Review: The shape-shifting, corner-dwelling AKI joins Foundation Audio with six new murkers, each one supremely balanced and meditative. This, as you'd expect, is the deeper end of the dubstep spectrum, and while tunes like "Shimmer Dub" or "Spectre" might not tear it up on first listen, they can cause some serious hertz damage when played out loud and BIG! "Cesspool" stumbles in an off-kilter manner, boasting a tenebrous gust of bass at its core, while "Artefakt" feels like the more minimalistic extreme of the grime equation, which leads on nicely to the closing remix of "Shimmer Dub" from Chad Dubz, another impenetrable wall of low frequencies and pure heartical vibes. Bless up!
Review: We are always filled with excitement when we see a new Foundation Audio drop hit the shelves, especially with so much good dubstep around at the moment. They get busy here with a tasty four track offering from Aki, who kicks us off with the spooky bass phases and warbling LFO structures of 'Fruit Punch', before the crunchy drum textures and eerie pads of 'Peripheral' wade into play. Next, 'Sofa Schwenger' applies some incredibly potent triplet action to proceedings with a booming sub-line before we round the EP out with stunning drum breaks and constantly evolving compositional structures of 'Schizoid'. Awesome stuff as per!
Review: What is better than a dash of original dubstep flavour? That's exactly what we have been blessed with here as Aki teams up with The Maker and Mr Mud for some swampy goodness on 'Straight Gully'. Coming courtesy of Subquake Audio, this one hits home with some super groovy LFO madness, reminiscent of old school Coki creations. We are also given two high energy remixes, with The Maker's being a more stripped back sub infused recreation. Mr Mud's follows and strips it back further, bringing organic drum design and spacious atmospherics into play. Very tasty indeed!
Review: Well, when we see releases like this one move into view, it's difficult to describe UKG as anything other than thriving as we are gifted sixteen brand new belters, all stuffed full of nostalgic 2-steppy themes and fantastic vocal leads, showcasing just how strong the scene is looking right about now. We are introduced to a fantastic roster as major UKG players FooR, Soulecta, Blakk Habit, Rico Tubbs, Wittyboy and more are spread throughout the tracklisting, with our personal favourites including the super original, drum heavy grimey twists of 'Where I Wanna Be' from Vital Techniques and CB's super colourful 'Room 931'. Truly excellent work on this one!
Review: Here's a quick tip, free of charge: be careful when googling The Kink Collection. Aside from being a three-track collection of previously unreleased jams from deep house producer Kink, it's also the name of a range of rather racy G-strings. Musically, there's one or two racy moments on this Kink Collection - most notably the fluid lead cut "Psychefunk" - but also some pounding, acid-laden deep house funk. This comes in the form of Kink's excellent remix of Aki Bergen's "Shine", which is every bit as fuzzy, distorted and addictive as you'd expect. The smoother "Mood" is worth a listen too, if only for the cut-up stabs of woozy riffs.