The Librarian - Booksy Riddim
East Van Digital is proud to present the third installment in its ground breaking, earth shaking EVD Bass series, featuring the cream of the West Coast bass scene with exclusive tracks from ill-esha, the Librarian, Self Evident and 22:22.
Under the name ill-esha, Elysha Zaide has been one of the most notorious West Coast bass producers since the early 2000s, having released albums on Daly City, Gravatas and Muti Music. True to her style, "Dirty Mind" sees ill-esha mixing light and dark, as a pounding glitch-hop beat is glazed over by a contrast of an uplifting club synth melody and Dr. Dre approved lead with her own rhythmic vocal manipulations.
Bass Coast curator Andrea Graham (a.k.a. The Librarian) delivers one of the EP's most versatile tracks with "Booksy Riddim", progressing an increasingly paranoid stab to a tripped out guitar peak over a stuttering dancehall beat.
The prolific Self Evident has credits on a dozen labels or so. While often aligned with the dubstep scene, a mode in which he expresses his fascination with crunk and grime, "Lawless" shows more of a subtle hand. A zooming, elusive sub bass permeates the track, over which a spooky lead floats away among tight percussion and thuggish vocal samples, like half-speed footwork.
UK ex-pat Juri Gregurec has the distinction of being the only name to appear on all three EVD Bass compilations, as 22:22, and he earned it. His contribution this time around, "Moments of Clarity" has a sci-fi feel, its cymbal reverberated into the deep as a subtle dubstep bass line snarls, peaking with brisk tambourine and snare percussion, a fragile melody and feedback purr bubbling out of the texture.
Altogether, these four stylistically different tracks loosely linked together by geography and aural similarities outline the stunning diversity and irrefutable prowess of the West Coast bass scene.
EVD Exclusive January 16, 2014
Wide release January 30, 2014
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https://itunes.ap ple.com/ca/album/ evd-bass-3-ep/id796691205
http://www.juno download.com/products/ill-esha-the-librarian- evd-bass-3/2384127-02/
Bevvy Swift, DJ Soo, Dubconscious, Michael Red, Shamik, Yan Zombie, Voodoo Vandals, Eradik, Arktic (CFUV), Rusty Meeks, PK / King Deluxe
"YUP! liking all four here. Well done EVD."
"Deep n dirty - nice release!"
"Some really nice understated, bass-heavy tracks here - in particular the tracks from the Librarian & Self Evident!"
"Solid release from start to finish! Every tune has hints of darkness with dance floor vibes. Booksy Riddim is my fav."
"Ill-Esha comes around with another monolithic tune, holding down the Westcoast Bass sound proper!"
"This is an amazing release and an excellent represntation of the West Coast sound at the moment! All the tunes are top notch and original." 10/10
"Really digging the 22:22 track!"
"4 Solid bassy bombs! hard to pic a fav...lots of original sounding trippy stuff in this release!"
PK / King Deluxe
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Added: 10 months ago
Shhhhhhhh! Andrea Graham is known as the Librarian, but don't be fooled by her deceptively quiet composure. The Bass Coast Music Festival's co-founder and music curator has been making some very loud noises up and down the Pacific Northwest for the better part of a decade. Her knack for blending total dance floor destruction with sly subtleties and hot new exclusives makes for a consistently accessible, yet undeniably future sound. Indeed, her festival's carefully crafted music line-up is a perfect mirror of her style. Serving up a veritable who's who of the West Coast bass scene and reaching deep both backwards and forwards, The Librarian offers up unabashedly hard-hitting low-end bliss paired with thoughtful, sophisticated chops.
In addition to curating and co-producing Bass Coast since its 2009 inauguration, Andrea has toured the Pacific Northwest club & festival circuit extensively (Shambhala, Symbiosis Gathering, Rifflandia, Burning Man, Envision Festival, Diversity, MEME, World Ski & Snowboarding Festival, Crankworks, and more), and has performed as far as Costa Rica and midwest from SF to Winnipeg & Wyoming. She has played alongside Pinch, J Kenzo, dBridge, UZ, Bauer, Dub FX, Silkie, Distance, Addison Groove, Machinedrum, Om Unit, JETS, Grenier, Kastle, TRUTH, Deadbeat, Marty Party, Excision, Zed's Dead, Mimosa, Vibesquad, Ana Sia, Danny Corn, Reso, Rusko, Caspa, Appleblim, 2562, Stagga, Djunya, BSE, Kutz, & many more.
In summer 2013, The Librarian was officially made a member of West Coast's notorious Lighta! Sound crew, joining deep bass pioneers Michael Red, Daega Sound, Max Ulis, Self Evident, Taal Mala, Mandai, Tank Gyal, Cure, & Calamalka.
The Librarian currently has releases out on East Van Digital and King Deluxe with more to come this year. Her weekly residency is in Whistler B.C. at Maxx Fish's Really Good Tuesdays with Mat The Alien.