There’s less than a month before a couple hundred magical souls gather for the West Coast’s best-kept secret: Emissions, where the underground bass music community comes together for four days of 808 hits and the heaviest, stankiest bass you could possibly imagine.
A journey far into the mountains leads you to the wildest town on the planet: Belden, CA. Street art and tags are everywhere, and stickers cover almost every surface. This place is brimming with culture, and a unique community that always puts the music first. And while Emissions stacks each lineup with a unique and refreshing combination of west coast bass, electronic and hip-hop, this year is different.
When I say different, there are no hip-hop acts on this lineup. No hip-hop?! Where else in the world besides Emissions can I get the fuck down to Sayer and Trevor Kelly while also groove and head-nod to legendary artists like The Pharcyde and Deltron 3030? And while I’m disappointed, the 2018 lineup is still absolute fire. There’s no shortage of West Coast favorites like Yheti, Huxley Anne, The Widdler and Chase Manhattan making epic returns, and the headliners feature electronic music pioneer Rusko, Minnesota, NitGrit and Mr. Carmack and a super special live-set by Japan’s Goth-Trad. And while we’ve seen these names before, each of those artists is really pushing the boundaries of bass music. Tracks like Minnesota’s “Technique” are laced with that extra-tasty West Coast flavor.
I’m personally diving into the fine print of the lineup, and my heart swells with happiness when I see that Pushloop is performing. I reviewed his George Orwell EP and it is some dark, glittering beats that will transcend you. Shwung delivers the glitch-hop vibes, while Moglee brings super womped-out psychedelia to the dancefloor. Other artists in the depths whose sets going to be dope as hell are Kowta, Suds and Phers.
Emissions knows music, that’s a fact. Specifically, they like artists that know their shit and aren’t afraid to make something new. Here’s where I want to give a huge shoutout to my homie Khanda for being one of the three winners of the Mix Contest. Khanda’s music is raw, heavy street culture right into your ears. If that sounds dope, make sure you don’t miss his set. BrittanyFromEarlier and EyereEyes also made the cut with their fresh vibes.
With a gorgeous river, rad community and dank food to go along with the music, it’s pretty damn perfect there. Emissions is not one to miss, especially on their 10th year anniversary. Grab tickets here.