tunes. As an artist, he focuses on writing original music with organic instruments, playing and recording them himself as he integrates them with his electronic bass sound.
Spanning a laundry list of genres, his mix titled “See The Future 2018” is typical of his style: namely, that there’s nothing typical about it. In his own words, he describes the sounds that he’s made here as “earthy future deep trap.” Bouncing from deep rolling vibrational tunes to gritty mid-tempo bangers, the all-original mix is a study in musical voicings. Organic, electronic, and everything in between, the groovy fuses with the meditative in a slew of original ways as the nearly hour-long selection of tunes runs its course.
Part of the reputable Street Ritual crew, Nico Luminous is exemplary of the kind of creativity that the collective is known for. His live sets are rife with on-the-fly adaptations and live instrumentation, featuring everything from beatboxing to live looping to custom effects. As his notoriety grows, so too does his reach, and his music has taken him everywhere along the West Coast as well as overseas.
The title of the mix, “See The Future,” refers to a 6-track EP by the same name. Featuring influences drawing from nature and the urban jungle, as well as ancient and modern music, the mix is meant to inspire a litany of positive vibrations in its listeners. for these reasons, and so many more, Nico Luminous’s mix is the perfect selection for this week’s Midweek Mantra.