It seems like only yesterday that my life was tuned upside down as I experienced my first listen to a genre that has shaped a nation of electronic music fans and artists alike. On September 25th 2010, a friend who happens to have founded The Dankles sent me a message via Facebook stating the words, “if you don’t like this then you will never get it.” The aforementioned “this” was in regard to Excision’s Shambala mix; a musical masterpiece in dubstep, drum and bass and what I call filth/grime. Over the years, dubstep has not only matured but expanded to included more sub-genres under its name then we have space to list. What has remained is Excision continuing to set himself apart from everyone in his field.

Though many have tried and failed to replicate the type of audible destruction that Excision creates, it took a fellow Kelowna compatriot by the name of Downlink to add his own take with a positive effect. The two have linked up on tracks and tour over the years, but recently unveiled a new super project which incorporates the drumming skills of KJ Sawka (of Pendulum fame). The trio called themselves Destriod and their debut album The Invasion came out today for all to enjoy.  Ten bass fueled tracks are what your eardrums can look forward to hearing. I’ve personally felt that the days of good ol fashion dubstep were long gone, but this album completely rejuvenated my faith as Destriod did exactly what their name states. They even reached out to fellow bass enthusiasts Bassnectar, Space Laces, Ajapai, and supreme vocalist Messinian on a handful of collaborative tracks.

Is Detriods “The Invasion” worth it’s Beatport price tag? Yes! For this trio album is only half the fun, as Excision himself stated that the live experience of seeing Destriod is out of this world! We shall see if this is the case at Orion Music + More Festival, but until then enjoy the return of dubstep mes Amis!  Download Destroid’s release from Beatport.


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