Welcome once again to SURROUNDINGS; an URB feature that highlights the influential environments of artists and visualizes them to their fellow listeners. The feature is a way to step into the world of one’s daily life, bringing a focus on the routines and rounds that artists and/or groups go through just to either lay down a track, prepare for a live show, or just mellow out. This time around, we have the group of LV showing us about in London town. Their latest LP, Sebenza (out now on Hyperdub) has been lauded by critics and fans alike for its unconventional parlaying of melding UK rhythms with South African influences, whilst remaining true to the Hyperdub sonic strain of producing weirdly vivid dancefloor vibes. Within their edition of SURROUNDINGS, the group touches upon their studio, their favorite sandwich joint and some well-known London venues that you might have heard of. Check out the feature, as well as a track from Sebenza after the jump.
Hyperdub is going on a serious roll at the moment; with the announcement of the long-awaited Darkstar LP finally coming in October as well as upcoming singles from King Midas Sound and (Scratcha) DVA, there’s one more massive bit that’s about to be unleashed: LV’s upcoming ode to Kwaito (South African house), “Boomslang”. While it may be a different sort of release for LV, who’s known for evocative and intricate rhythms around the 140 BPM range, he steps up massively here not only with a banging beat but with the vocal wisdom of Okmalumkoolkat (try saying that ten times fast). Along with that, this video should whet the appetite of anyone who’s ready to take over the dancefloor. This could very well be one of the best tunes of the year. Video for “Boomslang” after the jump…
As it stands right now, on the eve of 2010, bass music is a beautiful mess. Stretched and tortured by numerous influences and the possible avenues for producers to take, its become splintered but, in the same way the T1000 glooped back together in Terminator 2, it constantly manages to gel to its roots, evolving away from its half step/atmospherics in what seem more like ellipses than cycles. And whilst London remains somewhat of an epicentre for many of dubstep’s microcosms, other bubbles of ingenuity have sprung up around the globe with keen producers and promoters ready to move with the ethos of dubstep and put their own distinctive slant on the sound.