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Music Review: Ancient Astronauts – Into Bass and Time

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“Men came from the stars, knowing everything, and they examined the four corners of the sky and the Earth’s round surface” — The Mayan Popol Vuh

Bringing a deeper, sonic significance to the music we listen to, Ancient Astronauts released their second album, Into Bass and Time, a collection of 15 grooves ranging from conscious Hip Hop to dub reggae to dopebeats to funk, all of it driven by block party beats. It’s a mash-up of the future and the past all in the present.

Enlisting the talents of a variety of heavy hitting turntablists and vocalists, the German born and based Kabanjak and Dogu, a production and DJ duo, teamed up with ESL Music, the production company of Thievery Corporation, Antibalas, and Ocote Soul Sounds and many other creators of the best in contemporary music.

Just as the foundation of the Copernican Revolution was the realization that the Earth did not stand still, and by extension, the reality of our mind is a perception, the music of Ancient Astronauts and the rest of the ESL crew are turning out music that changes the way we hear things with a cross-pollination and mash-up of ideas, sounds, styles, and spirit.

Taking their name from a belief dating back to Vedic culture and the myths of the Dogon tribesmen of Mall, West Africa about extraterrestrial beings visiting Earth, mingling, giving us technologies and building cultures, the German band is on the road, changing the way we experience the music metaparadigm. 

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