Midweek Mantra Mix 052: cnopes explores different genres on his ‘journals through music’
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.
Cnopes is the alias of Connor Kennedy, a DJ and producer based out of Colorado. Many know him through his work under the Spicy Bois label and for performances at festivals like Sonic Bloom and Wakaan, and on streams including SummerEyes, Couch Fest, and Earth Tonez. He defines his major influences as jam, jazz, and blues, all combined together and mixed with electronic elements. After a couple years of single releases, Kennedy is starting to hit his stride as a producer with his first EP, Function Flux, debuting in 2019 and his most recent, Azure, in August 2020.
Cnope’s influences are clearly showcased through his unique sound, with a wide variety of drum styles and tempos to fit different occasions. There’s a certain instinctive ease with which Kennedy changes the mood in his mixes and transitions between surreal high points to more experimental space bass, adding in hints of everything from glitch to hip-hop to pure synthesizers.
As Spicy Bois makes waves in the bass world for its authentic underground catalogue, Cnopes moves with the collective. He’s collaboratedd with MeSo, the creator of the label, and has had a defining role in shaping their style and brand. They’ve successfully curated small stage takeovers in RV lots at festivals, and are working on more—which should prove to be no problem with the backing of such talented producers.
On his “Journals Through Music” mix, Cnopes takes listeners on an expansive journey. After opening with an all original track, he launches into his remixes of artists including Digital Ethos, Habstrakt, A Tribe Called Quest, and Mr. Carmack among others. The beginning eases in slowly with a floaty, lighthearded drum rhythym and by fifteen minutes in is introducing funky wubs, before dipping into grimy bass and coming full circle to end on a more completed light note. This creative, dirty, and ethereal mix is perfect as we move from summer into cooler months, and begin to slow down for the winter ahead.
Cnopes – Journals Through Music Mix
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