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ATTENTION ALL DIRTY DANCERS OF THE SUMMER!

This year we are amped to be joining forces once again with our good buddies in Collaborative Media and Dim Mak to bring you the 2011 Pacific Festival in Orange County. The makings of the answer to a ‘SoCal Outsidelands’, the Pacific Festival is putting together the perfect balance of summer music now in a proper location for all festival-goers. With a relocated festival site to Oak Canyon Ranch (recent location of Lightning In A Bottle) and a full day of music starting @ 10am, this year’s Pacific Fest is gonna show off the true summer festival atmosphere in its deserved setting. Getting a huge boost from last year, the 2011 lineup is staggering (Just find your favorite groove makers below):

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Fresh off of massive performances at Ultra and SXSW and prepping for an equally massive US tour, ZEDS DEAD have gotten love from everyone from BBC Radio 1′s Kissy Sell Out to GQ Magazine to Much Music (Canada’s MTV, remember?) while maintaining the signature raw energy of their live shows alongside the elegant brutality of their productions.

You’ve been chomping at the bit on our GDD Facebook since we announced this release, so without further ado it is my distinct pleasure to present to you ZEDS DEAD – 1975.  Full track download, tour dates and a video of Christiano Ronaldo’s righteously (ridiculously) sexy Russian girlfriend Irina Shayk grinding dirty to the track in her intimate wear.  Seriously…

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As 2010 draws to a close, we at GDD™ have decided to embark on a recap for you guys, and summarize our favorites from a truly epic year in EDM. Every day between now and January 1, our contributors will be pairing up to share their top picks with you. Tre and I drew the short straw and are up first, covering the bassier genres, so without further ado let’s kick things off…

Tre’s Picks:
Skream – Outside The Box [Tempa]
In my eyes, 2010 saw the start to a great number of full length albums from EDM artists, which is pretty uncommon. The genre of mainstream dubstep emerged and saw the release of Magnetic Man on a mainstream label (Columbia), as well as Rusko’s OMG! on Mad Decent. However, there was only one that really stuck out to me as worthy of my album of the year – Skream’s Outside The Box. A cracking album from start to finish that demonstrates Skream’s versatility as an artist, ranging from the beautiful and entrancing sounds of ‘Epic Last Song’ to the heavy as sin ‘Wibbler’, which was a longtime anticipated by dubsteppers early on in the year.
Essential Listening: Wibbler / How Real (Ft. Freckles) / Epic Last Song

Breakage – Foundation [Digital Soundboy]
2010 was the year that saw Breakage (aka James Boyle) burst through the EDM scene with his own unique style. Foundation is a groundbreaking album full of jungle inspired drums, haunting bass lines and an eclectic mix of drum and bass and dubstep. James Boyle has taken a futurist approach to the scene, cranking out tunes that give listeners the best of both worlds while maintaining percussive roots in a scene that has been flourishing since the early 90’s. Breakage follows the simple, yet crucial rule of quality over quantity and while his songs may not be the busiest they sure deliver a sound that can only be described as smooth, haunting and powerful.
Essential Listening: Hard (Ft. David Rodigan & Newham Generals) / Run ‘em Out (Ft. Roots Manuva) / Vial (Ft. Burial)

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma [Brainfeeder]
2010 was also the year that IDM finally broke into the mainstream. This is one of those albums that stayed #1 in the unbelievably competitive billboard chart that is my car stereo. FlyLo’s intricate full length was a full force fusion of IDM, Jazz, Classical, 8-bit, hip-hop and so much more. Flying Lotus’ intense amount of work and emotion can be felt throughout the entire record, which arguably flows better than any other album I’ve heard this year. One can’t mention Cosmogramma without mentioning the enormous amount of collaborations that graced the album, from Laura Darlington to Thom Yorke.
Essential Listening: …And The World Laughs With You (Ft. Thom Yorke) / Do The Astral Plane / Nose Art


SweetFA’s Picks:
Netsky – Netsky [Hospital]
When I think of Belgium, probably the last thing that comes to mind is Drum & Bass, but this year I’ve been forced to have a rethink, after the success of Belgian DnB sensation Boris Daenen. Relatively new to the game, Daenen under the guise of Netsky unleashed his selftitled debut on the legendary London-based DnB label Hospital Records. Netsky’s liquid DnB sound has acted as a huge spark for the genre, breaking into the mainstream in a similar way to Pendulum when they unleashed Hold Your Color in 2005. With Hospital’s backing, you can expect big things from this guy.
Essential Listening: Pirate Bay / Moving With You (feat. Jenna G) / Escape (feat. Darrison)

Swedish House Mafia – One (Netsky Remix) by GDD-sweetfa

Horsepower Productions – Quest For The Sonic Bounty [Tempa]
Credited as one of the earliest pioneers of the dubstep genre, Horsepower Productions’ experimental UK Garage sound has been influencing scores of present day dubstep producers since the early noughties. The core duo consists of Benny Ill and Jay King, while Nassis and Lev Jnr drift in and out of the group, they worked together as a four piece for third studio album Quest For The Sonic Bounty which dropped last month. If you’re expecting high energy electronic wobble then this isn’t the one for you, but if you’re expecting a subtler more refined roots and garage album, then this is the one. For some the dubstep genre has begun to sound stale and monotonous, but when you listen to this record, you see that UK Garage is experiencing a second wind and will soon surpass it.
Essential Listening: Poison Wine / Water / Damn It

Underworld – Barking [Om Records]
While this record only touches the tips of bassier genres via some dank co production duties from Welsh DnB guru High Contrast, it’s definitely one of my top 5 records this year. Seeing an allstar lineup of co-producers including High Contrast, Appleblim, Dubfire, D.Ramirez and Paul Van Dyk, Barking is Underworld’s eighth studio album and it absolutely bangs. While it’s come under flak from some critics, I see it as some of their most ambitious and versatile work to date, ranging from the Deadmau5-ey prog house vibes of ‘Always Loved Film’, to straight up DnB jam ‘Scribble’. Those who were lucky enough to catch Karl Hyde and Rick Smith live this year will agree that these guys are one of the few acts whose live shows are even more mindblowing than their studio work, which is no easy feat.
Essential Listening: Scribble (co prod. by High Contrast) / Always Loved Film (co prod. by D.Ramirez / Strumpet Groove

Breakout Artists:
01: B-Complex
02: Breakage
03: Zeds Dead
04: Netsky
05: 12th Planet

Top Labels:
Brainfeeder

Subsidiary of Coldcut’s legendary Ninja Tune label that turned 20 this year, Brainfeeder is a collective run by Flying Lotus which this year has seen epic releases from FlyLo himself, as well as Daedelus, Mr. Oizo, Teebs and Tokimonsta.

Digital Soundboy

Started in 2005 by the legendary jungle mogul Shy FX, Digital Soundboy has become a household name in the electronic music scene. With both Shy’s musical knowledge and the talent he has recruited it is no wonder Digital Soundboy has become such a widely renowned and highly respected label. DS has had a massive year with hits from the likes of Breakage, Redlight, Benga, Benny Page, DJ Fresh, Caspa, Calibre and many more.

Circus Records

Circus Records was founded in 2008 in Weisbaden Germany, and now contains some of dubstep’s biggest names. Circus’ artists have saturated almost every dubsteppers itunes library and favorite clubs, whether it be the unique high end screeches of Doctor P, the intense layered basslines provided by Flux Pavilion or the diverse singles and remixes that Funtcase has dropped on us, we can’t deny that this was Circus’ year.

Best Live Performers:
01: Flying Lotus w/ Live band
02: Bassnectar
03: Magnetic Man

Biggest Tuneage:
01: Nero – Innocence
02: Bassnectar – Basshead √+
03: Skream – Wibbler √+
04: Plan B – Prayin’ (Breakage’s Bad Week Remix)
05: Freestylers – Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix)
06: • Magnetic Man – Perfect Stranger [Beatport]
07: Plan B – Recluse (Netsky Remix)
08: Zeds Dead – White Satin
09: B-Complex – Beautiful Lies VIP
10: 12th Planet – Juakali – Reasons (Doctor P Remix)

Thus, what can we say bassheads, glitch freaks, and IDM nazis…this was truly our year ; ) So grab these tunes, curl up next to the fire hugging your most massive sub and reminisce, because the best has yet to come (and we will keep bringing it to you).

Always with love,

Tre & SweetFA

Hello my fellow bassheads, I have a treat for you today. Underground dubstep legend Sub Antix (aka Keith Stewart) took time out of his hectic schedule to do a GDD interview! Residing in his hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Keith has been producing electronic music for four years. Now a hometown legend, Keith’s music has reached audiences all across the globe.

Keith’s take on dubstep is unique to say the least. While all of his songs possess the massive basslines we have all come to know and love, they differ from the everyday “big drop” dubstep tracks that have all started sounding so similar. Sub Antix’s perfectionist style is evident in his music, not only in the giant bass wobbles but in the melodic refrains that he has become famous for.

So, without further ado, I present to you a personal hero of mine, Sub Antix.

Hello my fellow bassheads, I have a treat for you today. Underground dubstep legend Sub Antix (aka Keith Stewart) took time out of his hectic schedule to do a GDD interview! Residing in his hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Keith has been producing electronic music for four years. Now a hometown legend, Keith’s music has reached audiences all across the globe.

Keith’s take on dubstep is unique to say the least. While all of his songs possess the massive basslines we have all come to know and love, they differ from the everyday “big drop” dubstep tracks that have all started sounding so similar. Sub Antix’s perfectionist style is evident in his music, not only in the giant bass wobbles but in the melodic refrains that he has become famous for.

So, without further ado, I present to you a personal hero of mine, Sub Antix.


GDD™: Hey Keith, thanks a bunch for taking the time out of your busy schedule for an interview, I know that you are a very busy man. Also, I just want to say that I am a huge fan.

SA: No problem at all and much appreciation. I’m actually quite a fan of the blog as well so I feel pretty privileged to be doing this interview.

GDD™: Let’s get right to it, I have noticed that you have played a bunch of shows in BC, any plans for a trip to the states?

SA: Most definitely. I think it’s within every artist from Canada’s plan to break through to the states. The market is huge and the genre itself seems to be taking a tight hold over all the people that are interested in it in North America, creating this big movement that seems to have no real signs of slowing down.

GDD™: I agree, I don’t see any end in sight for the dubstep movement. I know this is a tough one, but what is your favorite show you have ever played? Also, what was the best show you ever attended?

SA: The best show I played myself was the time I opened for Datsik in August. Everyone got there early, the energy was unbelievable from start to finish and it wasn’t only the first big show I had played with a new promotion company but it was also the first time I got to play out Human Error before I gave it out. The best show I have ever attended, however, was Shambhala. It’s an outdoor music festival near Nelson, BC that brings thousands of like-minded people in one beautiful place to experience some of the best music out there. A lot of people will probably recognize the name from Excision’s yearly set and I encourage anyone thinking about going to quit hesitating and go. It’s nuts.

GDD™: Although dubstep started in the UK, it has certainly become a worldwide movement, with artists emerging all over the world. In Canada you have two of my favorite names, Datsik and Zeds Dead, how has the scene in Canada influenced you?

SA: It’s influenced me immensely. Artists like Downlink, Datsik (as you said), and Excision have been huge inspirations and catalysts for pushing myself to create bigger and badder sounds. As far as the scene itself, I know that different cities in Canada like Calgary are really feeling the sound and have profound artists coming out of there with their own unique takes on the genre as well. I’m always stoked to hear what other up and coming producers from Canada have to offer as well as other producers from around the world.

GDD™: What do you think is next for dubstep?

SA: Bigger sounds, more record labels and (fortunately or unfortunately depending on the way you look at it) mainstreaming. As all these much poppier, more melodic driven tracks come out, a lot of people who wouldn’t necessarily have taken to the genre before are really starting to like it.. But even then there will still be a place for the people who dig the darker stuff. I don’t think that will ever change.

GDD™:I read that you used to be in a metal band, how has your love for metal influenced your production and what bands in particular influenced you growing up? How did you make the transition from metal band to electronic music?

SA: I love anything really heavy and driving in music right off the bat it seems. I was, and still am, a huge fan of bands like Spawn of Possession, Opeth, Meshuggah etc. I also grew up in a smaller town playing lots of older video games and loving the sounds of all the different synths that were used to make the music for them. I guess it would be the combination of both those things that brought me to electronic music in the end.

GDD™: Oracle is much different than your other tunes, is this an indication of a new direction for Sub Antix?

SA: I wouldn’t say so. I generally produce the kinds of tracks that are similar to the ones I am really feeling to at that moment. When I was making Oracle though I actually intended to make another bigger harsher track but nothing really seemed to compliment the intro. So I went the opposite direction and found something that fit a lot better.

GDD™: Today, there are so many different sounds in dubstep, who, in particular do you think is pushing the scene in a new direction and who would you say is your biggest influence?

SA: Both really tough choices. With all these new releases coming out lately it’s hard to be specific. If I had to pick 3 I would say Skism, Subscape and Flux Pavillion have crazy originality in their own ways and are definitely pushing the genre. As far as my biggest influence I gotta say Reso. Definitely one of the most diverse producers out there and the quality and dynamics of his tracks are continuously insane.

GDD™: We are beginning to see much more dubstep artists performing at raves, and in many dubstep stages have replaced drum n bass stages. Do you think the rave scene will have an effect dubstep?

SA: I think it’s going to become more and more common to hear dubstep at big raves but the key is variety. At huge events like that people value choice, and I would have to say dubstep is a pretty good choice.

GDD™: Thanks again for the interview Keith, best to you.

And of course, here are your
320 dubs ; )







TRE



LDN – On Wednesday 13th, Kissy Sell Out‘s San City High Tour shall be rolling into Londontown to play an intimate show at the legendary East Village in Shoreditch. The night shall give Kissy’s independent label the chance to showcase a host of fresh talent that includes Urchins, Blamma! Blamma!, Hot Pink Delorean and Canadian duo Zed’s Dead. Cruise by ticketweb to pick up a pass for the bargain sum of £7.

venue info:
East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A
Wednesday 13th October: 8pm-2am
lineup:

SweetFA

From Ontario, Canada, Zeds Dead are producing some colossus dubstep tunes at the moment. They caught my eye back in April when I first heard the ‘Gimme Shelter’ remix – Since then, they’ve dropped a killer remix of Massive Attack‘s ‘Paradise Circus’ and more recently, ‘Eyes On the Fire’ originally by Blue Foundation. Huge fan of all of the above. If I were starting a dub label, I’d move to Canada, because the quality of unsigned dubstep coming out of there right now is unreal. Check those guys out, and if you dig them, check out Knight Riderz & Sub Antix as well.
Dubstep original remix gets an electro refit from re-edit maestro Barletta.
BONUS:
Datsik released some free remixes a few weeks back via his facebook group. His MGMT & Coldplay remixes aren’t so hot, but this one is:
Bar9 have also just dropped a free banger via their Soundcloud. Lately their productions have been utter fire, and this one’s is no different:
Big ups to Rub-a-dub-dub for the heads up on this track.

SweetFA