Everyone's gotta have an angle and Nomine's is certainly unique - he makes deep dubstep with Far Eastern influences. His latest missive boasts a sound that evokes mystical temples, secret rituals and ninjas. The sparse and brooding "Blind Man" is based around a movie sample where a young whippersnapper learns the ways of the spirit from a wise old master. "To The Sky" again features minimal arrangements peppered with bassy belches and mystical vocals courtesy of Lustina, and finally "Nomine's Robot" wraps up the release on an uptempo note - all housey kicks and rimshot percussion. Classy and unique!
The fuming Smokin Sessions make a comeback with their man of the moment Occult, who comes through with a split EP in the company of newcomer Audialist. Deep and dubbed-out dubstep is the name of the game and Occult's "Computer Love" manages to blend everything from ambient and electronica together with dubstep's twisted half-stance. Audialist's "Sleep It, Eat It, Drink It" is also a sign of this rising producer's diversity in terms of tastes and versatility on the old mixing board - stuttering beats, immaculately placed vocal samples and gentle swarms of digital goodness are swallowed up whole into tight grooves. Wonderful stuff, don't miss it.
Supreme London noggin-nodders, Deep Heads, are well established now having put out killer low-end excursions for quite a few years. This new sampler gives us a teasing glimpse of the contents of the forthcoming second installment of their Deep Heads Dubstep series. Unsurprisingly the series sees the label explore their definition of dubstep and some of our faves include the scattershot beats and jazzy bleeps of "Oblong" by Geode and the urgent percussive weird-out "In The Box" by Daega Sound. If this is their definition of dubstep, we approve!
Currently celebrating their tenth birthday, fearless Dubstep label Boka unveils a new series, which collates the best releases from their Tank series. Here on Volume 1 we get 14 killer tracks that still stand strong now, highlights include the menacing machine gun bass attack of "Big What" by Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant, the heavy whiplash crunch of Matta's "Terminus" and the spacey mechanical dub of "Stop Riddim". Watch out for volume two!