Kansas City-based bass producers, FSTZ and Sigrah, have put together a new EP under the Dribbles & Drips guise. FSTZ maintains reigns on all things Rogue Dubs. Sigrah represents just the tip of the iceberg that is the contingent of bass music DJs and producers peeking their head out into the local scene over the past couple of years. He’s also a Rogue Dubs affiliate. While an official release date has not been set to this point, and while we’ve been sitting on these tracks for a couple of weeks, the pair decided to upload some clips to the Dribbles & Drips soundcloud just last night.
As opposed to some of FSTZ and Sigrah’s slower solo music, Dribbles & Drips dip into juke/footwork territory with these three new tracks. If “juke” is a bad word in your vocabulary, conjuring thoughts of slapdash, under-produced music, we hope you’ll still hear us out. Fans of Om Unit and Chrissy Murderbot will love this stuff. While it’s a crying shame that there are kids out there mistaking juke/footwork for the newest craze out of the UK (it’s not), this unreleased music from D&D may not do much to raise awareness to the Chicago juke sound. But we only mean that in the sense that there are Chicago juke/footwork elements in these songs, but perhaps just as prevalent or more are D&D’s UK bass influences.
Two of our favorites out of the pack include “Let It Roll” and “Pancaker”. The first is a soaring, hyper-active bass track of sorts, while the latter starts off somewhat similarly until an r&b vocal shines through (though you won’t hear that r&b vocal in the clip below). Clocking in at 160 BPM, both are bright examples of a currently boiling sound and hopefully a precursor indicating what’s to come from DJs in our local venues in the coming months. Though it’ll probably start at smaller dance venues in Westport, it may only be a matter of time before people are waving glowsticks to juke music at the Midland downtown in some capacity. This new music from Dribbles & Drips is a damn good push in that direction.