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DJ / Dance Wed Jul 02 2008

Bass – The Final Frontier

Darkside navigators: Kode9 (center), traveling incognito with emcee Spaceape.

Brooding, bleak, sleek and spacious, the sound of dubstep is a heady concoction of noir-ish urban atmospherics and hauntingly expressionistic, textured melodies intertwined with fat and warmly visceral basslines. A mutant South London brew of two-step garage, grime, minimal techno and post-jungle beat science, dubstep has become the defining sound of the outer fringes of electronica over the past two years. And DJ and producer Steve Goodman, who records under the moniker Kode9, has been at the forefront of trackcrafters that've been spearheading the music's recent evolution.

Kode9 first pricked up ears back in 2004 with the single "Sign of the Dub." An eerie, foreboding versioning of Prince's "Sign O' The Times," the track featured Goodman's frequent collaborator Spaceape on vocals and sounded like an excerpt from some supremely dusted collaboration between Tricky and Linton Kwesi Johnson. More recently, Kode9's released his debut album, Memories Of The Future, and has pitched his tent on the pioneering edge of the subgenre as proprietor of his own Hyperdub label -- a label that netted a huge amount of praise for releasing the two album's by "outsider" dubstep mysterioso Burial (including last year's much-lauded Untrue LP).

This Saturday night, Kode9 will be putting in a headlining appearance on the decks at Sonotheque. DJs Chris Widman and Phaded spin in the opening slots. 1444 W. Chicago ave. 9 PM – 3 AM. Admission is $15.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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