Hotly tipped emerging talent from London, Indiji lets rip with his Uprise debut. "Darknet" comes with a bassline heartbeat that palpitates so hard and erratically it's borderline coronary. Squiggling and wriggling over the industrial strength swing, it instantly captures you right in depths of your belly. Further on we hit "Shake The Foundations", a track that truly lives up to its name. Demonstrative spatial science is applied as a rich warm bassline plays one-note chicken with the titanium riddim. Debuts really don't come more authoritative than this; we're anticipating big things for Indiji in the near future.
Macabre Unit founder Demon on Wheel & Deal with his first dubstep release since autumn 2013? Yes please! "Chronik" goes for the jugular with fast-paced industrial strength beats and a magic, lava-like flow. "Break Point" flips around a cool vocal sample axis. Twisting and turning with well-oiled prowess, there's a strong sense of dark funk throughout. "Salvation" tips a nod to the murkier, moodier halfstep foundations but does so with some really cruel twists on the fills. "Genocide", meanwhile, is a truly dark 4/4 composition that gives Beezy's conscious, thought-provoking sermon the space it deserves. Finally we hit the Biome collaboration. Last spotted together two years back with the massive "Incubus", they make up for lost time with a supreme halfstepper than munches dungeon motifs before spitting them back out in the most subversive way possible thanks to an almost psy-like synth arpeggio. Stupendously immersive.
Proof - as if we need it - that bass music has a long, long way to go before it runs out of ideas, as here Las has created five reasons why contemporary dub still inspires, motivates and captures the imagination. The strange, trippy riff on the title track summarises this consummately, as does the rich mischievous dub bubbles of "Pirates". Further on we hit the more dancefloor aimed "Lesson" as the rich tribal rhythm paves the way for some ace vocal sample abuse and a bassline that lollops so hard it might damage your needle. "Temper" plays the perfect role of grand finale: powered by a paranoid palpitating sub bass and doubled up kicks, we're suddenly stopped in our tracks by a stunning classical piano refrain. Game changers, the lot of them.
DNDD get busy with five tracks of pure bass gold. Happily unclassifiable, K Man takes the lead with two really interesting upbeat reflections. "Axel Stone" is all about the slink subs that pay homage to the hardcore bedrock. "Jelly Beans", meanwhile, sounds like it could have come out of Detroit at any point in the last 20 years; poignant and pacy, you can hear the synths tremble with emotion. Next up is a flight to Estonia for a blissful, pad heavy jungle homage from Bisweed. All icy pads and clanky amens, he's countered the cold vibe neatly with superbly uplifting synth leads. Digging deeper again we're spellbound by horns on Subtle Minds' jazz-infused "52nd Street" and massaged beyond relaxation by K Man and Von D's soft-yet-insistent organ squeezer "Black Currant". Most dreams are forgotten within seconds of waking; this one will be hard to ever forget. Stunning.
You can always count on Trouble & Bass to deliver the goods when it comes to filthy, gnarly dancefloor antics, and here Nevermind drops a two-track monster which jumps and kicks its way from half-step to techno with ease. The aptly named "Heckno" is one of the most creative tunes we've heard from the artist and it really is an amalgamation of all the UK's dance music melting pot, filled with nasty snares, 4/4 kicks and broken beat patterns. "Arrowloop" is even nuttier, though, as Nevermind proceeds to create a sort of ritualistic, 303-laden dance to the Gods. Seriously, check this stuff, it's pretty far out and comes heavily recommended!
Love The Cook - because those who feed us give us power and inspiration. Case in point: this incredible two-track debut on the ever-developing Lutetia Dubz. "Critical" is powered by a serpentine sub/kick combo that slithers with true menace as a well space rhythmic elements loop with hypnotic effect. "Tranquilo" is a darker recipe: weighty halfsteps stomp with treacle-thick drama while eerie keys hang pensively off bar. Sonics don't get much spookier - or tastier.
Wondrously deep material from Phase Seven cohorts Piecemeal and OldGold. "Words" whispers the sweetest of sonic dreams directly into your cochlea, the heavy breathing synths making you shiver with ever resounding chord. "Simple" takes a darker twist as the US paring unleash a pacier kick dynamic under a dense bed of minor key synth pressure. Trust us - there is nothing simple about this release!
Fresh talent from Nottingham's dubstep faction, Reaction steps forward with a tight trio of the subby vibers that each tell their own distinct tale. The title track is a slinky, resonant wriggler with galvanised polyrhythms that flicker and fluctuate under sheet metal bass rips. "Educate", meanwhile, is a bed of wasps, ripping and zipping like live electricity over a tripped out spacious halfstep. Ensuring the full spectrum and breadth of his skills is felt throughout the release, "Air Soul" is a much lighter, summer-tinged lick that runs a fine line in acoustic guitar. Guaranteed to get a good Reaction.
Subverting the creative flow from gritty trap badness of their debut self-titled release, here we find the Cali trio in a more cosmic mind-state. Showcasing a richer sense of musicality and depth, it's hard not to recall the likes of Bassnectar circa Mesmerising The Ultra. Highlights include the sombre, poignant chords and oriental influences on "Phuture Vintage" and the planet-bounding 808 clicks and snaps and alluring riff positivity of "Whispers". A highly accomplished EP, Slick Trilla have shown some serious class right here.