Bassnectar ‘Divergent Spectrum’ Album Review

If you’re not familiar with Bassnectar, it might be easy within the first few minutes of his eighth studio release ‘Divergent Spectrum’, to dismiss it as ‘just another run of the mill dub step album’. Wrong. Just about the time you are sneaking that last bottle of beer from your room-mates shelf in the fridge, and giving the tracks to your dj friend, Bassnectar proves his meddle as a talented producer to stay out in front of the crowd (and reel you back in!).

Gypsy punk has suddenly started blaring from your speakers, taking the place of bass lines and syncopated beats. ‘What the hell?’ you chime to yourself, hurrying back to your room to figure out what went wrong with your PC THIS time. Before you can move the hourglass on the screen, you freeze as Gogol Bordello’s chorus does the same—‘We’re coming rougher every tiiiiiiiiime’……BOOM! A huge fuzzy wuzzy sub and stomping kick suddenly compel your neck to bob repeatedly as you absorb this forward thinking remix of GB’s ‘Immigraniada’(not to mention deliriously spilling the last of the beer).

Left with an eagerness for more nectar, you head out into the streets of sound to see what else this album has to offer. You run into a few tracks you swear you’ve met before saying, “Don’t I know you?” but they sneak off into the night before you can question them further. Leaning against a light post to catch your breath, the song ‘Raging Stereophonic’ appears on the sidewalk. With it’s breathy beat boxing, hip swaying rhythm and sultry come hither synths, you find you’ve forgotten your exhaustion and are hypnotized by this tune that has ‘classic’ written all over it. Soon stepping over the familiar threshold of home, ‘After Thought’ guides you towards the couch, massaging your temples with the sweetness of its glitch laced lullaby. Just before you dive deeper into the land of music and dreams, your roommate abruptly enters the house. ‘I need a drink!” he declares, unknowingly splashing through the puddle left by his only beer. Bassnectar whispers in your ear, ‘Quick! Out the back door!’ using the sweet sounds of ‘Disintegration’ to guide you safely into the cool, starry night and bringing the album to a close.

‘Divergent Spectrum’? Get it.

By JBGrindley