Review: It's safe to say that the dubstep scene is in a very good place at the moment, looking incredibly healthy thanks to labels such as Crucial Recordings who have been pushing out some serious heat. They here invite the futuristic sounds of 3WA to the party, who brings forward two corking originals, beginning with the aquatic drum structures and shuffling drum movements of Viagem. On the flip we have a track named 'Encanto', a percussion-heavy exploration through bouncing rhythms and woodwind lines, forming the perfect B-side compliment.
Review: It's actually becoming quite a scary prospect to see people compete with Foundation Audio, who's release catalogue continues to grow and improve as we move further into 2019. This latest helping is served to us by 3WA, who gets extremely spooky from the off on the haunted tones of 'Glory', before the rapid-fire LFO twists of the title track 'Black Marsh' roll into view. Next, the bumping percussive maneuvers and spacey processing of 'Protect Ya Neck' really does the business before the unusual sounding 'Blackbird' brings an extra dash of originality to the pot before we finish up.
Review: Foundation Audio really having one heck of a year, with a string of super impactful releases hitting the shelves in quick procession, being topped off most recently with this bag of fun from 3WA. The title track kicks us off, which is well titled 'Tripping', packed to the rafters with wonky grooves and deep LFO patterns. Next we delve into the super swampy mass of 'Caves', which swings it's way forward through dubbed out drum designs and potent subs. To follow, we have more syncopated sauce with 'Tom's Basement', before rounding off this project with 'Elephants Memory', a super eerie dungeon dwelling beast, putting the cherry on the cake for sure.
Review: 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.
Review: 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.
Review: 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.
Review: 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!
Review: As always, we were super excited to take in this brand new selection from the Foundation Audio team, who welcome in Ego Death for four tracks of sizzling dubstep fire. The title track 'Mind Your Head' is a system ready sizzler, driven by a pulsating bass synthesizer, set to wreck systems nationwide, which is then followed by the more stripped back, wonky LFO structures of '5 Finger Salute' to add some immediate depth to the tracklisting. From here, 'Code Red' delivers a thumping half time arrangement, doused in spacy flute lines and a monstrous sub bass below, before dubbed out drum work and a bubbling subs of 'Khnum' bring a fantastic end to proceedings.