A few times a month I will be bringing you a short E.P. review of varying sounds from across the spectrum of 140bpm. These may be artists that have already solidified themselves deeply in the scene, or newcomers emerging from the depths. My aim is to push the sound of 140bpm and show how it can be bended and experimented with.
Dubdiggerz are a duo made up of Mark and Daniel from Ljubljana, Slovenia. They specialize in the darker, more meditational side of 140 bpm, and while both producers have been embedded deep in the Dubstep scene for a while now, they are only recently getting the recognition that I think they have deserved since the beginning.
Their first ever vinyl release is coming out on Joe Nice's heavily respected music label, 'Gourmetbeats', as GB010 on 7th April. A record label dedicated to pushing the artists sound without conforming, the label itself specializes in vinyl releases over digital ones which I really appreciate. Joe is a pioneer in the dubstep world and known throughout the scene as a pillar for new, emerging producers to showcase their work through him and his various exploits.
He was one of the ambassadors of the scene in its early days, and played a significant roll in bridging the musical gap between the UK and the US. Judging on the back catalogue of music that Joe has shone light on, promoted, and released through his 'Gourmetbeats' Label, you can evidently see that he has a serious eye for both talent and class within the dubstep scene.
The release itself is an absolute Gem, and it consists of three heavy hitting riddims that will knock you back each and every time you hear them. The tracks are all completely different but still represent the weight that Dubdiggerz go for in their sound.
LE HOSPITAL - This track is heavily atmospheric and has a haunting, almost eerie intro, with various flicks of high hats and kicks that play out over what sounds like stormy weather. As it builds up towards the drop there are more instruments introduced and some kind of metallic drip gives the intro a kind of mechanical feel. The drop is a massive contrast to the calm intro, it's a mixture of deep, low sub bass and a tough, grainy drum beat. The bass switches up now and again to a level where it almost feels like your being torn apart by it. True sound system music at its finest.
UP & DUB VIP - This has to be my favorite track on the E.P. A concoction of piano notes, crisp high hats, sirens and Rastafarian vocal samples make up the intro. It really is a beautiful creation that Dubdiggerz have produced. The intro is so dreamy and gives off that feeling of fantasy, that in turn puts real emphasis on the drop, and what a drop it is. Just after the vocal sample is heard, it all dies away and the darkest of kicks is put into motion. They've dug real deep for the sub, which is incredibly weighty, and gives off the impression it was made for large rooms. This is maybe one of my favorite tunes that the Dubdiggerz have created.
BUSTED - This one is a bit of a change up from the other two, still in its own right a heavy tune, but its a lot more skippy than the first two tracks. The intro starts gently with the casual tap of a drum and some dark synths inserted sparsely. Then, it all dies down very abruptly and drops with tremendous force. The drum loop is rough and throws you from side to side with its skippy vibe. The focus of this track is the drum loop itself, as there is a deep sub buried in the track, however your concentration is taken almost immediately by the drum pattern. I'm a big fan of the stark contrast that this track has compared to the other two on the E.P. and its a great tune to finish the project on.
This E.P. is real piece of craftsmanship and I am very excited for the release. Make sure you check out Dubdiggerz on Soundcloud here, and don't forget to check out what Joe is up to with his label Gourmetbeats and with regards to his own musical career here.