Dubstep never 'went away', it never 'died', it has always been there bubbling under the surface, seeping out through the cracks. These monthly 140BPM Bass-weight articles will be focusing on all aspects of deep dubstep, old and new, bringing you various flavors from across the globe.
This month's article is a different than my normal ones, instead of showcasing some of the more newer tracks being released into the scene at the moment. I'm going to delve deeper and select 10 tracks from my personal archive of music that shaped my own journey through underground music.
Matty G - Turf Warz: This ones an absolute stomper from start to finish, the intro stutters into play with some dark, murky brass, and it then drops just after the vocal sample. The drop is heavy and encompasses both dark piercing bass noises and what I can only describe as like a delayed drum beat. It works perfectly. It's such a nostalgic track, with brushes of snares & bass that all sit firmly in the time period that the track was released -- that old school dubstep sound. I've had this one in my record collection since day 1. Absolute percy, however I'm unsure if you can still purchase the digital or in fact the vinyl anymore, so better get searching. Shout out to Matty G on creating such a heavy tune. Look out for fresh music on it's way soon, I've seen pictures of test pressings, be ready.
Dubtek - Plus Ultra: This one is yet another absolute percy of mine as well as every other track within this article. It's a gritty militant dub that includes everything I look for in a track. From the off, the tune obtains your attention with an aggressive and downright evil drum beat. Then just before the drop, a male vocal sample comes in and say's "the pace of change is getting faster and faster and faster", which is exactly what happens. From nowhere it just switches and enormous bass is unleashed upon you, slashing you back and fourth. Running alongside that is another kind of bass line instrument. It literally feel's like it's being squeezed out of a tiny gap and thrust upon you with such force. Such a massive riddim this from start to finish. Out to Dubtek every time.
Goth Trad - Babylon Fall feat Max Romeo: I remember seeing Goth Trad w/ Compa in my home town (Preston) about 5/6 years ago. It was held in a tiny pub, maximum capacity about 80/90 people. Such a special event and this track reminds me of that night. The vocal's are absolutely gorgeous and flow so well alongside the wobbly bass line that Goth Trad has created. The intro is a proper 'lighter's up' kinda moment. Goth Trad is a visionary in the way he produces and has been ahead of the game for many year's, very excited to hear what he's been creating recently. Check him out here.
Luke Envoy - M.U.G.E.N (Jakes Remix): Jakes creates various genres of music, however the core of his discography is made up of dark, angry, aggressive dubstep. This remix starts off in a very calming way, almost dream like with different sounds and texture's. For some reason the intro reminds me of the jungle, I don't know why but that's the vibe I get. When it drops though it takes you out of this dream like state and throws everything upside down, your faced with a deep, reverberating sub that pulsates back and fourth with a steppy but solid drum beat. This remix is perfect to change things up in the dance. Big ups Jakes, if you want to keep up to date with what he is doing musically then click here.
16bit - President of Europe: This one's a very beautiful piece of music. 16bit (who sadly aren't together anymore) used to make a very aggressive type of dubstep. This track however is a bit more subdued but still packs an absolute punch with regards to the actual weight of the track. The core of it is based around a classic piece of music by John Williams entitled 'Catch Me If You Can'. The intro uses the spooky strings from the original so well surrounding them with dark, haunting drums and hi-hats. Once the drop bursts through, the strings remain but what is now heard is a deep, gigantic sub that just rumbles along side the vocal samples, strings, and various other instruments. One of my favorites in this months article. Out to 16bit for crafting such an amazing creation.
Mala - In Luv: Mala is one of the pioneer's from the dubstep scene and very highly respected not just in the underground scene, but further afield within many genres of music. He is looked at as a person who paved the way for thousands of artists and opened up peoples minds to how creative they can be with production. He's created many tracks that I could have featured, however this one has to be one of his most magical creations for me and its stayed with me ever since I first I heard it. It's a lover's tune with guitar strings, bass, female and male vocals all mixed together to create an exquisite piece of music, perfect to mellow people out during a set. Check out what Mala is up to musically here.
Kromestar - R2D6: Kromestar is one of my favorite artists and has been throughout my time listening to Dubstep music. He is incredibly versatile, able to produce all kinds of sounds, stretching his creativeness out over different genre's and not being held down by just Dubstep. R2D6 is a very clever piece of music. Sampling R2D2 not just for the intro but for the entire track. Sampling the noise he makes for the bass drop's is a very difficult task to perfect but Kromestar has fully mastered it. It's a wobbler this one, guaranteed to mash up and dance. I first heard it at Outlook Festival in 2011 and was one of the maddest tune's I'd heard all weekend, since then its stayed with me, stuck in my head. Check the video I caught of the madness when he dropped it. Out to Kromestar every single time, make sure you look out for his Strictly 140 guest mix that will be out later this month.
Loefah - Goat Stare: This should be in everyone's list. A cult track that is immediately linked to the emerging rise of Dubstep. Loefah is again another pioneer of the dark 140 scene creating instant classic's that have easily stood the test of time. Goat Stare for me was a tune that I used to hear on a regular at Subdub around the 2007/8 era. Its a minimal riddim using a very simple drum beat and sampling vocals from the film 'Scanners'. The drop is absolute weight, its an upsurge of sub but still is incredibly melodic. Massive tune from Loefah, make sure you check out what he's doing musically here. Keep up to date with what Swamp81 are also doing here.
Kryptic Minds - Can't Sleep (Feat Alys Be): Kryptic Minds have forever been one of the leading partnerships in dubstep, for me anyway, and it was a very sad day when I learned they had stopped creating music. I have a tendency to enjoy tracks that have a female vocal running throughout them. So this track is automatically a favorite of mine. The combination of both Kryptic Minds & Alys Be is so authentic, her vocals sit perfectly on the instrumental. Its a deep, soulful track with emphatic breakdown's, the crispness of the mixdown is also second to none. Kryptic Minds have a huge back catalogue of music so be sure to check out both 'Badman','Wasteland' and every other production they've ever created! Massive track from the these lads, one can only hope they may one day create more music under the alias.
Youngsta & SPMC - Unidentified : When you think up artist collaborations in your head, this one immediately springs to mind. 2 heavy hitters within deep dubstep. Youngsta's Rinse FM show 'Minimal Mondays' has given him a platform to bring through new up and coming talent in the underground. Then theres SPMC, a host & producer, with a production style that is so recognizable, he's made some of the most terrifying and darkest dubstep that I've ever heard. Partner them up and your left with this, easily one of the heaviest tracks featured in this article, giving a new meaning to the word SUB. Be sure to check out Youngsta's new record label 'Sentry Records' for the newest releases in 140bpm.
Right I'm out, hope you've liked gaining an insight into my personal musical archive and some of my favorite tracks. Look out for more reviews, premieres and articles in the coming weeks.