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Saturday
May042013

A Bass Action Movie: Alpha Omega LP - Caspa

Caspa's 15-track Alpha Omega LP is as ambitious as it is diverse. Easily doubling as an action movie soundtrack, this album’s influences should be no surprise: Caspa's recent résumé includes both Kick-Ass 2, and Halo 4, to name a few.

The eponymous first track, "Alpha Omega," is as lofty as the name implies, including almost every element in EDM from its beginning to its end. Channeling the start of a Michael Bay movie, this song could easily be played with quick visual cuts of an aircraft carrier, jets flying overhead, soldiers with camo facepaint – their legs dangling over the edge of a fast-moving helicopter swirling past lavish blue seas in the background, guns locked and loaded. Then, hints of dry, dubstep bass beats bubbling out of molten metal, transitioning to progressive house, then going back to its action movie soundtrack – guns locked and loaded.

The action continues through track 2: "Setting Sun." Here, Caspa’s soldiers have landed, and they’re charging towards their enemy. If "Alpha Omega" was all about adrenaline, this song’s violins and vocals peel back the intensity to replace the adrenaline with high emotion. Everything feels significant. This songs weaves trance through light dubstep, climbing with snare claps in a military rhythm.

Skipping over to "Sexy Beast," the bass beat is slow, meticulous, relentless. Percussive, drowning sounds transition to a quick fade-out into empty space.

"Techno Terry" comes out with a Tiesto vibe: light, bouncy, driving down into low bass with percussive synth melody driving the rhythm along. If the first tracks were a tribute to action movie soundtracks, then "Techno Terry" is an homage to late 90's EDM – but Caspa has managed to make it sound fresh and new again. I only wish it were longer, as we only get a small three-minute taste of this before we delve into the darker, post-apocalyptic sounds of "Ghost Town."

With some solid but forgettable tracks in-between, the album picks up again with Ayah Marar's powerful vocals in "One by One." This track makes it clear why Calvin Harris brings her on tour for live vocals – she nails this track. Caspa, smartly, does not try to shine in this song; he uses light synth and tight, subtle bass to supports her vocals rather than trying to compete with them. A smart track.

"Let the Rush Kick In" manages to sound laid back and adrenalizing all at the same time. It effortlessly strings together roots of 60s Jamaican dub to contemporary dubstep.

The last two tracks bring the LP full circle – back to Alpha Omega’s action movie theme – and they could easily be woven into the outro credits of a Jason Bourne movie. The superfast snare intensity of "Reach for the Sky" eventually relents to the slow wubs and soft synth of "Back for the First Time." This last track fulfills a similar function to Skrillex's "Summit" on his Bangarang EP – a nice, ethereal break from the intensities of the previous songs. A palate cleanser of an ending, giving you a nice moment of clarity to cap-off an ambitious sophomore effort of an LP.

Alpha Omega is a mosaic of an LP, with self-contained genres scattered throughout the album's overriding action themes. Although Alpha Omega can stray from its focus, more often than not it provides the listener with refreshing variety rather than filler.

When to listen: While playing an FPS, or, as an alternate soundtrack to some of your favourite action movies.

Definitely check out: "Alpha Omega," "Setting Sun," "Techno Terry," "One By One," and "Reach for the Sky."

Out now on Beatport!

By Grant Petersen

Wednesday
Sep122012

Caspa Presents Dubstep Sessions 2012

Fantastic news from the UK: Caspa has released another fantastic compilation album featuring some of the best bass tracks and remixes of 2012, as well as some new tracks that definitely deserve some respect. This album was just dropped and caters to a wide variety of Dubstep tastes, and will be loved especially by those who prefer the classic UK Dubstep sound. With 33 awesomely wild and filthy tracks, this is certainly a collection that will keep you on your toes.
  
Here are some of my favorite tracks on the compilation:

3. "Burst" - 12th Planet, Skrillex, and Kill the Noise

13. "The Way You Make Me" - The Others

 

16. "Scary Bolly Dub" - Skrillex

 

25. "Make It Bun Dem" - Skrillex & Damian Marley

 

27. "Make My Whole World" - Trolley Snatcha

 

28. "Raise Your Weapon" - Deadmau5 (Noisia Remix)

30. "Must Be the Feeling" - Nero (Flux Pavilion & Nero Remix)

33. Need to Feel Loved - Reflekt (The Others Remix) 

Full Tracklist & Download on iTunes

By Sara Landry

Follow me on Twitter: @SaraLange922

Monday
Sep032012

"Scary Bolly Dub" - Skrillex [Unreleased]

After a fantastic closing set at Electric Zoo yesterday, it seems only fitting to write about Skrillex. After all, he was pretty fucking awesome. I stumbled upon this track "Scary Bolly Dub" this morning, which is apparently going to be released September 8th on Caspa Presents Dubstep Sessions 2012, which I'm sure will be filled with lots of bassy dubstep goodness (my ears can't wait). If you're as upset as I am that the Zoo is over, then have a listen to this track and join the rest of us at EDM Lounge who wish that we could relive this weekend about 5 more times. Want more? Listen to "Breathe" which is the far superior version of "Summit" featuring Krewella (who KILLED IT yesterday) and "Game Over," a collab with Nero that I'm still obsessed with. 

By Sara Landry

Follow me on Twitter: @SaraLange922

Tuesday
Jul102012

Track of the Day: "War" - Caspa (Nari & Milani Remix)

It is much more common to find a house track turned dubstep, not vice-versa. Nari & Milani have stepped up to the challenge, transforming Caspa's usual underground dubstep sound and (The Prodigy singer) Keith Flint's vocals into an EDM work of art. The heavy bass line and edgy, heavy-metal vocals are combined to form this electro-house heavy hitter, and I'm really loving it! Out last week on Positiva Records, this is one you definitely want to check out. Crank up the volume and wait for that epic build-up!

By Laryssa Loza
Follow me on Twitter: @LaryssaLoza