I am still floating off the vibes from Sunday night at Los Globos…
It is really hard to verbalize the experience that went down. There was just SO much to take in. My night didn’t start off the way it ended (which was in a state of bliss). Two of my closest friends, who stupidly didn’t buy tickets before they sold-out, decided that they wanted to take the risk of POSSIBLY getting tickets at the door. So, out of a desire for them to experience the night alongside a desire to not have to make this drive by myself, I told both of them to meet me at my house so we could take off. We didn’t end up actually hitting the road until after 9pm, so a 1 hour drive now meant we were taking the chance of missing out on Kahn’s performance. Sure enough, we did. I am still quite disappointed about this as I do not know when he will be making another appearance here in California. We pull up to the venue and see a dense line of people coming out the door – this was expected. We look at each other and say “oh shit, that’s nuts, hopefully there’s some tickets left”. As we begin to make a left turn around the building to find parking, we see the line extend about a half-a-block down. I immediately knew that my friends were fucked on their ticket situation, but didn’t have the nerve to be so blunt in expressing my thoughts to them. We found parking and began to head over to the theme-park style line that awaited us. It was already ten minutes until 11pm, so it was here that I decided Kahn was out of the picture. 30 minutes go by and the line has moved in a infintesimal fashion. Thoughts of missing DMZ now begin to cross my mind and the anxiety begins to build. By this time one friend has secured a ticket from someone that was already inside and would meet him at the door. The other friend (the one who drove us!) was still in fucked mode. So as time began to pass we started to discuss how we were going to get home because our homie wasn’t going to stay if he didn’t get a ticket in tonight. I start calling around and texting friends inside to see if anybody has room for us on the way home. Out of nowhere an old friend of ours approaches us with a smile on his face and begins to chat. We immediately tell him that we still need one ticket, because we are getting closer to the door and hear the bouncers repeating “if you don’t have a ticket, don’t waste my time, you’re not getting in.” Out of pure coincidence and luck this guy a single extra ticket! I honestly couldn’t even believe my ears when he told us. The degree of relief apparent on my homies face was priceless. I’m sorry if this story bored some of you, but I felt it quite appropriate to set the tone of how mystical the vibes were, and how aligned the energy’s seemed to be on this night.
I look at my watch and it’s 5 minutes til 12 – DMZ takes the stage in five minutes. I’m freaking out. The line starts to move extremely quickly as the bouncers funnel people inside. I walk in and as I’m walking into the main room “Return II Space” is dropped, pulled back, and dropped again. Goosebumps overtake my body. The system is warmed up and tuned for people to really FEEL the music. The F1’s were hitting so hard the needle jumped (at least towards the beginning of the set), but the crowd understood that this is how dubplate culture worked – especially with music emitting frequencies in the 30-50 hertz range! Not one person looked disappointed. If the record skipped, a simple rewind from the selectors set the mood back right. Shortly after arrival I am in a trance-like state and end up leaving my friends to go stand in the apex of the sound field. As I begin to look around I take in the surroundings for the first time. The dim lighting, the way people are packed in like a sardine can, and the way the sound fills the air with sub-frequencies all act as a fuel for my trance, and I begin to drift further and further away. My friends find me and I vaguely remember them trying to talk to me or tell me that they were going to go meet up with some other friends and I should come. I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage, though. Mala dropped his first few, then Coki stepped up to the decks and lets people know he’s not fucking around with ‘Gangsta For Life’. ‘Tree Trunk’ comes in next and the place goes absolutely bananas, and the children start to mosh. I usually detest the kids that do this type of thing at the dubstep/dnb shows that I attend, but tonight it didn’t even phase me – I couldn’t have cared less about it. Stage packed with all the Smog fam, floor packed with heads that came out of the woodworks for this ONE show. It was honestly so inspiring to see people in such a state of deep appreciation and respect. Coki finishes his first go on the decks w/ Celestial Dub and I’m blown away by how hard it hits on the system.
I don’t want to go through every moment of the night because that would just end up being an excessively long script. The entire 2 hours and 45 minutes of the Digital Mystikz set was like the above description. This was a night that exceeded the boundaries of performance and hype. Regardless of sex, gender, race, age, hometown, etc., people were unified in a plane of consciousness. We were brought together to celebrate the beauty and power of soundsystem music made to elevate the mind. I am so thankful that I was able to experience this night.
Massive shout to Drew Best, the SMOG family, DMZ, and all others involved in this event. It was one that Los Angeles will never forget – trust!
To the gods.
Wag Wan fam,
Today we finna’ bring you another round of reggae dubs to keep the spirits high 😉 Pulling a couple classics out of the bag and sharing them with you, because we know reggae brings the right vibes to all ears. Light one up and have a listen.
First choon is a remix done by big bad west coast producers Noah D & Roommate, and dates back to 2008. Originally a massive tune hailing from reggae-don Alborosie, titled ‘Police’, Noah D & Roomate throw their flavour into it, titling the tune Polizia Remix. Most noticeable is the big chubby bassline accompanied by Alborosie’s high grade lyrics, making it a tune to throw in the list of classics. Whether at home or in the club, always a big tune.
Next choon is another one dating back to around 2008 and is as solid as the last one. The tune titled ‘ Big Up An’ Bun Her’ is similar to the last one with a sick reggae chant ushered by a bassline that makes you rock in your seat. Perfect day-party type tune here.
The next one is from the evil half of Digital Mystiks, Coki. On the remix of a tune titled ‘Wah Dem A Do’, Coki initiates his noticeable style into the tune while incorporating the gangsta for life lyrics so well known by veteran Mavado. I like utilizing tunes like this because it often times reaches out to a larger audience than solely deep heads.
Last choon is mega bassweight remix by Marcus Visionary titled ‘The General’. The original done by Jahdan Blakkamoore is nothing short of epic but, the remix really brings the pressure with powerful low-end frequencies. Turn this one up, sit back, and enjoy.
What’s up everybody. Today we are going to take a little journey back in time. First we are going to go back to a time when Dubstep was just starting to gain the title ‘Dubstep’, as it began to branch off the Dark Garage that was being made in the late 1990’s – early 2000’s. From there we will slowly ascend into the later years of the 21st century highlighting tunes that really began to cement Dubstep’s foundation as a musical genre and, most importantly, as a culture. For some of you this might be preexisting knowledge, and if that’s the case there is nothing wrong with hearing classics one more time, but for some of you this could very well serve as a great history lesson of the music you love. We believe that regardless of what particular style of Dubstep you fancy, be it the aggressive ear-piercing saw waves, or be it the deeper, spacious, and more meditative sounds, it is important to understand the roots of where it all came from. So here we go. Today we have 6 songs for everybody that, in a very incomplete manner, show the evolution of Dubstep.
This first tune is one produced by, arguably, the most influential person in the early formation of Dubstep music. Lewis Beadle, aka El-b, is a man who has been innovating sounds since the days when we were just elementary youth’s. Owner of Ghost Recordings and all-around badman, he has been keeping sounds fresh and forward-thinking. The tune that we have for you today is one from late 2002, titled ‘Buck & Bury’, still has many elements of garage but also shows the emphasis on low-end bass-lines that had began to show in the music. Just a heads up, the HIGHLY anticipated album, ‘Ghost Chaser’, from Ghost Recordings is due out soon. This is something you should definitely keep your eyes open for as it will surely be a milestone release for bass music.
El-b ft. Juiceman – Buck & Bury
The second tune is from another frontman of Dubstep. Running the FWD> nights and spreading music through hand-to-hand exchanges of CD’s, Hatcha was a busy man, as he still is today! Catch Hatcha alongside Crazy D every Tuesday on Kiss FM 12-1 am. The tune we have for you from the badman Hatcha is titled ‘Dub Express’ and was released on Tempa back in 2003. Again, we see that Garage break-style drum sequence, but the bass-line has much more presence. Lend your ears.
Hatcha – Dub Express
The next track hails from the productions of Digital Mystikz. Composed of two unrivaled producers, Mala and Coki, this production group has released some of the most prolific tunes in the history of Dubstep. But these guys are more than just a musical icon. Their philosophies on life, love, and the spirituality of human being’s is of utmost admiration. These philosophies show through their music as they incite an immense amount of emotion with each tune. The one we have for you today is a release from 2004 called ‘Pathways’, released on Big Apple Records.
Digital Mystikz – Pathways
The next track is one that EVERY SINGLE person who calls themselves a “Dubstep head” should know. If you don’t know this track just pretend that you do, because not knowing is just embarassing. The production, titled ‘Midnight Request Line’, is by far one of the largest tunes that was, and still is, ever released. Coming from the world-acclaimed production of Oliver Jones, aka Skream, this tune perpetually flooded the airways of every radio station exhibiting Dubstep music. Nuff’ said about this one, just turn the sub up and skank out. Released 2005.
Skream – Midnight Request Line
This next one is from the likes of Walsh and Kromestar and is a melodic roller with vibes similar to the Dub music made in the late 1980’s from influences such a King Tubby and Scratch Perry. This one, released in 2006, is truly a spliff riddim’, despite its title of ‘Panik Room’.
Walsh & Kromestar – Panik Room
The final tune that we have for everybody today hails from the deepest dungeons of Dubstep music, the archives of Distance. This tune, ‘Radical’, gave way to many of the purely evil sounds that have been adopted by so many producers today. Owner of Chestplate Records and some of the heaviest tunes to reach peoples ears, Distance is one our favorite producers to ever grace this earth. This one was released in 2007 and is an absolute necessity to any heads’ collection. Be afraid.
Distance – Radical
Alright people hope that history lesson broadened your horizons a little bit. That’s all for today. Be sure to check back Friday for new heat.
To the gods.