Chad steps aside from his Foundation imprint for a smouldering four piece on USV. As you'd expect from the Bristol young gun, it's a broad sonic smorgasbord than ranges from thick, mechanical grit ("Twisted") to a delightfully spacious, meditative freakery ("Blank") In between these two extremes we're immersed in deep dream depth plunges thanks to the delicate FX and penetrative bass on "Missing" and the crackling, pensive, score-like evocation of "Nothing". Progressive and wholly unique, Chad continues to push forward.
London-based dubstepper J Rose got her break on Under Surveillance Recordings in March last year, slotting in nicely on a label dedicated to breaking new voices in bass science. We're now treated to a second offering from J Rose, and The Mugshot EP is quite the treat indeed! The well-judged grasp of space and atmosphere Rose demonstrated on her UVS debut is here, dare we say it's even more refined and the sub-bass seems to have accrued a new fathomous quality too. Those dubstep selectors out there that like their cuts to put the frighteners in the dance will get fully behind this new batch from J Rose.
With a cool sense of symmetry, both parties deliver an original before proceeding to remix each other. Originals-wise, Krease's "Passenger" fluctuates with a subtle sense of funk thanks a palpitating sub that scuffs up and down scale beneath big alien bass groans and sledgehammer kicks. DNS's "Oscillator", meanwhile, takes us so deep into the dungeon even candles won't work. Spacious beats and roomy elements weave and wander with raw paranoia; it's headphone heaven. Remix-wise, DNS fills "Passenger" with gritty, guttural bass textures while Krease gives "Oscillator" a whole new sense of energy and direction with added drum swing. Four really interesting cuts at the forefront of dark dub, USV have curated something special here.
Over two years of solid, low-end ploughman banquets, Krease's USV come correct with their debut compilation. Rather than bombard us with past echoes or unnecessary fluff, they've curated eight brand new originals from some of the label's (and the deeper side of the scene's) most respected players. Each contributor thinking, looking and behaving as future as possible, the whole collection is a document on dubstep's perennial creative potential when conjured in the right hands: Gaze Ill's rolling techno chimes on "Vertical", Chad Dubz's broad-drum spaciousness on "Class A", Krease's cosmic star-gazing synths and gutter-licking bassline on "TruStep" are just three examples of Under Surveillance's constant search for newness in the shadows
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