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Dubstepped Radio Episode 004

Dubstepped Radio
Yes yes, it’s the fourth episode of Dubstepped Radio.  I had to take a bit of a hiatus making them but we’re back in action.  This one’s heavily vocal with the talents of Jahdan Blakkamoore, Winstrong, Sky-I, MC Zulu, Rankin Scroo, DJ Collage, Jammer and Badness on the mic.  It starts off with some 2steppy rhythms by a trio of Texas producers and then moves into some synthy futuristic ’step from KidLogic and Zeno, a vocal bashment session, some club rhythms and a reggaeish outro.  Big!

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DS Radio 004 Tracklist:

01 - Fragile - Into the Night (Creative Space)
02 - FBOM - Vo Wacune (unreleased)
03 - Sines - Deja Vu (free tune)
04 - Zeno - The Tuner (Dirty Circuit)
05 - KidLogic - Dead Battery (unreleased)
06 - Noah D - Got U Now (Subway)
07 - Silverlink ft Jammer & Badness - The Message Is Love (Starkey Remix) (No Hats No Hoods)
08 - Nate Mars ft Jahdan Blakkamoore - Above & Beyond Dem (forthcoming “Concentric Circles”)
09 - Kush Arora ft MC Zulu - Lose Control (Kush Arora Productions)
10 - Winstrong & Sky-I - Big Up (Benga - Music Box) (unreleased)
11 - NTRLD & Thurgood - Pills (Double Drop Recordings)
12 - Blackheart - Dazed (unreleased)
13 - Austin Speed - Full Clip (Rogue Dubs)
14 - HD4000 - Jekal (forthcoming Mal Label Music)
15 - Megalodon - Apollo (unreleased)
16 - Kid Simple - Where You Left (Double Drop Recordings)
17 - Emu and Pawn - Gone (Perk Recordings)
18 - Rankin Scroo - My Trees (unreleased)
19 - Radikal Guru - Strong Dub (Dubbed Out)
20 - The Spit Brothers - Roll and Tumble VIP (Dubs Alive)
21 - DJ Sep & Jason Short ft DJ Collage - Get Your Dub Wet (Daly City Records)






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Lastly this is the first time I’ve distributed this podcast as an “enhanced podcast” in mp4 (m4a) format with built-in cover art and tracklist.  Please get back at me if you have any problems with this new access mode or if you want me to post a standard mp3 and I’ll get right on it.


Bombastik with Benga, Pantyraid, Martyn and An-Ten-Nae

Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: An-Ten-Nae continues with the dubstep superstars at 103 Harriet. If you missed Benga when he came recently now’s your chance, also the release party for Pantyraid’s new album.
Date: 2009-09-25
Tickets: $15 presale

The Dubstep LA Mixtape mixed by Plastician

I’ve been waiting on this one for some time, promotion has been going around between people like Adidas and Virgin Airlines.  Should be major and expose tons of people to the sound of dubstep.  The release of this fusion of hiphop and dubstep is sure to excite and frustrate depending on your musical persuasion, but isn’t that what music is all about?  There’s definitely a strong reaction to this already with over 1,000 followers on the Dubstep LA twitter.  Now I’m wondering if there’s some tour in the workings….  Download the mixtape on GetDarker & spread the word!

Can’t forget the Dub Rap mixtape featuring Bay Area microphone stylings and other people that have been on this combination tip for time.  I love that Chae Hawk & Rx made it onto the final tape with “Malt Liquor” and Plastician’s selections are generally excellent (as expected).  I do wish that he’d gone with his own remix of “Snoop Dogg Millionaire” as that’s far better in my opinion, but I’m too played out on Eastern Jam to comment.

Big respect to all involved in this from the promoters to the MCs to the original producers.  I hope this combination continues and more people fuse these two genres to create a new flavor of dubstep (dare I say hopstep or some other nonsense genre name?)

Comment on what you’re thinking!  I’ll do the same once I give it a proper listen.  I should also add that you can download the Xzibit and Murs tunes for free.

Dubstep LA


Ricky Switch presents the DubRap mixtape ft Sky-I, Starski, and more

Dub Rap FrontDub Rap Back
Ricky Switch, Pimp Hop Records, and a host of MCs from the Bay Area and beyond present Dub Rap volume 1, a hype and diverse mixtape of dubstep and glitch beats with MCs on the track.  Styles are diverse including autotuned flows, screwed & chopped cuts, glitched out beats and ragga MCs.  This one’s a guaranteed party rocker with an excellent job by the MCs over a killer selection of dubstep beats. Get it for free at  Highlights for me include Fed the Thief, Fever, Monster, Chains, Wide Open, Big Up, and Yes I’m Back, and for the top two I’d have to go with Rankin Scroo on My Trees and Dub Life. Stream it here:
They say in the intro jungle or dubstep is the only natural progression for hiphop, I’m not sure it’s the only one but I think the sound has been moving in that direction for a while. Some examples here from J. Dilla:

Here’s the official summary of the mixtape:

Over a year in the making, countless hours logged, blood, sweat, and tears poured into it, and it’s day has finally arrived, Enter: Dub Rap. This new genre of music has been defined and developed thru the making of DJ Ricky Switch’s newest mixtape: Dub Rap Volume1, featuring One Drop. Put your seat belts on it’s gonna be a bumpy ride, but if your ears are ready to hear the future of music, stay tuned….Rewind four years prior, to a remote island off the north coast of Ireland where a young, but seasoned DrumNBass DJ named Ricky Switch was first being being exposed to wobble basslines, boom bap slaps, and a whole new sound of music which he soon found himself engulfed in, Dubstep. Shortly after, Ricky packed his bags and moved out to California, the San Francisco Bay Area to be exact. He found his way DJ’ing the few Dubstep and DnB shows that he could find, and doing so he also became involved in the local hip hop scene, where he joined the underground rap group Distant Relatives. In due course, he would share a studio with local Bay Area Rapper Starski, and while Ricky would be bumping dubstep dj sets in one room, Starski and his crew were knocking out raps in the other. It was only a matter of time before peanut butter met the chocolate and Reese’s Pieces was made, or as they call it Dub Rap.

During the process of working on the mixtape, they created a marriage the authentic sounds of UK Dubstep music and hardcore underground bay area MC’s and singers. Instantly, the artists became fully engrossed in the sounds and space that Dubstep offers a vocalist and found many ways to deliver their art form. Over 50 tracks were recorded in a year’s time, and only about half of them made it to the mixtape (respect to the ones that didn’t). The Dub Rap sound that came out of this experience is an intense mix of otherworldly sounds courtesy of UK Dubstep rhythms, and the future of bay area and worldwide hip hop music.

This project was done with much praise and respect given to the originators of Dubstep, and the producers who made the music that made this mix possible. It’s aimed at giving the genre another avenue to allow it to grow and to expose more people to it’s undeniable sound and originality. The core artists (the mcs/ singers) involved have no doubts that they will continue to work within this medium of art to allow their creative juices to flourish and expand on an ever broadening horizon of Dubstep visions. Their is no question that the genre of “Dubrap” will catch on with other artists the world over, and allow rappers and singers alike to grow into the next millennium of audio murder: Dubstep and now Dubrap.


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:
Subtek & Sam Supa of Grime City w/ Emcee Child
Date: 2009-06-19
Tickets: $18 at


Two Oh One - Wah Wah Wah

Two Oh OneThis tune is from Two Oh One, a recent emigrant from Croydon to LA.  You can definitely hear his roots in his sound, this song rides nicely up next to some Benga, N-Type, or Seven. Feelin the glitched out snares and the sound in general.  Really minimal but effective.  It especially reminds me of Benga - Buzzin.  Only complaint is that it could be a bit longer, but that’s just personal..  bigup Two Oh One.

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