Archive for March, 2009

VVV - Untitled 4


VVVAnother with deep vibes here from VVV in Austin, Tx.  I love it when voices get abstracted to the point of noises, not saying words as much as being another instrument in the music.  The snare on this song is also effected to oblivion and fits the sound extremely well.  Much respect.

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VVV was also kind enough to make this song available for free in 320: download it.

 

Svpreme Fiend - Prover


Svpreme FiendThis one’s a deep song from Svpreme Fiend (v for u in homage to black metal) out of Queens, NY.  The song conjures images of walking home in the rain late at night and watching the city alive with workers and machines.  You pass by a street musician who is singing on an ancient sound system in a church and sit down to have a listen.  Out comes this tune.

Effected vocals coexist with synth bells and clicks for ambiance leading to a sound akin to Synkro, Pangaea, VVV, DFRNT, or Burial.  A must listen for fans of the deeper sound in dubstep/2-step.

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Bassnectar - Kingston Town Refix


Bassnectar

Oh gosh. RIDDIM!!!

Of all the remixes of Alborosie’s monster jam Kingston Town I’ve always been the most into this Bassnectar remix. It’s been smashed in mixes and on the radio for months now, and just this week Bassnectar posted it free to the world via his podcast. Massive respect to the man like Bassnectar. This tune is FIRE!!!

In case you were wondering, this is the face you should be making ——>

Check it out on his podcast, listen and download the MP3 below.

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Download here.

 

Redline DJs featured in the San Francisco Guardian


Big ups to the San Francisco Redline crew for getting featured by the Guardian. Check out the article.

After reading, make sure to head over to the Makeout sessions on Friday to catch them live. This time featuring Matty G and Roommate. Large!

Much respect.

 

Clouds, Cyrus, and Djunya at the Triple Crown


Title: Clouds, Cyrus, and Djunya at the Triple Crown
Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: The Surefire launch was most excellent, and now this is up next.  Clouds is one of my all time favorite dubstep artists, songs of theirs like “Under the Dancing Feet” and “Elders” are timeless.  Cyrus brings a different style, more industrial and aggressive, and will surely mash up the dance.  Opening with Djunya sets the stage - don’t sleep!
Date: 2009-04-18
Tickets: $7 before 11, $10 after

Clouds, Cyrus, and Djunya at Surefire

 

Big Up Magazine - Spring 2009


Big Up Magazine - Spring 2009I got my Spring copy of Big Up Magazine from Katya at the Surefire monthly last Saturday and finished reading it last night.  Well-designed and packed with 13 interviews with diverse artists and musicians it’s a good read.  The words of Goth-Trad were the most captivating to me.  His description of the status of dubstep in Japan and his musical evolution was really a fun read especially because I didn’t know that much about him.  Mary Anne Hobbs also had a great interview focusing on the “West Coast Rocks” sound of Flying Lotus, Lazer Sword, The Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus, Nobody, the Glitch Mob and others.  Artwise, Nik Ainley’s pieces really stuck out as quality, though all the art was quite good.  Putting visually-stunning art in between the music interviews is a nice contrast as you go back and forth between thinking about the audio and visual worlds.

Nik Ainley - Headache

My reading of the magazine would be interrupted every so often by the quality of Kutz’s selections coming out my speakers on the included mix.  Kutz is a sick producer and DJ based out of the UK with two stellar recent releases on Soul Jazz (Drumz of No Return / Tarantula and Travelling / Static).  Big things coming from him on the dubplate front too.

Any set that starts off with Benga vs Kutz - I’ll Kut Ya you know is gonna be good.  Personals were Skream - Filth (Silkie remix), Kutz – Grit Ya Teeth, Von D. feat Phephe - Show Me, and Klic feat Alys Be – Move Me.  Alys Be seems to have a knack for working with people that I’ve yet to hear and producing huge tunes with them.  Massive respect.  Check out a recent edition of the Transition show on Rinse.FM featuring Alys Be on the mic in studio.  Silkie is doing huge things at the moment also with tunes out like Techno 22, Headbutt the Decks, and the his remix of Tell Me (also ft Alys Be).

Big Up is available in SF at Babylon Falling, Amoeba, Super7, or Smoke Signals, or via the website at bigupmagazine.com.  Big Up is also hosting a third launch party soon featuring Emalkay’s first US appearance.. should be most excellent.

Finally I have to mention this killer new proposal in the magazine which is to promote creation of music videos for dubstep by establishing a dubstep video community.  I think this is an excellent idea and hope that it takes off.  Here’s two of the first submissions, the first by Big Up contributor MZO:

 

Coalition of the Killing - We Are The Glitch Remixes (DJG, Eskmo, Rozanski, J Rogers)


Coalition of the Killing - We are the Glitch RemixesOut tomorrow (3/24) exclusively on Addictech is this four-track EP of remixes of Coalition of the Killing on San Francisco based Blipswitch Digital.  It includes two different takes on “We Are The Glitch” from DJG and Eskmo, a dark refix of “Psychobabble” by Rozanski, and a dub techno rework of “You Are Everything Also” by J. Rogers.  Straight to the tunes:

Coalition of the Killing - We Are The Glitch (DJG Remix)

First up is DJG’s remix of “We Are The Glitch,” a deep, heavy stepper guaranteed to mash up the dance.  Sublow bass carries the song along with melodic pads and killer bongos.  Really enjoying this tune, highlight of the EP in my book.

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Coalition of the Killing - You Are Everything Also (J. Rogers Everything is Nothing Too Mix)

The second song on the EP is a reworking of “You Are Everything Also” by J Rogers (the Everything Is Nothing Too mix).  This one slows it down to 133bpm in a dub techno style.  This is typical of Blipswitch releases, everything walks the thin line between dubstep and dub techno.  This one’s got a wobble that would rival any dubstep song with IDM-like clicks and bleeps in the treble from the original.  Quality.

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Coalition of the Killing - We Are The Glitch (Eskmo Remix)

Third up is the Eskmo remix of We Are The Glitch.  This one is more minimal overall than the DJG remix with a glitchy melody and deep bass.  Watch out for the 4×4 bits though at about 2:45, definitely hype!

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Coalition of the Killing - Psychobabble (Rozanski Psychotic Dub)

Finally we have audio murderation courtesy Rozanski on the Psychobabble (Rozanski Psychotic Dub) version.  A dirty lead synth floats along over 4×4 and halftime beats.  One for the filth massive.  Big it!

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Available everywhere April 7, exclusive at Addictech until then:

Addictech

 

Why Wait? with Roommate, Djunya, and many more


Title: Why Wait? with Roommate, Djunya, Timonkey, Comma, Bogl, Carly-D, Staypuft DJ, Zombie J, and Subaddiction.
Location: Club Six (map & info)
Description: A pregame party for a special holiday. Benefits go to art cars for Camp Question Mark. Raffle, Bake Off, and Hemp Hot Pants Fashion Show.
Date: 2009-04-17
Tickets: $10 at the door

Very nice description of the artists and more info here. There are also some preview mixes for download.

Why Wait?

 

The Night Kitchen with Richard Devine, Kid Kameleon and more


Title: The Night Kitchen with Richard Devine, Kid Kameleon and more
Location: Li Po Lounge (map & inf0)
Description: Richard Devine comes to rock the spot with Kid Kameleon, Quitter, Staypuft DJ, and Harbour.
Date: 2009-04-10
Tickets: $10 at the door

The Night Kitchen with Richard Devine

 

Surefire Monthly Launch this Saturday


I’m normally not going to promote shows except to announce that they’re happening, but this one on Saturday is worthy of a second mention. I decided to start this site because of how much I enjoy the vibrant scene for dubstep here in San Francisco, and this Saturday’s launch of the new Surefire monthly is basically a showcase of some of the finest producers and DJs from the area. Also, it’s FREE. It’s at a new venue called “The Triple Crown” at Market and Octavia. I haven’t been to this spot yet but I’ve heard good things. This Friday night is also big with two events: Grime City and Rusko / Ooah, but save some energy for this Surefire opening.

Now I’m going to post some select audio from some of the people that will be at this night in the form of two songs and two mixes. First up is DJG’s stellar remix of Coalition of the Killing - We are the Glitch. I honestly can’t get enough of this song, I’ll be making a post on the whole remix EP soon. Next, we have an exclusive from Kozee which is a perfect example of what I like about this scene - fresh sounds coming at you always. This song brings a complex but very danceable beat with a monster snare and glitched out vocals. Watch out for this one on Saturday. Last up we have two mixes, Jus Wan on Electronic Explorations and Rastatronics live in Oakland recently. Check it out for yourself, this event is going to be huge:

Coalition of the Killing - We are the Glitch (DJG Remix) (Forthcoming Blipswitch Digital)

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Kozee - Black White Girl (exclusive dub)

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Jus Wan - Electronic Explorations Mix (I chopped just the Jus Wan mix for this, the rest of the show is excellent though. Go here for the full show and tracklist.)

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Rastatronics - Live at the Mal Label Power Hour in Oakland

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Much respect to Kozee, DJG and J. Rogers for the tunes, out to Antiserum with the technical problems. Sad to hear it.

Big ups to the Surefire crew - this monthly already has some killer talent signed on for future events, trust. Watch this space for more info.

Surefire Launch Party