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04 Jun 12
Played by: Buster, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Sparxy, The Golden Toyz, J Courage, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: Although credited to both Biome and label co-owners Kryptic Minds, this excellent two-tracker is really a showcase for the former's growing production skills. "The Raven", for example, is a solo Biome production. Built around an impressive combination of low-slung dubstep rhythms and spooky, twinkling soundtrack melodies, it sounds like it should be featured in a gritty British thriller, possibly at the moment the film's hero realizes one of his family has just been killed by a gang of Serbian nutters. "Hybrid", meanwhile, sees Biome deliver a particularly creepy reworking of a Kryptic Minds original. More obviously dubbed-out than its predecessor, it's nevertheless intensely likeable.
04 Apr 11
Review: Unsurprisingly murky excursions into terror inducing half step freak outs from DJ Madd for the Osiris Music imprint run by Kryptic Minds. "Pitch Black" - newly announced as featuring on the next Rinse FM mix from Youngsta - sees the Bristol dwelling Hungarian explore the deeper corners of the dubstep machine, with evil swirls of sub shooting out over a skeletal beat with regular drops into the sonic ether having the requisite atmospheric effect. The sense of apocalyptic dread continues on the B Side creep of "New Reality", with thick sub bass splurges and heavy cinematic touches the backdrop to a springboard percussive roll and stretched out laser drones.
14 Apr 08
Drum And Bass
23 Apr 12
Review: Kaiju is Japanese for strange beast. We can't confirm whether Kaiju is strange or not. And is it really our place to say? Who's to say what's strange and what's normal in these hectic, stressful times? What we can be sure of is the solidity and intrigue of this hissing, slithering double slice of moody, snake-like dubstep. Lead track "Close Break" is a sludgy slo-mo wonderland decorated with soft croons that call a certain Horace Andy to mind. Atmosphere-setting stuff, think more traditional dub than dubstep. Meanwhile track two "Belcanto" is a more contemporary pace-setter. Palpitating bass licks the kick drum up and down as eerie cries and moans whisper above the darkness. Strange vibes indeed.
10 Sep 12
Review: Kaiju steps up to Kryptic Minds' imprint for his second release, and it's an equally dark and demonic affair as his first. Lead cut "Silverfish" rolls on some fantastically warped kicks that double-up mid-bar creating a funky momentum and unique groove. With simple splashes of old school synths on occasional fills, the track retains its mystery and never stoops into a formulaic territory. "Lone Wolf" is a moodier affair. A long pad-soaked intro leads into a minimal pattern of bass, kick and alien sub low slurs. Use this as a warm up, then hit the peak time with the lead track. Tasty.
06 May 13
Review: One important thing to note here Flowdan is on mic duties. With such a distinctive tone and menacing lyrical style, his flow suits Kaiju's liquid, slime-like sonics so well, they were made for each other; it's joined by the more spacious, eerie soundscapes of "Snagglepuss". Cute title, dark groove. Kaiju are on fine form right now.
04 Mar 13
Review: Distortion, tension and deep dubby bass fill the cavernous depths of "Press On". Fuzzy and filthy, Matt Watt aka Killawatt pushes his dark technical beats to new levels with unnerving precision. Sparse techno influences and deep, minimal beats build to create a seriously dark piece of work. "Tantra" cuts deep once again, echoing and reverberating with serious dub pressure and intricate sample choices. Snaking and writhing around heavily distorted claps with instant head-nodding appeal, this Tibetan-influenced banger adds weight to his already sterling repertoire, owing much to his serious abilities as a DJ. Stark but laden with texture, barren but heavy with suggestion, this is dark stuff.
09 Jul 12
Review: Uber-talented Essex based outfit Kryptic Minds deliver another couple of killer cuts to add to the collection on their very own Osiris Music; this time though, the D+B-turned-dubstep duo, turn their hand to techno. Kicking off with "Breach", which clocks in at around 128bpm, this is pure hypnotic, rolling vibes for the duration with a squelchy, pulsing b-line and narcotic drone. Accompanying this is the intriguingly entitled "Idiom" with its chiming gong-like start which paves the way for a mercilessy good track, full of fleeting flourishes of FX and searing sub bass. Expect the unexpected with this one, and you might be prepared.
25 Mar 13
Review: Ever committed to bleak and moody extrapolations on bass music since the early days of dubstep, Kryptic Minds are back with more icy science to inspire over-the-shoulder glances and fidgety dancing. "Nebula" heads into Autonomic realms with dissected D&B snarls and snagging beat arrangements, while "To Feel" opens up marvellously with a spacious and menacing half-step funk. "Badman VIP" moves back into a more familiar rhythmical roll as the fluid mid-range growls come on cool and deadly over a measured dispersal of 140 principles. "Namaste" continues that them but ups the ante in the effects department, contorting the synths and creating a more twisted kind of soundscape to dark out to.
19 Nov 12
Review: As hinted by their previous outings on Osiris, Krypitc Minds have definitely been bitten by a techno bug recently. Good for them; beat patterns don't come much more refreshing than the one on show on "The Divide". Steppy, insistent and utterly unforgiving, their newfound loop mentality works a treat when presented in a dubstep ideology. "Rule Of Language", meanwhile, is quintessential Kryptic Minds; a deep, sonorous halfstep beat arrangement and abyss-like spacious groove are the flavours of the day... Purist dubstep aimed directly at the darkest of nights, it's the perfect foil to the experimental vibes of the title track.
22 Apr 13
Review: Always open to teaming up with like-minded souls for their releases on Osiris, the ever-prolific Kryptic Minds are on the prowl once more, this time with the equally active Killawatt in tow. Kicking off with the brooding and short-lived "Swung Operations", it's business as usual in the Osiris camp with plenty of industrial clangs and booms meeting with punchy digital percussion. The bleak tones continue apace into "Reaching Through", even as some discernable melody comes pulsing through from a dub techno chord, but the beat does more than enough on its own, working a rapid kick and sizzling hat to deadly effect without ever going overboard. "Cunning Juncture" finds equal worth in the minimal approach, bringing a measured amount of techno influence into the dubstep framework with sterling results.
04 Jul 11
Review: Hot on the heels of their well received Can't Sleep long player on Blackbox, Kryptic Minds return with the vocal talents Alys Be in tow. The razor sharp bass and dread inducing synths of "Time Flies" mark it as one for the moody dancefloors, with the bittersweet vocals serving as a fascinating sonic contrast to the speaker rattling low frequencies. The release is rounded off with a heads down, hoods up instrumental version!
24 Sep 12
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: It's great to see a veteran producer like Paul Mac make a return and this harder-edged release comes hot on the heels of his recent Hotel Insomnia record. The title track is a pounding techno affair, its dark, brooding bass rising through the arrangement, accompanied by crashing snares and screeching shards of metallic percussion. It's as intense as Mac gets, but there is some respite in the shape of sensuous pads as the track progresses. "Rolled Out And Back" isn't as intense, but the beats have a real resonance and the chords are soulful - but without the danger of Mac and his partner Kryptic Minds lapsing into mushy mood music.
10 May 10
Review: This is the dark side of dubstep at its unsettling, nerve wracking, best. Kryptic Minds and Youngsta load some serious weight into their bass for their "Cold Blooded" release on Kryptic?s Osiris imprint. "Cold Blooded" and "Surge" both utilise slow paced, eerie and menacing atmospheres but drive them forward with frighteningly heavy bass. The deft production skills of both playas make this an underground masterpiece.
07 Nov 11
Review: Stepping up on Kryptic Minds' own imprint, Osiris Music, Matt U brings us a suitably deep, dark offering. "Empty Inside" is full of brooding melancholia and withheld angst; hollow, clip clop beats and a rumbling vocal echo bleakly in a dubbed out soundscape full of trembling subs and deftly placed beats. The accompanying "Unforgiven" continues the journey with a more yearning feel, the squealing SFX and warping atmospherics hover above the b-line eerily. Deep and hypnotic, this is a fantastic offering from Matt U. One for the heads.
23 Jul 07
Drum And Bass
18 Feb 08
Drum And Bass
21 Jan 13
Review: Two Chestplate regulars, Sleeper and District collide once again and the result is just as devastating as their previous co-lab joints such as "Dungeon Style", "Terraformed" and "Angry Birds". In fact throw those three together and you still can't match the might of the techno-spiked bass chugger "The Risk". Meanwhile Sleeper goes solo with the meatier, broodier "Dark Mutations". Half-step heroics a-go-go, it's an icy ride into the depth of pure industrial dubstep. Risky business.
26 Nov 12
Review: Thelem's profile's got a nice bit of heat these days, having first appeared on Osiris earlier on this year alongside the unstoppable Killawatt. Cuts on Loft Party and Orientis followed and he's back on Kryptic Minds' imprint with two deadly sub warnings. "Tarnished" is an edgy tribal work-out complete with lucid drums and paranoid pads. Meanwhile "Elemental Fears" could soundtrack your worse nightmare or your best night on the dancefloor; carnal and urging, it's drama through-and-through. Thelem's profile is far from tarnished right now...
06 Aug 12
Review: Unsurprisingly it's another top class release from Kryptic Minds' label Osiris Music as they bring Thelem & Killawatt to the table for their next release. The curiously entitled "Dualism" is steeped in mystique with juddering, pattering rhythms, eerie quirks, bleeps and rattles and plenty of murky bass rumbling below. Accompanying this is "Saturn Colour" - another deep, subterranean venture with a sparse intro with bongo-like beats juxtaposed with sci-fi sounding SFX, even more ominous than the first track. If deep, experimental bass music is your thing then you'll love this release!