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Mixed in Edinburgh, August 2010
(24:46, 45.5 MB, V0 VBR MP3)
Style: Dubstep (a tribute to California’s own Matty G)
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01. Matty G – Rockers Remix (War)
02. Matty G – Layin’ In Bed (War)
03. J:Kenzo – Tekno Bass (Matty G Remix) (Soul Shakerz)
04. Matty G – Cold Break Ill (Argon)
05. Matty G – Street Knowledge (Dub Police)
06. Matty G – For The Smokers (Argon)
07. Matty G – Rock Like This (Argon)
08. Matty G – My 808’s (Dub Police)
09. Matty G – Summer Solstice (Argon)
10. Matty G – 50,000 Watts (VIP Mix) (Argon)
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Since my wife and I are off to California this week for a vacation, I thought it would be a nice idea to put together a quick mix to take with me … and of course to share with you!
I’ve not been to California since I was 11, so I’m quite excited about this trip. Since I generally use my own photographs for cover images, you will therefore be unsurprised to find out that the cover picture was not taken in Cali. No, that beach is in … Delaware. Well, you work with what you have, right? And, yeah, puny waves, too, so not really Hang Ten material, either! Oh well, that’s only a minor point, because what’s really important is the music …
Anyways, this mix is my little tribute to my favorite Californian dubstep producer, Santa Cruz’s Matty G. I’ve been a big fan of his for a while now, so I thought it would be a neat idea to pull together a little mix of some of my favourite tracks of his to take with me on our trip. I particularly admire his skill at mixing up dubstep with old skool hip-hop, electro, and reggae flavours, a variety that I’ve tried to showcase here.
I wanted this mix to be short and to the point, so there’s only ten tracks (hence, ‘Hang Ten’, geddit? It’s ok, you can groan now). Having so few tracks means there are some obvious omissions, with the main ones for me being ‘One Step’, which I don’t have, since it’s crazily expensive second-hand, and ‘West Coast Rocks’, which I thought I had, but couldn’t find in my crates. I also left out his tracks that I’ve used on other mixes, so no place for ‘Bitter Love’ and ‘Dominator (Remix)’ (which were on Drop The Hammer 7), or ‘Turf Warz’ (which was on Summer Snapshot). Still, though, these are 10 tracks of concentrated bass bumping goodness.
I don’t know too much about him, beyond what I read on his Twitter feed, so I thought I might excerpt a little bit from an interview he did back in 2008 when he was getting ready to release his (very good) album ‘Take You Back’:
You wear your hip hop influences firmly on your sleeve, and your album, Take You Back, is perhaps the first dubstep album to overtly push this element. What sort feedback have you been getting on the album?
The people who have heard it have been positive about it. I know it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they respect what I’m doing. I feel that the dubstep community is very open to new ideas, and respects individual’s perspectives on the music. Without this sense of openness, I wouldn’t be here. The album especially would not exist, because as I’ve gained moderate recognition, I have felt that I can do more of my own thing.
The hip hop, funk and the Roland 808 drum machine really slaps you in the face on your album, were you trying to make hip hop with shit loads of bass or was this the kinda thing that came out when you thought about making dubstep?
It’s just the music I make. Before dubstep, I was making bass heavy beats at a variety of tempos. They had a hip-hopish beat, some used breaks, and some had reggae elements to them. Dubstep was the closest thing at the time to what I was making, so I made my tempo consistent, but utilized a lot of the same elements. I’ve always tried to stay true to myself and not make “dubstep” if that makes sense. As the genre is becoming more definable, there is a “dubstep” sound out there. But if people will continue to allow me to be part of the scene, I’d like to help expand the boundaries by creating the unknown, instead of trying to make something that has already been done.
More recently, he did an interview for Scion A/V on YouTube:
It’s definitely worth a look, since it’s an interesting overview of his background, the evolution of his music, and how he got into dubstep. Check it out!
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the mix, I’ve got to go start packing, or my wife will kill me …