Mixtape: The Bay Area’s Inventive Experimental Musicians

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A wide range of experimental musicians are pushing Bay Area music in inventive directions, crafting exciting compositions that draw from electronic music, rock, punk, hip-hop and more.

This mixtape features 10 local experimental artists, including the loud, abrasive guitar contortions of Cube and the warmer ambient sounds of Cruel Diagonals and Gonzalez & Reinhardt. The last of those acts is a new collaboration between two longtime musicians who utilize synthesizers and the tambura, an Uzbek string instrument.

Unsurprisingly, there are a number of great electronic musicians showcased here, like Club Chai co-founder 8ULENTINA, whose Eucalyptus EP features stellar original productions, as well as the politically outspoken Beast Nest. We've also included Grex's artful psych rock and a recent song from the unpredictable punk- and hardcore-inspired trio SBSM.

Listen to the mixtape to learn more about all 10 bands and artists featured in this mix.

Track Listing


Cruel Diagonals, "Render Arcane"

Beast Nest, "Jsun"

Wizard Apprentice, "My Body Like Obsidian"

8ULENTINA, "Metal Clip"

Cheflee, "Laraza (ft. Salami Rose Joe Louis)"

Cube, "Crisis Actor"

Grex, "Quicksilver"

The Creatrix, "Homage"

Gonzalez & Reinhardt, "Pater Breugel"

SBSM, "Invisible/Cyclical"

Earthbound, "Infinite Spiral"

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