Artist: Bastard Sugar
Date: December 18th 2015
Format: CD / Digital
Written & produced by: Wander Kars
Mastered by: Sander Haakman
Artwork by: Studio Ruwedata
Dutch producer and beat maker Bastard Sugar’s real given first name, Wander, perfectly embodies the type of music he makes. We experience his music like an exploration: organic, natural sounds are contrasted, and more often even combined with digital sounds. Bastard Sugar has his ear to the ground in terms of what’s happening now in 21st-century beat construction and he wanders freely across genres such as UK bass, post-dubstep, juke & future garage with a keen ear for melody and subtle feel for rhythm. You get the feeling that you’re listening to his music while it’s being made.
But there is a broader sense of aesthetic readily apparent. There is a mystical sense of earthiness at work that is fixated on what might happen tomorrow. We imagine a post-apocalyptic scenery with streets crumbling and skeletal office buildings where birds return to sing the morning chorus.
Bastard Sugar’s music is the melting pot in which he mixes all of his ingredients together. Like a scientist working from within the hushed confines of his lab he gives the sound a new life in dream like collages where nature, future and chaos collide. For fans of: Slugabed, Flako, Submerse, Flying Lotus
‘Outside’ is Bastard Sugar his second EP release. Again he puts 4 own tracks on the world and a remix from the upcoming dutch artist Feiertag.
‘Epicly Alone’ is a short abstract track With naggy, growing, synth chords which work to a almost hasty climax with quick drums.
‘Bather’ gives you more rest. The dreamy tempo together with the protracted melodies and Deep bass give a platform to be grown over by 808 percussion surrounded with tiny other Sounds.
‘Fishing Bait’ is a playfull track with cheerfull and clear notes, gliding chords and sounds that appear to come straight out of the forest but still have a digital character. The bass and beats keep this track running through that Bastard Sugar forest.
‘Moose Ends’ flows in gentle at the beginning but will later prove to be a powerful track after all. The distorted bassound is up front and is assisted by pushing chords. Heavier parts are alternated with softer parts like submerging under water and coming up again.
King Deluxe: these tracks are all really solid
DJ Dema: nice selection of beats
Jay Scarlett: Nice one
Construct (High on Beats): wonky bliss
Mwëslee: Bather my favorite , thanks!
byte.fm: Very nice!