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Album Review

The majority of dance DJs circa the early 21st century have completely neglected the fact that they were once important contributors to hip-hop (especially during the genre's waking moments). Instead, most DJs seem to focus entirely on electro dance nowadays. But then along comes Bassnectar, looking to reintroduce the importance of a DJ to the aforementioned genre with the 2007 release Underground Communication. With various MCs and rappers dropping by to lend Bassnectar a hand throughout (Persia, Seasunz, Nibu, etc.), from a musical standpoint, the majority of the tracks on Underground Communication clearly stand out from hip-hop's beaten path — especially the title track and "Amorphous Form," among others. Attempting to break new ground is what Bassnectar is all about with this album, and judging from how predictable and same-sounding hip-hop has become, it's quite an accomplishment.


Born: 16 February 1978 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Bassnectar is the stage name used by DJ, producer, and remixer Lorin Ashton, one of the most long-standing and influential figures in California's electronic music community. Ashton's music is known for its eclecticism, embracing elements of extreme bass, dubstep, breakbeat, and other IDM styles, as well as shifting tempos, contrasting moods, and dynamics that go from gentle to bruising and back during the course of a set. A significant amount of Bassnectar's music also has a strong activist streak,...
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