Bassline Drift : Give + Take Review
Bassline Drift is an electronic duo blending heavy bass music, world beats, haunting vocals, and as they pull from multiple genres and cultures. The duet is Keli Marks and Rachel “Sink” Lindsay. Bassline Drift has a nine-song album titled Give + Take that is an unusual blend of Exotic Bass, World, and EDM Fusion. Bassline Drift traveled to India to study Indian Classical Music and immerse themselves in spirituality through mantras. Give + Take is Bassline Drift’s second full-length album, released on Gravitas Recordings, the beautiful singing by Lindsay combined with Marks organic production and playing is something to savor.
“Engine” has an intoxicating groove with Lindsay’s sensual vocals capturing the mood of the lyrics. The rhythmic, almost chant-like, nature of the verse sets beautifully against the big beat. The call and response structure in the chorus is exciting and produced with varying sounds to further the separation. The added male voice is a good decision in the second verse, building the energy and sonic tapestry. The melodic colors have influence from Indian music, adding to the exotic nature. All the sounds are natural and sit in the space in a manner that can be heard and enjoyed.
Bassline Drift teamed-up with Kirtaniyas on the track “Radha Ramana.” Here the influence of the duet’s study of Indian Classical Music and the use of Mantras are in full bloom. Set to a full drumstep, the use of violin and layered vocals are powerful. The counterpoint between the various vocal lines and instruments are a soothing counterpart to the active beats. The interlude of chanting and flute is stimulating as the beats enter with even more intensity and activity. The fusion of World and EDM is a stimulating sound that brings out the exotic nature of both genres to create beauty and emotion.
With full production and beautiful singing, Bassline Drift is creating a sound that is reflective of the open-mindedness of the EDM genre. Pulling from any sounds from around the world to blend them with their own unique style and musical passions. The music is flowing and well-produced. With heavy bass beats, world beats, haunting vocals and live instruments combined with electronics, Bassline Drift is divine!
Give + Take
March 6, 2018