Never has the state of bass music been so robustly healthy and multifaceted as it is today, allowing artists to evade classification and monotony by blending the best of what the bass world has invented over the past 10 years. Nobody understands this concept right now better than OWSLA’s Nick Thayer. The Australian aficionado of boom created a cohesive, space-age bass opera with the follow-up to his 2012 debut EP, Like Boom, with Worlds Collide. The EP offers a total-package feeling, with each track feeling connected and necessary yet unique from the last. Thayer jam-packs the EP full of beats borne from moombah, glitch, and electro and doesn’t bother repeating himself in sound.
The diverse and powerful collection kicks off gently by comparison with Hammer On, which arrives riding an elongated build and a cruising-speed drop before free-falling into the simultaneously melodic and rugged title track, with its razor-sharp stabs and wonky build-ups atop a stomping, glitchy beat.
Shut It Down follows up, delivering a fitting soundtrack by which to romp through an intergalactic nightclub with a robot–it’s loud, strutting, and flashy. Legendary Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and his partner in crime DJ Aero (who together are Electro Mayhem) are featured on the laser-laden, moombah-influenced jam Optimize. Soma follows to help round out the mood with a bit of festival moombahton built for big-scale booty bouncing. And if you thought you were gonna get off easy with the last one, let the marching drums, helicopter blades, and totalitarian sirens of Eye Can See You change your mind. The intense opening leads to a sharp-sided trap number with a great rhythm and threatening synth work to complete the EP.
Each track in Worlds Collide plays a part in an inspired collection of work and an enjoyable bass music experience from the talented young producer. The very complete collection of tracks for the avid glitch-lover affords plenty of opportunity to both rage face and dance your ass off. Easily one of the best in bass of 2013. For NEST subscribers, the EP will include some extra goodies, including collaborations with Amba Shepherd and The Crystal Method, streamable above. If you’re not part of the NEST crew, you can also pick it up tomorrow on Beatport, but you’ll have to settle for six tracks.