Review: As always with Hatched, we were excited to see this link up announced as Bisweed lands for his latest project, this time concentrating his uniquely swampy steppers sound into three hard hitting original creations. First up, the rapidfire LFO bass structures and extremely rhythmic percussive structures of 'Ambush' kick off the party. After this we observe the stunning sub rolls and incredibly crunchy drumwork of 'Haptics' before the moogy synth textures and choppy shaker slaps of 'Rolling Stones' put the finishing touches on the project, and what a selection it is!
Review: Bisweed's output for the Paradise Lost label has been among his very best and, alongside the likes of the big boy such as Deep Medi Muzik, the label is also gaining traction as home to some of the best meditative dubstep around. He's back with the second volume of the Steampunk series, and the dreamy harmonic folds of "Aurora Borealis" are the perfect opener to what is one long, spiritual bass journey of an EP. "The Perfect Knowledge" is darker, moodier, and represents the doorway to a much more ominous stratosphere on "Magnetic Field VIP", a missile guided by just the right amount of 'wobble'. "Impedance" is the final piece of the puzzle and, it too, ups the tempo and drives proudly into more stepping motions. Illness
Review: Long-standing Estonian beat carver Bisweed has cooked up two seriously sweet treats right here. Both generous on the piano and soul dynamics, both cuts are too weighty and widescreen to be filed under the 'deep' banner... "Baby" oozes some class with its humanoid harmony sample swooning us into the night while "Fay" leads on a more dominant jazz piano sample that gradually unfolds into scrumptious summer stepper. Gourmet Beats have gone and got themselves a new head chef right about now.
Review: It's been a while since the young Estonian Bisweed last appeared on Paradise Lost - "Ghosts & Ghouls" in the summer of 2012 to be precise -but he's made up for lost time with this far-reaching six-tracker. Ranging from the off-beat clicks, whirrs and bubbling, aquatic sound design of "Ghosts VIP" to the spacious low-end screams and harrowed groove of "Magnetic Field" via the Mancini-like cinematic samples of the title track, it's Bisweed at his deepest, darkest and most devious. Complete with a step-heavy tripped out remix of "Ghosts" by Ax Farel, this is a very dangerous package indeed. Drop the bomba!
Review: Everyone loves swampy dubstep, and who better to supply us with our fix than Estonia's own: Bisweed. In collaboration with Subaltern Records, he has put together a very potent two tracker, focussing on the deepest and darkest ideas within the dubstep bracket. On the A-side we hear the unpredictable percussive rolls and downright dirty bass patterns of 'Shelter'. The first of the two B-side tracks are entitled 'Swamp' and 'Dolmen'. These two are real rollers complete with amphibian-like percussion, chilling synths and perfectly timed chord stabs. The EP is then rounded up with the digital only download of 'Chase' which is aptly named for its incredibly high energy journey through amazonian percussion. Great stuff!
Review: It's time to saddle up and strap in as we dive head first into the second edition of Subaltern's heavyweight 'Kaleidoscope' series, championing new school dubstep creations with a real dash of finesse. We begin with the untouchable unpredictability of Dalek One, who unleashes a horde of glitchy tripletted bass stabs, expanding into epic horn-like leads as the track progresses. This leads perfectly into Clearlight's more minimalistic 'Stuck Inside' composition, focussing on hypnotic atmospherics and spooky vocals, before Phossa rolls through with the haunted arrangements of 'Vacant'. Finally, Bisweed rounds this one up in good fashion as the rolling 808's and jittery percussive layers of 'Profround' emerge.
Review: The Dank N Dirty Dubz team have become synonymous with top quality releases over the past few years and this latest selection is a continuation of that theme as they welcome ten of the best inside for a fantastic 4/20 compilation. The roster is incredible, with heavyweight names including Roommate, Pushloop, Roklem, Enigma Dubz and more. There are some incredible tunes throughout, with our favourites including The Widdler's phenomenal dubwise creation in 'Toker, the purple synthesizer slams of 'Cider from Bisweed and of course the breaksy brilliance of Jafu's 'Nuken'.
Review: What a cool way to celebrate half a decade of dark dance dynamics. Not just a cool reminder of Paradise Lost's contribution and dedication to the scene, but a subtle way of showing that their b-sides are just as important, timeless and essential as their A-sides. Highlights can be found in every direction across the 26 tracks but here are a few for starters: the demonic guitar chugs on "Titanium" (which actually sound like they could be from the metal band Paradise Lost!), the thick dream-weaving atmospheres and trippiness of "Elephant Walk", the jugular-slicing riff of "Cuttin" and the loopy vocal insanity of "Guardian"... we could go on all day here. Dig deep and you'll find many more highlights. Here's to another five years!
The SubDivision - "Pensieri Morbidi" - (6:21) 139 BPM
Review: Five years fly by, but make no mistake: it's a long time in the label game. Especially a game as crowded and competitive as dubstep. Paradise Lost's success can be attributed to their constant hunt for brand new talent and an ever-developing remit that embraces melody, emotion and organic elements. If you've missed out on any of their half-decade highlights, here's a great place to catch up. Highlights include the blissed out shimmers of Vesicle's "We Are Lost", Rrkk's LFO-style angular amen ruck-out "Treish" and the somnambulant sub sludge on Dubtek & The SubDivision's oppressive stomper "Mecca". Here's to another five years.