We Nuh Pay (feat Killa P, Long Range & Crowell) - (2:58) 140 BPM
Animal Instinct - (3:38) 140 BPM
Ishtar - (3:18) 140 BPM
Pennywise (feat EniGMA Dubz) - (4:35) 140 BPM
You Can't Hide - (2:36) 150 BPM
Beautiful Time To Be Alive - (3:48) 140 BPM
Behind Closed Eyes - (3:18) 94 BPM
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous team really do have a top knack for spotting and crafting high end releases, with this brand new 'Ishtar' album from Abstrakt Sonance being yet another winner. Featuring 17 incredible originals, it's a masterpiece of 140 themes and dubstep influences, from the grizzling reeses of 'Mindstate' and subtle sitar slides of 'From Wallah With Love' to the percussive brilliance of 'Beautiful Time To Be Alive' and system ready sub-marches of 'Deep In The Jungle'. There's just so much to enjoy throughout the project, including some high end collaborations, which sees the likes of D Double E, Killa P, Long Range, Crowell, Vandull and EniGMA Dubz all get involved with top quality contributions.
Review: As far as dubstep names on the come up go, there aren't many making as much impressive material as Abstrakt Sonance. After the fantastic response to their first release on dubstep legend Hatcha's imprint 'Hatched', it was only a matter of time before the found themselves ready with a follow up. This EP spans the wide breadth of what dubstep represents sonically, with the more classic, darker arrangements of 'Grave Diggers' and 'War Music' playing pivotal roles. However we also witness more exploratory sound design on the moogy roles of 'Strangers' and the intense triple reeses on '666'. We can't after all of this then forget the electronic masterpiece that is 'Delusional' which features additional production credits from Moxix and Leo Zen.
Review: Following a crucial tear-up on Hatched earlier this year, Abstrakt Sonance makes his Dank N Dirty debut with one of the most impressive and far-reaching EPs of his life (no pun) We ignite with "Life", a sweaty, stripped-back rolling slice of tribalism before diving deep into a glistening sea of chimes on the wonderful "Sculpture". Deeper into the EP we find "Metal Energy", a track bouncing with a soulful bruk feel while "Love Is Strong" taps deep into the roots with glistening guitars and powerful dulcets from Ghette and we close with the overwhelming warbled bass tones of his Enigma Dubz remix. Ah life!
Review: Just listen to that melody made of raw human cries on "The Beginning". If that hasn't got your spine-henched and your skin fizzing then you may need to consult a GP - the Canadian artist is on turbo innovation here. Other highlights include the classically arranged system shaker with bossman Hatcha on "Drop Switched", the faster ghetto electro of "Big Gunz", the loose-limbed machine mischief of "Going In" and the carnal tribal momentum of "Hidden". Primal yet way ahead in the future, this is one of the strongest Hatched EPs so far (which is saying something)
Review: British Columbia's deepest export Abstrakt Sonance has enjoyed spins and support from the likes of Mala and Cotti, Seven and J:Kenzo over the years. And it's really not hard to hear why with stark designs like these. "Open Heart" plays with space as AS throws down an array of unique designs and laces them together with off-beat funk, "Soldier" lives up to its name as its percussion militantly charges a rhythm with no relent, "Sometimes" is a warped skanker with a woozy bass purring beneath scant bouncy elements while "Harder Than AMF" hurls us into the fires of bass Hades with its uncompromised saw tooth savagery. No dubstep stone left unturned, there's something for everyone right here.
Review: Abstrakt Sonance and DMVU on one triple-D lung-hugging heaver? This can only spell trouble. Unhurried in its intro, confident in its alien angularities, ridiculous with its tempestuous sound design; everything about this co-lab stinks to hades and back... And we wouldn't have it any other way. Drop "I Be The" and YOU be the hero.
Review: It has been a seriously long while since we saw dubstep in such a strong position, with an incredible selection of newcomers making their way to the forefront and a number of the old guard continuing to up the levels. This latest single drop from the team at Sentry sees three powerhouses in Abstrakt Sonance, Substance and Pushloop come together for a grimey roller on an official 'Smoking Blunts' remix. Pushloop gives this one a seriously gritty edge, using stunning horn stabs and warbling metallic bass stabs in a perfect call and response motion. This one will most certainly be lighting up dances up and down the country.
Review: Following on from last week's release of 'Deep', the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew continue their 'Trilogy' series with the second edition: 'Dark'. They have again assembled one heck of a line up for this one, welcoming in the sounds of Enigma Dubz, Leon Switch, Khiva and Pushloop just for starters. The project is a perfect encapsulation of the darker side of the DD&D discography, with a couple of immediate standouts being 'The Devil In Disguise', which sees JLEON and Outsider link up for an incredibly spooky harmonic thrill ride, alongside Brassic's 'Footsoldier', which deploys a regiment of lethal horn stabs to turn any rave into a ruckus!
Review: Originator mandem Hatcha returns to the studio for his first release in almost a year... Both personally and for his label Hatched. The wait, of course, has been worth it; Abstrakt Sonance's "Going In" has yet to come off dub and already Hatcha adds his own deep space VIP twist, "Bawl Out" is all about the gully funk while "I & I" strips back to bare roots. "Blessed" rolls out with a goosebumping intro and jaunty bass/rim-shot riff before we climax with another Abstrakt Sonance cameo as "Breaking & Entering" takes us deep into the sub funk tropics with really twisted FX and process. Hefty.
Busy With The Gang (instrumental) - (4:43) 140 BPM
Duppy Show (instrumental) - (4:10) 140 BPM
No Smoke (instrumental) - (3:09) 144 BPM
Busy With The Gang (A Capella) - (3:28) 140 BPM
Duppy Show (Acapella) - (3:15) 81 BPM
No Smoke (Acapella) - (3:11) 154 BPM
Review: Is there any surprise that this combo is as good as it is? Whenever we see Tru Thoughts touchdown we know we are in for a wicked ride, however, when you then throw both the legendary vocals of Irah and smooth production stylings of Abstrakt Sonance into the blend, we are onto something truly special. The title track 'Duppy Show' is a perfectly produced gnarly exploration between dubstep and eastern themes, topped off by Irah's demonic vocal presence. The more grimey influenced tastings of 'No Smoke' follows, with urgent horns leading the way between Irah's hard hitting vocal melodies. Finally, 'Busy With The Gang' finishes everything off in style, with additional vocal support and surging dubstep style subs doing major damage.
Review: Trigga is an MC on fire at the momentum, having featured on Bou's renowned tune 'Veteran', and this time around he's on Shadow Demon along with Abstrakt Sonance, and the pair have collaborated on a devilishly potent single. It's minimal yet cut through with jump flavours, and it's the balance of the two which will strike you most, it's not overbearing or screeching but balanced perfectly. It gives space for the vocals to breathe and Trigga is given room to really shine as an MC and the workload is split right down the middle. Big stuff.
Dalek One - "What Are You Saying" - (3:46) 140 BPM
Review: As ever with the Duploc team, they have assembled an EP of pure quality as they invite a cohort of their finest into the fray for the second chapter of 'Duploc Selects'. From the off highlights include the regal horn tones and catchy melodies of 'Cumulus' from Cartridge, before the gnarly bass tones and crispy drum slaps of 'What Are You Saying' land, courtesy of Dalek One. Drumterror also combines sharp drums and chiming patterns in 'Mineral' before Feonix fuses experimental drum arrangements and super-deep sub pressure on 'Lost & Direct', with the glitchy plucks and wavy leads of Ghostek's 'Seek War' putting the icing on the cake. A very strong selection indeed.
Review: Sentry Records has put together some serious releases over the last few years, showcasing the latest and greatest in dubstep and its surrounding genres. We are therefore introduced to and absolutely storming compilation here as we reel off bangers from the likes of dubstep legends such as Caspa, Truth, Sukh Knight, Youngsta and more. For us, the highlights of this incredible compilation are quite clear, kicking off with the stunning production of 'Judas' from Nomine, who brings forward his uniquely metallic sound design on mass. Another absolute heater we couldn't forget is the spooky yet satisfying 'Crocodile' from Dayzero, packed with wicked drum flavours and haunted overtones.