Datsik ‘Cold Blooded’ Premiere
Troy Beetles, the Canadian genius otherwise known as Datsik has just released his 2013 EP titled ‘Cold Blooded,’ which is exactly what his music is. Blending bass heavy dubstep “with a hip-hop-inflicted swagger and disembodied voices promising violence or other assorted doom”(Billboard), Datsik is back baby! The STM Team has also been lucky enough to see Datsik multiple times, and he has not disappointed once. With such heavy dubstep, it can sometimes become overwhelming, but Datsik keeps his cool with this EP: combining heavy dubstep and filth with dark hip/hop vocals and beats. Datsik walkes us through each of his tracks below:
1. ‘Cold Blooded’: “This one wasn’t really hitting the way I wanted it to on the dancefloor. So I went back into the studio and did a new mix-down that was tight, punchy and with louder drums. The first time I played it out that way, it destroyed it. The idea was always there, it just came down to making sure the mix was perfect.”
2. Machete (feat. Snak the Ripper & Young Sin): “Young Sin is one of the most notorious underground MCs in Canada. Most hip-hop heads know who he is; he has an aggressive, nasty voice works well with dubstep. We wanted something super dark, cool, heavy and destructive, and that’s kind of what came out.”
3. ‘Automatik’ (feat. Messinian): “Messinian’s really easy to work with. He’s got things so down pat, he basically goes into the studio cranks out a whole bunch of vocals, and they all sound amazing and balanced. With the track, I was trying to do something based on older-sounding stuff I used to make, simple but really, really heavy.”
4. ‘Juicebox’: “It’s a sample-based hip-hop electronic thing I did. The intro violin was a sample I’ve had since I was 15 or 16. I didn’t end up using it until now. Kinda crazy.”
5. ‘Too Late To Say No’: “This is a track with my own vocals; that’s something different I haven’t really done before. It’s definitely cool seeing the reaction when I play it at the end of my set. Mostly girls are the ones who freak out.”
6. ‘Vindicate’ (feat. Excision): “We had never made a 110 [BPM] track together, so we tried something different and just went for it. With Excision, the whole theme is to keep it dark as fuck. The single is killing it on Beatport; we’re pretty stoked.”
7. ‘Release Me’: “I found a really cool vocal sample, changed up the pitch and the key, and wrote my own melody. I tried to make it dark but different at the same time. It’s the track I end my sets with.
For individual tracks, scope Datsik’s soundcloud. Don’t miss him and Griz on Tour in a US city near you.