Barely Alive mix it up on new album, ‘Odyssey’

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In their first LP since 2015, Disciple dynamic duo Barely Alive hold nothing back.

The versatile producers hyped Odyssey for weeks leading up to its Aug. 13 release, going so far as to literally release all the songs at once in a 35-second clip that layered all of the album’s 10 tracks over top of each other. The glorious mess luckily wasn’t a indicative of what was to come: an expansive, exceptional collection of tracks that span from drum & bass to their beloved dubstep wobbles.

They’ve tapped a ridiculous range of talent for the LP, including Great Good Fine Ok for the unexpectedly groovy “Deeper In Love” to Mad Hed City for the fast-paced fury of “Warrior.” Other collaborators include the rap talents of Splitbreed and Iamsu!, the bouncy rhythms of Nah Mean, and the smooth vocals of Yves Paquet.

Odyssey is all over the place in the best possible way. From ’80s influences to slick R&B stylings to filthy bass, this album delivers something for fans of all areas of the electronic music sphere — polished off with top-notch production and a cheeky attitude.

Learn how this dexterous duo came to be in a new video from Disciple, below.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 51

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


Barely Alive‘s latest is completely unexpected and so unbelievably funky. The dubstep hard-hitters can generally be found creating some of the filthiest wobbles in today’s scene, but their brand new LP sees them painting a canvas of incredibly varied genres. From this groovy collaboration with Great Good Fine Ok to drum & bass on “Warrior” and hip-hop on “Ride Out,” the duo are taking their style to new heights in such a refreshing way.


Prismo gets down and dirty on his latest release, “Solo.” This power anthem puts Jason Derulo’s “Riding Solo” to shame, packing a much grittier, stronger punch. Prismo’s categorized this track as alternative rock, and it certainly leans much more than way than his previous electronic releases. Turns out this is the first of many new tracks in the Austin, Texas artist’s next chapter. “This is the first single from the next chapter of Prismo,” he says in the track’s description. “It’s a statement of my evolution and the passion behind my project.”


And from here on out, we merge into full-fledged drum & bass. New Music Friday has been good to the drum & bass community, delivering heaters from T & Sugah, Matrix & Futurebound, Friction, and so many more. This first one from T & Sugah is the second part of their new two-track Viper Recordings EP. The 3/4 pattern makes for an interesting touch, catching the listener’s ear with its unique beat. Subtle builds and detail-oriented breaks beautifully showcase why this Dutch duo has been on the rise.


Viper Recordings has also delivered the latest from the UK’s famed Matrix & Futurebound: “TARDIS.” They build anticipation impeccably in the introduction, leading the listener down a dark hallway straight into a frenzied drum & bass beat. It’s vivid and eerie, packed with intense, pounding bass and a furious melody. Unfortunately, it’s not out in its entirety yet, but the two-minute clip already previews the immaculate sound design these two demonstrate time and time.


Described by Pete Tong as “one of the big dogs,” Drum & Bass Hall of Famer Friction never ceases to thrill. In his latest, the Brighton producer has remixed UK legends The Prodigy and their song “Need Some1.” This rework is perhaps one of the most intense and creative drum & bass tracks I’ve heard in recent months, further hyping The Prodigy’s forthcoming No Tourists album, due out later this year.

Panda Eyes, Barely Alive, and Virtual Riot smash their new collab, ‘Triforce’

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Panda Eyes, Barely Alive, and Virtual Riot team up for the glittery dubstep collaboration, “Triforce.” With video game synths, happy horns, lush keys, and twinkling arpeggios, the track starts off in a blissful state before shifting towards the dark side. There’s a stark contrast between the verse and hook, using a Skrillex-esque vocal build that unwinds into old-school dubstep.

Panda Eyes makes his Disciple Records debut alongside label alumni, Barely Alive and Virtual Riot. Each combine their gritty bass sound design to create this headbanging oasis of unadulterated joy and grit.

The 22-year-old Swiss bass producer teamed up with dubstep veterans in anticipation of his Isolation EP. Barley Alive and Virtual Riot are regular collaborators, so adding Panda Eyes to the mix must be a nod to the label newcomer.

Photo Credit: @officialpandaeyes/Instagram

Barely Alive are living on new Splitbreed collaboration, ‘Bad Thang’

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Barely Alive is flourishing.

As one of the hottest dubstep duos in the world right now, the Massachusetts boys and proud Disciple affiliate are living their best life, despite a moniker that might suggest otherwise.

With countless Beatport No. 1’s, a massive slew of collaborations, and remixes for Destroid, Zomboy, Virtual Riot, and more, it’s hard to deny that the duo’s one of the most exciting ascensions in the bass pantheon.  2018’s proving a banner year for the boys, who’ve already collaborated with Ghastly on a high-velocity track. Though it’s not as heavy as some of their earlier material, “Bad Thang” proves Barely Alive’s sonic range is becoming increasingly all-encompassing, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Wobbleland announces 2018 lineup boasting REZZ, Feed Me, Crankdat & more

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After a fervent 2017 edition, the founders of the traveling bass music festival Wobbleland are bringing the festival back to its home of Northern California, alongside Vital Events and Another Planet Entertainment, where the festival will enter its eighth year in a row. Hailed as the biggest bass festival in the state, Wobbleland follows-up on its vehement previous edition with an astonishing array of bass-adjacent acts.

From artists like REZZ, a Barely Alive b2b with Virtual Riot, Crankdat, Feed Me, Minnesota, Rickyxsan, and more; Wobbleland promises to be a most appropriately-named destination. Wobbeland takes place Februrary 23 and 24 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Tickets are available here.

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Wobbleland 2018 Lineup:

REZZ

Barely Alive b2b Virtul Riot

Crankdat

Feed Me

Kai Wachi

Minnesota

Midnight Tyrannosaurus

Rickyxsan

Trampa

Whipped Cream

Arius

Bloodthinnerz

Mad Zach

Oolacile

Ponicz

Svdden Death b2b Yakz

Xaebor

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Excision releases relentless remix pack for ‘Virus’ album

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Excision‘s powerful, slamming Virus album featured collaborations with heavyweights like Space Laces, Dion Timmer, Protohype, and Datsik on standout songs like “Throwin’ Elbows,” “Are You Ready,” and “Final Boss.” Like everything Exicision does, Virus was all-encompassing, showcasing the power the dubstep genius is able to harness.

The remix album is unforgiving to say the least. From start to finish, the impressive slew of remixers skillfully put their own heavy spins on the album’s biggest hits. The collection contains powerful remixes from Dillon Francis, FuntcaseCookie Monsta, 12th PlanetAntiserum, Kai Wachi, Wooli, Sullivan King, Wavedash, DubloadzSeven Lions and Dimibo

Stream it in full below.

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Teminite & PsoGnar – Lion’s Den (Original Mix)

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To give listeners a little taste of their upcoming collaborative EP, dubstep producers Teminite and PsoGnar have released its first track, “Lion’s Den.”

The two producers have joined forces in the past for “Senses Overload,” which came out in April 2015, and “On My Way,” which was released in late 2013. Teminite also remixed a track of PsoGnar’s, “Army of Jah,” in July 2013. However, it’s been a while since these two have gotten together, and their partnership’s moratorium up to now has been noticeable.

Though he’s a talented producer, PsoGnar’s also a skilled vocalist, lending his voice to the track as he has in past collaborations. Aside from a track with Exclusion a few months ago, PsoGnar’s SoundCloud page has been quiet. This return is a big one for him, with his smooth, reggae-like vocals serving as a perfect unassuming introduction to the heavy track that follows.

Teminite has been on a climb to the top over the past few years, with each release heavier than the last. He’s released insane remixes for Pegboard Nerds, Barely Alive, and Felix Cartel and has done multiple collaborations with Panda Eyes, along with an impressive array of solo work.

If “Lion’s Den” is indicative of what these two have in store for the remainder of the EP, we’re in for an auditory treat.

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