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OG dubstep soldiers Dusk + Blackdown define their Rollage sound in a supple, snaking, darkside live context - basically a 21-part mixtape showcase of recent studio action
“Keysound co-founders Dusk + Blackdown are proud to announce “RollageLive vol 1: Nightfall”, a dubplate-ridden project of dark 130bpm rollage. It aims for the sweet spot between a longer-lived artist album and an in-the moment live DJ mix - yet accessible without needing a vinyl deck, CD drive or a tape player.
Like an artist album, all of the “RollageLive vol1...” tracks were produced, remixed or refixed by the London-based duo - with an exclusive Rinse FM-inspired collaboration with New Zealand’s Ebb thrown in. Almost all the tracks are exclusive to this project, including some VIPs, to ensure maximum upfront freshness.
But like a tape pack or mix CD, it was then recorded live in one continuous take at 130bpm in Rinse FM’s main studio, mastered by dubstep legend Jason @ Transition and chopped up into tracks for a more permanent place in listeners’ mobile lives. It attempts to create something a little more enduring in an era of infinite ephemeral audio-abundance.
Musically, the mix fits Keysound enduring mission: an exploration of just how much could be possible at 130bpm, from weightless (ambient) to dense dubby halfsteppers, via percussive rollers, driving Jersey club kicks to jump up bangers. And lasers: there’s lots of lasers. While most DJs choose, it pushes on both sides of the often oppositional polarities of “drop v groove”, “communal dancefloor v personal listening” and “vocal v instrumental.” Thematically, while the 130 space is wide open, the project is deliberately focused: dark and uncompromising, but with occasional flecks of light and hope. Subsequent editions of the series may explore more chromatic themes.”