Cut Classics: A Step Back

Welcome back from what was hopefully a dope weekend! Starting off this week proper we’re going to feature some vintage tunes that fit well in the mix. Released mostly on CD’s and vinyls, these tracks may be hard to acquire, but are absolutely worth the effort of tracking down. Reaching from 2007 to 2009, these classic tunes fit in well with any present day dubstep set and can really set the dancefloor on fire when used correctly. Featuring sounds from Tes la Rok, Benga, and DZ,  blow the dust off and check out these tunes.

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First up is a tune that eerily foreshadowed the sounds that are present today, back in 2007. Featuring elements from all across the bass spectrum, DZ’s,  ‘Strong on Ya’ , surely is not a track to be lost in the archives. Sharp synths cut through the mix nicely, bumpy mid range add hop, and amen breaks meld it all together to create a jam that would hold its own in 2012. Pressed in 2007 on Hotflush Recordings, this release also features a massive flip side entitled ‘Slums Dub’.

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Next up is an absolute party jam that can change the tone of any dance floor with the flick of the fader. This sing-a-long anthem made its rounds on the mix and live circuit back in 2007, and is bound to make a comeback. Tes la Rok’s remix of Uncle Sam’s ‘Round the World Girls’ released on Argon in ’07 will most likely be a hard find for the vinyl collector, but anyone can purchase both the remix and the VIP on Amazon (256kbps).

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This next tune is an absolute pleasure to play out particularly because its sharp synth patterns that cut through and add to any mix. Fans and Dj’s alike can equally appreciate this futuristic-party track by the ever-diverse, Benga. Released in 2009 on N-Type and Hatcha’s Sin City Records, ‘On the Edge’ is featured on The Croydon Dubheadz Compilation vinyl as a well-deserved A-Side. Give it a listen and you will see why  its always a good thing to dig deep in the record bag and brush off a dusty one.

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Thanks for listening to these tunes and we hope you’ve found something you can take away with you. Playing and hearing these finely aged tracks really add to a live show so don’t hesitate to drop some senior sub pressure on the masses and make sure to skank out if you hear one of these at the club. Check back tomorrow for another quality post, and some more fine tunes to discover.

-Peace

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-BWS (Shice)

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Rewind Wednesday: Classics

What’s up everybody.  We got big selections on deck for the Wednesday Rewind this week.  Tunes that, like the weeks before, have stood the test of time while influencing the many directions that Dubstep has taken.  Some are tunes many of you have in your record box at home, while some of these tunes have been forgotten by a few of you.  Either way they’re classics that we feel each of you need.

The first tune is ‘Girl From Codeine City’ by the duo L-Wiz, hailing from Sweden.  If you’ve ever heard the tune on a proper-loud soundsystem, the quality of production is evident from the start.  The dubwise tune starts out with fat kick drums complimented by a well-defined cracking snare with chimes amongst it.  Most notably, the saxophone riff that comes in at about 1:40 is mesmerizing, pushing the listener to feel that soulful side of Dubstep that so many early tunes kept pushing the bar on.  Released in 2007 as the 10th release on, top contender Caspa’s, Dub Police label, L-Wiz showed they were going to be making a lasting imprint on the scene.  With succesive releases on Swedish label All Out Dubstep, Dub Thiefs (Owned by Dub Police), Redvolume, and Kapsize, L-wiz is still making bangers to this day.

L-Wiz – Girl From Codeine City

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The second tune is one released back in 2008 called ‘Airbus’, produced by F-One.  As the first record released on the Dubstar label, label boss F-One wanted to make sure to release a banger to set the scene for future releases to come.  the high-pitched, mid-range wobble is so smooth it makes your body sway in characteristic Dubstep fashion.  For sure a classic for listeners and DJ’s alike.  Guaranteed to make fire inna’ dance.

F-One – Airbus

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The next one is an absolute badman riddim produced by Coki, a man stated to make the heaviest basslines of any producer in the scene.  The track, titled ‘Red Eye’, was released in 2007 on Croydon based imprint Big Apple, and is guaranteed to make you skank out.  The mega-bassline fills up any soundsystem and the salt-shaking snares really make the tune come alive.  This one, like above, shares a solid mid-range wobble, not too overdone, but just the right amount that makes the tune extremely memorable.  Red Eye, released as one of four tracks on the Red Eye EP is a necessity to anyone’s records collection!

Coki – Red Eye

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The last tune was released in 2008 under Destructive Recordings, titled ‘Rock Bottom’, and is a classic by Caspa & Rusko.  The tune was included in the EPIC Fabriclive 37 mixed by Caspa & Rusko back in 2007.  With title pointing to that of some depressing type of riddim’, the tune actually provides a very uplifting feel to it.  With light synths from the beginning, the tune progresses into the nicest piano riff and a classic sample before the drop.  As the tune continues on you can sit back and relax letting your mind space out on the good moments you’ve had in life.  Truly a feel-good tune.  This is a tune we here at BWS wanted to leave you off with today, hoping to make your day a little bit nicer.

Caspa & Rusko – Rock Bottom

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Well that’s it for today. Remember, new or not to Dubstep, keep playing the old classics cause they’ve influenced where we’re at today.  As always, pay your respects to the artists, like their pages, and go see their shows when they come into your town!

Biggups to all the fam!

-Bassweight Society