The last time we heard from Belgium's premier bass peddler Digid, he was getting all Biblical on us. This time round though, he's sticking to a template of deep reggae delivering a seven-track mini album of spaced out dubs. His production skills are fearsome with tracks like the synthy "Silky & Smooth" displaying a gleamingly pristine finish, "Righteous Soldier" incorporating a faint ska influence and the title track having a forward-looking anthemic quality.
Fresh from their scavenging mission on New Moon, Dutch trio The Illuminated land on FKOF, a platform that's supported them since their earliest incarnations. With four tracks to showcase, FKOF have given them their biggest opportunity to date. And as each track pushes their own and the genre's boundaries beyond expectations, they've clearly not wasted the opportunity. Highlights include the insanity riff spirals on "Psychonauts" the pulsating heartbeat subs and dubbed out percussion on "Vintage" and the synth and sax sensuousness of "HMU". Illuminatingly lush, FKOF's label operation just keeps getting better and better.
Deep Medi Musik introduce K Man with the machine-gunning Electro Magnetic Destroyer EP. In terms of sub-bass and gnarly musicality it rates up there with recent releases from familiar artists like Goth-Trad, Mala, Commodo and Kahn. The title-cut is an industrial-tinged and deep dubstep melee of warbly basslines, growling synths and beefy drums all wrapped up in a sinister rhythm. Then there's "Propaine", the perfect weapon to wake up the neighbours, and even though its groove is broken, it remains fluid and very duurty.
In a broadening of signings for Deep Medi Musik, A Taste Of Struggle (to give them their full title) are a fresh duo with a distinctive cocktail of R&B, dubstep and trip hop that manage to channel the strongest facets of all those genres and arrive at something distinctly leftfield and utterly sensual at the same time. A blunted haze hovers over the low slung beats and woozy chord tones, the heartfelt vocals cutting through the mix with bittersweet tales of modern urban living. Managing a classic approach whilst being surprising at the same time, the wildly fractured piano funk of "What I Need" says all that needs to be said about what a strong debut album this is.
This latest release from London-based deep dubstep crew Deep Heads is undeniably picturesque, but pleasingly steers clear of saccharine sweetness. Vocalist Segilola's honeyed tones tumble seductively over the sparse, head-nodding rhythm and dreamy, woozy electronics of Nottingham duo Congi (AKA Gareth Frost and Alex Tulip) and Milton Keynes-based studio don Occult (AKA Oliver Lock). It's unflinchingly atmospheric. Remix-wise, there's some fuzzy, crackly, downtempo fare from Tuesday Born, a deep dubstep roller from Sweden's Audialist, and a jazzy, upbeat take from Bambooman. The intoxicated, super-deep "Autumn Leaves" - all cascading chords and occasional vocals - completes a superb package.
Both Annihilate Audio and Outbound are currently on respective rolls, so it seems to make a lot of sense that both the label and the producer should finally join forces. They've do so in fine style too with this contemplative Nottingham beatmaker delivering three epic works - the dreamy Mediterranean-tinged post dubstep of "Temple", the twitchy, flighty beats of "Sacrificial" and the deep and haunting "Rebirth". Quality cinematic sounds.
Instigate launched last summer, unveiling their take on the dubstep sound, which although more mellow, is thankfully still all about those deep subs. Now they're back with this sublime three tracker by Eese & Aztec. It's all about the head nodders with this pair and who are we to argue? "Gonna Be" is a fuzz-out full of delayed vocals, slow beats and bass snarls. "Episode 13" continues on this theme but adds more synth swirls and "Gyatso" delivers deeper shades of wobble, some vocal snippets and even some tambla-style percussion.
Nine months have passed since Boka last graced us with any audio goodness. The wait, however, has been worth it. Manchester's Compa returns to to the fold and Ipman is his plus one. Between them they've created a unique jam that oozes space science and an alluring sense of foreboding dread as a relentless riddim drives and wriggles underneath high pressure pads. With a mighty halfstep switch midway, this will freeze any dancefloor in its tracks. "Earth's Orbit" sees Compa return to his solo role with an even deeper composition. Here the percussion is more fractured, taking a backseat as metallic synth stabs weep tearfully over grazing bass and alien groans. Spotlessly dark.
South Fork have in their very short lifespan already carved quite a reputation for themselves sourcing and delivering to us humble listeners the finest forward thinking bass music available to man. Subcorr first appeared with the snarling electro of Ghost Charmer back in the hazy heat-filled summer of 2013, and now we finally get two sizzling slices of new direction served up - the title track being a haunted excursion into brittle dubby post-hop and "Werk" being both a seismic dollop of warped trap and the highlight of this here EP.
Canadian dub evangelist Levi Nicoll (aka L Nix) has stuck with Phantom Hertz for another release, newie "Wake Up". Despite the title, these two tracks as slow, intricate headnodders designed for a more contemplative listener. Beautifully constructed, the title track features gentle, shimmering sound effects and mournful pads married to a dubby reggae jam. "Hostage" on the other hand features myriad scuttling micro beats, throbbing bottom end and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Run DMC sample.