Mothership (with Grym - original mix) - (5:15) 140 BPM
Crown Of Light (original mix) - (5:15) 140 BPM
Did you know Press's full name is Press Play? Well it is, and this sexy sub-soaked six-pack explains just why. "Meridian" is a liquid riddim roller adorned with a crazy vocal sample that sounds like it was taken from a 1920s US railroad gang. "Overdone", meanwhile, comes with the much more traditional deep-tech flavour we're familiar with. Further on we find Tzr taking the previously released "Sins" to a confession booth and squeezing out every deep, dark admission possible while "Mothership" urges the troops out of the trenches and marches forth to fight the biggest bass battle we've ever experienced. "Crown Of Light" completes the set with a fittingly dramatic message thanks to some epic halfsteps, rising chords and an overwhelming sense of dense atmosphere.
Previously spotted on Annihilate Audio, Subex Dubz jumps aboard the good ship Gamma with a tight trio of deep, subbed out narratives. "Lost" instantly conjures a fog over the floor with its haunting synths that weep back and forth over a bed of loose percussion. "Forgotten Ruins", meanwhile, flips the switch for something much darker and deadlier as a ricochet riddim pings wildly from side to side while a deep-throat bassline gurgles between the gaps in the drums. "Radikal Sound" completes this showcase with a more driving, persistent groove. With warped pads undulating deep in the background, there's a hypnotic effect from the off. Complete with remixes from Sqz Me and Killeralien, no sonic stone is left unturned. Usually it would be rude to tell you to get "Lost" but in this case it certainly isn't.
With a title like Emotional Responses, this couldn't be anything other than an expansive collection of deep dubstep cuts. Helpfully, there's plenty of variety within that, from the flowing pianos and next-level lift music chic of Eggchan's "Jamalla" and the dubwise toasting of opener "Emotional Responses", to the tumbling beats, calming chords and off-kilter vocal cut-ups of Killeralien's "Lovin". The EP's best moments, though, are those which look to go even deeper, with Eggchan, Killeralien and Nastassja's wonderfully intricate and organic "Amygdala" standing out. Killeralien and Dirt Deep Drilla's woozy vocal excursion, "Never Proclaim", is also worth a listen.