Review: Next up from the ever-ready After Dark Music imprint, we see them welcome the super-versatile sounds of 11th Hour, who unveils four tracks of original steppers flavour to enjoy with this spicy new EP. We begin with distant, eastern melodies and sandy soundscapes of 'Ashkhar', which sets the tone beautifully. Next, we get swampy flavours by the dozen as 'Awaken' moves us forward with some stunning synth design, before 'Revolution' delivers a pulsating steppers display of intricate percussive power and carefully processed reverbs. Finally, we move into the incredible stuttered bass rolls and sub slaps of 'Arcane', which puts the finishing touches on an exceptional project from all involved!
Review: It appears that FatKidOnFire show no intent of slowing down their storming start to the decade as they unveil yet another top quality four tracker, this time inviting the sounds of 11th Hour to display the magic. We begin with a dive into the breathy lead melodies and hypnotic sub textures of 'Gorilla Glue', before 'Stryker' combines a more grizzly sounding bass instrument with big room snare smacks and subtle horn injections. Next up, 'Murda' arrives with something a little different, packing the mix with suspenseful delays and reverberations above clinical sub bass designs, before finishing everything off on the fabulous percussion lines and system ready low end of 'Plasmator'. A top quality selection to say the least.
Review: Uprise Audio are a label we can always rely on to bring us some serious dubstep flavour, a task in which they have held their own for the entire year. This latest two track pairing from 11th Hour is a perfect example of the sound the label are proud to represent, with 'Hyperspace' kicking us off with some stunning sub work and drum design as the A-side. On the flip to this we are given 'Bravo Zulu', a more marching style of composition, built to cause somewhat of a ruckus in the dance with it's hard hitting sub line and sharp snare delays. Lovely stuff!
Review: The team over at eatmybeat have definitely picked up the habit of formulating top quality releases packages, with each new drop keeping us on the edge of our seat. This brand new selection from BunZer0 is certainly a spicy collection, kicking off with 3 system-ready instrumental creations. First up, we have the marching drums and steppers-style horn lines of 'All The Massive', chased up by the much more mysterious drum arrangements and space-like laser shots of 'Play Dem Tune'. From here, 'Meditation' rounds off the originals with a groovy selection of percussive power and intricate melodies, before we move into two wicked remixes. Firstly, the crunchy drum slaps and sliced up horn manoeuvres of Dutchie's 'All The Massive' rethink hit home with a bang, before Chad Dubz gives 'Play Dem Tune' a dungeon-ready rethink. Awesome stuff!
Review: Following an outstandingly successful launch, dubstep site-come-stable FKOF returns with the able assistance of Matt Pulsar. Still operating under his mesmerizingly hypnotic Subreachers guise, each of these four cuts leads you down the darkest dub alleyways possible. Highlights include the heavily reverbed rim-shots and subtle sluggy bass murmurs of "Hanbo", the spacious delicacies and expertly edited amens on "Icecrack" and the church-like gothisms and harrow hollowed tones of "Immortal". This fire ain't going out any time soon.
Review: The Duploc imprint has without a doubt been one of dubstep's shining lights over the course of the last few years, both as a label imprint and as a general space to explore steppers music worldwide. This first edition of their new '140 Allstars' compilation series is a perfect example of their explosive range when it comes to releasing music. First up, JSM arrives with his eerie creation by the name of '1893', weaving together bitcrushed synths and stuttered drum runs in style. This is then followed by the quirky melodic twists of 11th Hour with 'Immortals', alongside the minimal and unusual synth shivers of 'Swerve' from Crowley. From here we continue forward into the trappy rhythms and pounding subs of Causa's 'Triple Choc', before the oldschool, DMZ-sounding LFOs of Ome's 'Better Stay Home' and the haunted, metallic slaps of Ninety's 'Snake's Kiss' VIP mix. Exceptional work as per from a top quality imprint.
Review: Following on from a top quality run of drops, we were very excited to see what the Basskruit team had to offer this time as they unveil this spicy four track compilation entitled 'Explosie Vol. 1'. We kick off our exploration with Crowley, who delivers an industrial thumper named 'Grump', stuffed with colourful percussive drags and unpredictable melodic scoops, followed by Beatsforbeaches returning with another unorthodox scorcher in 'Whydah'. Next, we move into the smooth chord progressions and super-scattered rhythms of Zygos who excels on 'Sideways', before the creeping percussive bubbles and hard hitting sub-lines of 'Echolocation' give us a fiery outro.
Review: Celebrating three years of deep consummate beatsmithery, MindStep curate the inaugural MusicForYourMindStep compendium. Fifteen exclusives, baked by the label's family and close affiliates, each track surges at the very forefront of sub science, pushing the label's remit further and further into the future. Highlights include the sodden slo-mo tribalism of Feonix's "Cafeweiss", the overwhelming sense of atmospheric oppression on 11th Hour's "Ishwara" and the muffled jazz and scratchy dub drums of Trashbat's "Arrowhead". And that's only a fifth of the stark sonic soliloquies MindStep have commissioned and compiled. Dig deep and discover your own highlights.