The evolution of Under The Gun Review continues this week with the latest installment of our electronica feature, The Drop. Written weekly by resident basshead Jake White, The Drop is your go-to source for weekly electronic/dubstep/techno news!
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Welcome back once again, bassheads! Today is a special edition of THE DROP. Today we aren’t only going to dish out yet another world-class serving of gourmet bass, we’re also going to showcase a few of the more… eccentric areas of electronica. Today, we’re going to be exploring the wonderful world of dubstep sub-genres! And what a colorful world it is, indeed. Without wasting anymore time, lets just jump right in and start exploring, what say you?
- FREE SONG STREAM: Infected Mushroom – Psystep #2
Psystep #2 by InfectedMushroom
I know it’s just a stream, but I included it here because it really intrigued me. Since we’re showcasing some of the interesting sub-genre’s, I figured now would be a good time to introduce this little wonder. It definitely doesn’t fit the typical paradigm of the music I’m accustomed to, so I’m inclined to say that this seems like a really fresh style. I like it… It obviously needs a little “honing,” but I’d advocate that Infected Mushroom would likely agree. Needless to say, this is a group with paying serious attention too- they’re building a really unique (and very palatable) new style!
- FREE SONG STREAM: ZitanB – Zumbus
Zumbus by ZitanB
Another showcase song here, just for streamsies. They’re calling this Balkan/Gypsy Acoustic Step. Hmm. Well, that’s too bad, because it actually sounds really cool. It’s yet another credible example of the vast diversity of these styles of music (silly name or not). Either way, this Kiwi knows how to make sound. His musical voice is very developed, and it seems clear through his songs that his journey as a musician is one of exploration… and I admire it. So here you go.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Stevie Nicks – Fire Burning (ZitanB Remix)
Stevie Nicks – Fire Burning (ZitanB Remix) by ZitanB
Awww, you know I couldn’t leave you hanging! Here’s another ZitanB song (download, this time), this one deemed “folkstep.” Once again, whatever, but I like it. It’s from a few months ago, so you may have heard this one by now, but I felt strange not giving you guys a freebie by this artist. He’s got a bunch of other freebies on soundcloud worth a listen, so follow up. Seriously- this one knows no genre boundaries… there’s free stuff ranging from “Aboriginal Orchestral Breakstep,” to “Classical Tribal Tripstep,” to “Ghostpop.”
I know, right?
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Figure – Michael Myers is Dead (Original Mix)
Figure – Michael Myers is Dead (Original Mix) – Free DL by Figure
*STAB Oawwhh! Oh God… Oh God… I can’t- I can’t fucking breathe… I… awghhchllllughhhhh……..
That was me dying. Someone should call the po’s, because Figure just stabbed my hot guts out.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Wick-it the Instigator – Plug Life
Plug Life (Wick-it the Instigator) by Wick-it the Instigator
Wick-it the Instigator hails from Nashville, TN. He does some good synth work with this track. The tempo feels tense and hurried, and the bassline is thick and rude. The vocals bring the attitude full-force, and the drop is filthy, yet impressively melodic and expressive. This is a well produced track, right here.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Caligula – Hide & Scream (Torqux & Twist Remix)
Hide & Scream – Caligula (Torqux & Twist Remix) by Torqux
Okay, I was sold in seconds. The groove is threatening, ominous, like a body-strewn merry-go-round in a sick, clown-murder noir movie. The bassline seethes like the windpipe of a pissed off dragon. The drums set a pace like that of a steam-train… a steam-train fueled by tears, and loaded over-capacity with children. The vocals? Also bitchin.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Nostalgia – The Hero (Oblivion Remix)
The Hero by Nostalgia (Oblivion Remix) by Dubstep.net
After hearing this, Oblivion is the real hero. This is what Link listens to when he’s ballsing up for a battle. It’s also what Link played when he hooked up with the princess (Who am I kidding… He never closed the deal).
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Cyberoptics – Tie Fighter (Mr. Vandal Remix)
Cyberoptics – Tie Fighter (Mr.Vandal Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD by Mr. Vandal
This is awesome. You know those, like, Star Wars / Transformers crossover toys they’re peddling at the grocery store now? Yeah, this is like jamming Megatron / Death Star into your left ear, and Optimus Prime / Millenium Falcon into the right. Once inside, they begin battling furiously, using your pre-frontal cortex as fodder for their cannons, and your precious hippocampus like a common sandbag sandbag. Also, somehow there are ewoks.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Cee Lo Green – Fuck You (Modestep Remix)
Fuck You (Modestep Remix) by Modestep
Here’s something for everyone. It’s that Cee Lo Green song, you know the one! Guess what! I don’t like Modestep. Not at all. It’s not even their music; some of it’s pretty good. I just plain don’t like the group. Screw ‘em. Hah!
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: DJ Fresh – Louder (Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, Khadafi Dub edit)
Louder by DJ Fresh (Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, Khadafi Dub edit) by Dubstep.net
THAT’S more like it! This is how it’s done! Let’s all wash our hands and ears of that modestep, shall we? This is the grimey, massive, filthy dubstep we like!
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Dirty Talk ft. Kalliah Jackson – Go
Dirty Talk Ft Kalliah Jackson – Go by The Kollection
I like this, and I really think you will too. The instruments are colorful, and all play nicely with one another. The beat is very groovy, albeit a little slow for the dancing. It has a very modern “glitz” to it, and the vocals are a simple fit. Like I said, I think you’ll like it… Until I ruin it for you. Check this out, “I walk a lonely road. The only one that I have ever known…”
Sorry, I couldn’t help it.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Stizreth – Ancient Cities
No embedding for this one… sorry about that. This, my friends, is some serious. real. dubstep. These are the sonic textures one experiences when passing through a stargate. This is the menacing, looming voice of a dessert tomb- musty, dusty, bloodstained, barren… maybe. The guitar is tense and uncertain. The bass is deep, dominating and subtle. The drums are a crunchy delight, and the sweeps set the stage like a bleak, purgatorial void. This is the type of song that fills your heart with delicious, bitter dread.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Rostik – Arctic Sunset
Arctic Sunset (FREE DOWNLOAD) by Rostik
First… it’s alright. Then… okay, not bad, not bad. The it drops, and… WORD. The piano’s got a really vibrant, cool crispness to it, and the synths dance around it with great balance. The bells brightly lighten up the verses, and the bass is wicked heavy- the wobbles are admittedly sick, although maybe a little bad-fuzzy. The synth solo is tight like a tiger. The chord progression is a little fluffy, but who knows… that’s probably just my taste. It’s a quality production, and a really fun listen.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Torqux – Psychopath (1up Remix)
Torqux – Psychopath by Torqux
This is hardcore, raunchy, dirty, filth. This disgusting drop is a rare gem. The wobbles are abrasively equalized to be just the right amounts of pure broken glass and shiny crystal ball.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Jay Z – 99 Problems (Elo!i and Heights Remix)
99 problems by Jay Z (Elo!i and Heights Remix) – DUBSTEP.NET EXCLUSIVE by Dubstep.net
Solid remix here from Elo!i and Heights… Never heard of ‘em. They seem to have come up with a pretty dastardly solid remix of this Jay Z favorite. The drop is sick; this one is another pure filth number.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Elo!i and Heights – Gangstaaa
Gangstaaa – Released on Dubstep.net by Elo!i & Heights
Uh oh, two awesome, free tracks from Elo!i and Heights in one week… They know how to creep up my internal music chart! If they’re looking for serious positive attention, they’ve certainly found it here. This is… truly gangsta. It’s grimy and dark. The drums are hip-hop and perfect, the piano is an absolutely perfect element. Also, I don’t think a better bass voice could have possibly been chosen to get the point across in this track… superbly done.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Rameses B – Moving On
Moving On (FREE) by Rameses B
Lets chill out a bit, yeah? This track is a nice come-down from the filth we’ve all just endured. It’s very chill, the arpeggios are erratic and light, the beat is dense with reverby claps and percussive elements, and the tone is mellow and flowing. It sort of reminds me of a Damu cut, with more vocals, and a more conventional progression.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Thainxe – Falling Like a Brick
Thainxe – Falling Like a Brick by Thainxe
This one starts slow, but that’s okay… trust me. Wait for the drop. The high-range instruments are sharp and spacey, while the drums are distinctly poppy and club-friendly. The progression itself is very approachable, and at first even a little boring… but the drop puts the whole song into perspective. Really good sounds- the distorted guitar, the fat, skwitchy bass leads, the keys… all of it.
- FREE SONG DOWNLOAD: Stizreth – Forgotten Village
I’m gonna wrap things up today with another Stizreth track that really resonates with me right now (sorry, no embedding again… It’s a copyright thing). Stizreth seems to be developing a theme here… and I love it. The character in this song runs deeper than the smile lines of an ancient shaman. The environment this song sets is descriptive and detailed, vibrant and unmistakable. Stizreth takes you away to another world, a more unforgiving, a more… raw, human world.
And with that, I leave you. Thanks again for tuning in my friends. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this weeks selection- I certainly have! I’ll see you again next week, and don’t worry… I’ll be packing bass.