If you're into grumbling grooves, bass as thick as half-set concrete and drums that sound like no other dubstep producer's, then Biome's "Cypher" EP is so up your street it's built a granny annex upside your bedroom. The title-track is Biome at his grumpiest; all slug bass and anvil halfsteps. "Rumble" flips the switch with a genuinely unique beat that nods towards hip-hop or quarter-speed jungle much more than it does dubstep. "Sentinel" goes back to the deep dungeon lab with a swaggering half-step and a bassline seemingly made of a swarm of wheezing wasps, while "Stone Throw" maintains that deep, minimal technoid flavour but with more emphasis on some interestingly pitched drums. "Man Made" closes the show with yet more unique rhythmic arrangements and an eerie prayer call that's so cold it could summon the spirit of Cthulhu himself.
6Blocc has never been busier... Released in the same week as his Cali Jungle LP, "Gritty N Grimey" showcases the slower, dubbed-out side to his repertoire. Eight tracks in total, here we find the prolific producer nestling comfortably in the 140 BPM realm. "Badbwoy Bass" is deep, minimal and coded with a subtle skank, "Deadly Techniques" is a strung slice of filmic wild west bass while "Afghan Memories" takes us even deeper into spacious territories as eastern twangs fuse with epic sub drones with mesmerising effect. Deeper again we hit more highlights such as the twisted vocal loops of "Brainwasher" and the Kryptic Minds-style amen stepper "Have No Mercy". Heavy.
Dub Police head to New York for a three-track adventure Notixx-style. Fresh from touring with HeRobust, the young producer explores the exciting creative realm between trap and dubstep with three examples of razor-sharp sonic navigation; lead track "Last Call" is the floor-burner of the set thanks to it steaming halfstep and croaky bro-line. "Rock Bottom", meanwhile, is all about the dreamy synths that lay themselves graciously over a concrete 808 arrangement. "Heartbreak" concludes proceedings on an emotional flex as dreamy pianos and a star-gazing lead line arrest our attention with the power of a HBC drama.
Swedish duo Daleri rose to fame two years ago with their "Epic Mashleg" that aped EDM's foibles with timely tongue-in-cheek charm... But it's their original material that's kept them on our radar. Here they make an appearance on Flux and Doctor P's Circus with an obese glitch riddim that's riddled with chops and wriggles with a serious hop. With shades of tightly plucked guitar and talkbox melting vox, Daleria are swaggering hard right now.
An exploration into the deeper side of dubstep, Electronic Sensations tether 30 joints from emerging international artists to form a cohesive collection that works just as well on headphones as it does on the floor. Highlights include the sinewy low-end fluctuations and distant sitar twangs of Guru Yash Navin's "Savada", the fragrant sonic fog and restrained guitar plucks of Baby Bo's "Bangkok" and Tommy Soares' heavily reverbed classic dub homage "Memory". Chilled dub doesn't haven't to mean weak, this selection is strong.