Written by Theresa Rodriguez
In todays world of generic and boring, mass market produced, consumer inspired crap its refreshing to find something that breaks barriers down and challenges peoples conceptions on their imposed reality. The weirdly wonderful world of LA underground bass music is a perfect example of this, challenging its listeners with intricate, unique and otherworldly sounds, and drawing them into something unheard of before. Emerging through this growing micro community is a new breed of producer, one that isn’t afraid to do things their way with an added romantic twist.
GoldRush and his family of musicians have given fresh sound to his brilliant first album by releasing LOVE HZ RMXD, featuring remixes by some of the funkiest producers in the bass community. Each producer attaches their own distinct sound and style to the original track, while also keeping the original GoldRush essence alive.
I was first blessed with the intriguing sounds of GoldRush at the mystical wonderland of the “The Fish Fry” as they call it, presented by The Do Lab at Coachella in 2011. After, I was also fortunate enough to witness Benlloyd drop his most epic, bass filled, romantic tunes under the moon for a nightfall set at Burning Man. His range of bass and groovy instrumentals always has me stuck waiting for me. From festival to festival he always has something new to bring to the table. His presentation is hard to walk away from no matter where it may be. It is safe to say that GoldRush never disappoints. Everything from his energy to his swagger is admirable; a definition crowd pleaser with a badass hood.
LOVE HZ RMXD features remixes by Ruff Hauser, Gladkill, +verb,Richard Sweat, Stephan Jacobs, Sugarpill, jOBOT and LoBounce. These new tracks truly hit your soul making your feet want to move instantly. Beatport.com created a ‘Top 100 releases’ list and announced that LOVE HZ RMXD was number fifteen. It is no surprise to me to see this artist grow as fast as he has in the past few years because of his remarkable talent.
“Carpe Diem for Lovers” is given a masterful remake by Ruff Hauser, dripped in a beautiful bassline and layered with all the essential GoldRush goodness. This track still carries the enchanting vocals that implanted the original version in my heart. “S.C. Honey” is given an +verb remix that sends the original on a journey into outer space realm. The OG vocals are accompanied by a heavier bassline and glitched out synths. Another standout track on the release is Richard Sweat’s remix of “Super Symmetry”, aptly named the Droptop Spaceship remix. This tune vibes the original GoldRush feeling of flying through a hectic game of space invaders on a spaceship, accompanied by a progressive bassline and an assortment of spaceship bleeps. I truthfully couldn’t help but shoot a few lasers out of my fingers as I write this! Sugarpill gives “MySkye” his bass-heavy touch, and the always funky jOBOT gets his way with another remake of “S.C. Honey” using the original vocals and giving it his own dose of jOBOT bass. LoBounce gives my favorite GoldRush track, “Pop Rocks”, an impressive funkified feel, turning it upside down in the best way possible. Also featuring remixes by Stephan Jacobs and Gladkill, Love HZ RMXD is an absolutely masterful album, featuring deliciously well-crafted basslines and the most intricate of melodies and haunting vocals. These tunes rightfully deserve its place in the music collection of any avid bass head space traveller.
While awaiting GoldRush’s next performances at this years west Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle festival, I can only anticipate the most epic & romantic bass set to date. If you have ever seen GoldRush perform, you are well aware of how naturally he orchestrates his crowd with this high energy, spine chilling, loving beats! Hopefully in the nearby future, he will be able to pay the east coast a visit and shed his inimitable light, representing the LA underground bass community. His fresh sound effortlessly inspires originality, bringing out a “love life” vibration. Listening to LOVE HZ RMXD with your eyes closed brings you on an incredible quest.
STREAM LOVE HZ RMXD HERE!