Bass Reaction: Skream, Burial
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Globetrotting dubstep ambassador Ollie Jones (a.k.a. Skream) has been busy on the buttons. The new Skreamizm Volume 5 EP drops soon and features “Filth,” “SimpleCity,” “OneForTheHeads…,” and the Winehouse remix, “Love Don’t Come Easily.” Also forthcoming is Skream’s new mix CD, Watch The Ride, with new Benga, Kutz, Seven, and Breakage tracks galore.
After much press and blog speculation, Burial revealed himself to fans via a post on his MySpace blog. And guess what–he’s not Kode 9 or Benny Ill, but a bloke name Will Beven from South London. Beven said in the post, “I’m keeping my head down and just going to finish my next album.” He finished his post by apologizing for “rubbish” tunes he’s made in the past. You’re too humble, mate. Those rubbish tunes trade for big money on eBay!
Dubstep is everywhere, including Estonia, in Eastern Europe. Eesti Dubstep is a new comp that introduces this burgeoning scene. Don’t sleep on it. Tracks from Prospecta, Gunjack, and KRio bring the roughneck business.
Props to Dave Q and the New York contingent at Dubwar. Their new podcast, mixed by Dorset, U.K.’s Ramadanman, showcases new tracks from the producer and DJ’s superb Hessle Audio label. All five Dubwar podcasts are available via iTunes.
If you haven’t peeped it yet, Dusk + Blackdown's Margins Music is wicked. The album is a sublime traipse through London’s back alleys and international neighborhoods, with skittering, subby beats as the soundtrack. If you haven’t peeped it, get a feel on their XLR8R Podcast mix and watch the introduction video. Nice work!
Mary Ann Hobbs gathered the original Generation Bass DJ crew for another exclusive mix in the BBC basement. This time, artists like Kode 9, Skream, Hatcha, and Vex’d picked their favorite up-and-coming DJs (Chef, Silkie, Quest, Kulture, Starkey, Joker, OneMan, and more) to be filmed while mixing the newest tunes.
Available exclusively as a download at Addictech is Bay Area Dubstep (BAD) Volume 2, from Full Melt Recordings. This comp is packed with new jams from Antiserum, Babylon System, DJ G, Djunya, Matty G, Roommate, and more.
Up in the Northwest, Lo Dubs' fall lineup of singles is set to include new ones from Xi (“G Funk 3000”), Pacheko (“Bi-Polar Bear”), with remixes by Starkey and Cardopusher, and Xi and M Dz’s “Guns At Dawn.”
Hospital Records mainstay Landslide is back inna dubstep style with “Dreams & Visions” on Black Acre.
The mighty online dubstep station, Sub.FM, is looking for American DJs to fill slots. They have openings weekdays (Mon-Thurs) during prime hours. Be prepared to submit your resume and sample mixes and contact the station via its MySpace page.
Hear ace producer Kuma on Art Of Beatz, Thursdays at 12 a.m. PST.
Don’t miss L.A. crew Smog’s two-year anniversary on Saturday, September 6 at The Echo club in Silverlake. Lineup includes U.K. dons Plastician and Cyrus, plus Smog DJs 12th Planet and Evol Dlx, Knife Dreams, Emu, Pawn, Unit, and Subcode.
DMZ is also slated for September 6 in South London and will feature Pinch, Hi Jak, Kode 9, Kulture, and Deapoh.
On Saturday, September 27 in S.F., Surya Dub is presenting a big show with Ninja Tune artist The Bug, featuring MC Warrior Queen at Club Six.
And on the underground tip in SF: Ouch! goes down October 4 after Lovefest. DJs include Antiserum, Babylon System, Boggle, DJG, Djunya, Ripple, Rob Cannon, Samsupa, and Tiempo Atractiva, plus more.
BM Soho London Top Sellers Chart
1. Sub Scape “Bad Man” (Dub Police)
2. Benny Page “Step Out” (Digital Soundman)
3. Skream “Hedd Banger” (Tectonic)
4. Luke Envoy + Headhunter “Mugen” (Wonder)
5. Distinction “Let Go” (M)
6. Unitz “The Drop” (Dub Police)
7. Roots Manuva “Again And Again” (Big Dada)
8. Martyn “Natural Selection” (3024)
9. Matty G “50 000 Watts VIP” (Argon)
10. Martyn “All I Have Is Memories” (Apple Pie)
Pictured: Kevin Martin a.k.a. The Bug with MC Ras B and Warrior Queen. Photo By Sheikh Amhed.
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