Featured photo: Bassik.
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.
Jantsen (real name Jantsen Robertson) is more than a little well known among the bass music community, as he’s long been heralded as one of the top creators of filthy and high energy dubs. The Boulder, Colorado based artist has been creating for longer than most people realize– his first hit was his “READY2RAGE” remix with Bassnectar over a decade ago. Since then, he’s enjoyed quite a bit of success as a collaborator and remixer before beginning to make his own original tracks. Whether it’s at festivals like Buku or Wakaan, on tour, or as an opener for another artist, he gives it his all and is often a crowd favorite.
If he was popular before, his recent EP’s, singles, and Gutter Music series have begun a steady launch into even more dubstep fame. He ties in elements of rock, hip hop, funk, drum and bass, experimental bass and more to craft thrilling, adrenaline-pumping music that makes for unbelievable live sets. He’s managed to capture that talent in his mixtapes, making each of them entirely unique and different but equally vibrant and memorable. There’s a clear love for the music that’s easily visible through the veil of sound, and this passion makes him a fantastic musical party coordinator.
This newest Gutter Music is part four of what seems to be an ongoing saga. He expertly weaves both high and low moments of sound, incorporating well known songs from artists like The Ramones and M.I.A. before completely turning them on their heads in Jantsen style. Deep screeching wubs, headbang inducing heavy hitters, warped vocal samples, and raging synthesizers tie this mix up perfectly, making it ideal for anyone who needs a high energy kick start to their day.
Oftentimes more heavy dubstep is overlooked as a contender for spirituality, but all music can be interpreted differently. While Jantsen is lesser known for his slow moments (don’t be fooled–they creep in from time to time), his nonstop dance tunes occupy the mind and allow listeners a break from worry. It’s hard to stress when you’re overcome by the need to dance all your troubles away, and this mixtape allows for exactly that kind of blissful release.