Addison Groove @ Dubspot – Live 4/29! Free Streaming Workshop (50Weapons, Swamp 81)

Next Sunday, April 29th from 4-6:30PM, Dubspot is proud to host two of 21st century UK dance music’s finest, with guests Addison Groove and Doc Daneeka doing special, streaming workshops for Dubspot students and the world around. And extra special from Addison Groove will be a demonstration of how he uses Ableton Live in Rewire, alongside Logic and his trusty TR-808.


And be sure to check out both Addison Groove and Doc Daneeka the night before, as they take over Glasslands with bass sweetheart Jubilee opening.

In Internet years 2010 seems like an entirely different musical moment for dance music. That year UK producer Addison Groove (formerly Headhunter) unleashed his touchstone game changer “Footcrab” on the Swamp 81 imprint. At the time, the track’s unforgettable vocal chop seemed unprecedented, until watchful ears noticed that Addison Groove’s techniques could be traced to a hotbed of innovation that had been going on in Chicago for over two decades, much of it going largely (and happily) unnoticed by the international music community. Since the release of “Footcrab,” Chicago’s juke and footwork dance scenes have captured the attention (and obsession) of the underground dance music community. Now innovative juke producers like DJ Rashad (a recent guest on Dubspot’s ‘Wireless’ interview series) tour the globe and release full-length records on revered UK labels; Rashad and many of his crew now with veritable music careers in tow.

Addison Groove – Work It

But while Addison Groove’s rise may be owed in part to his ingenious sonic reference—however unwitting—his sound has proved to be significantly more mature, unique and lasting, while many others have more spuriously nabbed juke aesthetics for even the briefest shine. At the real heart of Addison Groove’s sound is his masterful use of the timeless TR-808 drum machine. On more recent tracks like “Work It,” from 2011’s EP of the same name, eerily seductive basslines weave in and out of bubbling 808 springs, toms and snares as a sample instructs to “work it in that thong.”

Doc Daneeka & Benjamin Damage – Infamous

Rounding out a Dubspot workshop of rhythm professionals is Ten Thousand Yen label head and Ramp Recordings artist Doc Daneeka. A frequent collaborator with fellow Welsh producer Benjamin Damage, Daneeka made a name for himself re-working the swing and hop of UK funky back in 2009. On he and Damage’s recent Creeper EP for Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint, the flip-side “Infamous” rolls out as a more straight-ahead piece of techno, still jacking with the heavy bounce and sinewy synth textures of their previous work. In the last 2 minutes of the track, acidic 303s come in to complete a varied, dark warehouse experience that solidifies these two as practitioners of both electronic music history and the current moment.