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.
Dallas-based producer Nik P is one bass music newcomer we’ve been eyeing for some time. Armed with a love of half-time tempos, dark, foreboding overtones, and paralyzing bass lines, his nuero-tinged sound calls up an experimental approach somewhere in the bpm-territory of 90 and 110.
This is a guy whose coming off a Lights All Night appearance, a recent collaborative feature on DVNGLEz’s budding halftime album, Decoder, and his own headlining show with the Squam Collective—all with under 3,000 Soundcloud followers. So it’s safe to assume the Prime/Saturate Records artist has quite the 2020 ahead of him.
His newest self-released project is focused on two halftime singles: “ZAPPED,” which is a solo venture into the abyss, along with “UNLOAD,” a collaboration with South African producer, Mew Zu. While it may feel like an EP of sorts, ZAPPED / UNLOAD listens more like a journey into the canyons of neuro-hop.
Complete with a heavy, jaunting atmospheres, aggressive progressions, synthetic, morphing bass sounds, and punchy drum work, the EP gives off an intensely hybrid feel between the rhythms of glitch-hop, heavy mid-tempo temperatures, and the aura of dubstep. It’s got Kursa, KOAN Sound, and Jade Cicada stamped all over it. At the same time, it’s all Nik P’s hardworking and highly original finger prints written all over it.
With support from major names in halftime DnB and neuro-funk, including Chee, Hudson Lee, and Frequent, keep an eye on where this promising young talent goes in the future.