Archive of posts tagged with "dubstep"

February 18th, 2009

Gig Wit It

I made a mix for modyfier! Go on get it, gig wit it, etc.


If you’re not familiar with the modyfier series, here’s a primer, written back at the 50th episode milestone (mine’s #124). Rayna has commissioned tons of great mixes, with ruminations on process, from such lovelies & luminaries as Luomo, Philip Sherburne, Ripley, Catchdubs, David Last, Mochipet, & many many more. I’m delighted to join the list — and happy to deliver after maybe a year and a half of gentle prodding. (Best intentions, knamean?)

Given that my mixes can tend toward the thematic (if not didactic), I was pretty torn wrt what to submit. In the end, wanting to stress process, rather than cooking up something so conceptually organized (several sets of which languished & perished), I decided to go with a refined/revised excerpt from recent adventures in Beat Research. In essence, although you’ll hear me criss-crossing genre & geography as usual, what anchors things here is the long-overdue (long-building? longstanding?) intermixture of global dub and global techno. Post-disco dance music has gotten a lot more polyrhythmic in recent years, and Caribbean club beats have gotten a lot more techy. Hooray for all of that.

I’ve already given away the ending, and I’ve got a bunch more words over at modyfier-modifying that I invite you to digest while/before/after gigging wit it, so I’ll leave you here with what I hope is a tantalizing tracklist (w/ a little linkthink for good measure). I don’t ask for permission to play tracks in the club, and I didn’t ask for permission to include these in my mix. Lots of tracks come direct from friends who produced them or are promoting them. To the artists included, I hope you like hearing your music all mixed&mashed with other people’s. Thx for keeping things moving & letting us gig along —

>> w&w, “Gig Wit It” (mix for modyfier) [22 min | 50.5 mb]

Frikstailers & MC Gringo, “Fudegú de Perequetê
Them G.Spot Boyz, “Stanky Legg”
Shackleton (DJ /Rupture remix) “In the Void”
Zombie, “Dripping Like Water”
Terror Danjah, “Trojan”
Scuba, “Tense”
An-ten-nae, “Citoyan Du Monde” (Dov Remix)
L-Wiz, “Girl From Codeine City”
The Dice Man, “Polygon Window”
Soul Clap, “Die Ente”
Kirkledove, “Middle East Riddim”
Emynd, “We Don’t Give A … (Instrumental)”
Oliver Huntsmann, “La Boum”
Starkey, “Pressure”
Dusk + Blackdown, “Lata VIP”
Teetimus and Daseka, “Beauty Riddim”
Glenn Frey, “You Belong to the City”

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November 26th, 2008

A Farce To Be Reckoned With


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October 24th, 2008

Nietzsche House


  • "Somehow, the n-word has found its way back into hip-hop's critical zeitgeist: I'm interested in exploring, as a Dominican New Yorker, how we as a community have propagated it. Recently, due to the mounting criticism of Boricua rapper Fat Joe's use of the term eight albums deep into his career (including his latest, The Elephant in the Room), Latinos are being challenged to introspect. … Many folks in our parents' generation have rejected their blackness—I have older Latino neighbors who won't vote for Barack Obama simply because he's black—but those generations more informed by hip-hop are embracing their Afro-Latino identity and evolving past our own self-hatred."
  • a 10-minute selection of yours truly's favorite riddim, the mad mad / diseases (aka johnny dollar, aka golden hen, aka dutty rub), focusing mainly on 1980s post-diseases productions :: i've got an 80 minute mix on this riddim, including the zunguzung meme, based on my dissertation research (which tells the intertwined histories of hip-hop and reggae by following the mad mad riffs from JA to BX/BK and back again), which i really need to get around to bouncing down
  • quite a selection of riddim mixes here, offering 10 minute snapshots of some of jamaica's most well-worn, well-loved accompaniments
  • "Because his source material is generally pulled from dubstep, ragga, outré hip-hop, found sounds, and other indigenous musics, those tapestries can often sound political. Clayton has such a global, democratic ear and such a knack for soupy unease that it's difficult not to hear his mixes, at least partly, as commentary pieces." :: soupy unease, i like that; i like this mix too :: sink deep, ya heard?

videyoga ::

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October 8th, 2008

Beet Street

videyoga :: (via dancehall.mobi)

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September 25th, 2008

Dungeons & Dubstep

  • hank shocklee is my hero, for real :: here he talks about dubstep (and offers up his own d-step mixx), his west indian heritage, the reggae album he's working on with his bro (!!), film scoring, and the state of hip-hop and music industry (and laziness) :: dude doesn't mince words :: e.g., re: playing it safe in pop music, "You not only have to be middle of the road in terms of your content, but also your consciousness. If you project any status outside of that, your pop status is struck off. The pop culture business is monitored all the way round. Look at hip hop – it’s not saying anything any more. Hip hop used to be the voice of people. Who are the stars and what are they really talking about? I’m quite sure Lil Wayne is just as much of a rebel as he wants to be. He’s a rebel in every other aspect of his life – why is he not on record? Jay Z is a big icon, but at the same time, why are his records so safe?" (h/t earplug)
  • video doc on bleaching (creams) in jamaica :: a sad story, bearing witness to the enduring legacies of colonial hierarchies of value :: tho i'm not sure the phenom is as recent as this makes it out to be, and what's up with that chintzy garageband one-drop soundtrack :: bad man nuh bleach with cream
  • i'll have to write more about this subject sometime (i.e., archiving hip-hop), but IMO cornell has taken a BIG step in the right direction with its recent acquisitions :: it's all about ephemeral (material) culture and oral history :: if harvard had it's shit together and cared more about the contents of their archive than the architecture of their offices, their (non-existent) hip-hop "archive" would be moving in this direction :: e.g., who is working to secure/digitize/archive the enormous record collections of pioneers like herc, flash, and bambaataa? can someone do this PLEASE before they get broken up and sold on ebay? this stuff matters much much more than $chmancy conferences /end rant
  • yet another looooooooong list of "derivative works" in bollywood (via birdseed)

videyoga ::

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September 24th, 2008

Port Out Starboard Home Spice


  • great post by rachel (as usual) wrt the use of 'ghetto' wrt africa and the depiction thereof in recent film(s) :: "Ok so I'm super amused by a dutch (ngo?) called ghettoradio which posts videos and radio from the 'ghettos' of Africa. Theres something really problematic about what they are doing, namely totally aestheticising the poverty of others, so I was surprised to enjoy them." :: rather than employ any of the fraught terms in the subject of her blogpost, rachel finally decides to "just go with 'informal settlements found in cities in the developing world, most which lack clean water, electricity, sanitation and other basic services.' which = ~ 50-90% of most urban populations. Thus, not a minority with its own subculture but most people in cities, whose music culture often dominates national radio."
  • online source for (streaming) nollywood films (thx, rachel)
  • early 2006 interview w/ kode9 in which he discusses "halfstep" drum'n'bass as well as some of the diffs btwn dubstep & dnb aesthetics, pharmacologies :: "For me there’s a strain of drum and bass that—without being influenced by dubstep—clearly has the same elements … that steppy subby sound, and the Amit kind of more halfstep stuff… I know people like Amit and Klute come to dubstep nights and they like the sound­ … if dubstep can have an influence on drum and bass, it might help pull the speed down a little bit and just focus things more around the subbass again as opposed to those kind of midrange distorted basslines which kind of took over everything and please an audience who are on lots of pills and speed. Thats not really the vibe of a dubstep night; you know it’s mostly a skunk, mostly a weed smoking audience as opposed to people on uppers."
  • jaydabbler offers up 'a mix of "half-step" Drum and bass, heavily influenced by dubstep (or the other way around, hard to say)' :: interesting concept, novel way to engage with dubstep (influence) from w/in d'n'b, esp given the former's creeping influence on / eclipsing of the latter :: if you dig the rhythms/feels of dubstep, but prefer 180bpm to 140, this is 4 u!

videyoga :: this guy is a 2008 macarthur fellow, which serves to remind me, as with every year, what an uncool slacker i am (h/t leor) —

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July 28th, 2008

Linkthink #0443: New American Menschery


videyoga ::

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July 17th, 2008

Linkthink #328: Me So Corny


videyoga :: (h/t giessel)

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July 8th, 2008

linkthink #8942: <3normative

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July 3rd, 2008

linkthink #2303: Remember When Heavy Metal Was Scary

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June 2nd, 2008

linkthink #3949: Performative Geometries

videyoga :: (ventriloquism, ay!)

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