‘Dubstep is dead’ sang a headline in yesterday’s Daily Star. The reason why? Skream had given an interview to one of the paper’s gossip columnists, in which he apparently said that the genre he helped create had become meaningless. And very quickly an oh-so-familiar theme reared it’s oh-so-boring head. Again.
The drone of death knells has surrounded dubstep for ages now. Fans and DJs who were instrumental in lighting its fuse have abandonned it, decrying the sound as they move on to other, seemingly more fertile strains of dance music. And it’s easy to see why. Taken at face value, what’s left of dubstep has been bastardised, parodied and flogged to within an inch of its life, leaving a nasty, decrepit stink that makes people wrinkle their face in disgust.
But dubstep’s not really dead. How could it be? Skrillex is still sweeping up GRAMMYs and thousands of ravers are still looking forward to the last weekend in August, when Outlook festival presents a full spread of 140bpm’s finest on a beautiful stretch of Croatian coastline.
The problem is that, following its boom during the mid to late noughties, dubstep has settled down. Rather than a revolution, it’s just another genre. “It’s had its day in the limelight. It’s not the new kid on the block anymore, it’s the sulking teenager!” Pinch recently told Mixmag. “For me the innovative spirit of the early dubstep years drizzled out around 2008. For five years it hasn’t been king of the hill.”
With founding DJs left disillusioned, big tunes coming around with far less frequency and seminal nights like DMZ reduced to annual reunions where everyone raises a lighter to ‘Skeng’, it begs the question: who’s actually going to save dubstep?
Crooked Colours Returns with “I’ll Be There” from Sophmore LP
After the success of their debut album “Vera” from a year ago, and fresh off their tour with Irish singer EDEN, Crooked Colours returns to drop a bring new single, “I’ll Be There”, from their upcoming sophmore album expected to arrive in 2019.
Additionally, the group has announced a 13-date tour of the United States, which you can the schedule for below:
Oct 24 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON
Oct 25 – Belmont – Montreal, QBC
Oct 26 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Oct 27 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
Nov 01 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
Nov 02 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 03 – Gamh – San Francisco, CA
Nov 08 – Holocene – Portland, OR
Nov 09 – Fortune – Vancouver, BC
Nov 10 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Nov 13 – 7th Street – Minneapolis, MN
Nov 14 – High Noon – Madison, WI
Nov 15 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Crankdat Drops New Single ‘Say It’
Crankdat just hooked fans up with a brand new track, “Say It”, which features some melodic and rhythmic drum & bass sounds to accompany strong fluid vocals from Los Angeles based singer songwriter Sara Skinner.
“The production process of ‘Say It’ was absolutely seamless. I produced the beat earlier this year [originally] with no intentions of doing anything with it — sometimes I make very different styles of music for total fun…I sent it to this vocalist I met on the Internet a few months prior, Sara Skinner…the first demo Sara sent back was absolutely GOLD. She did her thing, and she nailed it. Afterwards, I finished processing the vocal and engineering the beat, and thus, ‘Say It’ was born! – Crankdat.
Folded Dragons Releases New Single “Fake Love”
Folded Dragons have returned armed with a brand new single, “Fake Love”, this is sure to help your week flow by just a little bit smoother.
Jason Chen, Ak Benjamin, and Ysabelle all come together for this track that is full of chord progressions and melodic elements that these artists have become known for.
Check out the track below:
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