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 shine a light onto the rising producers who’re honing their craft, galvanizing their movements, and attuning eyes, ears, heads, and bodies into all things low end.
Hailing from Atlanta, a city whose bass music scene is saturated with the underground world’s next and best trends, FRQ NCY stands out amongst the pack. The up-and-comer has been supported by the likes of Noisia, G JONES, Peekaboo, and more. Fans may recognize FRQ NCY from his featured track, “Rubberband,” on Bassrush Records‘ compilation album, The Prophecy: Volume 1, or from his Valentine’s Day treat “Love + Hate,” also released through the Insomniac imprint.
After ruffling feathers and tickling eardrums over the past few months, FRQ NCY is now poised to release his new EP, Broken Patterns. The five-track project was almost a year in the making, according to free-form bass music producer.
There were a lot of ups and downs in my life during the process of making this EP, and I think it shows through the diversity of some of the tracks,” says FRQ NCY in a press statement. “It makes the project even more special for myself, and hopefully others can relate to it on a certain level.”
The EP begins with “Broken Patterns,” with its aggressive snare, squirming robotic noises, and powerful sub-bass. As the EP’s title track, the song sets a strong tone for the rest of the album, warming listeners up for unexpected sounds ahead. From the dreamy and atmospheric world that FRQ NCY builds on “Pins and Needles,” to the stretching synth, slingshot tones, and gnarly bass lines of “Rubberband,” to the quirky and ominous sounds on the closing track, “Wyvern,” Broken Patterns was unpredictable and refreshing.
Futhermore, the EP showcases the evolution of FRQ NCY’s sound since he began developing his half-time and dubstep sound more than three years ago. We can’t wait to continue watching the Atlanta-based producer grow as an artist, which is why he is our next Rising Artist Spotlight.
Featured photo courtesy of Bassrush Records.