The dubplate king, the dubstep ambassador, Joe Nice has finally decided to start his record label, GourmetBeats. With each release, GourmetBeats and the artist will make a financial contribution to a charity or social cause. The chosen charity for the inaugural release is Little Kids Rock. This charity funds lasting musical education programs in United States public schools by donating instruments, providing curricular resources, and training faculty. Learn more about Little Kids Rock HERE. For the first release, Joe does what he does best – selection – and this choice does not disappoint. GourmetBeats 001 finds two exclusive dubs from DJG.
“Swazi Rhythm”, a staple of Joe’s live sets and radio shows for more than a year, is a tribalist slow burner that trots to an attention-grabbing woodblock pattern. Various cyclical additions complete the pivots in between, most notably is a driving, steam engine-type whistle and a warbling theremin tone that ratchets up the tension. Building the intensity further, DJG reloads the stomping subs with some tasteful and aggressive snarls to complete the melodic content. “Drumma”, a new DJG production, has a polyrhythmic rolling gallop with a serious low-end. A choir of voice drones float above an angry, but controlled metallic melody. Offset snares and occasional synth stabs move the music amidst waves of industrial textures.