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04 Jun 12
Played by: Buster, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Sparxy, The Golden Toyz, J Courage, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: Although credited to both Biome and label co-owners Kryptic Minds, this excellent two-tracker is really a showcase for the former's growing production skills. "The Raven", for example, is a solo Biome production. Built around an impressive combination of low-slung dubstep rhythms and spooky, twinkling soundtrack melodies, it sounds like it should be featured in a gritty British thriller, possibly at the moment the film's hero realizes one of his family has just been killed by a gang of Serbian nutters. "Hybrid", meanwhile, sees Biome deliver a particularly creepy reworking of a Kryptic Minds original. More obviously dubbed-out than its predecessor, it's nevertheless intensely likeable.
01 Aug 11
Review: Black Box do the smart thing and roll out "Arcane", one of the highlights of Can't Sleep, their second album length deviation into dubstep, for the single release it so rightly deserves. Produced in sync with Rinse stalwart Youngsta, "Arcane" positively ripples with 808 menace, with jagged subs constantly growling and threatening to bite amidst a backdrop of eerily reverberant sonics that tunnel deep into your thoughts. Equally impressive is the B Side where Hotflush boss Paul Rose dons his Scuba moniker to endear "Can't Sleep" with some of his trademark mid range growl over a increasingly menacing 4/4 thump.
03 Jun 12
Review: Besides an inclusion on Tectonic Plates Volume 3 this is the first Tectonic release in over three years for Kryptic Minds. Now, with accolades on the likes of Swamp, Osiris, Defcom and Disfigured, they're back on Pinch's imprint, and they're brandishing some of their deepest, most meditative bizzle to date. "Askum" rattles with a penetrative beat pattern and cyclic loop that builds in a manner both techno and dubstep heads will identify with. "When Two Paths Cross" surfs on a more unpredictable riddim that flirts mildly with the halfstep and comes complete with a much deeper drop. Serious gear, this. If you "Askum", they will come!
04 Apr 11
04 Apr 11
Review: Indomitable D&B-turned-dubstep duo Kryptic Minds made the switch (no pun intended - FYI one half of KM is Leon Switch) around 2009, with their debut album One Of Us dropping on Swamp 81. Now they return in 2011 with a refined version of their distinctive deep, dubbed out, minimal dubstep in their sophomore LP Cant Sleep. From the tense, ticking intro "Brief Passing" (feat. Alys Be) through such memorable cuts as the inky black pulverising sounds of "Just After Sunset" and vocal driven eponymous track "Cant Sleep" to the grand finale "The Fifth", it's a superb and cohesive selection.
09 Jul 12
Review: Uber-talented Essex based outfit Kryptic Minds deliver another couple of killer cuts to add to the collection on their very own Osiris Music; this time though, the D+B-turned-dubstep duo, turn their hand to techno. Kicking off with "Breach", which clocks in at around 128bpm, this is pure hypnotic, rolling vibes for the duration with a squelchy, pulsing b-line and narcotic drone. Accompanying this is the intriguingly entitled "Idiom" with its chiming gong-like start which paves the way for a mercilessy good track, full of fleeting flourishes of FX and searing sub bass. Expect the unexpected with this one, and you might be prepared.
25 Mar 13
Review: Ever committed to bleak and moody extrapolations on bass music since the early days of dubstep, Kryptic Minds are back with more icy science to inspire over-the-shoulder glances and fidgety dancing. "Nebula" heads into Autonomic realms with dissected D&B snarls and snagging beat arrangements, while "To Feel" opens up marvellously with a spacious and menacing half-step funk. "Badman VIP" moves back into a more familiar rhythmical roll as the fluid mid-range growls come on cool and deadly over a measured dispersal of 140 principles. "Namaste" continues that them but ups the ante in the effects department, contorting the synths and creating a more twisted kind of soundscape to dark out to.
28 Sep 09
19 Nov 12
Review: As hinted by their previous outings on Osiris, Krypitc Minds have definitely been bitten by a techno bug recently. Good for them; beat patterns don't come much more refreshing than the one on show on "The Divide". Steppy, insistent and utterly unforgiving, their newfound loop mentality works a treat when presented in a dubstep ideology. "Rule Of Language", meanwhile, is quintessential Kryptic Minds; a deep, sonorous halfstep beat arrangement and abyss-like spacious groove are the flavours of the day... Purist dubstep aimed directly at the darkest of nights, it's the perfect foil to the experimental vibes of the title track.
22 Apr 13
Review: Always open to teaming up with like-minded souls for their releases on Osiris, the ever-prolific Kryptic Minds are on the prowl once more, this time with the equally active Killawatt in tow. Kicking off with the brooding and short-lived "Swung Operations", it's business as usual in the Osiris camp with plenty of industrial clangs and booms meeting with punchy digital percussion. The bleak tones continue apace into "Reaching Through", even as some discernable melody comes pulsing through from a dub techno chord, but the beat does more than enough on its own, working a rapid kick and sizzling hat to deadly effect without ever going overboard. "Cunning Juncture" finds equal worth in the minimal approach, bringing a measured amount of techno influence into the dubstep framework with sterling results.
04 Jul 11
Review: Hot on the heels of their well received Can't Sleep long player on Blackbox, Kryptic Minds return with the vocal talents Alys Be in tow. The razor sharp bass and dread inducing synths of "Time Flies" mark it as one for the moody dancefloors, with the bittersweet vocals serving as a fascinating sonic contrast to the speaker rattling low frequencies. The release is rounded off with a heads down, hoods up instrumental version!
07 Mar 11
Review: D&B-turned-dubstep duo Kryptic Minds seem to have somewhat of a predisposition towards the darker shades of dubstep with their trademark murky basslines, inky black soundscapes, haunting vocals and deep dubs. "Make You Sleep" is no exception to the rule; employing Emika's whispering lyrical prowess with heavy, solipsistic bass and rolling subs, it's another superb venture, building hype for the release of their album, due out later this year (we can't wait!) Up next, insomnia troubling cut "Can't Sleep" (feat. Alys Be) continues the vibe with more contemplative, melodic blissed out music from the pair, rounding the release off to perfection.
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Played by: Altosync
24 Sep 12
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: It's great to see a veteran producer like Paul Mac make a return and this harder-edged release comes hot on the heels of his recent Hotel Insomnia record. The title track is a pounding techno affair, its dark, brooding bass rising through the arrangement, accompanied by crashing snares and screeching shards of metallic percussion. It's as intense as Mac gets, but there is some respite in the shape of sensuous pads as the track progresses. "Rolled Out And Back" isn't as intense, but the beats have a real resonance and the chords are soulful - but without the danger of Mac and his partner Kryptic Minds lapsing into mushy mood music.
14 Oct 09
10 May 10
Review: This is the dark side of dubstep at its unsettling, nerve wracking, best. Kryptic Minds and Youngsta load some serious weight into their bass for their "Cold Blooded" release on Kryptic?s Osiris imprint. "Cold Blooded" and "Surge" both utilise slow paced, eerie and menacing atmospheres but drive them forward with frighteningly heavy bass. The deft production skills of both playas make this an underground masterpiece.