Much like Bass Lo-Ryders' Nyte
Ryders, Tuner Heat serves as a "Best Of" for Bass
Freq. As I was less impressed with Kool
Hertz than other offerings in the genre, I actually wondered
if this collection would be a more solid-packed representation
of what Bass Freq was all about.
Bass Freq is part of the Electro Bass genre, where
music is composed electronically and features deep-tone bass
with a bit of electronic tones, synthesized instruments and
looped beats compiled to create an overall groovy, stylistic
series of tracks. Bass Freq is far more modern in it's
approach, featuring less jazz influence and far more modern
techno and house/dance beats in its repertoire. It's not uncommon
for tracks to drop a deep bass tone and then roll through
a upbeat tempo.
Having heard Kool Hertz already, a number of the tracks
were already familiar to me. The title track, Kool Hertz
, Gig-A-Low Crunk , Chillah B , Bump
Chek , Neon Knights , Droppin Hood and
Smooth Roller all came from that 2004 release. These
are all pretty good tracks that show a good range from that
release and integrate well into the other tracks.
The rest of the tracks come from 2005's Neon Skyline.
The opening track, Rok Dat Bass , is crisp with a groovy
beat that does a nice job at establishing a mood. Big System
opens with an awesome drum beat that flows into a steady
tempo-driven piece. Kool Whip is more of a reserved
piece with a fine bit of high-end basswork, toying with a
more funk-influenced mood.
Ryde Shaker feel pretty much like a genre mainstay,
doing all the things right for Electro Bass genre without
standing out too much. Lollapop Drop is a laid back
effort that pumps some deep tones while making it all feel
effortless. Crunkwerk is crisp with a steady, rolling
beat, far more high toned than other tracks. Bounce 2 Dis
throws in some swift change-ups to make the tempo and
mood feel unique.
I will say that making this a "Best Of" composed from two
very recent albums really doesn't do Bass Freq justice.
Because of that, the tracks don't show a larger range of style
and feel more like a fusion of the two albums. If you haven't
heard anything from Bass Freq before, than this is
a good way to get your head into the better pieces from the
past two albums, but I would have liked to hear older works
for the sake of historical perspective.
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