Having set the sturdiest of bass foundations on Abyssal earlier this year, Reaction now builds on them with a solid four-track opus that marches forth with futurist intentions. "Tesla" is a dynamic dedication to the groove as militant drums develop over a salubrious sub. "Stomp!" is an ardent battle-jam with the grittiest bass you'll hear all year and it's countered by the authentic dub spaciousness of the Truth-style "Revolution". Finally we hit "Forgotten Smile", a barbed breezer with intricate rolling drums, breathing pads and minor-key weeps. Contemporary dubstep at its finest.
Bass Clef - "A Rail Is A Road & A Road Is A River" - (12:05) 65 BPM
Back in 2010, Peverelist's Punch Drunk label released the Worth The Weight compilation, a collection of hard to find classics from Bristol's dubstep scene. In the years that have passed, dubstep has mutated, and so has Punch Drunk, with the classic dubstep sound giving way to something equally as likely to feature elements of house, techno and experimental music. It's this direction explored in the Worth The Weight Vol. 2: From The Edge, a 12-track compilation featuring tracks from the city and beyond. While Hodge and Tessela represent swung house and techno hybrids, Bass Clef and Ekoplekz are on hand to provide some strange analogue deviations, while Kahn and Zhou represent the city's Young Echo collective. With Pev himself, Andy Mac and Kowton delivering a remix of the classic "Roll With The Punches", this is an essential compilation for anyone with even a passing interest in the past few years of bass-centric UK music.