Bassline Business Presents: Crucial Recordings Takeover
Thursday, May 17th 2018
Featuring: Sleeper & Foamplate
Powered by Grand Ancestor Sound System
+ MORE TBA SOON
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Sleeper (UK) [Crucial Recordings // Chestplate // Artikal Music UK // System:Sound // Sentry Records]
Widely regarded as one of the best dubstep producers in the world, Sleeper (Alex Fox) has been one of the leaders of dubstep’s creative revival.
Growing up in the UK, Sleeper became a regular at the DMZ and Subdub nights in Leeds, shifting his production focus from drum n bass to dubstep. “Coming from drum n bass and jungle, it was eye opening to see so much space in the sound. I felt like there was so much potential to grow.”
The first incarnation of Sleeper was endorsed by DJ Distance from the jump. Released by Chestplate in 2011, “Zombies” helped usher in an era of dark techno inspired dubstep that was marked by its movie-quality sound design. Along with artists like Kryptic Minds, District, and Biome, Sleeper’s output continually improved and shaped dubstep’s darker side. Releases with J:Kenzo’s Artikal Music, Moving Ninja’s Aquatic Lab, and Simon Shreeve’s (Kryptic Minds) Osiris Music, followed.
“I love making that sound because I learned so much making it,” says Sleeper when he speaks of his original sound. “I still love techno and try to get that influence into my stuff, but I have always loved dub music and am now using more dub techniques in my sound.”
He speaks of latest creations, which marry his high end sound engineering skills with a more rootsy, dubby approach. Sleeper’s 2015 output has more space, with songs like “Kaya” and “Shatterz” making use of delays and hard-hitting roots percussion. It’s modern dub: classic sound system music built for the digital age.
With a shift in sound comes a brand new label, this one owned and operated by Sleeper himself. Crucial Recordings has seen two releases, the first of which sold out in a few days, the second of which is already moving, and the third of which features Sleeper’s first signing, UK dubstep upstart Foamplate. “I just wanted a platform of my own to release music whenever I want, but I’ve been sent a lot of great unsigned music since the label started so now I can release other people’s music as well.”
Moving forward, Sleeper prepares to embark on his second North American trip after the success of 2014’s Artikal Music Tour that saw him play to packed houses across the country. Armed with some of dubstep’s best tunes, remixes, and VIP’s, his first solo tour will be memorable for all who see it, something you learn to expect from one of the best in the world.
Foamplate (UK) [Plantpower Records // Crucial Recordings // System:Sound]
Foamplate is one of the scenes most promising artists who has been gaining momentum in recent years. His incessant and tribal drum sound is reminiscent of old-school dance music, and yet simultaneously ushers in a fresh revival of dubstep.
With influences ranging from garage, reggae, drum and bass and dub music, Foamplate’s unique tracks have been providing sub heavy frequencies to venues across the UK, including SubDub in Leeds, The Black Swan in Bristol, Patterns in Brighton, Vibrations Festival in Manchester and of course London’s very own System.
Some of his most notable tracks include ‘Tabula’ and ‘7.5’. Foamplate has an underlying dark edge to his productions, typified in songs such as; ‘Oculus Rift’, ‘Cargo’ and ‘Deadly Habit’.
Foamplate has played alongside legends of the scene such as Joe Nice, VIVEK and many more. Consistently pushing the boundaries of the scene with his productions, Foamplate has released on the likes of ‘System Music’, ‘Crucial Recordings’, ‘Well Rounded Records’ & ‘Gully Records’, as well as setting up his own label – ‘Plantpower’. This exciting and talented dubstep artist from England will continue to cause stirs in the world of bass music. His aggressive and pounding bass hertz are set to be an integral sound within any self-respecting DJ’s set. For all those who are fans of underground dance music, Foamplate is a must-see artist.
Grand Ancestor Sound System (Washington, DC)
In the hand-crafted fashion of the analog days, Grand Ancestor has assembled the only high-fidelity sound system of its kind for the modern listeners of Washington, D.C. Grand Ancestor is inspired by the community-centric traditions of the early-Jamaican and British sound system scenes, later influenced by the underground hip-hop and electronic cultures that captured the world in the years to follow. Grand Ancestor Sound System can best be described as a custom built, wooden, mobile, 8-cabinet, 4-way, high fidelity sound system. The system measures in at 10ft., 8ft wide, and 4ft. deep.
Rooted and grounded in the District, Grand Ancestor Sound System is an active platform for the growth and diversity of the local underground music scene. The System brings a uniquely visceral element of sound to the nation’s capital. A product of several years of hard work, bossman, Jason Berto a.k.a Yola, has been growing his roots, dub, digital, and steppers night, «Computa Age”, in the D.C. area for the past five years (now known as “Grand Ancestor Presents”). His dedication to hosting a multiplicity of local and international artists lead to the eventual birth of the limited, vinyl only pressings released under the Grand Ancestor imprint in 2013, and the D.C. based record label hasn’t looked back since. The sounds of Grand Ancestor have reached a global audience over the past five years through Yola’s monthly radio show on the award winning Sub.fm, “Grand Ancestor In Session”. Constructed, stained, and tuned with love, Grand Ancestor Sound System was built for those with a passion for sound. The system was designed to help fill the audio void for D.C.’s growing underground music culture and promote sound system culture here inna Babylon.
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