Dubstep is dead, finished, abhorred, forgotten and buried in history. Having said that, Skream is everyone’s favorite dubstep producer, and yes, he’s still making bangers that people happily admit they’re enjoying. Fresh off all that work with Benga, he recently dropped this track on his Soundcloud. It’s been making waves in dubstep forums across the net, he also mentioned on his Twitter that it will finally get radio play today. So I said, meh, why not give it to the Safari for free. Seeing as we all hate dubstep and all.
The influx of Electro music in the main stream has influenced nearly every other genre. It is nearly impossible to turn on your radio or television without hearing it. Unfortunately a lot of it is pure garbage, put some bass, some synth and a fast tempo and call it music. Personally I am very particular about what type of electro I will let flow through my head phones. For those of you who have not yet hopped on the bandwagon, or for those who have been put off by the repetitive droning you hear in the clubs I have made a playlist of some hip hop friendly songs that I think are pretty damn good.
For those of you lucky enough to live in this Smog, Filth, Grime, city that we call Los Angeles, you should hit up The Airliner on Wednesday nights, They got a little night going down over there called Low End Theory, featuring some of the this nations best music talent, weekly. One such resident DJ is Daddy Kev, a quintessential jack of all trades DJ. Plunge yourself down the rabbit hole at Low End Theory and you’ll find yourself enamored with Electro, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, and everything in between. Think of it like the music that would be played in Zion in the Matrix Trilogy, just on some future sonic Jetsons shit. It truly is a wormhole of contemporary music, a 21st century music heritage event, weekly.
For those of you that were lucky enough to have caught the Low End Theory tour in Japan at the end of last year, there’s likely plenty of envy and empathy you have for us Angelinos. For those of you who have never heard of the likes of Nosaj Thing, Gaslamp Killer, and Daddy Kev, check out the Philip Arnold Paul Japan Tour cd*.
* Philip Arnold Paul is an insane killer that escaped last year from a mental institution. He was later apprehended. I have no idea why they chose the name other than that.
So Dubstep kings Chase & Status are really taking this U.S. remix/collaborative effort to heart. So far they’re 2 for 2, they got that Snoop joint, and that Jay-Z D.O.A. remix. Nicki Minaj hasn’t been covered really at all on our site, and now that I’m pondering, I’m really not sure why. She meets all the stringent criteria that we place on covered artists. She’s hella hot, she rhymes better than Asher Roth, and she’s hot shit, killing the blogs. Peep the video, Wale is totally kicking that elementary school game, you know, when you spit in a girls face because you like her but don’t want her to know it.
Montreal/NYC funky electro duo Chromeo have been busy these past few years pushing the Fancy Footwork album, touring, and remixing radio epics. They’ve found enough time and creative energy lately to compose an original track titled Night by Night. The track is palatable, it’s a little too fluffy or lighthearted for my personal taste. Which is why I found the remix by minimalist DJ Skream to be fundamental in this singles success in marketing Chromeo. Hopefully if they keep touring (finished west coast tour over summer) and randomly dropping original tracks, then they should find a plethora of market share in the ever increasingly significant electro consumer base. As long as they get that remix by Skream to accompany it.
Live in NYC? Scope the Chromeo show on Ocotber 16th @ Irving Plaza. Cop tickets here.
Peep the video of Skream getting the kiddies in Vancouver to scream at a recent concert after the jump.
In addition to its vibrant Hip Hop scene, LA is apparently also America’s epicenter for Dubstep. And the two come together on Mr. Grustle & The Russian’s Dubstep LA: Embrace the Renaissance Vol. 1, which teams LA-centric Hip Hop artists with Dubstep producers. Until I moved out to LA, I hadn’t consciously heard anything about Dubstep, but once I attended my first show, it immediately reminded me of the early stages of Hip Hop. As was the case with New York in the ’80s, the DJs drew the crowds, and the MCs were present mainly to hype the crowd. The Dubstep MC’s raps were incomprehensible and yet, as would have been the case at a Hip Hop show, nobody was calling for the engineer’s head. These guys had clearly crossed into Dubstep by way of the more DJ-oriented Drum & Bass, and it was only a matter of time before others approached from a more Hip Hop, Lyric-oriented direction.
Thus, you have Ras Kass, Murs (with Chase & Status!), Snoop Dogg Millionaire, Xzibit, U-N-I, and Grouch & Eligh embracing the budding electronica scene in their own backyards. Oh, Eve’s (I guess Philadelphia’s got the letters “L” and “A” in it…) on a Benga joint. You’ll notice that when the verses come in, the bass drops out a little and the glitchy elements pull back to accomodate the vocals— and it’s all about making Dubstep accessible to a wider audience. Whether it’s for better or worse, you decide.
[Update: Hit the tracklist after the jump]
You’d think that the guy who invented a character like “Nazi Shark” wouldn’t be easiest guy to empathize with, you’d be wrong though. In this lovely weekly throwgasm report (the throwgasm originally serving as a rating system for the watchability of various NFL games on any given weekend period (they play on Saturdays now too) Drew Magary takes a bunch of big names to the cleaners; he’s got his forum and he’s damn well taking advantage of it. He even cites his sources so well; talking John Landis Blues. We all miss Bill Murray pre-Wes Anderson, we always knew he was an asshole, but something has forever died in the new Jarmusch/Anderson muse era. Adam Sandler in Funny People means his Pyramid of Jewish Jokery begins its deseent towards the deep valley of future obscurity, as we all decide late in the game that Punch Drunk Love was a pretty good movie. If bloggers are the problem, people, then what the fuck is the solution?
Read the Bill Simmons piece (in 2 parts) on “Almost Famous”/The NBA Off-Season here and here. Amazing how everyone is so quick to try and turn the NBA offseason in to some sort of Blockbuster Video viral advertisement. I shamelessly compare enormous athletic, but bald black men to ninja turtles, there’s no right or wrong, moral high-ground here in the analogy game when the games aren’t even being played. The greatest intrigue would be fans getting to games without blowing through all their loot.
The Status Quo; unbelievably successful in the UK for 30+ years! If you told me on facebook that you like dubstep, you’re not telling me anything. Wawa coffees are fucking HUGE!
If you finish that first Drew Magary piece and find this shit storm on Pixar more appealing; as in you believe that as far as sporswriting goes, there is a certain essential cultural awareness that the writer must present in order to most effectively communicate his subjective, arbitrary opinions,
UK powerhouse DJ Semtex just leaked this remix of Jay-Z’s Death of Autotune. Apparently the video for this absurd remix by the Dubstep kings Chase & Status will be released during the BET Awards on Sunday, hold your breath for that. In the meantime we’ve uploaded this video on YouTube for the masses to prematurely consume. I like this remix better than the Chase & Status/Snoop remix, but that might be a testament to my preference of Jigga over Snoop, what do you think?
Finally, an easy way for me to introduce our faithful hip hop heads to the genre we be bumping and pumping right now in L.A.— DUBSTEP!
Peep Snoop do his thing on this Chase & Status banger
LionStarr is actually trying to do some colabo work with some hip hop MC’s and Dubstep producers, we’re glad to see that the big boy’s are thinking of the same thing. Get at us…