Bay Area dubstepper Dnaebeats simply kills it on this debut album for American label Seclusiasis. With a distinctive sense of futuristic funk woven into his signature West Coast beats, tunes like previous single "Red Curry Popsicle", the dread-juke of "Camouflage" and the Hyphy crunk of "Electric Cool Aid" all show how Dnaebeats is the best in the West right now.
The Philly imprint Seclusiasis overseen by Starkey and Dev79 seems like a perfect home to unveil the latest sounds of Pittsburgh based producer Kastle. Across six tracks Time Traveller exposes your senses to the full spectrum of Kastle's sound, splaying twilight 2-step sounds on the title track with upwards glancing, fully flexing future boogie - the vocoder heavy "Better Off Alone" and the purple vibes of "Walking Away" which features Metalheadz MC Armaani Reign. Grimes vibes run through the scatter punch riddims of "Bring Me Back", whilst "I Know" sprinkles pitch shifted vocals over a Timbaland meets Roska beat pattern which constantly twists with energetic glee. Impressive stuff from the young producer!
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas... Unless you're a Vegas-based producer with serious skills, like King - then it's only appropriate to spread the word as far and wide as possible. Taking grime sensibilities, mixing them with a dash of US ghetto-bass spirit and delivering them through a Brainfeeder loudhailer, King's carved a very distinctive niche over the years, summarising it neatly on this razor-sharp debut LP. From brutally barbed bashment ("Riots") to mournful, naval-gazing classic electro homages ("Getn Up") via uncompromising trappist naughtiness ("Off The Wall") Koncepts is a very well considered and arranged album that works on floors and feelings alike.
Selected by Starkey accomplice Dev79, this latest compilations of Seclusiasis' Street Bass Anthem features a host of tricked-out ghetto bass sounds including Manikan's murky half-stepper "For All Y'all", Starkey's mix of Food For Animals' "Shhhy" and Cobra Krames & Dev's own "Gun Finger Banger". Another tasty selection of US-slanted bass business.
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