Scion’s sampler series visits the LA’s Smog label to suck on the dubstep juices of DLX, 12th Planet, DJ Evol, Distance, Von D and Excision. 12th Planet and Juakali get on rugged soca-style stepper with ‘Reasons’, Distance rearranges yer bone marrow with the shuddering riffage of his ‘Game Over’ refix, Excision unleashes the mid-range beast with ‘Teflon’ and DLX sweeps breezy acoustic strings over rooted dub bass with subtle techno inflections.
Adam Glassco aka Flinch makes his debut release with SMOG. A production ally to 12th Planet, and a bass maestro for New York’s Trouble & Bass, Flinch is ready to make an impact on the Los Angeles Dubstep scene. With a Rusko type bassline, and some original vocals from Flinch himself, this song is sure to get the crowd hyper during prime time slots.
12th Planet & Plastician are no strangers to the SMOG catalog. Plastician has championed this Dub on Rinse FM, and in his live sets for some time now. Its about time that this song sees the light of day and gets in the world rotation. With a combination of Croydon style bass, and West Coast Gangsta Rap leads, this song works well in any scenario for a DJ or listener.
Smog proudly announces the debut release of Pawn & EMU to is 12″ series. With Werd2Jah giving his two cents on the track, the trio make a statement by sending a message to the listener. Know Ya’ Self is a dagger into the heart of the corporate music world with its hook being reminiscent of Lil Wayne’s A Milli. It is a wake up call to mainstream music that reminds the listener that Babylon eventually will fall. The Lyrics from Werd2Jah fit right on top of the production style of Pawn & EMU and the trio make this collaboration one to remember.
Headshot is a classic half-time dubstep tune, where halfway into the track it flips into 4/4 mode. This makes it an easy grab for transition DJ’s or anyone who wants to switch from half time to double-time on the dance floor. Headshot is another collaboration featuring the patois lyrical maestro Werd2Jah. If you like Bongos and Dancehall style lyrics then this 12” is one not to be missed!
SMOG 005 welcomes for the first time, the futuristic renegade sounds of Datsik, aka Troy Beetles from Kelowna, BC. With a bulk of #1 beatport hits under his belt, this man is serious power! Full of hardware pounding broadcasts and fierce jolts, Galvanize invigorates the dance and simultaneously induces dream-like comas. This is not your average brain-battering experience. Prepare for vigorous cerebral massages, followed by subconscious rewinds.
Datsik and 12th Planet team up on the A-side with a thundering tale of pure bassweight murder mystery. Interested in channeling some deep phantom action through your subs? We’ve got you covered. Complete with spooky deepness and mid-range mauling, Texx Mahrs (Open Your Eyes) brings a new meaning to ‘bump in the night’!
Californian dubstep producer John Dadzie successfully keeps the sunshine out of his productions on this two-track release, offering up the intense snare thwack of ’68′ with a roving, moduated bassline and what sounds distinctly like a sample of someone throwing up at the end of a breakdown. Gross. ‘Be Blatant’ on the other hand draws on old fashioned rave references while getting in touch with some skanking dub roots and warbling vocoder action.