A clip of my first Dubstep sax release on Cotti’s Sumting New label - “EVA SAX DUB” featured on Cotti’s Dubstep Compilation Album:
Buy this track & others produced by Cotti, Coki, Enme, Crazy D, & Standard Procedure:
Feeling the need to bring a vibesey dub-oriented night to the South London Dubstep scene, to stay true to the subs, and to complement the ultimate Dubstep night run just up the road at Mass (DMZ), masterminded by the general himself Cotti (Sumting New/Bassface) whose seminal track “I Don’t Give a Dub” (2006) gave the night its name - alongside Enme and Blitz UK, they joined forces with Brixton Jamm to put together a night of dub-fuelled entertainment, Brixton style!
There were two collectives responsible for the bulk of the line-up – SumTing New (Cotti’s label) and Ghost (El-B). With artists such as Chef, Quest, Von D, Cotti, Killa P, Crazy D, Badness, Enme & Raggs, from Kiss, Rinse, Sub & BBC 1Xtra, the atmosphere was electric – with hard-hitting underground reggae & dancehall-style vocal dubs being flang about on the main set and the selection across the board included the finest freshest dubs from the leading producers across the genre.
The experimental music of Cotti’s collective was accentuated nicely by live guitar performed by Bowsie, and Killa P & Badness ran the mic along with Breaze Face, 2nice, & Irah in true soundclash style!
The Substeppers brought their own Asian influenced dubs to the mix, with a notable musical element that worked well with Bowsie’s live guitar.
Enme laid down a quick mix of his hard ass dubs in between running the event! Raggs & Euby combined b2b to bring a combo of subby dubby vinyl classics and upfront dubs from the likes of Coki, Gangoon Dubz , Stinkahbell & STN. Both producers smashed the dancefloor with their own hard jump-up productions.
Closely followed by the king of the decks, Chefal, & his champion mixing styles – he’d brought the shiny gold Serato vinyls out for this special occasion and dropped a range of dubs including exclusives from Kromestar, Hizzleguy, Coki, & STN. Chef’s one of those DJ’s that if you see their name on the line-up, you know you’re going to have a good night! Chef played back to back with Cotti, whose bag of dubs has reached gargantuan proportions. Cotti’s style of Dubstep, like Coki, remains true to the old skool reggae-style mix-down & dubby subs, but with a thirst for vocal experimentation and dancehall flavours which come through delightfully in his beats. Between them they laid down a set guaranteed to make you move your dancing feet!
Next up were Ghost, fronted by the Dubstep originator himself, El-B, b2b Caski, a new Dubstep artist on Ghost Recordings alongside Raggs. Rolla took the mic for this set, and El-B showed the rowdy crowd exactly why he’s able to credit himself with musically pioneering both UKG and Dubstep as a producer. The set was totally unique to Ghost and had grooves and riddims running that move your bones like carnival. This man is a musical legend. Also present from Ghost were Opus 1st, Gabi , Curtis &Jack – much respect to them for a classic hi-octane set!
Von D was the special guest of the night who dropped an epic set of his deep ambient, also vocal productions, repping France in the producer mele and absolutely murking the dancefloor with his skills. See a video of his set here:
Jobi Wan had won himself a set in the main room and laid down some tough classic Dubstep jump up beats, as indeed did Gumnaam bringing his unusual style of Dubstep over from the Netherlands, and representing his label, Riddim & Culture.
The second room brought a cornucopia of styles such as Dancehall, Dub, Techno, Jungle and D&B from the likes of Goliath, Carbon8, Subzero & Funktion, Pressa, Nterpol, SMS, KZA & the Dubthugz gang plus more. It was nicely done in the second room with a pleasant chillout seating area and a vibesy dancefloor with different bpm’s and classics being dropped.
Overall the event provided a host of highly talented musical people, some already with status in Dubstep, many pushing their sounds in the scene, and all bringing originality, skills and a party atmosphere that elevated the night to well above average to all in attendance (Coki and Rod Azlan were also spotted lurking soaking up the vibes), which included the full Sumting New family, the Ghost camp, a rising and dedicated following for the sound, a London-wide attendance and a host of Brixton-based Bass heads.
The next IDGD night will take place at Brixton Jamm on 5 November 2011.