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The Playground presents: electro vs dubstep


!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4e2dd01676150d0001000164.jpg!A battle of the genres will erupt at London’s KOKO when electro takes on dubstep at The Playground in September. In the electro corner will be Californian DJ/producer Steve Aoki along with Does It Offend You Yeah?, Mixhell, Autoerotique while the dubstep corner will feature Modestep, Bar 9, Roksonix and Genetix. Expect bass body shots and dirty synth uppercuts as the contest is fought on the dancefloor.

Steve Aoki is the heavyweight of the night.

!(feature_r)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4e2dd05e76150d000100016a.jpg!Steve Aoki is the heavyweight of the night, the a man fond of his own upbeat electro productions. Aoki founded label Dim Mak Records in 1996 which has released music by the likes of MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots and Mustard Pimp, as well as the Klaxons, Scanners, Whitey and Mystery Jets. This is a man of many talents. The creation the label led to Aoki falling into DJ-ing, and he’s gone from strength-to-strength behind the decks, performing at last year’s I Love Techno and mixing the official compilation CD. Modestep, meanwhile, love their heavy bass with hit single “Feel Good” reaching the BBC Radio 1 A playlist. Their star is in the ascent with the music video of the new version of their single “Sunlight” passing one million views within four days of its release on YouTube.

Supporting these acts are Does It Offend You, Yeah? – a cross-genre band straddling dance-punk, electro-house and indie-rock – and the impressive mix of live drums and DJing that is Mixhell, aka Iggor Cavalera of Brazilian super band Sepultura and his wife Laima. Bar 9 will supply their dark, grimey basslines and hard punching tunes, north London double act Roksonix will show why they’ve been employed to produce the bass remixes for Imogen Heap’s ‘‘Hide & Seek’’ and Flux Pavilion’s ‘‘Voscillate’’ as well as unleash tracks such as “Just Jokes’, “Skank Tank” and “Let’s Go”. Rounding off the electro vs dubstep line-up is jump up drum and bass from Genetix and Toronto electro sounds from Autoerotique signed to Dim Mak Records.

For more information about The Playground presents: electro vs dubstep and to buy tickets, go to www.theplayground.co.uk.

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