Wolfgang Gartner's 'Dubplate 99' Is a Collage of Garage, Caribbean, Classical, and Electro Sounds: Exclusive

Rony Alwin
Wolfgang Gartner

While the whole dance world draws on tropical Caribbean influences for poolside house and dancehall hybrid vibes, Wolfgang Gartner reminds the dance floor that some dub-wubs are funkier than others.

The “complextro” king's latest single “Dubplate 99” is a true sonic experience, drawing on a lifetime of influences to create a track that's as intricate as it is interesting. It's an audio collage spanning eras and styles that could have clashed under a less steady hand, but Gartner makes the mish-mash sound like a solid next wave.

"'Dubplate 99' is a nod to some of my favorite eras in house music, specifically late-'90s speed garage and late-'00s electro house,” Gartner says in an emailed statement. “I've wanted to do a half time dub breakdown in a track, as this was a popular trend in what i was listening to about 20 years ago. I brought it all together with modern sound design for the bassline, and no shortage of car alarms, bleeps and blips, in line with my traditional sound and trends from the speed garage movement I grew up on. For good measure, I threw in a few elements that fans of my older stuff like '5th Symphony' and 'Undertaker' should appreciate, making this my personal favorite song I've produced all year."

Who else could pull off island-style half time and heavenly house four-on-the-floor with such grace? Who among you could meld electro energy with beautiful violins and still have room for bass this boomin'? Wolfgang Gartner definitely brought the heat on this one.

“Dubplate 99” is out everywhere Friday, Sept. 8, on his label Kindergarten, but you can listen to it below in full, exclusively on Billboard Dance