April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
Repping Chicago and flying the flag for all corners of bass centric music, this is the start of a regular feature with our man on the other side of the pond, Tornado. Enjoy…
April has been a big, BIG month for dubstep and bass music here in the US! Plenty of events, new singles / EPs, and albums released by budding (and veteran producers). Let’s get right to it…
In Chicago, our Brut Force kicked off our brand new Bassweight night at Smart Bar that featured the best in deep, dark dubstep, drum & bass, grime and UK garage. Headlining was D&B heavy-hitter Dioptrics, who played drum & bass, alongside London’s MC Questionmark. Also playing on the night were veteran UKG DJ Sushi, YouTube sensation Whoa-B with an all vinyl / dubplate grime set, and me, DJ The Tornado, playing deep and dark dubstep. On that same night, Antiserum and Ill-Esha rinsed out the Double Door.
Silkie came through Smart Bar as well, debuting his live PA. Alongside the man of the hour were local favorites Spacerace AKA Nameloc, Zebo, Bandiit, and Ricky Wells. Silkie continued his US tour in Detroit, Houston, and Denver for the Sub.Mission crew’s 5th anniversary. This night was a Deep Medi takeover! Line-up on the night consisted of Mala, V.I.V.E.K., Silkie vs. Quest, Truth, and Commodo. From all reports it looks to have been a massive night! For a full review of the party, check out this review on the Denver Westwood blog. Out in Detroit, Datswotsup! hosted 2562 at their weekly event Bass Down Low.
On to the tunes…
West-coaster Noah D delivered his debut LP Perspective on the SMOG imprint, which boasts cameos and collaborations with P Money, Newham Generals, Truth, and Antiserum. Fellow Bay Area producers Megalodon were featured on the Dubstar compilation Lost In Space with their tune “Buckshot”. Datswotsup! co-founder Deka released his debut 12″ under his .kite alias, featuring three expiremental tracks that are reminiscent of múm and Ulrich Schnauss.
In drum & bass, Chicago’s own Stunna is featured on Sunny Crimea & Physical Illusion’s Soulful Nights remix LP, reworking “Fading Shadows” into a half-time, minimalist jazzy number. Gridlok’s Project 51 imprint released two new cuts titled ‘Poisonous’ b/w Prolix’s ‘Blender’ – both are classic techy rollers reminiscent of Break or Fierce.
May brings many great artists to the city of Wind, including the aforementioned Stunna alongside Rees Urban, who will be performing a classic UKG set, at Bassweight at Smart Bar on May 7. Distance and J:Kezno hit Gritsy in Houston on May 12, while Hatcha reaches various cities for his second tour of the States since December.
If you have an event or release you’d like included in next month’s report, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Originally part of the Anti Social Entertainment crew, Razor Rekta, Chestplates newest signing has released a provided a pretty strong statement of intent with his first release for Distances label.
Loko-Motiv is a track regular followers of the Chestplate Rinse show will be very familiar with. An ambling start complete with background ambience of birds breaks away and opens up like a darkened chrysalis giving way to droning, sluggish bassweight. This track is one that creeps and crawls around your speakers like a spider in the corner of your room, just waiting for the right time to attack.
Development starts with gloomy ambience shadowing a lone percussive hit. Dropping after 16 bars with an off rhythm sub line that is straight out of 2005 works well and serves its purpose. Percussively, this tracks snare drums and and their creators use of effects upon them take you right back to the roots of the sound. Through the breakdown and into the other side, Rekta demonstrates a very keen ear for progression that rewards the listener.
Clips and links to buy are after the jump!
April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
Both production outfit and record label, the collective members of Pennine dwellers Akkord meandered down from the hills surrounding Manchester and found a new home within the city.
On March 5th this year their debut release hit stores and the limited run of 300 vinyl sold out almost instantly, which in this day and age is an increasingly rare occurrence.
Musically they have no set genre, instead choosing to meander and straddle techno, dubstep and ambient sounds. Not only do they do this effortlessly, their sound design is also on a whole different level to their peers. Everything has its purpose and role within the music and nothing ever seems like its out of place which can’t often be said for multi genre outfits.
Don’t take our word for it, just give their mix for Electronic Explorations a little whirl.
Free track Submerged which was given away to promote the first release can still be found over on the XLR8R website by clicking HERE.
You can also head on over to boomkat and by the digital release by clicking HERE.
April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
In the space of three months, Chestplate have managed to put out three of the hardest hitting releases of the year so far. The newest offering from Sleeper and District doesn’t change that one tiny bit. Terraformed and Zero Day make up the vinyl release which is the 17th for Chestplate, whilst digital bundle buyers get an extra two tracks in the shape of Transitions and Colony.
The tunes on show here manage to heir more towards the side of minimal techno in regards to their production value and definitely take more than a little influence from the sounds of teched out dnb in the lower end registers. In these genres, space and pace are king and Sleeper and District are beyond measure when it comes to creating ambience and expressing the utmost with the minimum. As it stands, the atmosphere the tunes are placed into is extremely complementing to the sound palette they’ve offered up here.
Terraformed is the A side to the EP and for me the best of the four tracks that are on offer. A galloping tour de force of sub and evil ripper like bass tones and that unmistakeable background ambience.
When they’re producing solo, these two make bangers. When they’re together, they’re pretty much unstoppable.