Starting back in 2009, Tommy Dash (stage name SKisM) created his very own record label called Never Say Die Records. The point of the label was to uncover unrepresented bass music artists to create an opportunity for long term growth together as a record label family. Over the years, SKisM has added some extremely talented artists to his arsenal, including Zomboy, Eptic, and Must Die!; all of whom are exclusively signed to Never Say Die. The label focuses primarily on dubstep, but over the past year or two has expanded into the trap and even future bass regions of electronic music with artists like Laxx and Habstrakt.
For the last 3 years, SKisM has been putting out hour long mixes of new Never Say Die music in an annual compilation of individual artists tracks. Today marks the release date of Never Say Die Vol. 4, a full length album of bass music featuring all the usual NSD suspects and more! This year’s album has tracks from Zomboy, Spag Heddy, and Twine, all of which are complete madness!
Here I’ve put together a short list of my top three favorite tracks from the album. The first is a Zomboy original track titled “Like a Bitch”. Zomboy is one of dubstep’s greatest achievements. First getting recognized for his insane musical abilities with the release of his debut EP titled “Gametime”, Zomboy has been dwelling at the top of the dubstep world ever since. As he has grown older, his sound and style of music has evolved a bit, becoming more multidimensional. This new single he released on Never Say Die Vol. 4 reminds me of the old school Zomboy with a simple but pounding bass line coupled with the classic slow drum beat. Take a listen and enjoy!
The next track I’ve chosen to highlight is a remix done by Must Die! for a fellow Never Say Die artist Habstrakt’s original track “Habby9000”. Now the original piece is one hell of a bass music masterpiece as is, yet Must Die! managed to improve on it with his own twisted alterations. Lee Bates, aka Must Die! is a dubstep and electro house producer from Houston, Texas who’s been producing music since 2012 when he released his debut album titled “Vines” on Dim Mak records. Little known fact about Bates, is that his stage name is inspired by the movie John Tucker Must Die. Check out this remix he did for good old Uncle Habby and see for yourself why he is one if not my absolute favorite up and coming dubstep artist.
The third and final track I picked for this review is another remix; this time by Barely Alive, a bass music producing duo from Boston, Massachusetts. The group gained an enormous amount of attention and praise last year after the release of their debut full length album titled “We Are Barely Alive”. Many tracks from the album were heavily endorsed by some of bass music’s biggest players like Skrillex, Flux Pavilion and Datsik. For their contribution to Never Say Die Vol. 4, Barely Alive remixed the NSD godfather’s (SKisM) original track “Experts”. Their rendition of this classic dubstep anthem is a bit faster and up paced than the original giving it that new wave dubstep/electro hybrid feel that seems to be all the rage.