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28 May 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Famous Eno, DJ Cable, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jack Stat, The Golden Toyz, Bam Bam Dealers, Lucent
Review: Mala's Deep Medi imprint seemingly stands alone in their efforts to ensure the founding principles of dubstep are retained, while not being afraid to release music that will smudge the boundaries of people's expectations. The label's latest release encapsulates this perfectly, with Butterz alumnus Swindle debuting in style with the bizarrely brilliant "Do The Jazz". If you've been tuned into the more tuned on shows on Radio One you have probably heard this track as the likes of Mistajam and Toddla T have been big supporters, but for those coming to this twelve with fresh ears don't be alarmed by the jazz licks of the opening bars; when that bass line rips through devastation will unfold. The deranged approach to the dancefloor with the piston driven sounds of "Under The Sun" while "If I Was A Superhero" realigns the Mothership Connection to a 140bpm flex.
05 Nov 12
Review: Leave your expectations at the door before indulging in this killer drop on Deep Medi, with Swindle marking the second part of his trilogy of EPs ahead of an album scheduled for release in 2013. The title track is sheer dubstep rave fused with killer funk licks, while "Belfast" fuses jungle breaks with sirens and Daft Punkish synths. Our pick of the bunch through is "Mischief", which uses all manner of jazz samples (woodflute anyone?) and chops and rearranges them in the most beguiling manner. Swindle is one of the few producers taking dubstep in new and interesting directions - do check.
20 Jan 12
Review: Swindle brings us "Ignition" on his own label. Blending boogie and soul flavours with power dubstep, this is an ingenious mix of flavours that must be beheld to be believed. The title track sees him team up with Footsie & Nadia Suliman for a whomping, low-slung number with swaggering b-line and halfstep lumber, lyrics laid lucidly over the top. "Ringworm" is a more synth-laden outing with a Joker circa "Purple City" style element and echoing beats, before "Out Of The Blue (feat. Stinkahbell)" rounds things off with a Rustie style whirr of synths and belching of bass.
06 Jul 12
Review: The ever-versatile Swindle steps up with the next release on his very own label, Swindle Productions. Title track "Need To Know" brings in the talents of Toddla T and Sam Frank and blends a twisted, pitched up vocal, with sultry, swaggering atmospherics, clapping beats and glorious, swirling synths. It's fun, funky and will be a surefire hit on the dancefloor. Accompanying this is "Have A Go" featuring vocalist du jour, the ineffable Takura, who brings a shimmering slice of sunshine to this track, which is dominated by funky, jiving beats and catchy melodies, with ticking beats and a Redlight-like sensibility. Great stuff!