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19 Mar 12
Review: Camo & Krooked, the mighty Austrian duo signed exclusively to Hospital Records, return to the fore with "Between The Lines", an immense 14-track remix album which takes their award-winning debut Cross The Line to a whole new level. Particular highlights from across the selection include Inside Info's superb, tech-y interpretation of "Anubis", SubZero's turbocharged jump up remix of "Run Riot" and Funtcase's unrelenting version of "Hot Pursuit". There are also some exclusive tracks from the boys themselves, just to top things off. Miss this at your peril!
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Played by: DJ Soulja-Man
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26 Nov 07
Played by: Dub
10 May 08
22 Mar 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Juno Download, Gilles Peterson, N-Type, Jameskudos, Underworld, Juan Atkins
Review: Paul Rose AKA Scuba has seen his Hotflush imprint climb to revered recognition over the last year or so. Releasing seminal dubstep artefacts such as Joy Orbison's Hyph Mngo and Mount Kimbie?s Maybes pulled in huge attention for the label, despite owner Rose's debut album from the year before receiving less attention. A Mutual Antipathy is only now receiving the accolades it deserved through serving as a both a building block of the label and a marker for his new album, Triangulation.
Blurring the lines of dubstep, techno, trip-hop and electronic, Scuba provides one of the truest dubstep crossovers to date with his second full length. Now residing in Berlin, where he is a monthly resident for Sub:stance in the mighty and cavernous Berghain club, the influence of the city's deep seeded techno and dub subcultures make themselves much clearer in this follow up. Tracks like "On Deck" and "Tracers" owe much to the refined, dubby techno of Berlin as does the cold mechanical feel of "Heavy Machinery" before the wide sub bass of "You Got Me" opens up the rest of the album, allowing Rose to push the tempo that bit further. Before then, we see much of the sound that still signatures this as a Scuba record. Tracks like the spooky garage of "Latch" and the juttering "Three Sided Shape" cry back to the feel of two step and half tempo drum and bass. There are also moments of relief, such as "So You Think You're Special" and "Before" which both make use of female vocals in dub sounding trip-hop numbers.
Triangulation is a charming album that soaks influence and inspiration from across the board. Wonderfully unique and crafted with expert skill, it is the most comprehensive dub crossover offering so far. Surely now, Scuba will begin to demand the same kind of attention as the other artists on his own label.
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04 Apr 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Chris Coco, Shadow Dancer, Dan Oh, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Reilly Steel, Matthew Kyle, Doorly, Larssen
Review: For anyone with a passion for forward-thinking bass music, Back & 4th should be essential listening. Via a sprinkling of super-hot exclusives and historic label favourites, it brilliantly celebrates the enduring appeal of Scuba's vital Hotflush Recordings imprint. For confirmed fans, it's the first new jams that will titillate most. It boasts some real killers; strobe-lit future garage, dubstep and wonky neck-snappers from Boxcutter, Rosca, Boddika, Falty DL and Scuba himself (the acid house-flavoured "Feel It"). If that's still not enough to tempt you, take a look at the previously released tracks from Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Untold.
10 Sep 12
Played by: Maztek, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Max Cooper, Med School Music, Metrik, Liz-E, Rockwell, Modo Fractal
Review: Possibly one of his strongest releases to date, the inimitable talent that is Rockwell comes up with this astounding half-time D&B offering entitled "Childhood Memories" with accompanying remixes from Neosignal, Metrik and Teeth. The original is a glorious fusion of time-stretched, distorted vocals from Kito and Sam Frank, which echo, whisper and dance around one another as if from another time, glitchy SFX, clapping beats and hazy synths. In the midst of it dreamy, bleepy melodies are juxtaposed with smacking snares to add further madness to the mayhem. Neosignal provide a devastating remix which adds a generous dose of tech-ed up neurofunk to the proceedings, whilst the Metrik remix is straight up stadium-pleasing dancefloor fun with buckets of energy and Teeth provides a stripped back re-interpretation to please the deeper end of the spectrum. An exceptional release here from Rockwell.
20 May 12
Review: Having already hinted at it on his album Under The Ice, this represents Dutch ex-pat Icicle's first full sub-low exploration into dubstep; and each of the four tracks on offer are true, hypnotic treats. All to be filed under the more rhythmical, loopy, techno-inspired dubstep sub category; "BNC" struts with fancy footwork and deep chilling synths, "Acid Step" slithers with a slinky, stripped back formula that'll work well for warm ups and transitions, "Need A Job" takes dubstep by way of Detroit while "Together In Dust" finishes the set with a truly trippy signature.
24 Sep 12
Played by: El Carnicero
Review: Terror Danjah's hotly anticipated Dark Crawler finally arrives in the digital domain! This album is every bit as good as we'd hoped, with the title track taking the producer's grimey strings to a new level. With a 70-strong orchestral swagger behind it, the panicked stabs take on a blockbuster scale which only serves to hype up Riko's rootsy flow to a nail-biting, cliffhanging, car-chasing showdown of a track. The production pyrotechnics are all in full effect throughout the album, a killer 14-track set that features collabs with Champion, Trim and more. One of the year's best.
27 Jun 11
Played by: Tom Central
Review: Sporting the quintessential neon-lit flair that typifies much of Hyperdub's output, D.O.K bowls onto the radar after something of a potted discography to date. As the EP title might suggest, there's plenty of G-funk styling at work on the synths, daubed across the top of some rigid drum machine breaks. The VIP of "West Coast" wins out over the original's half-step lurch, with a manic approach to the rhythmic content. That said, "East Coast" will do more favours on the dancefloor with its rugged drum machine backbone capturing the ghetto-tech resurgence in fine style, albeit maintaining the lurid melodic content.
05 Oct 09
08 Dec 08
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika)
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09 Apr 13
Played by: Teielte
01 Apr 13
Review: Dub Police mainstay Subscape prepares us for his debut album with this delightful trio of flavours that develops on the same wide-eared progression he hinted at with his "Elements" release last year. "Beautiful People" is as close as dubstep will get to a ballad; with a sexy slurring beat and washes of synth emotion, it's an end-of-night hug-out for all corners of the dance. "Can't Go On" takes the emotion to a higher level thanks to a series of kicking rave breakbeats and stirring trance-like synth work and delicate pianos. Missing the nasty evil vibes Subscape is more commonly known for? Then head directly to the screaming, siren-heavy banger "No Time To Chill".
08 Apr 13
Review: Dub Police are on fire as of late, and this latest unmixed collection of tracks from the one like Subscape really speaks for itself - over 35 tunes long, he paints a fine picture of the latest in bass news; his initial "I Need You", coupled with other tracks like "Just Coz", "Graveyard Shift" or "Beautiful People" are perfect examples of his own skills as a true modern bass scientist. There's plenty to be heard here but if we have to pick some highlights, then we'd go with Pixel Fist's "Let Yourself Go", a raucous wobble-stepping jungle mutant, "Beneath The Fold" by Mydas, another bass-emitting belter, or even "The Promise" by Breakage, a surprisingly balearic 4/4 spin-off. In all honesty though, Subscape gets it right from start to finish.
05 Sep 11
Played by: Bookz (First City), Juno Recommends Dubstep, Subscape (Dub Police), DJ Rap, Delta Heavy, Mydas
Review: If the eye-popping, cranium-crushing end of dubstep is your bag, it's likely you own at least one release by the Dub Police imprint. Here they're in prime form, giving space to Subscape to showcase their electro-heavy take on the dubstep wobbler. For the most part, the Universal EP is surprisingly charming, fusing sweet, bleep-heavy electronica melodies with the sort of heavyweight bottom end usually found on far more aggressive records. It's a curious mix, but one that pays dividends - particularly on the title track and chiming "Cadillac Jack". There are bona fide dark moments, too - not least the warped opening and closing tracks - but they're buried underneath a mask of quiet beauty.
19 Sep 11
07 Nov 11
Review: Making his debut on Tempa, multi talented MC, producer and one third of the Code 3 collective, SP:MC steps up with a couple of killer cuts on the legendary London imprint. "Oh My Gosh" is a slow paced, super sleuth of a track with low slung, undulating bassline, gently hissing hi-hats and clipped breaks with a retro edge. It harks back to the early days of dubstep, with a hint of Benga in there. Title track "Hunted" is another gnarly cut, with gritty, warping b-line, paranoid SFX adding further menace to the already darkened soundscape. Well worth checking!
13 Nov 11
Review: Since their rebirth a few years ago, R&S have been at the forefront of a new wave of exciting dance music, being instrumental in pushing names like James Blake, Blawan and Space Dimension Controller into the collective consciousness. This compilation sees them revive their long running In Order To Dance series, with a monster 22 track compilation; 12 tracks of selected highlights from the last 18 months of R&S releases, with modern classics such as James Blake's "CMYK", Untold's "Stereo Freeze" and Space Dimension Controller's "Transatlantic Landing Bay" all receiving pride of place. But it's the 10 unreleased tracks that will excite most, with contributions from the whole roster. There are numerous highlights; the piano riff of Lone's "Cobra" is as deadly as that on any of his previous productions, The Chain's "Suffer For Your Art" evokes the Detroit masters of the original days of R&S and Pariah's "Left Unsaid" sees the young producer move away from the UK garage inspired Safehouses EP to explore dense, claustrophobic textures. In a word: essential.
06 Jun 11
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
Review: Sacred Frequency sees New York based producer extraordinaire Machinedrum whet appetites ahead of his forthcoming album for Planet Mu with four tracks of dizzying rhythms and kaleidoscopic sonics. Intriguingly it is the title track alone which will feature on Room(s) - and "Sacred Frequency" is a real delight, filled with fluttering psychedelic touches and dizzying beat programming. Alongside this, "Flycatcha" splays a multitude of scratched melodic touches over a scattergun juke beat, whilst "Fantastix" is a similarly breakneck paced approach to schizophrenic UK rave replete with requisite chipmunk vox. The retooled descent through Motor City Soul that runs through "Listen 2 Me" provides a suitably captivating end to a brilliant set of tracks.
08 Jun 11
Review: Here, digital DJs get a rare chance to own a slew of previously vinyl-only plates from Mala's Medi Musik imprint. Deep Medi Releases 3 continues the format of its two predecessors, including cuts from 12" singles released in 2008 and 2009. For fans of good quality dubstep, it's well worth a look. While there's the odd intense dancefloor wobbler (Goth-Trad's busy "Saturn", Skream's "The Shinein"), there's also plenty of depth, melody and beauty amongst the trademark low-end pulse. Look out in particular for a pair of luscious, emotion-rich cuts from Quest, a pleasing bleep-fest from Truth, and Clouds' brilliantly far-sighted "Protecting Hands" - here available in two stunning mixes.
12 Mar 10
11 Jul 11
Review: A much-rinsed release on the dubstep circuit, Emalkay's latest offering on Caspa's Dub Police label sees the maestro team up with vocalist Lena Cullen for a superb uplifting, bass-heavy beauty. Taken from his recently released album "Eclipse", the original is a perfectly balanced mix of snapping snares, tense atmospherics, sonorous vocals and enormous bass weight. Trolley Snatcha transforms it into a rambunctious dancefloor nugget, whilst Mr Mageeka adds a funky, late night groove for the hipsters and Subtitles boss Teebee ups the tempo for his pumping, darkside D&B version. "Transpose" wraps things up with a Doctor P style attack of screeching synths. Huge.
29 Aug 11
Review: One of dubstep's meanest minimalists, Cyrus returns to Deep Medi after his excellent Manhatten Blues EP earlier this year with more of that oddly funky drum programming. "The Calling" employs the odd eerie tone here and there, but really it's the gentle building up and dropping down of the beat that takes precedence. "Visions" is more rolling in its snare deployment, but uses even less to furnish the beat. It's certainly tracky stuff, ideal for the DJs who want to work their mixes good and proper.
14 Feb 11
Review: Manhatten Blues sees Cyrus return to Mala's Deep Medi Musik imprint in fine style building a serene and thoughtful piece of music from quivering chords, a deep, dark bassline, swaggering beats and that wonderful sense of woozy, meditative slowness that defines the more "intelligent" side of dubstep these days. Tribal, pattering drums pepper the piece with a hint of the exotic before you are caught up once again in the insistent pull of the bass and beats alone. Flipping over for "Decisions", Cyrus shakes things up with a more rambunctious offering. Still maintaining a classy, understated style, the beats bounce jauntily with a dollop of grizzled synth work adding some grit to the glamour. Superb.
21 Mar 11
Review: Coki makes a welcomed return to the airwaves after a three-year hiatus. Yes, it's been a whole three years since THAT seminal collab with Benga ("Night") in 2008 and a further two years more since his last solo venture - "Tortured / Shattered" - in 2006. Coki flips things on the proverbial lid here with a couple of quirky cuts; first up "Boomba" pairs shaking sub bass wobbles with lacerating lasso whips, a curious harpsichord melody, abstract rhythms and glorious Joker style synth work. This is complimented by "Carbon Aliens" - a lurching halfstep monster with gurgling SFX and smashing drum kicks that will bring the fear of god into you.
22 Nov 10
Played by: Jack Stat
Review: New Zealand trio Truth come up with a superlative contribution to one of the premiere dubstep labels, Deep Medi Musik. In the same vein as DMZ, Kryptic Minds et al, "Amnesia" is a half-stepping nightmare vision full of psychological twists, vintage film samples, ominous atmospherics and crackling SFX. Perfectly poised, it maintains the intrigue right until the end, unerring in approach. "International" on the other hand, kicks off with a more jovial tone, featuring rattling breaks, xylophone beats and curious jungle flavours, the rallying reggae sample calling out above the beats. A fantastic release and an essential for die hard dubstep fans.
14 Aug 10
31 May 10
Played by: Ben Gomori, Souled (Fresh Minute Music), Makoto, Chris Coco, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mary Ann Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Resident Advisor, Groove Magazine, N-Type, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Skint Records, Mixcloud, Concrete Jungle, Liz-E, Soaka
Review: Only 21years old, yet already bearing his own singular sound and style, James Blake is clearly destined for greatness if this EP is anything to go by. A singer and producer, he's already delighted fans under his Harmonimix alias with his cover of Destiny Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and now takes his futuristic vision of R&B further, sampling old Kelis and Aaliyah tunes on the title track, mangling them beautifully. Reverbed and pitch-shifted, the vocals sit over a melancholy and glitchy beat. "Footnotes" uses vocoders with style and builds over time while "I'll Stay" brings out the samples again and chops them in an amazingly robotic fashion. This is very special stuff and despite a penchant for all things 90s R&B it still sounds vitally fresh.