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 djthetornado@gmail.com

Big up!

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