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Review: D Style's dubstep offshoot label, H.E.N.C.H, run by the ineffable Bristol MC turned DJ / producer Jakes, has always been the purveyor of hard, aggressive yet danceable Caspa-esque dubstep, and this release from Russian tripartite Giant is everything you would expect. Expect bludgeoning bass smacks and snarling snares in bolshy statement piece "Iron Man" and a cacophony of synth squeals, smacking drums and a dutty, grating b-line, with a tad of 90s rave culture in "Party Starter". Fun and furious!
11 Mar 13
Review: There are three ways you can get your own Tiger Knee at home: You can get a tiger's face tattooed on your knee (not recommended - knee tatts are very, very painful), you can dust off your old Megadrive and play Street Fighter until you're doing the Tiger Knee in your sleep (not recommended - you'll get RSI from doing b2b combos) - OR you can buy this release. Highly recommend - it screams and spits with the savage, uncompromising bass we know and love Hench for. Elsewhere on the release we hit "Oh Gosh". Just a smidgeon less confrontational than "Tiger Knee", there's some lovely warped processing and pompous synth-horn action going on in the elements. Knees up!
29 Oct 12
Review: Wow. Just wow. Just when you thought dubstep couldn't get murkier, shoutier and gnarlier, two of the scene's largest characters collide for one of the tune's most uncompromising tunes this year. Just listen to that vocal chant and tell us it hasn't inspired you to jump 20 feet tall and growl like an ambush of tigers. "Cadi" is just as moody but with added depth and mysticism as a belly-chanted call to prayer echoes with prominence and dominance. "Nebulizer" completes the package, and does so with alien mischief thanks to its barbed mechanical groove and interplanetary whooshes and washes. Somebody say 'mental business!'
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30 Mar 12
Review: With its theme framed by spoken word samples in the intro, "Underground" is Bristol born Komonazmuk's love letter to his younger days listening to and playing on pirate radio. The track itself, taken from his forthcoming album, sees him leave behind his moodier rollers for a bright, funk infused house number that could only come from Bristol, with a killer vocal hook that nonetheless maintains all the bass weight of his earlier material. On the flipside a renewed Paul Woolford takes some time off from his Special Request project to rework the track into a dark, bass-heavy hybrid form with hints of the Autonomic sound in its fast rhythmic cuts and moody synths. Awesome stuff.
11 Feb 13
Review: Sling your satnav, mash up your map, crumple your compass, it's time we all got Lost! His most comprehensive package to date, this shows a whole new side to the man who's gained a reputation for being rather uncouth in the sonic department. Highlights across this sexy six-tracker include the myriad drum arrangements and crafty use of Alexandra O'Neal vocal on "Cramp", the eye-popping switch from dreamy lullaby to outrageous rifle-bass riffery on "Pure" and the Biome style minimalism on "Elephant Tusk". Read that? Good, now get Lost!
23 Jul 12
Review: Longstanding Croydon player Lost get his sonic savage on with this rather rude four pack. Each one is devastating with its own unique filthy charm but all are impeccably produced with weight and space in all the right places. "Groupies" is real tart of the bunch with screaming saw-tooths galore, random 8-bit fills and a token slutty sounding lady. For those who remember last year's "Ironhide", the VIP should put lead in your pencil; the bassline's gone from warped to wild. "Gocaine" is another Lost banger with added 4/4 towards the drop and at the finale. Finally, the best; Lost's collabo with Benton "YipYipYip" is commendably creative with its samples, funk and humour.
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Review: You can always rely on Jakes' Hench imprint when it comes to the gutter-groove dubstep vibes. And latest signing Vodex is certainly no exception. "Galvanize" will indeed live to up its name with its screams and hisses. "Lemon Fuse" is a more weepy bass moan but loaded with the same amount of trippy, dark pensive attitude. "Satan's Dance" takes the outrageous levels to near-absurdity with its scary multi-personality bassline. "Witch Doctor" completes the set with similar levels of dank, paranoid trippiness. Utter filth, the lot of it... You can always rely on Hench, full stop.