Story by: Michelle Gargano
Photo by: John Verwey (JV Photography)
Martin Stääf, known across the underground electronic scene as Liquid Stranger, has been instrumental in the development of experimental bass—he even branded his own genre—“freeform bass.”
With his cutting-edge production quality and record label, WAKAAN, focusing itself around freeform electronic music, Stääf has become a beacon for our most adored subgenres. Appearing on massive lineups like Electric Forest and EDC, he has bridged the gap between mainstream and the underground.
His latest studio EP, Polarity, released earlier this month, includes six tracks with some truly iconic collaborations.
After the wild journey that is “Meteor Ride,” “Creature” features the space bass master, Shlump, and rides the wavelength between dubstep and trap, finding the perfect center for equal parts of headbanging and dancing.
By converging basslines with the infamous Bleep Bloop, “Paranoid” is a certified brain blaster—it’s grimy, heavy, and downright dirty. The mixture of their two disparate styles really is something special, as their solo work couldn't be more different.
Earlier this year when fans were introduced to “Gunslinger” featuring Pistol, they went wild. Now, part two made its debut and I’m not sure which is more impressive—the intricacy of the tracks individually, or the undeniable connectivity of the two. It’s a win-win.
Last, but certainly not least, Freddy Todd swoops in for an epic combo in “Saturn Cruiser.” This song stood out the most to me with its continuously beautiful melody and simultaneous energetic vibe. It's no wonder Freddy Todd is a favorite of the WAKAAN label.
Don’t miss your chance to see Liquid Stranger in action on one of the most killer lineups we’ve seen all year. He will be playing his only downtempo set of 2018 at Coalesce in the Bay Area, along side Tipper, Spoonbill, Jade Cicada, Detox Unit, a full SlugWife takeover, BogTroTTeR, K.L.O., Sixis, and so many more.
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