Posts Tagged ‘drumnbass’

Review: DJG – Hydrated Space Cakes (WHEELYDEALY008, WARM016)

DJG is among a select group of artists that can claim responsibility for the explosion of dubstep in San Francisco, and he did it while pushing the sounds of drum & bass under his alterego Genome.  Lately a pair of releases from DJG have come out: grade-A dubstep on a Headhunter collboration, and some cutting edge autonomic drumnbass sounds.  All 5 tracks here are masterful productions: spacious, bass heavy music with absolute quality percussion.

Up first is the latest on N-Type’s label Wheel & Deal, and trust these two are worthy of the label name. With support from a legion of DJs, these tunes have been rumbling dancefloors around the world. The a-side “Pressure” begins with droning vocals that remind me of Tuvan throat singing. Bassline murderation then ensues with a mutant halftime feel on the percussion that, combined with the droning vocals, produces a surreal soundscape. Prime time audio here. On the flip, Headhunter aka Addison Groove joins up for “Space Cakes“. Munch one of these and head for outer space on a tune with alien synth stabs, odd voices, and of course huge bassweight.  Two for two on this one.

A. DJG – Pressure (clip) – Wheel & Deal *out now* by DJG

AA. DJG & Headhunter – Spacecakes (clip) – Wheel & Deal *out now* by DJG

Next I’d like to change the pace and change the style with the latest on Warm Communications, a drumnbass label based in Texas. These three showcase an exciting new “autonomic” sound in dnb coming from the likes of dBridge, Instra:mental, Vaccine, ASC, Spectra Soul and more. The sound is driven by rolling basslines, strong use of atmospherics and substantially less percussion than you’ll find in most dnb. Amens are notably lacking. First up is “Hydrate“, the foundation of the 3-track EP with a lush bassline holding down the foundation under somewhat erratic yet danceable percussion. Sparse vocal samples and chirps keep things rolling. Next, Consequence steps up on remix duties adding what I can only describe as microkicks to drive the beat and keeping choice elements of the original.  Look out for the breakdown & build into the second half, dangerous. Redone by DJG in a dubwise style, “Hydration Dub” closes out the release and is my favorite of the three.  The bassline changes up to sound a bit more like Robbie Shakespeare in the studio with echoes on the percussion that would make Scientist grin. Three for three.

Hydrate by DJG

DJG – Hydrate (Consequence Remix) – WARM016 *Clip by Warm Communications

Hydration Dub by DJG

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Kingdom (day party) with Kush Arora, UFO, Sam Supa, SNF and many more

Location: Oasis (map & info) just a 5 minute walk from the Lake Merritt BART
Description: Day party with BBQ and beats at the Oasis, two rooms with everything from dubstep to dnb to funky house and all sorts in between.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2010-07-25
End Time: Midnight
Tickets: $5, or free before 6 with RSVP to


Compression with Wedge, Arkist, Sinistarr and many more

Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: Wedge & Arkist head over from Bristol town to showcase their style of bass music, dubstep and dnb. Sinistarr headlines on the dnb tip and big support.
Date: 2010-07-16
Tickets: ?? get them here


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 033 06.28.10 on Dubstep.FM

New sounds inside coming from EshOne, Distal, SubReachers, Pulsar, L-ow, Borja & more.  Little deep medi vinyl session for fun, and as usual sounds coming from all over the place. If you’re in the SF area, come out tonight for a live session from me along these lines.

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King Midas Sound – Earth a Kill Ya (Hyperdub)
EshOne – Anti Oil Spill Dub (free online)
Digital Mystikz – Anti War Dub (DMZ)
SubReachers – 200G
Quest – The Unknown (Deep Medi)
Silkie – Concrete Jungle (Deep Medi)
Skream – Backwards (Deep Medi)
Pulsar – Contemplation
J. Rogers – Composite (Blipswitch)
L-ow – Pinpoint (forthcoming Project Squared)
Helix – Vrai
Joe – Untitled (Apple Pips)
Borja – Disowning the Self (forthcoming Rogue Dubs)
Planas – Roots Music (Immerse)
James Blake – CMYK (R&S)
Albert – Side Showin’
Calibre – Tenopause (Deep Medi)
EshOne – Die Cast (free online)
Distal – Eel
Brackles & Shortstuff – Pipey D (Blunted Robots)
Martin Kemp – Wot U Got (Blunted Robots)
Gremino – Be & See (Car Crash Set)
Mr Mageeka – Different Lekstrix (Numbers)
Greenmoney ft Lady Chann – Political Hype (Fools Gold)
Poirier ft Face T – Enemies (Sticky remix) (NinjaTune)
Ill Blu – Dragon Pop (forthcoming Hyperdub)
Dubbel Dutch – Throwback (Palms Out)
Marcus Price & Carli – Var E Naaaken (Bok Bok remix) (Palms Out)
Distal – Apple Bottom
Mele – Bombay (Nadastrom remix) (Mixpak)
Bok Bok – Dance Report (Enchufada)
Simple – tapemachine
George FitzGerald – Weakness (forthcoming HotflushTwo)
L-ow – Diver (forthcoming Project Squared)
Sepalcure – Down (Hotflush)
Scuba – Tense (dBridge remix) (Hotshore)
Vaccine – Ochre (Nonplus)
Kid Simple – For Real


Compression with Seven, Kutz, Cookie Monsta and more

Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: Seven and Kutz come through with the bass heavy dubstep iced with Cookie Monsta on the filth. Should be a mega night.
Date: 2010-04-16
Tickets: $10 presales here.


Compression with Trillbass, Mark Instinct, Bryan G, and many more

Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: DNB & Dubstep fusion here with hard hitting sounds from Trillbass & Mark Instinct leading the dubstep side.
Date: 2010-02-19
Tickets: $10 presale here, more at the door


Cheap Date ft Salex, J House, Jus 1, Tarzan, and more

Location: The Blue Macaw (map & info)
Description: NYE party here from all sorts of musical styles from live jazz to dubstep to drumnbass and more.
Date: 2009-12-31
Tickets: $15 presale, $30 door.

Compression with DZ, Ill-Esha, Hadji, Arson, and Peter Be

Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: Mixed dnb & dubstep night compression style. While it says Antiserum on the flyer it\’s DZ in his place. Big one!
Date: 2009-12-11
Tickets:$10 presale.


TONIGHT: Slayers Club 1yr Anniversary with David Last, MC Zulu, Mochipet, Kush Arora, and more

Location: Club Six (map & info)
Description: Slayers Club is responsible for the popular, cutting-edge weekly “Terenga – Global Bass Sessions” at Little Baobab (“The best weekly in San Francisco” -Kid Kameleon/XLR8R Magazine, Surya Dub).

Coming at you from all directions, Slayers Club defies traditional boundaries by seamlessly merging dance music genres into a foot-stomping, sweat-inducing freakout firmly rooted in Bass Music Culture.

We’re celebrating our one year anniversary as a crew by bringing you some very special guests at a low, low price:

Brooklyn NY resident and False Profits affiliate David Last makes tracks which combine the soundcraft of contemporary electronic music with the deeper-leaning funk of dancehall, dub, latin music and hip hop.

His tracks are currently released with labels like Staubgold (Berlin), The Agriculture (NYC), and Foundsound (Philly). His full length CD “The Push Pull” has gained crtical acclaim and a sizable cult following in Europe, the USA, and Japan, as has his recent Staubgold release with genius ragga vocalist MC ZULU.

The overall sound and vibe of Panamanian-Born MC Zulu (Ninja Tune, Chicago IL) is one of the Caribbean immigrants who came to America just in time to pick up on both cultures.

Like any “Born Jamerican-esque” Dancehall hybrid, the fact that it’s 75% party, with catchy, pop-anthem choruses will reel you in. The remaining 25% however, is why you’ll respect him.

He has recently collaborated with notable artists such as Ghislain Poirier, Aceyalone, Frikstailers, DJ C and Kush Arora, just to name a few. His electrifying live performances are not to be missed!

With support from:
Mochipet (Daly City Records)

Kush Arora (Surya Dub, RecordLabel Records)

Slayers Club featuring Lokae, Manitous, Professor Bang, Freddie Future, Matt Haze and Joe Mousepad on the microphone.

Having recently shared the bill with such future-forward international acts as The Glitch Mob, Flying Lotus, Kush Arora, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Kraddy, Ana Sia, Mochipet, the Slayers Club has emerged as a champion of cutting edge music, and strong supporters of the San Francisco underground music community.

After playing at LoveEvolution 2009 to a crowd of more than 100,000 with the TRBL and Fringe crews, Slayers Club is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the bubbling cauldron of creativity that is the San Francisco electronic music scene.

Deftly combining all music genres, from Dubstep to Electro, Future Crunk to Drum & Bass, the Slayers Club brings it heavy every time.

Date: 2009-11-07
Tickets: $10 at the door


The Preservation Society presents DNB & Dubstep with Illicit, Audio-Dru, Troma and Salex

Location: Underground SF (map & info)
424 HAIGHT ST SF CA 94117
9PM-2AM 21 & UP
Date: 2009-11-02