The Dub Cobra: Insanely Heavy And Insanely Free
Blake Chapman, who may be better known by his supervillanous alter ego, The Dub Cobra, hails from British Columbia, creates a plethora of nefariously filthy tunes, and releases a majority of them for free. There could be no better alias for the producer of such dementedly evil dubstep; not only does his music appear as fantastically controlled chaos, but Cobra also rules the Vancouver area bass music scene – and mercilessly stomps on synths – with an iron fist. A musical terrorist, Dub Cobra pledges an undying hatred toward G.I. Joe and is on a continual mission to, “make nice things dirty.” Though he has been making beats for upwards of a year, until recently, most of Cobra’s songs were made on laptop speakers and without the aid of a subwoofer. This only makes Dub Cobra’s aggressive technical precision and stacked release schedule all the more impressive. Unrelenting and always impressive, The Dub Cobra is an up and coming artist you’ll want to keep on your radar – especially if you’re a fan of gruesome, punishing, serpentine bass.
The latest track offered up by Cobra is a remix of Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Though not a fan of the overplayed original, this song has lead to some impressive remixes and Dub Cobra’s joins Enigma’s classy dub rinse as my favorites thus far. Though Cobra’s remix starts off non-threateningly enough, some squelching bass hits towards the end of the intro give you an idea of what is to come. While a fair amount of the original track stays intact, some vocal glitching, effects, and demented bass synths make this tune into a totally new animal. Though lacking some sub, this remix does a fair job of exemplifying The Dub Cobra’s knack at designing melodic (and fearsome) bass lines as will be seen in further selections.
“Handle It” probably does the best job of exemplifying Cobra’s aforementioned filthy yet melodic bass. While griming, mean bass sounds get the center of attention as usual, some excellent leads also get peppered in, particularly in, out, and through breaks. Keanna Arnason’s vocals match well with Dub Cobra’s heavy, heady bass tones, but are given plenty of space to shine on their own. While there is plenty to rave about on this track, Cobra’s percussion has to be the best part. Driven by a snare that is exceptionally on point, this beat is noteworthy. Things get a big change up towards the end of this six minute piece, most noticeably the drums. “Handle It” is a deep balance of filth and freshness; if it gets a handful more favorites, we can all get a free copy of it.
One of The Dub Cobra’s most dynamic tunes is the freebie “Fast Life.” Though this track has a little less of an edge than the tracks we’ve included above, it is exceptionally technically sound. Cobra’s distinct bass synths manage to maintain his signature sound without being thoroughly violent. Still a song of intensity, the interaction between leads and bass achieves a level not quite previously attained. Fully versed leads and smooth but powerful bass synths meet a tight beat and percussion kit to make for a completely unrelenting jam. The occasional clap, pretty full subs, some mechanized sampling in the latter half of “Fast Life,” and some intelligent footwork make this one of Cobra’s most dynamic tracks to date. Feel free to hit the download button for some free, chilled, melodic grime courtesy of The Dub Cobra.
“Get Raw” is home to some of Cobra’s best mixed sub bass. Not dropped so low as too overpower everything else, but low enough to give this already meaty track some girth, this tune qualifies as one of Dub Cobra’s heaviest yet. “Raw” transitions from drumstep to dubstep and the sub follows the tempo perfectly in either case. Another tough beat meets Cobra’s mean bass; leads, vocals, and other samples are incorporated with precise flair to make this tune an easy favorite. Although this artist deserves respect as bass technician, this track truly displays Cobra’s mastery of the boombastic. While either half of this one could easily stand on its own, when the drum and dubstep pieces are sandwiched together it makes for prolonged powerhouse of promising potency. Though this is the oldest track we’ve chosen to feature, it is hard to make a case against it as being the best of this artist’s recent work. Grab a free copy and take this banger in in full quality.
Though The Dub Cobra is a recent discovery, he seems genuinely appreciative of his fan base and sincerely dedicated to progressing as an artist. With what is already a solid following and an even more solid collection of work, Cobra should be well on his way to success. It should be a pleasure to continue to see this artist grow and we look forward to seeing what else Cobra has in store for 2012 – he tells us to keep an ear peeled for some more originals with original vocals.