Oct 2014 15

ALGO_WorldOfHurt_SMOG060_FINDavid 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.

Oct 2014 13

BR SoundcloudIn 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.

 

OUT NOW: Beatport // iTunes

Sep 2014 30

Pyramidz 2014 ep artDavid 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.

OUT NOW: Beatport // iTunes

Sep 2014 24

Caspa500_LAX_webSMOG presents

CASPA 500
with special guest THE OTHERS
+ More TBA

Basswieght provided by: PK Sound

LOS ANGELES
SUN. NOV 16TH. 2014

GET TICKETS

10PM • 21+
LOT 613 • 613 Imperial St. • LA/CA 90021
For More Info: www.smogrecords.com

Sep 2014 23

Print Flinch and Infuze proved they are a tour de force with their 2013 collaboration, “Belly of the Beast.” Enlisting the ragga stylings of Elan, the original “Beast” is a stripped, reggae‐influenced trap tune boasting a resonating low end and hints of jungle sprinkled throughout. Trolley Snatcha injects his sonic-spanning sound on his remix, taking the “Beast” to a higher key range, offering a melodic overture amidst growling synth pads, sharp snare paradiddles, and a grimey dubstep beat. The fresh remix comes equipped with an awesomely eerie music video and while it might have you rethinking your next fishing trip, the video is perfectly soundtracked by Trolley Snatcha’s gnarly “Beast” edit.

OUT NOW: iTunes // Beatport

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