Bass Reaction: Free Dubstep Downloads, Crazy Parties and Recommended Radio
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Controversial cockney emcee Beezy (think: a more street-sounding The Streets), whose saucy vocal dubplates for N-Type and others have raised eyebrows, is offering his new A Day In The Life album for free. “All I ask is that you give me the time to actually sit there and listen,” wrote Beezy recently on Dubstepforum. His next album, Lost In Translation, also drops soon.
Bristol’s H.E.N.C.H. crew producer Whiteboi (pictured, far left) is also offering a clutch of new tunes for free download, on his MySpace page. And speaking of H.E.N.C.H.–San Francisco producers Juju and Djunya will welcome Bristol’s Komonazmuk to their NarcoHz night at Underground SF on Friday, December 14. East London club Cargo hosts Dubstep Mashup on December 12, which will feature BBC’s Mary-Anne Hobbs, Hyperdub’s Kode, Rinse FM’s DJ Distance, plus guests.
This past Saturday, December 8, Big Apple Records held its Christmas party at the Hidden bar in Vauxhall, London. The insane lineup included sets in the main room from Benga and Hatcha, Mala and Coki, Hijak and Loefah, N-Type and Walsh, with Crazy D and Sgt Pokes on the mic. Meanwhile, the Roots of Dubstep room featured no less than Ghost veteran El B, Horsepower’s Benny Ill, Oris Jay (a.k.a. DQ1), and Menta. Fucking mental session!
Burial’s new album, Untrue, only out since late-November, sold 80 copies in one week at Amoeba Music in San Francisco. The album is also selling well across Europe, through the HMV chain and online shops Boomkat and Juno. The album reached number seven on BBC 1’s dance charts.
N-Type and Benga’s excellent three-hour Rinse FM DJ set is available for free download and features all the latest dubplates. Meanwhile, Skream (pictured above, middle) has mixed the new Rinse Volume 2 CD, which features his cuts “Murderer,” “Oit,” “Kum Ere Sun,” and “Refuel,” plus tunes from Rusko, Benga, and Kode 9.
Respected Reinforced Records artist Collin Lindo–a.k.a. Alpha-Omega and Nubian Mindz–has posted several new dubstep tracks (check the Dark Minds folder) on his Virb site. Preview a bunch of these at GetDarker, including The Others' “Africa VIP,” NRG's “Green Smoke,” and Zomby’s “Spliff Dub (Pirate Soundsystem Rmx).”
Hotflush label presents Boxcutter’s new “Philly” single, Nyabingi’s “Bionicle,” and Scuba’s “Outmost,” all of which are out now. In January, expect Jazzsteppa's “Jakin” 12”. Scuba’s first album, titled A Mutual Antipathy, is out March 9, 2008, on CD and vinyl. So Cal-based producer Vaccine’s debut should drop in the late spring.
In the shops now:
Headhunter’s “Locus Lotus” EP on Tempa. Get it at Dubplate.net.
Texas producer Parson’s “Ghostliner: DJ Distance Remix” on Dubline.
H.E.N.C.H.-man Jakes’ “3kout” on Hench.
Cotti Versus Kromestar’s "Mozart 3000" on Bassface.
“Swing Dat Skirt” Dub on LV and Chef’s Ringo imprint.
Cotti's “Calm Down,“ featuring Doctor, on -30.
Quest & Silkie’s four-track EP on Deep Medi.
Recommended radio shows:
Warehouse Meditation with Whistla on SubFM
N-Type’s Sub Sundays on RinseFM.
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