All words: Toni Tileva
In this column, I cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].
- DJ Shadow – All Basses Covered (The Infamous South Beach Set, December 2012)
You may wish to remove all flammable items from your near vicinity before playing this set. This is the infamous set that got DJ Shadow booted from the decks in Miami for being too “future.” This is one “let’s push things forward” scorcher of a set. Proceed with caution.
- A$AP Rocky–Suddenly
Probably one of the most anticipated rap albums of 2013, A$AP finally drops his debut album Long. Live. A$AP. on January 15th. On Live Love A$AP, A$AP’s flow found the perfect sonic tapestry in Clams Casino’s production…it was magic. The first release after his much-talked-about multiple-digit record deal with RCA finds A$AP branching out into some new territory, including *groan, gasp in despair* Skrillex. If the leaked tracks are any indication, A$AP is back to doing what he does best–talking smack, with great aplomb. “This ain’t no conscious rap.” Yeah, seriously.
- Mala–Noches Suenos feat. Danay Suarez
In the great tradition of musicians visiting exotic locales and releasing albums influenced by the local music, dubstep don Mala released Mala In Cuba. Mala and the seminal night, record label, and production duo of Digital Mystikz has been at the low-end highest-of-tops of true dubstep purveying, emphasis on dub. In April 2011, Mala traveled to Cuba with Gilles Peterson who was returning to Havana to produce the second installment in the “Havana Cultura” series. Mala recorded and released Mala In Cuba in September. The album is a showcase of some true tropicalian bassdom. Think the dubstep Bueno Vista Social Club.
- Maya Jane Coles–Easier To Hide
The bass queen is back. The just-released Maya Jane Coles EP Easier To Hide will make it very difficult for fans to hide their like of its infectious groove. Insanely prolific house and dubstep producer Maya Jane Coles is setting the tone for 2013 in her usual workaholic fashion. Expect more sonic gold. “She is Danger.”
- Dizzee Rascal & Bun B–H Town
UK grime rapper Dizzee Rascal is back with a rascally, raucous crunk number and a new EP, Bassline Junkie. Who doesn’t want to get ornery and rascally to a British accent!?
- Sweater Beats–Make A Move
There is always some new genre name I have yet to be informed about–2013 brings us “luvstep.” Think R&B and slow jam all glorious smashed together in one tasty confection. When Sweater Beats says he makes music to “make your booty bounce,” you better believe him. Sampling Cassie’s “Me And You,” this song will have you making some serious moves, as is Sweater Beats who is now signed on Huh What And Where Records, with other equally innovative producers, like Ta-Ku.