Well look who just came swaggering back into the Ghost Town...
Fresh from recent triumphs such as taking underground dubstep to global clubbing palace Ministry Of Sound, and ‘Dubs In Limbo’, one of his most boundary-blurring, explorative EPs to date, the bossman Caspa hurls himself back into the fray with another deep, dark and deadly dispatch. Get ready for ‘The Shifter’.
Moody, tense and stripped back to the naked essentials, ‘The Shifter’ is a bulldozer blend of frequencies that ploughs through any rig. An anti-anthem; there’s no hype or drama or histrionics. No big shiny shiny. Just an obese widescreen b-line that oozes between the spacious dubby drums with stern intent and a vibe that lives up to its name.
Dropping just weeks after his next Ghost Town dance in the capital, ‘The Shifter’ is another reminder of just how resolute and passionate Caspa is about the underground sound. Understated, overweight and crafted with pure dark matter. Lift it, shift it, don’t get it twisted... ‘The Shifter’ will shift you, without fail.
Limbo... A unique place that indicates a state of being forgotten, an imaginary location for lost or neglected things and a special type of stasis for dubs. A limbo life between the realms of WIP and general release where only a select few DJs have access and can whip up crowds with it. A limbo life that’s riddled with blown minds, ID requests and total exclusivity.
A limbo life that’s reality for a select few but aspiring for the rest of us...until now. As Caspa drops five very special tracks that have all existed in that imaginary location over the last few years: ‘Dubs In Limbo’ Marking the start of a new slew of dispatches from the Ghost Town bossman, ‘Dubs In Limbo’ is a unique, full spectrum release that reflects every shade and style of the dubstep pioneer. One of his most diverse and varied EPs in many years, each of the five tracks has a special reason for being prior to their life in limbo.
‘Light It Up’ is the perfect opener. A link-up with long time friend and untiring instantly recognisable voice of dubstep and soundsystem culture Crazy D, it sets the scene and the parameters for the whole EP. ‘Drifter’,
meanwhile, goes 20,000 league deep. Written especially for last year’s Ghost Town boat party on The Thames, its powerful, swollen bass drone and majestic, dreamy instrumentation are still causing ripples in the river to this day. Deeper into the EP we dig, hitting solid gold treasure with the savage bone rattler ‘Bump This’ and the venomous wobbler
‘Outstanding’ – both key cuts and major highlights of Caspa’s game-changing Secret Stream sessions during our enforced time off-road and away from the clubs. Finally ‘Family’ brings it all together. Loaded with emotion and life- affirming frequencies – not to mention some beautiful goose bumping pianos – it was written especially for Caspa’s 2019 residency at Denver’s iconic Black Box venue, during which he moved his whole family & team over to the US for the experience. Three years later, it still smoulders with sentiment and freshness and acts as the perfect closer for such a deep and meaningful EP.
FULL FLOW: (term / idiom) Used to describe the time when something is most active or successful. e.g: “When we arrived, the party was already in full flow.”
Following the recent hype-raiser ‘Up & Up’ Ghost Town bossman Caspa returns with a full flush. Fresh from our return to the rave, he’s gone in deep, splashing out on a whole four-course meal of flavours and the vibes have never been higher.
Like the Niagara on Viagra, ‘Full Flow’ instantly smacks of vitality. Sparse, light-footed but heavy on impact; the bassline bounces around like bodies on the dancefloor. Excited. Refreshed. Recharged. Onward we bump and bound to find ourselves riding the ‘Locomotive’. Once again, a crisp take on a signature sound, it’s pure steam punk gutter funk – no tickets necessary.
Deeper into the flow we go, ‘Original Bad Bwoy’ brings the fire. Spiky, relentless machine funk with sudden blasts of creepy synths; this one’s bad to the bone. And ‘The Low Low’, an eerie, nicely balances it but smouldering finale, it shares yet another fresh perspective of Caspa’s ever evolving sound and range.
From ‘Full Flow’ to ‘That Low Low’ with everything you need in between, this is one of Caspa’s broadest sonic spreads to date... And there’s plenty more in the pipes. So Let’s keep the vibes running.
Caspa is back with ‘Up & Up’! A new Ghost Town track for these new refreshing times where every DJ had 18 months of creativity and heavyweight ammo burning up their USB key and every raver has 18 months of revelling to make up for.
Capturing this moment musically is no mean feat but Caspa does it with flare and fire as ‘Up & Up’ lives up to its name and winds crowds up into tightly coiled springs, constantly rising and rising and teasing that big pay-off everyone’s waiting for. It’s the start of a whole new slew from the Ghost Town bossman.
It’s weird, it’s woozy, and it’s wavey and unpredictable. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Up & Up we rise, getting back to our friends, getting back to what we love, getting back to the dancefloor.
A higher high than this will be hard to find. Keep it up (and up).
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Reboot. Reload. Return to Ghost Town. Caspa kicks down the doors of the new year with the same energy and focus that he shut 2020 down with. Defying the weirdest year ever with the launch of a brand new label and a very successful Ghost Town ticketed live stream, the dubstep pioneer is back with four more underground weapons to help us overcome the complete ‘System Failure’ we’ve experienced in recent times.
First we got weird, now we fight back. ‘System Failure’ is another bulldozer collection that takes us back to the source. Forged during this prolonged season of rave shutdown, as part of a growing body of some of his rawest productions to date, each cut hits with Caspa’s enduring heavyweight signature.
We commence with ‘Babylon Bill’. An unforgettable highlight in Caspa’s recent mixes and streams, it’s pure foreboding fire with a vocal that every single one of us will recognise... And find resonance in right now. ‘Broken System’ runs point. Blacksmith percussion with anvil kicks and a bassline that oozes like lava, this ain’t just a timely title; ‘Broken System’ will literally smash rigs when we’re unleashed to play in real life again.
‘Silence Them’ flips the vibe. One for the deeper crew, this is all about restraint and sudden moments of drama. Stripped back and swampy, the intensity coming from the space around each element, this how the power of a million block buttons. The grand finale ‘Cut That’ closes the show with similar subtractive dynamics. Teasing us with a prolonged bass attack before the beats hit, you’ll be cutting this in and out of your mix for a long, long time to come.
Built to last. Built to battle. We have all been failed by the system, but nothing can stop creativity. Nothing can stop this music. Failure isn’t defeat or being beaten, it’s a chance to learn, improve and develop. Ghost Town grows and glows in the trenches.
Weird times call for weird music: Caspa blazes through the mists of unprecedented misinformation and division with his biggest brace of cold hard 140BPM truths in years. Introducing ‘Let’s Get Weird’… And all big things set to follow in its wake.
Six tracks wide and landing just in time for his Secret Stream With Caspa launch on October 31, ‘Let’s Get Weird’ is the debut release on his brand new label Ghost Town, and it marks the start of a whole new chapter for the bass pioneer. Still keeping it dubstep, still keeping it authentic, still swiping you off your feet with his off-the-wall bass designs and tense, stripped-back dynamics, but now giving even less of a f**k about industry formalities or expectations, Caspa has always stuck to his guns… But right now those shooters have been upgraded to straight-up missile launchers.
As always with our intrepid sub soldier, the music fires the strongest shots right from the bottom of the trenches. Opener ‘From The Gods’ says it all as heaven-sent choral voice stabs twist and in and out of a signature alien bass squelch. Setting the scene, it’s backed up to the nines by more lean, mean missives: ‘What The Brass’ brings a little symphonic drama to the mix, all the while maintaining that fat smoky swagger he’s become known for, ‘Sedated’ takes us even deeper into our friendly ghost’s psyche with its woozy sense of unreality while ‘Lost In LA’ takes us around the murky corners of La La Land that most tour guides would be too scared to tread.
Deeper into Caspa’s first release of 2020 we strike soul gold on the penultimate track ‘Blame You’. One of his most emotional cuts since ‘Victoria’s Secret’ on his debut album in 2009, it’s all about those soothing chords and shimmering sounds before we’re shut down by the weighty finale ‘Don’t Know When To Stop’. Dark, twisted and weird to the core, Caspa ain’t stopping…. And neither are you.
It’s going to take a lot more than the current situation to shut us down. Keep your head up. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sane and always, always, ALWAYS keep things weird. Expect plenty more weirdness where this came from… And expect it very soon.
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