“Deep, dark, rootical dub. Alpha Steppa is well rooted in Bristol soundsystem lineage, so no surprise he’s hooked up with Rob Smith (RSD/More Rockers/Smith & Mighty). Alpha’s originals are super-crisp reggae with a distinctive horn melody, but RSD’s two mixes might be the darkest thing he’s done, weird and degraded but still with that righteous roots feeling.”
Joe Muggs MIXMAG
“Bass-wise specials spinning on a Korea-Bristol axis. On his side Korea’s Alpha Steppa runs two authentically heavyweight Digidub steppers propelled by chest-caving 4/4 sub pressure. Flipside RSD duppies the vibe via unfeasibly powerful low end and ultra-spacious dubbing delivered with a rudeboy stance.”
“Another great release from Alpha Steppa, son and nephew of Alpha & Omega (UK dub pioneers since 1990). 4 blazing dubs. Highly recommended!”
31/07/11 UPDATE: Blessings, AS0311 12″ will be delayed for a few weeks, some trouble with suppliers in the biscuit factory! on a positive note, the mastercut and plating will be superb like last time! plus we’re giving away a free remix of Dub Empress by Alpha & Omega exclusive to Steppas Dub-Shop while you wait! wicked mix inna classic UK dub style!
Alpha Steppa Meets the legendary dubstep producer RSD. The Bristol bass vanguard also known as Rob Smith (one half of respected dub duo Smith and Mighty), has been pushing bass heavy rhythms for over two decades. Since the late 1980s, Smith & Mighty played a huge part in the evolution of UK bass music. Thanks to their experiments in dub, reggae, drum’n'bass and beyond they are widely regarded as part of the pioneering force behind dubstep. RSD’s sound is an integral part of the dubstep scene which has earned him releases on respected labels including Punch Drunk, Earwax and Tectonic. In 2010 Alpha Steppa, the son and nephew of uk-dub heavyweights Alpha & Omega released his debut on Steppas Records, the well-received release featured two of his own productions backed with dub remixes of both tracks from Alpha & Omega. In early 2011 Alpha Steppa went on to release an EP featuring the late great Gregory Isaacs, one of the most talented reggae artists of all time. This new and crucial Steppas release features two heavyweight Alpha Steppa dubs accompanied by RSD remixes ready to rattle even the toughest of chestplates. Hailing from Korea, and in true Alpha Steppa style the release maintains an authentic oriental vibe fused with the sounds of his dub heritage, filtered through an exploration of the newer sounds of dubstep. Essential musical biscuit.
Cat Number AS0311
Release Date Soon
Distribution Ernie B, Cargo Records, Dubwise
Format 12″ Vinyl & Digital Download
A1. Alpha Steppa – Dub Empress
A2. Alpha Steppa – Empress Steppa
B1. Alpha Steppa – Dub Empress Dub (RSD RMX)
B2. Alpha Steppa – Empress Steppa (RSD RMX)