With a the recent comments from Bassnectar about how “dubstep is dead”, I thought this would be a perfect time to disprove this theory by displaying some brand new bass heavy tracks from the genre. Here I examine new songs from Wavedash, Charlie Zane, and Barely Alive.
Their Soundcloud bio says simply, “Crime fighting EDM KPop trio”. Besides this bit of insightful knowledge, very little is known about Wavedash. This is not the first I’ve heard of the group though. They recently released a remix of Zomboy’s “Back Once Again” as well as a remix of Skrillex’s “All Is Fair In Love And Brostep”, both of which Wavedash managed to flip already extremely heavy tracks into even filthier works. Now they’re ‘back once again’ to show that they’re doing their part to keep dubstep alive. This brand new remix of Valentino Khan’s smash hit “Deep Down Low” destroyed all other remixes I’ve heard of the song, including the subpar ones released on the official remix EP. The sound of the main synth and the rapid wubs they use in this song remind me a lot of Alpha Noize’s style. When I think about dubstep in 2015, this is the exact sound and style that instantly comes to my mind. With only 3 original tracks on their Soundcloud, I’m really hoping they have some new material they’re working on.
Charlie Zane in another rather unheard of, but also rather under rated artist that’s been putting out some excellent dubstep in the past few weeks. His account is only a few months old, but the Canadian bass music artist has already released three originals and two remixes. His most recent remix before this latest one was for Eptic’s track “Spellbound”. Just like that remix, this new bootleg is of another Eptic song titled “On The Block”, a collaboration with French bass house producer Habstrakt. The song begins with a chopped u version of nearly the exact same intro as that of the original, including the same vocal same. When the intro finishes and the drop comes around, the song gives the listener a feeling of being trapped in a crashing spaceship; shaking violently with flashing red lights and sirens all around. The second drop comes back around rather quickly, and when it does, Zane uses a VIP version of the original drop, dragging out the main synth for four whole beats at a times, reminding me a lot of Excision and Destroid’s style of bass music. Just like Wavedash, little is known about Zane’s future, but I’m eager for more releases like this one.
“They’re nearly dead, they’re… Barely Alive!”. As a huge dog lover, I was instantly excited when I saw this song title. Barely Alive, a bass music DJ and producer duo originating out of Boston, has been right on the edge of blowing up for about a year now. The Disciple Records signed group has released two solo EPs and three joint EPs with Datsik, Astronaut, and Dodge &Fuski. They also were recently featured on Zomboy’s remix album with their remix of “Game Time”. This new original track, “Doggo”, comes off of Disciple Records’ “Alliance Vol. 2” EP. The track is full of the unique, barking synth that Barely Alive has become famous for in the last year and a half. The heavy base line of the song is complimented with a house-like piano chord progression during the buildups to the first and second drops. The best part of this tracks comes half way through the second drop when they chop up the bass line of the original drop, spewing filth out through the speakers and into the listeners’ ears.