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Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 002 11.9.09 on Dubstep.FM


Second radio show is madness!  Inside: new DJG, Cosmic Revenge, Sines, Untold, Eskmo, Kryptic Minds, Clouds, Heny G, and many many more.  Big thanks to Zapruderpedro on lending me a mic on this one, once I have my own the levels should be better in the future.  This one more on the deep side and showcasing some garage/2step influenced tunes.  Big thanks to Tminus on the tip on some tracks, and to tons of producers and labels for sending me tracks for this show.  If you want to submit anything it’s snf @ dubstepped dot net by email or snfdubstepped on aim.  Enjoy!

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Tracklist (2h 20m, 58 tracks):

Cosmic Revenge - Baroness (unreleased)
Littlefoot and Erra - Grave Rave (free online)
DJG & XI - Putney Says (forthcoming Surefire)
Djunya - Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
Demon and Versa - Drifter (forthcoming Filthy Digital)
Eskmo - Let Them Sing (Planet Mu)
Gucci Vump - Sha! Shtil! (L-Vis 1990 VIP Remix) (free online)
Untold - No One Likes a Smart-Arse (Hemlock)
Sines - I Can Try (unreleased)
Fused Forces - Big Foot (Substance Abuse)
Dread Foxx - Werewolf (Outlaw Producer Remix) (unreleased)
Jus Wan - Azure (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Deadboy - U Cheated (Well Rounded)
HxdB - Prism (Mindset)
VVV - Linder Years (unreleased)
Martyn - Mega Drive Generation (Hyperdub)
Sines - Memory Walk (unreleased)
Deadboy - Heartbreaker (Well Rounded)
2562 - Flashback (Tectonic)
Instra:mental - Forbidden (Apple Pips)
Jahdan Blakkamoore - What U Know About This (Gold Dust)
Shortstuff - Relapse (Formant)
Jose James - Blackmagic (Joy Orbison’s Recreation) (Brownswood UK)
Clouds - Era of Black Holes pt 2 (Channel Zero)
Heny G - Arena 1 (Gangsta Boogie)
Rx - Justyanutz (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge - Late Nights (Kursed)
Kryptic Minds - Wondering Why (Osiris)
Indigo - Fading (Mindset)
Hyetal - Gold or Soul (Soul Motive)
FBOM - Like You Did For Me (unreleased)
Yong - Breathe (unreleased)
DJG - Duality (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Von D - Nouvelle Histoire (forthcoming Argon)
AC23 - Love Her (Formant)
SP:MC and Joker D - Bad Dreams (Tempa)
Distal - Attempt at Yellow (unreleased)
Ruckspin and Fez - All Night (Ranking)
Cosmic Revenge - Street Bass (unreleased)
Benny Ill and Gold Spot Productions - dB Step (GetDarker)
LD - The King of Kong (Dub Police)
Eskmo - From The Standpoint (Planet Mu)
Untold - Never Went Away (Hemlock)
Sully - Jackman’s Rec (Frijsfo)
Tribal - 4000 Feet Under (unreleased)
Selande - Spades (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Data and Cell - Doors of Perception (Tempa)
16 Bit - ADSL (Southside Dubstars)
Wedge & Shadz - Running Away (Guido Remix) (If Symptoms Persist)
RSD - Green Hill (Punch Drunk)
LV ft Errol Bellot - Dont Judge (Fantastic Mr. Fox Remix) (2nd drop)
Outlaw Producer - Left Hand Side (unreleased)
XxXy - Science Fiction (Formant)
Planas - Kutumba (Ranking)
Moderat - Rusty Nails (T++ Remix) (50 Weapons)
Puppy Kicker - The Smooth Over (Rogue Dubs)
Data - Leaves (Tempa)
Darkstar - Aidys Girl’s a Computer (Hyperdub)

 

Dubstepforum.com Awards 2009 - Nominations Now!


The Dubstep Forum is bringing back their awards for 2009.  There are a number of categories, Best Producer, Best Radio Station, Best Website/Magazine, and many more.  Check the full list.  Currently it’s the nomination process where you put forward 3 suggestions for each category, later on (after 11/30) and probably for most of December it will be the voting stage.  I’ll post again when that time comes.  These awards really do mean a lot to people as the Dubstep Forum is a premier source of dubstep news, audio, shows, and related conversations, so even if you don’t have an account consider making one so you can contribute to these awards.

Some of my nominations:

Best Radio Station:

Dubstep.FM
Rinse.FM
Sub.FM

Best New Producer (first release in 2009):

HxdB
Kid Simple
VVV

Best New Label:

Brap Dem
If Symptoms Persist
Swamp81

Best Website/Magazine:

Big Up Magazine <– really no competitor for this one imo
XLR8R
FACT

Get your nominations in!!! Voting will be in December, but for now it’s important to nominate people as only the 3 most nominated will be candidates for the main vote!

 

Dubstepped Radio 005 featuring Distal


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Oh gosh!  This episode is off all chains and hooks.  Introducing here Atlanta producer DISTAL with a boatload of unreleased tunes and the standard complement of fresh releases and unreleased tracks.

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01 - FaltyDL - Must Sustain (Planet Mu)
02 - VVV - Linder Years (unreleased)
03 - Nate Mars - Higher to the Bass (forthcoming ‘Concentric Circles’)

– Distal Feature (all unreleased) –
04 - Distal - Attempt at Yellow
05 - Distal - Post-Soul Persona
06 - Distal - Heaven’s Blowback
07 - Distal - Serengeti
08 - Distal - Speed of Right
09 - Distal - Gun Confetti

10 - Vaski - Get Down (Rottun)
11 - NTRLD & Thurgood - Ghetto Fabulous (unreleased)
12 - Kid Simple - Fresh Like (forthcoming Double Drop)
13 - Dev79 - In Ya Face (Pharoah & Peach Remix) (Seclusiasis)
14 - EZ$ - Iron Breath (Get Money)
15 - Playdoe - Freeze Step (Starkey Remix) (Rwina)
16 - Sainttex - So Many Bits (unreleased)
17 - Zeno - Reboot Funk (unreleased)
18 - Jaybird - Work Dat Box (Kraken)
19 - Marcus Visionary - St. Vincent (forthcoming Liondub International)
20 - Noah D & Roommate - Street Sound (Thought)
21 - Jahdan Blakkamoore - Get Hustlin (Gold Dust)
22 - Heavy Heights ft Gina - Want and See (Intager Dubhouse Remix) (unreleased)
23 - Marcus Visionary ft Liondub & Johnny Osbourne - Coffee or Tea (forthcoming Liondub International)

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Introducing: Distal

I first heard Distal tunes a bit ago on the Sub.Traction radio show on Dubstep.FM and when I finally got around to checking out his tracks I immediately contacted him.  The production quality on all the songs is really high, from sound design to mixing to rhythm and diversity.  Detailed in the interview below he has extensive musical experience so in retrospect this makes sense but you can hear it even when you listen to the tracks for the first time.

If you want to learn more about Distal check out this mini interview:

snf: First off, where are you based now and what’s going down that people should know about?

Distal:

Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta Dubstep was formed 1st quarter of 2009, and has consistently been doing big things for the city. We have a monthly even called “Sub.Traction” at El Bar , and for the ‘recession proof’ price of 200 pennies you can catch local dubstep acts. The best part of Atlanta Dubstep is that we run in a very large group, so we are able to cater to everyone’s tastes whether it be more house influenced stuff or tear out wobble. We also host a bigger one off night once a month at various venues featuring international and domestic talent. We’ve had 2562, Appleblim, Ramadanman, and Noah D through so far; all have done exceedingly well. Atlanta is starting to make a ruckus!

Be on the lookout for Embassy Recordings, a forthcoming Atlanta based label run by myself, and partner Mite (www.myspace.com/mightystep). Our main goal is to build a bridge between slow Southern Crunk , the plastic-like drums and lush synths of Techno, and also the twisted bass of early Jungle and Drum & Bass. We just got a distribution deal with ST Holdings, and our first release should be out shortly.

Lastly I’m involved with a smaller promotion group ‘Heat Promotions’ run by Matt “Inferno” Heat’s goal is to bring up and coming international minimal and techno artists to Atlanta.

S: Tell me a little about yourself, how did you get into production & music in general?

D: I started dj’ing about 10 years ago when I was 16 under the alias ‘Proximal’ At the time I was playing Hardcore / Freeform. It was a very niche market, so I actually had a lot of opportunities stateside, and in Canada to do my thing. That’s where I picked up the etiquette of the beast. Later on in my dj’ing career I started getting into breakcore and the creative possibilities that came with breaking the formula. I began to mash everything I enjoyed (acid techno, jungle, rap, bmore, old country) into one set, and my mixtapes became a novelty act on the Internet.

I also spent a good deal of my time in college studying music theory and classical piano with other musicians. I studied the science of music, and its effects on sensation and perception. My senior research inolved the study of synesthesia or ‘the confusing of the senses’; specifically how pitch / timbre effected your visual perceptions of the world.

I first heard dubstep back in 2005 while shopping for breakcore; sites selling breakcore always carried an eclectic supply as long as it was quality. And more eclectic labels like Planet Mu started to put out dubstep. I began to notice. I bought Darqwan – Stargate 92 on vinyl in 2006, and I fell in love.

It’s cliché I know, but its true 140bpm was the perfect median to experiment and keep the audience. The sound is so ambiguous you can go in so many directions.

Something clicked like it never had before. I looked at all the ammo I had collected throughout the years, the theory I had learned, the science I had learned, and realized how expansive the canvas now was at 140bpm. I opened my laptop, got serious, and haven’t looked back since.

Distal

S: There are elements from all sorts of music in your songs.. hiphop, Berlin techno, reggae, 8-bit nintendo riddims, maybe even indie pop..what are your musical roots?

D: I’ve been influenced by a wide array of sounds throughout my life. I love good melodies and grooves no matter what they are. Last ride in my car I remember hearing Tammy Wynette, Project Pat, Fugazi, David Pajo, and 808 state. Being able to appreciate and understand other and all works for what they are helps you grow as an artist, and along the way you’ll notice it leak into your output. Now the challenge is ‘how do I use what I love and turn it into what I am doing’? Computers and software definitely make the process an easier one.

But I must say I have a soft spot for early acid techno and breakbeat hardcore. It doesn’t get much better than 4Hero, Mr. Fingers or sleezy D (anything off Trax records) from the late 80’s. Hearing dance music that early on always brings a smile to my face. That analog sound has so much warmth and depth to it, it’s like looking at an old photo. Plus you have to admire those guys making it back then, they were doing something big, and they didn’t have it as easy on any front (communication, process, tools, digital distro etc.). They are the real explorers.

S: You tend to produce both more aggressive tunes and deeper ones, do you find it hard to go back and forth between the vibes? This is something that happens often in good DJ sets, mixing all vibes of music, but what’s it like from the production perspective?

D: It all depends on my mood really. I think I’ve found the aesthetic I want to get down for ‘Distal’. I want people to know it’s a Distal tune regardless of the style its in. We’re humans, our emotions and actions change constantly, but it’s always US at the controls, the same applies with the creation of sound.

But I definitely have a sound I’m leaning towards at the moment. Some people are calling it ‘future garage’ some people are calling it ‘future step’. The sound is characterized mainly by its slightly syncopated rhythm, and influence from garage, house and soul music. I know it’s just human to want to categorize things like were on the Galapagos, but at the end of the day it’s all just good mid-tempo bass music.

S: What producers are on your radar that people should know about? What future things are coming from you?

D: Right now I’m ALWAYS happy to hear a new Untold tune. When Hessle Audio released ‘Kingdom’ last year it changed the way I think about music. It challenged me. I love it when a producer successfully challenges the dance floor. Secondly MAYHEM, another ATL homie is just cranking out excellence. He’s making more crunk-influenced stuff. Guaranteed a rewind. His engineering skills are air tight, check out “4th of July Jam” on my latest mix !Embassy Recordings

Anything off of Apple Pips is also going to be a treat. Those guys know how to do things proper! Their quality control bar is set so high! I’m also feeling a lot of stuff from ‘Shortstuff’ his release on Formant Recordings was huge, every time I play ‘Relapse’ people run to the laptop to see what’s going on. I’m also big on DJG right now, his tunes have so much tension behind them; it’s like a good thriller film. Joy Orbison… enough said. Lastly SINES from Texas … he sent me this new bit the other day ‘gravity’ wow so funky and smooth. Def. check him out. So many others I can list right now I could do this all day.

Be on the lookout for a few of my plates to be released on Embassy Recordings by 1st quarter 2010. I also am working deals out at the moment to sort out a good portion of my catalog with a few big labels. Wish I could say who, but I can’t at the moment !

 

Dubstepped Radio Episode 003


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Happy to put out the third episode of Dubstepped Radio this weekend - this one’s HUGE! Love the sounds inside. I’d like to subtitle this episode the remix episode because of the number of remixes inside, we’ve got a total of nine from classic rock to drum’n'bass. Everyone gets a taste of the dubstep flavor.

Now for some free music associated with this episode: the split Surpass/Zeno subdotmission release, Widdler’s free bootleg pack, Extinction from DLX, Chae Hawk’s fliptape, and Simple’s Casual Sex EP on TwoCircles.

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DS Radio 003 Tracklist:

01 - KidLogic - Summer Madness (forthcoming twenty twelve)
02 - STS9 - Shock Doctrine (Eskmo Remix) (1320 Records)
03 - Kid Simple - What You Did (unreleased)
04 - Mundo - Creep (Blipswitch Digital)
05 - Surpass - Crop Circle Dub (Sub.Mission)
06 - Phatcat & DZ - Shadows (unreleased)
07 - Zeno - Regloved Remix (Sub.Mission)
08 - Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (DZ vs Rastatronics Remix) (bootleg)
09 - DLX - Nitrous Oxide (forthcoming Smog Records)
10 - Portishead - Western Eyes (Widdler Dub) (bootleg)
11 - Broken Spindles - Introvert (RX Remix) (free online)
12 - Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (LD Remix) (Domino)
13 - Jus Wan - QB41 (Naked Lunch)
14 - VVV - The Double Neutral (unreleased)
15 - Simple - rO (TwoCircles)
16 - Yong - Untitled (unreleased)
17 - The Wobblesauce Brigade - Geisha Slap Fight (unreleased)
18 - Dread Foxx ft Werd2Jah - Clash (Airtight Imprint)

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Dubstepped Radio Inaugural Episode


Dubstepped RadioI’ve started a new podcast focusing on fresh dubstep sounds coming out of the US and Canada and this is the first episode. This is not a standard DJ mix or something you’re going to want to throw on at your next party, this is more of a news or educational program about artists and labels that are doing big things. I introduce each track with a bit of info about the artist like tour dates, forthcoming or recent releases, labels they’ve worked with, and so on. This is why I call it a “radio show.” Hope you like it. I encourage feedback, hit me up by email to snf@dubstepped.net or snfdubstepped on aim.

I’m aiming for a monthly release of this show, so producers and labels send me tunes. I’m also looking for some graphic design help so if you want to design a better logo I’ll link to you and mention your site & name in the show.

I specifically try to play different styles on dubstep in each program. In this show you will hear wobbly club tunes, atmospheric deep dubstep, ragga influenced dubstep, and wobbly hiphop remixes. All about the diversity.

There are too many people to give thanks to but I have to highlight some:

SF family: DJG, Katya (Big Up Mag), Sam Supa, Miro, Bakir, J. Rogers, Rastatronics, Kush Arora, the Surya Dub, Surefire, Redline, and Full Melt crews, and last but definitely not least everyone nicing up the dance.

Inspiration: Rob Booth, Mary Anne Hobbs, Starkey, Joe Nice, and tons of dubstep.fm and rinse.fm DJs.

Also gotta bigup for sure dubway, the dubstep forum, and specifically the dubs section and the artists that post there. You gotta dig, but there’s some serious talent in them posts.

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DS Radio 001 Tracklist:

01 - DJG & Antiserum - The Tide (Narco.Hz) (they botched the label on this one…)
02 - NTRLD - Drag (Forthcoming Double Drop)
03 - Bombaman - Flower People (Forthcoming La Dubstep Nostra)
04 - Dumbsteppaz - Black as Midnight (unreleased)
05 - Dread Foxx - Everything I Do Refix (bootleg)
06 - Mims - Move If You Wanna (gWorm Dubstep Edit) (bootleg)
07 - Kozee - Black White Girl (unreleased)
08 - Misk - New Orleans (unreleased)
09 - Outlaw Producer & Troubleman - Extra (unreleased)
10 - Starkey - Gutter Music VIP (Keysound)
11 - VVV - emeute (unreleased)
12 - Sines - Dem Dayz (unreleased)
13 - Svpreme Fiend - Prover (unreleased)
14 - Tangka - Orange Milk (unreleased)
15 - FBOM - Let Me In (unreleased)
16 - HD4000 - Let It Shine (bootleg)
17 - Bassnectar - Bassnectar’s Superstylin Smashup (bootleg)
18 - Babylon System - Get On Up (Argon)
19 - MK2 & Werd2Jah - Afternoon Dubs (unreleased)

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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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VVV - émeute


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This tune was graciously made available on the dubstep forum by VVV out of Austin, Tx.  It’s a really lush mellow stepper with a dark garage feel that reminds one of DFRNT, Burial, or Synkro.  Excellent use of vocal effects and subtle clicks.  Feeling this one.

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