SMOG Records Celebrates Its Eight-Year Reign Over Bass Music

Posted: December 22nd, 2014

Having delivered cutting edge bass music to the world from their headquarters in sunny Los Angeles for the past eight years, many would agree that SMOG Records has been responsible for pioneering a musical movement in America. 

The SMOG collective began nurturing bass, a sound then relatively unknown in the States, years ago. Thanks to the efforts of label-heads Drew Best, Danny Johnson and John Dadzie, the last of whom performs as 12th Planet, dubstep is now a household name.

On a recent overcast and chilly Los Angeles evening, we went to the historic Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles for SMOG’s eight-year anniversary party. Whispers of who the evening’s special guests might be could be heard throughout the excited crowd lined up outside. Fans ran through the doors the second their tickets were ripped.

The attendees reflected SMOG’s tenure, with seasoned scene people, young ravers, and industry figureheads coming out to show their support. A sense of pride and accomplishment filled the air.

The theme of this year’s SMOG anniversary was Magic 8, with the poster art expanding on ‘60s psychedelia with trippy, colorful artwork. Early attendees were rewarded with an unannounced back-to-back set featuring SMOG Records A&R and producer Pavarotti, along with his special guest Bukez Finezt, a recent Skrillex favorite also known as “Germany’s Next Top Wobble” who is currently on tour in the U.S.

Following sets from SMOG’s label manager Taurus Scott and special guests Flinch and Infuze filled the venue with the cool low-end vibe the label is famous for.

Fan favorite Son Of Kick later stepped up to the decks, transitioning into an eclectic mix of trap and 140 bangers. By this time, the entire building was packed with SMOG supporters. Label favorites including Starkey and Antiserum then took things to another level with their own brands of bass.

Bassrush caught up with SMOG founder Drew Best, who said he was “just so happy to come back home to this!” after putting in work on Bro Safari’s recent Animal House tour. This sense of happiness was shared by the entire SMOG crew, who has and grown an independently run underground label from the last days of vinyl through the tumultuous rise of EDM and mp3’s.

At this point, the sense of anticipation for 12th Planet’s appearance was palpable. His talent, along with his continued push of genre-evolving producers including Savage Society, Bommer, and Dubloadz has brought a new, raw energy to a genre once considered in peril. This ability to evolve with the times is why SMOG has become one of the genre’s most celebrated and well-recognized labels. His set destroyed.

With the Regent Theater now full on both floors, the crowd erupted into loud applause when the promised special guests, Protohype, Datsik, and Dirtyphonics, joined 12th Planet for an all out murder session. Fans flooded to the front of the stage, and the bass waves could be felt all the way at the back of the room.

With the variety of talent on display, the set exposed most everyone to at least one new sound style. Spanning trap, drum & bass, dubstep, and experimental sounds, no beat was spared as cut after vicious cut was doubled up on by the next DJ. Overall, the party was a thrilling celebration for a label that we love.


By Amanda Ross




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Maztek Releases LP On Renegade Hardware

Posted: December 19th, 2014

A favorite among D&B/neurofunk fans, Italian producer Maztek (née Matteo Cavo) debuts his awaited ThreePointZero LP on legendary Renegade Hardware. The man known for well-produced neuro-dancefloor tunes describes the inspiration behind his LP as an exploration of human evolution and its ties to the cyber, technical and spiritual worlds.

The sci-fi smasher features two collabs—“Aphanite” with InsideInfo, and a pair-up with BTK entitled “Wraith”—as well as Audio’s Remix of Maztek’s “M Theory.” ThreePointZero is available to vinyl collectors and also comes via CD and digital formats. Find HWARELP07 here.



01. Maztek feat. Dope DOD – “From The Shadows”
02. Maztek – “Badlicious”
03. Maztek – “Sprocket”
04. Maztek – “Anunnaki”
05. Maztek – “Stompin’”
06. Maztek & InsideInfo – “Aphanite”
07. Maztek feat. Stonic – “Interlude”
08. Maztek – “Three Point Zero”
09. Maztek & BTK – “Wraith”
10. Maztek – “Tokiwa”
11. Maztek – “Time Gap”
12. Maztek – “Memory Leak”
13. Maztek feat. Coppa – “Like A Boss”
14. Maztek – “M Theory” (Audio Remix)
15. Maztek & Disprove – “Bad Body”
16. Maztek feat. Coppa – “Like A Boss” (Instrumental)**


**Bonus track digital only


By Amanda Ross


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Low Down Deep Kicks Off City Series With Jaydan

Posted: December 17th, 2014

When it comes to modern jump-up drum & bass sounds, no one is as prolific as longtime producer Jaydan. With 2014 seeing him release on a plethora of high-caliber labels, Jaydan has now been tapped by Low Down Deep to helm the first release in the label’s new city-inspired series. Los Angeles pays homage to the bustling city’s longtime affinity for breakbeat culture, as Jaydan takes listeners on a ride through the streets with tracks like “Killer,” “Destroy,” “Sinister” and “Shaolin Skills.” Listen to and download the EP here.


By Amanda Ross

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501's Crystallize EP Out Now On Never Say Die

Posted: December 15th, 2014

The Finnish artist known as 501 debuts four tracks of hybrid bass music on the Never Say Die label. The DJ/producer’s eclectic style shines through with the vocal dancefloor tune “Won’t Change,” produced with Protohype and featuring Ras. The EP’s namesake, “Crystallize,” invites listeners in with hypotonic synths, while naughty vibes are delivered on “Kill Your Boss.” Barley Alive’s “Kill Your Boss” re-rub delivers a glitched-out trap remix that is sure to go down well on the floor. Listen and download here.



01. 501 – “Crystallize”
02. 501 & Protohype – “Won’t Change” feat. Ras
03. 501 – “Kill Your Boss”
04. 501 – “Kill Your Boss” (Barely Alive Remix)


By Amanda Ross

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Viper Recordings Celebrates A Decade of D&B

Posted: December 12th, 2014

2004 was a good year for drum & bass. With the birth of many legendary D&B institutions, artist Futurebound created what is known today as the legendary Viper Recordings. This year, the camp celebrates 10 years of dancefloor smashing with their Decade Of Viper compilation. Highlighting its popular label talent, fans get new tunes from likes of The Prototypes, InsideInfo, and Matrix and Futurebound.

Find Viper back-catalogue classics, anthems, exclusives, and new ammo for the dancefloor. Decade Of Viper will be available on digital, CD and vinyl formats on December 14. Pre-order the compilation here.


Digital Tracklist

01. Futurebound & Gridlok – “Go Free”
02. The Prototypes – “Moscow”
03. Tali – “Forces” (Trei Remix)
04. BMotion & Chords – “Discothèque”
05. InsideInfo & Prolix – “Transposed”
06. Cyantific – “Bring You Love”
07. Koven & Memtrix – “Pessimist”
08. Smooth & Futurebound – “Savoy Affair”
09. Bluescreens & Cynematic – “Aurora”
10. InsideInfo & Smooth – “Hear Me Roar” VIP
11. Six Blade & Insomniax – “Contact”
12. Futurebound & Jaquan – “Blind Cobblers Thumb”
13. Jaquan – “Pathfinder”
14. Matrix & Futurebound – “Coast To Coast” (feat. Louis Smith)
15. Sigma – “Hi Top”
16. ShockOne – “Polygon” (feat. Reija Lee)
17. Nero – “Do You Wanna”
18. DC Breaks – “Halo”
19. Delta Heavy – “Abort”
20. Futurebound & Metrik – “Brave New World”
21. InsideInfo – “Honey Bee”
22. Metrik – “I See You” (feat. Kathy Brown)
23. Fred V & Grafix – “Just A Thought” (feat Reija Lee)
24. Seven Lions – “Below Us” (feat. Shaz Sparks)
25. Metrik – “Freefall” (feat. Reija Lee)
26. ShockOne – “Chaos Theory”
27. Smooth – “Virgo Cluster”
28. Camo & Krooked – “Feel Your Pulse” (Mind Vortex Remix)
29. Brookes Brothers – “Carry Me On” (feat. Chrom3)
30. The Prototypes – “Pale Blue Dot”
31. Matrix & Futurebound – “Control” (feat. Max Marshall)
32. “Decade of Viper” DJ Mix by Futurebound



12” Vinyl Sampler

A. The Prototypes – “Moscow”
AA. InsideInfo & Prolix – “Transposed”



CD Tracklist

01. Futurebound & Gridlok – “Go Free”
02. The Prototypes – “Moscow”
03. Tali – “Forces” (Trei Remix)
04. BMotion & Chords – “Discothèque”
05. Nero – “Do You Wanna”
06. InsideInfo & Prolix – “Transposed”
07. Cyantific – “Bring Your Love”
08. Koven & Memtrix – “Pessimist”
09. Brookes Brothers – “Carry Me On” (feat. Chrom3)
10. Smooth & Futurebound – “Savoy Affair”
11. Matrix & Futurebound – “Coast To Coast” (feat. Louis Smith)
12. Metrik – “I See You” (feat. Kathy Brown)
13. Bluescreens & Cynematic – “Aurora”
14. InsideInfo & Smooth – “Hear Me Roar” VIP
15. ShockOne – “Light Cycles”



+ CD2: “Decade of Viper” DJ Mix by Futurebound


By Amanda Ross

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An Interview With Rising US Dubstep Star TrollPhace

Posted: December 10th, 2014

American dubstep hero TrollPhace made huge gains this year, landing remix work and epic collabs with Grammy award-winner and OWSLA label founder Skrillex. His production prowess and live DJ sets have spawned a global army of loyal supporters. The man known to the government as Damon Orienti speaks candidly with Bassrush about the evolution of his sound and how his infamous “Get Low” remix came about. If you’re in L.A. at the end of the month, make sure you ring in 2015 with TrollPhace, Dieselboy, Eptic and more at Bassrush’s NYE massive.


Congratulations on a remarkable year! What have you been getting into lately?

Thank you! Lately, I have been trying to really grow as a musician and have put sound design on the back burner so I can appeal to a wider market. I’ve been exploring different avenues of influence so I can write more creative music while maintaining aggressiveness.


You’ve always pushed boundaries with your sound. What tempos are you experimenting with these days?

I just did a twerk track. That was a lot of fun. My buddy Getter has been telling me for years that when I get stuck in a rut with dubstep, move to other styles for a minute [because] it always re-inspires you; and he was right. I’ve been messing around with other styles, just trying to keep everything in my creative palette fresh. I’m also trying to home in on some new, unique styles and sounds for 2015. I’ve been using a lot of the same techniques and sounds lately, mainly because I have so much fun writing the songs that make people bounce, you know? I’m trying not get too stale, but I do take a lot of pride in the sound I took years to perfect—and am still perfecting—and I don’t plan on ditching [it] after only a handful of songs. But it is time for a switch-up, I do believe. 


How did your remix of Dillon Francis and DJ Snake’s “Get Low” come to be?

[Laughs] I was at TomorrowWorld with my manager, hanging out with all the OWSLA fam and Dillon’s crew, and as a joke we were like, “Oh dude, how funny would it be if I remixed ‘Get Low?’ and Dillon was just like, ‘Yeah, sure!’” The next day, I received stems in my email, and I went straight to work! 


Where do you see the future of dubstep heading?

Hopefully, it heads straight into an era were people stop bitching about what the name of something is and start just listening to the music again. 


Who are some of your top-rated dubstep producers at the moment?

In no particular order, I’ve been rinsing these guys out: Downlink, Twofold, Phiso, JuJu, Getter, Algo, Mark Instinct, Habstrakt, Snails, Must Die!, Antiserum, Eptic, Coffi., Dubloadz, David Heartbreak, Yogi, Mayhem, Skrillex, Jack Ü and Zomboy.


Any parting words for the TrollPhace massive?

Weed is tight. 


By Amanda Ross

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