Cheeky bit of Dubstep action here from the brotherly duo of Abe and Andrew AKA The Two.Fifteens return with a potent one-two punch lifted from their upcoming and highly anticipated full-length album Effective When Used After. These two cuts further illustrate what many heads have already discovered – that these guys are here to bring deep, experimental tones to the world of hard-hitting bass music.
“Tap Dance Massacre” is a perfect description for this potent mix of industrial strength bass bravado and skittering beats. ”I Shake.Now” offers a crunk twist to twisted IDM leanings on the flip. Once again, The Two.Fifteens prove themselves to be artists worth watching in 2011, don’t sleep.
01 Tap Dance Massacre
02 I Shake.Now
ABOUT THE.TWO FIFTEENS – Words: khal, rockthedub.com
Do you hear that low bassline traveling deep from the Golden Coast? That’s just The Two.Fifteens blowing out speakerboxes with their hybrid sound. With a shared appreciation for West Coast Hip-Hop, Dub, Fela Kuti, Mannie Fresh, and classic film soundtracks, these brothers have always dug the idea of experimentation in groove.
You could say that the love and appreciation of varying styles of music is in their blood, seeing as their mother reps Los Angeles by way of Louisiana, while their father is from New York by way of the Sierra Leone. Their parents also helped sow the musical buds within Andrew and Abe, having the brothers study music early on, enrolling them in a New Media technical arts programs at Crenshaw High in LA, and helping them land jobs in high school that helped them purchase their first pieces of gear such as the Yamaha DJX, Korg Triton Workstation and Sound Forge – all things that lead to them producing original tracks, remixes and mixes during their off-time in college.
Their early output caught the ears of few tastemakers; and their remix work started getting picked up by other forward thinking DJs and bloggers. However, before the two could truly capitalize on this success, the brothers hit a few bumps in the road that lead to a brief hiatus from releasing material that, in hindsight, was a blessing in disguise. Their time under the radar birthed a shift in their musical direction that began to open doors in their sound, leading to more experimentation in their tracks. The Two. Fifteens claim that this new sound, which is a truly unique hybrid sound, which wears the Dub aesthetic on its sleeve while still providing danceable grooves and head-nodding beats, is “a result of embracing memories of driving hours to school back and forth everyday and constantly switching the radio along the way”. The sound also draws inspiration from Los Angeles car culture, “where cats want you to hear what’s coming out of their speakers from blocks and miles away”.
From late 2008 to now, the pair have been slowly leaking music that showcases the truly awesome riddims that they have been crafting on the low, in preparation for their new project, “Effective When Used After”, which clocks in at just over a half-hour, and will be the flag in the ground: one can only hold onto such captivating music for so long. Their use of rhythm, the blending of sound(s)… it’s future music for free thinkers. Abstract trunk rattlers for those who grew up on DJ Quik and DJ Rupture. Take off the tie, get your hands dirty, and really EXPERIENCE sound. American culture is melting and flowing into itself anyways, why not have a
proper soundtrack for this mashed-up life? The Two. Fifteens help answer to all of those questions, although the more questions get answered, the more questions are born…