Deep, Dark, & Dangerous ft. Thelem + More


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Deep, Dark & Dangerous returns to Soundpieces with Thelem from the UK, Spikey Tee from Sydney, Australia, alongside Psy Fi and MORE for another epic night of dubstep.

►THELEM
If there’s any artist successfully straddling genre lines, it’s Thelem. The London-based DJ and producer rose to notoriety in the international dubstep scene, but to label him as a “dubstep producer” does a disservice to the artist’s stylistic versatility. Thelem’s dubstep tunes are sound system staples around the world, however, many of his releases are impossible to categorize as anything but bass music. His catalogue jumps around obscure BPM’s, settling often at the prescribed 140, or the 160+ range that characterizes drum and bass. Thelem’s newest release – the We Ain’t The Same EP – features a fusion of classic dubstep styles, the contagiously danceable sound that epitomizes UK grime, even elements of the bass-heavy party style known in America as “trap”. Younger fans of electronic music devised an appropriately ambiguous label suited for Thelem’s postmodern productions: “Future Bass”.

It is notable, then, that Thelem’s production is inspired largely by the past. His earliest releases date to 2011: as far as the 140 tradition is concerned, this is relatively recent. But Thelem’s style has more in common with pre-2011 dubstep than the genre’s more popular commercial offshoots. His tracks focus on movement through the gradual build and release of tension rather than relying on the impact of clearly defined “drops”. Compared to the commercialized renditions of electronic music, Thelem’s style could be considered minimalistic. However, his music is more suited for celebration than meditation. His tracks create epic moments on the dance floor. The 2014 release “Haunted Harmonics” is a sound system staple destined for classic status. Likewise, “Foul Play” (released as part of the Artikal Music UK 2014 compilation) is familiar to anyone who passes their nights at dubstep parties.

Thelem’s work with vocalist T-Man is perhaps his most impressive. 2013’s “Bring Me Down” (Innamind) is an irresistible underdog anthem that captures the headstrong dedication that characterizes the underground ethos (“I ain’t got time for no waste kids tryna tell me that I’m not gonna make it”). The title track for his most recent EP, “We Ain’t The Same”, re-iterates the theme with an equally compelling energy. The release also includes a second track with T-Man. “Mind Games” is a drum n’ bass banger for those unwilling to slow down.

Ever since his emergence in the scene, Thelem’s presence has pervaded the UK community. Appearances at nights like GetDarker and Fabric mark him as a mainstay in the heart of the culture. But following his Artikal Music UK releases, Thelem’s name is known well outside the 140 circle. Headed by genre figurehead and cultural curator J:Kenzo, the Artikal Music UK label is a leader in audible innovation. With releases from artists like Sleeper, Truth, Piezo, and J:Kenzo himself, the label features heavy bass music that stretches the dubstep tradition into uncharted territory. Thelem’s Haunted Harmonics EP is among the most structurally diverse collections to rise from dubstep’s sphere of influence.

Thelem’s music is a declaration: the future is now.

►SPIKEY TEE
DJ/Singer/Songwriter/Mic Man.. Celebrating my 25 year in the industry and have recorded several collaborations along the way over many genres, worked with artists as diverse as Jah Wobble's Invaders of the heart right through to releases on drum and bass labels such as Liquid V and True Playaz. Currently back on radio with one of London's original black music stations, LWR Radio (lwrradio.com) presenting a 2 hour weekly show called The Journey. Each show begins where the last one ended creating footprints should you choose to follow them.

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SOUNDPIECES is a San Francisco based posse that has had it's hands in organizing top notch events, making art, and weaving webs since 2006. We are not genre specific, we are quality specific. Soundpieces is famed for showcasing diverse high-end bass music and rare international acts, many for their very first time in the Bay Area such as Hudson Mohawke, Mount Kimbie, Rustie, Shlohmo, Skream, Caspa, and Joker to name a few. Currently we host the only San Francisco bass music "weekly" using the Void - presumably the best sound system in the city, for over 3 years at Monarch in San Francisco. Join us to discover the newest of musical formulas, hosted in the most ideal and sophisticated atmospheres we can find.

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We are honored to be able to showcase Soundpieces on Monarch's custom horn-loaded Void Acoustics Sound System, the only one of its kind on the West Coast!!! When you descend to the club's dance floor you are immersed in a world of complete euphony generated by the venue's four protruding tuba-like enclosures. Without a dead spot in the room, it's easily the best place in the city to hear the biggest sound.

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