Two consecutive shots fired on Cue Line's digital series: 3WA follows up last year's "Immortal Combat" with three new smoulder sessions. "Entao" lets the undulating sub do all the talking the beats space themselves as far out as possible. Things get progressively heavier; "Weednesday" hints at the promise of a foggy sesh before dropping into a sharp, industrial strength groove while "Bye Bye" fuses elements of techno and UK funky into the mix with demolishing results. Pure thunder.
Following a long line of luminaries such as Drew's Theory, John Matrix and Chad Dubz, Portuguese bass-smith 3WA makes his Cue Line debut with two unique constructions: "Skeleton Symphony" rattles the bones with its active bassline that buzzes up and down the spectrum with a raw sense of funk. "Royal Rumble", meanwhile, invites us to step in the ring with some wily percussive fighting talk, crafty sample use and tripped out reverse techniques. Head-bending.
The young RealRoots Int'l drops their third EP since Wasteman's opener back in March, and its newcomer 3WA who lays down some jah-fuelled science for the corner dwellers. "Kame" sounds like the outside of a Jah Shaka rave - all woozing bass and minimal percussion - while "Rumours" is more grounded in the grime end of the spectrum. "Try" heads down the dubstep terrain with its stop-start groove and swarms of bass, and "You Can't Hide" injects some much needed sci-fi karma into the mix - our favourite of the lot apart from the opener!
Here is a release we have been anticipating highly, as 3WA steps foot onto the After Dark Music imprint for a monsterous four track dubstep delight. We begin with the title track 'Lusos', which is from the off driven by sharp percussive smashes, padded out by rolling subs below and dubbed out drum work. Following this we have the tripletred delays of 'Swordfish II' which sits atop yet more phenomenal sub design before landing on the classic LFO riots and unpredictable drum arrangements of 'Warhammer'. Finally we finish up with 'Payne', a super syncopated journey into steppers space, driven by its shuffling percussive grooves and outstanding bass layering, rounding off an excellent body of work.
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