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19 Nov 12
Review: Innamind have a great habit of picking up on tracks from super new exciting artists and bringing them to deep, dark massive. Catacombs is one of them. Although he's been bubbling since "Exhale" in 2010, this is arguably his biggest cut to date. "Exodus" purrs with metallic sub melody. Not too dark, but nowhere near the bright white light we're told to step towards when the time comes. "Organism" is a murkier, more spaced affair. With its synth splashes on the fills, it's a cavernous workout that sounds better the louder you play it. Finally we have a digital exclusive... "East" is a more upbeat, steppy number that playfully twos and froes with menace.
04 Feb 13
Review: With the intensely tribal dubstep of "Cave Dance" still ringing in our ears from his last Innamind release, Turkish producer Gantz returns to the label with the equally polyrhythmic delights of the Enso EP. The title track delivers organic percussion, and intense cowbells soaked in cavernous reverb in conjunction with abstract sounds and rippling bass guaranteed to tear up the dance. "Siyam" is equally as deadly, sinking its subs a little deeper but keeping its beats just as punchy. Exceptional stuff.
05 May 12
Review: A cave dance eh? Sounds fun, actually quite annoying; stalactites poke your eyes out, stalagmites are trip you up and that dirty cave man graffiti with all those naked ladies? No form of vandalism is acceptable here at Juno HQ. Then this polyrhythmalicious banger comes along, and suddenly there's a party in a rock cavity... And everyone is invited! You'll be glad you came too; the drum patterns on this are so complex and pensive, they'll leave you whirling in a shamanistic state for hours. "Left Right Hindsight" is a much deeper affair but still highly sprung with distinctive percussion and surprising rhythms. "Warrior" (a collabo with Congi) is a punchy, moody finale with equal measure of utter darkness and spine-tingling light, thanks to some rather Burial-esque vocal snippets.
25 Mar 13
Review: If "Vie" means to 'vie' for our attention, Innamind newcomer Geode has definitely succeeded. A tight weave of Todd Edwards style chops presented in a darker, starker post-dubstep style, "Vie" allows for equal measure of zone-out and butt wiggles. "Tesla" takes this garage influence even further thanks to an incredible walking bassline and strange 8-bit cascades on the fills. "Aliased Fever" takes us on more of a tribal dubstep trip while "Buck One" sees Geode team up with Promise One for a much deeper, warbling bass number that teases and pleases with skippy breakbeats.
18 Jun 12
Review: Plenty of darkside manoeuvrings abound on Nanaobyte's Kalyke EP; the title track opens proceedings with an ethereal, eastern-sounding vocal, with the droning sub-bass and stripped back drum programming leading to an overall atmosphere of pregnant doom. "Tek 1" employs similarly sparse textures, but this time the bass has a bit more rip and menace, while "Rogue" will please the true dubstep heads out there. The almost heartbreakingly delicate "Lost Time" rounds off a stunning EP.
08 Oct 12
Review: Last spotted on Macabre Unit, young Milton Keynes-based producer Occult gets a full four tracker on Innamind and it's well worth investigating... We launch with the title track, a well-crafted halfstepper that oozes space and finds time for a classic digidub refrain and occasional echoes of amen. Further on we hit "Assassins". As deadly as its title suggests, there's more space to be found amongst the naked elements as we weave through the half steps and spooked out FX, dodging the bullets as we ride. "Sidious" is more of a complex affair with richer elements and melodic polyrhythms to complement the layered steps and buzzing bass. Finally we hit "Unseen"; a collabo with with Pheral, it's a smooth-talking deep number that peeps into the canyons of dub darkness without ever spiralling to danger. A bubbling cauldron indeed...
02 Apr 12
Review: WARNING: this is not an EP about parking trouble. We don't even know if London producer Percept drives! What we do know is that he's a dubstepper on the rise and he really understands the complexities of depth. Each of these two cuts has potential to whisk your dancefloor to a whole new universe with their alien sounds and pensive pads. The title track is a real mood-setter where a heaving halfstep mooches with menace and timely bass groans slur at the end of every bar. "Lost" is deeper again, and full of surprise as kickdrum patterns tear black holes into a clinically spatial groove. A Gantz remix finishes off the package with spasmodic rhythms aplenty. Stop driving and dive in!
13 Aug 12
Review: New Zealand's self-proclaimed 'purveyors of intensely dark and uncompromising eyes-down beats' continue to exemplify the wide-ranging and unexpected influence of dubstep across the globe. "Cross Examination" sees the duo team up with Beezy for a menacing and sparse tale of the 'year of the anti Christ' in which they are 'possessed by harshness and receive texts from Martians'. Up next, "Obsidian" is an instrumental, again dark and haunting, but whose beats are more influenced by jungle than dubstep.
13 Feb 12
Review: Using space and sound to the full capacity, Pheral succeeds in creating an on-point and brilliant release on InnaMind Recordings in his Hatchway EP. The title track immerses in his underwater world of gently tripping beats, hissing hi-hats and sweeping drifts of sound. Gentle warps ripple over the surface as the rhythms change, subs providing a change in pressure before eerie, bleepy melodies come in. "Sanctuary" immediately plunges us in an altogether different world, one of danger, it's full of ominous rattles, punishing bassline, metallic clicks and whirs. An excellent addition to the music collection.
12 Apr 13
Review: Quantum Soul, aka producer Guy Chambers, describes his productions as "mystical soundscapes". There's certainly something a bit mystical about "Strong Root", which features the distinctive vocals of veteran trip-hop chanteuse Louise Rhodes of Lamb fame. Her breathy vocals fit perfectly over Chambers' snappy dubstep beats, deep atmopsherics and intricate musical flourishes. Flipside "Rolling Thunder" takes a different tack, going all dubwise and steppy - all delay-laden organ stabs, low-end wobble and titanium-clad beats, still managing to sound deep depite its undeniable ferocity.
12 Dec 11