Today, DJ Snake took to Twitter to announce that new music will soon be on it’s way. Next week, he will be releasing his newest track, “Magenta Riddim.” New Music Next Week 🔥 #MagentaRiddim — DJ SNAKE (@djsnake) February 18, 2018 Now, I know what you may thinking, will this popular DJ be releasing a
Something about European/British accent rapping gets me fired up. Vato Gonzalez dropped “Baseline Riddim” back in April of 2017. If you have not heard it, it comes highly recommended from DJ’s across the globe. The track took over festival and club stages all summer and through the new year. The original was released on the
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Who exactly is Mr Wobble?
It’s question that has been on the minds of many since Ganja White Night released a series of music videos late last year. One that has answers partly in the release of their newest and most ambitious album to date, dubbed The Origins, out now on their own imprint SubCarbon Records.
“We created SubCarbon when we started making music because it was the only way we could be released. Big labels weren’t interested in our sounds.”
February 2018 saw Benjamin Bayeul and Charlie Dodson’s seventh LP since they extensively explored their riddim-inspired sound almost 12 years ago. “We’ve tried to release an album every year since we started in 2010,” said the two Brussels-based producers. They wanted to do everything but rush The Origins album, which the pair had been working on since the fall of 2016, so as to avoid making the twelve track compilation more than just a shallow “collection of easy-to-mix tracks.”
The Origins LP is anything but shallow. The album takes a deep dive in many ways.
First, it’s a dive into re-examining their own roots; a new exploration of the hypnotic, immersive sounds that incapsulated fans many years ago. Cinematic intros, playful experimentation, and otherworldly sounds mark the album’s landscape. In a lot of ways, The Origins is an intoxicating ethnic journey with a careful sense of adventure — a psychedelic trip into the worlds of dub, riddim, and low-end bass, more broadly.
Speaking to the evolution of their signature wobble sound, the duo elaborated on how it took them a good amount of time to manifest their ideas into reality: “You can really feel a difference when you listen to our old albums. Sound techniques evolve and the new material sounds more refined. We always had these ideas in our heads, but it’s crazy to see how ideas develop over time into actual sounds.”
Second, the album signals a nod to the roots of Mr Wobble, an animated vigilante superhero character designed by long-time collaborator and illustrator Ebo. Mr Wobble has played a role in their work since they released “Wobble Master” and “LFO Requiem.” At the outset of the new LP, he is joined by a whole new cast of characters whereby fans are given a glimpse into the very origins of how their super powers came to be.
“Mr Wobble isn’t the only guy who has the power. In different civilizations, the people receive this power, and what we see in the [Origins] video is how, in this period, of this era, at least, Mr Wobble is using it this way. We still don’t know where this power comes from, or how he’s be chosen, maybe it was an accident, we don’t know.”
Finally, the album pulls on the nostalgic allure of ancient ethnocentric sounds. Inspired by composers like Hans Zimmer, Ganja White Night has a way for constructing cinematic bass compositions that incorporate reggae, dubstep, hip-hop, and drum ‘n’ bass, with influences from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. “We have some inspirations that never change,” they say. “We’ve always been fans of ethnic sounds and ethnic voices, long intros, harmonies.”
GWN approaches collaborations in the same artistic spirit. Teaming up with Caspa, in particular, on the album’s second track, “Unique,” the three producers capture the very unique essence upon which their collective visions for bass music resonates — back before the days of violent, head banging “bro-step.” Cinematic, fun, mischievous, and stripped down to the bare bone essentials of bass, the track flips fluidly between it’s melodic breaks and stabbing synths for a hypnotic anthem that is sure to capture fans’ eardrums on the dance floor.
From cosmic introductions to intense party jams and downtempo grooves, the twelve tracks come together to tell a more complete story around Mr Wobble, the superhero who creates music from ancient mythology and uses it to awaken citizens dwelling in the modern world he inhabits. Regarding to expansion of Mr Wobble’s world, Bayeul and Dodson are still exploring the many avenues the vigilante hero may take:
“There is still a lot of mystery, and we don’t want to say too much because we have a lot of projects that we want to go deeper into, we want to do more music videos and comic books. There’s just so many ways to go deeper into the story, there’s a lot of doors open now. We just introduced a lot of characters, so there’s a lot of new avenues to explore.”
The Origins arrives just as Ganja White Night gets ready to embark on their album-accompanying “The Origins Tour.” The duo will travel to 20 US cities featuring strong support from Caspa, Opiuo, Downlink, along with label mates DirtMonkey and Subtronics. They plan to begin each concert stop with a special B2B DJ set from the SubCarbon roster, before transitioning into the tour openers, and ending with a GWN performance that will feature live instrumentation, editing, remixing, and improvisation much like a band playing all original material.
What better way to promote a label’s tour than to reenact one of the most well-known television show introduction videos. Borgore has always brought the fire to promotions and his own productions, but this one I can appreciate on a whole nother level. “Family Matters” is one of the greatest shows in the history of
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Disciple artist INFEKT is known for his filthy dubstep and riddim tracks but with this new EP he just entered a whole new realm. The EP entitled ‘Journey To Mars’ takes you on an adventure through sound and shifty rhythms that really makes you want to grab a rail and headbang your way into a
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Never Say Die has released volume 5 of their annual year-end mix. The Oslo, Norway-based label, founded in 2009, is home to such bass heavy artists as Skism, Zomboy, Eptic, and Must Die!. The recent compilation features tracks from Trampa, Trolley Snatcha, Spag Heddy, and more.
Highlights from the compilation include label mainstay Must Die!’s “Kill it Up” and Kompany’s riddim influenced “Overheat.” The compilation is perfect for anyone looking to head bang over the holidays, but it might be safe to ask for a neck brace for Chanukah.
Never Say Die artist KRIMER just released an absolute head crushing banger. Entitled ‘Knockout’ the song is just one of the many powerful tracks featured on Never Say Die’s new compilation album. The track is a continuous flow of furious rhythms and breaks that make you want to jump into a mosh pit immediately. It
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All eyes are fixed upon intriguing, rising project, Hi I’m Ghost, as the two innovative artists, Nathan Davis and Tiago Nunez, are developing as one of the bass scene’s most promising up-and-coming acts. The Los Angeles-based DJ and producer duo have cultivated their own heavy, rough beats, with hints of melodic samples juxtaposing weighty, dark undertones with bridges of lighter, harmonic progressions. Their latest, “Spooky Riddim,” is a high-energy choppy fusion of distorted vocals, prominent synths, and eerie sirens. The ominous track is rounded out by interludes of looming choir chanting that build into an intensely haunting vibe, inducing goosebumps upon first listen.
Hi I’m Ghost’s last release, “1Night,” garnered support for its jarring mix of deep kicks, suspenseful builds, and explosive climaxes while maintaining the duo’s signature sinister style. “Spooky Riddim” differs from the other tracks produced by the newcomers, as the two have managed to push the envelope with production techniques by incorporating a different rhythmic structure into the piece. Hi I’m Ghost continues to create an eclectic array in their growing arsenal of tracks, and are even rumored to produce house music in the near future. With their debut of “Spooky Riddim,” Hi I’m Ghost continues to outdo themselves, having fans anxiously awaiting for what’s to come.
Rising Dj/Producer duo Hi I’m Ghost just released a riddim banger that is definitely going to make you fall into an inevitable cycle of endless headbanging. The track is full of wonky riddim and cute little vocal shots that make it a lot of fun to listen to. It’s something that can make a crowd
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Architekt has teamed up with TenGraphs to produce a jarring new single, “Kult.” Released on Impossible Records, the two have created a thrilling, yet intriguing track that features a structure comprised of something between a riddim and dubstep sound. Showcasing rugged, piercing bass, and prominent eerie synths, “Kult” will have listeners in the Halloween spirit after first listen.
“Me and [TenGraphs] are horror nerds. It’s great to be able to work on music that centers around Halloween, our favorite holiday. And personally , its awesome for me to return to the death step sound I began cultivating since my first Crows Nest release.” –Architekt
Architekt is know for his fierce, evil-sounding style that blasts at an alarming intensity with each build and drop. He effortlessly combines the growing riddim genre with his own distinct flavor. With their latest, Architekt and TenGraphs have engineered a sound that is not for the faint-hearted.