There are a handfull of underground artists today that are taking full advantage of the ever growing, most powerful source on the globe, something that we all admit we can not live without, the Internet. Artists are gaining momentum like never before and are holding outstanding, world breaking numbers that the music industry as ever seen. Ghostwriter, storyteller, and passionate artist Rules has skyrocketed through the interweb, gaining many listeners and fans simply with relatable emotions, portrayed only by music. Right here in our home town, Washington, DC, this UK garage, R&B inspired bass producer, Rules, is an artist that only cares about connecting with an audience emotionally and getting the right feeling at the right time. It’s about those dark nights, where you don’t want to go home, but you want to enjoy music with another soul, connect, and then part ways. Blisspop was lucky enough to connect with Rules and learn more about this organic, talented artist.
“Washington is a weird city because it’s kind of transient. It’s a city where people come to work or study, and once they’re done, they’re out. There are few people who actually stay here long enough to build a scene”, is what world renowned DJ/Producer Martyn stated in an interview with The Guardian. Well, Martyn and the nations capital are in for a big surprise this Thursday when Deep Sessions DC brings U Street Music Hall the biggest and most deep rooted bass show it has ever seen. Not only will Martyn provide the well known “Martyn Music” sound but he will be accompanied by two profound and legendary artists that have become staples in dubstep all over the world.
Making his DC debut, Manchester’s Biome, has become known for his atmospheric, organic dubstep sound, and will provide a spacious vibe with his collection of mid-range energy. Biome has the ability to build deep-dark beats and create a cosmic trip on the dance floor. His tracks has been played by inspirational artists such as Icicle and Youngsta, and it is no doubt that Biome will continue to make his mark with this powerful genre making him one of the leading forces of dubstep.
Listen to Biomes “Nocturnal” here and grab a free download:
Having one of the most reputable names in the bass music scene today, DJ Youngsta has been one of the biggest influences in this genre to date and is well known for being a dubstep veteran. Also making his DC debut, Youngsta leads his success with his popular radio show Rinse FM, Youngsta has made monumental discoveries that go down in music history that has made an everlasting impact on the deep rooted music we hear today. He also represents Tempa Records, which holds releases under big names such as Skream, J:Kenzo, Headhunter, Coki and Truth. Youngsta continues to be the voice of dubstep worldwide as well as creating consistant momentum and lasting memories.
Listen to LX ONE and Youngsta’s new track “Responsibility”, forthcoming on Tempa Records:
In a interview with RA in 2008, Martyn states, “Well, bass is – that’s also sort of a physical thing for me.” For years, Martyn has made bass music a physical, emotional and mental thing for his audience. Beautifully blending all genres like techno, dubstep, garage, and house, Martyn tells his story on the dancfloor while continuing to push new forward thinking sounds. His label 3024 holds EPs from some of the biggest names in electronic music such as Jacque Greene, Julio Bashmore, and Instra:mental. Martyn continues to be a moving force within the bass scene by pushing boundaries and ideas.
Listen to one of Marytn’s classics here from his full length album Ghost People titled “Viper”:
Don’t miss out of history being made this Thursday at U Street Music Hall! Here’s where you can get your tickets: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/183749
Artist, producer and pioneer FaltyDL provided forward thinking momentum once again at U Street Music Hall while opening for Montreal’s 20 year old Jacques Greene. Blending a collection of genres, such as UK funky, garage, 2-step, and bass music, FaltyDL got the crowd warmed up and ready for Greene’s headlining performance. This Red Bull Music Academy event provided monumental influences and inspired everyone on the dancefloor.
Going right in with New York and Chicago sounds, FaltyDL starts off with a perfect, sexy and chill vibe to start the night off right. He introduces a couple of his new tracks off his new album titled Hardcourage, where he plays tracks like “Bells” and of course his hit single “Straight & Arrow.” He incorporates a bright collection with the right mixture of jazz, garage, house and 2-step. After the very uptempo soulful start, he keeps the dancefloor moving by picking up more on the deeper side of things by playing colorful sounds of post-dubstep, similar to his track “Korben Dallas.” FaltyDL tells a perfect story within his sets. He kept telling his story, moving the crowd into a perfect build up into Jacques Greene.
In a recent interview with Pitchfork Weekly, FaltyDL stated that he wanted to improve on his DJ sets for 2013 by playing more diverse genres and more of his own music. He has definitely delivered that at U Street Music Hall and will continue delivering that through this up coming year.
Want more? If you haven’t heard his recent Ninja Tune & Blueberry Records release Hardcourage, then listen here! Don’t forget to grab yourself copy:
Having already known for their tremendous reputation in bass music, Frite Nite provides yet another profound 2-track single by North Carolina natives, Clicks & Whistles. Jorge Hernandez and Petey Evans always provide an aesthetic form of dance music that can be taken across any kind of dance floor. With having a recent release, their 2 Much Higher EP, C&W brings a groovy-funk, garage vibe that is available through Symbols Recordings. Now, Clicks and Whistles invite us to join them on a different level of forward-thinking bass music. This 19th release from Frite Nite blends big room, exciting sounds with sexy hip-hop basslines. This 2-track single will have your speakers booming.
The first track “Fumando” is a fun, yet hard sound with choppy vocal samples, swinging whistles, all blending perfectly over a clean-cut bassline. The second featured track “Southern Slaw” is a huge big room hit with sawing trance synths, loud lazer and alarm sounds, followed by heavy bass cuts with claps for days. With continuous eccentric and intense sounds coming from Clicks & Whistles, it is to be anticipated that they will make their mark with dance music everywhere.
Listen to both tracks here….
“I make what the earth tells me,” is what drives this up and coming innovative musician. Inspired by “otherworldly and unexplainable things,” Druid Cloak takes us through a mystical, yet emotional journey through his forward-thinking sounds. Already being respected by some of the most profound international bass scene musicians, Druid Cloak uses soulful R&B beats, precise percussion and organic basslines and blends them into colorful, fluid melodies.
With having his debut EP, The Grove, released by Symbols Recordings, he has already caused a stir across the dancefloor with his futuristic vibes. The Grove EP displays a mixture of different sounds such as post-dubstep and garage, which is predominant in the track titled “Heart of the Wild”– a head-nodding, deep-bassline track featuring dark vocal samples. Switch over to its featured track “Blessing of the Grove” and you’ll find strong house and techno influences — sultry vocal cuts followed by vivid synths.
Have a listen to The Grove EP by Druid Cloak below and grab a free download of “Blessing of the Grove” from XLR8R.com.
And here’s another excellent free download of Druid Cloak’s remix of “Blackspot” by We Sink.