London-via-Birmingham's Barely Legal is a mainstay of the UK scene. An artist who has been at the forefront of the underground bass world for almost a decade, the DJ and label owner has spent 2019 playing gigs everywhere from Munich to Ibiza, and performed at Croatia’s Hideout, Creamfields, and Snowbombing. As the year winds down, Barely Legal is finishing up her Pretty Weird tour, a label affiliated party series, which has been touring the country since August.
It has been a month of difficult decisions for many. Not least the DJ Mag team, who had to try and figure out how to rank events in order of importance for what’s looking like the strongest month for UK clubs we’ve seen in some time.
“Big, big, big.” It’s June 25th 2009, and one hour into his still-pirate Rinse FM show, Blackdown is jittery. An unmastered new track is drifting through the mix like fog, and the host DJ’s voice cracks with anticipation: “I’m not going to lie, this tune is massive.” He yammers excitedly over the second drop, shouts out Hotflush Recordings boss Scuba for signing the track first, and bigs up the unknown producer, Joy Orbison.
Avernian and Strick will release their debut collaborative effort, ‘Hairline Fracture’, on Monday 22nd July via ROW Records.
US-born, Manchester-based Avernian - real name Joshua Lee – and Ottowa’s Strick – real name Dylan Sullivan – are both well versed in the weighty styles of dubstep and hard drum. Fusing each of their areas of expertise on this release has yielded some immense results, with both the title track and B-Side ‘Smoking Gun’ sounding like suitably raucous affairs that will do more than satisfy fans of labels like Timedance, NAAFI, Flood and Kaizen.
Just when you thought you’d escaped the portaloo, they pull you back in, with almost all July 2019’s top UK events void of plumbing. Not that we’re complaining.
Leeds institution Cocoon In The Park takes our number one spot for the northern regions, bowing out after 11 years. Don’t miss homegrown talent Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell alongside big guns like Sven Väth.
There's now a dubstep album that repells Mosquitoes.
In April this year, Acta Tropica published results of a study which found Skrillex's 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites' causes the bugs to forget to search for human blood and look for mates to reproduce.
After the news broke, Apotek Hjärta, a pharmacy in Sweden, hired duo Kloudmen to reimagine six nursery rhymes in a dubstep fashion, using intense frequencies throughout the tracks to confuse the Mosquitoes.
Skream has confirmed a one-off old school dubstep set for this year's EDC Las Vegas.
The Croydon dubstep icon had been hinting at a back-to-roots set for some time over Twitter, and after he was announced as playing EDC Las Vegas this year, he confirmed fan suspicions that that long-anticipated set will happen this May, quote-tweeting with a simple but very effective "it is indeed".
Consider us hyped.