Gypsy Mamba has leveraged his output as a solo artist to become a selector for respected brands like Low End Theory and as a curator for his Rootnote Collective platform. Championing a chill wave aesthetic while maintaining a hip hop appeal, Gypsy Mamba continues his mission to use music trends of the past to help shape trends of the future with the release of Cigs n Soda, his official debut EP now on SMOG Records.
For both hip hop and the rapidly growing world of dance music, the backbone of every tune, is the beat. Wordsmiths and vocalists may create a great story with lyrics, but much like a beating heart, a good beat brings a song to life. Inspired by Los Angeles’ longest running and well renowned beat showcasers, Low End Theory, we’re releasing a new compilation concept that features up and coming beat producers called Motherload Vol.1. For the first edition, we’ve got ten beats from buzzing talents like G Jones, JSTJR, Troy Boi, Repeated Measures, Gypsy Mamba, Sherpaa, Taurus Scott, Patrick SEXX & BLEEP BLOOP, Algo, and Cazal Organism who are bringing a fresh outlook to producing norms. From the kitschy, the glitchy; the jungle , dub, and trap, we’ve definitely hit the Motherload, and it’s out now on SMOG Records!
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For nearly a decade, Starkey has been a formidable force in the underground scene thanks to his distinct, panoramic sound that rides between grime, dubstep, and hiphop then filtered with an ambient aesthetic creating his own unique genre called “street bass.” The Philadelphia super producer has surpassed many of his peers thanks thanks to dramatic compositional skills that hit hard and are soaked in sub bass and colorful frequencies. With a harrowing attention to detail and a Starkey returns to SMOG this fall with the sidewinding vibes of BA66 dropping November 4th.
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.