Pete Tong rarely, if ever, selects a bass record to be his Essential New Tune of The Week, but on last Friday’s BBC Radio 1 show, he did just that with the premiere of YDG and Fawks’ “Hold Up.” The program was broadcast live from a rooftop in West Hollywood and featured an all-star gathering of LA’s top DJs in back-to-back sets throughout the afternoon.
An out of the ordinary selection for the prestigious program, “Hold Up” vouches for the undiminishing appeal of bass music in the dance sphere. For their massive official debut release, rising LA duo YDG calls on producer Fawks to spit bars over a club-ready beat stacked with booming kicks and a gyrating breakdown.
YDG is an enigma of bass, trap, and future house production, melded together to create a rare sound that’s gaining recognition from the most on-the-ball producers. Only a month ago, the duo teamed up with Internet sensation Shawn Wasabi and rapper YUNG GEMMY for “Burnt Rice,” which has gone viral with over 2 million plays on YouTube so far. We also caught a glimpse of the beat makers on Valentino Khan’s HARD DOTD Mixtape, which revealed a collaboration with thriving young blood Ookay called “Pop it Off,” the official release of which is forthcoming on DIM MAK.
For Fawks’ part, the DC underground-bred producer ditches the decks in favor of the rhymes, infusing the track with the hip-hop flare he frequents in his SoundCloud flips. A testament to his sound that flawlessly traverses genres is the 297K plays he’s received on his recent remix of Skrillex and The Game’s “El Chapo.” In addition to past and upcoming collaborations with Ghastly and Kayzo, Fawks now shares the New Noise stage with both producers.
Download “Hold Up” for free on SoundCloud
Available on all other digital retailers and streaming sites Feb. 2nd