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[Q&A] Snails Slithers His Way To The Top

Posted: March 4th, 2015

Elusive and mysterious, the man they call Snails is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who has quickly risen to the top of the ranks when it comes to party-style trap and bass. Bassrush followed his trail to get educated on the origin of “vomitstep,” the current state of trap, and his recent collabs with Brillz and Jack Ü.

 

You’ve been busy touring Asia and Australia. Are you feeling the love for dubstep abroad?

Oh yes, Australia was totally crazy. It was so cool to head out there and see the reception to my sound. Shows and fans in the states have been so great, it’s so cool and rewarding to receive similar feedback overseas. The people and countries are just amazing as well. Can’t wait to go back.

 

Which tracks are doing the most damage at the moment?

These three tracks have been slaying dancefloors every set I’ve played them: Ookay’s “Egg Drop Soup,” Destroid’s “Bounce” (VIP), and Hexes’ remix of Kriss Kross’ “Jump.”

 

What’s the one thing you miss most while on tour?

Probably my kitchen and all my Montreal homies. Everyone knows I’m the taco king and I just love cooking in general. I can’t complain about heading to restaurants with friends and producers on the road. Apart from that, my production setup at home is where it all started for me. [I] always love to be there in my den.

 

Tell us about the origin of “vomitstep.” How did it come about?

I’ve always been a huge fan of sound design; it’s what caught my attention and really started my love of electronic music. The weirder it is, the more I like it. I guess as I kept producing, the weird got the best of me and the vomit became my instrument.

 

How do you feel about the current state of trap?

I feel really good about it. It’s nice to see it going in so many directions with the hybrid sound. Audiences are also enjoying variations that are a bit less in your face. I think it’s generally a great time for music across all genres.

 

We loved your bootleg with Brillz of “Crazy” by Lil Boosie. Do you have any other collaborations in the works?

On top of being on tour with him, working with Brillz was like a dream come true.  As I started producing, he was a huge inspiration. He’s been such a big factor in the trap scene and he was so supportive of me. I’m so happy with the track and the reception it’s had. Several others are on their way, actually the one I did with Jack Ü just came out days ago. That’s another one I’m super proud of. A few years ago, if you told me I’d be doing a track with Skrillex and Diplo, I would have thought you were insane.

 

Your music covers a range of influences. What was the first song that caught your ear in dance music?

I was a DJ first so I’ve always been inspired by dance tracks that really get people moving. For example, “Streetwalker” by Duke Dumont has always been a favorite of mine, even though that might not be obvious at first in my productions. I have to admit that the first time I heard “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex my jaw dropped. It gave me so many ideas about the direction music could go.

 

Volume two of SNAILEDIT! Welcome To Slugz City is coming soon. What can we expect to hear this time around?

Oh, it’s so omega! I’m all about discovering new sounds and pushing them out there. Volume One received such a huge reaction, so I cannot wait to see the reaction to Volume Two. I have so many bangers and unreleased tracks in the next one.

 

What’s next for Snails?

A lot of shows are lined up. This Saturday I’m playing at the Palladium in L.A. with the homies Bro Safari and Zomboy. That’s going to be massive. Apart from that I have a busy schedule over the next months with club and festival dates! Electric Forest is another one I’m super excited about. I’ve never played it before and heard so many great things. Expect me to bring the vomitstep everywhere!

 

By Amanda Ross

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Free Download: Reid Speed's 'Speed Of Sound' 002

Posted: March 4th, 2015

Fusing a unique collection of the freshest most cutting-edge D&B of the moment, bass music heroine Reid Speed concocts the second installment of her shiny new podcast called Speed Of Sound. The result is a pure rinse-out of exclusive VIPs and remixes from A-list producers like Icicle, S.P.Y and TREI. Stream and download the 21-track spectrum of beats here on Reid’s SoundCoud.


Tracklist

01. Maztek “Three Point Zero”
02. TREI “Masquerade”
03. Infuze “Go Away” ft. Charlie Vox (Posij Remix)
04. TR Tactics & Phentix “Quest of Mind”
05. Alix Perez & Foreign Beggars “Modus” (Calyx & Teebee Remix)
06. Dub Elements “Yesterday and Always”
07. Black Sun Empire & State of Mind ft. PNC  “Until the World Ends”
08. Borderline “Regulate”
09. TC  “First of the Year”
10. D*Minds ft. Strikez “Blacker” (VIP)
11. June Miller “Bad Brains”
12. Dub Elements “The Underground”
13. The Prodigy “Nasty” (Spor Remix)
14.  Kritix ft. Coppa “Traction”
15. The Voss “Skylark”
16. Current Value “Whiplash”
17. Xanadu “BPD”
18. Current Value “Escalate”
19. Icicle ft. Sarah Hezen “Will You Be Mine”
20. S.P.Y ft. Diane Charlemagne “Frozen”
21. Mark Knight ft. Skin “Nothing Matters” (Noisia Remix)

 

By Amanda Ross

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Free Download: Craze Mixes 20 Years of RAM

Posted: March 3rd, 2015

Influencing D&B lovers worldwide, the instrumental and iconic RAM Records turns 20 this year. To celebrate this momentous occasion, team RAM have enlisted the technical mastery of DMC champion DJ Craze to flex his meticulous mixing and scratching skills over their entire back catalogue.

Building the energy through 56 tracks of RAM’s D&B goldmine, Miami’s main man seamlessly blends and double drops timeless classics along with modern-day anthems. The impeccable (and historical) mix originally aired on MistaJam’s 1Xtra show, but is available for streaming and free download here.

 

By Amanda Ross

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Build Your Own Bass Cannon

Posted: March 3rd, 2015

If there’s one thing booms true of junglists, it’s this: we wear our bass loud and proud. Now our dreams have come true. The shoulder-mounted Bass Cannon fires off beats with the massive levels of bass we crave.

Music fiends can give thanks to creator Adam Munich, a hardware hacker from the sunny state of Cali, who used AirZooka’s ball launcher as part of its construction.

Alas, me D&B pirates, Munich has finally given us the “weapon of mass production” we’ve been looking for. He even gives a breakdown of the cannon on his site, where he says, “Every once in a while I build something ridiculous, and this would be one of those whiles.”

 

By Lori Denman-Underhill

 

This article originally appeared on Insomniac.com.

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Dr Meaker Unleash The 'Freaks'

Posted: March 2nd, 2015

Known for bringing vibrant energy to the D&B scene, the ensemble from Bristol UK known as Dr Meaker prepare to unleash their latest dancefloor smash called “Freaks,” featuring Cappo D and Sharlene Hector. The explosive drop and powerhouse vocal offer undeniable happy-go-lucky liveliness. Get your speakers engaged for the release, dropping April 12.

Preview and pre-order “Freaks” here.

 

By Amanda Ross 

 

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Free Download From Liquid Stranger

Posted: March 2nd, 2015

Originally from Sweden, US-based composer and DJ Liquid Stranger gifts fans an extensive 18-track collection featuring once-exclusive VIPs, remixes and instrumentals.

Anomaly: The Collection includes the entirety of his celebrated six (previously released) EPs, along with six brand new cuts. The assortment of tracks showcases gorgeous, bass-inspired soundscapes that transport you through a range of genres, from dubbed-out reggae to blissful trap.

A plethora of talented vocalists and MCs associated with dub and bass music appear on the compilation, including MC Zulu, Messinian, Jazzmin, Ragga Twins, Khadafi Dub, Ohm Daddy and Jahdan Blakkamoore. Enjoy the free offering for a mere thumbs up on his Facebook page.

 

By Amanda Ross

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