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Introducing Comisar: Colorado rising bass artist’s ‘Becoming’ EP is a beautiful symphony of organic, genre-defying sounds [EP Review]

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’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.

Comisar may not be a name known too widely amongst the more broadly tasted EDM community, but for fans of tribal bass, his is a name that rings a bell. First coming onto into notoriety after officially remixing CloZee’s “Secret Place” three years ago, the genre-defying, portal-hopping up-and-comer has remained under her wing ever since. Even as CloZee recently moved to Denver, he may have been showing her thing or two around his Colorado stomping grounds, but the Ohio native-turned-mountain man has remained in the hearts of tribal bass fans ever since Chloe first put his name on the map.

Just six months from his last EP release, Make Believe, the multi-talented producer now releases his Becoming EP. Having already released four titles off the project, including the highly palatable “Astral Chatter” that CE only recently premiered, now the full EP project comes into its final stage of cohesion at six tracks.

From the EP’s opening title track to the carefully intentioned beat work on “Seeker” and the casual vibrant melodies and drippy 808s of “On and On,” Comisar proves himself a master of layering psychedelic bass over euphoric synths and spellbinding rhythms. Comisar often incorporates organic field recordings, synthesized nature sounds, and lush vocal layers into his free-form productions, but he does so in such a way on Becoming that displays a certain level of nuance and veteran expertise.

“Waiting Room,” the EP’s fourth inclusion is a heavy, experimental cut that is by far the glitchiest of the six selections. Comisar incorporates palpable rhythms, Eastern vocal chops, and fast-tempo percussions that border on the bpm of drum-n-bass here, making for a track is fun and uplifting.

Rounding out the EP is “Warp Speed,” which comes in with a culmination of musical elements are working together as a beautiful cacophony. Here, Comisar drops listeners off into a sprawling landscape that’s filled with bright, golden valleys, helicopter synths, fluttering melodies against twinkling tones, and calming measures. 

After a steady build using high-energy percussion, blossoming crescendos, and building instrumentation, Comisar leads us into a satisfying first drop. It’s the kind of overly gratifying, feel-good drop that calls back to the early electro styles of Feed Me and Sound Remedy and the days when those two were unleashing their signature sounds on the masses.

Jumping between glitch-hop, free form and tribal bass, and experimental styles, Chris Comisar’s Becoming EP is a statement-making project for the soon-to-be swift up-and-comer. This is precisely why we’ve included him as one of our Rising Bass Spotlight artists. Look out for Comisar wrapping the month of June as opening support for CloZee‘s first-curated event, VOYAGE, taking place at Terry Bison Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Until then, stream his full EP below.

Comisar – Becoming EP

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