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03 Oct 11
Review: A shimmy of pitched up, distorted vocal introduces us to "Gist", the first of two track from 501 on the Subway Holland label before we are plunged head first into a big barrel of wobbly basslines, grating synths and jittering mid-range. Aggression meets melody here, which will have followers of the Skrillex school of sound baying for more. "Borderline" is an unashamed bassline monster with juddering, tractor bass and thunderous drums keeping things in line. Eerie midway breakdown with a goulish voiceover adds further menace to Gist's work.
04 Dec 12
Review: Dutch dubsters Subway have been on a major recruiting drive, building their bass army to a size that will rival a small country by 2014. Here they present four new troops, each of them armed with a devastating battle weapon. "On My Own" is a screaming scud, laced with just a smidgeon of eastern charm. "Zero X", meanwhile, is a militant march busting techno tasers. "Mercy Killing" has the menace of a million drones, hovering just inches above you, creeping on your every move. "Duplicate" completes the set with pure sub low nuclear fusion. Game over.
11 Jul 11
Review: Benny Page turns up on Dutch label Subway with two incendiary cuts. "Original Killa" finally sees the release fans have been craving, a long lost classic hammered by Youngsta and N Type back in the day. It still stands up now, dripping with low end menace and dubby atmospherics! Accompanying track "Take You Back" features a pitched down vocal line intoning "I'll take you back to the deep dark jungle", which holds its line as smacking drum hits and arppegiated rave synths tumble on top. Tip!
09 Apr 12
Review: Do not panic - Radiohead's "Creep" did not get harmed in the making of this deviously dark EP. In fact Brownz and Requake have proof that no Radiohead album was within a 10 mile vicinity of their mysterious Belgian beat lair. Anyway, who needs mournful rock music when you're pressing all of dubstep's best moody buttons? Three cuts are on offer here; the trio's sparse, stuttering original headlines the set with sharp production prowess while Brownz's own "They Don't Sleep" acts as a fine alternative for earlier, mood-setting slots or deeper mixes. Requake ensures the final chapter in this sonic saga is littered with interesting rhythms and intricate bass layers aplenty thanks to his remix of "They Don't Sleep".
13 May 13
Review: The Greek economy may have had a kicking but its dubstep scene is still thriving in a major way. Represented by both Camelorg and UZZI, they've developed quite the reputation on the international circuit over the years and here they collide for a feisty sub-slaying five-pack. The results are deeper than you'd expect with cuts like the title track and "Doghouse" both rolling with a slimy, stank dungeon vibe. Looking for some funk in your halfstep and wobbles? Head for "Doomsday". Looking for some audio napalm? Head for "Sonic Boom".
26 Mar 12
Played by: Rebelbass (Hum Fi Dub)
Review: Palatial space galore as Aussie dubber Droid Sector gets whacked out on Holland's finest. "Catharsis" marches forth under a cloud of suspicious pads and classic reverbed synth action, making it a great intro or green light for sudden mood switcher in your set. Alarmingly, the B-Side title "Sarcophagus" references a funeral receptacle for a corpse! Luckily it lives up to its killer moniker thanks to a distorted vocal sample and the menacing bass murmurs. But if you ask us, sarcophagus should mean sarcastic dinosaur. We digress... This is a worthy check-out for all steppers.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Winter
Review: Released late summer 2012, "You Turn Me" became a runaway rewind prize piece for most of last year. Ever the switch flipper, Jamie Laxx has unleashed a VIP that serves as a dramatic game of two halves. The first half is an enriched echo of the original, with all the quirky piano stabs and jaunty flare intact. The second half sees him diving deep into a cesspit of metallic bass. Angular, yet swampy, it's yet another prize piece from the Oxford producer. Turn it up.
21 Mar 11
Review: Budapest based artist Matt U unveils a glorious three track venture on the Subway label. Expect smacking drum kicks and moody, murky, bass in title track "Watchin U", which bears passing resemblance to Instra:mental's track "Voyeur", with its creepy message, screeching electrified synths and insidious nature. Next up, "Down With You" switches things up for a vocal-led journey into blissed out electronica with its clipped, ticking beats and electro / funk synth washes. Finishing things up with "Magma", it's back to the explosive dubstep temperament as we round off the EP. Big.
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Review: Watch out as Noah D's big anthem gets unleashed on Dutch label Subway. Having made something of a household name for himself in the dubstep fraternity in recent years, the man otherwise known as Noah Dickinson puts on his straightest face for "Seeeriousss VIP" and gets down to business. A Jamaican accented, dread style, distorted, super slowed down vocal sample sweeps across a purple wow style synth haze that would make Joker and Gemmy quiver a little, whispering "this is serious music…serioussss" over the beats. Lurching, nocturnal breaks predominate with a ganja hazed half step rhythms and chirping SFX making this a sure fire winner for the synth hungry dubstep brigade.
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21 Jun 10
Played by: Thrills
Review: Delving deep into the synthy, hard-hitting 140bpm genre straight away like Skream on speed, Taz Buckfaster is certainly not one for taking things slowly. Getting straight to second base in a matter of minutes, the Glaswegian riot starter whips out the pelting drums and gun shot delivery, leading faster, faster and more frantically into the drop. Get the bullet-proof vest out, cos these beats are hard! Slowing down the aggression just a fraction with twisted, gut-wrencher "Headlock", Buckfaster takes things on a more jingling, jangling tip, with swirling atmospherics and a grouchy b-line belying the intended message of the tune. Rip-roaring stuff here....
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Review: Three years on and Subway Recordings has firmly established themselves as one of the foremost Dutch dubstep labels, yet they do not by any means limit themselves to genre or sound. This Destination compilation takes us through the grimey, the dark, the deep, the dancefloor and the experimental in turn. Noah D's "Hardcore" kicks off with a thrilling combination of jagged neon synths and harsh sub bass cheekiness, before Akkachar & Taz Buckfaster drop sci fi sounds on "187 On A Rock" and DJ Madd delivers the twitching Ramandanman sensibilities of "Bass Comedown". Mayhem & Whisperlink provide an early highlight with "Trap Or Die" filled with bleepy SFX and dark, rumbling basslines underpinning the ominous, vocodered vocal sample. Rivalling this is "Rumble" by Reso & Vent - a sure fire dancefloor driven killer. Here the rowdy, bass-heavy wobbles and smacking drum kicks really up the ante and we are transported deep into the peaktime heavy hitters. All in all, it's a comprehensive array of tracks here from some highly talented, genre-pushing artists which should, really, not be missed.