It’s been a good while since we’ve heard from Brooklyn-resident Dubbel Dutch, but the man is finally back today with some Self Help Riddims. Out now on Mixpak, the five track EP mixes vague dub sounds with a sound palette that only Dubbel Dutch could fully utilize. It sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before, harp chords bouncing off of distorted bass hits, while futuristic synth notes form the melodic backbone of the EP. While Dubbel Dutch doesn’t release a ton of music, he’s positioned himself at the vanguard of American club music and is forming the sound of tomorrow one riddim at a time. Stream Self Help Riddims below and cop the tracks in the format of your choice here.
Over the past few years, Brooklyn-based Mixpak Records have melded the worlds of American club music, hip hop and Caribbean sounds (specifically dancehall), not exactly breaking new ground, but few have been as successful as Dre Skull and his cohorts in our protean music society. Last week, the label released the first volume of Mixpak Pressure, a “series of riddim collections” aimed at paying homage to various dance music sub-genres. Volume One is squarely focused on Southern hip hop, featuring a crew of au courant producers like Melé, Krueger and Sam Tiba (of Club Cheval). I’m sure you can imagine how much of the compilation sounds, but its most inspired moments come from artists working outside of the Trap paradigm. As easy as it would be for Mixpak to compile 12 “Mercy” and “Harlem Shake” soundalikes, what with their domineering synths and such, the compilation doesn’t settle for the known. The highlight comes from Grime producer Mr. Mitch, whose horror house vocals on “Badman Wheel” and subtle wobble bass offer the most unique moments of the compilation. Even at its least inspired the compilation still knocks and if you’re into the big synths and 808’s as much as every dick ridin’ Dubstep DJ in America, it won’t leave your Subaru’s stereo for a long time. Stream the full tape and download Sleepyhead’s “Hit ‘Em” below.