Since their ascension through the electronic ranks amid the US dubstep craze of the early 2010s, Adventure Club have maintained a fierce foothold at the helm of dance music’s consciousness.
Now the duo has aligned themselves with aural counterpart and one of the scene’s synergistic and new talents, Said The Sky, for their new collaborative track, “Already Know,” out on Ultra Records. In the few short years of his release tenure, the producer/multi-instrumentalist has rendezvoused with some of the most eminent like-minded melodic bass purveyors around, including Seven Lions, Illenium, and SLANDER.
“Already Know” exudes the equally delicate and robust nature of Adventure Club and Said The Sky’s melodic bass methods. The static-laden, atmospheric allure of the reverb-friendly production melds mellifluously with the romantic euphoria inherent in Carly Bevier’s vocal contribution. The release is another momentous notch in its esteemed creators’ veteran and nascent respective catalogs.
8/08 day is an annual cause for resounding celebration. The iconic Roland drum machine played a quintessential role in electronic, hip-hop, and pop’s development, with its imprint permanently stamped on a vast amount of top-charting singles of the ’80s and ’90s. While, the mechanism became antiquated by the turn of millennium, on account of oversaturation, lack of availability, and Roland’s plans to propel newer gear to the forefront, this was far from the end of its legacy.
Fast-forward another decade: the 808 revival had begun. Rappers like Kanye West found that the instrument added a unique, crisp edge to the low-end of their productions, whilst dance music innovators like Aphex Twin found other creative ways to utilize the 808 for maximum impact. Today, a good deal of producers appreciate the vintage appeal it offers; so much so, that Roland even revived the 808 in 2017.
We honor this musical staple with a series of larger-than-life tunes by Skrillex, Eptic, RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Bassnectar, Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, and more from heavy-handed listeners’ legion of 808 legends who have allowed this instrument to shine in the dance space over the years. In 808, we trust.
Rising artists WHIPPED CREAM and LICK collaborated for a deliciously dark release on Zeds Dead’s own Deadbeats imprint. “The Greatest,” is moody, sinister dubstep—gripping and explosive in nature.
“The Greatest” begins with ominous trumpet-like synths and works into a drum line drop, not before a chillingly deep vocal chop claims, ‘I’m the greatest.” The track only intensifies as it progresses, an irresistible trait of a headbanger’s delight. Primal and electrifying, LICK and WHIPPED CREAM’s joint effort is a declaration from both artists, staking their claim in dirty dub game.
Talk about a misnomer—Qoiet’s debut LP is anything but quiet. In fact, it might be the loudest low-end ammunition to drop all year long. Though, where rising bass producer Qoiet may have you fooled with his name, the title of his newly released project hits the nail square on the head: Absurd.
The new album is a 12-track listen that wears its name on its sleeve from front to back. To call Absurd dubstep would be inaccurate, or at the very least, an underestimate. The record is a bulldozing amalgam of riddim, dubstep, trap, hip-hop, screamo, and metal tropes. Bombastic, stabbing bass and raw, snarling vocals are weaved together with penetrating frequencies, as Qoiet makes his official long play introduction. If you aren’t up on Qoiet yet, that’s all about to change—but we warned, Absurd is not for the faint of heart.
World domination has always been in Marshmello‘s cards. Aside from his attention-grabbing masked getup, the business-savvy producer’s fluffy take on future bass, and later, sweetened pop collaborations made him accessible to an extremely wide base of music consumers. A tried-and-true formula doesn’t always equate to longevity, however, which is why it’s often crucial to diversify one’s sound to maintain relevance and mass interest (at least if the goal is to stay at the top).
Enter “Sell Out,” Marshmello’s newest collaboration with dubstep up-and-comer SVDDEN DEATH. First, a couple things before we dive into the track—one, ‘mello seems like a nice guy, and it’s always lovely to see A-listers helping elevate others’ careers with collaborations such as this one. Second, we know that Marshmello does enjoy a good dubstep tune or two based on his prior history.
With all the star power on “Sell Out,” however, one would expect the result to be original and refreshing. Simply put though, this track is neither. In fact, it sounds like it was thrown together on Ableton in under an hour with immensely cookie-cutter construction. “Sell Out” begins pleasantly enough, with euphoric melodies often present in a Marshmello production. Things only get increasingly bland from there, with a stereotypical sped-up build, and tacky vocals prompting preparation for the drop. What’s next? The usual cacophony of robotic synths and wild screeches that sound like they could have been taken from one of the innumerable pre-existing sample packs on the market. “Sell Out” feels long removed from the days when acts like Skream, Mount Eden, Rusko, and others took the dubstep sound into more avant-garde directions.
If Marshmello is truly interested in diving deeper into dubstep, authenticated success will require the bucket-headed producer to put more effort into thinking outside the box in order to really wow consumers, which, given his undeniable ability to produce hits, shouldn’t be asking too much. “Sell Out” comes off like an easy cop-out to increase variety and maintain Marshmello’s hold over the EDM world at large—perhaps his next foray into bass lands better.
Rusko is releasing a new five-track EP on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats label, teasing the inbound project with a single that returns to his UK dubstep roots, “Squeeze.” In fact, the venerated dubstep flag-bearer looks to explore this theme throughout the entirety of his upcoming extended play. The final EP cut was decided at Lost Lands Festival, an opportunity Rusko took in 2018 to test a big batch of new music. The songs that performed the best made it on the project.
“Squeeze” hits listeners with a reggae bounce and melody while Rusko’s signature gritty synth drives the track. He told Billboard in a recent interview that he’s trying to put the “dub” back in dubstep and focus on melody, breaking from the popular hardcore riddim bass. “It’s a deliberate attempt to to rekindle those fires of the old vibe,” says the “Woo Boost” vet.
Rusko also mentioned he has a collaborations with Bassnectar (about time) and Ducky in the works. The EP is set to drop in full this spring. Hear “Squeeze” below.
Brody Jenner is adding new credentials to his resume with the launch of a new super group called AHZ. The group consists of Jenner, LA-based producers SAVI and Loren Moore, and metal band frontman Adam O’Rourke of 2Cents. Taking it back to the end of the 90’s and early 2000’s, AHZ’s sound fuses grungy rock tropes, post-punk themes, and a heavy dose of bass that gives the sound a contemporary edge. The former reality-star-turned-musician’s new concept is a lot to unload, but it certainly packs a deafening punch. The group’s debut single, “It’s Alive!” is a head-rattling blend of distorted rock and heady dubstep that gives a sneak peek perspective on AHZ’s forthcoming catalog.
AHZ’s aesthetic is much more accurately encapsulated in the group’s live performance. To complement their first record, AHZ filmed a short video feature to fully introduce the new project. Get your first look at AHZ below. Listener beware, this isn’t for the faint of heart.
When Wavedash and QUEST collaborate, magical things happen – dark, twisted, bass-music-from-another-dimension magic to be exact. Whether co-crafting classic dubstep fare or linking for a full EPs, the group of producers always bring their A-game when creating together. Their latest single “BSTRD” unquestionably that continues that streak, with the added distinction of being among the first releases from NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s recently minted Gud Vibrations imprint.
The track’s halting, glitchy intro sets the stage for head-banging euphoria, before detonating into an onslaught of squelching synths and relentless bass. “BSTRD” masterfully employs moments of silence to bring added impact to each section. The breakdown is less breather and more of an excuse for the artists to stretch flex their rhythmic chops, before once again priming a drop for impact. Wavedash and QUEST’s latest collaboration results in a certified setlist weapon that fuses technical brilliance with downright menacing execution.
Chime harnesses the sonic nostalgia of a Nintendo video game soundtrack in “Coins!” the latest single from the Circus Records signee. The animated tune sources its vibrancy from glitchy electronic elements that encompass the snappy sounds of a video game, ranging from gratifying ‘cha-ching’ noises to shrill zings, and virtually every other sound effect in between. Although distinctly dubstep leaning in its construction, “Coins!” isn’t a predictably bass grounded number. The track re-envisions modern dubstep arrangement through a peppy, whimsical lens, descriptors that listeners wouldn’t necessarily associate with a dubstep oriented production. Unexpectedly fresh, and daringly idiosyncratic in nature, Chime’s brand of dubstep on “Coins!” is a welcome anomaly in the context of familiar dubstep sound.
“Coins! is a track I’ve been meaning to make for almost three years now since I originally thought up the idea,” Chime said of the single. “I combined influence from a ton of different video games to create the tune, mostly within the Gameboy Advance era that I have some of the most nostalgia for. I hope for the listener it conjures up an image of pixelated explosions, manic arcade fun, and the joy of collecting stuff in games.” Listeners can catch Chime on tour as he works his way through a slew of remaining fall 2018 tour dates, which will take the producer through a number of major cities, including San Francisco, Detroit, and more.
Fri 12 Oct 2018 – The Works, Detroit, MI, US
Sat 13 Oct 2018 – Elevation @ the Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI, US Thu 18 Oct 2018 – DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, US
Sat 20 Oct 2018 – Envy Nightclub, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Thu 25 Oct 2018 – Bar Fly @ Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, US Fri 26 Oct 2018 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO, US
Sat 27 Oct 2018 – The Black Box, Denver, CO, US
Sat 03 Nov 2018 – Big Adventure 2018, Costa Mesa, CA, US
To any devoted bass-enthusiast, Caspa is a artist who needs no introduction. The London-based dubstep pioneer has been churning out devastating tracks since the genre’s early days. Now adding another selection to his vast array of singles from the past 18 months, the DJ and producer has released a dark, deep track titled “Neurological.”
Caspa masterfully blends the subtleties of old school dub with clean and crisp percussion in “Neurological.” The British producer’s laid-back approach finds no need for an intense build, smoothly dropping the song into a hard-hitting groove with a heavy low end. With choral vocal chops fitting for a nasty grime track, Caspa puts his London heritage on display on this slow-burning belter of a track. Not to mention, he shows off his abilities in balancing the past and present to create a timeless piece of music.