“I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers — who I can’t even be bothered naming — have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there’s this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It’s a million miles away from the ethos of it. It’s been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I’m concerned.”
From my interview with James Blake in this week’s Phoenix. I particularly recommend reading up to the last two questions where he talks about covering female pianists (Feist, Joni Mitchell) in the ‘American frat-boy dubstep market’. (His words not mine.) He was really stoked on talking about this.
Interview: James Blake’s dub soft-shoe | September 30th, 2011 | The Boston Phoenix
Tanner Ross - Goodbye, Summer
As the temperature begins to drop and winter is starting to creep over the horizon, there is no more denying it - summer is coming to an end. Summer, please stay with us a little longer! We promise we’ll make progressive house and Skrillex stop so you won’t have to pack for Mexico so soon! In case you still decide to go - here is an appropriately titled tune by a duder who you will be hearing more from very soon.
A & L
D.B. - Limit
Is Daniel Bortz beating a dead
horse James Blake with his version of Limit To Your Love? Certainly not! This edit does the track some deep house justice the only way he knows how. With releases on Souvenir and Suol it does not take much to realize - this man is mustard. Give it a listen, then a second, third and fourth…
A & L
Creep - Days (Soul Clap Remix)
“Are you thinking the same things I do?” - you better, because I think this track holds magic powers of enchanting vibes and intoxicating sexiness.
Trickski feat. Ernesto - Good Time To Pray (Tom Trago Extended Remix)
“Wind is sweeping us away. Winter is creeping closer. Out there is getting colder.”
This track has blown me away.
Inxec & Droog - Unhinged
“Unhinged is laced with sinister dissonant chords, out of which emerges a soul-piercing female voice, sensual and strange.”
Favorite track off of CRM081
Art Department - Touch You Gently
Touch You Gently has been haunting my naughtiest dreams for a very long time now. I absolutely can’t wait for this track to be released! Last Sunday I was one of the few lucky peeps to attend a boat cruise party with Art Department & Friends to witness the boys drop the track.
Excuse my iPhone for shaky footage.