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Published: August 29, 2011 2011 Digital Music Sampler just couldn't stay away from the irrepressible Darin McFadyen, a.k.a. FreQ Nasty. Bringing the breaks, D'n'B, and dubstep vanguard in for a second run-through gives us the opportunity to talk up label head Dov with Muti Music. The West Coast-based record label has been at the forefront of the glitch, dubstep, and overall bass music movement of the past few years with releases by MimosaSamples, ill.Gates, Ana Sia, Kraddy, Stephan Jacobs, and many, many, more. Label alum ill-esha credits Dov's success to the fact that "Muti has such a global perspective, because Dov has been all over the world, whereas some labels could get in a rut of releasing only Bay Area artists, for instance.

That global vision allowed Dov to bring FreQ Nasty on board with Muti, a close personal friend with whom he had toured extensively in Australia and New Zealand. A few months ago, the pair released the single "Dread at the Controls," along with b-side "Drum Play," a little foray into the world of drumstep. Since FreQ came up in the U.K drum 'n' bass scene, it makes sense that his wobble has that signature British flair. Instead of resting on the lower end of the spectrum, it has a higher pitch, and moves to follow the melody line, as opposed to some our stateside producers, who are sometimes content with rattling the floor, but not stretching their creativity. A dance floor delight, "Controls" is also a nod to dubstep's origins: dub music.

FreQ Nasty - Dread at the Controls

Tags: BreaksDubstepDowntempoDrum and BassGlitchTrap