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Established in 2004 by Caspa and a few like-minded friends, Dub Police has proved a vital outlet for producers to showcase the finest elements of dubstep, whether that be heavy, deeper, darker or more innovative cuts. Since it’s inception, the label has presided over 80-plus releases from a roster of more than 30 artists and set the benchmark for aspiring imprints to follow, solidifying itself as a truly global imprint in the process; Japan, Australia and even Mumbai have all been played by Dub Police artists. As the first dubstep label to tour the USA in 2010, host label nights in Ibiza and hold down a bi-monthly residency at Fabric that’s now entering into it’s fifth year, allowing the label to showcase the ‘who’s who’ of Dubstep in their hometown of London. Dub Police continue to redefine expectations at a considerable rate of knots.
As an iconic home to emerging dubstep talent for almost a decade, Dub Police have also played a pivotal role in the genre’s sonic evolution. As key whistleblowers if you like, they were first to champion the sounds of genre-defining artists like Rusko, Emalkay and Trolley Snatcha and have continued to build on that legacy with label boss Caspa leading the imprint firmly into the future. To celebrate just how far they’ve come, Dub Police are proud to present ‘Past, Present & Future’, a 45-track compilation album that showcases the evolution of their sound, by those who helped make it happen. It will be available across three formats; digital, CD and as part of a specially-curated vinyl package that will see two tracks taken from each section and pressed to 12” wax. Tracks include those never before released on vinyl alongside a number that have completely sold out, including L Wiz’s ‘Girl From Codeine City’, a track out of circulation for near on six years, and The Others & Emalkay’s coveted banger ‘Fallout’.
The ‘Past’ will be of particular intrigue to the label’s early enthusiasts, with a swathe of highly-sought after classics making up the majority of the track-listing. From Emalkay’s seminal breakthrough heater ‘When I Look At You’ to the sullen majesty of Caspa’s glorious ‘Cockney Violin’, there is plenty of sure-fire gold on offer here. Of course, the contrast between then and now is also an interesting one, with tracks like The Others’ ‘Africa V.I.P’ serving as poignant reminders of the label’s beginnings; for many, these were the tunes that first introduced them to the genre.
‘Present’ looks more to the sound that has made considerable waves across the pond and beyond, with music from established Dub Police names like Subscape and The Others sitting proudly alongside more contemporary upstarts Variations and Mydas. These are the tracks you could expect to grace raves across the world right now, permeating the sets of the label’s artists and contemporaries alike. Caspa’s recent ‘Techno Terry’ single, featuring hotly-tipped protege Dismantle, is a standout feature, alongside Trolley Snatcha’s club banger ‘Make My Whole World’.
Naturally, looking forward would not be possible without the past or the present, but the section that looks to the genre’s future is arguably the compilation’s most important. A whole host of label talent give us their insight into the sound’s future composition, alongside intriguing features for J:Kenzo & Matty G and next-generation producers Ethic, Oiki and Badklaat, all of whom point to a bright and intriguing future for the sound.
Bold, expansive and a fitting testament to their continuing legacy, this is the story of Dub Police, and furthermore, dubstep, through the eyes of some of it’s finest purveyors.
CD / DIGITAL TRACKLIST:
Past 1. L-Wiz – Girl From Codeine City
2. Caspa – Cockney Violin
3. Emalkay – When I Look At You
4. Caspa – For The Kids
5. Mungos Hi Fi feat. Earl 16 – International Roots (LD Remix)
6. The Others – Africa VIP
7. Subscape – Nothings Wrong
8. N-Type – Way Of The Dub (Caspa Remix)
9. Rusko – Acton Dread
10. Trolley Snatcha – The Future
11. Conquest – Forever
12. The Others – Gravity
13. Rusko – Cockney Thug (Caspa Remix)
14. Emalkay – Fabrication
15. Matty G – Turf W*rz
Present 1. Subscape – I Need You
2. Oiki – Get It Now
3. Caspa feat. DIsmantle – Techno Terry
4. The Others & Emalkay – Fallout
5. Subscape – When I See You
6. Dirty Dog – Selecta
7. Trolley Snatcha – Make My Whole World
8. Filth Collins – Fatboy Riddim
9. Caspa – Sexy Beast
10. Mydas – Squared
11. Dirty Dog – Barkin Mad
12. Variations – Subbington
13. Ethic – Temple Run
14. The Others – One Man Show feat. Lonette Charles (J:Kenzo Remix)
15. Mydas – Beneath The Fold
Future 1. The Others – Joy
2. Oiki – Are You Scared
3. Trolley Snatcha – Ganja Talk
4. Caspa – London Zoo
5. Caspa – Mad Man feat. Riko
6. Matty G & J:Kenzo – SC Connection
7. Variations – Fighting For Air
8. KGB – Hardstyle
9. Subscape – Get You Down
10. Dirty Dog – Sucker Punch
11. Mydas – The Wait
12. Subscape – I Would Have Loved You
13. The Others – Amazonia
14. BadKlaat – Get Twisted
15. Trolley Snatcha & Subscape – Give And Take
Vinyl One 1. Caspa – Sexy Beast
2. Variations – Subbington
Vinyl Two 3. The Others & Emalkay – Fallout
4. L-Wiz – Girl From Codeine City
Vinyl Three 5. J:Kenzo & Matty G – SC Connection
6. Mydas – Squared
Electric City is the new album from Sarantis OUT NOW via Senseless Records. It takes it’s name from an imagined urban landscape caught somewhere between London and the dystopian sprawl imagined by John Carpenter, Warriors and other classic 80s sci-fi. The music takes audible cues from the soundtracks to those films; bold, raw synths and big drums reverberate but also a melting pot of musical styles ranging from motor city techno and electro funk through to cutting edge grime, bashment and footwork.
Vocal tracks come from Parly B (Mungo’s Hifi), South London’s rising grime star M.I.K. & Dialect, a renowned freestyle MC and regular guest on Westwood and 1Xtra.
Building on previous releases for Senseless, Black Acre and Chrissy Murderbot’s Loose Squares, on this LP Sarantis expands his sonic palette and allows all the inspiration and influence collected in the past half decade to breathe and expand. Starting out from his soundsystem roots in Leeds, UK, Sarantis has worked his way in to the record boxes of people like Skream, Brenmar, DMZ & Mary Anne Hobbs with a catalogue spanning six years and work with vocalists like Warrior Queen and Iration Steppas.
RUSKO – one of dance music’s most outspoken artists – announces today that he will release all his original music going forward for free. Beginning with the November 4 release of his “KAPOW” EP all new RUSKO music will be available for free download through Ruskoonfire.com/kapow. “KAPOW” will also be available via iTunes on November 6
“KAPOW” is a four-track workout that blends dubstep, rave anthems and Hip-Hop with an energy that only RUSKO delivers. “Yeah,” is the ultimate jump up rave/dubstep anthem blending jagged basslines with a signature rave vocal. It’s available for free download now on Rollingstone.com. “Booyakasha” is car chase dubstep; perfect for a showdown in the hood. “Bring It Back” blends twisted dubstep basslineswith old school piano licks and a touch of soul, while “Like This” blends Hip-Hop with chunky break beats.
“The natural thing for me to do is release “KAPOW” myself. How I want. The way I want and at the speed I want. It’s about promotion and not profit – I want to give the fans the music in real time. If they can help me promote it too then it’s essentially what a label does anyway but just without copyright restrictions.The fans are key in the success of “KAPOW.” If you like it, send it to a friend. I just want everyone to be able have my music if they want it,” RUSKO says.
RUSKO is supporting “KAPOW” with a fall North American tour that launches on October 26 in Chicago, Illinois and runs through the end of November.
KAPOW EP Tracklisting
“Bring It Back”
Download “Yeah” from Rollingstone.com
Download “Like This” from Jay Z’s Life + Times
Paper Diamond is the newest edition to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, with his brand of music fitting in nicely with his new label mates Major Lazer, Crookers and Rusko, among many others. His new EP entitled Wavesight was released May 3, and showcases Paper Diamond’s talent for incredible bass, electronic, and hip-hop styles.
Paper Diamond is also continuing his progression across the great expanse of America, taking his beats through the summer. He will be making appearences at several major festivals, including Electric Forest, What The Festival?!, Lollapalooza and Electric Zoo.
REMAINING SPRING AND SUMMER TOUR DATES
6/28 – 7/1 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest
7/8 – Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/13 – Louisville, KY @ Official Forecastle Afterparty
7/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Global Dance Festival
7/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Brick
7/27 – 7/29 – White River, OR @ What The Festival?!
8/3 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
8/3 – 8/5 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/9 – 8/11 – Beech Mountain, NC @ Gnarnia Festival
8/11 – Bangor, ME @ Kah-Bang Festival
8/24 – 8/26 – Somerset, WI @ Somerset Amphitheater
9/2 – New York, NY @ Electric Zoo
9/21 – 9/23 – Pensacola Beach, FL @ DeLuna Fest
9/27 – 9/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Counterpoint Music Festival
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5 weeks after legendary Hip Hop pioneers Cypress Hill announced a collaboration with UK dubstep DJ/Producer Rusko, comes the first video from the EP. The 5 track EP will be released in April.
“I think dubstep is a natural progression of hip-hop,” says Sen Dog. “Especially the way that we formulated it with Rusko, there’s definitely some roughness to it.”
“We’ve always been the type of group to take chances on doing something radically different than what people expect from us. So this carries with the tradition of us going out of the box. If it’s not something that we embrace then we don’t dare mess with it and this is something we fell right into the pocket of,” adds B-Real.
The video was directed by Canadian director Jodeb and sees the band travel on an epic freight train journey through mountains and deserts.