Archive for May, 2009

Dumbsteppaz - Sho Nuff and Southern Fried Dub (free dl)


The Dumbsteppaz from LA just came out with some fresh tunes and a free download for the hiphop crossover lovers.  Featured here is one of the tracks called “Sho Nuff” which is an intense wobbler for the ravers. Loving the wobble manipulation on this one.

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Next is the free tune, a dubstep reworking of Ludacris - Southern Fried.  People definitely mentioned Luda as someone that needed to flow on dubstep and this refix is a prime example of why.  I hope he gets on it.

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On the personal tip I’m moving at the moment (within San Francisco) so expect the post frequency to be low for a bit.  Next episode of Dubstepped Radio coming up in the first week of June, look out for that one, tracklist is guaranteed to please.

 

NTRLD - Big Man and Drop plus free Lady Gaga Remix


DDROP002Out today is the first release from local production duo NTRLD (interlude) who have been rocking shows recently at Underground SF, The Makeout Sessions, and are playing tonight at Club Six.  It comes out on SF based Double Drop Recordings.

I featured Drag in my first podcast and still think it’s the tune of the release.  Take a big one.  Check the preview:

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Big man is another deep wobbler guaranteed to get your neck & body moving.  It gets dangerous when it switches up a little after 2 minutes, love that build & breakdown.

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Recommended if you like Antiserum, Roommate, The Bassist, Seven, and the like.

To promote the release NTRLD are also sending out their bootleg of Lady Gaga - Just Dance.  Wobbled out pop gets me every time.  Listen & download:

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Suite Jesus with The Gaslamp Killer and Mochipet


Location: 111 Minna (map & info)
Description: Fusion of art (photography this time) with music at 111 Minna. This one might be more glitch than dubstep but who knows, The Gaslamp Killer walks the line.
Date: 2009-05-22
Tickets: Limited $5 presales at going
 

Broken Note, DJG, True Force, Sam Supa, Bogl, and Mercedes


Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: This one’s a benefit for the first dubstep float at the SF Love Parade. Apparently there’s also an underground party with 16 bit and Broken Note the day later…
Date: 2009-06-05
Tickets: $10 before 11, $15 after.
 

Ultraviolet, Kozee, Ivry, and Funktion


Location: The Cellar (map & info)
Description: Nice Thursday night show at The Cellar with Redline frontrunners Ultraviolet and Kozee.
Date: 2009-06-04
Tickets: Free  :)
More info: http://groundscore.net/board/viewtopic.php?t=46131

 

Skream, Benga and more TBA


Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: This is shaping up to be the weekend of the year with back to back Skream and Benga and Distance & XI. HUGE. Fly in from wherever you are, Skream and Benga at mighty last summer was incredible. Lineup:
Skream
Benga
An-ten-nae
Mimosa
Ripple
Subtek & Sam Supa of Grime City w/ Emcee Child
Date: 2009-06-19
Tickets: $18 at going.com.

 

Distance, XI, and Antiserum with MC Duh (Surefire)


Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: Oh gosh. This one is gonna be major. Last surefire with L-Wiz and Appleblim went off, this one sure to also. Distance said on his most recent rinse.fm show that he’s gonna throw down a roots of dubstep set for half his time slot, not to be missed.
Date: 2009-06-20
Tickets: $7 before 11, $10 after
 

Juju vs Don Carlos - Young Girl Remix (free AIFF)


Juju, headmaster of Narco.Hz, put out this classic remix for free Monday on the dubstep forum.  Always been a fan personally of Don Carlos and his work with Black Uhuru and this remix is fiyah.  Big bassline gets you bubblin, lyrics are on point, all around quality heartical sounds.  Free in AIFF format.  Respect.

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“Respect due / the man called juju / also the narco.hz crew / and so the surefire crew / they’re playin the music for you”

Truth.  Look out for the next Surefire monthly, Distance / XI / Antiserum.  Those who caught L-Wiz & Appleblim know, sound is in full effect now and rumors of 4am closing time are about…

 

Dubstep LA Mixtape Preview courtesy Plastician


See here for the Dubstep LA mixtape: dubstepped or GetDarker

This is going to be the summer that dubstep exploded. The growth over the past year or so has been rampant with an estimated tenfold more shows in San Francisco so far this year than last year. This is only going to continue in the face of this mixtape due to come out in about a month. I don’t even have the full tracklist but the bits that I’ve heard destined for the mix make me know that this is going to get rinsed everywhere, including grocery store speakers, pop radio stations, and so forth. Whether this is good or bad is up for debate. Personally I love this sound and know that it will keep evolving. I was blown away when I first heard produers like Joker or Gemmy that they didn’t have hiphop MCs queueing to flow over the tracks and now it’s finally happening.

Alexander Spit

Living Legends

Snoop Dogg

Xzibit

The mixtape is called “Mr Grustle and Tha Russian Present Dubstep LA.There are at least 6 tracks on it though I’m not sure on the official tracklist. Plastician (rinse.fm, Terrorhythm, Surefire) is mixing the tracks for the mixtape and sampled a bunch of them yesterday on his weekly rinse.fm radio show (download). I got so excited that I’m going to post samples from the set. Some of these are predictable, but some really blew me away, especially the Grouch and Eligh vs Vex’d cut. These previews are low quality with talking over them but I don’t care, give it a listen and take it in.

Before I post these I have to give credit to the people that have been producing similar work for time, notably DJ Nappy and the Rock The Dub THUGSTEP series (free downloads there), Dread Foxx, gWorm (see his recent mix), AC Slater (check here), Rx and Chae Hawk (check Malt Liquor on Rx’s space), KidLogic with the cali remixed EP (he as another one coming out this summer), and the Totally Unauthorized album by MRK1 and Chimpo.  Late breaking additions: forgot the remix tendencies of 6blocc, Parson, and the Dumbsteppaz. Also check out this early tune from Nebulla plus DJ Dore on La Dubstep Nostra.

Right, back to the mixtape. The general theme is existing dubstep productions iced by a variety of hiphop MCs. Beats are pretty raw and edgy including two bits from Chase & Status. First up, the first one released and the one that started a HUGE discussion in the scene about the future of dubstep, Snoop Dogg Millionaire:

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And Plastician’s remix of Snoop Dogg Millionaire (I like this one much more):

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Now for the freshness. I’m starting off with the track that I was feelin the most which is The Grouch and Eligh of Living Legends over the Jamie Vex’d remix of Scuba - Twitch. Listening to a teaser of this track is like eating just one pringle: leaves you wanting more and more and more.

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Next we’ve got Murs vs Chase & Status - Madhouse. Madhouse is a SERIOUS tune in a similar style to Eastern Jam and Saxon. Murs rips it. Love this one too.

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Fifth tune is from Alexander Spit based here in San Francisco over Rusko - Mr. Chips. Again this one is BAD. When I first envisioned MCs over dubstep it wasnt over tracks like Chase & Status and Rusko’s productions, but man it works well.

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Last but definitely not least is Jimmy Jams vs Rustie & Joker - Play Doe. Play Doe has been asking for an MC from day and I’m amazed it took this long to get one on it. Jimmy Jams destroys the mic, big sounds.

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The only other info I have is that there’s a still unheard tune with Xzibit vs D1 which has serious potential. Gotta get the mixtape to hear that one :)

For more info check twitter/dubstepla, twitter/djplastician, and this site. Now looking forward I’d really like to hear Busta Rhymes, Aesop Rock, Keak da Sneak, and tons of other MCs over dubstep, especially over the sounds of folks like Joker, Jakes, Gemmy, Guido, Plastician, Noah D, Starkey, and so on. Gonna get wild this summer!!!

The last thing I’ll say is to the haters both in press and in the forums is that a musical style is made to evolve. Dubstep itself evolved from dark garage and is currently an alamgam of many different genres of music. To claim that something like the introduction of American hiphop MCs to the sound of dubstep will “commercialize” or “ruin” the sound is shortsighted. This sound is a new dimension in dubstep, yet another sound that falls under the name of “dubstep.” The exact reason this music is so magical to me is because of the variety of sounds that are all “dubstep” so adding another dimension just means for more diverse mixes. Tell Miles Davis that by recording Bitches Brew he ruined Jazz. Tell Elvis that his sound ruined the blues. Tell Grandmaster Flash that mixing breaks ruined funk. And if you’re really not feeling it then just don’t play it.

 

gWorm - Hiphop Meets Wobble Mix


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gWorm from Dallas Fort Worth brings some southern dubstep flavor with this one in a BIG, wobbly mix featuring a bunch of hiphop & dubstep mashups to start off the set.  All in all most tunes have vocals, many with hiphop influences.  Wobbles are large in this one, you know any mix with Chainsaw Calligraphy in it is serious.  If you dunno about that track listen to this mix and get to know.  Sam Supa and Kozee once had a ‘filth-off’ at the makeout sessions here in San Francisco and the finale was Chainsaw Calligraphy - there’s simply nowhere to go from there.

I’m really feeling this hiphop & dubstep hybrid, but I’ve always been a sucker for the mashups.  Beyond that though the selection on this mix is ace and the mixing is excellent.  Big respect to gWorm, loving this sound.  If you’re feeling this vibe and are interested in similar sounds check out gWorm’s edit of Move If You Wanna and the Totally Unauthorized comp by MRK1 and Chimpo.

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Tracklist:

Twisted, Redemption - Il Dire (Mac Koall Remix + gWorm’s Ice Cream Paint Job Mash)
Wine-o - Squincy Jones Pop Trunk
Dz - Down + gWorm Still Tippin Mash
Kid Sister - Pro Nails (Rusko Remix + gWorm Magic Stick Mash)
Lil Wayne - A Milli (DatsiK Remix mixed by Aftee)
Jakes - War Face
Stagga ft. Skamma - Sick As Sin
Foreign Beggars - Hit That Gash (DJ Primecuts Itchy Naaan Re-Rub)
DZ, Morcheeba - World Looking In (DZ Remix)
Caspa - Marmite
Babylon System - Hyphy (feat. Candy Vox)
The Widdler - Sunday
DatsiK - Gecko
Bar 9 - Malicious Tactics
Caspa - I Beat My Robot
Caspa - Floor Dem
Emalkay - Explicit
Jakes - Rock Tha Bells
16 Bit - Chainsaw Calligraphy
Selfsimilar - 1st Degree (VIP)
Marchmellow - Youngfolkdub

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