Posts tagged ‘Dubstep’

Elemental by Willow Beats

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Electronic music has a new mysterious duo beginning to dominate the scene.  Very little is known of uncle-niece combo known as Willow Beats other than the fact that they are making some of the most experimental electronica and dubstep garnering indie attention.  They released their self-titled debut EP in 2012 and return with “Experimental,” a single that changes course about 20 times over, yet flows effortlessly towards its conclusion.  The music stops and starts, changes tempo, and switches instrumental accompaniments so sharply, you’ll get whiplash trying to keep up.  Enjoy.

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Singular Focus – Do I See Color by Adventure Club

With sharp vocal samplings, an earth shattering bass, and stuttering electronics spliced with smooth, echoed breaks, Adventure Club‘s Do I See Color is one of the most intriguing dubstep tracks I’ve heard in a while.  Since I’m not too familiar with dubstep and am slowly being lured into the bass heavy electronic style, I admittedly know little about the genre and even less about Adventure Club.  What I do know is that this track is pretty accessible and kinda badass with an intro worthy of an 80s workout video.

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Levitate is a Paper Diamond in the Rough

Sharp, complex dubstep typically does not come out of Colorado.  However, Paper Diamond, the moniker of producer Alex B, has given credit to the Centennial State, as the producer of one of the tightest, beat driven dubstep albums of the year.  Levitate is almost entirely instrumental and while most instrumental dubstep albums are monotonous and quickly tiresome, Paper Diamond has created an album full of energy, expert use of syncopation, and seriously heavy bass.

Levitate showcases Alex B’s eerie, ominous beats and twisted synth melodies while keeping the production tight and not inundating every track with obscure, unnecessary computer-generated sounds.  With only eight tracks, Levitate is able to remain an engrossing album that easily keeps your attention by being more than just a soundtrack for the dance clubs.

Track Breakdown:

Imagine the Possibilities kicks off with a menacing beat that transitions into a foreboding synth which slithers the melody through the track like a snake.

So Precise is just that: precise.  This is one of the tighter tracks on the album, starting with more of a pop sound accompanied by the zip of electronics and a determined focus to keep the multiple sounds working in harmony.

Take Your Time is probably Levitate’s most unique song and the fitting conclusion to the album.  The triumphant opening sound is reminiscent of a Rocky theme or the end credits of a ’70s blacksploitation film.

When & Where:

This album should only be played when you are at high speeds.  With a heavy foot on the pedal, Levitate provides the theme music as the scenery drifts by you in a blur.

Imagine the Possibilities

So Precise

Take Your Time

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Singular Focus – Wildfire by SBTRKT

Every now and then, a song emerges from a genre of music that you don’t dig but is so well-made, you can’t help but like it.   Wildfire, a track by SBTRKT, a London DJ with a name to secure his anonymity , is easily one of the coolest songs I’ve heard in a while and is kind of easing me into this whole electronica/dubstep genre that is quickly infecting the music scene.  While I’m not a fan of the album, this song is impossible to ignore.  Wildfire oozes into your brain with a slow bass that sounds like a frog beatboxing and is balanced out by a siren randomly piercing through the track. 

The vocals are provided by the Yukimi Nagano, the lead singer of Little Dragon, a Swedish electronic band that is also gaining a lot of popularity in the States.

Wildfire has a grimy but sexy feel to it which is only enhanced by Yukimi’s lyrics (Your innocence; who’s brave? / Drowning in. Would you save me? / It’s a crime if you don’t/ You’ll despair by the throat) only add to the appeal of the track.

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