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Podcast 49: Dusk + Blackdown

Their friendship formed over a mutual love for a Stevie Wonder tune, and Dusk + Blackdown have been DJing and producing music together ever since, rolling out the dubstep and grime beats and generally causing havoc on the dancefloor. Based in London, they also run Keysound Recordings (which is to release the duo's debut long-player Margins Music on August 18), and capture the dark environment of their city through their music. "Of those making dark beats in London, the only single factor that united everyone was their London surroundings," says Blackdown.

Thus, for this installment of the XLR8R Podcast, the boys prepped a very special exclusive mix that distinctly calls to mind the urban landscape of their hometown. Even better, most of the tracks on this hour-long mix are unreleased cuts that won’t see the record store shelves for some time. Two-step, grime, dubstep, and more come courtesy of Skream, Wiley, Zomby, Al-Haca, and others. If it's rapid-fire lyrics, menacing basslines, and anxious, wobbly rhythms you're looking for, hit download now.

Keysound Radio '08 Tracklisting
1. Blackdown "Con/Fusion feat. Farrah" (Keysound Recordings)
2. Sully "Jackmans Recs" (unreleased)
3. Grievous Angel "What We Had" (unreleased)
4. Skream "Angry World" (unreleased)
5. Al-Haca "Kryptonite (TRG remix)" (unreleased)
6. 2nd II None "Waterfalls (Peverelist remix)" (Heavy Artilery)
7. JME "Go On My Own" (BBK)
8. Joker "Digidesign" (unreleased)
9. Dot Rotten "I'm a Professional" (GPP)
10. Starkey "Gutter Music" (unreleased)
11. Ghetto and Rudekid "Sing For Me" (unreleased)
12. Gemmy "Supligen" (unreleased)
13. Geeneus feat. Wiley, Riko, and Breeze "Knife & Gun" (unreleased)
14. Zomby "Aqafre5h" (unreleased)
15. Blackdown "Concrete Streets feat. Durrty Goodz (Keysound Recordings)
16. Wiley "If You're Going Out I'm Going Out Too" (Grime Wave)
17. D1 "Oingy Boingy" (unreleased)
18. Dusk "Focus" (Keysound Recordings)
19. Dusk + Blackdown "Kuri Pataka feat. Teji and Farrah" (Keysound Recordings)
20. Pangaea "Router" (Hessle Audio)
21. Zomby "Duality" (unreleased)
22. Guido "Orchestral Lab" (unreleased)

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While we're at it, check the video for Dusk + Blackdown's "Margin Music," featuring grime MC Durrty Goodz, singer Farrah, and a cameo from Blackdown himself. This is the debut visual feature from Blackdown and director Jonathan Howells, shot on location on the edges of London, and it certainly does not disappoint.

2 comments Dusk + Blackdown

Ken NYC (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 08/18/2008 - 19:11

This is a stellar example of the place right in between grime and dubstep. That area of head nodding and listening to beats and feeling the lyrics as well.

Back in the early days of dubstep and grime, there was a lot of experimentation and divergence. Anyone that's heard the early Rinse FM sessions with Kode 9 on the decks and Roll Deep on the mics, can testify to this.

What Blackdown and Dusk have done with this mix is to in effect highlight and underline the fact that the history of Grime and Dubstep is a long term marriage, with a lot of water that's past under the bridge. Just like real family, you bicker, you make up and you get on with it, and this mix has slammed that point home!

Big respect and thanks for the beats!
Mix of the summer!!!


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/19/2008 - 09:51


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