Italian dubstep brand NoMad are enjoying a rich vein of form right now. The door to the dungeon has been left wide open by the likes of Piezo, D Operation Drop and De Niro, embracing a whole wealth of new light and party pathways. Long-standing NoMad member Epitome continues this wide-eared message with four absolute rhythmic stunners. "Levitation" engages with an icy chant before throwing us into a sea of bass burps and teasing percussive licks while "Tango" shoots with precision synth emotion. Elsewhere "Snakes" slithers with grumpy bass that's countered by startlingly sharp shards of vibrancy while the mean and menacing "Charon" reminds of dubstep's raw ugliness. Powerful stuff.
With the festive season upon us, Dub Police have been filled with charity and goodwill to all men. As a result, they've decided to give away an EP of classic label cuts, recent tunes and future gems completely free of charge. Not bad, eh? The real killer - to these ears, at least - is the cyber-funk meets intergalactic dubstep bump of The Others' "Move Your Body", though Ethic's far-sighted, occasionally dreamy and always robust "Be With You" isn't far behind. Check out, too, the mangled, pitched-up and pitched-down cut-up vocals and dubstep-goes-garage flex of Mydas' "Want It", which rounds the EP off in fine style.
Green Eyed Monster (feat Emma Lou) - (4:34) 140 BPM
Heartful Dodger - (4:36) 144 BPM
Same Road - (3:55) 140 BPM
Letting Go (feat Emma Lou) - (4:00) 140 BPM
Lucky Git - (3:54)
Jupiter - (4:51) 140 BPM
NRG - (3:54) 141 BPM
Afrika (part 2) - (4:09)
Midnight Savannah - (4:11)
Kalm - (4:23) 141 BPM
Squeaky Jungle - (4:14) 140 BPM
After rapidly maturing away from the constraints of the dubiously dubbed "purple" sound, Guido's last album Anidea quickly established him as a multi-faceted producer with a gift for highly-evolved melodic content and no fear of poppy hooks. On this album for Tectonic, the groundwork laid out by his early releases has been built upon with tracks that channel that effervescent soul into tightly wound tracks as focused as they are emotionally charged. There are surprising moments such as the heavy vocoder action of "Heartful Dodger" and the doe-eyed R&B of "Green Eyed Monster", but it all adds to the sense that Guido has matured gracefully and kept his finest musical traits intact.
Mydas' long-awaited follow up to debut EP "What I Do" is finally here. Returning to Dub Police to reveal his latest EP, the genre-hopping producer lays down the first of his two-part offering, starting with some serious, heavy sounds in lead track "Squared". Pulling up a little with Loz Contreras in "Mistakes", things get more euphoric with 2am vocals strobing through big washes of synth stabs. Finally, a massive alternative dancefloor anthem is born, as dark, emotive atmos and deep bass combines with a punishing drop fit for the biggest nights. Mydas is set for greatness, don't miss this.
Oiki has become synonymous with two things: bass and the sinister. His tracks unleash an unearthly kind of vibe, which others in the game seldom possess. Thankfully, he's kept to his word and delivered a special Halloween-inspired track called "Are You Scared". The beats are murky and the atmosphere is smoky, but it's the impressive backdrop of cinematic sounds and metallic dubstep beats which really place Oiki on a whole other level of quality.
This is pretty special - Dub Police have turned in a leviathan of a compilation which spans dubstep's early days, to the golden years and beyond. There's a whopping 45 tracks of mutant bass delight and head-nodding fun to be had here, and is all you could ask for from a dubstep compilation - plenty of thumpers from the likes of the mighty Caspa, the innovative Rusko and Emalkay! Recommended and pretty damn essential in our books...