Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bassnectar - BBC Radio 1 Mix

Bassnectar dropped this on Annie Nightingale's show before playing Fabric check it : Bassnectar- BBC Radio 1 Mix

It's hype mix of all the styles Bassnectar is know for dabbling in: dubstep, glitch hop, and even some dnb. Basically an all-out bass heavy assault. No track list unfortunately but it's banging all the way thru, and ends rather poetically. Do not miss.

Possibly even more interesting than this mix is a recent post Lorin mades on the Bassnectar blog regarding health and safety. Apparently someone died at the gig at the Aragon Ball room here in Chicago.
"I do not have all the details, but I am told he had ingested some kind of drug (potentially mdma?) and today his mother wrote into the site. I responded to her privately, out of respect. But I felt an even more pressing need to address this issue of ‘healthy & safety” with the rest of you."

I think that it's pretty cool for someone in the dance community to talk about being clear and present and encouraging others to do so or at very least "dance safe". Which to me equates at least with proper hydration, testing pills, and having knowledge of the drugs effects. As Lorin puts it
"Getting sidetracked by the specifics (MDMA, molly, hydration) or even by the question of what classifies as “Drugs” and what does not, all of this detracts from how important it is to cherish your life, to take care of yourself and those around you. There are so many ways to do this (educating yourself, discussing with others, making safe and wise decisions) but here is another reminder of how fragile life is, and how important it is to treat your body with extreme care. I have seen many people’s lives destroyed by drug abuse. For me personally, life is just too short and precious to take unnecessary risks, plus I have learned to love and prefer a strong, clear mind over anything else.
You can read the whole bog post here:

It's something I can get behind as I've lost several friends and acquaintances to drugs and depression from chemical abuse. To me there's not enough talk about it in the scene. It all tends to get glossed over fairly quickly, or even worse glamorized. Whether it's bad for business or people are afraid that they will come off as judgemental or preachy, it's not topic that's openly and calmly discussed enough. What I like about Lorin's post is that it is conversational and also addresses other aspects of general health. Give it a read.

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