Taking advantage of their musical background as guitarists in metal bands, bloodthirsty duo BloodThinnerz, Kevin AeroBlood and Ernest Manimosity, have a knack for creating an aggressively savage sound that rides along hard hitting basslines. Armed and ready to join the riddim gang, the Los Angeles natives are erratically and systematically causing Tragedy with their latest EP out now on SMOG Records!
There are few tracks in existence that compare to the sonically fluctuating midrange of “Ghetto Gospel,” and it sets the standard swamp tone for Tragedy in a matter of seconds. An ominous howl meets you at the start of “Deaf Dub” and then glides into a wet, fatty bass as the beat continues with intermittent rests. The beginning of
“Cryclone 2014” has a main hook that seems to swallow itself whole every few measures, but ultimately it prevails as the synth pads zipline overtop a half step groove the rest of the way. The EP closes with the melodic distortion of “#BloodGang” and with machine gun snares and an uptempo quick shuffle, Tragedy ends on a high that will leave you wanting more.
These twenty somethings prove yet again that they have a deep-rooted knowledge and understanding of the dubstep’s everchanging metamorphosis and we can’t wait to see what else BloodThinnerz has up their sleeves.
Dubbed “the mad scientist of drum arrangements,” DLX, known to his postmaster as Drew Peterson, has been performing and crafting an intricate blend of drum funk, breakbeats, jungle and original dubstep for nearly a decade. Coming up during the freshest days of the West Coast’s sub bass movement, DLX is an original member of the SMOG crew and continues to reconstruct his tonal architecture and brain rattling style. Never one to err on the side of caution, “the mad scientist” builds another sonic monster of luscious synths that suspend in space alongside rough, choppage and a footwork bounce for the Quantum Bounce EP due out on SMOG Oct 21st 2014.
An atmospheric reverb of strings cues the beginning of Quantum Bounce on the clamoring beauty of “LIVIN.” The swell of layered organs and synth pads build to a nostalgic climax for over a minute before diving head first into a juke bounce lead by a double kick drum and a ricochet hihats and cymbals that fill every space in each measure. The journey of “The Murkulator” starts with a simple, washed-out melody of three notes. It then builds tension with menacing bass lines that slide over top jungle themed bongos and hihats that chase the kick drum in triplet counts. DLX utilizes the right amount of scifi and lofi themes on “Just Kickin’” while the crisp snare work pierces through a call and response of toms and deep sub bass. “Lazer Cats” is a timid, stripped down tune that tells its story with a zip lined sounding mid range and fleeting echoes of reggae styled guitars and keys. The title track follows, starting with a sustained, searing synth that backs a syncopated melody before a frenzied drum fill of snares leads to a tumultuous tipping point. Floating amidst a hopeful headspace, “Moving Away” brings the EP to a close with a euphoric atmospheric gaze that neutralizes the dark, choppy jungle rhythms and breakage throughout.
Always quick to adapt his forward thinking concepts, Quantum Bounce shows DLX masterfully repurposing his signature percussive talents to a softer aesthetic.
David Tamini, known as ALGO, has been on the come up for the past couple of years with dubstep and hip hop releases that instantly grab your attention. Armed with heavily distorted bass lines, slamming drums, and wonky rhythms that you won’t soon forget, ALGO makes his debut on SMOG with the dark, stormer extended player World of Hurt EP.
World of Hurt kicks off with the purple haze of “Bank Roll.” Stretching wonky, frequency flexed synths over a steady kick and snare, “Bank Roll” sets the menacing tone of the release. The purp vibes continue on the next track “Ridin’ Sideways.” Channeling Wiz Khalifa’s “Cup,” “Ridin’ Sideways” has an aggressive midrange bass that demands to be heard from main stage speakers. The title track follows suit with a slow burn of bent, wet synths and spastic snares throughout. “Evil Gas” closes out the release with a gritty, zipper sidechain and a quick shuffling snare helps to keep the track moving forward.
Describing himself as “a little guy with a big sound,” Algo’s World of Hurt embodies all of that and a whole lot more.
In the past, if you had mentioned the phrase “Battle Royale” to someone in passing, they probably thought you were referring to the Japanese mangastyle book and movie but that’s no longer the case. Battle Royale gets a new whole meaning with the release of SMOG’s newest compilation befitting the namesake. Comprised of 10 tracks, Battle Royale Vol. 1 is an sound clash of epic proportions, featuring 20 breakout talents making waves in the current dubstep scene. The artists have gone headtohead in a sound battle, fusing their styles together, making every track on this compilation a collaboration. Out today on SMOG Records, Battle Royale is a fight to the death and in the end, everyone wins.
Sure to get you excited about the next generation of talent infiltrating the scene, Battle Royale proves that dubstep is not only alive and well, but ready to fight.
David Sandstrom aka Pawn, has been flooding our music libraries for many years with his vast catalogue of drum and bass, dubstep, footwork/juke, glitch hop, and even house tunes. Using his surroundings and endless musical influences to create a colorful palette, the Los Angeles resident and SMOG stalwart reconstructs and redefines dark, twisted broken beats with his new EP Your Feelings.
Your Feelings starts off with the title track. Pairing up with drum and bass veteran Kemst, “Your Feelings” begins with a juke rise and ends on a neuro funk high. Kemst also lends a hand on the next track “FWD.” With tight, snappy drums reminiscent to the classic “Dark Soldier,” “FWD” teases you with a scattered sub bass b-line and a soft, panning trumpet that weaves around jungle grooves. “Void” is a stripped-down techstep-inspired track that builds upon a dark, sci-fi landscape and funky polyrhythms. The fourth track is the drumfunk-flavored “RWD,” which, despite its title, brings the extended player to a close with layers of atmospheric pads and complex drum patterns.
Never one to stick to the same BPM, Pawn continues to surprise and and delight with the well-crafted Your Feelings.