The first live Dubstep gig I went to was at a small venue called SF Underground in San Francisco. The crunk meets reggae meets everything heavy mix was exciting and fresh to me, it reminded of the first time I heard Lil' John and Bia Bia'ed and threw my bows.
About a month ago, I went to Surya Dub's party in SF. I thought the resident crew killed it, and guest Maga Bo amazed me by doing live remixes of traditional sounding Brazilian tunes with Dancehall beats. Without getting too much into detail tho', the headlining DJ, The Bug threw me a little bit. Perhaps I didn't get it.
Until I saw this:
This video aesthetic reminds me of something... on top of a building... industrial city... tough mugging directly into the camera... think back... the 90's?... ... ... ... Wu Tang! Now I think back and remember that The Bug was wearing a Wu Tang T-shirt, and finally it dawned on me. This is that stripped down, northern industrial (cold) city, street music, but through a U.K./Jamaica interpretive lens.
Suddenly, perhaps I get it.