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.
As the groovy psychedelica project of Dean McDonnell, LuSiD is well known and respected across the bass music world. Originally hailing from St. Louis, McDonnell and his auditory brainchild is overflowing with diverse instrumentation, including the adaptation of live guitar, funky bass, tribal didgeridoo, atmospheric theremin, and vinyl record scratching. With support from Ott, Space Jesus, CloZee, Papdosio, Phutureprimitive, and many more, LuSiD’s sonic stamp is tangled in handwoven threads of crowd-moving electronica, funky fresh vibes, and dreamy sensational rhythms.
LuSiD’s festival resume is just as impressive as his support list, which has taken him to Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain, Tipper & Friends 4321, Suwannee Hulaween, Burning Man, Astral Lights, and more. Conscious Electronic has long had a close eye on the bass music artist as well, including a featurette for our Midweek Mantra Mix series, during which time he played a metamorphic set while on the playa at Burning Man. Now we’re proud to include him in our Rising Bass Spotlight series.
LuSiD’s catalog is already sizeable and rapidly growing, so it seems strange to include him in our Rising Bass Spotlight given he’s been in the game since 2012. Since releasing his debut album, The Travelerz Moon Rockz, his music has blended perfectly into meticulous, genre-defying, original tracks from his ever expansive library.
The underground bass artist released Cortége a mere five months ago, followed up months later with another LP, Shots Fired, as well as a short-form EP project in Graveyard Shift. Now Jaguar arrives as LuSiD’s third independently-released studio album in five months time, which speaks his uncanny output in just a short time.
From the LP’s title track, which uses energetic beats, tribal instrumentation, and soothing bass lines, to stand-outs like “Faces” and “Cerebral Celebration,” which both bring dreamy, sensational rhythms in their own indelible ways, Jaguar soars on every level. The project will both ground listeners and shoot them to the moon. By the end, one feels elated, energized, ethereal, and ready to get even funkier with LuSiD’s next release, which can’t be too far out of the pipelines.
Also listen to LuSiD’s latest live set from The Rust where the bass music artist plays the entire album live.