Sunday School #12: Borgore

By:Forward Musiq
This Sunday we present to you one of the artists responsible for popularizing Brostep and Dubstep at an international scale, the master of filth, sex and debauchery: Borgore.

What can we say to describe Borgore? He is the man attributed to have launched this whole Brostep thing. His sounds are the definition of pure filth. Nothing pure comes out of him, just unadulterated filthy grimy bass. Founder of Buygore Records, his own label, Borgore has set out to dominate the world, one bitch at a time. And he’s doing it, his unique style of Dubstep, self entitled, Gorestep, fuses elements of Death Metal with Hip Hop, and of course, Dubstep. How does this work at all? Let us show you. But first, a little history on the man.

Born on October 20, 1987 in Tel Avid, Israel; Asaf Borger had his beginnings in the music industry when he was the drummer for a Death Metal band called Shabira (Many attribute his style to have come from such influences as death metal, principally because of the heaviness of his sounds and the usual Pig Squeal or animal sound incorporated into the bass.). He later began to take an interest  for electronic music and soon began calling himself Borgore, acting out as a Disk Jockey and branching out his artistic flow through producing. at this time, Dubstep had not entered full into the Bro-Step phase it is in now today,  and much of the genre was relatively underground. This changed upon Asaf’s arrival into the scene. Incorporating, Hip-Hop esque intro’s and build up’s with a mash up of Death Metal and heavy Bass influences, Borgore came to life, and introduced to the world what would become Bro-step. And soon he released his first production, entitled Gorestep Vol. 1.

Composed by Borgore’s earliest works, the Gorestep Vol. 1 features Borgore at his earliest, still experimenting with tempos, evident by the use of Drum & Bass and Drum-step patterns. Yet all the tracks remain consistent on the matter that the drops are sudden and hard. It’s composed by more high pitches and machine  than the more deep and bassier Dubstep, taking in influences from Electro. After Gorestep Vol. 1, Borgore released a series of mixes such as Ice Cream Mixtape and Gorestep’s Most Hated. Soon he set out to produce again, and he released in 2010, Borgore Ruined Dubstep, Pt. 1.

Borgore Ruined Dubstep Part 1, is in its own way, a peek into the future of Borgore’s sounds, and how his sound will be molded. Basically breaking down into female vocals or his own, mostly if it’s him it is through rapping, featuring Hip-Hop style sounds and beats that lead up to a heavily dark drop that is iconic to the Israelite producer. Chip-Tunes are present in the song Thoughts and in Sunset, in which Diplo collaborated. This last track is more uplifting and retro than the rest, and it present’s both artists style in an exemplary way.

Borgore Ruined Dubstep Part 2, includes 6 tracks in total, and show fairly well how Borgore starts to evolve and perfect his style of Hip-Hop/ Metal Dubstep. Broken Rulz stands out as a very dark and heavy track, with notable Metal influences, mostly in the drum pattern and in the drops. Chip-tunes are also an evident influence in most tracks, fusing perfectly with Borgore’s vocals and heavier style. Another style, although not surprising that evolved among these two EP’s and even way back in the beginning was, Sex. The all present mock of “bitches” and sex are, in a way, part of the essence that makes up Borgore. An example of this is the Delicious EP, which was released in 2011, through his own label, Buygore.

Delicious EP breaks into 4 songs: Delicious, Gloryhole, Someone Elses, and Someone Elses (Document One Remix). This is also the first EP where Document One is present. Delicious contains the usual Borgore Formula with a little break of Drum & Bass thrown into the mix. Gloryhole contains deep beats accompanied by Borgore’s vocals throughout the song, leading up to the usual animal-esque drop. Someone Elses follows the same formula, but Document One’s remix is another matter completely. Starting of melodically with female vocals, it gives the false illusion of a mellow track, pre-drop we get some progressive house breaks that lead up to one hell of a drop. It’s dark, heavy, evil and Metal.

Flex EP was released on March 5, 2012, and featured a plethora of remixes Document One, Figure, and Borgore himself. Flex features vocals by Shay, and in its own way, it’s a mock up of Hip- Hop. His own remix, is done in a more extreme Dubstep style, in it’s own way resembling Document one’s style. It features Drum-Step beat patterns, and well, it’s just epic. Document One’s remix also contains Drum-Step, and in all fairness, it’s the best track of the EP. The King of Drum-Step, Figure, also brings his own guns to the party and delivers a heavy remix as well. Flex EP contains a good quantity of quality songs, but it’s baby stuff compared to Decisions.

Nothing Borgore has done so far, compares to Decisions, the amount of quality this tracks and the EP contains is holy. Firstly, the original mix is mellow and uplifting, the chorus done in chanting and with back up vocals done by Miley Cyrus, but as soon as the Dubstep break comes in, it’s filth and madness everywhere. But it’s not over yet, the EP contains 3 remixes as well. Dead Audio delivers an awesome Drum & Bass remix, with a dashing touch of Neurofunk in it, the track is easily recognized by it’s melodic breaks between Bass and heaviness  Cedric Gervais delivers the funk with his House remix, and yes bass lovers, it has bass. This would be the highlight of the EP, but in all honesty it falls short compared to what Document One did with their remix. It’s Electro. It’s fucking dark Electro. One of the best remixes we have heard in a while, reaching up to Bloody Beetroots and Le Castle Vania levels of mastery. We can say, without a doubt, this is The song of the EP.

Among a world of “Bitches” and sweets, Borgore has established himself as the man who ruined Dubstep. And he’s proud of it. We can’t really say he ruined it, but more that he opened the world to a different style. His own productions are, unique and revolutionary, and to this point, solid and precise when it comes to delivering a fun and intense experience. The Isreal born producer can be called one of the most influential people within Dubstep at the moment, and in the EDM scene as well. With his facade of a Hip-Hop bad boy, the breed and born metal-head, and now bass-head  is a figure we hope to keep seeing in the next years to come, as well as expecting much more surprises to come from him. I mean, he did turn Miley Cyrus into a Bass-head. And that’s something we can respect.



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