Friske steps up with a couple of monstrous remixes on the Melee imprint. Prepare to be impressed if dark, rib-shaking dubstep is up your street. First up is "Downfall" which is all lurching rhythms, shuddering drums and booming sub bass pressure. The track proceeds as it starts out, full of gloomy murmur and menace - an excellent outing here for Friske. Accompanying this is the equally as awesome "Sector 2" which builds from an eerie intro full of hissing, metallic SFX echoing in a bleak soundscape. For the main part it remains another heads down, hoods up job with glowering subs, spaced out atmospherics and plenty of murky attitude.
Now here's an invasion we can all welcome... A meaty quartet of cuts from respected underground London stable Melee. Friske leads from the front and reminds us of his Renegade Hardware past with a twisted mechanical composition that rolls and rolls with industrial strength attitude. Label newcomers Overlook, Mono & Endorse get deep and moody on the jazz and Amen breaks for "The Crawl". Marukomu jumps over from IM:LTD for the minimal stepper "Declination" while Hysee concludes this invasive package with a wobbly half-step dub and bass jam "Hajhouj".
The Melee militia drop their fourth dosage of heavy, stomping and downright filthy D&B in the form of a tight little various artists EP. "Eyesore" by Homemade Weapons is about the most captivating piece of breakbeat rollage we've heard in the last five years - murky low-ends and conniving percussion stabs are the ingredients - and Paragon's "Watchmaker" also manages to evoke feelings of pure bass delight a-la Noisia! "On Air" by Fade is more crunchy and twisted but nonetheless punchy thanks to a storm of subbass at its core, whilst Hypnotik's "Lylic" is a stop-start, aqueous frenzy of rapid breaks and Blade Runner-style soundscapes. Definite TIP!
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