THATS How You Dance to Dubstep

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Marquese Scott – Pumped Up Kicks

I’ve looked closely and can’t see any tricks. Yet this is the kind of dancing that could never have been conceived without modern digital video production technology as a reference point. Note the extended reversal.

via @seancurtis

Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites on Acoustic Guitar

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Like attracts like. My good friend Dan Rosen (who is not merely very interesting to talk to) hit me with a link to this the other day and I have been debating whether to tip the Strong Like Water ship one more notch towards Skrillex’ direction and relay it to you my subscribers.

As you can see by this cute acoustic version of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, I have won the debate and so have you:

You can download that from the artist’s facebook page (for the grand price of one like) here:

Palindrom – Northbound (Dub Version)

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Awesome stripped back minimal techno dub has always been a style I love. Monolake, Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound are stand outs.

If you like that, check out this one from Palindrom. Monster production. Enough said.

Aphex Twin Girl Boy on Guitar

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Andrew Flanders appears to be practicing Aphex Twin covers on acoustic guitar. An ex-rock guitarist, he’s challenging himself by playing technical music like this, practicing his finger work. A self-confessed lover of Aphex Twin’s music, this time he capably delivers an incredible take on Girl/Boy from the gorgeous Richard D. James Album.

Skrillex Sample Yes Oh My Gosh

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Skrillex dubstep has featured fairly heavily on this site in the past week. In fact our server nearly melted when Skrillex retweeted us. 390,000 followers will do that. So I thought it might be a good time to share a cool sample discovery that had me laughing out loud. The sample has really strange origins that you would never guess.

Readers will know Skrillex’s Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – if not, get it 🙂

The track features a really high energy sample right before the drop. This is characteristic of this kind of dubstep – a style some people love and others hate. The sample is of a girl screaming “YES! OH MY GOSH!”. Then the drop goes wild with bitcrushed, modulated bass wobbles.

I always wondered what was going on in that sample, what was the story behind it? Was everyone OK? Some of these samples turn me off this kind of dubstep – they’re frequently apocalyptic emergency sounding exclamations. I don’t like the thought of reliving someone’s life-threatening experience – even if it’s only a sample from a movie.

In this case the girl is real, Rachael Nedrow from the USA and she is a world champion Cup Stacker. Yes. That’s right. It’s a sport. You stack cups really fast. Yes you read that right.

I know.

There’s no denying she is fast, and she’s enthusiastic. The apocalypse in this case is her reaction to beating her own best record for a set cup stacking routine (called a “cycle”). Absolutely sound sample worthy.

Here she is, “united at last” with Skrillex in full sync.

Live Skrillex Dubstep Performed by Pin Panelle

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This band has performs Skrillex’s dubstep hit Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
 so faithfully it’s freaky.



You have to admire their attention to detail. If anything though, I think it’s too close to the original but it’s an excellent yet simple video showing how they achieve this with live instruments. The bass wobble control is an interesting piece of tech I’ll have to look into. The filters seem to be modulated by the little blue thing on the bass player’s thumb. Is that a bluetooth theremin midi control or what? If anyone knows speak up.


Update: I found out how they did it: How to Perform Dubstep Bass Wobbles

New Dubstep T-Shirt for all Your Wub Wubs and Wow Wows

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Let’s be honest, when the drop comes, you want to be going mental to all those wub wubs and wow wows in the coolest gear possible.

So deep in our mountain retreat, the Strong Like Water brothers have brought to life our first bit of ‘merch’.

Behold the Wub Wub Dubstep T-Shirt:


We’ve kept the price way down on this, even though it may mean we will sell out quick (we don’t want everybody wearing it!):

$19.40 US

And with our biggest, baddest button, we compel thee to…

add to cart

Aphex Twin – Alberto Balsalm on Guitar

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Long time readers will know we’ve covered the steel drum version, now hear a very capable and quite nicely played steel string acoustic version of electronic wunderkind Aphex Twin’s beautiful melodic array that is Alberto Balsalm

The harmonics are ingenious. Boy can play!

Beatbox Beardyman and Nathan Flutebox Lee at Google

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Another incredible set, dipping into two of the UK’s top er.. x-boxers? No that’s not right.

Well a “flute boxer” and a beat boxer walk into a bar and .. nah. maybe not.

I hope this sounds alright. We got here with an hour and a half to spare to sound check… and then someone… touched the dial. crowd groans

This is a pale shadow of a fragment of a mere slither of a hint of what you can expect:

  • The Night Rider theme song (OMG!)
  • James Brown! Oww!
  • Hip hop beatboxing
  • Bird flying high (you know how I feel) – amazing
  • Drum and bass (duh) “I think it made it as far as New Zealand”
  • You were always on my mind (listen for the fart noise (really))
  • 1927’s 80s pop classic “Take on Me”, the Beardyman Break mix (yo)
  • Marlon Brando as the Godfather and flute
  • David Attenborough commentary (with incredible bird noises)
  • Bangra style duet
  • Classic R&B with beautifully rendered vocal vinyl scratching
  • Walking double bass
  • Oh my got they had to do Beasty Boys “Flute Loop”

And all that is great and everything. But shouldn’t all those programmers get back to typing in zeroes and ones? </jealous>

Dot Matrix Music

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It’s a mixture of control and good luck.

— Sue Harding

See this is the music that computers are always humming to themselves. You can hear it when your headphone wire crosses too close to the hard drive or the wifi transceiver or when your mobile phone sits on the speaker. It’s not made for us but we can find this music and curate it, like picking wildflowers for the vase in the hall.

via Chris Lloyd

Beatbox Dubstep

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“… and if there’s another beat boxer… they don’t have to speak English. You can have a conversation.”

Beatbox Chef

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I think this is Beardyman. Is this Beardyman? Beardyman is this you? Ahhh. I nearly urinated in my pantaloons – that’s how funny this is.

via Brad Baker

Baths – Plea

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“love this is a dark world and I’ve lost focus
please tell me you need me”

Speaks for itself. Note the production, harmonies, arrangement, and bass entry at 2:08.

Lana del Rey – Video Games

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Closest reference point I can think of right now: Feist

via abeano

How to Dance to Dubstep by Small Child

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Small Child demonstrates Correct Technique.