Alpha by name, alpha by nature, Proxima has set a brand new benchmark in modern dubstep albums. Rich in dynamics, fresh ideas, weight, depth and character, a muscular narrative is peppered with twists and turns - P Money's rapid-flow breakneck grime on "Pressurized", the juxtaposition of classical strings and angular leads on "Prologue", the cosmic psy-like acidity of "In Vacuo", the graveyard echoes and bumps of "Hokusai", the Machine head chugs of "Smog", the firing D&B collaboration with his cousin Icicle - as Proxima presents his broadest production palette with boldness, dexterity and toxic levels of badness. This is what a really well-crafted debut album sounds like.
As featured on his recent MyStyle mix album, The Others brings forth four brand new jams, each one adding more width and weight to his repertoire. Palpitating heartbeat drama, the thundering "Empire" is just as much prog as it is dubstep. "All The Way Down" takes us to even steppier, techno pastures, all loopy and industrial. J:Kenzo and Mydas join for the second half of the EP and things take a serious turn for the darkside as "The Prophecy" slinks and slaps with polished metallic bass with the "Lost World" a prime lesson in spacious percussive fracturism. Four distinct chapters; one epic story, get lost in The Others' empire today.
Late night velvet from Bristol's premier purplist. The first track to emerge from his forthcoming album, Joker's big synth and gritty bass balance remains as classy, chic and mischievous as it was when he emerged, especially when we hit the lush lounge keys of the breakdown. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice as Rustie, Bassnectar and Picard Brothers all deliver exciting subversions. Future bass 3.0. Bring on the album.
More low end fighting talk from Lisbon leftfield kings Enchufada. The Clerk ignites the taper with the hypnotic, body-slamming charms of "Cairo" before Robs & Duke get lively with a guitar-twanging tribal stepper "Bring The Fire". With tempo, pace and attitude fully locked from the off, we're sucker-punched by the punctuated percussion of "Helicopter Riddim" and jabbed by other-worldly flute wheezes on "Moombasa" before laying down gracefully for the full count with "Sexton". An enchanting pipe blend over a slo-mo moombahton, if you're going to be knocked out, make sure you're knocked out by the best. Genuinely unique.
Fresh femme fatale Simz lays down some tweeter-tight bars over a bed of future beats. Pacey, punchy and neatly switched by Caitlyn's heartfelt vocals, there's a delicate balance of bass weight, sharp lyricism, chill atmospheres and edgy electronica to "Time Capsule". "Devour", meanwhile, sees Simz hook up with Jakwob for a heavier tribal workout. Soulful grime at its most forward-thinking.
An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.