Review: At this point, Bunzer0 has to hold some seriously legendary status as the dubstep veteran lands on Indigo Movement for two tracks of pure heat. We begin our examination of this one with a dive into 'Inbreeding', a piece of percussive masterty, with the melodies being providing by subtle drum taps above pulsating sub drives below. Following this, we then move into 'Accuracy', an unpredictable display of highly skilled production techniques, fusing dubstep and the unknown, leaving the listener blown away with every sub slap. Awesome stuff!
Review: Duploc continue their fantastic run of original releases here as they invite in the super creative stepper sounds of Bunzer0 to the party with a wavy new single. The track goes by the name of 'Loyalty' and combines a range of different influences, including South American percussive lines and classic steppers sub designs, making this one a potent roller for sure. We are also treated to a fantastic remix addition from the legendary RSD, who reworks the track completely into a gritty, nostalgic throwback, packed with Morgue-like bass patterns and lively drum work. Very exciting stuff yet again from the Duploc team.
Review: Brussels-based badman Bunzer0 makes his debut on Pressed with a track so spacious it has its own ecosystem; the kicks act as intermittent rays of sunshine bursting through condensed pads of icy fog. Trust us, it hasn't been this cold and unforgiving since Shackleton told the weather with blood on his hands. Remix-wise Kahn swathes through the moody mists with relentless thunder storm snares and gutter-chomping bass. In summary: "King Lion" roars.
Review: With a well-paced, measured sounds fitting the platform like a snug pair of slippers, it was only a matter of time before Bunzer0 added his deep techy weight to FKOF's evergreen EP series. "Burner" ignites with a twitchy, techy twist. All staggered and spiked out, it owes just as much to techno as it does sub science. "Schizo" lives up to its name as whispering breakbeats give stern messages beneath dense layers of atmosphere while "Fracture" is the ultimate snake-charmer as it rattles and rolls with off-beat minimal mischief. Finally we hit "First Lesson". A complete switch flip in terms of tempo and drum dynamic, it's the misty drive home after you've dropped the heavyweight nuggets that preceded it. Swingy.
Review: Bunzero teams up with four different artists across the Darabuka EP so be prepared for a bit of an aural surprise in each track. First up it's a collab with Katya Gabeli; mournful, trembling strings introduce the cut, which is characterized by thudding, oppressed drum kicks and quirky SFX. This contrasts nicely with the Mr Jo collaboration "Chapati", an altogether more experimental piece with murmuring atmospherics and Eastern sitars that might have influenced the track title. Bunzero teams up with Kamine for the rolling, chiming title track, before he goes solo for a deep, meditative slice of soulfulness with clicks and bleeps a-plenty in "Liana". Last but not least "Metaphysical" brings the EP to a close.
Review: Brussels may not be the first place that springs to mind when one thinks of dubstep. Bunzero is all about putting that right though, and after 15 years in the game, he assuredly lays claim to being one of the biggest dubstep DJs outside of the UK. All that said, his new EP isn't strictly dubstep, it's a broader sound that often bridges the gap between Metalheadz-era jungle and future bass. First up, "Wet" has broken beats aplenty along with buzzy bass and trippy pads, while "Wool" is slower and features half-step beats and wavering synth melodies. Janner remixes the latter, and frankly it's a belter - keeping the synth pads top-line, he adds the deepest, throbbing bass notes and melancholic melodies, really sealing the deal on this quality EP.
Review: Famed as a DJ on UK's Sub FM and all over Europe's bass-loving clubs, Belgian star BunZer0 makes his debut on L2S with this three-track EP, exclusive to Juno Download. Very much in keeping with the house style, "Bring Me Home" (featuring Juakali on vocals) is a mix of eerie, echoed textures and whip-smart future garage beats, while "Toof Toof" carries on the momentum, almost serving as a dub of "Bring Me Home". The orchestral, bass-busting march of the impeccably funky "Dub It" is also here and is a must for fans of shimmering yet gritty forward-thinking bass music
Review: As we rapidly approach the end of a very successful 2018 for dubstep, we have to pay homage to one of the genre's most consistent platforms in Duploc, as they unveil the first edition of their new 'Selects' compilation series. This is a total amalgamation of the darker realms of 140 bass music, with artists such as BunZer0, Khanum, Zygos, 207 and more supplying the selection with some serious fire. For us the total standouts have to include Sweepa's sub warbling epic in 'Morse Code', alongside Juss B's demonic whirlpool of a composition in 'Sandman' and Surreal's uber grizzly 'Omni'.
Review: What a year it's been for US deep bass imprint Version Collective. Exactly a year ago their inaugural Certified Organic collection lit a raging fire of smouldering singles and, most recently, a remarkable album by Sweepa. Now comes the sequel... Once again it's a far-ranging exploration that takes in some truly unique perspectives with highlights such as the discordant metallic strings of Lilti's remix of "Womple", the delicious didgeridoo-style bass weirdness of Basiclee's "Voyage Dub", the gully croaks and slaps of Drew's Theory's defiant "Nonsense & Knowledge" and the industrial strength drum textures and springy sub of Mr K's "Damage". Another serious statement of intent and showcase of exciting, forward-thinking dub talent, Version Collective are staring down the barrel of another exciting sonically innovative year.
Review: Celebrating three years of deep consummate beatsmithery, MindStep curate the inaugural MusicForYourMindStep compendium. Fifteen exclusives, baked by the label's family and close affiliates, each track surges at the very forefront of sub science, pushing the label's remit further and further into the future. Highlights include the sodden slo-mo tribalism of Feonix's "Cafeweiss", the overwhelming sense of atmospheric oppression on 11th Hour's "Ishwara" and the muffled jazz and scratchy dub drums of Trashbat's "Arrowhead". And that's only a fifth of the stark sonic soliloquies MindStep have commissioned and compiled. Dig deep and discover your own highlights.