Saturday, January 22
Dubstep is still a relatively new style of music. The underground genre, a stuttering, bass-heavy fusion of techno and drum’n’bass, can only be traced back to the late 1990’s when it began in London. So it is pretty exciting when an artist like Eskmo, a pioneer of American dubstep, makes his way to our neck of the woods. Eskmo is Brendan Angelides, a San Francisco based electronic music producer who has been making dubstep music since the beginning, performing under the moniker since 1999. Like many electronic producers, Eskmo spends a lot of his time spinning DJ mixes that often include music by well known artists like Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Aphex Twin, and even orchestral post-rockers like Jaga Jazzist. But Angelides won’t be spinning discs when he comes to Soundlab on Saturday (Jan 22), he’ll be laying down his own giant beats. With the turn of a knob Eskmo can send a massive wobbling bassline through the ether before he flicks a switch and morphs that throbbing bass into a crackling and grinding rhythm, like on his track “Cloudlight,” from his latest self-titled album. “Become Matter Soon, For You,” another stand-out track from the self-titled 2010 Ninja Tune release, even approaches a pop structure, with thick and wavy electronic notes, strategically placed blips, and a chorus that repeats the song’s title in robotic, vocoded tones. The West Coast beat-maker will be joined on Saturday by DBGB staple, Stuntman, downtempo mixer, Mark Kloud, and Buffalo’s resident dubstep expert Big Basha. —cory perla
9:30pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / www.bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $15.