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#TBT: Ultraviolet Halo EP - DeathStar

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This week I wanted to take a moment to commemorate the 2011 innovative, radical, amazing, future bass music collaborative project known as DeathStar with their only ever release EP, Ultraviolet Halo.

Music masters MartyParty and Minnesota teamed up to bring us a new style of bass music that MartyParty coined back in 2011 with the debut of his solo album bearing the same name as the genre, Purple. This 5 EP track is nothing short of amazing, both of these producers are creative originalists standing alone and their work together as DeathStar is even better than the sum of its parts.

The journey of DeathStar commences with their first track titled “Funk Soul”. Any EDM lover can tell at the start of this tune that it's completely unique. The artists flawlessly tie in samples from FatBoy Slim’s hit “Rockafeller Skank”, but don't be confused, this IS NOT a remix. DeathStar changes the whole idea behind the song by adding calming, yet memorable bass lines layered on with vocals by fan favorite, Lil John. “Money Talks” can be best described as having STS9 sounding undertones complimented with the Skrillex-style high pitched, strobed voice effect thrown in the mix, and very evident minimalist dubstep roots. Next is “Back It Up,” where DeathStar returns to Lil John vocals and the tune plays like a hip hop beat with a more trance-like energy while continuing the pattern of their famous underlying bass hooks.

Next they transition into “Seismic,” which in my opinion is the catchiest of the EP. MartyParty and Minnesota fans can really appreciate this track because the sound is reinvented yet you can still identify the distinct unique styles of the artists separately. The entire tune flows effortlessly from the trance build-up to bass wobbles to jamtronic breakdown, and I find it hard not to love. Finally, they conclude this epic project with their remix of On My Level by Wiz Khalifa. This remix is fire, maintaining the crucial components of the original song meshed together with a future bass type sound, this track really ties together the whole album epically. I think you'll agree when I say it's clearly dissimilar from the others.

In the midst of me finishing up this post, I found two crucial attributes about these artists individually that I think contributes to making them so brilliant as a partnership. In an interview, MartyParty states that his vision for the purpose of his music is, “I just want to make kids freak out and let loose – we all came to party – I make a party – you have no choice but to get into it – young and old – one thing is for sure, you’ll be going nuts.” In addition, I've also come to know that Minnesota's musical goal is also simple; to release diverse productions that can win over any crowd. Having two artists who manifest the same vision and goal for their production is crucial for creative partnership. It is unfortunate that they have decided to stop pursuing this underground project, but either way I still feel lucky to have been able to enjoy and appreciate the final creative outcome.

I hope y’all enjoy DeathStar’s throw back purple music project as much as I did.