Wednesday, September 17, 2008

GET BUSY TIME

Precious little grains of sand how you mock me in the hour glass of my musical life!

This month got started off with a bang with 2 musical landmarks. First Friday September 5
th in SF was GET FREAKY. A place for all the Burning Man crazies to decompress and shake the dust off. FULL MELT hosted the Dubstep room with Ripple, Antiserum, Boxcutter, Distance and Milanese. Packed house, even Vaccine trekked from her lab to see the show. and great sets. Boxcutter was playing live and went from style to style with the flick of a wrist. Got to meet our brother in Surefire Europe, super bass agent Paul Foweler who came to get a taste of SF and LA. Got to Kozees at 5:30am blinked and I was off to SFO to go to L.A. for SMOG 2 year. Dubstep in the U.S. has come a long way. Epic party! Great to see Cyrus Random Trio and Plastician. Awesome to see the Los Angeles gang doing it up big. Cyrus played a fantastic set. His sound has evolved and his production has gotten even sicker! Tons of new tunes and his collaborations with Distance have been very enjoyable. Big bass nastiness the entire night here is a link to pics.



Last weekend it was a triple threat of events. First up Make Out Sessions at Matador with a smashing Dubstep and DNB lineup. DJG was playing with Oneman from the UK at 222 Hyde. Oneman played swing filled ill 2 step and Dubstep. I was stoked to finally hear this cat live and it was banging. Small crowd but people were getting down. Finally the night ended with Tino Corp and 6Blocc playing at Air Cartoons a record release party for rapper Azeehm. The party had a weird vibe and most people were packed in the breaks room were I even heard an obviously booted copy of Eastern Jam playing in the distance. Recently that tune has been circulating in many hands and honestly its a shame. I know peeps haven't ripped it from promo so who knows how it got out. I was more saddened by seeing Tino play to an almost empty room and 6 Blocc play to a few more heads. I paid full price to get into Air Cartoons and man I'm just glad my money went to Tino and 6. Big up the crazy burner hippy chick who was displaying her bear cinnamon ring (read arse hole) under the skirt to shocked on lookers and bad bwoy DNB DJ Rob Cannon for the safe ride home.

CURRENT 12 INCH FAVE:
Sub Soca by Chef and Monkey Style by Cluekid. Great diverse 2 tracker on the new
Subbalicious label on sweet pink bubble gum colored wax. Sub Soca is fierce sopshiticated African house feeling tune that has a nice bassline I can't wait to play on a system. Big up Chefal! Monkey Style is a jungle classic in disguise. Cluekid apes his best pre '98 rolling slow mo jungle and its refreshing to hear. Go cop it!


Thursday, September 4, 2008

PROMO HUNT EASTERN JAM MADNESS

Dubs, promos, white labels, the staple of any hard working DJ or collector. In active dance music circles the freshest tunes get the crowd going. Some tunes are so big it creates a frenzy months before its even slated for release.

Eastern Jam by Chase and Status is a big tune that came out of nowhere. It will be a big release and has made me do the Donkey Kong on the dance floor. You talk to a head who has heard it played live and they get this look in their eye like "oh yea that ones a fucking monster". I first heard Eastern Jam on a Youngsta show hosted by Toasty on Rinse. Yunx played Eastern Jam and another untitled Chase and Status tune that has 5th Element Sci-Fi like sounds in it. I heard he was handed the CD at FWD and played it to a shocked crowd. Both are big and sinister. I got pretty obsessed with those tunes and hoped to find out when they would come out. D&B producers like Chase and Status are making some great tunes. Benny Page - Step Out is another tune I heard and had a heart attack over. I was hella surprised when I found out it was Benny. Purist, bed room dwelling, Oxy Teens complain about D&B producers take on Dubstep. I think a good tune is good tune from Caspa to Dusk and Blackdown to fucking Kenny Rogers. Don't care who made it, if it bangs then bring it.

As far as promos go Eastern Jam hit promo sometime last month and it kind of came out real sneaky like. On the Dubstep Forum one record shop found a copy and will give it away this weekend at random. I missed the promo window but I figured it could be hunted down. Its coming out on RAM a D&B label and maybe it landed in some shops under D&B instead of Dubstep. Discogs has sellers letting it go for 40-50 US sans shipping. People are going ape shit over this promo. How much is too much for a promo? If a DJ has gigs coming up white label promos are a must. If you are a collector maybe the full art work promos are better. Over the weekend I realized that all the Argon releases I have are promos on colored labels and the full art copies have well, full art on the label and sleeve. Dubstep forum is filled with pre order of white labels at small shops or on Ebay months before they come out. Once you buy a white label you can rock it at a rave or play N-Type in your bedroom for your friends but at least you loved (obsessed about/overbid on) the tune enough to get it. A bit of my wages go to 2 important things, the tax man and the record shop. I got my copy of Eastern Jam at a retail price online. I found it bought it and then went back to make sure i got it and it was sold out. I wigged but then got the order confirm and yesterday I got the shipping notice. Soon I will rinse it the fuck out until people get sick of seeing me do the Donkey Kong. MUHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

DUBS BBQ METAL

This weekend had epic music moments. Between the OSC BBQ and Judas Priest and Motorhead at Shoreline, I couldnt stop having fun.

The OSC Hotel hosted a sick BBQ and with a live feed on Dubstep FM. Line up was Roommate, Antiserum, Lexxus, Dubsworth, Ultraviolet, Djunya, Rastatronics, myself, Blackheart, and J Suave on the mic duties. Heaps of meat and cooler after cooler of Tecate and Red Stripe and bottles of Vodka, fantastic Bean Soup with fresh hand made tortillas (gracias Miro and Jazz) and grilled pineapple with Nutella and cream cheese and more meat all backed by big bass beats pouring out of Roommates studio. Highlights of the day included hearing Dreadlock by Subscape and a sick new Antiserum and Dubsworth track which was metal mashing mad! Everyone had a good time and such a funny DJ mashup; whos going next....I played 3 then he played 3 then who played 2 or you haven't played, its pure mayhem. We also got to welcome Distance to SF in nice Nor-Cali style BBQ. He plays the Get Freaky Afterburn with Ripple, Boxcutter and Milanese and many more this Friday. Most everyone who is on the new Bay Area Dubstep 2 compilation was in the house. Just released on MP3 and coming up on CD and wax the comp contains track after track of deep vibe filled Bay Area Dubstep bumps. One of my faves is OSC & DJG ft. BUDROS GALI - One Mile High. Check it out its totally worth it. In the end I got stuck in time a few times from too much of everything and my final memory was leaving the party and getting home and going oh shit I left my Rane at Mikey's. A great party for sure for sure!!

Sunday was Metal Masters at Shoreline with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath minus Ozzy plus DIO), Motorhead and Testament. Sunday afternoon filled with tons of metalheads ready to devil horn and drink anything their wallets could afford. My homie Cam's 16 year old brother came with and it was cool to show him what metal is all about. Excellent sets from Motorhead and the old yet dashing Lemmy and I admit I slept through most of Heaven and Hell and was up at attention the whole time for Judas Priest. Fucking killer time recommend to all.

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OSC BBQ ON DUBSTEP FM PON THE PLAYBACK