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Viskus, JamL, Hullabalo0, kLL sMTH, & more team up for Aspire Higher’s National Music Day compilation, ‘Solstice Sessions Vol. 1’

Falling annually on the summer solstice, National Music Day took place this past week on June 21. To celebrate the day of free music sharing and events, Aspire Higher has gifted the bass music world a very special compilation album chocked full of a few of CE‘s underground favorites. Titled Solstice Sessions Vol. 1, the 15-tracker is a staunch collection of cutting-edge rhythms, exploratory styles, and genre-spanning tracks.

With kLL sMTH on official mastering duties, the bass music purveyor is joined by a wild cast of promising free form bass talent, including 5AM, Josh Teed and Lowcation, Viskus, JamL, and many more. Touching down into the terrains of glitch-hop, space bass, tribal, experimental, drum-n-bass, downtempo, and more, Solstice Sessions Vol. 1 is a wildly-unassuming free form bass masterpiece.

From the drippy synths and jammy disco melodies of album opener, “Different” from NiT GriT and SEDA, to the expansive tones, twinkling highs, and DnB-tempos on G-Type Star‘s “Reflects,” the entire LP is such a force in fingerprinting every genre in the vast world of bass music. The devil’s in the details on this compilation, whether it’s low kee.‘s muddled low ends on “Sickle,” or JamL’s spaceship blastoff appeal on “How It’s Done,” or even vide‘s uptempo glitch-hop number, “peak talk.” When it comes to pushing the needle, this collection of artists goes into the red.

A true stand-out on the compilation is kLL sMTH’s “Nearly Nagled” as he explores spacey tones, paralyzing drops, winding melodies, and deep scratching. Then there’s Viskus’ “Whales” wherein he experiments with symphonic melodies, deep glitches, and heavy modular synths. All in all, this is one summer compilation that any bass head would be remised to look past.

Stream Solstice Sessions Vol. 1 below.

Aspire Higher – Solstice Sessions Vol. 1

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