The Week In Dubstep
- Words: Tomas Palermo
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San Francisco’s free dubstep/grime monthly Grime City turned two on Friday June 15, with a bang up session. The night, co-produced by the B.I.G. Crew and Surefire Productions, brought the US dub don Joe Nice out for his second appearance. Also in the mix were selectors Cyan, DJ Munk, Samsupa, Jamin, Subtek, and vocals from Audio Angel and Emcee Child. Cyan commented: “It was best night the club’s had in its two-year history. It was packed like sardines! By The time Joe went on it was a sweatbox and Joe got deep with his set, all dubplates. The vibe was really thick.”
Speaking of SF nights–One Ronin’s Samsupa’s new night BrapDem fires its dubs first and third Wednesdays at the Transfer. Bay Area dubsteppers should also check out the next Surya Dub at Club Six, featuring DJ Ripple (Full Melt), Djunya (Narco Hz), Maneesh, and more.
Denver dubstep crew Sub.mission throws free monthly and bi-monthly club nights at the Snake Pit in Denver. Guests have included Nick Argon, and June 29 will feature Parson. Sub.mission also runs the Dank Dealz radio show on DubstepFM, 4-7 p.m. GMT on Saturdays.
Loads of new vinyl and downloads are due to hit shelves and screens this summer, including "Retro" by Hijak & Skream, on Eddie Bliss’ Cultured Recordings, RUF’s “Raw Love” on Danish label Kraken, and Djunya’s “Contact,” on Bristol-based Komonazmuk, all due mid-June.
Releases for July include: Whistla, “Merkaba” (OxRider), Uncle Sam & Tes La Rok, “Round the World Girls (Tes La Rok Remix)” (Argon), DZ, "Slums Dub" (Scuba), Tes la Rok, Djunya, Grimejah and DJ Absurd, “DubstepSessions1 RP” (Aphex), and Marlow, “Butterfish Rmx” (Scuba). Big respect to Planet µ, XS Dubz, Ranking, and the other labels we couldn’t fit in.
Get you hands on the new album from Plastician. Beg To Differ drops Monday, June 18 on Terrorhythm Recordings as a CD or download, with vinyl remix singles to follow. Key album tracks include: “Intensive Snare (feat. Skepta),” “Real Things” (feat. Chronik, Skepta, Tempa T, Frisco, Esco), ”Hocus Pocus,” and “Japan.”
Album art from Plastician's Beg to Differ.
Tragedy struck Skull Disco producer Appleblim in the form of his record box getting nicked following popular club night FWD. The “Mystic Warrior” producer was gutted, posting to Dubstepforum: “I was deep in convo with Obi Wan [from] the [Dubstep] forum, looked round, and it was gone! My fault for takin’ my eye off it, but still a gutter...and my mp3 player, house keys etc, Rhythm & Sound CDs, Burial CD, many fresh dubs…” Even in the midst of this downturn, AppleB offered the news that Skull Disco hoodies and apparel are available on their site, and his new single “Vansan” will drop soon!
In other news: top producer Skream is releasing a house remix of artist David E Sugar for Hot Chip’s label Greco-Roman, but on July 6 he’ll return to dubstep form as Disfigured Dubs, featuring the tracks “Sand Snake” and “Movin Snarez.”
Bare Files web portal is back up, with all the crazy exclusive archived DJ sets you’ve been looking for. BF promises more updates soon, including a section to submit your own mix and an online store to get Bare Dubs MP3s/WAVs/vinyl. The site now has an RSS feed.
Nuff folks are chattering about producer L-Wiz from Sweden. His new single on Dub Police drops shortly. It’s been much rumored, but still no date is set for the massive, impending new full-length from one of the scene’s heaviest producers: Benga. Come with it man!
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