The states traditionally get a flood of great dj's and producers looking to play for cheap after everyone's annual Miami trip every March.
Some upcoming dates indicate that this year is no different.
On March 26, Mean Red Productions bring wobble king Caspa, and Afro-warrior Benga, to Webster Hall. Having these two aggressive dubsteppers on a bill together makes sense; they're the biggest names in the 'mainstream' of dubstep. Add Hudson Mohawke, the class president of the 'wonky' sound, with his smeared out, psychedelic take on hip hop, doing a Live PA, and the night seriously heats up.
On March 30, Le Poisson Rouge presents two of the most influential, respected, and innovative names in bass music.
Kode 9 defined the dubstep sound with his seminal label, Hyperdub. Kode 9 has inhabited a post-dubstep world since at least 2008, when I showed up to his set at NYC's Winter Garden on my birthday, expecting to hear a dubstep set and getting UK Funky upside my head instead. The last year or more of Hyperdub's releases and Kode 9's sets have reflected this shift; tracks like Joker's 'Digidesign' and Kode 9's own 'Black Sun' reference dubstep, but are exploring unique paths out of the scene at the same time. Expect a bass exploration in the purest sense of the word.
Flying Lotus has taken the world by storm since his NY debut at Percussion Lab way back in the day. Playing across genres and tempos is nothing for FlyLo; you get the sense by listening to his productions and dj sets that staying within the lines is just not in his program. He's been reviewed by the The New Yorker, and is opening for (and recording with) Thom Yorke this year, so this night's gonna be a treat.
If these guys are hitting New York, it's likely they'll be in your town soon too. Check their myspace pages and let us know!
See you on the dancefloor!