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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.
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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.
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Fat Kid On Fire come though with their seventh release, this time by 17-year old Parisian bass-wonder, Argo. Sharp snares, brutal kicks and razor sharp bass feature on the deep and atmospheric "Hundred", while "Plan B" utilises a sinister vocal sample which takes things in a very dark halfstep direction. Machine gun sonics, savage walls of powerful low end and driving percussion make up the last original, "Seek", while "Asylum" gets a remix from Living Proof, who turns in a real head nodder worthy of Argo's originals, accented by some tasty dub influences. Highly recommended!
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Konvex has been mesmerising us with his voodoo-infused sound on a variety of labels and now arrives with two new bombs on Wheel & Deal. "Antimatter" takes things down a minimal route, with a stark, but cleverly layered, tropical digital drum pattern escalating to delirious heights. Wayfarer takes the tune into meatier, stop-start dubstep territory and "Parallel" awakens Konvex's techno influences for some thumping good er, thump. Solid.
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Deep Medi's Turkish mastermind makes a comeback on the Innamind imprint with a pounding, raucous bundle of hefty kick-snares. It's the kind of tune that gets people into an utter state in the dancehall, and one which you'd imagine Mala dishing out. His remix of Lurka's "Refresher" is equally as piercing and doubly nasty. Highly recommended!
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Hard-working experimental dubstep types Downliners Sekt are masters of the deep, woozy, claustrophobic groove. This third full length - their first for acclaimed French imprint Infine - is jam-packed with such moments of smoky goodness, all soft-focus rhythms, dubwise chords and long-drawn out pads. It's intoxicating, all right, and evokes hazy memories of sitting in smoke-filled rooms early in the morning, feeling strangely in tune with the bubbling, off-kilter rhythms seeping from the speakers. Highlights are pleasingly plentiful, from the jumpy dreaminess of "This American Life" and vintage Hyperdub deepness of "Eiger Dreams", to the cascading pianos and field recordings of "Junior High" and tough, dancefloor-focused "Once Mercurial".
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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.
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Little is known about Parisian producer Cyborg (other than that he hails from Paris). However, mystery, if worked correctly, can be the biggest key to success in the music biz, so let's just go with it. "Shadowdriver Vol 1" is the nearest we've got to a long player from the Born In 1986 and Sex & Desire producer. Proceedings begin with the ominously theatrical "Ouverture" before embarking on the choppy Gallic synth pop of "Awake", the skewed RnB pop of "Face To Face" and the velvety luxuriance of "Virtual Love". Very '80s, very Kavinsky and very cool!
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