11 Dec 15
Acre - "Messages" - (5:55) 125 BPM
Epoch - "The Ville" - (4:41) 146 BPM
Cliques - "AUT" - (6:29) 130 BPM
Fracture - "Excalibur" - (4:36) 85 BPM
Youngsta & Distance - "Untitled" - (5:40) 140 BPM
Biome - "Closed Minds" - (6:03) 140 BPM
Played by: Gremlinz, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Unkey, ARtroniks, Murk, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, GAZE ILL, Cloaka
Review: Tempa are always a good litmus test of where the UK bass scene is currently at. Here they present their selection of highlights from 2015 and this broadly diverse selection is proof that bass is in rudimentary health. Standouts amongst the six tracks featured include Epoch's raw and doomy trap-stepper "The Ville", the futuristic footwork of "Aut" by Cliques and the creepy, abstract beats of "Closed Minds" by Biome.
164 loops and 280 one shot samples covering all of the Biome's signature sounds
03 Feb 14
28 Apr 14
Biome - "Cromos" - (6:34)
Biome - "Genesis" - (5:57) 140 BPM
Biome - "Delta" - (5:56)
Biome & Fallen 45 - "Lost" - (5:10) 140 BPM
Review: Manchester-based producer Biome has been cultivating his own distinct brand of pummelling, stripped-back minimalist dubstep for over six years now, gaining plaudits and accolades for his output on labels such as Osiris, Black Box and Macabre Unit. The Cromos EP represents Biome's label debut for the mighty Tempa and brandishes a triptet of tracks that really showcase the full range of the producer's sound. Final track "Delta" is an undoubted highlight, a real vicious exercise in achieving the maximum pressure from the minimum of elements with little more than hard, brusque and broken rhythms and deadly bass utilised.
20 Feb 15
Constant - (5:22) 136 BPM
Hold On - (5:25) 90 BPM
Wolf Pack - (5:36) 93 BPM
Serenity - (5:39) 94 BPM
Review: Label mainstay Biome flexes his polyrhythmic biceps in four different directions for this latest Deep Heads sonic assault. "Constant" is a rolling groove affair, all slippery beats and wafting jazzy chords while "Hold On" shows us Biome's dreamiest side as cotton-soft pads drape lavishly over a complex drum pattern. Dig deeper for "Wolf Pack", a blistering breakbeat jam that takes a trip down Metalheadz boulevard on jungle rollerblades. Finally the pacey insistence and soft pads of "Serenity" (originally released in 2014) get a revisit in case you missed it first time around. Muscular.
30 Jul 12
Review: Biome's previous platters are full of ominous sonic shadows. As great as they've been, it's always refreshing to hear an artist flip the switch. Like "Swan", a true spectrum of studio shades, each one of them crisp and sparkling with well produced light. Emotive, uplifting and loaded with unidentifiable warm warped bass tones, it's a new chapter for this ever-reliable newcomer. As ever with Smokin Sessions, there's a fine remix as Versa takes the heart-stroking chords, adds a subtle two-step and gets all daydreamy in melody land. Beautifully deep, this is a hallmark release for both Biome and Smokin Sessions.
21 May 12
Havana - (5:11) 140 BPM
Biome - "No Soul" (feat Fox) - (4:46) 140 BPM
No Soul (Soulful edit) - (6:29) 140 BPM
Review: Kicking things off with the murky sounds of "Havana" Biome's excellent entry into the Dubstep For Deep Heads series builds from a stripped back, eerie intro into the main tune with its dragging beats, humming bassline and razor sharp SFX. Next is an even more extraordinary piece; "No Soul" featuring lyrics from Fox (who we have recently seen collaborate with Dub Phizix in his recent release on Critical) which blends thick, heavy atmospherics with a swaggering beat and warping mid range. The soulful edit, which completes the EP, draws out the lush, blissed out vocal of the original and brings it into the fore.
12 Nov 12
Review: Biome continues his consistent prolific output this year with a debut on Z Audio's On The Edge series. Naturally it's a neat selection as he flips through his portfolio of techniques... "Shaman" really lives up to its name with a complex, hypnotising rhythm that will lock your floor in tightly and never let go until they reach the ultimate spiritual enlightenment. "The Road" is deeper and more psychedelic but equally as inspiring thanks to well laced tabla textures and dreamy synthwork. "Formation" finishes the set with a whole new side to Biome; a pumping 4/4 joint it steals colours and techniques from the psy-trance and techno palates with flare and panache.
11 Feb 13
Light - (6:08) 140 BPM
Havana VIP - (4:41) 140 BPM
Nightscape (Deep mix) - (6:51) 140 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Blame it on the dutch / MWM-recs, PIER, Alert, SLeep Less Records
Review: Biome's on a serious roll right now. Countering his grumpy, techno-minded EP Black Widow with three shimmering sonic gems, Deep Heads Vol 10 is a triumph of versatility. "Light" shuffles us through a sweet, deep dream, whispering sweet waspy bass nothings in our ears. "Havana VIP" flips the VIP cliche and instead of making it ruder and stronger, it takes his 2011 trouble-wobbler into a much more sub-aquatic, contemplative pasture. "Nightscape" finishes the set on a naked, mystic note with occasional splashes of crystal pianos. Classic Biome.
17 Feb 17
Played by: Majora
Review: Already under heavy vinyl pressure, Deep Heads sister-stable OTE finally unleash three more definitive cuts from Manchester's finest, Biome. Each track exploring a different corner of the dance.. "Turn" is the theme tune to a sci-fi tragedy that's yet to be written. Evocative and charged with rolling drama, there's a real narrative to rolling groove and momentum. "Remembrance" takes a step back for more of a deep tech perspective before we tap out with the cascading breakbeat rolls of "Niagra". A hurricane of emotional pads wrap around subtle rave influences to create a timeless floor-burner that unites all corners. Serious business, as always from Biome.
15 Oct 12
Review: Eastern horns and dubstep really ought to get married - they work so well together. Of course some partnerships are better than others, but when the good vicar Biome marries them up, it is a match made in heads down heaven. Seriously, there's nothing about "The Prayer" that won't drive your dance insane. The oxymoronic "Future Past" is more your classic Dubstep For Deep Heads fare with a well-paced sense of halfstep drama and a cold, clinical eeriness echoing throughout. Biome really can do no wrong right now.
19 Feb 15
Cypher - (5:08) 140 BPM
Rumble - (5:41) 140 BPM
Sentinel - (5:29) 140 BPM
Stone Throw - (4:34) 140 BPM
Man Made - (5:29) 140 BPM
Played by: Deafblind, DJ Walsh (Biscuit Factory Records), Juno Recommends Dubstep, Seven, Mentha, Feonix, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Alert, GAZE ILL, Otz, LSN (UK), DyAD
Review: If you're into grumbling grooves, bass as thick as half-set concrete and drums that sound like no other dubstep producer's, then Biome's "Cypher" EP is so up your street it's built a granny annex upside your bedroom. The title-track is Biome at his grumpiest; all slug bass and anvil halfsteps. "Rumble" flips the switch with a genuinely unique beat that nods towards hip-hop or quarter-speed jungle much more than it does dubstep. "Sentinel" goes back to the deep dungeon lab with a swaggering half-step and a bassline seemingly made of a swarm of wheezing wasps, while "Stone Throw" maintains that deep, minimal technoid flavour but with more emphasis on some interestingly pitched drums. "Man Made" closes the show with yet more unique rhythmic arrangements and an eerie prayer call that's so cold it could summon the spirit of Cthulhu himself.
15 Dec 17
Stealth - (4:18) 127 BPM
Fargo - (5:43) 127 BPM
Yoof - (3:24) 128 BPM
Weekend - (4:38) 125 BPM
Trench Foot - (4:04) 127 BPM
Ancoats - (5:22) 125 BPM
Review: As one of the freshest tech labels to emerge out of the UK in recent years, Kaizen continue their trail blaze in the more than capable hands of all around electronic hot shot Biome. This 6 track EP summarizes why the Manchester native is praised so highly. In short, it's a masterpiece in electronic sound design. From the dungeon-esc atmospherics of 'Weekend' and 'Trenchfoot' to the unpredictable percussive leads of 'Ancoats' and 'Stealth'. The EP is then rounded off perfectly with the rolling subs and vocal cuts of 'Fargo' and well controlled distortion lead madness of 'Yoof'. It seems in truth that there is very little Biome isn't able to craft with an impeccable level of finesse.
09 Aug 10
Chimpo - "Nasty" - (6:54) 140 BPM
Biome - "Feeling Good" - (4:11) 140 BPM
Biome - "Customs" - (5:43) 140 BPM
13 Feb 12