Oi Oi! What’s good ya’ll. So, over the past couple of months I have gone through some intense schedule changes, specifically pertaining to the time spent at university. As a result, my availability to maintain the blog has been seriously hindered. In light of this change I have been considering recruiting some new writers/contributors so the flow of the website can be consistent, without lacking a necessary level of ‘quality’. Additionally, as some of you may have seen on the BWS Facebook page, I have been moving towards incorporating a more eclectic approach to the music that is promoted through this platform. Simply, there is just too much great music being made to restrict this website to a single genre. I feel comfortable assuming, with an expected margin of error, that you readers and listeners are appreciative of various types of music as well. So, it is with these aforementioned realizations that today begins a new chapter for Bassweight Society.
A long time friend of mine, Ben Grimm, has decided to join the BWS team. I’ve known Ben for 5-6 years now. He was a frequenter at the jungle/dnb parties that my friends and I used to throw monthly in Santa Barbara, and the relationship has grown from there. I have asked Ben to join the team because he’s a a huge UK garage head, and I thought he would have some great music to offer all of you 🙂 There will be more additions and introductions for new writers soon to come, so stay locked! It is here, that my words end and I introduce to you all: Begrim.
First off, I gotta give my upmost respect to everyone behind this site and the amazing artists they’ve been supporting. To switch things up a little bit, I’ll be featuring some of the deeper UK Garage/2step tracks that have been coming out.
For those who don’t know, UK Garage started out in early-1990’s England as a successor of US-based house music. Characterized by a 4/4 beat, “shuffling” hit-hats and snares, and chopped-up vocal samples, Garage and 2step dominated the UK music scene into the early 2000’s. However, in the mid-2000’s, some artists began deviating from the funky, soul-oriented garage sound to establish a new, darker genre called grime. Others, such as Kode9, Wookie, and Zed Bias, began to change the 2step garage sound into a new genre, later known as dubstep. While these two genres became established and still continue continue to expand, UK Garage has begun to resurface in music community and carve its place out once again. Modern UK Garage has grown exponentially since its start in the 90’s, ranging from upbeat party bangers to the deeper, soothing melodies, and everything in between. Established dubstep artists such as Skream, Altimeter, Synkro, and Phaeleh have been producing some amazing UKG tunes while producers such as Submerse, FaltyDL, Whilstla and Disclosure have been bringing a great amount of ingenuity back into the genre.
To start off, here’s a freebie from ReSketch in anticipation of his upcoming release ‘Reason for a Reason’ EP on Infinite Machines this November 5. Having just released his ‘Bound in Binary EP’ in May, ReSketch has been a dropping UKG standouts since the start of 2010 and has collaborating with other big names such as Submerse, KingThing, and HxdB. ‘I Don’t Care’ fully delivers, starting out the classic 4×4 beat and slowly fading in ethereal trebles over a deep, atmospheric bass. The vocals weave throughout the song and tie together the entrancing melodies. Halfway through, the tempo drops down for a smooth dub feel just before the full force of the track is unleashed. This introspective song stands out as an example of what UK Garage has to offer and is an essential for anyone interested in this form of music.
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Respect to ReSketch for the free track – get it and look for his new EP coming out this November.