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.
Hailing from Chicago, UHNK (real name Alex Saldana) is a rising bass producer who has been pushing the limits of the genre. Fusing elements from drum and bass, dubstep, trap, and trip-hop, Saldana’s unpredictable grooves have notoriously made underground crowds mutter “ughh(nk),” twisting one’s brain in creative new ways. In short, it’s music that’ll take you on a trip flying through your consciousness.
Making a splash in the underground bass world, UHNK has now released his debut EP, DIY Reality, via ill.Gates‘ Producer Dojo. The 6-track project, which includes collaborations with Wreckno and Moonsplatta, is chocked full of UHNK’s unique and off-kilter sound design. Mixed with sci-fi soundscapes, chopped vocals, and heavy bass, the entire EP sets out to launch listeners from the jet propulsion labs of UHNK’s studio into the dark atmospheres of the mind. From the EP’s opener, “This Finger,” to the closing track, “Notes From The Underground,” DIY Reality explores UHNK’s signature upbeat breaks, catchy vocal rhythms, and mind-bending basslines showcase the undeniable energy his music brings to the dance floor.
UHNK has recently gained on-stage recognition from likeminded artists such as ill.Gates and Bassnectar. His growth and EP has also been called out via Mr. Bill‘s podcast. In 2019, he opened for artists such as Oski, Pigeon Hole, VCTRE, including direct support for Mersiv and more. This is one artist to start paying attention to if you’re a fan of weird, wonky bass music.