Blast Off: The TimeStretch EP

March 22nd, 2010

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TimestretchSpring is here, and as we set sail for 5 wild weeks of tour, Amorphous Music teeming with excitement to announce the official release of the new Bassnectar EP: “Timestretch” – AVAILABLE NOW at our little record shop. Each tune is only 99 cents, and there are cool bundles featuring new tricked-out merch, various musical formats (CD, vinyl, hi-fi) as well as bonus remixes and instrumental versions and loops.

The tour is laid out like dominoes and the entire Bassnectar Crew is super-charged with delight to erupt night after night after night after night with you in wild explosions of freakish abandon. Are you Ready?!?!?!?

Last January was supposed to be a vacation for me, but being the work-obsessed person that i am, i ended up working nonstop in the studio. And by February, i had created a lot of new material. Most of it was inspired by the hype of last year’s tour and is full of energy…perfect meltdown music for dancefloors. Plus the title track “Timestretch” came out so deep and beautiful to my ears, i decided ‘WHY NOT RELEASE THIS RIGHT AWAY!!!!’

Everyone thought i was crazy and delusional, cuz we were barely off the Cozza Frenzy whirlwind…hadn’t even finished the Northwest part of the tour, and i was supposed to be off in the Bahamas somewhere. Instead i was in a Bermuda Triangle (wake, work, sleep) and after putting the RUSH ON, i ended up with a STACK of new material… most of it is pretty pulverizing, in that i wasn’t trying to craft beautiful music, but was working with really fun jams of intense, freak-out bass music…tunes i can use on the Spring Tour and such.

I decided to call it Timestretch because it correlates with one of my favorite philosophies; How to slow down time and enjoy it on an ever-deepening level. With each day in my life that passes i develop an increasing gratitude for the blessings i have, and am constantly learning to see challenges as exciting possibilities for growth and healthy change.

So it was this kind of deep love for life that i genuinely wanted to pass on in the form of music. A small reminder to focus each day on what you have in your life that you are grateful for.

I remember in high school, my History teacher Mr. McCrystle was teaching about Current Events. He mentioned how frustrated he got when he heard people complaining that “The News” on TV or in the paper is always negative. ‘They are always bemoaning how awful it is, and how the front page is always full of horrible tragedies.’

But he pointed out that it’s a GOOD THING that The News is primarily bad, negative news. Because if tragedy was an everyday constant then it wouldn’t be news. If we read a headline like “Everyone Actually Did Not Get Killed Today!!!!” then it would be a sign that homicide was horrendously high. The fact that is STANDS OUT FROM THE NORM is a good sign.

Although i agreed with that lesson, i have taken the thought further; although it is good that headlines are so often tragic and horrible, it is still important to take a daily stock of what is positive…even if it *is* everyday normality.

The architecture of my hands, or the way my marvelous eyeballs coordinate with microscopic bits of electricity in my ‘brain’ to form thoughts and emotion, and translate information is SUCH A MIRACLE, yet 99% of the time i do not notice it.

This is what Timestretch is about….noticing all the little things and giving thanks for them. Not giving thanks to “god.” Just simply giving thanks. …allowing yourself to feel authentically grateful. That gratitude has, for me, created such an overwhelming abundance of inspiration, that i am excited to share it with you, and with anyone i can before i vanish.

My life is so wild and crazy, more than i ever dreamed. And every day i discover so many new options and angles and perspectives. I want to share that because i think it is empowering for humans to constantly be reminded of the blessings they take for granted. The passion that is created from this isn’t just about music. It’s not about specific songs, it’s about feelings, emotions, and how deep the rabbit hole goes.

And the hummingbird is an excellent mascot for this… because to our eyes it appears to dart around so quickly, and to it, i assume we appear to fumble around in slow motion like big, wierd giants.

I wish i could make my mind move faster, so that my surroundings appeared to move slower…thus allowing me to interact deeper and more thoroughly.

Like in the movie The Matrix, Neo accelerates his consciousness so intensely that bullets appear to move in slow motion. He eventually thinks/moves so fast that the bullets stop altogether.

On a much more realistic level, i think it is possible for humans to develop our rate of perception past the normal rate, and in doing so, stretch out time.

Maybe not. But it’s definitely something i think about.

So anyhow, i am quite sure you have stopped reading by now, but i will continue with my long-winded story.

We got the release mastered by Bil Bless (YOU ARE THE MASTER!!!) and we got the artwork squared away (THANKS JONATHAN @ CHILD’s PLAY and of course PETER CLARK, the young artist who created our crazy Hummingbird) and the Amorphous Music team began planning how to huck this release as high into the sky as possible.

We wanted a big explosive release at the end of March, but decided to pick a small DJ-outlet to do a pre-release. I thought it would be cool to give them some bizness as the industry is such shambles lately, and i knew the BASS HEADS were going to support this release (THANK YOU!!! AS ALWAYS!)

So we gave it to beatport to do an earlybird release, and within a few hours it has SMASHED through the charts, snagging a Royal Flush in the Dubstep Charts: Number 1 through Number 7 were all tunes off the EP! (AGAIN! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!). 2 days later, the song ‘Bass Head’ was number 8 on the overall Top 10 Charts.

But the people at Beatport, instead of being enthralled that they had so many new customers sign up, oddly did what nobody ever expected – and what nobody can since explain: They wigged out, assuming (without contacting us, and with no proof) that we had to have somehow hacked their system to have a bass track make it to the charts so fast, especially with all the new user registrations.

Without any warning, they yanked the release from their store (one of the stupidest most ridiculous things they could have done, but that’s them.) We tried to tell them that our fan base is INSANELY enthusiastic and as supportive as it is voracious (dozens of them have tattooed the Bassnectar logo on their bodies, so buying our release was pretty automatic as far as their support goes). The huge influx of new customers was because we had given Beatport the release early and sent our fanbase directly to them, but all we got in response were voicemails, and lame email responses. Then hours later they figured it out, but it had already been removed from their system, the chart-status lost, and …it was just DUMB TIMES. …took them 36 hours to add it back up. Really whack service.

I hear they have done this to a lot of artists when they do self-releases, and i think it is horrible. But that’s one of the many random aspects of the music industry. For myself, it doesn’t matter, as i have this killer website, so many good folk helping me out, and a great team around me. But it pissed me off to think about them doing this to someone else, maybe on a younger artist’s first release, someone who it’s easy to take advantage of …it was just SUCH a dick move! (end rrrrant).

Although initially quite upset, i quickly realized that their business is actually minuscule compared to all the humans out there who are tuned into Bassnectar, so instead of giving their ungrateful arses any more love, we shifted into OVERDRIVE (thank you Daysha!!!!!!!) and over the weekend created the release page for the full Timestretch EP.

Check it out!!!! You can get the songs DIRT CHEAP as singles in a variety of digital formats, plus there is CD, vinyl, new merch, and a DJ Pack with instrumentals, samples and loops.

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Because of the fiasco, we had to rush everything, so a lot of the physical merch won’t ship for a few days, but its all limited numbers, so if you are interested, you should jump on it.

I cannot waiiiiit to drop ‘Here we go’ at every freakin show for the rest of my life…can’t wait to feel ‘Bass Head’ drop of 15,000 heads at Coachella, to watch the crowd pop at All Good during the ‘Blast Off’ and can’t wait to feel these songs mutate across crowds (from big fests to small towns: we are coming atchaaa) as we make our way across the country this spring. The tour schedule is loaded, there are a grip of dope summer festivals, and we leave in two days!!!! WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!

Make sure to hit the request line if there are specific songs you wanna hear at any shows coming up (no promises, but i’m very curious what you want) and also if you have any dope remix ideas or projects, i’m ALL EARS!

Check it out and we will see you soon
🙂

L

  • Tristan Santiago

    Bassnectar you inspirational son of a bitch!
    first of all you need to come to tampa because we have an extreme lacking of dubstep and bass breaks here because of all the stuck up geisers that live in area (we need the use of your skills in the low frequency ranges to raise some pulses)… second id be honored if you checked out sum of my tunes.
    soundcloud.com/pensive-intent

    I'd like to conclude the statement with this… i've seen your interviews and my respect for you is in a constant exponential increase not only because of your music but because of the neo-enlightenment ideas that you bring with them, that absolutely destroy the status quo monopoly.
    respect
    Twisted Ripple

    • HA! nice one
      🙂
      yes we had a burly restriciton cuz of Ultra…we will be to florida asap
      can yu send those tunes to share(@)bassnectar(.)net
      obviousy without the parentheses

  • Evan Silverman

    I just want to know that you and specifically the last song you played at coachela gave me a spiritual experience. I think it had a girls voice that chimed in “you don't know” (or something similar sounding maybe) The melody was very anthemic and triumphant, and just gave me the ultimate realization that my girlfriend in Sydney, and I can conquer anything together even the pacific ocean that separates us. It's really hard for words to do justice to the depth of the emotional and transcendental experience i had then, and i know i'll never be able to replicate it fully but i think if i hear the song again i can go back to that place in my mind for a second.

    We've always loved your music and i really want to play that song for her when i see her again. I'm 90% sure it was the last song you've played at your coachella set, definitely in the last couple. If you could just tell me the name I surely will find it. I'm a psy dj so don't have any troubles tracking down rare music.

    • YES! you are talking about the sample of “u got 2 know” by flux pavillion. MASSIVE 🙂
      i did about 5 songs in 60 seconds mixing out of metallica in kind of a rushed medley
      🙂

      • dude thanks i never woulda found that without you. I almost only listen to psy-trance because of the spiritual feeling it gives me, yours is the only music that's not psy -trance that gives me that same feeling, and I think that speaks volumes about who you are and what you do and the care with which you craft your music.

        You're able to tap into that otherworldiness & your music just has a divine spark that almost every dubstep producer seems to be lacking. Your music is in a category of itself with the likes of Simon Posford (shpongle/hallucinogen), Tool and maybe a few others. I know this might seem like hyperbole to you, but i'm completely sincere.

        When I hear electronic music with no other-worldy influence i tend to get bored quickly, this never happens to me with bassnectar. Keep on doing what you're doing cause you clearly have a gift.

        Big Booom!

        Dj Deli-Fi

  • spaceylacey

    it just dawned on me. this sunday i get to see you in charlotesville. so siked! ..uuumm i know its late but .. is there anyway i can request a dropping of leprrechauns arise or love here. because 1. im totally a leprrechaun to the max, st. pattys day baby over here, and 2. i love everything <3.

    so yea just wanted to put that out there 🙂 cant wait to move it on sunday

    • EXCELLENT IDEA 🙂

      • VDutATx

        O god plz do in Austin aswell!! :DDD i know it wont be st. paddys day but both those tracks are killerrr. A leprechauns arise love here mashup? LOVE ARISE!! LEPRECHAUNS HERE?!!?

        • iiiiiinterrrressssstiiiiiiing idea
          🙂

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  • dansiegel

    Lorin, Please do a remix of some MGMT. Kids or Electric feel you could take to a whole new level. just saying it would be epic!

  • Jonathan

    Lorin – Have you ever taken a look at some of Infected Mushroom's older stuff? I was really impressed with their Converting Vegetarians Album and I could see some really good remixing potential there. I know you’re not too much into Goa Trance but a lot of the sounds they created were so incredible. A couple tracks that come to mind are… Jeenge, Shakawkaw, I wish, Gamma Goblins, Deeply Disturbed.

    It's sad how Infected Mushroom has degraded from their past in my opinion. Their most recent album is… horrable.

    If you willing to play around with it maybe you could play something at Summer Camp at the end of May this year. That would be pretty sick. Let me know what your thoughts are.

  • Zach

    After Lollapalooza I never thought I would have my mind tickled again like how you tickled it, but boy was I wrong. Im still getting chills over your set at Coachella. My only wish is that you record and release some of the music you play live! I long to listen to any part of that again.

    Thank you so much for rocking my world for the second time, man. Sendin' mad love and bass from SoCal. Cant wait to see you again!

    <3
    -Zach

  • Jim

    hey lorin, what was the name of that piece you did with the “mosquito goes buzz, buzz, buzz” part or whatever it was that you threw down in Boston last night.

    • busta rhymes i got bass (stagga remixxx) 🙂
      mmmmmhmhmhmhhmhmhmhmh

  • seanhamilton

    Lorin you brought the grime back to boston you went hardcore forsure broo HOB was a nuts! i was in the front row the whole concert and then when you came for the group photo i jumped the rail and came and said what up and got some stickers before geting removed but well worth it to see the legend himself up close!

  • zoranisis

    Lorinzo! How goes it brother? Damn, times sure have changed. Still love you more than ever but Mezzanine and no Big Bounce? Damn shazaam. I picture myself, a fairly short lil dago standing in front of one of those pillars at Mezzanine wonderin why I'm not seeing you outside with a couple hundred folks at Belden. The only Mezzanine that brings me good memories is owned by Massive Attack. Alright, don't mean to be a wet rag, you still give me wet dreams but I'm just rantin after a couple glasses of wine. Tomorrow your music will be pushing the flames on my brush pile while I dance around the hillside with a smile on my face. Maybe they dozed Mezzanine and built something new since the last time I was there? Love you

    • dont be a wet rag
      we are pouring our hearts out night after night after night (after night after night after night)
      come share some good energy!
      🙂

      • zoranisis

        I know I know. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that your shows are blowing the roofs off. Night after night after night after night. I've never known anything different from you. I'm just wondering if Mezzanine can handle it? In the past even when I've gotten there early I somehow end up standing in front of one of those frickin pillars. I'm sure there is a lot of logistsics in booking venues to a show and don't mean to sound ungrateful. Just needed to speak up about Mezzanine for some reason (and of course not being able to see you outside at Big Bounce). Wet rag mode off, love mode in full effect.

        • hahahaa man i am a wet rag sometimes too 🙂
          i love that term
          🙂
          mezzanine: we were going to actually do The FOx in Oakland, but something really cool came up in the summer, so it got moved somewhere smaller (mez) where ive never played

          i preay to christ and allah that you do not end up by a pillar. i will do my best to have all pillars removed for the night! 🙂

  • hotabay

    Lorin, was so glad to get to let ya know face to face how much what you're doing means to me. I was a little “off-kilter” but I think I managed to get out a couple of coherent sentences. 😛

    Met and talked to Lia too, she looked surprised that I knew her name, haha. She is so beautiful and nice to talk with as well. And I stupidly asked if your tour manager was Videolicious. Why would that make sense? I don't know, you split my brain open so I accept no responsibility! haha.

    but I do love what you're doing with the lights, especially looking at the couple of videos on Youtube from 4/20. Not to mention I'm going to Allgood again this year for hot, hot visual action. :]

    I meant what I said though though; I wanted to give thanks and yes, I do love you, man. <3

    • hahahhaa!
      man if videolicious was my manager…WOW, i dont know where i would be today…HAHAHAHA
      too funny.
      yah man it was great meeting you too!
      keep in tuch!
      L

  • hotabay

    and fuck! I knew I should have bought that sweet sideways print shirt before the show. Had to buy the 09 Cozza Frenzy shirt instead as it sold out (funny because I walked out of Philly in Nov. in such a daze I forgot to buy any shirt and my girlfriend bought the same one I'm wearing now, haha.)

  • kristianobrien

    Hey Lorin its Kris O'Brien,
    Now that I know about u and sts9 in chicago i gotta add it to my list of events this summer which includes summer camp and bonnaroo!! i cant wait to see all my favorite artists including seeing you FOUR TIMES, im sooo stoked man i cant wait i just wanted to post my request for songs for you to smash into tiny euphoria waves of dubstep heaven and through it into my cranium!!! haha well anyway i wanted to hear any song from Timestrctch i really like basshead any version and here we go also i love backpack rehab and especialy telepoport massive wich would be cool to remix in with cozza frenzy in my opinion. I JUST CANT WAIT TO RA RA RAA A A A A A GGGG GGGEEEE All NIGHT AT SUMMER CAMP.See you there bro.

    ur greatest Fan,
    Kris O'Brien

    • right on bud
      yah like i said, ive been playing basically every daymmmm tune off timestretch *EVERY* night, im loving it right now, so why not… check out this video of last night, playing cozzza frenzzy:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg1a4YkIvvQ

      • bassfreak

        you threw down last nite…one of the best shows ive seen in a long time…loved the encore

  • ATS

    I saw the youtube video of the metallica mix. amazing. wish I were there. you mentioned to someone in the comments that it will never be released or sold, but you bet it will be circulating. can you, or someone point me in the right direction on that? what do you mean circulating? does that mean there is a way to get it? or might be? anyway, I was at the detroit show…head is still rumbling from that night. what you do is amazing. thanks.

    • ha
      it was an intentionally vauge answer
      all i can say is that in about a month i bet you will find it

  • dubsteppinxtc

    Was watching Zoolander the other day and couldn't help but think you should do a remix of Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood…just saying…it would be sweet

  • 20doublebins

    yo lorin,
    i just started getting into your stuff a couple months ago and I since then have been hooked. I was lucky enough to be able to see you in boston last week and it was unlike anything I've ever been to… and I've been to a lot of shows. I also saw an interwiew you did where you talked about how kids are just drawn to the raw energy of really heavy, authentic bass bass and shit in music. I just want to say that your shit has really changed what I consider my taste in music. I used to be kind of a jam band guy but then I saw you tear shit up. Your style and musical philosophy are a breath of fresh, whoooommmpin' air in what I consider an otherwise stifled music scene

  • rileylozano

    I saw you at coachella last weekend. Soooo epic. Sickest performance of the weekend by far. 'Here We Go' was soo dope and the remix of 'Basshead' was crazy man. So heavy. Cant wait to see you live again.

  • rileylozano

    and your metallica remix was soooo heavy. such good shit!

    • whaaaatt?! please bring that to Tuscaloosa on Friday!

  • Devin

    Thank you soooo much for dropping lucy in the sky last night!!! I may quite possile one of the happiest people right now, Incredible night. By far the best in my life. You rocked my world man. I got the impression that you might be ending everything soon after you spoke about life at the end of both shows this weekend, I REALLY hope this isn't so! You're the best, I can NEVER get enough. I'll see ya this summer! Love love love you!

  • Derik

    since you spin the Noisia remix of The Omen by The prodigy you might like this one by Noisia too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb55ep-DrSo

    i would sample the “get em like bloaw” vocals and layer it over something that is just winding down and about to end then cut up the get em like bloaw vocals and transition directly into the slowness part (is that called half time?) without any crossfading and loop it many times, def scratch a bit to the beat and cut it up come in between like the vocals “get em like get get get get em like ect”

    then gracefully let it ascend to craziness 🙂

  • Natalie

    you made my weekend dropping the LSD mix, and you played my FAVORITE tracks at both Baltimore & Charlottesville… how'd you know?!?! the absolute ONLY thing missing was your mind-blowing visuals! totally understand how busy you've been, but the screens are so much of the experience 🙂 thanks for the autograph, photo, and endless LOVE and enthusiasm you pour into your work. some of the crowd is getting pretty outtt of control, but your loyal fan base insists that you keep cranking out ridiculous wobbles for years to come. peace&love

  • basshead

    PLEASE never stop. especially touring. seeing you live is the most amazing experience. i dunno what i would do without my BASSNECTAR

  • Lauren Stu

    Tomorrow you mofo! Get ready! I'm pumped! Dopest show in April by far. See you tomorrow!!!!!!

  • philip

    wow i JUST realized i missed you at the 9:30 club earlier this year!! so disappointing. you should definitely tour up the east coast again!

  • Natalie

    btw, I bleach-dye shirts & made you one that if I can get it to you you should totally wear @ AllGood. see you there 🙂

  • mike

    play in SEATTLE!!

  • Mike

    hmm, i'm feeling a remix of Big Poppa is in order, drench it in bass and murder the beat. or mash up the melody with Otherside by Rebelution if u wanna get real creative 😉
    lorin you are amazing, i want your skills, buying timestretch now!

  • First I just want to say that you blew up Baltimore! You're amazing! But I wanted to talk to you about a pretty funny issue I had that night… you reached for my flip-flop to sign it and then tossed it into the crowd of people in front of you. I kept searching for it under everyone and once everyone cleared out, it was gone :[ someone must of jacked it of course because it had your signature on it :] Not only that, but because I spent so much time looking for it, my friends left so I got stranded in the cold rain, no jacket, no phone, no money, no clue where the hotel was, and no shoe lol. Talk about a crappy ending after such an amazing show! But I was just wondering, it's worth a shot at least, if due to this you could please hook up a huge fan with something signed, Lorin!?

    hit me back at xxitstearaaa@yahoo.com if you can :]

    • Aww, Teara, that is TRAGIC, and made me laugh a little. Probably just because it's so random and awful. I'm emailing you now.

  • joosie

    Hey there, twilight zone intro remix. get tooo it pleases!
    also, aqua teen hunger force intro could be cool to mess with too
    I LOVE YOU BASSNECTAR

  • joosie

    Hey there, twilight zone intro remix. get tooo it pleases!
    also, aqua teen hunger force intro could be cool to mess with too
    I LOVE YOU BASSNECTAR