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Moonshine Steppas Discover The Unified Power Of Cian Finn, Radikal Guru, Alpha Steppa & Dub Dynasty (Part 1)
15 Oct 12
Played by: Pier
Review: Ireland isn't the first place you'd think of when it comes to sturdy soundsystem dub flavours, but Cian Finn is quickly changing this perception with some deep, driving conscious mic craft. It's clear his years as front man for Irish festival faves Intinn have paid off as we're treated to a series of versions, each one paying attention to a different aspect of dub. Highlights include the sonorous hollow tones of Radikal Guru's version of "Ireland Dub" and the raw stomp of Alpha Steppa's "9 Years Dub". Serious soundsystem material!
19 Mar 12
26 Mar 12
Review: Hot on the heels of their Open Your Eyes EP comes a cheeky remix package of their herbal homage "High Grade". Reversions now on offer come from the seemingly unstoppable Ruckspin (tonked up super-stepper), Lee Mortimer-endorsed Tymer (gritty, 4/4, electro business) and UK dub dons Vibrophonics who provide a vocal remix and no less than three versions! A bona fide lecture in bass, each rub prises a different element of the original, manipulating and processing it to make a whole new low-end journey. There are still a few seats left on this Zion train... Grab a ticket and get with the gents.
16 Apr 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Dev79, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Bunny On Acid, Klipar, The Golden Toyz, Sounds Of Sumo, Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, Paradisiaca Recordings, Ground Control
Review: Young Philly producer Krueger channels the sounds of London on this new EP for Paradisiaca. Title tune "40oz Bounce" channels Pearson Sound and Girl Unit in particular, whilst still sounding hugely unique, while the excellent bass-thumper "This Is Sick" mixes reverbed textures with a thumping minimal kick. On a mean, post-dubstep tip, "Talk" is an equally essential 130bpm mindf*ck loaded with plenty of hip-hop swagger.
27 Jun 12
Played by: The Funk Hunters
13 Aug 12
Review: Still stoutly flying the flag for creative avenues within the midrange grind of wobbly dubstep, Coki is still doing it his way and doing it right. The absurdity of the LFOing on "Mid June Madness" can only be intentional, but in the process it creates a strange, alien headspace that reaches far beyond simple aggression. "Light Years" is more carefully orchestrated before the staggering rampage of "On Board" brings things back to a more guttural mood, while "Drop N Run" heads off on a completely bizarre tangent that fuses the chainsaw synths with prominent string arrangements.
03 May 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Scottish producer DFRNT delivers three deep and soulful tracks of atmospheric dubstep on his latest EP, Saturation Point. The title track uses widescreen synths as cushioned subs lay in front of distant percussion. "Lament" sees moody piano keys and rhythmic twists create a sense of drama that is then shared by EP finale, "Parka Dub", in which the Scot merges dub techno with lashings of trip-hop.
02 Jul 12
Played by: Hybu, Dusk + Blackdown, Lwp Records, Da Autopsy [uttu], Lud Dub, Tom Central, DJ Cable, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jack Stat, Sounds Of Sumo, El Carnicero, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Lucent, Allmostt
Review: Champion by name, Champion by nature... Fusing UK funky with grime, bass and just a touch of two-step, the rather cheekily titled "Crystal Meth" is an MC's dream, waiting for some serious flowage to lick over the darkness. As good fortune would have it, it's also nowhere near as deadly as its druggy namesake (although it is pretty addictive). Meanwhile on the flip "Speed" is a strange affair with beats the rolls and tickles with snake-like percussion before dropping into a screw face one-finger bassline. With little to no kick drum this is a serious DJ tool to be used and abused at your leisure. Champion sound!
27 May 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Shadow Dancer, Vorres - Juno, Submerse, Sounds Of Sumo, Gullfisk, Barefoot
Review: Apollo seem to be unstoppable in their surge of fresh releases representing the UK post-everything circuit, and next up is Submerse with some deadly conglomerating funk. "8Bit Romance" sees heavyweight LA swagger (via a hip-hop rhythm) get augmented with nasty lo-res squiggles of synths for a serious bumper of a track. "They Always Come Back" explores the territory first unveiled by early Instra:Mental and DBridge, where emotion and restraint bring out the sensitive side of drum & bass. "Give It Up" follows down a similar slow/fast jam path, leaving it to "Cluster" to swerve back into the cluttered beats of the first track.
28 May 12
Played by: Winter
Review: The return of a genuine heavyweight. True Tiger, established over eight years ago, have been responsible for releasing exceedingly early cuts from current day luminaries Wretch 32, Riz MC and Stenchman. Catching up after a lull in their release schedule, Around The World Volume 4 is a four-track attack of serious peaktime nature. The TT collective cause a devastating intro with "Eyeball VIP". Aimed directly at the jugular, it's not to be treated lightly. Neither, for that matter, is Blue Bear's "Count To 10". A searing, twisting bass since rises and flexes with utter menace, it's essentially the soundtrack to your worst nightmare - and your best dancefloor. Sukh Knight follows with a slightly deeper "Prisoner". Robust and rebooted with rusted robot charm, it's the epitome of a 'heads down' moment. Scandalous United complete the set with a track that comprises Spanish guitars, eerie eastern chants AND a killer bassline, it sums up True Tiger's title fight status perfectly.
01 Jan 13
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Review: Milan based Italian producer Aron Araghi, aka Aquadrop, really captured our imagination with his stunning Aurora Borealis LP last year. Now his most recent single "Drops" has been picked up by Mistajam on his Radio 1Xtra show, and no wonder; Aquadrop embodies the sound of now but gives it a fresh, exotic twist. Expect chopped up, reverberating vocals, gorgeous 80s synths, warbling SFX and a layered soundscape. Perfectly articulated globular beats sit against woodblock tones, popping and perforating the otherwise hazy atmosphere. Essential.
19 Nov 10
06 May 13
Review: Well respected amongst the biggest MCs in grime, J Beatz productions are crisp, aggy and screaming for vocals. From the moment the swaggering breakbeats of "Sargent" rifle their way militantly into the mix, you know this six tracker is going to cause trouble. The urgent, insistency of "Red Cups" follows and it's a non-stop ticket to drama town. Elsewhere we join the Spiral Tribe for some Orb-like dubbery on "Based Riddim" and head to the moon in search for soul solace on "Sour Diesele". Quality control has never been higher.
21 Jan 13
18 Feb 13
Review: Bournemouth badmen Audio Sleaze follow up last year's "Lifeforms" with a full EP and it's riddled with high-spec production wallop. "Cydrone" playfully teases with a real pearler of a bassline that never quite rips out but makes for a better groove because of it. "Rinse It" follows, and with much more of a Hench-like attitude. "The Unknown" keeps the grit-coloured shades on and rides low underneath all manner of trippy loops and processed twists and turns. "The Guardian" serves up a whole new, much warmer twist on the croaky bassline while "Age Of Sound" finishes on a deeper, more rhythm-heavy note. Audio splendour...
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13 Jun 12
Review: The Nomad imprint presents an intriguing various artist compilation entitled The Red Sines which features a range of up-and-coming talent. Opening the album is a quirky cut from Ezra called "Coming From Far" which pairs a vocal with a melancholy instrumental drone. Other noteworthy moments across the selection include the sparse, bass-driven devilry of De Niro in "Black Market"; the dubbed out "Ignorance" by D-Operation Drop and the deeply atmospheric "Transition" by Sublmnl with its tribal pattering bongo drums. Tuzzy makes an interesting outro with the taut, synth-driven "Bluemoon" which rounds off the album beautifully.
26 Jun 12
Played by: Epitome
Review: De Niro offers up another serving of delicious dubstep flavours on No Mad, which are dominated by gratuitously grizzled synths, eerie melodies, wobbly basslines and a pervasive sense of unease. First up in this two-track release is the title track "The Aggressors" which is all Caspa-style grating mid range and ominous House of Horrors style SFX before it develops into the main bass-driven part with booming subs and quirky synth flourishes. "Metro2" blends clapping, smacking snares with sweeping atmospherics in the intro and then some gritty moments as the track progresses. Expect the unexpected here!