Who'da thunk they'd even heard about dubstep in West Palm Beach, let alone been in on the action? But it's true. The UK-birthed electronic music phenomenon is alive and kicking in South Florida's northernmost county. That either means those folks are hipper than we think, or we've been fooling ourselves all along.
Perhaps it's a bit of both. Because with Respectable Street's Proper Dosage going down each and every Wednesday night, the West Palm Beach scene has proven that they too can be up to the minute.
OK, so dubstep isn't actually very new. In fact, the form has been kicking around across the pond for a decade. But SoFla only recently made it a habit. And like anything to which we become addicted, it's a habit that's gonna be damn hard to break.
The Reazin: 10 p.m. Thursday, February 18, at the tenth edition of Get Low at (((Shake))). The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Admission is $5; ages 21 and up; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. Wednesdays at Respectable Street, West Palm Beach. Monthly at Propaganda, Lake Worth.
Much of West Palm's newfound need is due to the efforts of a DJ named the Reazin and his four partners: Milkman, Benjamin Linus, Chuck Nasty, and Rok Is Dead. They brought the idea of dubstep to Respectable, convincing the club it was just the thing to replace the long-running weekly After Dark party. And they are ensuring the bass-heavy import will throb its way into your subconscious for many moons to come.
In addition to his head-spinning in the WPB, the Reazin, born Rene Aguiar, is also part of the Digital Felon Crew, a ten-strong collective of like-minded ops hell-bent on maintaining a place in the aural universe. And between Proper Dosage and Digital Felon, the Reazin seems determined to do no less than take over the world, one set of ears at a time. A few weeks ago, he and his crew drew in Portland's Noah D and packed Respectable Street to the rafters. Come March, they plan on doing likewise with San Francisco's Babylon System. Only this time, they'll be doing it at Propaganda in Lake Worth, where the Reazin also spins at the monthly LDUB parties.
But live productions are only part of Proper Dosage and the Reazin's master plan. By Winter Music Conference, they intend to unleash a series of digital releases that will outboom even the lowest-frequency-loving bassheads.
This Thursday night will find the Reazin in the booth alongside some of the Magic City's most manic beatsters for Get Low's tenth monthly edition. He'll be in some heady company, and it'll be a discerning crowd. But with eight years of drum 'n' bass under his belt, and another deuce doing dubstep, the Reazin ain't worried. He's just mad to hit it with precision.
The Reazin's current top five:
1. "Do You (Joker Remix)," Freeland
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2. "Chainsaw Calligraphy (Jakes Remix)," 16 Bit
3. "Gizmo," Datsik
4. "Are You Ready," Simon Bassline Smith
5. "Sweet Shop," Doctor P