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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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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 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:


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 027 05.17.10 on Dubstep.FM

This program featuring new sounds from Distal, Zeno, Blind Prophet & tons more.  Broke out some classics too.  No feature this program, but more coming soon and they’re going to be big.

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Pulsar – Afterthought (SubDepth)
June Miller – Brussels North (54music)
June Miller – Brussels North (Wascal Remix) (54music)
Blind Prophet – From Within
Cosmic Revenge – Late Nights (Kastle Remix) (free online)
Touch – The Rain (Whistla Remix) (L2S)
Distal – Serengeti (Embassy)
Mele – Bombay (Mixpak)
Distal – Coke Bottle (forthcoming Grizzly)
Blawan – Iddy (Hessle)
Ceeker – Body Rocker (Zeno Remix)
Emika – Double Edge (Pinch Remix) (Ninja Tune)
Coalition of the Killing – We Are The Glitch (Eskmo Remix) (Blipswitch)
EshOne – U Boat (forthcoming Rogue Dubs)
Ramadanman – Glut (Hemlock)
Cajmere – Percolator (Cajual)
Hackman – Always (Brackles Remix) (Shifting Peaks)
Deadboy – Way That I Luv U (Well Rounded)
Stagga – Time Warp (Zeno Remix)
Girl Unit – Shade On (Night Slugs)
Supra 1 – Still Believe (L-Vis 1990 Remix Dub) (free online)
Marcus Price & Carli – Mat Bira Kvinnor Weed (Kingdom Remix) (Palms Out)
Deadboy – Unofficial Girl (Well Rounded)
Mele – Flexi (Mixpak)
West Norwood Casette Library – What It Is (WNCL)
Blawan – Fram (Hessle)
Dhyan Moller – Lost in 3’s (DJG Remix) (Blipswitch)
Outlaw Producer – Rip Me To Shreds (Chango Remix)
Kulture – Screaming Frog (Disfigured Dubs)
Loefah – Justabeat
Cosmic Revenge – Mind Eraser
Hatcha – Dark Claps (Special Branch)
Nehuen – Winter Holidays (Disboot)
SBTRKT – Rundown (Young Turks)
Pacheko & Pocz – Tigre VIP
Albert – Crosseyed
Breakage – Open Up (Digital Soundboy)
Cardopusher – Schematic Blocks (On The Edge)
El Rakkas – Seas of Disease (LV Remix) (Lo Dubs)
Dubloner & Isaac Haile Selassie – The Fight, The Spirit (Kush Arora Remix) (free online)
Marcus Visionary ft Johnny Osbourne – Nightfall (Liondub International)
Madlib – Green Power


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 026 05.10.10 on Dubstep.FM featuring Simple

Dense amounts of new music in this show coming from EshOne, Cosmic Revenge, Resketch, Kush Arora, Dubsworth, Autopilot, Clueless, VVV, and tons more.  This show is also the first feature I’m doing on a producer, this time on Simple coming out of San Francisco.  Listen to the feature section in the show and for more info read the interview later on in the post.  I’m going to try to do this weekly – we’ll see!

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Skynet – Swamp (Pinch Remix) (Argon)
EshOne – U Boat
Loefah – Justabeat (free online)
Dubsworth – Looky Hear (forthcoming Brap Dem)
Kulture – Liquid Sound (Disfigured Dubs)
Cosmic Revenge – Neptune
Hatcha – Dark Claps (Special Branch)
Benga – Baltimore Clap (Tempa)
Skream – Clap Your Hands (free online)
Kush Arora – Empty Alleys (forthcoming KAP)
Eskmo – Sister, You Have Got To Listen (free online)
Robot Koch – Listen To Them Fade (Project Mooncircle)

– Simple feature –
Simple – 2 Ways to Three (forthcoming Ilian Tape)
Simple – Let It Sink (forthcoming Ilian Tape)
Simple – In The Thick Of It
Simple – Agua
Simple – Seek/hunt
Simple – Only Once (forthcoming SubDepth)
Simple – Lightly (forthcoming Ilian Tape)
Simple – Barely Together

Clueless – Secret Love VIP (free online)
SBTRKT – Soundboy Shift (Young Turks)
Gon – Gotta Have You (free online)
Pacheko & Pocz – Tigre VIP
Caribou – Sun (VVV Remix) (free online)
Colz – Sunflower (Grizzle Mix) (free online)
Ramadanman – Tempest (Hemlock)
SubReachers – A While Back (Resketch remix)
Chango – Onemore (Autopilot remix)
Helix – Pulse X Tribute
Mensah – Pulse 80s (Hench)
Cosmic Revenge – Mind Eraser
Marcus Visionary – Surinam (Liondub International)
Albert – Darling Now
Mount Kimbie – Maybes (James Blake remix) (Hotflush)
Resketch – Places Like This (forthcoming Kursed)
Kush Arora – Humidifier (forthcoming KAP)
Natalie Storm – Look Pon Me (Jumeirah Riddim) (Mixpak)
Mosca – Square One (Night Slugs)
Girl Unit – IRL (French Fries remix) (Night Slugs)
Resketch – Connected (forthcoming Kursed)

Get to know about Simple.

This program has the first in a series of features on producers, starting off with Simple.  Simple is based in San Francisco, heads up the netlabel Two Circles Records, and has forthcoming releases on a few labels.  I first heard about him at the recommendation of fellow contributor Shortstack who couldn’t stop listening to his “Casual Sex” release on Two Circles last fall.  I got hooked as well.

Check out his Soundcloud page for more audio and a bunch of free downloads.  The “Fall Around The Cut EP” should be out on Ilian Tape next week or so so look out for that one.  Simple was kind enough to do a little interview also, so read about what makes him tick below.

SNF: Lets set it off with a little introduction, how’d you get into production?

Simple: Well, I have the typical story of my youth being filled with music and etc. Started playing the drums, piano and guitar at a young age, never really took it serious but loved making noise. Growing up around Detroit I was introduced to electronica at a fairly young age and at that age, was specifically, very in to turntabalism. When I was 11 I received one turntable, a mixer and an invisible scratch pickles VHS, so I could learn how to scratch. Goofed around with that for a couple years, got another deck got into Dj’ing more and more, then at about age 18, I just stopped. I became fascinated again with the guitar, this time it would take me overseas to London, where I studied for a bit. I got into production because I needed something to back my guitar. I had always fooled around with production, but in 2005 I really started producing my own tracks. At that point it was all guitar based music. It wasn’t until 2007 that I started producing more electronic oriented music.

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Review: Robot Koch – Listen To Them Fade EP (PMC060)

Robot Koch coming out of Berlin just released this stunning EP on Project Moon Circle that’s filled with innovative and quality work.  Fans of the Eskmo sound should definitely look into this one.  Six tracks deep it’s very diverse stylistically, throwing genre to the wind, yet it manages to have a thread of commonality between the compositions that unites the EP.  Personal favorites are “True” and the title cut, but on the whole it’s excellent.  Check this youtube preview below that PMC put together or click the Juno link for full audio previews.
Robot Koch and Project Moon Circle were also kind enough to give away a shortened edit of “True”, check that out below.  Click the down arrow on the right to download this for free. Robot Koch – true_ short edit by robot koch


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 016 03.01.10 on Dubstep.FM

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNFThis one on the darker side of things for the first half and then into the light in the second bit.  New bits inside from Snipaz, FBOM, BetaSP & Mite, and more.  More technical issues on the outro of this one, sorry for the abrupt ending, but the good news that I think I’ve figured out the source :)   For those using USB soundcards, I wouldn’t recommend connecting them via a USB hub, or at least as cheap of a USB hub as I’m currently using  :)   Hopefully all worked out by next time.

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Distance – Beyond (Chestplate)
Furesshu – Horizons (forthcoming Project Squared)
Bridge – Reflekt (NE UK)
Instinct – Your Nobody
Kryptic Minds – 768 (Tectonic)
Gemmy – Wata Down Sound (Planet Mu)
Compound One – Perhaps the Darkness (Compound One)
TRG – Time is Now (Untold’s Jeep Riot Remix) (thanks to Immerse)
DJ SnipaZ – Groove Pool (forthcoming Bassclash)
EshOne – Toast Burned
Djunya – Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
Vivek – Meditation Rock (Deep Medi)
Dub Gabriel vs U Roy – Luv n Liv (Timeblind Remix) (forthcoming Destroy All Concepts)
Sclist – Complicated (L2S)
Versa – Killah (Filthy Digital)
Selector Moldy – Pegasus Dub (Heavy Pressure)
Indigo – Levitate (Mindset)
Mosca – Square One (L-vis 1990 Remix)
Jack Sparrow – Torment (Tectonic)
Crispo & Miley – This Way (Dom Hz Remix)
XI – Light FM (Formant)
EshOne – Float
Furesshu – 1993 (forthcoming Project Squared)
Sepalcure – Love Pressure
Kingdom ft Shyvonne – Mind Reader (Bok Bok Remix) (Fool’s Gold)
Outlaw Producer – Nimbus
Unknown – On & On (Hotbiz)
Jack Dixon – Between Us
Jibberish – Panther Moderns
Fantastic Mr Fox – Brickabrac (Black Acre)
Eskmo – Lands & Bones (ft Swan) (Planet Mu)
FBOM – The Lady in Ten Forward
Djunya – Bura (Full Melt)
Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General (Ticklah Remix) (Liondub International)
Zookeeper & Helatrobus – Samsara (Full Melt)
BetaSP & Mite – Juggernaught
Kuedo – Starfox (Planet Mu)
Mayhem vs Distal – Frozen Barnacles
Sepalcure – Down
Echo Wanderer – Gham Dub (Full Melt)
Heny G – Soul is Born Through Pain (3.5 Records)
Bridge – Secret Assassin (NE UK)
Simple – Let It Sink
FBOM – Down Out side


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.
Tickets:$7 presales, $10/$15 door.


Dubstepped Radio 006 featuring Cosmic Revenge

Dubstepped RadioFeatured alongside tons of fresh unreleased tracks is San Francisco bay area producer Cosmic Revenge.  This episode has all sorts of music, from deep dub techno influenced tracks, to heavy wobbly rhythms, to the future of garage, and everything in between.  Some of these tracks are even available for free download, check the links in the tracklist for info.

I changed the format again this time, strictly music inside with literally no talking.  For all info on the shows check this site, and for info on the individual tracks check the enhanced podcast in m4a format with embedded tracklist & cover art. I talk over tracks on my Dubstep.FM radio show, so I’m going to keep this podcast strictly music now.

Big thanks to Sam Supa @ Brap Dem, J. Rogers @ Blipswitch, Jus Wan, DJG, Sines, Cosmic Revenge, Distal, FBOM, Bakir, Dubsworth, Zeno, and everyone else that sends me tunes. It makes this possible.

Straight to the music!


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Jose James – Blackmagic (Joy Orbison’s Recreation) (Brownswood)
FBOM – Like You Did For Me (unreleased)
Bakir and Dubsworth – Beg to Differ (unreleased)
Autopilot – She Says (Uncle Smutfist Remix) (free online)
Distal – Android Tourism (unreleased)
DJG & XI – Putney Says (forthcoming Surefire Sound)

– Cosmic Revenge Feature –

Cosmic Revenge – Baroness (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge – Psychic (forthcoming L2S Recordings)
Cosmic Revenge – Diving Deep (forthcoming L2S Recordings)
Cosmic Revenge – Street Bass (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge – Cold Hearted (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge – Late Nights (Kursed)

Jus Wan – Azure (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Dhyan Moller – Lost in 3s (DJG Remix) (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Eskmo – From the Standpoint (Planet Mu)
NastyNasty – The Reef (Frite Nite)
The Brown Acid – Try Humanity (Starkey Dub) (N.E.W.S.)
Zeno – Clish (unreleased)
HxdB – Prism (Mindset)
Tyrant – Evasion (unreleased)
Dread Foxx – I’m for Real remix (unreleased)
Sines & KP ft Amy K – Gravity (unreleased)
Djunya – Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
6blocc vs El Diablo – Rollin (deep version) (MalLabel)
Blackheart – Jupiter (Brap Dem!)
The Spit Brothers – Roll On (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
MNUVR – Go Up (???)
Dhyan Moller – Quirkey Donkey (Metaphase Remix) (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Matt Shadetek – Strength in Numbers (free online)
Outlaw Producer – Left Hand Side (unreleased)
Subatomic Sound System ft Jahdan Blakkammore vs Dubblestandart & Lee Scratch Perry – Respect the Foundation 7″ Mix (Subatomic Sound)

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Introducing: Cosmic Revenge

Cosmic Revenge first made it into my eardrums with his recent release on Kursed and his newer work is out of this world.  The sounds he makes aren’t easily categorized, maybe dubstep, maybe garage, I like robot R&B personally.  He’s got a release coming soon on Whistla’s label L2S Recordings that’s definitely worth looking into, should be out sometime soon.  Cosmic Revenge has many musical influences which come across in his productions, making the end product something unique.

SNF: To set it off, where are you located and what should people know about you?
Cosmic Revenge: I’m from this little town about 40 minutes east of San Francisco called Pittsburg. There’s absolutely nothing going on this town though – its probably most well known for being the end of the line for BART in the East Bay – very exciting, I know. When I’m not at home working on music I’m usually in Pleasant Hill at Diablo Valley College, kickin’ it at my friends house in Lafayette, or out in the city getting my groove on at a club. What people should know about me… I’m obsessed with this little hole in the wall chinese restaurant called China City out in Antioch that has the best Mongolian Beef I’ve ever had, I have a Fat Tire bar light in my room to use instead of a lamp, I’m a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick, I hate Taylor Swift, and I listen to 98.1 Kiss FM because my cd player in my car is busted.

S: The thing that drew me to your music was its soulful, almost R&B feel especially on trackslike “Late Nights” and “Baroness,” what influences you musically?

CR: Yeah Late Nights came about from me sampling a Zapp song, I can’t remember which one it is exactly but I just started slicing and dicing until I got some pieces I liked and then started adding drums and a bassline to it.  Baroness came from me sampling some vocals and wanting to create a “lounge” style bassline along the lines of Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, and Air. I also wanted it to be almost two songs in one, hence the second part of the song takes on a 2 step/garage rhythm.

I listen to almost every style of music you can imagine. I’m into alot of shoegaze stuff such as Slowdive, Jesus and Mary Chain, M83, Jesu, and My Bloody Valentine. I am in love with bluegrass and alternative country such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, and Ryan Adams. I learned guitar after getting into metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Suffocation, and Cryptopsy. I grew up in high school seeing hardcore, punk, and crust bands come through the Pound (RIP) in San Francisco and Berkeley’s 924 Gilman seeing bands like Killing the dream, Go It Alone, Verse, Modern Life is War, Paint it Black, Witch Hunt, Behind Enemy Lines, and my personal favorite, the apocalyptic thrash/d-beat legends known as Tragedy.

In high school I also started exploring hip hop and got into Masta Ace and his amazing concept album A Long Hot Summer. After that show I got into Jeru the Damaja, ATCQ, Nas, Mobb Deep, Wu Tang, Brother Ali, Little Brother, Freddie Foxxx, and a bunch more that I could talk about all day.  I got really into some of the great producers such as RZA, J Dilla, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, and was obsessed with their manipulation of vocal samples and old soul records in their beats. I then got a copy of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing and still remember the feeling I had when I got through most of the album.  It was pure bliss, the way he chopped up drums, the layering of string samples to give it atmosphere, the haunting vocals… everything about it inspired me to save up and buy Pro Tools and an Mbox to start making beats.

From there I discovered Portishead and alot of music from what many people refer to as the Bristol Sound.  I saw Portishead in 2008 at Coachella and I can safely say that was one of the best performances I have ever seen in my life.  For me, Portishead and Massive Attack are the ideal bands. They blend soul, hip hop, electronica, and dub into this emotionally hazy mixture that I can only describe as perfection. Along with getting into alot of the Bristol Sound, I started listening to Leftfield and Underworld and fell in love with dance music.

I liked how there was so much diversity to be found within electronic dance music, and I quickly became accustomed to many styles. I liked the minimal side of techno and house with detroit style strings and pads, I liked the complexity of alot of the breaks mixed with the heavy dub styled basslines in jungle, I liked the use of sampling old funk and disco records in alot of Daft Punk tunes, and I just loved the energy an electronic dance artist would bring to a big soundsystem. Most importantly though, I loved how it moved me. There’s nothing in life like the feeling of a 20,000 + watt system pumping out the bassline to your favorite song while you get down to the music. I know alot of people say this, but it really can be a spiritual experience. It’s really meditative, which leads me to what brought me to dubstep.  SNF: Same!!!!

I got into dubstep after it was already established, but I was introduced to it with artists like Loefah, Mala, Skream, Distance, Pinch, and Shackleton. I was immediately into it – dark, eerie, atmospheric, influenced by minimal techno, heavy dub, all put together with a shuffled beat and the fattest sub bass I had ever heard. How could anyone NOT like this? As I dug deeper with this new scene of music I was introduced to the origins of dubstep with garage and 2 step artists and quickly fell in love with the 2 step beat. I started listening to El-B, MJ Cole, Burial, Synkro, and alot of stuff being played on Sub.FM and mixes I would find on the dubstepforum. Ever since then, I’ve found that garage beats are some of the most fun to make and people have been feeling some of my stuff so I’m going to keep shufflin’ those hi hats!

S: Lots of your music uses a garage beat but also is a new direction from a lot of garage I’ve heard, would you call it future garage, garage, dubstep, robot R&B?

CR: Personally I would just call it Garage, or New Skool Garage, but I don’t really care what its called to be honest. Like I said, I just really like the loose format of garage and 2 step beats. I like the swing and how open it is to throw in any kind of percussion. I have alot of fun programming and sampling hi hats, and misc. percussion like bongos, rim shots, etc.

S: Do you consider what genre your music fits into when you’re making it?

CR: I like to use a 2 step beat as a foundation and then just do whatever I feel like on top of it. Some days I’ll want to have a deep techno feel over it, some days I’ll want a juke house feel over it, some days I’ll want a house feel to it. That’s what I like about the beat – it gives you a foundation for alot of experimentation. The things I mostly consider when making a tune are: can you dance to it, bass pressure, and is it catchy. Other than that, I pretty much just go in the zone and start making music. I usually feel pretty confident to show my stuff to people in the dubstep/garage scene because there is so much experimentation and progression going on out there that alot of people that support the scene are really open to new ideas.

S: Whistla plays a lot of your music on his Sub.FM show and you have a release forthcoming on his label L2S, how’d you get connected being halfway around the world from each other?

CR: Yeah, I’d like say to thanks to Whistla for his support, its meant alot to me. He contacted me through myspace, I think he just heard my tunes on my page or on the forums and said he was really feelin’ the 2 step vibes and wanted to do a release. Obviously, I was really excited and sent him over some tunes to get mastered. I’m really into his vision for garage with the L2S label, he recently put out this tune 2RU Groove by Submerse that I really can’t get enough of. Its a four to floor garage tune that honestly sounds like something Todd Edwards made. I feel really honored to be a part of this label.

S: Who’s doing it for you musically currently?

CR: Right now I’m really into Submerse, Littlefoot, KingThing, Gon, M2J, Floating Points, RSD, Kryptic Minds, Distal, Jus Wan, DJG, Cyrus, most everyone in the Hyperdub camp, Loops Haunt, Buraka Som Sistema, Boys Noize, FBOM, Hudson Mohawke, Modeselektor, Guido, Joker, Gemmy, Vishnu, Hot City… damn there’s really too many to name. This scene is putting out some of the most exciting music I’ve heard in years. Also, Shackleton’s latest release is absolutely amazing. Also this producer Trey Runyan, aka “Tre-Dog” or “Runyan Rings” is doing some off the wall psychedelic/noise beats that I’m really into. He has a tune called “Ben Potter Grows Real Legs” or something weird like that and it is just out of this world. Lastly, VVV and KYEO are both doing some futuristic/outerspace tunes that I have been jamming on lately so watch out for them!

S: What things are on the horizon?

CR: I’m working on alot of new stuff, some garage, some really heavy house tunes that pay homage to 90’s rave, some roots influenced dub, some soulful/experimental hip hop, and a few remixes I’m working on for some people. Late Nights and this rhythmic house tune I did called River of Diamonds are going to be put out on vinyl with this new label out of LA called Baseball Records. It should be out sometime early next year, we’re just waiting for remixes from Bok Bok and Jam City. I’ve recently been contacted by Fortified Audio and we’re working on putting out an EP on vinyl that will include my tunes Mutations and Street Bass along with several others. I’m really excited to be putting my music out with this label, because they just put out one of my favorite tunes of the year by this producer named Loops Haunt. The tune is called Rubber Sun Grenade, check him out if you haven’t heard So look out for the releases on Fortified and Baseball Records early next year and also the L2S release slated for late December (next month).
In the meantime I have alot of songs I’m working on that I might be giving out, so just keep checking my myspace at or my soundcloud at I’m also beginning to work on a downbeat/shoegaze/trip hop album with my buddy Eric that I think will blow minds, but its going to be made over the next two years or so. If you took the time to read all of this, I really appreciate it and I hope I didn’t bore you too badly! Much thanks to Stephen here at for his support and for pushing the deeper side of things on his radio show “Steppin into Tomorrow” on Dubstep.FM
SNF: Thanks!

Check out this video that just went up for Cosmic Revenge’s recent tune “Cold Hearted”:


DJ Dials Joker Promo mix and a Free Gucci Mane Remix

DJ Dials hooked me up with this hot promo mix for the Joker & Nomad show on friday where he’s playing at the Frite Nite showcase (along with NastyNasty).  This one is really diverse, with some of that Joker purple sound, Hudson Mohawke, alien synth sounds from Eskmo, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Ikonika, and filthy tracks from Stagga, Sduk and Skream.  Love these selections and the way the intensity ebbs and flows. Get on the DL!

Full info on the Joker show here.


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1. Bleep Show – Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Let Them Sing – Eskmo
3. Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) – Simian Mobile Disco
4. Clunge – Sduk
5. Sick as Sin (Ultra VIP) – Stagga
6. FUSE – Hudson Mohawke
7. Serious VIP – Noah D
8. Tron – Joker
9. Part 3 – Cunt Traxx
10. Jerk It (Megasoid Remix) – Thunderheist
11. Meta Lick!! – Skream
12. Wata Down Sound – Gemmy
13. Trapperkeeper – Low Limit
14. Dublicker – Unknown
15. Damn Girl – NastyNasty
16. Another Trashy Love – Ooah
17. Freaky Girl (Dj Dials Remix) – Gucci Mane
18. Hendt – Eprom
19. Phonelines VIP – Ikonika
20. Teen Souls Burning – Rustie

He also was kind enough to make his remix of Freaky Girl available for free, check this one out:

Gucci Mane – Freaky Girl (DJ Dials Remix)

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Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 003 11.23.09 on Dubstep.FM

Steppin Into TomorrowThis newest episode is all over the place musically, starting with some deepness, into some vocal hiphop reworkings of dubstep tracks, off to an alien world inhabited only by synthesizers, some kuduro influenced tunes, and heading out on some darker business.  Fresh tracks from FBOM, Pangaea and James Blake on Untold remixes,Guido, Bakir and Dubsworth, Cosmic Revenge, JazzyJazzy, NastyNasty and many more.

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Tracklist (55 tunes, 2h 12m):

DJG – NYC (unreleased)
ID – Leaves (Mata Syn)
Luke Envoy – M.U.G.E.N. (Wonderland)
Kryptic Minds – Stepping Stone (Swamp81)
Baby Kites – Reef (The Agriculture)
Bakir and Dubsworth – Beg to Differ (unreleased)
Peverelist – Infinity is Now (Tectonic)
FBOM – Like You Did For Me (unreleased)
Scuba – Speak (Naked Lunch)
Untold – I Can’t Stop This Feeling (Pangaea Remix) (Hemlock)
Cosmic Revenge – Cold Hearted (free online)
Jus Wan – Dwell (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Massive Music – Find My Way (Kode9 Remix) (Hyperdub)
The Brown Acid – Try Humanity (Starkey Dub) (N.E.W.S.)
NastyNasty – The Reef (Frite Night)
Elucid – My Mayor is a Billionaire (free online)
Chrissy Murderbot – Roll Another One (Tremor Dub Refix) (Sleazetone)
12th Planet vs Ras Kass – West Coast Dub (free online)
Numan – 7th Key (Wicky Lindows)
Sharps – My Little Pony (Saedos)
Guido – Beautiful Complication (Punch Drunk)
Eskmo – San Francisco (The Rhythm) (Ancestor)
Fused Forces – Prefer to be Plastered (Scruffy Hoodlum)
Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (Hemlock)
Untold – Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake Remix) (Hemlock)
Guido – Chakra (Punch Drunk)
Gemmy – Johnny 5 (Planet Mu)
Zeno – Feel It (unreleased)
Ikonika – Smuck (Planet Mu)
Cauto & Das Nevez – Alegria (Disboot)
Baobinga and ID – Man Down (free online)
Jakes – Calypso (Soul Jazz)
Mr. Gasparov – Solstice (Disboot)
uXuKa – Sangre (Disboot)
Pangaea – Memories (whitelabel)
Cosmic Revenge – Diving Deep (forthcoming L2S)
Duncan Powell – Care 4 Me (Whistla Remix) (free online)
FBOM – Untitled (unreleased)
Digital Mystikz – Neverland (DMZ)
Roxy vs El-B – Endorse and Set It (Ghost)
Vista – Ukodus (Sequence)
Chainsaw Sound – Mondo Dub (free online)
Bakir and Dubsworth – No Curfew (unreleased)
Demon and Versa – Drifter (forthcoming Filthy Digital)
Kial – The Skywalker (Sub Pressure)
Clubroot – Talisman (Lo Dubs)
Silkie – Illegal Immigrant (Cloqworq)
Distance – Traffic (Goth-Trad Remix) (Planet Mu)
MNUVR – Go Up (forthcoming ???)
SP:MC and Joker D – Bad Dreams (Tempa)
LV ft Dandelion – Turn Away (Hyperdub)
JazzyJazzy – Loved and Lost (??)
Jose James – Blackmagic (Joy Orbison’s Recreation) (Brownswood)
6blocc – Tru Love (Digital 6)
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Cay’s Crays (DMZ Remix)


Mixes for Monday: Kid Simple vs Slevin Dubs

Pair of fresh mixes for today from Seattle’s Kid Simple and St. Louis’s Slevin Dubs. Both are on the harder side of things but bring their own flavor to your ears. First up, Kid Simple:

Kid Simple – ‘09 Promo Mix

Kid Simple has been making innovative, dancefloor oriented productions for time now and to my knowledge this is his first distributed mix.  He’s lately been picked up by Double Drop recordings here in SF and has been included in a bunch of mixes that are floating around, notably Starkey’s FACT mix.  This one is riddled with his own productions, I hope it gets him some deserving notice.

Tracklist (44 mins):
Kid Simple – Fresh Like (Forthcoming Double Drop)
Kid Simple – Where You Left VIP (Forthcoming Double Drop)
Numan – Virgo (Unreleased)
Eskmo – Let Them Sing (Planet Mu)
Rx – Just Ya Nutz (Unreleased)
NTRLD & Thurgood – Magic Pills (Double Drop)
Kid Simple – Simplify (Unreleased)
Kid Simple – Bananas (Shift)
Starkey – Rain City (Forthcoming RWINA)
Kanji Kinetic – Thrill Seeker (Unreleased)
Numan – Squarebot (Unreleased)
Guido – Chakra (Punch Drunk)
Distal – Attempt at Yellow (Unreleased)
Kid Simple – Dripz (Unreleased)
Kid Simple – Yes Or No VIP (Unreleased)
Synkro – Everybody Knows (Smokin’ Sessions)


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Slevin Dubs – Drum Drops & Bass Bombs

Next it’s Slevin Dubs out of St. Louis.  This one comes with tons of crossover tunes, dubstep remixes of everything from Kid Cudi’s Day & Night to Madonna – Music and even Taylor Swift.  Some people love the crossovers, some hate ‘em, you decide:

Tracklist (78 min):

1.   ramadanman – good feeling
2.   the widdler – sunday (bootleg remix)
3.   outrun – 8 bit spliff (original mix)
4.   kid cudi – day n night (the widdler remix)
5.   the widdler – lady dub feat. aaliyah (hd4000 remix)
6.   (slevin dubs mashup) rumble junkie – dope angel (antiserum remix)
+ the widdler – its a fine day (bootleg)
7.   charle p – somewhere over the rainbow remix
8.   amanda blank – i might like you better.. (rusko remix)
9.   (slevin dubs mashup) jay z – big pimpin (purephase &
panda cub remix) +  busta rhymes – woo ha (skirmish remix)
10. the widdler – we ready (bootleg)
11. noah d & babylon system – california style (original mix)
12. skream – lightening
13. boy crisis – dressed to digress (nero remix)
14. the widdler – make it rain (bootleg)
15. testrack – you keep me hanging on remix
16. prodigy – warriors dance (technologik remix)
17. arctic monkeys – crying lightening (aems remix)
18. taylor swift – you’re not sorry (figit! remix)
19. robert miles – children (hxdb remix)
20. dj mujava – township funk ( vip remix)
21. mike snow – black & blue (caspa remix)
22. madonna – music (the builder remix) (slevin dubs sample twist)


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