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MyStyle 004 Mixed By The Others

Posted: November 21st, 2014

Caspa’s genre-defining Dub Police imprint never seems to slow down. Long time label star The Others (aka Alex Crawford) crafts a perfectly harmonic mix for Dub Police’s MyStyle series. Brimming with 28 tracks, the compilation is thoughtfully put together, traveling through a diverse range of bass music. Stand out tracks like The Others and J:Kenzo’s “The Prophecy” gives hefty weight to technical bass frequencies and sharp percussion sections. Aptly titled “Acid Acid,” Icicle’s purely acidtized shuffle-ste, is another amazing addition to the album. 

Compa brings primal dark and deep tones to the mix with “Narabeh,” while Taiko explores meditative and heavyhearted vibes with “Fomite.” The Others pleases fans with a few exclusive remixes, such as “Amazonia” VIP, a rework of Plastician’s “Printloop,” and his intense remix of Caspa and Diane Charlemagne’s “Reach For The Sky.” 

Download MyStyle 004 here.

 

By Amanda Ross 

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D-jahsta X Rekoil release ‘The Realm of Terror’

Posted: November 20th, 2014

Continuing to push their beloved Robostep sound, D-jahsta and Rekoil debut a new offering, The Realm Of Terror, on Greek label Mechanoid Audio.

This collaborative effort yields an absolutely filthy pair of tracks. “The Devil” sets a haunting mood, with creepy bells in the intro that lead into an evil drop and devil-like vocal sample. The highlighted sci-fi bass sounds shred through the track. “The Realm of Terror” begins with a more melodic intro that snaps into a completely distorted tone attack of robo-bass riddims. These tracks are not for the faint of heart.

Download the single here.

 

By Amanda Ross

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Bukez Finezt Announces US Leg of Winter Tour

Posted: November 19th, 2014

Bukez Finezt returns to the USA for a winter tour presented by Denver dubstep staple Sub.mission. Beginning in St. Louis and ending in Denver, Germany’s next top wobble will tour December 1 through December 17.

 

TOUR DATES
11/22 - Rotterdam, Holland
11/28 - London, UK
11/29 - Bruges, Belgium
12/01 - St. Louis, MO
12/12 - Los Angeles, CA
12/13 - Chicago, IL
12/16 - Denver, CO
12/31 - Cologne, Germany
1/03 - Cologne, Germany
1/09 - Berlin, Germany
1/10 - Antwerp, Belgium
1/24 - Cologne, Germany
1/20 - Antwerp, Belgium

 

By Amanda Ross

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Interview: Dubloadz Soothes the Savage Wonk

Posted: November 14th, 2014

With a sound he describes as “savage wonk,” Dubloadz’s unique take on dubstep has earned him releases on well-known labels like I.AM.Audio and Smog, and with a plethora of collaborations to his name, his output has garnered him a healthy fan base. His latest release is the forthcoming Chug! Chug! EP (Rottun Recordings), which features collaborations with fellow grime peddlers like Trollphace, Algo and KRAM.

US-based and repping the East Coast, Dubloadz (aka Dave Nardolilli) gave us the scoop on his local bass music scene, highlighting the story behind a budding music producer and his journey to Rottun Recordings.

 

Where are you based, and what is the scene like in your area?

I’m from North Jersey, in a small town called Ringwood—isolated to say the least. It’s a beautiful place to live, but it doesn't really suit me, as there’s really no music or art scene here at all. Pretty sure most people around here think what I do is a bunch of nonsense. NYC is about an hour away, though, so I can get my culture fix there. 

 

When did you first get into bass music?

Honestly, my love for bass music goes all the way back to when I was a sophomore in high school. I was obsessed with D&B artists like Limewax, Counterstrike, Current Value and Nanotek, because it reminded me of an electronic version of metal. I was always obsessed with the idea of combining electronic and industrial elements into metal, as Fear Factory was my favorite band growing up. When I got to college, I met a homie who was a huge electronic head, and we were surfing the web for new music. We somehow stumbled upon Bar9 and 16bit, and I remember just thinking, “Wow, this is exactly what I’ve always wanted to hear from electronic music.” After that I drove out to Boston to see Rusko, and it was a done deal.

 

Which release would you consider to be your first big break as a producer?

I’d have to say the original version of “Fight Music” on my I.AM.Audio EP. That was the first song I wrote that was getting played out by artists I looked up to—like Getter, P0gman, 50 Carrot and Coffi. It was also my first release altogether, which is cool because now that “Fight Music VIP” is getting released, all my original fans can get that hype back. I’m not sure if I’ve actually had my “big break,” though. There were many times when I thought [I did] but then realized later it was just a steppingstone. I think my real big break will be when I get the opportunity to go on a real tour and show the world what I have to offer in my live performance. 

 

How did your signing to Rottun Recordings come to be?

Shortly after my SMOG Records EP came out, Excision contacted me over Twitter saying he loved the tunes. I sent him over a pack of tunes, and together we picked out five that we thought would fit well for a release. Fast forward a few months, and the artwork and release date were in my inbox! 

 

What was the inspiration behind some of the diverse sounds on the Chug! Chug! EP? 

It’s hard to say, honestly. Every track on it has its own inspirations, but all in all, I think I just wanted to combine the elements of the heavier side of dubstep with the wonkier side I’m known for. The title track is a really good portrayal of my typical all-over-the-place, sample-heavy style, while songs like “Fight Music VIP” and “The Foz” are heavy dancefloor destroyers. 

 

Which track is currently getting the most feedback?

“Fight Music VIP” for sure. Like I mentioned earlier, the original version of “Fight Music” was the song that originally got me noticed by a good chunk of my fans and the artists supporting me. I’m extremely picky with doing VIPs, as I try to stick with the mentality that if you’re going to make a newer version of something, it better top the original. However, I also believe that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. “Fight Music VIP” was something that was a long time in the works and has been teased in mixtapes and live sets for almost a year now. I think right now is the perfect time for it to finally surface. 

 

How would you describe your sound?

“Savage wonk” is the name I’ve given it. But to be honest, I really can’t stand labels. Subgenre titles have become a huge thing of controversy these days, and it’s quickly killing my brain cells. People can describe it however they want; but in the end, as long as they’re listening to it, I’m happy.

 

What’s up next after the Chug! Chug! EP?

I’ll have a song or two on the annual SMOG City compilation, and another single coming out as part of a compilation on Never Say Die. I’ve already begun writing for my next EP on SMOG early next year. Other than that, I’ve started throwing ideas together for the Savage Wonk Mix Volume 2, which is a big deal for me. I really enjoy crafting studio mixes, and I’ve saved a lot of new material to showcase in that. There will be another free EP in the Dubloadz and Friends series as well. 

 

What can we expect from you in 2015?

World domination. (Laughs) But honestly, expect to hear more of a mix of genres from me. At this time, I have more music in the works than I ever have before. I’ve been taking the time to explore making other genres one at a time. A lot of the results aren’t where I want them to be yet, but it’s refreshing and enjoyable to make something besides just dubstep. I want to be able to comfortably make any style of music. I’ll always have plenty of wonk on deck to keep my fans fully happy, though. Dubstep will never die, but that doesn’t mean it’s all I want to listen to and make for the rest of my life. Fans needn’t be so quick to point the finger at artists and say, “You’re selling out” or "This isn’t the (insert name here) I fell in love with.” We’re artists; we want to push our boundaries. You can do graphic design for a living, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to pick up a paintbrush from time to time.

 

By Amanda Ross

 

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Truth Release Undeniable EP

Posted: November 14th, 2014

New Zealand musical exports Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake, known to most as Truth, are preparing to unleash their six-track EP, Undeniable, on November 21. The EP will be self-released on imprint-Deep Dark & Dangerous.

Known for their dub-rooted, deep sounds, Truth explore even darker regions of bass music, highlighting wompy, tripped-out rhythms and cavernous space bass.

The EP features a special collaboration with L.A. transplant and wordsmith Ill Chill, who teams up with the duo for the title track, “Undeniable,” which caught the ear of Rinse FM and received support from Mala, Youngsta, J:Kenzo and N-Type.

Pre-order the EP here.

 

By Amanda Ross

 

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Norwegian Bass Music Producer Savant Releases Full-Length Album

Posted: November 13th, 2014

Set to release his Middle Eastern-inspired, 16-track album, Zion, on December 13, Savant (aka Aleksander Vinter) represents a growing group of artists unafraid to explore new territories. In typical Savant style, the album is heavily themed, with clever odes to Arabic music and its vast instrumentation.

Within these themes, Zion also explores all brands of bass music—from dubstep and electro to trap and future bass—sprinkled with political undertones, complex production and melodic party vibes.

Savant himself shares a little insight behind the album and its meaning: “The main idea for the record came from being at a Jewish wedding this summer and watching people dance to it. My issue was it all sounded like cheap euro dance and I thought, ‘What if a real artist tackled those themes in modern dance music?’ I have always wanted to explore these themes in my music. The Middle East is rich with culture and sounds that most electronic music listeners have not explored just yet. You hear some Middle Eastern and Bollywood influences in hip-hop and some electronic, but its usually softer more lounge-type stuff, yet there is an unexplored side, both musically and emotionally, that I wanted to tap into. So really it’s a commentary on the world versus what is happening in the Middle East. Lots of musical metaphors for pain and longing based on past stories and themes. Zion really is its own thing.”

Pre-order Zion here.

 

By Amanda Ross

 

 

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