North Coast Music Festival 2011, Friday: SBTRKT
It was two summers ago that I saw Brackles flipping the script on dubstep, facelessly mixing bass bangers, 2-step throwbacks and early UK funky, and doing it masked. Tonight, thanks to fellow Brit SBTRKT, I'm reliving that glorious evening.
Dubstep's latest poster child, SBTRKT is the new indie-adored persona from Aaron Jerome. Constantly compared to James Blake, because that's the next closest bass music deviator, SBTRKT actually sits squarely at the crossroads of the most relevant styles of UK bass music—just not it's aggro American cousin.
The vibe is all sunset grooves: jazzy snare taps, sultry vocal riffs and just enough sub to remind the crowd we're here to dance. I don't know if they're 100 percent sold, but they showed up en masse to figure it out.