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Dubstepped Radio 006 featuring Cosmic Revenge


Dubstepped RadioFeatured alongside tons of fresh unreleased tracks is San Francisco bay area producer Cosmic Revenge.  This episode has all sorts of music, from deep dub techno influenced tracks, to heavy wobbly rhythms, to the future of garage, and everything in between.  Some of these tracks are even available for free download, check the links in the tracklist for info.

I changed the format again this time, strictly music inside with literally no talking.  For all info on the shows check this site, and for info on the individual tracks check the enhanced podcast in m4a format with embedded tracklist & cover art. I talk over tracks on my Dubstep.FM radio show, so I’m going to keep this podcast strictly music now.

Big thanks to Sam Supa @ Brap Dem, J. Rogers @ Blipswitch, Jus Wan, DJG, Sines, Cosmic Revenge, Distal, FBOM, Bakir, Dubsworth, Zeno, and everyone else that sends me tunes. It makes this possible.

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Tracklist:

Jose James – Blackmagic (Joy Orbison’s Recreation) (Brownswood)
FBOM – Like You Did For Me (unreleased)
Bakir and Dubsworth – Beg to Differ (unreleased)
Autopilot – She Says (Uncle Smutfist Remix) (free online)
Distal – Android Tourism (unreleased)
DJG & XI – Putney Says (forthcoming Surefire Sound)

– Cosmic Revenge Feature –

Cosmic Revenge – Baroness (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge – Psychic (forthcoming L2S Recordings)
Cosmic Revenge – Diving Deep (forthcoming L2S Recordings)
Cosmic Revenge – Street Bass (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge – Cold Hearted (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge – Late Nights (Kursed)

Jus Wan – Azure (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Dhyan Moller – Lost in 3s (DJG Remix) (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Eskmo – From the Standpoint (Planet Mu)
NastyNasty – The Reef (Frite Nite)
The Brown Acid – Try Humanity (Starkey Dub) (N.E.W.S.)
Zeno – Clish (unreleased)
HxdB – Prism (Mindset)
Tyrant – Evasion (unreleased)
Dread Foxx – I’m for Real remix (unreleased)
Sines & KP ft Amy K – Gravity (unreleased)
Djunya – Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
6blocc vs El Diablo – Rollin (deep version) (MalLabel)
Blackheart – Jupiter (Brap Dem!)
The Spit Brothers – Roll On (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
MNUVR – Go Up (???)
Dhyan Moller – Quirkey Donkey (Metaphase Remix) (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Matt Shadetek – Strength in Numbers (free online)
Outlaw Producer – Left Hand Side (unreleased)
Subatomic Sound System ft Jahdan Blakkammore vs Dubblestandart & Lee Scratch Perry – Respect the Foundation 7″ Mix (Subatomic Sound)

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Introducing: Cosmic Revenge

Cosmic Revenge first made it into my eardrums with his recent release on Kursed and his newer work is out of this world.  The sounds he makes aren’t easily categorized, maybe dubstep, maybe garage, I like robot R&B personally.  He’s got a release coming soon on Whistla’s label L2S Recordings that’s definitely worth looking into, should be out sometime soon.  Cosmic Revenge has many musical influences which come across in his productions, making the end product something unique.

SNF: To set it off, where are you located and what should people know about you?
Cosmic Revenge: I’m from this little town about 40 minutes east of San Francisco called Pittsburg. There’s absolutely nothing going on this town though – its probably most well known for being the end of the line for BART in the East Bay – very exciting, I know. When I’m not at home working on music I’m usually in Pleasant Hill at Diablo Valley College, kickin’ it at my friends house in Lafayette, or out in the city getting my groove on at a club. What people should know about me… I’m obsessed with this little hole in the wall chinese restaurant called China City out in Antioch that has the best Mongolian Beef I’ve ever had, I have a Fat Tire bar light in my room to use instead of a lamp, I’m a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick, I hate Taylor Swift, and I listen to 98.1 Kiss FM because my cd player in my car is busted.

S: The thing that drew me to your music was its soulful, almost R&B feel especially on trackslike “Late Nights” and “Baroness,” what influences you musically?

CR: Yeah Late Nights came about from me sampling a Zapp song, I can’t remember which one it is exactly but I just started slicing and dicing until I got some pieces I liked and then started adding drums and a bassline to it.  Baroness came from me sampling some vocals and wanting to create a “lounge” style bassline along the lines of Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, and Air. I also wanted it to be almost two songs in one, hence the second part of the song takes on a 2 step/garage rhythm.

I listen to almost every style of music you can imagine. I’m into alot of shoegaze stuff such as Slowdive, Jesus and Mary Chain, M83, Jesu, and My Bloody Valentine. I am in love with bluegrass and alternative country such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, and Ryan Adams. I learned guitar after getting into metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Suffocation, and Cryptopsy. I grew up in high school seeing hardcore, punk, and crust bands come through the Pound (RIP) in San Francisco and Berkeley’s 924 Gilman seeing bands like Killing the dream, Go It Alone, Verse, Modern Life is War, Paint it Black, Witch Hunt, Behind Enemy Lines, and my personal favorite, the apocalyptic thrash/d-beat legends known as Tragedy.

In high school I also started exploring hip hop and got into Masta Ace and his amazing concept album A Long Hot Summer. After that show I got into Jeru the Damaja, ATCQ, Nas, Mobb Deep, Wu Tang, Brother Ali, Little Brother, Freddie Foxxx, and a bunch more that I could talk about all day.  I got really into some of the great producers such as RZA, J Dilla, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, and was obsessed with their manipulation of vocal samples and old soul records in their beats. I then got a copy of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing and still remember the feeling I had when I got through most of the album.  It was pure bliss, the way he chopped up drums, the layering of string samples to give it atmosphere, the haunting vocals… everything about it inspired me to save up and buy Pro Tools and an Mbox to start making beats.

From there I discovered Portishead and alot of music from what many people refer to as the Bristol Sound.  I saw Portishead in 2008 at Coachella and I can safely say that was one of the best performances I have ever seen in my life.  For me, Portishead and Massive Attack are the ideal bands. They blend soul, hip hop, electronica, and dub into this emotionally hazy mixture that I can only describe as perfection. Along with getting into alot of the Bristol Sound, I started listening to Leftfield and Underworld and fell in love with dance music.

I liked how there was so much diversity to be found within electronic dance music, and I quickly became accustomed to many styles. I liked the minimal side of techno and house with detroit style strings and pads, I liked the complexity of alot of the breaks mixed with the heavy dub styled basslines in jungle, I liked the use of sampling old funk and disco records in alot of Daft Punk tunes, and I just loved the energy an electronic dance artist would bring to a big soundsystem. Most importantly though, I loved how it moved me. There’s nothing in life like the feeling of a 20,000 + watt system pumping out the bassline to your favorite song while you get down to the music. I know alot of people say this, but it really can be a spiritual experience. It’s really meditative, which leads me to what brought me to dubstep.  SNF: Same!!!!

I got into dubstep after it was already established, but I was introduced to it with artists like Loefah, Mala, Skream, Distance, Pinch, and Shackleton. I was immediately into it – dark, eerie, atmospheric, influenced by minimal techno, heavy dub, all put together with a shuffled beat and the fattest sub bass I had ever heard. How could anyone NOT like this? As I dug deeper with this new scene of music I was introduced to the origins of dubstep with garage and 2 step artists and quickly fell in love with the 2 step beat. I started listening to El-B, MJ Cole, Burial, Synkro, and alot of stuff being played on Sub.FM and mixes I would find on the dubstepforum. Ever since then, I’ve found that garage beats are some of the most fun to make and people have been feeling some of my stuff so I’m going to keep shufflin’ those hi hats!

S: Lots of your music uses a garage beat but also is a new direction from a lot of garage I’ve heard, would you call it future garage, garage, dubstep, robot R&B?

CR: Personally I would just call it Garage, or New Skool Garage, but I don’t really care what its called to be honest. Like I said, I just really like the loose format of garage and 2 step beats. I like the swing and how open it is to throw in any kind of percussion. I have alot of fun programming and sampling hi hats, and misc. percussion like bongos, rim shots, etc.

S: Do you consider what genre your music fits into when you’re making it?

CR: I like to use a 2 step beat as a foundation and then just do whatever I feel like on top of it. Some days I’ll want to have a deep techno feel over it, some days I’ll want a juke house feel over it, some days I’ll want a house feel to it. That’s what I like about the beat – it gives you a foundation for alot of experimentation. The things I mostly consider when making a tune are: can you dance to it, bass pressure, and is it catchy. Other than that, I pretty much just go in the zone and start making music. I usually feel pretty confident to show my stuff to people in the dubstep/garage scene because there is so much experimentation and progression going on out there that alot of people that support the scene are really open to new ideas.

S: Whistla plays a lot of your music on his Sub.FM show and you have a release forthcoming on his label L2S, how’d you get connected being halfway around the world from each other?

CR: Yeah, I’d like say to thanks to Whistla for his support, its meant alot to me. He contacted me through myspace, I think he just heard my tunes on my page or on the forums and said he was really feelin’ the 2 step vibes and wanted to do a release. Obviously, I was really excited and sent him over some tunes to get mastered. I’m really into his vision for garage with the L2S label, he recently put out this tune 2RU Groove by Submerse that I really can’t get enough of. Its a four to floor garage tune that honestly sounds like something Todd Edwards made. I feel really honored to be a part of this label.

S: Who’s doing it for you musically currently?

CR: Right now I’m really into Submerse, Littlefoot, KingThing, Gon, M2J, Floating Points, RSD, Kryptic Minds, Distal, Jus Wan, DJG, Cyrus, most everyone in the Hyperdub camp, Loops Haunt, Buraka Som Sistema, Boys Noize, FBOM, Hudson Mohawke, Modeselektor, Guido, Joker, Gemmy, Vishnu, Hot City… damn there’s really too many to name. This scene is putting out some of the most exciting music I’ve heard in years. Also, Shackleton’s latest release is absolutely amazing. Also this producer Trey Runyan, aka “Tre-Dog” or “Runyan Rings” is doing some off the wall psychedelic/noise beats that I’m really into. He has a tune called “Ben Potter Grows Real Legs” or something weird like that and it is just out of this world. Lastly, VVV and KYEO are both doing some futuristic/outerspace tunes that I have been jamming on lately so watch out for them!

S: What things are on the horizon?

CR: I’m working on alot of new stuff, some garage, some really heavy house tunes that pay homage to 90’s rave, some roots influenced dub, some soulful/experimental hip hop, and a few remixes I’m working on for some people. Late Nights and this rhythmic house tune I did called River of Diamonds are going to be put out on vinyl with this new label out of LA called Baseball Records. It should be out sometime early next year, we’re just waiting for remixes from Bok Bok and Jam City. I’ve recently been contacted by Fortified Audio and we’re working on putting out an EP on vinyl that will include my tunes Mutations and Street Bass along with several others. I’m really excited to be putting my music out with this label, because they just put out one of my favorite tunes of the year by this producer named Loops Haunt. The tune is called Rubber Sun Grenade, check him out if you haven’t heard http://www.myspace.com/loopshaunt. So look out for the releases on Fortified and Baseball Records early next year and also the L2S release slated for late December (next month).
In the meantime I have alot of songs I’m working on that I might be giving out, so just keep checking my myspace at www.myspace.com/cosmicrevengedub or my soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/cosmic-revenge I’m also beginning to work on a downbeat/shoegaze/trip hop album with my buddy Eric that I think will blow minds, but its going to be made over the next two years or so. If you took the time to read all of this, I really appreciate it and I hope I didn’t bore you too badly! Much thanks to Stephen here at dubstepped.net for his support and for pushing the deeper side of things on his radio show “Steppin into Tomorrow” on Dubstep.FM
SNF: Thanks!

Check out this video that just went up for Cosmic Revenge’s recent tune “Cold Hearted”:

 

Fixup Brap001 Release Party with Blackheart, Phil T and Staypuft


Location: 222 Hyde (map & info)
Description: This one the release party for the first out on Brap Dem: Blackheart – Jupiter and Zeno – Lazer Wolf 2010. Support from Phil T and Staypuft.
Date: 2009-12-09
Tickets: $5

 

DJ Dials Joker Promo mix and a Free Gucci Mane Remix


DJ Dials hooked me up with this hot promo mix for the Joker & Nomad show on friday where he’s playing at the Frite Nite showcase (along with NastyNasty).  This one is really diverse, with some of that Joker purple sound, Hudson Mohawke, alien synth sounds from Eskmo, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Ikonika, and filthy tracks from Stagga, Sduk and Skream.  Love these selections and the way the intensity ebbs and flows. Get on the DL!

Full info on the Joker show here.

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Tracklist:

1. Bleep Show – Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Let Them Sing – Eskmo
3. Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) – Simian Mobile Disco
4. Clunge – Sduk
5. Sick as Sin (Ultra VIP) – Stagga
6. FUSE – Hudson Mohawke
7. Serious VIP – Noah D
8. Tron – Joker
9. Part 3 – Cunt Traxx
10. Jerk It (Megasoid Remix) – Thunderheist
11. Meta Lick!! – Skream
12. Wata Down Sound – Gemmy
13. Trapperkeeper – Low Limit
14. Dublicker – Unknown
15. Damn Girl – NastyNasty
16. Another Trashy Love – Ooah
17. Freaky Girl (Dj Dials Remix) – Gucci Mane
18. Hendt – Eprom
19. Phonelines VIP – Ikonika
20. Teen Souls Burning – Rustie

He also was kind enough to make his remix of Freaky Girl available for free, check this one out:

Gucci Mane – Freaky Girl (DJ Dials Remix)

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Bassgiving with Mozaic, Ernie Trevino, Uncle Larry, Jon Holiday, Fire Lieber, and more


Location: Paradise Lounge (map & info)
Description: All this whomp and were practically giving it away! come on thru and support a collaboration of 3 very different crews doing 1 very special event!
Date: 2009-11-25
Tickets: $5

 

Surefire 009 with Vaccine, DJG, and Comma


Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: Vaccine on a live debut backed by DJG and Comma. Check the mix vaccine just did for Big Up, it’s serious. Big night here.
Date: 2009-12-19
Tickets:$7 before 11, $10 after.

 

Troma’s B-day Bash at Underground SF with Troma, Johanna Phraze, Turtle, Salex, Peek, and more


Title: Troma’s B-day Bash at Underground SF with Troma, Johanna Phraze, Turtle, Salex, Peek, and more
Location: Underground SF (map & info)
Description: THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY (DUBSTEP/DNB/HIP-HOP)
DEC 6TH 2009 DJTROMA’S B-DAY BASH
424 HAIGHT ST SAN FRANCISCO CA 94117 9PM-2AM 21 & UP
LINE UP
DJTROMA
JOHANNA PHRAZE & TURTLE
SALEX
PEEK
HYBRID HAZE
OSMIA
HILDO
FISCHER
MC’S
KRITICAL, 12:12 & SPEAKEZ
THIS WILL BE A FUN NIGHT COME OUT AND CHILL FOR TROMAS B-DAY PARTY.
Date: 2009-12-06
Tickets: ???
 

Bay Area Gods Girls Party with NTRLD, NastyNasty, Tarzan, Reclipse, and Young Faded


Location: BOC (map & inf0)
Description: The Bay Area Gods Girls models are hosting a dub step party to celebrate the holidays as well as the lovely Tayte’s birthday!

21+ with a great happy hour until 8pm.

We ask for a $3-5 donation however no one will be turned away.

So get ready for some beautiful ladies, cheap drinks, and some serious bass.

Date: 2009-12-03
Tickets: $3 – 5 Donation

 

Redline & Stateside Dubstep Holiday Party


Location: Club 6 (map & info)
Description: REDLINE PROUDLY PRESENTS:

THE OFFICIAL STATESIDE DUBSTEP HOLIDAY PARTY!

9PM TO 3AM WITH SOME OF AMERICA’S TOP DUBSTEP DJ’S!

MATTY G

PAWN

ULTRAVIOLET

ROOMMATE

NTRLD

AUDIO ANGEL

official event photography: uv photos
lazers
visuals
vendors
gifts
prizes
dirty santa photos & more

@ CLUB 6
60 6TH STREET, SF
RSVP FOR FREE ENTRY BEFORE 10:30PM!!!

SANTA’S FREE ALL NIGHT
Official Site: http://WWW.Myspace.com/redlinedjs
Date: 2009-12-18
Tickets: Free before 10, $5 after.

 

Psychedelic Radio with Kozee, Metaphase, Porkchop, NTRLD and Megalodon


Location: Siberia (map & info)
Description: Big night for heavy dubstep with a strong SF lineup featuring members of the Redline crew. Put your crash helmets on!  New club too, never seen this one.
Date: 2009-11-28
Tickets: $5 before 11, $10 after.

 

Dirty Beats with Tarzan, Audio Dru, Jon Holiday, Bogl, Phil T and Guests


Title: Dirty Beats with Tarzan, Audio Dru, Jon Holiday, Bogl, Phil T and Guests
Location: BOC 198 (map & inf0)
Description: Big new weekly featuring SF DJs plus guests. No cover, cheap drinks, win.
Date: 2009-11-29
Tickets: Free  :)