LA dubstep outfit SMOG has been making more regular appearances on the radio waves this year, from weekly podcasts on RinseFM coming out of their home-base “The Compound” to their feature on MistaJam’s Daily Dose. This week SMOG player SPL added his talents to the Daily Dose, bringing in a artillery of his own productions and remixes, along with plenty of new stuff from his record label Hollow Point Recordings, and of course a fine selection of bonafide SMOG tunes.
You can listen to (and download) the mix below, and if the immensity of the track selection is any indication to the year ahead for SPL, it’s gunna be a heavyyyy one…
It’s March. Jesus. Just about that time where everyone’s well into the swing of their year (at least they better be), which means it’s time for me to interrupt your regularly programmed schedule and shake things up a bit. GDD’s guest mix gets dark and heavy this week. Like… really dark and heavy. Que me grinning and doing this. Enter Kelly Dean.
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.
After being burdened by finals at the RMBA Culture Clash two years ago (where Dim Mak, Stones Throw, SMOG, and Dub Club battled with an achingly close win by Stones Throw over SMOG), the second I heard of the clash returning, I was all in. As a 100% admitted fan-girl of the stuff that Friends of Friends teamers Salva, Shlohmo, Groundislava, and Jerome LOL are pushing I was really excited to see them competing, but as we all know my blood is infused with SMOG. So my fate for the evening is sealed.
Our friends at LA-based label, SMOG, have just sent over an exciting new release from Brooklyn’s Infuze, and the Far Away EP truly caught me off guard in the best way possible. A well-travelled producer, Eliot Leigh AKA Infuze has made music from an early age; starting out in the realm of Drum N Bass before dabbling in Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop while studying music production in school. Over the years, his initial passion for DnB and Bass music never left him, and his ability to integrate melody and Pop sensibilities within bass-heavy productions grew stronger. Far Away tells this story perfectly, and I hear the possibility of the next Magnetic Man within the 5 track release. For real. Pick up the EP on Beatport tomorrow 11/27 and let me know if you disagree.
Today, we get to premiere one of my favorite tracks from the release titled “Fever;” a lighter, more “I Need Air” side to Infuze. A must-listen.
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…
CONTROL @ Avalon this week gets swept away by the SMOG takeover, led by frontman and LA hero 12th Planet. Joining Mr. Planet will be fellow bass aficionados Flinch and Antiserum, with support from Noah D, Kelly Dean, and The Juggernaut. All this bass is gonna make this sell out quick. This event will reach capacity early, so please RSVP below and arrive before doors to guarantee entry!
Please email names to RSVP@gottadancedirty.com to be on our discount guestlist for the evening. All names must be submitted by 5PM on Friday.
Two of our talented friends that live Downtown on the East side of the 405 here in Los Angeles have used their newly found proximity to each other to spend some time making tunes — free tunes that is. Today, SMOG rep Flinch has released a 5-track EP with Scion A/V, and the third track of his release is a very well-done collaboration with AC Slater titled ‘Moonlight.’ Another fantastic track on the Underwater EP includes the eponymous single, which features a beautiful vocal contribution from Kylee Swenson and also gets a remix treatment from the beastly Bare. As always with the lovely people at Scion AV, they’re putting the whole thing out for free over on their website.
Fresh off conquering the 50-date sold-out Mothership Tour, John Dadzie aka 12th Planet has returned home to Los Angeles to host the SMOG 5 Year Anniversary event. The lineup, topped by dubstep don Skream, is massive, filled with the entire SMOG label roster as well as secret guests that are sure to make this an event for the record books.
The real treat will be a special debut screening of 12th Planet: A Documentary. Directed by creative visionary and esteemed LMU-film graduate Mollie Tarlow, the film takes you over almost 2 years of the wild ride of 12th Planet on tour and subsequently the rising emergence of dubstep in America. It also features scenes from the top music festivals across the nation and appearances by some of the biggest names in dance music.
“SMOG, the dubstep record label that changed the American dubstep game (you could say even helped CREATE it), is celebrating its fifth year of existence, and it will be the birthday celebration to end all. Only five years ago, SMOG chiefs John Dadzie, Danny Johnson (head of Media Contender), and Drew Best ganged together in an effort to bring a new genre of music they felt so passionately about to the states. I think that I can speak for each of them when I say NOBODY knew that dubstep, the music few people knew about and even fewer were creating, would become what it is today. It’s been an incredibly exciting ride for everybody involved, and all along SMOG has been there shining the best light on one of the biggest rising genres in the music world today.” - Laura D,Media Contender