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.
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.