By: Jordan Calvano
Colorado based producers Dirt Monkey
are incredibly ambitious when it comes to unleashing crunchy, dub-filled tracks that will have a crowd going all out till the wee hours of the morning. Their destructive sound knows no limits or boundaries, and possesses cutting edge bass notes and rampant drum patterns that are best enjoyed on fatty speakers ready to take it to eleven.
While the duo both release monstrous tunes on their own, it seems they are at their best when putting their veteran minds together to create something fresh. This is the case for their most recent album Turn Up The Ride
released via Play Me Records, which features the two working together on about half of the tracks.
Staring off the release is “Greed” (Dirt Monkey & Ishe), which quickly sets the pace for the album by sampling some lines from a classic Charlie Chaplin speech, and than unloading a chaotic drop with charismatic drum patterns and high flying bass bursts. Tracks like this show how far the two producers have progressed in their illustrious careers, and what they can whip up when collaborating.
“Little Soundbwoy” (Dirt Monkey) is a reggae influenced cut that features catchy vocal samples and destructive dub lines that layer perfectly over dance worthy drum patters; the perfect song to get a party started with.
“Turn It Up” (Dirt Monkey & Ishe) is a synth smacking’ cut that finds a way to combine a head banging, metal synth progression with raunchy turntablism to create an aggressive track that truly stands out.
“Slow and Low” (Dirty Monkey & Ishe) whips up a fresh batch of tasty, bass-filled madness on a track that contains instrumentations that will transport any listener’s mind to the time of the pharaohs in Egypt, while bobbing their heads to a chopped up vocal sample provided by Aesop Rock.
“Come On” (Ishe) is a fast paced, hip-hop driven anthem that features reckless drum and bass patterns fluctuating in tempo as dubbed out synth work strikes throughout.
Dirt Monkey & Ishe take their sound to uncharted territories on a hair-raising album set for hyperdrive.
If you’re in the Denver area, make sure to check out Futurebass Radio with Ishe and co-host A. Rich, Wednesday nights at 9pm MST on Hot 107.1.