Midweek Mantra Mix 040: Looking to the stars with Saltus’ ‘NIGHTSKY’ mix

Wednesday is humpday, which not only marks the halfway point between the work week and the coveted weekend, but also Conscious Electronic’s Midweek Mantra Mix (M3). We’ve been scouring the web’s most enlightening bass music mixes that align with our vision: to provide “a conscious way to consume dance music.” M3 spotlights both veteran and up-and-coming bass music artists whose music seeks to raise the vibrations of their collective listener base.


Enigmatic producer Will Saltus is climbing the ranks of the deep electronic music scene. While contributing multiple tracks to Street Ritual, he is also a co-founder of the Rezinate collective, responsible for curating events and releases in the same dark experimental vein. Frequently releasing a variety of mixes and original tunes, he is poised to make a splash with the new unreleased music that entirely comprises his 20-minute NIGHTSKY mix.

Saltus closes out summer with DJ boat set over a harbor
Photo: James Coletta.

A variety of styles pulsate and drift out from the speakers over the course of the five tracks. Containing a healthy amount of heavy sounds, the ethereal and melodic nature of the mix makes it as uplifting as it is brooding. The name “Nightsky” is apt here as the expertly woven music easily calls to mind visions of the rising Milky Way and the infinite cosmos.

The beauty and scale of the cosmic fabric can hardly be imagined without the aid of a transportive device like music. The billions of stars and their planets, and the vast lightyears between them, leap into consciousness when the right combination of notes meet. The quote in the track description also suggests that the stars have more of a voice than it may seem:

.. But that is the physical side of the stars. They also reveal secrets to those who watch by their arrangement, their pattern, and their movement. Whatever the reason for this phenomenon, this we know: at times a clear message comes to us from the night sky, and we who are bent on gaining knowledge will not refuse to heed such a message; we will remain open to every source of knowledge, including those often held in disrepute.

This set of five unreleased tunes calls to mind ancient ritual and the rhythms of the earth and sky. It’s hard to hear where one track ends and another begins as the sonic landscape unfolds. Though distinct, they mesh together in a vibrant blend of bass that suggests a tide of quality deep music is on the way. These factors make the “Nightsky” mix our 40th Midweek Mantra, and illuminates Saltus’ musical path forward clearly.