This October marked 10 years since Caspa set up Dub Police, and it’s been a pretty crazy 10 years for all involved! Luckily I’ve been around since the early stages of Dub Police’s inception. I’ve seen the way in which it has grown to become one of the genre’s defining labels, as well as how it has exploded across the globe. So what better way to celebrate this crazy journey than to throw a party to commemorate the past, present and future of Dub Police in our hometown of London?
In what was one of the best PR campaigns we've seen in recent years, Levelz - a collective of MCs, DJs and producers hailing from Manchester - drove down to London in a stretch Hummer for a special 2 hour show on Rinse FM.
The international dubsteppers have already had a pretty heavy release schedule this year; producing two EPs, an album, as well as many free downloads and compilation releases, all with some of the highest production values in the scene is no mean feat in under 12 months - particularly when you have a touring schedule as busy as these guys. It seems they've mastered the art of literally being everywhere at once!
With his new string of forthcoming releases and huge 27-date North American tour, Caspa is going back to his roots with a dark, deep yet angry sound that moves away from the massive arenas and back to the basements and dim-lit rooms that the sound was born in.
Subscape isn't just a dubstep producer - he's an anthem maker. His back catalogue makes up some of the most unashamedly catchy tunes to operate around 140bpm, and he can no doubt claim to have produced more than a fistful of the genre's modern classics.
With a versatile and prolific discography of pure fire tearout and nostalgia inducing riddims, any new addition to Subscape's back catalogue is not to be overlooked.
Dubbed Out may only just be metaphorically starting promoter pre-school, but this event showed an ambition and shrewdness beyond its years. With an amazing venue and an incredible lineup, the only thing missing was a good crowd, however with the venue – Mojo, being located in the Medway town of Chatham, we had our doubts whether enough people would make it down...
Matta are a London based bass music duo, boasting solid releases and some more than prolific support in the form of names such as Bjork, The Prodigy, Foreign Beggars, Annie Mac, Rob da Bank - the list really does go on!
Summer is in full swing, Ibiza still rocks and festival season has blossomed into hundreds of live-music infused explosions, happening in far-flung spots all over the globe. At many of these events, EDM still rules, but somewhere in the middle of the Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat regime there’s a growing soundtrack to a more chilled side of life emerging.
It’s a normal Wednesday afternoon in Silverlake, LA and, in a minute, says DJ/ producer Martin Doorly, Idris Elba is “popping over” to record some vocals.
The Game Changer is taking a slightly different form this month. Usually it focuses on seminal tracks, but when it comes to the emergence of dubstep it was a compilation — mixed by DJ Hatcha from Croydon's Big Apple record shop — that truly kick-started the scene... Budding young garage DJ Terry Leonard, aka Hatcha, was just 16 or 17 when he started working in the Big Apple record shop in Croydon in the early noughties.