Like Columbus EDM barons roeVy, Bassnectar approaches nu-rave music with the theatrical aplomb of heavy metal, to the extent that breathy Deftones wailer Chino Moreno shows up on new single “Hexes.” (Not to mention that gnarly mane!) He’s also collaborated with Lupe Fiasco and released a punk song called “Pennywise Tribute,” so the Santa Cruz producer is an equal-opportunity low-end detonator.
Genre-jumping 2012 album “Vava Voom” shows Bassnectar is a cut above your average dubstep knuckle-dragger. It’s smart, immersive music that still triggers the pleasure centers of the DayGlo and candy crowd. His return to the LC this Wednesday should be triumphant.
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