L.A. based musician Sugarpill is pushing what it means to be called “bass music” in new and refreshing directions with his debut EP for Simplify. Along with label-mates Freddy Todd, Love & Light, Knight Riderz, Stephan Jacobs, and Samples, among others, Sugarpill is part of a 2nd generation of glitch-music warriors forging a new path on the musical horizon. Sugarpill and his peers incorporate multiple tempos, space-age production techniques, and a new appreciation for equal parts soaring melody and heavy bass to create what might be called Glitch 2.0.
On the “Mind Machine” EP Sugarpill stays true to his West Coast lazer-bass roots while delving deeper into the purple sound; Melodic and deep with just enough low-end kick, this collection of tunes will work both in the bass bin and in your headphones, while aspiring to new levels of musicality rarely seen in the current bass music landscape.
Lead single Peeing On The Seat opens at a slow burn, combining 808 snare rolls, a glitched out Hammond, and a deep bass line before the drop where party moves into full throttle with heavy lazer bass, soaring synths, and one of the more colorful hiphop vocal samples used in recent memory. B.K. is decidedly deeper with warm yet heavy bass, handclaps, and an Eastern-influenced harp providing an interwoven melody. Back at the party, D.O.E.B.D. builds from 8-bit ambience to a heavy skwee workout with a somber piano providing a touch of sadness to this bit-crunching bass jam. Deep and plodding, Supperclub stands out from the rest with a heavy, chopped-up bassline and Eastern string work to create the most ‘dubstep’ tune of the bunch.