While dubstep dominates the electronic music scene, most U.S. fans associate the genre only with certain popular strains mostly the superhard, stomach-churning varieties with requisite wobbly bass. Still, the genre at its outset was about so much more. Dubstep at its most creative is really just a slow-bpm, low-end-centric framework for experimentation. And though the womp-wompers get all the shine, there are plenty of producers underground still exploring the genres outer limits. Among those boundary-pushers back in dubsteps UK birthplace is Silkie, a West London producer whos one of the leading names of the citys Anti Social Entertainment crew. As a self-taught teen beatmaker, his first forays were into dance-friendly genres such as UK garage and grime.
He took those styles rolling musicality into his version of dubstep, which has always skirted the kinds of heavy-metal-style crushing now favored by many of his peers. Instead, Silkies sound is as smooth though not soft as his pseudonym. Yes, Silkie gets deep, but hes not afraid to do so by first swimming through rivers of dub, jazz, and world-beat sounds. Catch the current this Thursday at the Vagabond, where he will headline the latest edition of the monthly party Get Low. It boasts a tradition of putting on influential headliners long before the rest of the American scene catches on, so dont sleep on Silkie.
Thu., Aug. 25, 10 p.m., 2011