Rising Bass Spotlight: Top Five Sound Haven artists with under 5K on SoundCloud
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 (RBS) 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.
Coming strong out of the gates with an eye-popping first phase lineup, boasting headliners in Mersiv, Jantsen, and Desert Dwellers at the top, Sound Haven Festival was turning heads from the very start. With their recently released VJ lineup curated by Actualize, along with crystal clear Funktion-One sound from the folks at Lost Horizons Productions, it’s become impossible to not pay attention to the transformational gathering. With the five-day event set to take place this July 28 through August 2, Conscious Electronic is gearing up for the long weekend with a very special edition of our Rising Bass Spotlight series.
Curated by Sacred Hive, a Nashville-based event promotion company, Sound Haven is a fully transformational event that takes place annually in Tennessee at the spiritual oasis known as Jaceland, located just an hour north of the historic town of Chattanooga. The immersive underground bass experience is gearing up for its third annual gathering with a 2021 lineup that reads more like a “Who’s Who” of rising bass up-and-comers.
The same can be said for our Rising Bass Spotlight, which boasts the likes of Ravenscoon, Wreckno, MIZE, 1788-L, and Cyber G (to name just a few) from back in their early days. Keeping a close ear to the underground, the CE staff is constantly scouring the internet sound waves for new, ear-tingling sounds that cut deep in the spine and evoke hair-raising goosebumps. The goal is to find artists just starting out with under 5,000 followers on SoundCloud. Yet, this marks the first time we’re including five artists in one RBS feature article. Then again, special occasions like Sound Haven call for special features.
While the Sacred Hive crew brings together early every neighborhood of experimental underground bass to Sound Haven— and from every geographical corner of the country— the line-up isn’t just “eye-popping.” Or even “head-turning,” for that matter. For bass music aficionados with their finger on the pulse of who’s up and what’s next, Sound Haven boasts the most expertly curated line-up seen in years. While more established artists like Supertask, Mystic Grizzly, Widdler, Super Future earn spots on the roster, the curators also do an excellent job at spotlight newer acts that fans will come to know more fully in a few years time.
In honor of the bass-filled weekend of newcomers, and in no particular order, here’s our favorite five artists playing Sound Haven 2021 with a SoundCloud following under 5K. Get to know Lowcation, ZIIM, Zen Selekta, Funkmod, and Meduso.
Catch Lowcationon the UFO Stage during Friday Late Night, July 30 at 4AM.
Lowcation is the artist formally known as INTHEWOODS. As one of Sacred Hive’s most promising newcomers on the block, his project is still fairly new. After releasing his debut EP, titled Peak, only nine months ago, this rather enigmatic figure has collaborated with Josh Teed and Chmrua, releasing on Gravitas and Aspire Higher.
Catch ZIIM on the UFO Stage during Sunday Late Night, August 2 at 2AM.
Hailing from Colorado’s “bass capital,” this Denver-baser artist runs around the Mile High as Tevin Rieff. As a favorite on the Chicago-based label, Swampwoofer, ZIIM has been steadily rising through the ranks since releasing his debut Origin EP in 2017. With releases on SpicyBois, a 40 oz Collective, and Headroom Collective, to name a few, ZIIM deep dub sound mixed with his love of heavy low end are priming him to be a rising bass star who will take hold within the next few years.
Catch Zen Selekta on the UFO Stage on Friday, July 30 at 6PM.
About Zen Selekta
Zen Selekta is one of Atlanta’s rising electronic music artists. This Sacred Hive artist provides a spiritual identity marked by dark tonalities and dangerously delicious bass lines. Her mission is to unify humanity through transcending melodies of passion and healing sounds.
Zen’s original work pulls inspiration from world music and deep dubstep. She fuses organic and sacred frequencies devised to awaken and rejuvenate the mind, soul, and body. With ambition to heal others and inspire change, she manifests her intentions into audible soundscapes. Zen has taken her live performance global, embodying her calling as a Selekta.
Catch Funkmod on the UFO Stage during Friday Late Night, July 30 at 2AM.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Jaren Nelson is no stranger to the heavy low end and breakbeat stylings of the West Coast bass sound. Rising the stage and the occasion as Funkmod, the Swampwoofer artist uses a style that blends neuro funk drum-and-bass with dark, slimey dubstep. With a remix from The Widdler that originally put him on the map in 2016, Funkmod continues to showcase his longevity and dexterity in the underground bass world.
Catch Meduso on the UFO Stage on Friday, July 30 at 5PM.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Christian Fuda has been producing under his Meduso alias since November of 2019. In this short time span, Fuda has created a signature sound heavily influenced by 2012-era dubstep and rock and metal percussion. Mysterious, entrancing, and beyond ordinary understanding, Meduso’s music has been featured on every notable underground bass label from Mersiv’s Morflo Records to Wavecraft Collective, and Sub.Terranean to LowFreak and Mean Mug Music. A Meduso set promises to deliver vibrations that make you move.
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