Ashton remixes "Love Here" (originally by Mr. Projector) and takes the song to compelling heights. The haunting voice at the core of the songs meshes nicely with the urgency and frantic nature of Ashton's beats, resulting in a layered, interesting track. The album features several nice remixes and Fever Ray's "When I Grow Up" is particularly alluring, even haunting. The song features otherworldly lyrics and vocal contributions by Azeem, whose exotic voice frames the song nicely. The down tempo "I Am A Laser" is full of reverberating ambient effects and is a track that I am particularly fond of. Childish laughter frames the perimeter of "Window Seat" and Ashton maneuvers deftly through myriad textures and moods. "Are You Ready" is a warped spaceship to another psychotic dimension, adding a chaotic flourish. Ashton closes the album with the Ill Gates remix of "Boombox," ending the album where it started, but with a decidedly different twist.
Of course, liking an album is a matter of taste, relative to each listener and dependent on their own sets of likes, dislikes, and acquired loves. I am exposed to tons of great music through my association with Home Grown, but this album has vaulted to the top of my rotation. I kept hearing about Bassnectar, but I had never heard Ashton's work. I asked to review this album, wanting to hear what all the noise was about, and I found the album to be charming and addictive. I have turned the album on to lots of folks just by playing it constantly myself. After spending the last two weeks engrossed in "Cozza Frenzy," I can see the allure of Bassnectar. This album has a special quality that could endear Lorin Ashton and his talents to the greater world. I will be adding more of his work to my collection, thrilled with the discovery.
- By J. Evan Wade