UK Garage

Conversion through Remix

Posted on 13 May, 2008. Filed under: beats, Dance music, Disco, disco house, Electronic Music, Garage, House, house music, Music, remix, speed garage, UK Garage, Uncategorized |

One way alot of people seem to get in to electronic music is through hearing dance remixes of songs they already like. I remember aaaages ago when Shanks and Bigfoot brought out their infamous ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’. One of my friends had bought the single and had it at a party.

Ofcourse, Track 1 got played over and over (insanity of youth, I know), but at one stage someone let the CD keep playing and all the remix versions started up. It was great. At this stage in life, not alot of my friends were familiar with dance music, and some found it a little intimidating. As far as they were aware, dance music was just loud doof-doof, whistles and disconcerting chipmunk-sounding vocals. 

It was this sort of remix that moved dance music in to their (and my) domain, and allowed them to get to know (and in most cases, love) the different styles of it. Remixes gave them the music they already loved, recognised and felt comfortable with. They didn’t have to move completely out of their comfort zone to get a little taste.

So next time you come across someone who would really benefit from getting to know a particular style, but they’re having trouble seeing the light, maybe work them around with a couple of remixes. It’s worked for me.

Track details: Shanks & Bigfoot– Sweet Like Chocolate (Ruff Driverz Vocal)

If you like that, have a listen to: Ruff Driverz – Shame

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What is dubstep?

Posted on 20 February, 2008. Filed under: ambient dub, chillout, Dance music, dub, dub techno, Dubstep, Electronic Music, Music, Music Genre, sub dub, UK Garage | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I came across some music that quite caught my fancy. I’m not sure if it was the smooth hypnotic feel it gave me or the waves of bass, but I LIKED IT! It had the smooth, sustained feeling of dub-ey reggae but with bass lines that couldn’t help but evoke  a little movement of the hips.  The sound was Dubstep… makes sense really.

Dub is a form of Jamaican music, which evolved out of reggae in 1960s Jamaica. The dub sound is usually accomplished by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and adding extensive echo and reverb effects, and occasional snippets of lyrics from the original version.

Dubstep is a genre of electronic music which has its roots in London’s early 2000s UK garage scene. The genre’s name was coined by Ammunition Promotions. Musically, dubstep is distinguished by its dark mood, sparse rhythms, and emphasis on bass. In late 2005 and early 2006, dubstep steadily became more popular, expanding beyond small, local scenes thanks to coverage in music magazines such as The Wire, as well as the internet. Interest in dubstep grew after BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs began championing the genre, devoting a show to it, entitled “Dubstep Warz”, in January 2006. By October 2006, the genre was being covered by the Daily Telegraph, which wrote of “the latest development in British dance music… yet another sound stemming from London’s garage scene, a bass-heavy instrumental form rather confusingly known as Dubstep.”

Big thanks must go to radio program RTR FM, Underground Solution. Without shows like this we wouldn’t have exposure to so many awesome and ear-opening sounds. It’s programs and radio stations like these that make for a richer, more rounded community.

In general, these ‘alternative’ radio DJ jobs can probably seem a little thankless, so THANK YOU to all those guys who sit behind a mic, in often cold and empty radio studios, at excessively random hours of the night, talking to no-one yet sharing their fantastic love with so many people.

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