Friday, April 1st, Slake will host Deep Medi – a record label that has become synonymous with the classic sound of dubstep. Representing will be the label’s founder, Mala, plus Kahn and Neek (also performing under their Gorgon Sound alias). Joining them by Mala’s personal invitation is Dub War founder Dave Q. Sound will be reinforced by Tsunami Bass, the most trusted name in NYC soundsystems. And we’re giving away 2 free tickets!!
While the lineup is unfuckwithable, many folks, myself included, were initially unenthused by the choice of Slake as the venue. On the facebook event wall, fans had been asking with varying degrees of resignation about possible sound reinforcement. This past week those prayers were answered when the good news broke that Tsunami Bass had been contracted to reinforce the in-house soundsystem. I was even more heartened when the @SlakeNYC twitter account responded positively to my snarky concerns about the (usually OD) lighting there to let me know that the vibe would be on point.
With the lineup and A/V both looking tip top, the crew here at WompBlog are stoked to throw our full support behind this show. To that end, WE GOT THE FREE TICKET HOOKUP! That’s right, one lucky mailing list member is going to get 2 free tickets to this show. The winner will be notified Thursday, March 30th so everyone else will still have time to get presale tickets ($20 + $5 fee).
This Friday, we will be blessed with:
and NYC’s very own
But what does 10 years of Deep Medi mean? Deep Medi was founded by Mala in 2006 as an alternative to the by-then ragingly popular DMZ (both label and party) which he’d started with Coki and Loefah several years prior. While DMZ (and it’s predecessor, FWD) was a raw, punk first draft of dubstep, Deep Medi was based on a more refined, longer term vision to expand the sound by fostering new talent. Then-unknown names like Silkie, Quest, Goth-Trad, V.I.V.E.K. and Truth found a platform and advocate in Mala’s new label. In the decade since, Deep Medi put out 91 records by 35 artists – most of whom went on to continued success touring and releasing music.
While Deep Medi’s sound has been defined by its legendary singles (changes, disco rekah, abbatoir) I’d argue its finest moments have been in longer formats – the cathartic noise sculpture of Goth-Trad’s New Epoch, the future funk classics Silkie’s City Limits 1 and 2, and Swindle’s triumphant Long Live The Jazz, or the smoldering soul of A/T/O/S. Each of these records is ambitious, musically groundbreaking, and only vaguely sounds like dubstep.
Unlike DMZ, which has only ever sold music in extremely limited physical runs (and very briefly digitally), the Deep Medi catalog is available for digital download, more extensive vinyl pressings, and very conveniently on YouTube in HD. So if you are looking to get more familiar, or just brush up, head over to their vaults with a good pair of headphones or speakers, and meditate on bassweight.
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