DJG is among a select group of artists that can claim responsibility for the explosion of dubstep in San Francisco, and he did it while pushing the sounds of drum & bass under his alterego Genome. Lately a pair of releases from DJG have come out: grade-A dubstep on a Headhunter collboration, and some cutting edge autonomic drumnbass sounds. All tracks here are masterful productions: spacious, bass heavy music with absolute quality percussion.
Next is the latest on Warm Communications, a drumnbass label based in Texas. These three showcase an exciting new “autonomic” sound in dnb coming from the likes of dBridge, Instra:mental, Vaccine, ASC, Spectra Soul and more. The sound is driven by rolling basslines, strong use of atmospherics and substantially less percussion than you’ll find in most dnb. Amens are notably lacking. First up is “Hydrate“, the foundation of the 3-track EP with a lush bassline holding down the foundation under somewhat erratic yet danceable percussion. Sparse vocal samples and chirps keep things rolling. Next, Consequence steps up on remix duties adding what I can only describe as microkicks to drive the beat and keeping choice elements of the original. Look out for the breakdown & build into the second half, dangerous. Redone by DJG in a dubwise style, “Hydration Dub” closes out the release and is my favorite of the three. The bassline changes up to sound a bit more like Robbie Shakespeare in the studio with echoes on the percussion that would make Scientist grin. Three for three.