Review: There's a gorgeous sense of funk prevailing throughout Blackleg's "Reality". This is down, largely, to the undulating waves of obese sub bass that lick and lollop dynamically while stark synth strikes conjure a cosmic lead melody. Elsewhere we get hammered by pneumatic drill kicks on "Space Jockeys" and get all scratchy and paranoid on the syncopated bass burps of "Blackline." Remix-wise Kial takes "Reality" into a much more techy domain while Promise One gives "Space Jockeys" a twisted dark garage facelift with thick, treacl-like shuffling beats.
Review: If the darker, murkier end of dubstep floats your musical boat, this second collection of "grimoire" from the Sub Pressure label will be right up your alley. This digital version showcases 10 tracks from the label's recent archives, presenting cuts from up and coming producers such as TZR, Promise One (whose echo-laden, bittersweet roller "Trabzon" is a highlight), Chango, Haack and Genr8. There's also a couple of notable collaborations, with UFO & Kial joining forces for the dancefloor-baiting "Murkdopolis" and Kelly Dean and Phrenik offering up the head-warping vocal cut "The Burning". Intense and paranoid stuff, but that's how you like it, right?