This week, we are switching gears and kicking it up a notch with the promising Finnish dubstep producer 501. Coming off of releasing his forward-thinking Smash EP, the Never Say Die Records artist has been working diligently in the studio cooking up some more unique bass heavy tracks. Additionally, 501 has provided us this excellent guest mix that showcases his versatile music taste by seamlessly moving through several different dance music genres with ease. With a massive 44 song tracklist, this one is not to be missed by the lovers of the low end. Get your bass fix courtesy of 501.

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Kelly Dean‘s Firewall is the latest from SMOG and the first of what I’m sure will be many massive releases this year from the likes of the LA label. The release demonically traverses across four original tracks and two remixes from the likes of District and Drumcell. Kelly Dean keeps with his traditional style of the darker, hollow and driving spectrum of dubstep, each track combining an eerie essence with a dance-floor drive and tight production. District delivers a stripped-down remix of “Samurai”, and Drumcell infuses his remix with a dark techno vibe.
You can stream all of the tunes over at the SMOGcloud and cop the whole thing over on Beatport.

The hip-hop influenced electronica masterminds from Canada, Zeds Dead, released a majestic remix of Marina & The Diamonds’ hit song “Lies.” After closing 2012 with an eclectic “Holiday Mix” as a gift to their loyal fans, they return to begin another massive new year in proper form.

Their remix of “Lies” draws vocals and melodic elements from the original and adds a gritty dubstep twist along with lush pads. Listen/download below and ♥ on the Hype Machine

Aside from the lucky witnesses at his shows, TheFatRat has maintained his anonymity. Although his assistant, Chris, was finally exposed, the true identity of the artist is still shrouded in mystery. Despite the lurking curiosity, we still have the pleasure of receiving incendiary tracks such as this brand new original, “Splinter,” coming out January 25th via Spinnin’ Records. With this release, TheFatRat takes on a much heavier sound with monstrous dubstep weaving in and out of orchestrated strings. “Splinter” is certainly not for the faint of heart, so proceed with caution, you have been warned! Be on the lookout for many more originals from TheFatRat this year.

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Today marks the release of the latest collaboration between mighty bass producers, SPL & Nathaniel Knows, titled “Right There” — a trapped out heater out on Hollow Point Recordings with heavy support already from the likes of AC Slater, Excision, Reid Speed, and more. By combining elements of big room rave and the 808 thump of the south, this release truly is as epic as it is swagged out.

To coincide with the release, SPL & Nathaniel Knows have gathered up a grip of fresh new gear, including T-shirts, tanktops, pendants, and a whole lot of stickers (see photo below), to give away to 5 (!) lucky individuals. Have a listen to this killer new track and make sure to read contest instructions and enter in Punchtab below!

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Major Lazer has become a movement. Amidst touring the world with their massive collective and spreading the noise, Mad Decent chief Diplo and his new partners in crime Jillionaire and Walshy Fire teamed up this year with UK bass aficionado Flux Pavilion to create “Jah Not Partial,” putting the Rasta spirit into a heavy dub driven anthem. The music video for the track premiered today, focusing on the life & times of the group at festivals and road trips far and wide. Oh, Mister Marshall…

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In honor of Sesame Street, today is brought to you exclusively by the number 12. One of my favorite DJs and all-around standup guy 12th Planet is ready to shake the Earth tonight with his massive show THE END tonight at Exchange LA. Supported by an amazing lineup of Salva, Two Fresh, DallasK, and Clicks & Whistles,  it’s 12thy’s evening of all evenings, with the planets aligning just right for 12/12/12.

In honor of THE END, I asked 12th Planet for 12 things he’d like to do before the apocalypse. True-to-form, he delivered superbly entertaining answers. Go ahead and check them out after the jump and find out how you can win a pair of tickets to his show TONIGHT.

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The mysterious, Whiiite, has finally released his debut EP, Whiiite Begins, today on Australian imprint, Vicious Bitch, and I have to say that the 5 original productions have greatly exceeded my expectations. Pulling sounds across multiple bass-heavy genres, Whiiite creates a tasteful, well-produced debut — showcasing a mastery of technique and skill in the studio.

The EP features collaborations with some great up and coming talent including Valentino Khan (“Paradise”) and Kids At The Bar (“Torment”), and swoops across Electro, Dubstep, Drumstep, and more with ease throughout the EP. Stream below and pick it up on Beatport.


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Smog City from Mollie Tarlow on Vimeo.

As a revealed double agent behind both Gotta Dance Dirty and Media Contender, it’s been a long and absolutely thrilling ride watching the world of SMOG and 12th Planet evolve over the past few years. The people behind SMOG records, the ones who joined forces simply on the basis of musical passion, have created such a stronghold and family over the past six years; a presence that is noted with every party, every MC shoutout, every EP release, and in the minds of every individual who has ever somehow crossed paths with the LA label.

I am incredibly pleased and so proud to say that after years of growth, countless shows, multitudes of interviews, and likely months worth of footage, the documentary SMOG CITY is now out for the entire world to see. Take a look into the world of both 12th Planet and the SMOG family, and I assure you after watching you will grow to love them just as much as I have. Everyone involved has been intrinsically linked with developing and building the foundation of dubstep in the United States. With an occasional misnomer and misunderstanding behind the term, the documentary builds an important understanding of the its roots and the honest and pure path that SMOG and 12th Planet have taken to develop both themselves and the bigger picture of music itself.

You can check out GDD’s interview with the directors Mollie and Adam here.

One of our best friends and GDD familiars John Dadzie aka 12th planet has been on a wild ride over the past few years, paying his dues while subsequently laying the foundation for the emergence of dubstep in the US. All the while, creative visionary directors Mollie Tarlow and Adam Leao have been capturing his life through his experiences as an EDM producer, DJ, and respected friend to all in the industry. With the documentary “SMOG CITY” premiering today on MTV.com, we sat down for an exclusive interview with the directors on their own experiences making the film…

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