Monday, December 10, 2007
ITS MENTAL. DIS IS!
With respect to T2 and Heartbroken, we've seen a recent surge of interest in the newest strand of dubstep: bassline house, speed garage, etc. Names are worth fuck all tho: Heartbroken is at the top of the UK charts, and its easily the catchiest track to emerge from the dubstep genre and all of its confusingly taxonimized devilspawn. Furthermore, the whole notion of bassline, combined with several other mitigating factors (to be discussed below) truly poses the Wubstep question: what happens (if/)when dubstep breaks in the states?
Now, me and C. Drugula can wax cross-continentally about this shit for days. However, as far as bassline/speed-garage is concerned, the potential is visible far beyond T2, who has become a media-darling in the press lately, giving out countless interviews where he says... well, pretty much nothing. The fact is, dubstep has been brewing for years now, and as the genre itself grows harder and harder to define, the potentiality of a continental breakthrough seems more and more plausible.
The way I see it, there are three factors that are poised to push dubstep into the American charts. First, you have the recent explosion of bassline bangers. I knew this shit was the real deal when about 2 weeks ago some doser outside the Disk Union in Shibuya actually stopped me as I was walking into the store with the question: "Eyo, you rike bass?"
"Hai, 'bass' ga daisukine!" I replied.
So for 500 yen he hooked me up with the most bootleg bassline mixtape this side of the Pacific. It was an unmarked CD-R in a slimline jewelcase, and the tracks contained averaged at a bitrate of 128 and lower (myspace and bebo rips, I'm presuming). So, all due respect to these artists, I didn't pirate this music off your pages, some poor sod in Tokyo did, and once you start dropping more wax I'll be first in line to cop it. But since most Americans don't have much exposure to bassline/speed-garage beyond Heartbroken, I feel it something of a communal obligation to share these tracks here, just so names beyond T2, names like Jamie Duggan, Jamie Ferguson, TS7, DJ Q, and so on can get into Americans' domespaces.
Cherish - Unappreciated (TS7 Bassline Remix) [alt link]
Jamie Duggan & TS7 - Dubplate [alt link]
Jamie Ferguson - How We Like It [alt link]
T2 - Hey [alt link]
Concurrent with the proliferation of a countless array of this vein of speed garage bangers, we have the word of mouth surrounding the dubstep/bassline raves in Brixton and Sheffield (clubs like FWD>> and those infamous DMZ nights), which, as dubstep grows more and more popular seem to be moving closer and closer to London, as exemplified in the first full out and out dubstep Fabriclive being released this month, hosted by heavy-hitters Caspa & Rusko. You might remember Caspa from his oft-dropped Art of Noise remix... because, well, its completely unforgettable.
Art of Noise - Moments of Love (Caspa Remix) [alt link]
On the other side of the spectrum, you've got Ecko and dubstarlets like Kym Myles. What Alice Deejay was to trance Ms. Myles must be to dubstep. Point illustrated:
Kym Myles - We Got a Love [alt link]
Finally, in this trifold takeover, there is the necessary cohesion offered to non-clubbing audiophiles in the form of perfect LPs. In the past two months we've gotten the new Burial LP, Untrue, which I think blows his first (which I always found sort of over-rated) out of the water, and the first full Pinch LP, Underwater Dancehall, not to mention the new Benga album due out any day now on Tempa. Yep, any day now.... we wait with good reason:
Benga and Coki - Night [alt link]
So, the Boy 8-bit remix of this track is getting blogged to the point of obliterating oversaturation. Sure it's good; definitely simple, as its title might imply. Meanwhile, I've heard next to not shit about this arguably defter, although admittedly less club-friendly, Leif reworking of Archangel. Scope it.
Burial - Archangel (Leif Remix) [alt link]
Well, that's it for now, tho there's more where all of this came from, so stay tuned. And if he ever comes out of his cavernous enclave, C. Drugula's got more than me, so ask for him by name!!