December 4, 2013
This morning I stumbled on to Animai‘s set on GetDarker TV and became hooked on their sound, sexy vocals and deep basslines, unreal sound. The Wayfarer Remix, with those growling sounds is incredible and it’s out on Mindstep Music check the preview below:
December 3, 2013
Super honored to have the mighty DJ Raggs (UK) joining the 11th installment of the Dataset Exclusive Mix Series. A musician, producer, journalist, promoter and one of the leading female DJ’s in dubstep, has collaborated with Coki, El B, Stinkahbell, Beezy, Dubfreq, Kinzy, Mutated Mindz, Sweetie Irie (Gorillaz) & Killa P. to name a few. She is also the Co-founder of Rude, a new south London bass night she runs with N-Type, and second in command to Sgt. Pokes co-ordinating dubstep’s infamous Croydub.
This is one bass heavy mix so we recommend that you don’t listen to it on laptop speakers, where bottom end frequencies will be lost, and check the questionnaire below to get to know more about the legendary DJ Raggs.
What is the best thing about making/mixing tunes:
It keeps me off the streets…
My music creations directly reflect my passion, so that where I see music as a form of communication, I’m speaking my own words, so peoples’ reaction to my music is gratifying and satisfying… and sometimes disturbing…
Also, music is one of my deepest meditations: when I’m in studio; doing radio; playing sax or flute; playing to a club dance floor, nothing else is in my head but the music, which is a powerful state of mind to achieve!
Your favorite studio gear:
My new Selmer sax, my iMac; my Dyne Audio monitors, and my Technics 1200′s!
What artist inspires/motivates you:
Life changing album:
Mavado – “Gangster For Life – The Symphony of David Brooks”
Remember to put some emotion in your music – there needs to be a melody, whether it’s in the dark hard B-line or a sweet vocal – something that will grab people’s attention – they’ll respond to the emotion in a tune, and that’s more than likely to be the part that earns you publishing points, because you can’t copyright a groove!
Something people don’t know about you:
I’m Irish and I speak 5 languages
Favorite food joint:
Mosimann’s – The Belfry (Belgravia, London UK)
01. Coki – Duppy Soursop
02. Coki & Raggs – Celestial Dub VIP (Dub)
03. 28Hz – Yes (Dub)
04 Capleton – Warn Dem – Kromestar rmx
05. The Dub Mechz – Propane (Dub)
06. Badklaat – Empire – Lost rmx (Dub)
05. Disposition & Sponge Bandits – Die Tonight (Forthcoming Wheel & Deal)
06. Tunnidge – 7 Breaths – Distance rmx
07. Lost – Bad Bitch – RVRSL
08. Raggs & Dubfreq ft Raggs – Metaphysic
09. MAC – Hear Me Comin – Itchy Robot rmx (dub)
10. LAXX – Chicago Sweep (Forthcoming Wheel & Deal)
11. Coki – Chicken Bop (Dub)
12. Raggs & Dubfreq ft Pokes – Forward System (Dub)
13. Cotti – Chain of Command (Dub)
14. Dubfreq – Next to Me (Dub)
15. Tunnidge – Horizon (Dub)
16. Mavado – Untitled – For The Kill rmx (White Label)
17. Fantan Mojah – Hail Di King – Dubfreq rmx (Dub)
18. Katy B – 5 am – Hectic rmx
November 25, 2013
November 21, 2013
New ‘Matrix D’ tee on the store is now shipping. Featuring a retro/ futuristic interpretation of the letter ‘D’ on our ‘Classic Logo’, inspired on the old school tech logos from the late 70s / mid 80s. Simple, clean, comfortable and superb quality.
Screened on premium American Apparel shirts, our iconic embroidered label on the sleeve and inside tag-less print, for added comfort. Available now on the Dataset Shop.
November 11, 2013
Today we announce the first of some exciting new products featured on the shop this month, the ‘Dotted Logo’ snapback hat is now shipping. With an updated look due to an unfortunate circumstance, we believe that the updated look is a lot better than the first hat released in 2011.
October 21, 2013
Super grateful for the chance to have seen the legendary Adam F for the first time. While this was not his first appearance in San Diego, it was the first time that he played at SD Union. An all drum n bass set for the true heads.
No bottle service, no dress code, no pretentious doormans. Proper good vibes and great energy with the scene that have been following his sound for over a decade.
The video above was taken at the end of the night. Lights were already on, indicating that people needed to leave and while most of the people did, Adam F kept it going for an extra minute for those on the crowd that kept wanting more.
Check our facebook page for more photos of the event.
Full lineup featured:
(Organized Grime | SD)
Garva B2B Admix
(Schedule One Media | SD Union | SD)
(TSTV | 12 Monkeys | SD Union | SD)
(SD Union | TSTV | DEEP | Timeless | SD)
(organized Grime | Xcellerated | Damascus | SD)
(TSTV | SD Union | Solid | SD)
October 19, 2013
Video Directed by Tim Fox
While this is a debut full length for Om-Unit, real name Jim Coles, it is in fact the producer’s fourth studio album, following from work in the 2000s under the name 2tall. Having reset the clock on his artistic output in 2010, Coles has spent the past three years refining a unique sound as Om-Unit via collaborations with Machinedrum on Planet Mu, releases on Goldie‘s Metalheadz, dBridge’s Exit Records and Civil Music, his own Cosmic Bridge label and the short-lived Phillip D. Kick alias that fleshed out the links between Chicago’s footwork, jungle and slow/fast. The confluence of all this work takes full flight on Threads.
1. Folding Shadows
2. The Silence (feat. Jinadu)
3. Healing Rain
4. Jus Sayin’ (feat. Gone The Hero)
5. Drift Interlude
6. Reverse Logic
7. Corridor 2013
9. Patients (feat. MC Jabu)
10. Deep Sea Pyramid
11. Wall of Light
13. Wicker and Pearl
14. Governer’s Bay
15. The Road (feat. Charlie Dark)
October 12, 2013
10 Years of Dub Dynamite:Reggae Shadow Boxing
Monday, October 14 marks the 10th anniversary of what has become a weekly tradition in America’s Finest City, a steadfast celebration of the progressive, exploratory side of reggae, San Diego’s own Dub Dynamite, orchestrated by the Nice Guy DJs, Rashi (of Tribe of Kings infamy) and Eddie Turbo (Editor Beau from RE:UP Magazine). Nearly every week for the last decade, the sweet sounds of bass have resonated through the night, calling the faithful to once again step, step, step to the hypnotic rhythms and reverberations of the Monday night echo chamber. This is a momentous achievement in an era where new DJ nights and styles of music emerge and vanish seemingly at the whim and fancy of a blogger’s keystroke. This favorite weekly party of those in the know has held residence at the The Office Bar in North Park for the last 5 years, though it originated at the legendary Bar Dynamite in Mission Hills.
For those not familiar, “Dub Reggae,” or more broadly, simply “Dub,” has its origins in Jamaica in the late 1960’s in the legendary sound studios there, where pioneering producers such as King Tubby, Lee Perry, and a host of others, birthed the art of the remix. Working with tracks popular in the Jamaican dancehalls, they created entirely new songs by removing or interspersing the vocals and changing the finely tuned layering of the original. Perhaps influenced by the psychedelic spirit of the era, or perhaps by the sinister cold war sci fi image of a scientist gone mad, the tracks they created had a spacey, otherworldly quality with mere hints of the source material emerging and disappearing in time.
One of the many storied origins of the word “dub” is as an appropriation of the term “duppy,” which is a ghost in Jamaican patois. This makes sense because the crashing cymbals, haunting echoes and deep bass of traditional Jamaican dub reggae can accomplish the rare combination of haunting your soul and spooking your ass at the same time, lulling you into a deep rhythmic meditation while pushing your feet ever forward. Dub is progressive music in that it challenges you to fill in the blanks, attacking you subtly from many directions all at once.
San Diego loves reggae. Of this there can be no doubt. What’s not to love about Bob Marley’s lilting anthems to peace, love, and rebolution? And if you’re a true reggae fan, you’re already gagging on whatever you were eating, snorting milk out of your nose, or shouting ‘bloodclot!’ at your computer screen, because any true reggae head knows that reggae is much more rich and varied than the untold millions of dorm room posters of the legendary “Tuff Gong” would lead one to naively believe. From the origins in ska, to rocksteady, to modern roots, and dancehall, up to and including electronic influences from dubstep, jungle, new school reggae and even downtempo. All of these sounds can be found at Dub Dynamite. Passing the ten year mark places Dub Dynamite up there with other fixtures of the SD reggae scene such as Reggae Makossa, Stranger, Common Sense, Destiny Roots, Tribe of Kings, Shotta Crew, and Trade Roots Reggae.
In celebration of this noteworthy milestone, on Monday October 14th, Dub Dynamite welcomes one of South America’s most prominent reggae DJs and producers, Brazil’s own Digital Dubs. Founded in 2001 in Rio De Janeiro, they’ve gained a reputation internationally and in their homeland releasing tracks with legendary Jamaican artists such as Ranking Joe and Sugar Minott, as well as for throwing heavyweight parties in their local scene.
How would you describe Dub to an alien?
Rashi: Hand it a copy of Scientist Wins the World Cup LP
Beau: First they’d have to understand what a shadow is and what a song is.
Then I’d quote the Mad Professor who once said something like “just like every object has its shadow, every song has its dub.” That’s been the best description I’ve heard; it’s a song stripped down to its minimal shape but leaving an open canvas for endless imagination and possibilities.
How would you describe Dub Dynamite to an alien? (Could be the same alien)
Rashi: I would first hand him a 10″ copy of Alien Dread’s “Kortonic Dub” and then if he spoke my language I would tell him it’s a night of classic and futuristic reggae music from the roots to outer space. And three dancehall tunes.
Beau: A night of music paying past, present and future homage to the trinity of the founders of dub: King Tubby, Scientist and Lee Scratch Perry. Plus three dancehall songs.
What’s your first memory of each other?
Rashi: Memory wiped clean due to kush overload.
Beau: Rashi was deejaying at an Ocean Beach house party overlooking Sunset Cliffs back in ’99 or 2000. At the time I had just moved out to SD from Boston and only had one turntable so it was inspiring to see some dude with dreads with similar records that I was into. I specifically remember that he had Thievery Corporation’s “DJ Kicks” in his crate even though he was playing mostly reggae stuff and thought that was really cool. I had only lived in OB for a few months and was already Sublimed-out, so I was definitely ready to explore some minimal heavy dub riddims from Jamaica and London.
How did you guys meet or come to be friends/partners?
Rashi: In an effort to create a “different” kind of reggae night in San Diego, I went outside of my circle of DJ friends (namely my Tribe of Kings crew) and found Beau who I connected with thru downtempo and nu-skool reggae. I approached him with the goal of tapping his strengths in and passion for the electronic angle of things.
Beau: We had been in the same circles of deejays and friends for a while so we just got to know each other real organically at various weekly parties. I think we may even have dated some girls that were friends so that’s how we got to know each other a bit better. His crew Tribe of Kings did Sundays at Bar Dynamite where they’d run the gamut of all reggae styles. I would come every week and lurk in the corner of the dance floor creepy solo style and take in the early night dub set he would do which was always so dope. I was doing an underground hip-hop night on Thursdays with DJ SIX8 (that’s what’s up) and we’d wind the night down with some reggae by our resident reggae selector Dunning aka Keep ‘em Running. Dunning was already friends with the Tribe of Kings guys so he’d have them guest at Milkcrate. Then Milkcrate & TOK mobbed together along with Ikah Love & Damon Bell for a hip-hop and reggae night called “RE:UP” which eventually spawned RE:UP magazine. I was the editor of the mag and Rashi did some writing. One time I pressed him for a deadline and his response was “I’m on it Eddie Turr” which evolved “Editor Beau” to the perfectly awesome cheesy DJ moniker of Eddie Turbo.
How did Dub Dynamite come about?
Rashi: I was looking for an outlet to play all the roots, dub, downtempo and avant-garde tunes that were either a bad fit for my Sunday night dance with Tribe of Kings or just more appropriate on a night when packing the dance floor with Top Hits was not priority one.
Beau: I did a couple of events at the Honey Bee Hive with Walker from BrokenBeat called Soundlab where we mixed experimental/IDM in one room and straight up instrumental dub in another. I approached Rashi to play at one of them and I think that’s where the light bulb went on. Mondays at Bar Dynamite we’re opening up and Rashi asked if I wanted it to do a weekly Dub night with him. The intent was to have a roots reggae-oriented night, but to shine a lot of the left-field reggae stuff instead of being a slave to the obvious roots and dancehall bangers –which of course still would get played to help set the party off every once in a while. Being that it’s a Monday night, you can color outside the lines a bit since your average patron is a more open-minded person who was likely in the industry business and not your weekend warrior chump demanding the latest horrible hip-pop/EDM song because he ordered bottle service.
Can you recall any alternate names for the night that were under consideration?
Rashi: No, but I’m sure there were many. I’m somewhat known for coming up with various names for people and nights. I recall making a flyer once with the headline “Dub Mondays” and a couple people got emotional. Next flyer we went back to our usual moniker. Dash Eye still calls it Dub Mondays. Big up Dash.
Beau: Run, Run, Run and Ring Ring Ring – a couple others but man, it’s been a long time. Dub Dynamite seemed redundant at the time, but am glad it stuck and that we kept the name with us when we moved the party from Bar Dynamite to The Office.
What was the main difference between Bar Dynamite and the Office?
Rashi: Bar Dynamite has Heineken. Office does not. No, but seriously. Bar Dynamite is a one of a kind operation and I’m proud to be a part of it
since its inception. The two have more in common than they have differences. When I heard Office was opening under the same ownership as Bar D, I knew I wanted to be a part of things at the first whistle.
Beau: Bar D has Lucha Libre in close proximity and cool red lighting; The Office has Ranchos and quality craft cocktails. The Ranchos staff often comes for a beer after they close down the restaurant and that’s a huge compliment to us.
Over the years who has been your favorite bar staff?
Rashi: Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many good people at both Bar Dynamite and The Office. Tony “Devotion” Curto and I met each other over 15 years ago at Bar Dynamite and maintain great friends to this day. The Office Bar brought the amazing Julie Mossa into my life – a friendship I know will be lifelong — as long as I turn down the volume. Mondo has always been there to keep the vibes safe and the kooks distant. I appreciate these folks and many others with whom I’ve shared a laugh and a shot with.
Beau: We’ve definitely been lucky with that. Julie is our current spirits czar probably been with us the longest, we love her! She is a real team player, though we do call her “Aunt Julie” when she asks us to turn the bass down. Jayne was the perfect bartender at Bar Dynamite who went on to open the super delicious Jayne’s Gastro Pub with her husband. And one can’t forget Tony Devotion who started the night with us bar tending. Joe manages the whole operations at The Office and unlike many bar owners I’ve dealt with in the past takes a genuine interest in helping our night succeed. Big man Mondo holds down logistics – he and his bouncers are always on point, especially Dylan who now runs a Jiu-Jitsu school – security ’nuff!
Any funny stories?
Rashi: When you have a club night for 10 years you see a lot of strange faces and random things. I’ve seen a guy clear the club out because he smelled like gasoline, a woman fall off a bar stool, countless requests for that one song that goes “Bom Bom”, and a guy jamming so hard he popped the wheel off his wheelchair.
Beau: One of the things we advise guest DJs is to have fun with the night and get out of their comfort zone – it’s a chance to play some out there stuff because that’s what is expected. However one time we had a guest play 2Live Crew’s “Welcome to the F#ckshop”, it was so bizarre and completely didn’t fit. Not only that but it was played on a CD-J and kept being poorly looped and staggered and was dragged out forever – it has remained the worst song ever played at Dub Dynamite over the last 10 years. Because this DJ was my guest I’m STILL jokingly second-guessed by Rashi or management whenever I propose a guest to come in on the night.
Favorite guest DJs or performers?
Rashi: I like when my partner Unite from Tribe of Kings dips through. Despite being the world’s worst promoter, I love him because he keeps the night honest — always determined to put the DUB back in Dub Dynamite. You don’t want to get in Unite’s way when he is determined.
Beau: Glasgow’s Mungo’s Hi Fi with MC Soom T was killer. I picked them up from where they were staying at Casa de Hughes and Soom T was warming up her voice in the car with these beautiful arpeggios during a quiet drive to the venue, it was surreally beautiful and I got goose bumps.
Then she absolutely shredded the mic that night. We’ve also had some great live dub sessions of original music from Twilight Circus (Amsterdam) and McPullish (Texas). General Jah Mikey also blessed the mic on a Monday that fell on April 20. He’s definitely an underrated reggae vocalist with some great tunes and ya’ll should check him. Big thanks for Daniel from Jungle Riddim for hooking that gig up.
What are three things you’ve learned from Dub Dynamite?
1) You NEVER know what’s going to happen
2) There’s no such thing as too much bass
3) San Diego loves its roots reggae. For that, I love San Diego.
1) While not the most punctual fellow, Rashi has been a great partner
in crime for the event and it’s been a sincere pleasure to share our
appreciation for dub music every Monday for the last 10 years
2) Mondays can be your favorite day of the week and you can
participate in an impromptu dance party to heavy experimental dub -
break the cycle and try it.
3) There is so much dub out there.
Dub Dynamite 10th Anniversary takes place at The Office Bar (3936 30th) in North Park on Monday October 14, 2013. Digitaldubs (Brazil) along with residents Rashi and Eddie Turbo. Doors open at 9 PM. No cover charge.
October 10, 2013
Here’s the first look at the new version of the “Dotted D” snapback coming up. This is part of the “Dotted D” logo redesign, after noticing another clothing company in San Diego was also using dots on their logo. While they released their version a couple of months before ours and are more baseball oriented, we want to distant Dataset from any possible confusion with the other brand, besides, it’s the right thing to do. Unfortunately we were already 2000 stickers, 500 labels, 1000 flyers (and who knows how many shirts) deep by the time we discovered the coincidence, so this process might take some time.
The redesign consists on connecting the dots horizontally, inspired by some the future-retro iconic computer brands in the late 70s and mid 80s. We believe is a great compromise that allows us to keep the feel of our original mark. Slowly by surely we will continue to update all of our branding with this updated look.
The first image shows the initial sketches for the hat, and the bottom one the first samples shots of production. Hats will be available in Black and Heather Gray options.
Stay tuned for more info.
October 7, 2013
Screen printed on the softest, smoothest, best-looking short sleeve tee shirt available by American Apparel. As usual, all of our products ship with stickers, and some other extras.
Team artist: EshOne does a switch b-side plateslide to nollie testpress flip at the “Fountain Ledge” in Mission Hills, CA while wearing the classic logo tee.