Monday, September 17, 2012
LDN033 Dusk + Blackdown Dasaflex
Well, it took us four years, lots of tea, pizza and tired nights but it's out on digital, CD and vinyl. Hope you like it. To celebrate the occasion I'm giving away a track that was made during the process (~2010), called "Ridge."
The thing is, when people talk about Wiley’s eski sound, as they have been recently, they mention his glacial square waves – and that’s cool. But what’s utterly cold is his merging of a track’s elements. In his anthem “Eskimo” the bassline is both the melody and the rhythmic driver, it’s EQed so it provides bottom-end momentum but also catchy, sing-a-long mid riffage.
With “Ridge” - which I named as a contraction of the slang “garridge” - I’d been sampling hundreds of UKG tunes in 2010, especially the donk-y marimbas, and wondered ‘what would happen if you applied Eski-think to them?’ What was the minimum number of elements I could reduce the track to and it still sound “garage-y?” How many could you merge and it still worked? The result is “Ridge.”
UPDATE: DiS have done a Keysound profile and given away a mashup dub I did with Durrty Goodz.