Recapping: The weird week of wubbs
It’s been a busy seven days for dubstep. At the welcome end of the spectrum, Benga dropped a slick new tune. Then on the much, much stranger side of the things a certain Korn frontman continued to make outlandish comments as dubstep warrior ‘J Devil’, the ever-melodramatic Muse dropped their first foray into bass territory and Kanye West hooked up with Skrillex. Welcome to the weird week of wubbs!
Off the heels of the infamous Path of Totality Korn’s Jonathan Davis announced that he’s kicking off a new dubstep-focused solo project under the moniker J Devil. J Devil is planning to release his first EP through Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak, though he was also quick to assure Spinner he could have done it all by himself. “We don’t need labels anymore,” Davis explained. “We’re going underground again. Commercialised music is just commercialised bullshit. Do we really need labels anymore with the way things went with the Internet? I don’t think so.” He also added, helpfully, that “North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal. It’s the-filthier-the-better in that world, and with heavy metal, it’s the heavier the better, so it’s kind of the same thing.”
We’ve known for a while now that Muse were planning to go ‘dubstep’ on their latest album The 2nd Law. “We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October,” Matt Bellamy announced last month. “We went, ‘Fuck, it’s so heavy,’ loved it. I was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn’t seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration.” This week, the first single from the group arrived: a brostep-inspired stadium banger called Unsustainable. That title could prove prophetic.
Meanwhile, U.S. poster boy/whipping boy Skrillex is set to hook up with another divisive superstar, Kanye West (who last showed his appreciation of the wubbs by sampling Flux Pavilion’s I Can’t Stop on his album with Jay-Z). It’s certainly a more chart-targeted prospect than the rumoured hook-up with Boys Noize as Dog Blood. “I did some music with Kanye and from what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” he told The Daily Beast. That interview happened backstage at the Hard Summer festival, where Skrillex headlined in his custom-designed spaceship stage show. This week, the NY Times Magazine asked the all-important question to Skrillex: what’s it like to travel on Kanye’s private jet? “It was big, and it was fancy, and it had really hot stewardesses serving food,” he said. “His entourage was basically similar to mine, a bunch of guys on laptops working nonstop all the time, and so was he. He works hard, too, man.” The mystery is finally solved, then.