Oddly enough, there’s very little dub in dubstep. Jamaican roots, dub, and dancehall have been decidedly absent from the electronic genre from South London.
On April 5, Elephant Man is dropping a dark and dirty album that mixes all that stuff together. It’s called Vampires & Informers, so he’s cleverly coined some of the riddims “bloodstep.” New York collective Subatomic Sound System, Vienna’s Dubblestandart, and Canada’s Taal Mala are among the producers who make a cameo on the 12-track compilation.
Some tracks on Vampires & Informers are set to dubstep, while others have dub or dancehall beats with some dark electronic elements, like a wobbly bass. Elephant Man raps in intense, guttural patois.
Judging by the preview below, the album is breaking some serious ground in Jamaican music. But…it’s not for light listening.
Look out for Vampires & Informers on Subatomic Sound.
Photo Credit: Elephant Man via Soundcloud