His rawest, heaviest work to date, "500: Episode 1" is the precursor to a huge North American tour for the Dub Police founder, and he's not lost any of the individuality that's set him apart from the start. Describing the release himself as "cinematic" and "emotional", this marks a change in the producer's style, where true depth is being weighed out over heaviness and hype. Painted against a post-apocalyptic landscape in sound as well as the stylish cover art, he's marked out a new beginning for himself. We want to hear more.
Twisted dancehall vibes fresh from Liverpool, as Lucent teams up with Rubi Dan for a steppy shock-out that positively demands outrageous skanking behaviour. For added measure Lucent also teams up with Tomb Crew for a collaborative remix where Rubi's vocals get buried by a smouldering bouncy bass hook. Further on Klient Weight take "X-Rated" down a dark techno alley and turn it into a savage 4/4 bass-battered affair. Looking for more of a straight-up jack attack? Head for "Tunnel Vision". An uncompromising stomper with sinewy bass melodies, it's a kindly contemporised nod at the material Herve and Switch were serving up about seven years ago. Finally, Rico Tubbs jumps in on the remix flex with an old school homage, all time-stretched vocals, speed garage sirens and fractured amen angularities.
Make way for the latest hype ting from Serial Killaz in the shape of "What A Ting" - and what a ting it is. Characterized by a roots reggae/dub vibe mixed with futuristic jungle breaks and fat bass sounds, it's found its way into the record boxes of the likes of Public Enemy's DJ Lord, Rusko and many others as well featuring on Diplo's Mad Decent blog and receiving massive worldwide radio support. Here he teams up with UK MC Parly B for his firin' debut, and what a massive boost it is for the roots-loving contingent. Packed with riddim and blazing lyricism, it's the stuff that dancefloors were made for.
The long-awaited Tony Rocky Horror EP comes in time for the most ghoulish time of year, and first things first, you've got to admire the sick artwork on this release. Larger than life drums and bass that gets deep down to another world, each track on this bumper release takes notes from the old school greats with the added benefits of a huge TRH twist. Dark, deadly and with depth enough to get emotive in parts, this is for the true heads. There's still life in dubstep yet.
Uncompromising riddim material from the heart of Kazakhstan, Compressor is DubZap's most comprehensive - not to mention generous - body of work to date. Dealing strictly in loopy, jugular-aimed rhythms, the whole album is designed for DJs. Highlights to be woven and laced into any contemporary bass set include the grating middy naughtiness of "Circus", the far-out synth squiggles and strange gurgling rhythmic loop on "Epilepsy" and the hand drum magic and internal organ squeezing insanity of "MoFo". Brutal bass, just as DubZaP intended - this album is not to be taken lightly.
Body-slamming bass coded with raw physical sensations; the second "Dama Rossa" fires up you know De Niro has stepped up once again with this EP. Dig deeper for an iced-out VIP twist on his 2011 horn-charmed classic "Night Shift" and an example of a futuristic tropical grime drama on "New Era". We conclude with "Monks"; a palpitating, chest-pressing roller that thunders with a tangible sense of ominousness, it takes the line between dub and techno and scorches it down to the very foundations. Awesome.
Originally released as part of the Bleep tenth anniversary compilation, Untold's "That Horn Track" gets a standalone release here and this time around it's packaged with a Dettmann remix for good measure. The original is a clamouring masterpiece of sound design, full of the diffuse sonic fragments and barely recognisable rave tropes that Untold loves to reach for and yet achieving a kind of monstrous soul in the midst of the chaos. Dettmann unsurprisingly simmers the original into a more delineated techno throwdown riding on an ominous thudding kick, but there's still plenty of space given to the textural ingredients to ensure it's a distinctive cut.
Lifecycle slams down his Subway debut release with three heavyweight dancefloor cuts packed with heavyweight bass and electro-futuristic sounds. "Touch This" is an absolute destroyer, blitzing everything in its path with stripped back precision and darker than night production. For a bit of relief, head to track three where "Why Dem Fight" channels the haunted Hammonds of early days dubstep and Parly B's slap-up vocals to create something a little bit special - just wait until that bass kicks in.
Bristol bass duo Diskord have picked up serious heat since first entering the fray a year ago. And it's really not hard to understand why; their fusion of trap, dubstep and future bass bubbles with creativity, attention to detail and, most importantly, serious drama - just the vocal sample on this alone is a fine example of their deft derring-do. Dynamically arranged to insight hype on every twist and turn, this 150BPM jam will resonate with DJs from all corners of the ever-evolving bass universe.
Aussie duo HWLS (Ta-ku and Kit Pop) have been bringin' some major hype of late, even providing a mix for Diplo and friends on Radio 1xtra recently. Now it's time for the money shot as it were, with this, their eponymous EP arriving courtesy of Future Classic. It's fair to say that the hype has been justified with these four tracks literally fizzing with energy. Eschewing titles for good old numerics may irritate some, but with the poppy trap of 001, the horror hop (complete with slasher sounds) of 003 and the shrill R&B of 004, who cares?