NICO LUMINOUS self-releases “Love is Waiting” on December 9th, 2015 and it’s a fresh trip hop, chillout, and bass innovation through conscious, soul ,and downtempo production fused in with stylistic intention. This is Trip hop for Lovers. Still fully embodying full West Coast Hip-Hop spirit, this full-length album composed of 13 tracks, Nico brings back a fresh feel through classic bass lines, funky whistling melodies, lyrical depth, artist collaboration, minimal drums, and romantic-felt magic. I met Nico back at Art Outside ’13, as he was “scoping out the scene” before his set. Since then, I’ve been following his music! Hand painted Art Work by Hanz Haveron. feel good songs
West Coast musical artist Nico Luminous is a gifted DJ/Producer/MC/Beatboxer/Vocalist who takes a fun and soulful approach to creating electronic music. Bouncing drum beats, sparkling chord pads, futuristic bass synths fused with organic elements create his unique brand of “Glitch-a-Delic Soul Whomp”. Based in Los Angeles, Nico’s high energy performances and releases keep him travelling every weekend to a new city or festival. With a residency at the monthly “The Big Bass All Star Variety Show” in Hollywood as well as spots on KXLU radio and many other events this year in California, Austin, Oregon, Georgia, Arizona, Costa Rica and Canada. Nico is blazing a trail everywhere he goes and word is traveling fast about his signature party rocking style. He’s the only artist today performing with a wireless effects and looper pedal belt that seamlessly incorporates into his all original DJ sets. Influences of Hip Hop, Dub, and Dancehall are laden throughout and the music has an irresistibly uplifting vibe.
Check out “Moon Buddy Cadillac”, self-released by Nico Luminous himself 11/11/2014
Bass Mtn Festival, in its fourth year and now held on July 25th-28th in Kyburz, CA, is not one to miss! With the perfect proportion of party to nurture and wellbeing, last year it was truly one of my favorite gatherings. Lately I have been comparing festivals to a much-needed vacation. They encourage harmony with nature, a relaxed mindstate, magnificent scenery, and an overall bitchin’ time. Like traveling, a festival is a “choose your own adventure” affair. Incorporating a sense of sublime freedom and kinship, participants leave feeling fulfilled and jubilant. Bass Mtn will be the quintessence of this – a wholesome retreat from our realities to a space of complete ease and liberation. It will provide us a sense of abundance like none other. Prepare for endless synchronicity, the best bass around, mind warping visuals, elaborate stage design, thought-provoking workshops, awe-inspiring art, rejuvenating yoga, luscious organic food, and soothing healing that will warm you inside and out.
Bass Mtn is an intimate gathering designed to enrich the soul and cultivate bonds. The opportunities for both self-reflecting and connecting with others are infinite! There is something for everyone, whether you want to activate your booty shakin’ skills at one of the sound stages, gaze in awe at amazing art creations scattered about the grounds, test your agility on a structure, delight in an organic smoothie, learn about plant alchemy, go on a hiking adventure in the woods, or simply wander aimlessly and giggle with friends. What more could you ask for out of a weekend in the enchanting meadows, welcoming tree groves and majestic mountains of the Sierra Nevadas? Nothing, if you ask me! It’s a weekend that is set up perfectly for pure bliss and connection…. All you need to bring along is a sense of curiosity, an open heart, and intentions set on growth and awakening. This experience will likely cause all-sensory gratification – auditory, visual, mental, aromatic, tactic, even your taste buds may do a little dance once or twice.
The music will be sure to please… Opiuo’s unique party music is always super fun to get down to; his newest release Meraki is on point (if you haven’t checked it out I highly suggest doing so to get pumped for Bass Mtn)! Kalya Scintilla’s eclectic womps always get you in the groove. Digital Rust will provide brain melting gooey bass like none other. I recently had the pleasure of booking him for a Bass Tribe Tahoe and he did not disappoint! Nico Luminous always keeps it fresh with his fusion of hip hop and West Coast Bass flavors. Colorado fam 2NUTZ always gets a crowd going with their appealing glitch-hop vibes. Trevor Kelly has been crushing it all along the coast and has played some of my favorite sets this summer. If you’re into booty shakin’ bass, look no further than The Pirate. Musical mastermind Hypha will provide us with his “rhythmic bass poetry”. I first saw him perform at Emissions 2011 and he has killed it every time since. SELBY will get the crowd going and getting rowdy with his seamless mixing and future bass frequencies! Hailing from Vancouver, PerkulatOr has been taking the West Coast by storm and will be sure to please. Muppet Punk’s booty bass is always a good time Other favorites that I’m stoked about include Zeb Early, The Originalz, Duffrey, Bim Tim, Irieyes, Craigslist Hookup, DubColing, Boggan, S1nth3sys, Subdocta, Richard Xavier, Benjah Ninjah, Phil Harmonic, Mr. Rooney, Motorhome Music, Mizl, Coop da Loop, Lil Miss Mixer, IJV, Gurbtron, Game Genie, AUX, and Bassment-Ality. What a killer lineup – it is well-rounded and diverse, sure to please music lovers across the spectrum.
Check out the Bass Mtn website for information about the reasonable memberships (rather than purchasing a ticket as a commodity, participants procure memberships for a collaborative and participatory tribe), music, directions, preparations, and more. BIG UPS to Mindful Massive for working so diligently to make this spirit-enriching weekend a possibility. See you in the woods… surround yourself with love and frequencies at Bass Mtn next weekend!
One of my favorite Bass Innovators Nico Luminous is providing a new audible treat with releasing his 3ed Ep entitled “Unearth the Diamond.” Personally, I only got turned on to the LA, based producer last year from JM the creator of Afromonk.com, but he has become part of my constant rotation, his tracks finding their way into my dj sets and mixes. Don’t get me wrong, just because I was late to the scene, Nico Luminous is a longtime member of the Bass community sharing the stage with some of the greats including, Vibesquad, Dave Tipper, and Heyoka. Hopefuly, I will have my first pleasure of hearing a live performance at the up and coming Lucidity Festival! The specific sounds that set Nico Luminous ahead of the pack in my mind is how he makes electronic music sexy. He stretches the limits of his software and pulls together elements of the bass genre into one seamless package that is a pure sex. Catch a show this spring and hear for yourself, Nico has a busy touring schedule taking him from Coasta Rica to Texas, Cali, Nevada, Utah and Washington. I hope to catch up to this talented individual this spring and enjoy the positivity his music brings to our community and the larger galaxy. In Nico Luminous words, “Music is nourishment for the soul, a bridge to unseen worlds. I’m grateful to have dedicated my life to something that brings people together in Love and Peace.”
Pickup your copy of this Masterpiece and support one of the true Innovators of our Bass Community at his Bandcamp page.
Every once in awhile a release will come out and totally blow me away. This time the amazingly talented and amazing friend Elysha hit me up about the upcoming Nico Luminous EP, Sunrize in LA. She sent it over to me personalized stating that it was some Luvstep that she knew I would love. She was absolutely correct and have been so backed up on reviews but had to write about it after clearing up some messages in my inbox. Elysha has been helping out with the Street Ritual label and man they are putting out some quality work.
Sunrize in LA has some of my favorite tracks on it right now. It’s an absolutely sexy release and has the loveliest female vocals on top of some of these tunes. I’m playing a show soon where it’s strictly sexy beats and can’t wait to make the dance floor get down to a few of these tracks. There’s also a really fun IDM/8-bit tune in there that will make you all giddy after hearing the sample. Nico Luminous has really shown off his talent on this one especially considering this is his second release on Street Ritual.
TITLE: Bass Muze
LABEL: Street Ritual
RELEASE DATE: 05/29/2010
The hip hop and beat boxing of Nicoluminous has taken form in
synthesizers and drum machines for his second official release, Bass
Muze. Beats and bass dive through the sonic landscape in glorious
pristine west coast flavor, shined up like some hundred spoke 13″ gold
wire rims on an amphibious moon buggy. Nico’s got the juice, the
fiyah, the dirty girdy if you will. Don’t sleep on the super belly
bass bizzle. It’s for rizzle…all inspired by the low end, just in
time for you favorite speaker freakin’ summer festival.
1) Bass Muze
2) Belly Funk
3) Bass Bizzle
4) Souljah Crunk
5) Battery Juice
6) Dirty Girdy
7) Carpet Ride
8) Keep the FiYa!!!
9) Toki Dub
10) Sinewaves for Mermaids
Nico Luminous is located in Oregon and be on the look out because this dude is a total sleeper. It may seem at first that he is just another beat boxer but then you realize the mans skill as he creates loops on the fly and incorporate all mixed sounds in a full live performance. These are some tracks put down by him. Check out this video where he has taken the time to show you how a live performance can really go deep with using Ableton Live. It’ll makes you wonder what really all is possible when you see someone out there.