By Liz Gonzales
Every couple weeks dubsteppers from all over the city stream like ants to food for Bassface, a three-year old club, held at Space 613 downtown, that focuses on the bass-heavy British-born electronic subgenre. Since its birth the club has assumed a dominating place in the Los Angeles dubstep scene.
The event, put on by pioneering LA collective Pure Filth, has brought DJs to the city from all over world. DJ Sam XXL, the event's coordinator, explained the genesis of the club's name: "... I started noticing a common trait in people: Their faces would contort when the bassline dropped through the Pure Filth speakers, and somehow that became lovingly referred to as bassface."
Last Saturday carried on the tradition with highly anticipated sets by UK Producer/DJ Jakes and Alpha Pup Records producer DJ Take of Los Angeles. The show also brought out MC Kemst and sets by Druley, DLX, Jaybird and The Professionals.
Pure Filth's show, planned to the last detail, has been successful for many reasons, but is especially regarded for its unique sound system. The speakers are perfectly centered to the right, left and front of the room to create a bass-rich sound; even when you're not standing near the speakers you can still feel the strong bass waves.
Bassface residents Sam XXL (of the Professionals) and Pablo Hassan took the stage after Take's set (which included a great mix of La Roux's "I'm Not Your Toy"). By this time the room was crammed with dubstep lovers coming together to experience the ground-shaking vibrations. Sam XXL and Pablo Hassan primed the crowd with popular mixes of Skream's "Filth" and Borgore's "Foes."
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After all the anticipation, Jakes illustrated why the wait was worth it with a mix of many dubstep VIP tracks (edits intended for a select few mixers), including "Rhythm VIP" and "Kick Snare VIP." During his set, over some unnecessary moshing and too-bright lights, dubsteppers felt the intensity. How intense? The volume repeatedly set off the building's fire alarm. But that didn't stop the dancing; it only further elevated the crowd.
The heavy bass kept everyone moving, adding further proof of an LA movement in full bloom. The British sound is strongly impacting the city's electronic music scene, and seems to be here to stay.