Prescott's sound has certainly matured since he emerged in 2010. Breaking through on Nice Up with raw bootleg badness, his gradual movements into authentic contemporary dub have proven his skills as both a musician and a man who understands successful dub dynamics. Highlights across this deep and meditative Liondub debut include the spooked out echoes and trembles of "The Eight Devils", the lonely oriental flutes and strings of "A State Of Mind" and the dark, pensive drama of "Moving In The Shadows". A true dub ninja, Prescott's rise is one that commands complete respect.
District deliveries seem to land but once a year, and each one has been a full-frontal, multi-style show stopper. This is no exception as we find him exploring the true spirit of dub on "Roy's Theme" by way of a slow and steady 4/4 that kicks through the wonderfully mournful sonic sludge. "Aftermath" continues this pensive theme but does so with gurgling sub bubbles and an array of iced-out mechanical flourishes. "Tempest" completes the set with the darkest message of the EP thanks to its electro bass murmurs, brutal halfstep and vicious FX. Exceptional contemporary dubstep.
Brooklyn-based bass dealers Tuba blow their sub trumpet with a rich collection that spans their impressive history so far. Ranging from the meditative steps and jazz shimmers of Subreacher's "Future Target" to the techy breakbeats, sub-soaked steps and dreamy breakdown of D-Operation Drop's "Origami" via the ghostly, cavernous resonance of Below's self-title nightmare soundtrack, Tuba have curated a fine selection that represents their clear and confident contributions to the ever morphing and mutating dubstep sound. If you've not picked up on any of these yet, now is most certainly the time!
Burgeoning half-step D&B producer Epilleptech steps up to Terra Null with this immersive EP of psychoactive rhythms and pulses that carry the torch from the Autonomic days. "Nyctophobia" does a fine job of dirtying up its basslines while all around patter crisp drum lines and spooky atmospherics, before "Natural Selection" heads into a more overtly unhinged head space that revolves around an existential speech sample. "Peru" goes down its own path into intricate percussive lines with a tribal twist about them, both spiritual and menacing in the same bar, and then "Premonition" delivers the finishing blow with a slow-paced lurch leaving all the more room for the bass to growl out.
Representing the creativity that's been rife in dubstep since the commercial bubble burst, Elefant Doc has cooked up a beautiful sound that tethers aspects of jazz and soul with stunning bass creativity. "Walkin'" confidently pumps with a cool organ riff and majestic melodic flurries, "Tonality" gets smokier with an infectious off-beat darkness and jazz-primed piano shots, "Street Sheet" is the most arresting of the set thanks to its vast space and emotional chord structure while "Fool Me" is the jazziest of the bunch thanks to its minor chords and infrequent trumpet blasts. Each one sits right at the forefront of a genre that's enjoying its first proper rebirth. Essential listening.
One of Dub Police's brightest future prospects, Ethic lets loose with his first full EP, and he's clearly gone to town on it! "What Ya Call Me" is a gritty 4/4 stomper laced with tech-primed rachet wriggles and an infectious, nagging dynamic. "Temple Run" develops his teeth-baring sonic signature with another concentrated sermon that's just as close to techno as it is dubstep. "Rise To Glory", meanwhile, shows Ethic's ability to pen emotional, end-of-night unity vibes thanks to its anthemic synth hook, walloping halfstep and spine-melting vocal. Call Ethic what ya want - we call him talented.