Minnesota Makes A Huge Statement With New Emphatic Curio EP via Wakaan
There is perhaps no hotter name in electronic music than Minnesota right now. The Santa Cruz native has been absolutely crushing it lately with major releases and huge performances. Last year Minnesota turned heads with the release of his smash hit “HiLow.” The incendiary speaker-rattling track absolutely reminded fans of Minnesota’s immense pedigree as a dubstep and bass producer, not that many had forgotten. Now Minnesota, real name Christian Bauhofer, has released his first EP in four years and it is an absolute gem folks. Curio is a collection of five artfully crafted bass tracks that define Minnesota’s quintessential sound and further underlines his position as one of bass music’s leading innovators.
Curio is the type of EP that reminds listeners exactly why they love bass music. “Edge” kicks things off with an utterly cinematic journey through clattering bass drops, thumping drums and palatial synths. “Technique” is a hip-hop infused glitch-hop banger that will absolutely ruin festival stages this summer. Falling perfectly in line with Wakaan label head Liquid Stranger and his dynamic vision, Dark Crystal” melds eastern sonic textures with blistering drum and bass to create a mind-blowingly versatile heater. Minnesota harkens back to old school dubstep with his deliciously deep and dark tune “Desert Diamond“. Perhaps the most exciting tune of this 5-track masterpiece is the unreal drum and bass revamp of Minnesota’s already huge track, “HiLow – VIP“. The EP showcases Minnesota’s mastery of several sonic styles and versatility as a producer.
Since breaking into the dance music spotlight, Minnesota has certainly maintained a level of prominence. However, with his latest releases and performances, there seems to be an added impetus to Bauhofer’s project. An absolutely earth-shattering performance at Oregon Eclipse last year seemed to catapult Minnesota forward once again. Now the dubstep, glitch-hop, drum and bass visionary, is truly hitting his stride. Minnesota’s relentless momentum was on full display when the superstar DJ and producer ripped up the Costa Rican jungle at Bamboo Bass 2018. Christian is showing no signs of slowing down either. Performances at Dancefestopia, Elements Lakewood, Spring Awakening, Shaky Beats and a full spring tour mean Minnesota will be continuing his inexorable rise throughout 2018. All eyes are on Minnesota as he continues to set an emphatic tone.