Archive for the 'Dubstep' Category

Margins Music

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I’m behind on a lot of things right now thanks to a bad case of RSI, but I’ve been meaning to post about this.  Dusk and Blackdown’s album Margins Music has finally been released and, along with it, a stunningly produced video.  It’s not a music video in the usual sense – it cuts together […]

Forward Sounds 2008

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

“And you’ll never hear music like this again” – MC GQ (AWOL tape, 1993) Maybe it’s time to revive ‘Forward Sound,’ though maybe in the plural. Circa 2003 that was the open-ended term that used to describe what eventually became dubstep, along with a tangle of threads that split off or got left behind. Just […]


Monday, December 3rd, 2007

I was a bit surprised, a couple of weeks back, to be offered a review copy of Caspa and Rusko’s forthcoming mix CD from Fabric, the offshoot label of the trendy London nightclub. Surprised because I’ve made no bones about my distaste for the brand of dubstep that the disc seemed to be showcasing. Still, […]

Sufferation time

Friday, July 13th, 2007

He’s done it again. In absolute contrast to my recent Blogariddims mix, trots out part 3 of his Dubstep Sufferah series. Heavy duty Ableton mashing here in a style that Paul’s been steadily refining over the last year or so. Lots of hand picked CD-Rs on display, along with a persistent faith in the […]

Up! style

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Weird news from Sen who spotted a mention of in, get this, the in-flight magazine of Canadian airline WestJet. Somehow, a one-page dubstep exposé found its way into this month’s issue of Up!, alongside aero-sedatives like “The 2007 Canadian Value Golf Guide” and a thing about lighthouses. The scan is clicky. Check out Sen’s […]

Shackleton » Ottawa 07.05.27

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

A lot of time and energy has gone into planning this and I’m really excited to see it all come together next week. Sam claims that this will be his only North American tour ever, so catch him if you can. The Toronto show has fallen through so now it’s just NYC, Ottawa, and Montreal. […]

All over your radio

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Me and Jas Nasty live tonight at 9PM on the Futurhythm show, CHUO FM Ottawa. Locals can tune in at 89.1 FM or Rogers Digital Ch. 943. Or listen online at We’ll be doing a preview of what you’ll hear at the Shackleton show next week (details to come). UPDATE: Went well, though I […]

February 8

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Thanks to Matt Tsunami for his persistence in getting me out on the decks and for finding us a place to start regularly spinning mutant garage beats in this big sleepy city. If things go well this may turn into a monthly. Come out for the rare chance to hear new UK sounds, stay for […]

Some long tings

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

GUTTA & SPASMCAST Welcome back, Nick! And the Lower End Spasm crew have started a podcast. Out to those guys. SIGNAL TO NOISE Lately I’ve discovered that if you act like an authority on a particular topic for long enough, people will start to believe you. They might even interview you. I was flattered a […]

Catching up

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Mostly I dream about small annoyances or finding myself in a remote part of the city when an abysmal darkness suddenly falls. But the other night, I dreamed George Clinton was in my kitchen. We were making a pot of funk, you know, for dessert. Obviously, he did most of the work while I watched […]