Posts Tagged ‘dub techno’

Review: L-ow – Pinpoint EP (PSQ003)


Out today on Project Squared is the “Pinpoint EP” coming from L-ow (Myspace, Soundcloud) who hails from Tallinn, Estonia.  Two originals on this with a great remix from Furesshu, a Project Squared standard.  Straight to the music.

First up “Pinpoint” is my favorite of the three with a rolling bassline and an excellent use of claps on the 2’s and 4’s to create a 4×4 feel without the sometimes oppressive quarter-note kick.  The build towards the second half is equally good where a fuzzed out bass comes in to complete the soundscape. The second original from L-ow is “Diver”, based around some Berlin sounding chords that build and release in the first drop atop some L-ow sub-bass (pardon the pun).  Sparse percussion and almost IDM-like clicks keep the song going.  The last entry is a Furesshu edit of “Diver” which takes it further towards proper dub techno, maintaining the chords from the original and adding a new bassline.  On the whole it’s another excellent release from the Project Squared crew, especially the title track.

L-ow – Pinpoint

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L-ow – Diver

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L-ow – Diver (Furesshu’s Die Welle edit)

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Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 034 07.05.10 on Dubstep.FM featuring Blipswitch


This show featuring Blipswitch Digital, a label run by J. Rogers here in San Francisco that seeks to combine Dub Techno and Dubstep.  New music inside coming from Terror Danjah, SubReachers, Digital Mystikz, Al Tourettes and more.

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Tracklist:

Digital Mystikz – Unexpected (DMZ)
SubReachers – Algarve
Matt Shadetek – Hybrid Orchid (Dutty Artz)
Low Density Matter – Blue Street (Keysound)
Pulsar – Contemplation
Darqwan – JahWan (Tectonic)
Hatcha – Dirtee Tek (Special Branch)
DOK ft Terror Danjah – Hysteria (forthcoming Hyperdub)
Digital Mystikz – Mountain Dread March (DMZ)
EshOne – U Boat (forthcoming Rogue Dubs)

– Blipswitch Feature –
J. Rogers & Kenneth Scott – Transparentech
J. Rogers & Kevin Wall – Manifesto
Process Rebel – Call Me Bloodfire (J. Rogers & Archetypewriter remix)
J. Rogers & Antiserum – Evil Spirits
Coalition of the Killing – We Are The Glitch (Eskmo remix)
Rozanski – Internet Millionaires Club
Rozanski – Internet Millionaires Club (Bakir remix)
Nate Mars ft Jahdan – Above and Beyond Dem
Daega Sound – SOS
Dhyan Moller – Lost in 3s (DJG remix)

Jericho – Judas (L2S)
SBTRKT & SAMPHA – Break Off (Ramp)
Resketch & Submerse – Only (forthcoming Well Rounded)
Jack Dixon – Seventy Six
KingThing – La-Di-Da
Gremino – Shining (Jam City remix) (Car Crash Set)
Kalbata – Wallabee (Cosmin TRG remix) (Double Science)
SBTRKT – 2020 (Brainmath)
George FitzGerald – Weakness (forthcoming Hotflush)
Mele – And Of The Son (Mixpak)
Guido – Cat In The Window (Punch Drunk)
Terror Danjah – Horror Story (forthcoming Planet Mu)
Terror Danjah – Ride 4 Me (forthcoming Planet Mu)
Jakes – Time Ends (Tectonic)
Borja – Sword of Truth (forthcoming Rogue Dubs)
Joe – Untitled (Apple Pips)
Al Tourettes – When I Rust I Rest (If Symptoms Persist)
Digital Mystikz – Livin Different (DMZ)
SubReachers – 200G
Deli – Gherkin (Geiomix) (Berkane Sol)
L-ow – Diver (forthcoming Project Squared)
SubReachers – Seven Beat Slowpoke

Feature: Blipswitch Digital

Blipswitch has been a personal favorite record label for a while with its infectious blend of dubstep and dub techno.  Releases tend to have techno remixes of dubstep tunes or vice versa leading to diverse tracks on a single EP.  Label head Joe Rogers took a moment to introduce the label in this short interview.

SNF: How’d you end up in electronic music?

JR: When I was younger, I was into the mainstream stuff like everyone else (Chemical Bros, Prodigy, etc, etc).  A few years later, when I was 14, I was lucky enough to spend the summer in Switzerland, and started going to some clubs there (the age restrictions there are quite a bit looser, obviously).  At that time, progressive trance was the sound, and I had never heard anything like it before.  But in particular, I had never seen/heard a performance by a proper DJ.  I remember turning to my friend at one point and saying, “man, this music is pretty cool, but damn this song is long, it’s been on for like 30 minutes.”  Naive, I know..  When my friend explained what the DJ was doing, I was floored.  The fact that this guy was going from track-to-track so seamlessly that I couldn’t even hear where one thing ended and the next started really blew me away.  I’ve been an addict ever since. (And no, I don’t listen to progressive trance anymore :)

SNF: What was your path to starting Blipswitch?

JR: I first started getting into the electronic scene again (after spending 4 years in music school working on composition and conducting) when I stumbled on KONTROL at the endup.  The minimal sound that was big back then was brand new, and was very exciting to me.  So I started going to a ton of techno shows, but always had a hard time finding parties except by word of mouth.  I knew about Groundscore and BayRaves, but there really wasn’t an equivalent website for techno in SF.  So I started Blipswitch.net with Sean McLucas to fill that gap.  When that blew up, we started doing monthly parties at 222 Hyde as a part of the 222uesdays series.  When that blew up, I started the label.  I had already made plans for all of this to happen, but things certainly progressed about five times as fast as I had expected.  It’s been quite a ride.

SNF: Why did you decide to combine Dub Techno and Dubstep in the label?

JR: When I joined Surya Dub originally, I was mainly coming in on the business side, to help with promotions and general business stuff.  At that time, dubstep was still fairly new to me, and to be completely honest, I didn’t like it all that much.  But then when the dubstep/techno thing started happening with the first 2562 album and Headhunter, etc, it started making sense to me.  Kush Arora from SD crew would also throw in some 4/4 techno in his sets, which was impressive to me.  Eventually, I found a way to make the sound work for me in my own way.  I like playing straight techno sometimes, or straight dubstep if it’s proper.  But I’m most happy mixing the two, whether it be DJ sets, production, or signing stuff to the label.  It’s just good business too, as having both sounds allows you to pull from each of the different audiences and increase musical attention from one side to the other.  Well…. it’s supposed to work that way anyway..  I think a lot of people in the scene need to pull their head out of their ass and stop being so wedded to one sound.  To take techno as an example, we’re talking about a sub-niche within a sub-niche (electronic/dance music), within a sub-niche (underground music)…  Unless people want to keep it that way, people need to learn to come together better and support other kinds of electronic music.  United we stand, divided we fall.. or something like that..  Anyway, bringing the musics together is what I’m about it, and that’s what Blipswitch is about.  And it will stay that way as long as I’m running things.

SNF: What can we look forward to from you and Blipswitch?

JR: I’ll be releasing a few things coming up, a Daega Sound Remix, a new track with Leon.  I’ll continue doing the twice-a-year Blipswitch Mixed compilations, which do very well.  Other than that man, I’ll have my nose in the books for the next three years out in small-town USA.  In July, I’m actually moving to Concord, New Hampshire to begin law school, and will have left SF probably by the time you’re reading this.  But don’t panic.  I’ve got A&R people in SF, LA, Miami, Vancouver, Dallas, New York, and Amsterdam that will be setting up Blipswitch releases for the next few years.  I already have the release schedule built through March 2011 from my own signings (yeah, I think that far ahead), but after that, my people are going to take over.  As a result of the worldwide area we’ll be covering and the different tastes each person will bring to the table, I expect the label’s sound to grow very much.  I’ll still have the deciding vote up or down on whether or not we’re going to sign something, but definitely expect growth in the Blipswitch sound.  Big things on the way, expect the best!

SNF: Thanks!

If you want to pick up some Blipswitch material, check out their back catalog on Juno:

 

Substitute Surefire with Shackleton, Eskmo, Eprom and Kush Arora


Location: Club Six (map & info)
Description: Surefire heads to WMC and leaves Shackleton in its wake. Eskmo & Eprom release party.
Date:
2010-03-07
Tickets:$7 presales, $10/$15 door.

 

Dhyan Møller – Quirkey Remixes EP on Blipswitch


Quirkey Donkey RemixesOut tomorrow on Blipswitch recordings is this three track remix EP by diverse artists DJG, Mossmoss, and Metaphase.  I’ve been playing the DJG and Metaphase remixes and the Mossmoss is equally nice.  Blipswitch compares this one to the Coalition of the Killing remix EP they put out a while ago which is definitely appropriate.  Both are packed with quality tracks remixed in diverse styles by excellent producers.

Dhyan Møller – Lost in 3’s (DJG Remix)

DJG sets this one off with a deeper dubstep remix of the tune Lost in 3’s.  DJG included this one in his set for Mary Anne Hobbs a while ago, it caught my ears and has been stuck since, big remix.

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Dhyan Møller – Quirkey Donkey (Mossmoss Remix)

Mossmoss stays more true to the original on his take of Quirkey Donkey, dubby techno sounds with playful synths. Feeling this remix definitely.

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Dhyan Møller – Quirkey Donkey (Metaphase Remix)

Keeping only select elements of the source material and spicing it up with a wobble Metaphase comes with a more in your face dubstep version of Quirkey Donkey.  Strong bass helps round out the tune keeping the midrange in check, very nice remix.

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The Deep End with Keith Kemp and Dub U with residents DJG, Kenneth Scott, Bakir, J. Rogers, Rozanski, and EO


Location: 222 Hyde (map & info)
Description: This one the first in a new monthly here focusing on a Blipswitch digital style fusion of techno, dub techno, and dubstep. SEROUS list of residents.
Date: 2009-11-06
Tickets: Free before 10, $10 after.

 

J. Rogers Blipswitch Mixed (dub techno vs dubstep)


Blipswitch Mixed 2009J. Rogers from the Blipswitch label put together this excellent mix that takes you in and out of dub techno and dubstep, in their typical style.  Some big tunes inside cataloging the last year or so of Blipswitch releases.  The tracklist is big, with entries from DZ, DJG, J. Rogers, Kush Arora, and many more.  It clocks in at about 53 minutes with a relatively short tracklist but there some epic blends in this so the pace is good.  One for the techno lovers.  Give it a listen:

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Tracklist:

1. Blipswitch Mixed 2009 – Part I (Full Length DJ Mix)
2. J.Rogers – Crowd Walk
3. J.Rogers & ROZANSKI – Morocco (Original Mix)
4. J.Rogers & ROZANSKI – Morocco (Kenneth Scott Hashishan Mix)
5. zar-aza – Afternoon (J.Rogers Aztec Summit Mix)
6. Dhyan Moller – Quirkey Donkey (Original Mix)
7. J.Rogers – Meditation Point (Original Mix)
8. COTK/Coalition of the Killing – You Are Everything Also (J.Rogers Everything Is Nothing Too Mix)
9. DZ – Hella (J.Rogers Stepped Tech Mix)
10. DZ – Hella (Original Mix)
11. J.Rogers & ROZANSKI – Morocco (Kush Arora Dealbreaker Mix)
12. COTK – Psychobabble (ROZANSKI Remix)
13. COTK – We Are The Glitch (DJG Remix)

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J. Rogers also made the tracks inside easy to purchase as a whole if you’re interested, check it out here:

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Red Sky Record Store Opening – MASSIVE lineup all day!


Location: Red Sky (224 7th st)
Description: A new record store is opening run by Bogl & this is the opening celebration. Looks major! Free BBQ, BYOB, open 11am-9pm.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2009-07-18
End Time: 21:00
Tickets: No cover :)
 

Mundo – Creep bw J Rogers Dub-Tek Odyssey Mix


Mundo - CreepDub Assembly headman and longtime dubstepper Mundo out of Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas brings a tasty offering to the table with “Creep” out online everywhere next Tuesday the 14th.  This one’s recommended for Basic Channel lovers (Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio) and anyone into the more dub techno side of dubstep.  Another strong entry in this vein from SF based Blipswitch Digital. Give a listen if you like the deeper side of things: Headhunter, DJG, Jus Wan, T++, etc.

Mundo – Creep

This one out to the cymbal fiends.  Creep doesn’t follow the standard dubstep “intro drop bridge 2nddrop outro” structure and instead fades back and forth between two different beats which makes it excellent for blending. Seriously ominous bass here which with the relentless cymbal make me think of a cloud of locusts on the horizon creeping at you.  I love the parts when the cymbal switches up, really danceable.  Listen for yourself:

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Mundo – Creep (J. Rogers Dub-Tek Odyssey Mix)

J. Rogers takes it darker on the remix keeping the atmospherics from the original and adding a 4×4 beat producing a solid dub techno song – that is until the halftime bits.  Lots of people draw from dub techno when making dubstep but I haven’t heard a lot of cross-pollination in the other direction.  The halftime segments in the Odyssey mix seal the deal, can’t get enough.  Hits a little after 2 minutes in this clip:

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These two available at digital music shops July 14th.

 

Trauma with DJG, J. Rogers, Ben Haus and Reclipse


Location: El Rincon (map & info)
Description: Deep dubstep night with DJG, J. Rogers, Ben Haus and Reclipse. El Rincon just finished remodeling so the place is primed.  Also this show is 18+.
Date: 2009-06-11
Tickets: $5 at the door.
 

J. Rogers – Meditation Point (Eskmo Mix)


J. Rogers - Meditation PointSF’s Blipswitch digital comes with another hybrid dub-tek & dubstep release.  The original on this one by dub techno veteran J. Rogers is a nice bouncy dubbed out piece with excellent vocal ambiance.  Eskmo mutates the sound by taking it up to 140bpm with a halftime beat and adding machinery-like noises to the mix.  This remix is similar to the sound of his recent Hypercolor EP.  The second drop on this remix is incredible, stick around until the end of this clip.  There’s also other mixes from Chris Fortier and Alland Byallo but I’m focusing on the original and Eskmo remix.

J. Rogers – Meditation Point

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J. Rogers – Meditation Point (Eskmo Remix)

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This one out this week at Addictech:

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