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PR: NYC Bass Duo Sub Swara Offer Dead Prez Collaboration
Posted by Steve Juon at Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 7:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

From Tim Jones:

NYC Bass Duo Sub Swara Offer Dead Prez Collaboration

download: Speak My Language feat. Dead Prez
(via Village Voice) .

download: Glitch Mob "Starve The Ego, Feed The Soul"
 (Sub Swara remix) .

download : Triggers Vol.2 mixtape
(via Passion Of The Weiss) .
 Fresh off the release of their excell ent new album "Triggers" global bass explorers, Sub Swara, offer up a free download of their collaboration with NYC hip-hop legends Dead Prez. Read about how it all came together today on Village Voice.  Also, make sure to catch their killer new remix of Glitch Mob's "Starve The Ego, Feed The Soul" over on the ir site. For extended listening pleasure they did a mix for the Passion of The Weiss mix series, where you can hear some new material and upcoming remixes. Don't miss.

Binding together strong melodies, intoxicating rhythms, relentless energy and inventive production, their new album traverses dubstep, hip-hop, ragga, and sounds yet to be classified. "Triggers" w as written as Sub Swara's performances become increasingly live, incorporating live drumming, re-composition and improvised sequences all while maintaining dancefloor intensity and bass weight. Make sure to catch them when they come though your town in 2011.

"it sounds like this time their beat vacation took them on an intergalactic spaceship ride, with giant rhythms and chirps that sound warped in from the outer reaches of the universe but retain a distinctly warm, human quality.

"Brooklyn bass duo Sub Swara will scramble your insides with low-end by any means necessary. Their music refuses to sit still or be easily described, frantically crossing the lines between instrumental hip-hop, dubstep, house, dub, dancehall, trip-hop and South Asian field recordings. But their motives are clear: boom, pound, move feet, rattle brains."

-Village Voice

New York's Sub Swara are connoisseurs of the genre-meld. "Steam" is a particularly percussive jungley dubstep jam. What makes it really shine is its lack of sameness-instead of one refrain with a blip of extra bass here and there throughout the whole track, it's a crescendo of intense drums, that breaks into electro-beats that recalls the sweatiest night clubs and once it speeds up as fast it can go, there's a nice little breakdown toward the end. While some artists are trying to make all different kinds of noise at once, Sub Swara are taking all these reference points and making it into their own thing that really works."


"The outfit now specializes in a whatever-makes-you-bang style of bass music that's fresh and compelling, and doesn't pay much mind to the lines of electronic sub-genres. "Steam" from Sub Swara's latest album, Triggers. This flits from ominous, exotic hand-drumming into a more traditional techno beat, then goes all dubstep on your ass. Dhruva and Sharma make this stuff with the help of real instruments -- they recorded the drums for this song in India -- so it's not surprising that their sound goes beyond what you expect to hear in "electronic" music.

-SF Weekly

"Sub Swara manages to transfer the eclectic sounds of their New York club night to tape, bleeding and blending dubstep, ragga, dub, global elements and straight up dance music in a flawless manner that's always fresh, never stale."


Brooklyn-based Sub Swara writes, produces and performs genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their hometown.  Consisting of Dhruva and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara's musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA - dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in between.  With sets crafted for both dancefloor intensity and cerebral curiosity, Sub Swara combines electronic production, live instrumentation, and 3000% of recommended energy levels to create an ecstatic, human experience.

Originally started a club night, Sub Swara has always focused on melding bass music of all creeds and cultures.  Over 3 years, the night became one of the most popular and respected club nights in NYC, hosting artists such as Mary Ann Hobbs, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, The Bug, and Poirier.  Sub Swara released their 2008 debut album, Coup d'Yah, to  widespread acclaim; critics and tastemakers from Pitchfork, to XLR8R, BBC Radio 1 and the FADER all lauded its seamless melding of varied rhythms, intricate global instrumentation and production both deep and dancefloor-centric. Sub Swara's remix of Balkan Beatbox's "Balkumbia" was featured in the Fader/Nike mixtape series for the 2010 World Cup, Pitch Perfect.

 Sub Swara's second album, Triggers (Low Motion Records), continues the group's exploration of different spaces in bass music, and draws from a completely unique sound pallete that marries both live (much of the percussion is actually played by Sub Swara, in addition to other instruments by guest artists) and electronic elements.

 With vocalists such as Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic and the up and coming hip hop act, Freddie Mills featured on Triggers, the collaborations are largely hip hop and soul-based, while the vocals in Coup d'Yah were largely dancehall. The instrumental collaborations feature the afrobeat horns of Antibalas, beatboxer Shamik, and a host of master session musicians from around the world.

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