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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Premiere: Dubstep Godfather Zed Bias Unleashes an Exclusive Tour Mix

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:36 AM

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​It's amusing to hear popular artists Skrillex and Korn collaborate on aggro nu-metal dubstep tracks and recall the music's humble London basement roots. Although U.K. dubstep originators like Skream and Benga are seeing rewards now, many more pioneers have been overlooked -- folks like Dave Jones, aka Zed Bias. In 1999, Jones' first tracks as Zed Bias made an immediate impact on garage music, a direct antecedent to dubstep. Songs like "Buggin' Me" and "All Night Jam" injected crisp rhythms, jazzy chords, and catchy vocal snippets into a style that was sagging toward commercial R&B mediocrity. To put it bluntly, Zed Bias made U.K. bass fun again.


Jones didn't stop there; he invented the Maddslinky alias to liven up broken beat music and formed the duo Phuturistix to explore future jazz sounds. Along the way his remixes influenced prominent U.K. bass producers and DJs on BBC and Rinse FM. Jones weaves the past into the future on Biasonic Excursion Chapter 4, a download mix that celebrates his North American tour touching down at Public Works on Saturday, April 30. Opening with a moody South London classic from Loefah, the mix progresses into machine gun rap from Kano and Jay Electronica augmented by Jones's perfectly staccato rhythms. Get hyped for Saturday's show and grab the mix here.

ZED BIAS Surefire Sound Tour Mix - Biasonic Excursion: Chapter 4 - Biasonic Core by Surefire Sound

Exclusive mix: Zed Bias -- Biasonic Excursion Chapter 4.

Tracklisting: Biasonic Excursion Chapter 4: Biasonic Core
Loefah "Goat Stare" (DMZ)
Kano (Zed Bias vocal mix) "Krazy" (CDR)
Zed Bias ft Jay Electronica and Ghost1 "The Cauldron" (Sidestepper)
Zed Bias and Skream "Badness" (Tru Thoughts)
Zed Bias "Sinner" (Tru Thoughts)

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