Given that it’s home to such seminal acts as Diplo, The Roots and Josh Wink, Philadelphia doesn’t seem to really get the props it deserves. Maybe that’s because these diverse acts fail to congeal into a singular ”Philly Sound” for the town to hang it’s hat on. Another genre alive and well in the city of brotherly love is grime and dubstep, buoyed by Starkey and his Seclusiasis Studios crew.
With previous releases on top-shelf imprints like Ninja Tune and Planet-Mu, this bass mechanic just dropped his latest album, Orbits, on London-based Civil Music. “Street Rocker” dates back a bit farther, to 2011′s Space Traitor, Vol. 2 EP, but this new remix from the longhaired king of low-end, Bassnectar, is seriously fresh fruit.
Between his music and notorious live show, Santa Cruz based Bassnectar is one of EMD’s most distinguished producers. This summer, he got together with hip-hop duo Zion I (Zumbi and AMP) and collaborated on a remix for the Oakland pair’s track ,”Human Being.” Bassnectar is in the midst of a tour and just dropped the Freestyle EP, while Zion I is traversing the country to promote their new album, ShadowBoxing. The three artists did manage to get together for a quick conversation for URB while on the road, where they talk ShadowBoxing, trap music, and martial arts. …MORE
Dance music’s favorite long-haired bass producer Bassnectar just dropped the title track from his latest album featuring Lupe Fiasco. “Vava Voom” is exactly what you’d expect from the pairing, with seething bass, crashing breakbeats, catchy analog melodies, a screwed vocal on the chorus Lupe dropping lyrics like “My horsepower match my IQ,” and, of course, a serious drop. Vava Voom comes out on April 10.
Headlining The Do LaB’s Lightning in a Bottle festival this Memorial Day weekend are Bassnectar and The Glitch Mob, returning to roots going back to 2007 when each act first appeared on the Lightning in a Bottle lineup and both the artists as well as the festival were beginning to find their voice and audience.