19 Jul 2011

    Katy B’s soulful voice has been permeating the UK radio waves for months now. Her tracks bridge multiple genres unconventional to the Top40 charts, including dubstep, garage, and electro house. This remix of her fourth single Easy Please Me was produced by West London’s dubstep duke, Caspa. The original follows the traditional dubstep cadence, but Caspa’s remix goes all in and impregnates it with the dirtiest of grime sound, giving it a huge boost of swagger. A must hear. Thizz face on.

    Katy B - Easy Please Me (Caspa Remix)

    23 Jun 2011

    If you’ve been listening to any of the heavy dubstep and grime coming out of the UK (i.e. Circus records and similar labels), then you’ve heard this song. Medison, lifetime affiliate of the Foreign Beggars, has absolutely annihilated dubstep charts with his track Harry, specifically the Bare Noize remix. The song reminds me a lot of Emalkay’s single When I Look At You, which experienced similar dub-chart success last year. The vocals are absolutely haunting and beautiful, lulling you into a state of sedated transfixion, only to be exploded into pieces by the womping bassline. Gives me chills everytime.

    Medison - Harry (Bare Noize Remix)

    5 May 2011

    Big collab on this track. 12th Planet and Skrillex bust out the dirtiest beats on Father Said. Massive grimy growls juxtaposed against Sonny’s whiny yet musically appealing vocals make for the darkest emo marriage in EDM. Check it now! Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

    12th Planet & Skrillex - Father Said

    20 Mar 2011

    This one has been around for awhile, but there is nothing like the crunch of a perfect bassline to make you go BONKERS.

    7 Mar 2011

    Ingeniously sampling grimy horns from Pharoahe Monch’s Simon Says, Vato Gonzalez has created a seriously grimy house track out of Badman Riddim. Try and not make a stank face to this one.


    17 Feb 2011

    I’ve been listening to a ton of Radio 1 recently and a name that I have been unable to escape is Tinie Tempah. He is a two-time BRIT award winning British rapper from South London. He’s had scores of hit singles from his debut album Disc-Overy, including today’s track ‘Pass Out’, ‘Written in the Stars’, ’Frisky’ and the celebrated track by the Swedish House Mafia, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’. Despite his completely addicting songs and fresh sound, Tinie has not become a house-hold name in the US at all. ’Pass Out’ tackles multiple genres in a single track, including house, hip-hop, rap, and drum n bass, making it great for clubs and dancehalls. Give him a shot, I guarantee you’re not going to be able to get this one out of your head.

    10 Jan 2011

    Chase & Status are an electronic production duo from London that have been bringing the drum n bass and breakbeat scene to the mainstream. ‘End Credits’ brought the team back together with British musician, Plan B, to forge a emo-dnb jam that smashed through the UK Top 40 charts in 2009. The duo is set to release their new album ‘No More Idols’ at the end of January, so make sure to stay updated. 


    14 Dec 2010

    Today’s song is more than just music. It is a satanic ritual. According to Marcus Lindstrom, otherwise known as Bratkilla, “It sounds like something turning your dog inside out.” Bratkilla is a 19 year old dubstep producer from Sweden and has become infamous for his evil, twisted and gigantic tracks. I’m very new to the  terrorcore genre, but here’s what you should expect: 180-600 bpm, BASS, heavy metal. That’s it. Certainly not for the feint of heart, but if you like cocaine in your morning coffee, this is an excellent alternative. Enjoy…? No, be afraid.


    12 Dec 2010

    Get 2 Know A DJ - Flux Pavillion


    I was cruising around some blogs a couple months ago and I happened to pick up a remix of DJ Fresh’s track ‘Gold Dust’ by someone named Flux Pavilion. That night as I was getting ready to go out, I hooked up my sound system and played some of the new music I had found that week. When ‘Gold Dust’ came on I was immediately forced to stop what I was doing. The song began with a penetrating dubstep hop which makes me feel much cooler at that moment than I was. Then some reverbed lyrics wrapped around the slow but driving bassline, getting me even more fired up. And then before I know it the build was happening and I was face-to-face with what can only be described as a face-melting, soul-crushing, ear-spliting wall of sound.

    Most people take awhile to figure out how to dance at dubstep concerts. If you’re still struggling, have one listen to this song and all your problems will be resolved. ‘Gold Dust’ forces your hands into the air and begin directing your body in the “dubstep thrash”. Everytime Flux Pavillion drops his signature sound, your body is forced to obey to the sound’s deafening might and convulse to the beat. This is dubstep.

    Aptly named, the UK DJ/producer, Flux Pavillion, has risen to the top of the dubstep charts for pumping energy into entertainment arenas. Top artists in the genre such as Rusko, Caspa, Nero, and Emalkay tip their hats to the artist, regularly using his mammoth dub anthems in their sets. Dubstep is a difficult genre that I feel has suffered occasionally from a lot of repetitiveness both in available sounds and in composition. I feel like a lot of the dubstep I’m exposed to has the same 140 bpm build, crescendoing to noisy drop with some random and often unnecessary accoutrements to add spice to the music. But therein lies the issue, the only slightly captivating part of the entire song is the little additives, not the song itself. I can’t deny that there isn’t a time and place where, regardless of the music, if it is dubstep, I’m going to have fun and start headbangin’. But if the genre [at least in its “mainstream” venture] wants to move forward, some more creativity is warranted.

    Flux Pavillion, I believe, has the imagination for such a reinvigoration. To be certain his tracks are at their best when they are played to a writhing crowd of fans, uncontrollably oscillating in a nightclub. Yet, this artist has brought a fantastically visceral and emotional element to his music that cannot be denied. In an interview with Beatportal he describes his musical process: “I compose and write quite a lot of music generally and I suppose my main interst is capturing physical feeling and giving the music the ability to make you move and fgive you goose bumps at the same time… Sometimes when I’m listening to music that I personally love and I get that warm tingling feeling when something is really moving, I rey to hold onto that feeling and replicate when I’m making a track. To be honest, being able to hold onto that feeling is pretty important in general life, music is one of those crazy things that can change your whole perspective on things and at the same time make you forget about everything.” Well he’s true to his words. I’m often more chilled by Flux’s hooks than his uber drops. However, the two elements definitely work together in a beautiful marriage of heart-exploding love.

    Give his stuff a listen, but make sure to, “hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide your husband,” cause this is Flux Pavillion.