Moonbase is the man pushing Australian bass music to new heights.
Dark, grimy and custom made for darkly-lit dancefloors, the Moonbase brand of bass rolls together influences from grime, hip-hop, juke and beats. It’s industrial yet melodic, always forward-thinking and not afraid to trade an aggressive bassline for arpeggiated synths. As Sydney producer Nick Luke – FKA Moonbase Commander – tells it, it’s music born out of playing weird, underground warehouse parties.
And the right people are paying attention: Moonbase’s 2015 collaboration with New York MC Cakes Da Killa was named ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork, while Skrillex’s tastemaking Nest HQ blog stepped up to premiere both his recent Orthodox EP and last year’s single Southpaw. Locally, Moonbase has aced primetime sets at both Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, and committed to pushing music that innovates with the launch of his own label Trench Records.
But what’s coming up promises to be ever bigger. The next single from Moonbase is It Don’t Matter featuring Anderson .Paak, the Grammy-nominated and BBC Sound of 2017-listed U.S. rapper, singer and performer who has become one of hip-hop’s most in demand names. 2016 was a breakout year for .Paak, who released his lauded album Malibu as featuring on some of the year’s biggest singles, Kaytranada’s Glowed Up, Snakehips jam Money On Me and Mac Miller’s Dang! among them.
The addictively dark It Don’t Matter was made between Sydney and Los Angeles, and Nick Luke says it’s a collaboration that came easy despite the different worlds they come from.
“He’s amazing. Usually with collaborations you’re expected to workshop beats to get it to a place you’re both happy with, and see how the song develops. But with Anderson, it was a very clear vision from both ends,” he explains. The finished product, Luke says, “is quite different from Anderson’s other stuff, it’s more abrasive and left-of-centre.”
“He did a great job of pairing up his vibe with my beat. I think they really compliment each other.” We think you’ll agree.