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.
Typically, the title of “rising bass artist” wouldn’t usually be attached to someone like Goopsteppa (real name Alex E.) with his 24K some odd SoundCloud following and name in the headlining marquee at various underground festivals. When one thinks about burgeoning bass talent in the North American continent, in fact, Goopsteppa has been emerging for years and has somehow managed to stay completely “underground” through it all. This is precisely why we’ve included him in our Rising Bass Spotlight series for his brand new, four-track EP, Diaries, which was released during yesterday’s evening full moon.
After some time spent offline during quarantine, Goopsteppa returned to his Facebook page to promote Diaries on the Autumnal Equinox, September 22, wishing his fan base a “beautiful Equinox.” Released intentionally during the wee hours of Wednesday morning, during October’s full Harvest Moon, which will appear full until Saturday evening, October 3, the full EP listening experience plays out like an ode to her Divine Feminine energy.
From the EP’s opening track with Scoutskey, “Just So You Know,” and two soft and mellow mid-tracks in “Crema” and “Butterflies For A Night,” to the transcendental energy flowing from the EP’s closer, “Haven with Storm.boi, the entire short form project is decidedly less “goopey” than Alex E’s usual beats. Still, Diaries blends futuristic melodic bass music with subversive soundscapes, captivating beats, and surreal textures in a way that only Goopsteppa knows how to do. It’s a sound wholly unique to the Montreal-bred low-end maestro, which makes his sonic canvas precisely so experimental, calming, and grounded.
A standout on the EP is “Mt. Rose” with Charlesthefirst, which came to fruition out of a previous tour that brought Goopsteppa close to Charles’ stomping ground in Lake Tahoe. The track is dedicated to the mountain that the two buddies were able to take a few days in nature for some rest, relaxation, and reflection. “Sometime in the late spring of 2018, I had a chance between shows to stop over and hang out with Charles in Tahoe. He scooped me from my flight in Reno, and we hit the road. One of the places we stopped on the way was Mt Rose,” said Alex E. of the two producers time together outside of busy touring life.
This track reminds me of how nice it was to get to relax and hang out for a few days outside of our typical shows and tour life. It’s one of those jams from a night where everything feels all good, where you just fire up the studio and make music straight up for the enjoyment of it.Goopsteppa
With festivals under his belt like Arise, Okeechobee, Quasar, Shambhala, and more, and support from artists like Tipper, AtYyA, and Charlesthefirst, Goopsteppa is widely known and widely respected for his futuristic style and heavy low-end chill vibe. His brand new Diaries EP adds to Goopsteppa’s catalogue in a new and fresh way, making the project a welcomed addition to the Rising Bass Spotlight roster.