You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


scene & heard

Local producer Moldy digs for the roots of a misunderstood sound

There’s a vocal sample laid over the recent track “Too Slow” by Boston dubstep producer Moldy that essentially lays out his overarching musical thesis: “People like you, I think, are starting to realize there’s too much speed in the system,” a voice intones over the clipping percussion, languorous rhythm, and minimal sound architecture. “There’s too much busyness and it’s time to find, or get back to, that lost art of slower rhythms,” it says, just before the deep bass pulse comes in. It’s a much different style of dubstep than how the genre has come to be understood, and Moldy is trying to dial things back.

Moldy, a.k.a. Ennis Glendon, 33, a Portland, Maine, native, now living in Brighton, says the concept is in keeping with what early adopters of the style, like himself and “American dubstep ambassador” Joe Nice, have been saying all along. “Bass, pace, and space” is how Nice, founder of New York City’s ahead-of-the-curve Dub War club night, typically describes it in most interviews he’s done over the years. This amounts to pulling back on the tempo of the tracks, and providing room for the bass to take the lead without too much extraneous noise muddying things, Glendon explains.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week