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07 Nov 11
Review: Funk Ethics and Lucid Directions team up for a high profile release on Boka, with a cool remix from Von D to back it up. The original weaves various soft, wispy chopped up vocals with gentle, clicking beats and simmering b-line for the duration. Sweeping atmospherics provide respite from the main tune and a midway breakdown switches up the pattern with a more lucid moment. The aforementioned Von D remix is a punchier, dubstep sashaying alternative, with thudding b-line and gritty subs, offering more for the bass heads than the original.
31 Oct 11
Played by: Mr Bird
Review: Funk Ethics and Lucid Directions team up for their Give EP, which is split between two original mixes and two new remixes from Von D and Mr Bird. The original "Give" builds layers gradually upon one another. Clicking beats set the framework for the track, with chopped up vocals and swirling SFX creating a disorientating atmosphere, whilst "Together" is all lush, slo-mo rhythms, shuffling breaks and gentle, tinkling chimes. Von D's remix of "Give" is a more severe dubstep rendition with stern snares and terse kicks, and Mr Bird's is a psychedelic twist up with accentuated synths and futuristic atmospherics.
14 Mar 11
Review: Vista goes under his Jayglo guise for a turbo charged EP on the Boka label featuring whomping basslines, grizzled synth action and Flux Pavilion style crushes in title track "Wiseau Funk". Moving on from the power dubstep, it's all about the multicoloured Joker-crossed-with-Girl Unit melodies and bleepy 80s vibes in aptly named track "Glo Worm" featuring Will Blaze, before finishing up with digital exclusive "Where" which is also clicking 2 step sounds, Joy O style synths which fade in and out to great effect. Overall, a fantastic EP with a little something for everyone.
22 Feb 10
Review: Out on the Boka label, JSL puts the dub back into dubstep with this fearless and strangely inspired EP. Full of reggae inflections and atmospheric dub effects, there's a nice rootsy quality to JLS's production. But wobble-fans needn't fear - there's still tons of speaker-rattling bass here too.
The lead song from the EP comes in nicely with heavy, full-fat drums and some slowly rising arpeggiated synths to guide it along. It also drops in samples from the film 48 Hours (Nick Nolte's character is called Jack Cates, hence the EP's name!), which adds some flavour before it drops again into it's take-no-prisoners rhythm.
Skin Out seems almost like a Part 2 to A-side Jack Cates, with the drums keeping the same rhythm locked down and the synths staying in the same key, they're almost begging to be mixed into each other.
Badman Riddim however comes with a different, more militant swing, adding some harsh hats and Ragga vocal samples to the mix to create the darkest sounds on the
BOKA 038 PT1
06 Feb 12
Review: A brand new entry from Killawatt & Ipman here as they kick off Boka Artillery Vol 1 with two amazing Deep Medhi meets Tempa sounding cuts which will have old skool dubstep heads quaking in their boots. It's half-stepping vibes a-plenty here, as "Xilbaba" gets things started with a gigantic swagger. A dark, oleaginous bassline sits below snapping snares and festers in a deep, weighty soundscape and SFX echo in the vast expanse of space. Next, Ipman goes solo in the equally as superb "Mob Mentality" - a track full of ominous strings, booming sub bass, menacing synths and laboured, hollow clapping beats.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: There are few prerequisites when it comes to deep dungeon-bound dubstep - a freeform flavour of darkness, and anything goes. But to make it really work, you need weight... And lots of it. Take Matta's latest couplet and use as an exemplary reference. "Stalker" oozes bulbous bass that's so slick and slippery it saturates the liquid halfstep and completely overshadows the eerie pads buried deep in the background. And if that's not quite obese enough, "Verse 32" doubles the tonnage for an even darker demonstration of depth and mass. Heavy.
08 Oct 12
Review: French producer Niveau Zero teams up with Tambour Battant for a mega release on Boka Records. Think big, bombastic beats here with a dubstep swagger and aggressive lyrical flow, mixing up the flavours, this one will go down a treat at a party. "Big What" is full of shuddering bass, pounding snares and distorted vocals. This is all amplified by the high-pitched screeching synths and wob wob dubstep vibe. The Matta remix strips things back a little and makes for a slightly easier listen - less of the highs and lows and more of the moody throbbing sounds. A well thought together single.
01 Aug 11
Review: The rising East London based producer Squarewave (fans of dubstep facts will know him as the brother of Sukh Knight ) steps up with some serious fire on the newly minted Boka imprint. We are introduced to the Squarewave sound by "Snitch", which is a low-end wobbly roller, with growling bass line and rib-shattering sub bass pressure that should get the dancefloors quaking. "Dirty Game" picks up exactly where "Snitch" left off with whooping SFX, grouchy squelches of bass and a threatening vocal in the background adding a gentle sense of menace to the proceedings.
29 Oct 12
Review: The initials VIP have lost their mysticism these days... Sometimes all it takes is a key change or melody variation on two fills and it's a VIP. But not this one. Sukh Knight has given this such a bright new sparkly coat of armour it actually makes his brother's original sound a little dull and colourless (ouch!). Don't worry, Squarewave isn't to be outdone; "Heartbeat Dub" shows off a more reflective, melodic, deeper side. And his own VIP of "Dirty Game" is another example of a refreshing, exciting re-take.
14 Jan 13
Review: Bastions of proper, bona fide dubstep, Boka have sown the scene's ever-changing fields with nothing but the finest of seeds. Sprouting exciting, refreshing crop on every release, their impact is up there with Tempa and Applepips. Here's a fine taster for those who need reminding; a compendium of their darkest moments over the last few years. Ranging from the deepest dungeons of haunted-house-step (Compa's "Sentence") to more sprightly, organ-smashing spring-step (Von-D's "ASAP"), it's a fine testament to Boka's never-ending quest for quality.
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29 Mar 10
Review: This double-header on Boka sees two sweet and ambient dubstep tunes unleashed by Von D and DJ Madd. U is a hazy and affecting tune with plenty of lilting melody combined with some nicely diced half-step drums, while It's Over keeps it soulful with vocal stabs and spacey bass hits. A refreshing shift away from the "in your face" stereotypes of dubstep, these two tunes will hit the parts other tunes can't quite reach.