Snails has really exploded with popularity in the past twelve months largely in part to how unique and distinct of a sound/style he has. His self titled “vomitstep” has been taking crowds and listeners by surprise all around the world as it has really set itself apart from the usual dubstep sound. Snails is a Montréal native and one of Owsla’s top new artists. The first song that blew Snails into EDM stardom was he collaboration with Antiserum titled “Wild” which came out just under a year ago. The track got an enormous amount of attention, and seemed to be played at every single show I went to for the entre year. Then the remixes started pouring out. Everyone and their mother wanted a chance to put their spin on the trap anthem and it got some really big names to work on it, including Henry Fong and Must Die!. Another huge hit that snails released at about the same time as “Wild” was his track with HeRobust titled “Pump This”. Again, Snails’ heavy and unique vomitstep style created a track that got played out by a lot of big name artists in their sets including Skrillex and Zomboy. The one problem I have found with Snails however is that a lot of his sounds sound extremely similar. That is not the case with his newest release however, which is the VIP mix of his track “Pump This”. This new twist on his classic hit is much heavier and yet still manages to be more melodic than the original was. It first surfaced at the very end of Snails’ “SNAILEDIT! Mix Vol. 2 Welcome to Slug City” which he released as a free download about four months ago. Snails is currently on tour around the US and is definitely and act you won’t want to miss.
Wavedash is a lesser known up and coming pure dubstep artists hailing from The Lone Star State. In the recent past, he has shown a distinct skill set in blending his high octane screeching synths with pounding bass lines to create some monster hits that have left listeners begging for more from the relatively quiet artist. He first really started turning heads when he released his remix of Skrillex’s track “All is Fair in Love and Brostep” a few months back. Since then he has released a spectacular remix of Zomboy’s track “Back Once Again” (which you can read about in one of my past posts) and now his newest release, a collaboration with QUEST!, has dropped and it is absolutely bonkers! The song is titled “Flood” and it is one of the heaviest pure dubstep releases I have heard in a while. The song begins with a sample of a storm brewing in the background; rain pouring down and thunder shaking the listeners ear drums. Then a distorted, rattling melody comes flooding through the speakers shortly after this and the intensity builds up very quickly. The drop reminds me a lot of the classic Zomboy style of dubstep, as Wavedash is regularly very successful in producing this style. The synth he uses in a lot of his songs sounds like it’s something you’re listening to underwater, while still maintaining a very heavy bass line. After hearing this track and his past songs, I giddy with anticipation for Wavedash’s next release.
For the last song in this week’s post I’m going to tone it down just a bit and give you a taste of something a little more on the housey side of bass heavy music. Habstrakt is a French dubstep and drum and bass producer who is one of Never Say Die Records’ top new artists. He first began producing this kind of music in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. His first really big song that got his name into the conversation as one of EDM’s top new producers was the remix he did for Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe Remix EP”. Since then he has released a few singles and remixes as well as a four track EP titled “Cool Cats Never Die”. Now he has gone and outdone himself yet again with his remix of Kill the Noise and Feed Me’s track “Far Away”. The original is a fantastic collaboration filled with beautifully distorted synths and strange but appealing vocals sung by a group of children. Habstrakt somehow managed to come in and twist it up and put a totally different spin on t, while still keep the underlying sounds and themes very prevalent. The drop has a very bouncy feel to it and Habstrakt himself labeled the genre for the song as future house; a very fitting name in my opinion. I’ve been dying to see Habstrakt for a long time now and will be doing so at the first opportunity presented.