Throughout his musical career, the unpredictable Karma has spread his tracks across different genres, and from drum and bass to house and dubstep, he's been capable of reinventing himself on a regular basis. For this latest Innamind Recordings episode, the producer is in half-step mode, channeling his fury behind the mixing board into the deep and subby bounces of "Heal", before moving onto darker and more pulsating territories on the excellent "Rumble Fish" - surely this week's no.1 dubstep cut. "Flee In The Fog" features Dubtro, and the dup conjure a foreboding picture with their mild pads, watery beats and lo-fi sonics. Excellent stuff.
Colorado kid DMVU lets rip on Abyssal with four detailed designs: "10 Gram Zoot" is an ominous creeper, all spacious beats and bass tones so dank you need to clean your ears (and lungs) after. "Tough" is a meaner stepper with a rhythm that's made out of really interesting found sounds and unique processes. "Unity Vibe" is much more of a grumbler with classic dub techniques and motifs at play on drum sounds and a bassline that's positioned so well it sounds like it smothers you from behind. "Verb" finishes the originals with the heaviest message of the EP; raw kicks hammer nails into the dance under a bed of echoes and otherworldly sounds. For added measure Deceit has taken the EP title track down 20 BPM on the remix flex. A perfect tonic to the rampant darkness elsewhere, this one's for the after party. Or maybe even the hotel lobby.
A second record to this Junior Dread name comes in remix form, with Moonshine Recordings plucking versions from Joseph McGann & Sam Barrett's Gorgon Sound project. The two Peng Sound artists deliver a harmonic remake of cheerful flutes, light backing vocals and walking basslines with keys to match. Hungarian producer DJ Madd, who has close ties with the Bristol's Black Box, sits Junior Dread's vocals deeper in the mix which lightly expels the word 'freedom' behind a wall of bass and 808 kicks, while frenetically designed percussion will keep the feet moving while the heads are down.
Canadian depth-plunger Levi Nicoll unleashes his third artist album... And, working as tight, consistent narrative and a powerful collection of dancefloor tracks, it's arguably his best body of work to date. Business from the off, ignition tracks such as monk chanting wall-melter "Ancient" and harrowed, spacious beat and waspy bassline-fronted "Lost Crypt" ensure your attention is arrested and maintained throughout the entire journey. Deeper into the journey you'll strike shakedown gold on the breaky wobbler "Roily", you'll get glitchy and twitchy on the techno-tastic "Troglodyte" and fly to the furthest edges of the cosmos on "Moonbeams". Complete with a full mix of the album to boot (just to prove how well each cut works together), Levi's roots have never dug so deep. Stunning.
Angular bass steppery from US murker Piecemeal: "Fire Department" is a cutlass slice of instrumental grime, all one stretched one note bass tones over punctuated precision kicks and snares that double up when you least expect them to. The remixes are equally spotless; OldGold takes us down into the dungeon with a rolling Truth-style drum dynamic and sense of menace while Rasper brings the sirens and lets the drama of the atmosphere play the lead role. Smoking.
Unruly Bristol bass business: Paragon does the bad smell thing and hangs around Foundation Audio after his last release. Dropping the tempo for his brother Chad Dubz, the result is two slabs of toxic dub primed for the darkest corners of the night, the dance and, ultimately, your psyche. "Totem" takes shamanic Berghain-style minor key arpeggios and smelts and hammers them over a two-step anvil while "Sirens" is an even heavier piece of apocalyptic rave music. All horns and alarms over a concrete tribal beat, it's yet another reason to keep your peepers locked on Paragon, Chad, Foundation and Bristol itself. Need a little chilly down time? Calm your nerves with DTR's deeper classic dub remix.
Fresh from appearing on San Holo's Bitbird label, Beaudamian continues this year's rich vein of form with an absurdly on-point trio on Plastician's Terrorhythm. Each cut plays a vital role in different stages of the night; "Rx1" is 100 per cent purple with a dash of Art Of Noise for positive texture. "Don't Do Drugs" takes us much deeper into the weirder moments of the night as we seemingly take a stroll through another man's mushroom paranoia while "Valdezarza" plays the consummate banger when every single person in the building is shivering the icy licks, militant drums and Bassnectar-level bass hype. Concrete.
After last year saw Kevin Martin's primary project looming large with the Angels & Devils album and a slew of singles, The Bug is back on Ninja Tune with a new single. "Zim Zim Zim" features seasoned dancehall MC Burro Banton raining down vocal fire over a typically grandiose Martin production, all slow, heavy-footed stomp and strangely emotive slabs of grinding metallic synth tones that sound like the end of the world bursting out of the speakers. Banton's nagging delivery sits perfectly on the track, but for those that want to home in on the subtleties of the production the "Version" provides all the space you need for those staggering sounds to roam.
With prior form on Trapdoor and Audio Rejectz, Myth makes the leap to starting up an label with Halcyon Veil, an aptly named vessel for the haunting, introspective modern dubstep confections contained within Evaporate. The emotion weighs heavy at every time, from the forlorn bleeps of "Phoenix" to the plaintive bassline of "Semagi", while the beats hit crisp and true. With its clean, sharp edges whip-cracking around the moody melodic refrains across the tempo range, all seven tracks on this EP further demonstrate the burgeoning talents of Myth in the ever hectic bass music field.
Last summer he made us go gorillas, this summer he's calling us bubbleheads... Physician or not, Circus co-founder Doctor P certainly knows how to tease us with this annual flow of one-track releases. Sitting somewhere between bass house, moombah and straight up electro, an absolutely steaming, spiked-out groove builds up and breaks down around a perfect N.O.R.E vocal loop. The result? Chaos. Someone best call another doctor as this one is sick...
There ain't no party like a "Funeral Party"... A cinematic synth hook, beehive bass, swaggering beats and ghetto feels ensure this will fit in well with trap, dubstep and beats DJs sets with clarity and colour. On the hunt for something colder and drum heavy? Get busy on Bangalore's tribal-wise remix. Rest in pieces.