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
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.