Posts Tagged ‘Dubstep’

Cool Tunes for Cool People

Posted: October 25, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music
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Right, so next time someone asks you “what kind of music are you into?” just mention any one of these artists and they will definitely ride you… if that’s what you want.


This girl makes great music, who'da thunk it?

Electronica has been dominated by men from day one, and girls are especially few and far between in the field of electro/future dubstep. This hasn’t stopped Ikonika from becoming one of the coolest new artists to emerge from the last year or so. Glitchy, wobbly, relaxing and stimulating all at the same time… 

Tame Impala

You can never go wrong with a bit of low-key psychedelia, and these Australian lads hit the nail on the head when they released their debut album, Innerspeaker, earlier this year. 


OK, they’re a bit sad and whiny for my tastes, but this post is all about name-dropping cool artists… Deerhunter released this new album, Halcyon Digest, recently, go check it out if you’re into this kinda thing. 

Jamie Vex’d

Jamie Vex'd - A cool bastard

We’ve covered Flying Lotus, Joy Orbison (I think) and Mount Kimbie already on Universalgrassroots, and if you like them, you’re going to love Jamie Vex’d – another pioneer of experimental, trippy electronica which is hard to put into a tangible category of its own.


Hit the scene at the very beginning of the whole “Brooklyn” thing. (97% of all new bands are now from Brooklyn according to a poll I just made up) and most of the artists that came after them happened to be pale imitators of their look and sound…

…. except for TV on the Radio also from Brooklyn, equally cool, but a totally different vibe altogether. 


Obscure Dubstep Stuff

Posted: September 2, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music

The cool thing about the internet is that once you get yourself some decks and other, em, music equpment, you can make tunes and put them up on Youtube and thousands of people will come across it. Here’s a few really good dubstep tunes I’ve found on my journeys through the internet, by people nobody has heard of.

Gorillaz – Rhinestone Eyes (Hooky’s Dubstep Remix)

One of Plastic Beach‘s best tunes, now featuring a bone-crunching drop.

Purky – Waka Waka

This one had got a bit of a demo feel to it, but it’s pretty cool all the same.

OriginalBunglist – Special K

Don’t know how I came across this one either, he’s clearly an unsigned dude trying to get noticed (got my attention anyways), and the results are pretty impressive. Cool samples and the obligatory driving bassline make this a winner.

Trampa – Daleks

Erring more on the “filth” side of things, the Facebook page simply entitled Dubstep can be fairly hit-and-miss. There’s definitely some good stuff on it though, this is the work of one young gent they’re trying to promote at the moment.

Mount Kimbie – Crooks and Lovers

Posted: July 19, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music
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What I’m about to write will make me seem like Mount Kimbie’s new publicist, but I want as many people as possible to check their tunes out.  Not to be confused with New Zealanders Mt Eden, their debut album, Crooks and Lovers, has impressed me in a way that very few artists have lately.

Their music has been tentatively classed as dubstep, but it’s not as straightforward as just pinning them to one mast. This album is packed full of organic-sounding instrumentation and multiple layers of sound that work together really well. It’s been the kind of music that I’ve been looking for lately, and one which fits into a progressive, Joy Orbison/Nouveaunoise/Flying Lotus way of thinking.

Here, have another one:

Well it’s quite simple really, here’s a round-up of some of the latest important albums and singles that have been released in the crazy world of contemporary music

Aeroplane – We can’t Fly

The self-referential song title is a nice touch, and this funky, disco-influenced piece of summery electro is bound to go down well with fans of Belgium’s up-and coming duo.

Tobacco – Fresh Hex (featuring Beck)

Beck is one of my favourite artists of all time, and here he teams up with Tobacco – an experimental electro outfit from Pittsburgh who are not afraid to push the boundaries a bit. This tune is from their new album, Maniac Meat, which came out about a week ago. It sounds pretty rough and aggressive, which is always nice.

Magnetic Man – I Need Air

I want your opinions on this one, because I’m really not convinced at all. I’m putting it up here because you would assume that a collaboration between Skream and Benga, two of dubstep’s real powerhouses from the early days, would have created something really special. Instead, the result is a very average, middle-of-the-road dance tune. These two lads may well be another example of dubstep’s elder statesmen taking a very dangerous step towards mainstream mediocrity.

Big Boi – General Patton

Outkast have long been the most forward-thinking rap groups in the current crop. Their Speakerboxx/ The Love Below album is one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever. The trouble about this for Big Boi is that he was never seen in the same light as his songwriting partner Andre Benjamin, who was always perceived to be the creative force behind the project. This album, called Sir Lucious Left Foot, shows that Big Boi can be just as inventive as Andre, and arguably a better rapper.

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (album)

Flying Lotus - one cool bastard

I saved the best ’til last – Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison – the nephew of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane – recently released this brilliant, psychedelic and diverse album about a month ago. All the jazz influences he inherited are on show here, and it’s pretty damn special. I was going to put up a video of one of his tunes, but I couldn’t decide which one. Anyways, that’s a good thing because there is a very deliberate flow to Cosmogramma. To get a more rounded view of the way his songs melt together to create one cohesive unit, his set at the recent Sónar Festival in Barcelona was a great example. It really is worth sitting down and listening to the whole 21 minutes.

In a year that has seen the release from some of the biggest names in the genre such as Skream, Caspa, Rusko, and Benga you’d think you could nearly swim in a two-step sea of bassey goodness, but no. It appears its mating season for the tech house sounding singers who, unable to find one of their own to reproduce with, have resorted to cross-breeding with the most dominant male sound at the moment. Here’s a look at the different directions some dubstep producers seem to be heading.


Rusko was pretty promising when he released his Fabric live 37 mix with Caspa. His own tunes Jahova, Hammertime, and Cockney Thug all helped to propell dubstep to a wider audience. Jahova especially managed to hold onto that dub/reggae sound that dubstep sprouted from and at the same time held that fat wobble that people can’t get enough of.

But why’s it all gone wrong? His new album O.M.G is as bad as the name itself. The second track ‘Hold On Feat. Amber Coffman sums up the infection that dubstep seems to have gotten. He’s also now working with Britney Spears making some “proper hard dubstep”(his own words! There is a flash of ‘old Rusko’ now and again though but its not enough. The start of Rubadub Shakedown feat. Rod Azlan is promising but then goes to muck. The track Oy feat. Crookers is probably the best there and doesn’t have anything to do with the Crookers sound at all-they might of have played a part in the production but it seems to be really just a case of slapping the Crookers label on it to get some electro heads to start going to dubstep gigs. But he can’t be forgiven for doing a dubstep remix of the song I kissed a girl by who gives a fuck.

Rusko Before

Rusko After


The head of Dub Police is back with a new mix “My Style” which is out the 7th June. From the maker of tunes such as The Terminator, Cockney Violin, and Where’s my money you might not expect to hear a remix of Deadmau5 – I Remember as the second track and then realise that it was Caspa himself who remixed it. Caspa’s own song Back for the First Time isn’t anything special either, nowhere near the type of special Cockney Violin is anyway. There is a couple of good tracks on the mix though with Benga and Skream but the mix is 23 tracks long so there would want to be at least one or two good tracks on it.

Caspa Before

Caspa After


Thankfully there’s still dubstep heavey-weights such a Skream making good music but at the same time being experimental. His new LP “Outside the Box” is due to be released on July 26th and judging from the few radio rips of his new stuff its looking good. The dubstep pioneer also shows how to use a vocal track properly in his remix of La Roux’s ‘In for the Kill’.

Skream Before

Skream After  


Benga is good, really good and his new LP ‘Phaze One’ is also good, really good. His last album Diary of an Afro Warrior was pretty amazing in my book-just completly different but not too far out there that it would go over your head type amazing. The new album though does start off shakey enough with Baltimore Clap. For a second I thought he had become infected with singer-itis aswel but then his brillant track Eye Tunes comes in and makes it all okay. From there on its all good, really good.

Benga Before

Benga After 

Dubstep is one of the most rewarding types of music to get into, and it’s rapidly gaining in popularity as well. The increasing number of DJ’s getting involved has made the whole scene a lot more diverse. With all of these new influences coming in, it’s probably time to take a look at all of the important artists that have helped the genre gain momentum. From the bone-crunchingly heavy styles to the more laid-back ones.

Britney Spears – Freakshow (Instrumental)

It’s always good to start off with a controversial one, but in fairness, if you want to turn a Britney Spears tune into a good tune, take Britney Spears out of the equation! What you’re left with is a pretty solid dubstep track. It’s from her album “Blackout”, which came out after her hair-shaving, photographer-assualting phase. It turned out to be a good career move, because her producers obviously realised that her stock couldn’t sink much lower, so they did something outrageous – they made an interesting album full of cool ideas.

Tomba – Symphony 666

Ok, here’s one for the Dubstep purists; it’s a really interesting mix of organic-sounding orchestration and heavy bass, and the end result is rather impressive. The highest rated comment on Youtube describes it as “what it sounds like to walk around in Hell”. That’s definitely a good thing in my book

Rusko – I Love You

rusko2.jpg rusko image by KODY_035

Rusko is all set to make waves with his new album

Leeds-born Chris Mercer, aka Rusko, is one of the biggest players on the dubstep scene, along with his pal Caspa. This is from his new album, OMG, and it’s got everything you could want from a Rusko tune.

Skream – Repurcussions of a Razor Blade

Oliver “Skream” Jones was still in his teens when he burst onto the Dubstep scene in 2005 with “Midnight Request Line”, one of the first commercially successful Dubstep singles. Since then, he has gone on to cement his position as High King of the genre. This is a B-side from one of his most recent releases, “A New Dawn”. It shows the more restrained, introspective style which still manages to work well in any setting.

Cragga – Mr Postman / Chrispy – Rude Boy Remix

Remixes are a great way for dubstep artists to get well-known. The most famous example to date is probably Skream’s rework of “In for the Kill” by La Roux. These are two really inventive remixes by two young artists. Cragga shows he has flair and imagination by taking the Marvelettes’ Motown classic “Mr Postman”, and turning it into a thrilling piece of work. Chrispy, on the other hand, performs nothing short of a miracle by turning Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” into something that is not just listenable, but actually really good.

Mr Postman

Rude Boy

Trolley Snatcha – Shake It

Trolley Snatcha’s dark, heavy tunes are typical of the new style of dubstep that has been coming out recently. I’m still fairly on the fence about this fella, but when things get going around 0:54, it’s pretty hard to resist. Cool video as well.

Here are five tunes that I’ve been listening to that I want everybody to share in my delight in listening to. With exams coming up I have to keep this short and sweet but I hope this puts a smile on who ever takes a few minutes to hear them out.

5. Diesler – Deepest Cuba

This is from UK producer Jonathan Radford’s new Diesler album Tie Breakers.

“Taking elements of nujazz, latin breaks and infectious house stylings, it’s like the beautiful mutant offspring of Quantic and Mr. Scruff”.

4. Nirvana – Something in the way (Biscope Bootleg)

This is a dubstep mash up of Nirvana’s Something in the way. Beautifully and delicatley put together, Cobain has never sounded so good.

3. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

I saw this band at the Electric Picnic and was so impressed. It was one of those cases when your just wandering around and you find yourself being drawn towards a particular tent. It was a fantastic gig complete with crowd surfing and all round great vibe.

“Their music is a combination of all genres. With the undeniable drive of hip-hop, the freedom of rock and melodic thread of R&B these guys are nothing short of unique.”

2. Loefah – Justabeat

One of the original dubstep pioneers known for his collborations with Digital Mystikz.

1. Mos Dub – Johnny Too Beef

Jaydiohead creator Max Tannone has taken some classic dub and reggae tunes and mixed them with some of the best Mos-Def songs to create Mos-Dub. It’s a simple combination but works so well and sounds like the perfect summer-is-coming type tune.