All words: Toni Tileva
After last week’s sojourn into the house-ier side of things, I am back with some subwoofer-tingling grimier, winter-be-damning, darker beats. In this column, we 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].
1. Camden Palace–The Mixtape
To call this mix a scorcher of a garage sampler would be an understatement–MJ Cole, Julio Bashmore, Wookie, and Delilah bring some heavy bassweight to bear. Only thing missing is some Artful Dodger. Garage, an offshoot of house music, started in the early 1990s in the UK, marked by a syncopated 4/4 rhythm and “chopped up” vocal samples. Even though its popularity seemed to wane a bit, it has majorly impacted dubstep, grime, and the futurebass genres, as well as its housier offshoot, UK funky.
2. Uncle Sam–Round The World Girls [Tes La Rok Remix]
Speaking of giving your subs a good workout, this remix by Finnish dubstep whiz Tes La Rok puts the dub in dubstep [as opposed to the wobble]. When this track dropped in 2007, it quickly became one of the original dubstep anthems, and with good reason, putting Finland on the dubstep map in a major way.
3. Nu:Tone–Win The Fight
For lack of a better description, this is the “We Are The Champions” of liquid drum’n’bass. Seriously uplifting, ebullient, effervescent, and other elating e words. Fresh off Nu:Tone’s 2011 Words And Pictures album, this track is symptomatic of Hospital Records’ other quality liquid releases.
4. Nujabes feat. Shing02–Luv (Sic) Part 2
One cannot really overstate the indelible mark legendary Japanese turntablist/producer Nujabes left on the worlds of downtempo and hip-hop, earning his space in the constellation that DJ Krush and J. Dilla also shine in. Bay Area-residing Japanese MC Shing02 collaborated with Nujabes on a number of tracks, including the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. “Dumb struck with the pure luck to find you here,” “You epitomize the etymology of enthusiasm,” are just some snippets that showcase the kind of cunning linguisty-lyricism emblematic of polyglot writers. If this track doesn’t warm your heart, you may need to check for a pulse.
5. The xx-Angels [Bodhi Remix]
“They would be in love with you with as I am.” Indeed in re: to this track. UK house producer duo Bodhi turns the heat up on the xx’s atmospheric, somewhat icily detached Angels to give us a lusher, jauntier, more filled-out and hypnotic, groove-is-in-the-heart-and-not-the-bum-leaning sound . Oddly enough, this sounds like a remix Jamie xx himself would have done, steel pans stylings and all.