Yes, perhaps Chicago is on top of the world. We may have the next president of the United States; we may have the summer Omympics in 2016; we’ve got juke, Cool Kids, Kid Sister, Flosstradamus, Dude N Nem, and Willy Joy; we’ve got post-rockers like Tortoise, alt-rockers like Wilco, and rappers like Kanye West plus R&B acts like R Kelly; and all this in the home of one of electronic music’s great genres, house music. Fast Company chose Chicago as American city of 2008 because of these things, plus Millennium Park, microfinance, and so much more.
But that said, and with a big shout-out to my hometown Boston, MA, I still often say that my favorite city in the world is Berlin. After a number of years of touring there and hanging out with peeps like Aaron Spectre, DJ Donna Summer, and so many more, I’m a convert to Berlin’s laid back creative spirit. It’s affordable enough that artists like Jamie Lidel and Fiest, who had moved there to be able to make their art, sprung from it’s loins to become international stars.
Meanwhile, so many more in Berlin continue to develop their craft day-to-day, unknown to the greater world outside. One such music production trio who I’ve been feeling, and playing in almost every set over the past year is Schlachthofbronx. Though their Myspace says their from Berlin, rumor has it that their actually from Munich, Bavaria.
In the end this post isn’t about a city, but is about the international breed of bassline-influenced, mashup club-hop and dancehall-infused dubstep that Schlachthofbronx is crafting. Wherever they happen to live, I’d like to emphasize the comm0n-ground between us by highlighting a couple of tracks they’ve made:
Schlachthofbronx; “Poppin” ->
You can catch a few more of their tracks at the Hot Biscuits blog including a wicked balkan-style remix of Dizzee Rascal’s “Pussyhole (Oldschool).”