Articles and thoughts by Peter Holslin

"Rubber Chicken" by Caspa

with 3 comments

Whoa. This tune merits some explanation. The dubstep producer’s success is definitely not measured by the girth of his or her wobbler bass. But the fact that the dizzying subsonic effect has wiggled its way into Britney Spears’ 2007 hit “Freakshow” demonstrates that it hasn’t only become the shake by which you identify dubstep, but a colour friendly to even the most trite fodder of the masses. Senior dubstep producers like Skream and Benga, who nurtured the style with reggae, dubplates, and the delightfully pseudo-analog FruityLoops TS404 patch (and who now share an affinity for wobbling with certain Estonians) must be well aware that there is something about that deep gestation that draws you in. In quarter- and eighth-note tremors synched up with sultry half-step beats, the wobbler disturbs and coaxes, eases and throttles.

Caspa’s “Rubber Chicken,” which appeared on vinyl in 2007’s Tempa Allstars Vol. 3 and got mixed by Youngsta into the Rinse label’s new I Love Dubstep CD compilation, is so overwhelming that, frankly, it took me a great effort to finally listen to this all the way through, only to listen a dozen more times. And that happened in my room, where it flowed out of a paltry pair of computer speakers—imagine being in a giant, foggy black club amongst a crowd of sweating people and having this thick tone pulse through your body with megawatt speakers…

At my next engagement with Dub War here in New York City, I’ll say bring it on.

This track review was published today on Cokemachineglow.


Written by Peter Holslin

November 13, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Posted in Art/Music, Journalism, Trax

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  1. this is really one of the lamer dubstep tunes. the wobble here is the equivalent of a pissing contest.


    November 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

  2. true, true. but somebody had to take it that far, for historical record if anything.


    December 22, 2008 at 8:47 am

  3. you guys not listnin, its very minimal, it comes very hard, from very far, it made people mad inside…


    May 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

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