When I was a kid my dad would play a whole load of Ibiza tunes and garage. I think this is really what spawned my love of bass music. Even now I buy him D&B and dubstep CDs for his birthday and sure enough when I get in his car there is normally one playing. At a high volume I might add. Tunes like this, even though it was released last year takes me back to those years of listening to Double 99 at the breakfast table.
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What a tune, always goes off:
Digital Mystikz - Haunted
Requake & Badklaat - Corruption
I always make sure there is an extra volume notch saved for when a tune like this comes along.
James Blake - Postpone
I listen to the CMYK E.P a lot and never really realised how great this track was. Thumping.
This is flawless.
I’m experimenting. What’s big right now are beats that are in the clubs, like dubstep. So I want to mess with that stuff, but also stay me.
Justin Bieber, 2011
This album definitely helped shape the way I listened to dubstep. Before I listened mostly to the Dubstep Allstars series with tunes by Skream, Benga, Kromestar, D1 and Digital Mystikz. The only tune I had heard from Rusko before this album was Cockney Thug. They played it most nights I went out in Bournemouth as a student and the place would always go off. This album got me more aquatinted with Caspa and Rusko’s style. I still listen to the album regally and find it hard to believe its four years old!
01. Caspa - Born to do it
02. L-Wiz - Girl From Codeine City
03. Caspa - Cockney Violin
04. Uncle Sam - Round the way Girls (Tes le Roc Remix)
05. Rusko - Jahova
06. Caspa - The Terminator
07. Cotti - Legacy
08. Matty G - 50K VIP
09. The Others - Africa VIP
10. Distance - V
11. Caspa - Big Headed Slags
12. Rusko - Too Far
13. Coki - Sponge Bob
14. Caspa - Louder
15. Caspa & The Others - Well ‘Ard
16. Unitz - The Drop
17. Rusko - Hammer Time
18. Rusko - Mr Chips
19. Orien - Look At My Eyes
20. The Others - Fun House
21. Rusko - 2 N A Q
22. Rusko - Cockney Thug
23. Rusko - Cockney Thug (Buraka Som Sistema Remix)
24. Skream - Guru
25. Rusko - Beta Max
26. D1 - Im Loving
27. Caspa & Rusko - Rock Bottom
28. Orien - Rainbow Tear Drops
29. ConQuest - Forever
I am glad to see KOAN Sound finally getting the recognition they deserve by teaming up with Skrillex and Flux Pavillion on the Mothership Tour. They were the first ‘filth’ producers I really listened to. Before I discovered their track ‘Mafia’ back in late 2008 I had mainly litened to deep dubstep like Skream, Benga, Kromestar, D1, Distane and Digital Mystikz. It really introduced me to a whole new side of dubstep.
I have always been a metal fan and I guess that is why I’d been attracted to Distance’s tunes. They normally feature heavy guitar like loops. When I heard Mafia however it not only has the bass that is essential in a dubstep tune but it had the intense mechanical rawness that was later made popular by people like Excision and Datsik. Koan’s style is so experimental with sometimes erratic time structures, intense frequency drops and flat out power that would flatten many bassbins.
Hope the boys enjoy the acknowledgment for all their hard work. Still remember seeing them in what used to be The LAB in Bristol. Awesome night.
There was no high quality versions of Mafia up so here is another favourite of mine, Akira.