In the last year The Skulls have enlisted the help of talented musicians from around the globe putting together a very accessible 'post-dubstep' album specifically for 1320 Records which spans a wide breadth of West Coast styles, aptly named 'West Coast Bass.'
The name of the release pays tribute to a style of music which has its roots in the IDM and Glitch Hop scenes of the mid 2000's. By 2005, the glitchy aspects of IDM had found their way into Hip Hop-influenced tunes crafted by musicians like edIT and Nautilus. As Glitch Hop gained popularity in the club, it ran head-on into the dubstep explosion that hit the West Coast in 2007. The big, wobbly basslines (which dubstep had borrowed from Drum&Bass) were the perfect counter-point to the airy micro-textures of Glitch Hop and were taken on the road by acts such as The Glitch Mob and Bassnectar. As the dustup frenzy started to wane in 2010, what was washed onto the shore but "West Coast Bass", a potent mix of explosive beats, solid melodic content, and Dubstep-flavored basslines meant to destroy dancefloors and championed by labels such as Muti Music, Simplify, and of course 1320 Records.
This ten track project, which includes songs that pay tribute to styles from Dub, Downtempo, Glitch Hop, R&B, Ambient, and yes even dubstep, is chock full of the kind of irreverent lyrics and interludes that have made The Flying Skulls favorites in the underground electronic music scene. Collaborators on the tracks are far-flung with players and MCs from the West Coast, Philly, Atlanta, the UK, Warsaw and Germany. The album's mastermind J.Tonal, explained, "We wanted to put together a post-dubstep album that a lot of folks could relate to. I know people like to download banger tracks one at a time, but the really game-changing music that I've experienced has been in the form of albums." Constant throughout the release is The Skulls' sense of drum production and sound design... the tracks are held together by a love of 808 kick drums, freaky bass, Dre inspired synths, and epic breakdowns.
- Dubbed out glitch hop, West Coast Bass