The Reno-based West Coast wobbler’s steady rise in 2017 featured widespread recognition in the US dubstep scene, as well as support from the likes of Bassnectar for his 2009 throwback dubstep scores, and an equally nostalgic approach to dubstep which nods to the genre’s great early era.
This year, Preston Charles’ already wrapped up two EPs which are likely to be heard in the coming months and most certainly in his upcoming DJ sets for The Untz Festival. If the two singles that he’s already dropped in 2018 are any indication, we are in for a treat.
First off, SubDocta delivers the most powerful deep ethnic dubstep track of the year so far with this riddim which utilises the Goran Bregovic track, ‘Ederlezi Dub,’ and the melodic aid of collaborator, Infinity, to nail the Near Eastern vibes. The result is a perfect mix of melodic content, deep wubs and sound design, and a tribal warpainted attitude. The song which is released through the Greek label, FM Records has been solicited as an almost official remix, and it is a must-listen for fans of groovy multi-layered dubstep.
Later, in February, SubDocta teamed up with Dalek One for ‘Wasteland’; a heavy dubstep heater which has so far been received incredibly, gathering 22k plays on Soundcloud in just over two weeks. Merging orchestral vibes with heavy percussions and br00tally distorted drops, Wasteland is one of those tunes that make it obvious that great dubstep producers were metalheads who’ve given up on band music and rather take on synthesis for those breakdowns. It comes to no surprise that Charles talks about his penchant for crusty punk music in an interview he recently did for Traxx24.
SubDocta is one to watch in 2018 as a rising star of US dubstep and a potential export to the global arena.