Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Review: DJ Muggs- Bass For Your Face
What if dubstep was… you know, good? The stylistic upgrade might require a producer with an institutional memory of music history that didn't begin with the inception of SoundCloud. A person with a deep appreciation of U-Roy, Esther Phillips, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and grime might be capable of making the basic components of dubstep sound interesting. DJ Muggs to the rescue. His mind-bending new album Bass For Your Face makes a case for dubstep as an artistically fertile genre.
Muggs, of course, is one of the primary architects of hip hop. As an integral creative force in Cypress Hill and as a groundbreaking producer for a multitude of additional acts, Muggs is a walking sonic encyclopedia. Bass For Your Face is a multifarious set of songs held together by a fat bottom end.
Several hip hop stars join Muggs in bridging the divide between hip hop and dubstep. Freddie Gibbs adds an ominous voicing to the opening track "Trapp Assassin." "Snap Ya Neck Back" features Dizzee Rascal. A heavily processed Danny Brown appears on "Headfirst." Perhaps most significantly, Public Enemy's Chuck D and the dude from (hed) p.e. rap over a dubstep beat on "Wikid." (I could be one of the few people on earth who's truly excited by this unlikely combination.)
The haunted dub of "Deep Purple" leads into "Shotta," a track that incorporates dancehall, jazz and EDM. "Come On London" sounds like a joyful Brixton riot. "Safe" could be mistaken for a remixed Rihanna track. It's a bumpy ride. Yet thanks to Muggs, 2013 marks the year in which I learned to stop worrying and love dubstep.
DJ Muggs discusses the project here. Bass For Your Face will be released on January 15.
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(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)