Dancehall don Sizzla presents a deep, emphatic sermon on meekness over a sharp steppy beat and crisp oriental strings. Shooting wide on a remix flex, Muti Music have curated a full spectrum selection: from Benny Page's reggae skanks to Son Of Kick's stampy bass hype via the deep tribal drum dynamics of I Said No's rub and Andreilien's tropical snaps and slams, each and every take adds a whole new chapter to Sizzla's captivating narrative.
Nodding to the resurgence of dark and edgy grime, Rinse snap up this EP from Celestial Trax which makes a more bold interpretation of the icy subtleties of Wen and co. "No More" treads on nervy string stabs and gun shot samples that dart around the mix with that agoraphobic amount of space that typifies the newer strains of the genre. "Wax Forest" moves away from gritty urbanisms towards a more esoteric, electronica influenced soundworld, but without losing the concurrent atmospheric tones from the opening track. "Blockx" meanwhile gets crafty with a snappy rhythm and some tense string notes, while "Sinner" lets a little trap influence loom over the drums, and "Sutekh" settles for the most dank and oppressive of vibes on the whole EP. "A Cross" brings a wry finish to proceedings with an approximation of jungle tropes completely repositioned in the curious world that Celestial Trax inhabits.
One of Dub Police's brightest future prospects, Ethic lets loose with his first full EP, and he's clearly gone to town on it! "What Ya Call Me" is a gritty 4/4 stomper laced with tech-primed rachet wriggles and an infectious, nagging dynamic. "Temple Run" develops his teeth-baring sonic signature with another concentrated sermon that's just as close to techno as it is dubstep. "Rise To Glory", meanwhile, shows Ethic's ability to pen emotional, end-of-night unity vibes thanks to its anthemic synth hook, walloping halfstep and spine-melting vocal. Call Ethic what ya want - we call him talented.
Following his Falling In Love Again and To A New Earth EPs, Kill Paris returns to OWSLA with yet another reminder on why he's one of the funkiest individuals to have emerged in the US beat scene. Fusing glitch rudiments and vibrant synth flurries with a sharp sense of unpredictability and emphatic focus on melody, each cut on Foreplay tickles a different corner of the dance; from the shimmering nu disco struts of "The Walk" to the more heartfelt, R&B sexiness of "Silence Of Heartbreak" this is Kill Paris's most extensive, accomplished EP to date.
Showcasing their vast creative skills across 11 tracks, Tek One prove their genre-smelting might with this massive debut album. The intro insights a bold interplanetary adventure and, from that moment right through to the climactic finale of "Path Of Life", they explore, develop and celebrate everything that's great about heavyweight bass music right now. Whether it's the floor-smashing dancehall tribalism of "Arakkis 97", the raw synth-struck euphoria of "Silhouettes", or the dominant deadly drop of "Dark Feelings", each track writes a whole chapter in their short-but-perfectly formed career so far. Few acts in dubstep can reach such an accomplished album level in such a short space of time, but few acts in dubstep rock as hard as Tek One. Big!
Razor-sharp grime chops and edits, big bulbous subs and cheeky jungle samples all play a major role in this dark slice of contemporary jungle from up-and-coming British bass conjurer J 69. For added beef in the beat department jump straight on the bolshy, breaky Dubzta remix. For more of a paranoid late '90s garage feel get to know the Trends remix. For old school iciness head over to Sir Pixalot's remix. For madcap midrange bass nastiness and mischievous 4/4 garage vibes, it's all about Spooky's rub, while LJ complete the set with a jugular-aimed stepped-out vibe that's wholly complementary to J 69's awesome original.