This week’s Filthy Friday starts off with an artist I highlighted a few months back who goes by the name I.Y.F.F.E. and fully encompasses all things base music. Pronounced like “eye-fee”, this relatively small artist already has a full arsenal of futuristic sounding base music, ranging anywhere from tap and dubstep to electro and even a bit of hard style. I.Y.F.F.E. has produced collaborations with artists such as ATLiens and Helicopter Showdown as well as releasing stellar remixes such as the one he did for Adventure Club’s track “Gold”. Yesterday he dropped a brand new single titled “Beat On Fire”, a filling name given the intensity and power of the track. Like much of his work, it features elements of multiple different subgenres of EDM throughout, including trap, dubstep and electro and includes the vocals of Krime Fyter. I’m hoping for a lot more new releases from this guy very soon.
For the second song in this week’s post I bring you an extremely unexpected collaboration between dubstep heavyweight Datsik and rap legend Snoop Dog. Datsik is easily one of dubstep’s most talented artists around now a days and he has been at the top of his game for years. With his immense amount of success, he started his very own record label called Firepower Records which totes dubstep all-stars such as Barely Alive, Must Die!, and Terravita. Datsik has an tremendous music library full of two full length albums, eight EPs, and a plethora of stellar singles and remixes as well. When I first heard about this new collaboration of his a few weeks back I was initially quite skeptical. Datsik and other dubstep artists have worked with rappers in the past and had a lot of success with it, but I didn’t think Snoop Dog would be able to translate into the EDM world, and especially not into dubstep. Boy was I wrong! This brand new original track is easily one of the best dubstep/rap crossovers I have ever heard! The song begins with a bouncy, classic west coast rap synth which sounds a lot like the intro to Snoop Dog’s original track “West Coast ft. The Game and Xzibit”. The intro fades and the force begins to build up into a bone shattering drop. The base line reminds me a lot of Excision’s original track “Live Wire”, and I’m sure this is where Datsik got a lot of his inspiration for “Smoke Bomb”. Despite sounding very similar in a lot of ways, Datsik still managed to switch it up enough to put his own twist on it and add his own signature sounds to create a track that will surely be getting played out by dubstep artists around the world.
Laxx is another one dubstep’s biggest new comers. Being signed to SKisM’s Never Say Die Records since 2014, he has been slowly but surely gaining a lot of attention in the base music world ever since his first official remix was released; a rework he did on Must Die!’s track “Lazy”. Shortly following that he released his first full four track EP titled “Step One” which really placed him into the spotlight. He followed the success of this EP with another one in late 2014 titled “Step Two”, a sort of continuation of his first EP and then followed along this same path with two more EP’s titled “Step Free” and “Step Three”. Last week SKisM released a live recording of his B2B set with Laxx from EDC Las Vegas earlier this year which is jam packed with dozens of hardcore dubstep and trap anthems. The mix is easily one of the best I’ve ever heard, and one song that really stuck out to me from the mix was this new Laxx track titled “Twitch”. Until it’s release this past Friday, the song had been a highly anticipated ID that was being played out by a lot of big names in the base music world. But the wait and anticipation is finally over! Laxx’s new track features a mixture of trap 808 base lines coupled with piercing high end synths and spine tingling snares. As the vocals state right before the explosive drop, “You just ain’t ready” for this brand new Laxx.