An Izm, If There Ever Was One

Normally when an artist returns for a followup album, that album does one of two things: It either picks up where the debut album left off and sounds exactly the way you expected it to, or it branches off in an entirely new direction, and draws on a completely new set of influences. MSTRKRFT’s Fist of God sounded nothing like The Looks, both Simian Mobile Disco’s Temporary Pleasure and Boys Noize’s Power sounded more or less the same as Attack Decay Sustain Release and Oi Oi Oi respectively. Keep in mind, though, this applies only normally.

Skream’s followup to his 2005 self titled debut was released just shy of a week ago, and without even hearing it, I think we should all be able to agree that this Bristol-based producer is just about the farthest from normal one can get. Would you have thought to do what he did to La Roux’s “In For the Kill” vocal? Neither would I.

Had he been in compliance with the above pattern, there are two things we could have expected from Outside the Box. The first would have been twelve tracks of wobbling, abrasive, disgusting computer noise, and the second would have been something similar to the deep, minimalistic dub of Skream!, but like I mentioned, Skream didn’t get where he is today by simply meeting listeners’ expectations. After all, though it may never have occurred until now, one can assume the album is called Outside the Box for a reason.

To say the least Outside the Box surprised me. But I’m not going to say the least. I’m go to go all the way, and say that Outside the Box is the most innovative thing to come to the dubstep world since Fabric Live 37. Not only does Skream manage to cater to fans of both his heavy grime and his deeper, truer dub styles, but he simultaneously brings aboard an entirely new sound, perfectly crafted to nestle up close to the other two. What sound might that be? I’ve heard funky, I’ve heard poppy, and I’ve certainly heard 90’s ravey, but personally, I think it’s all that and more.

What do you think?

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Skream – Perforated

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Skream – How Real Ft. Freckles

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Skream – Reflections

Hook ‘Em Horns









Ah, horns. What a wonderful group of instruments. What a wonder group of sounds.

The sound of the queen walking to her throne; the sound of the entire army base being lulled to sleep with Taps; the sound of a legendary jazzman just doing his thang.











But horns are really hard to sample. And they’re so loud & powerful that they often dominate a track. Good thing there are still a few artists are keeping the sound of horns alive. Let’s tip our hat to those producers whose songs include the overlooked, underused sound of the horn.











I declare today (inter?)national Horn Appreciation Day. Pause whatever you’re currently playing in iTunes and listen to these.






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Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now (DJ Barletta Remix)

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Per QX – Blow My Trumpet

Dial It Back

Normally Uh Oh Disco’s blog posts are chock full of fire and passion towards ridiculous causes, endless rants, and miles worth of text, defending music that almost always speaks for itself, and doesn’t even need an explanation to back it up in the first place, but today, I’m unable to offer anything more than a comment on a subtly beautiful trend I’ve spotted as of late. What’s the trend? Everything’s going slower….

Is it good, is it bad? I personally think it adds a whole new realm of flavor and grove into the dance music scene that the driving beats of house music were never quite able to tap. It’s not often you’ll find a track that’ll please an entire crowd at once; All too frequently you’ll hear the complaints from hip hop fans that house moves too fast to dance to, and the house fans get upset that hip hop doesn’t move at all, but when you’re playing house rhythms down at 95-105 BPM, well, it’s enough to pry just about everyone’s eyes open a little wider.

The style has got to be something special, if only due to the fact that some of the scene’s greatest producers have quickly adopted it.

See for yourself, and let us know what you think!

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Aeroplane/Friendly Fires/Flight Facilities – I Crave Paris

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The Chemical Brothers – Swoon (Lindstrom and Prins Thomas Remix)

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Air – So Light Is Her Footfall (Breakbot Remix)

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Washed Out – Belong

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Jewel – Who Will Save Your Soul (Questions Reevaluated Edit)