Review: It's always good to see a proper, old school dubstep EP land in the store and that is precisely what we have here as we examine this tidy new three track link up between Causa and New Moon Recordings. For starters, we find ourselves wobbling into 'Ampire', a delicious combination of wonky LFO structures and distant, unpredictable drum arrangements, before the popping melodic plucks and lethal subby underbellies of 'Monkey Jam' waddle into view. Finally, 'Cruel Record' unleashes a monstrous bassy creation as goliath synths team up with regal brass flutters and a potent sub-structure below to round this one off in style.
Review: The slow and dark singular piano strikes during the intro of 'Juce' sound like a scary and slow walk down to scene of a murder, except you're one of those goofy detectives in a grey trench coat with a giant magnifying glass, although all traces of comedy are quickly lost as the track gets very sinister very quickly with the middle section revealing a ruthless rusty grind. 'Struggle' has more of a wavey vibe, like a pounding heard of circus elephants passing through the jungle with snaps of quick tribal drums and weird and wonderful high pitched calls. 'Minerals' sees us call on our snake charming skills with an eerie flute present on top of the deep sub, witch dips and dives as deviously as a python pouncing on pray.
Review: Both parties involved in this dispatch are on a serious roll right now... Kenzo's Artikal continues to go from strength to strength with its boundary smelting visions while Causa's currency continues to rise as more and more established men co-sign him as a hot future prospect. As these four tracks confirm, he's a hot present prospect too... The bulbous squidge of "Medication", the Tubby horn flares and fissures of "Undubbed", the twisted radar textures on "Stages" all hit hard with classic dubstep characteristics while remaining exciting, refreshing and future-thinking. A Causa for concern.
Review: FKOF continue to fire full-pelt into the creative unknown. This time rising German artist Causa is in the driving seat. And he's taking us to the darkest possible destinations. "Dismaying" belies its title in every way as the thunderclap snares shatter and tightly-clipped, reversed-tone percussive elements clatter. "Mighty Dub" plays on similar sounds with a heavier, stampier approach where shiny aluminium designs wobble and falter with trippy effect. Deeper again, "Invasion" boasts an array of trippy moaning processes while "Blaster" swaggers on a woozy skank. Unique and forward-thinking... Just as you'd expect from FatKidOnFire.
Review: Trevino aka Marcus Intalex aka Marcus Kaye launched his Birdie label last year with an EP by himself. That, of course, was totally great and representative of his percussion-driven brand of minimalistic techno for the big room. The label returns for its second outing with an EP from Causa, who has appeared on Tusk Wax and Disco Bloodbath, who delivers the goods in the label's familiar style of play. Each of the four cuts is cinematic, wide-eyed and chord-heavy, and our pick of the lot has to be "Soa" thanks to its intricate beat pattern and almost balearic melodies riding in its underbelly. A fine addition to this young catalogue!
Review: RDG's Circle Vision creeps up from behind and surprises us with their first V/A EP. Satisfaction levels remain fully flexed as the whole collection is a shoes-off, brain-blown and hair-raised affair throughout: Causa bends minds with a really tripped out bass drone and drum arrangement, Taiko gets all snarly, slimy and similarly illusionary with weirded-out reverse textures and resampled. Deeper again Dark Tantrums devil up the dance with tightly coiled tension while the bossman shoots us to the stars with the spacious space-bound sub stepper "Galaxy Run". Visionary to infinity...
Review: Are crucial the most cutting edge sound in dubstep right about now? They certainly have to stake a claim as they unveil yet another fire indusing four track bundle, including recordings from the likes of TMSV, Van Dam, Causa, Sleeper and Opus. We begin our excavations of this one by looking into the shimmering sub work and moody synths of TMSV & Van Dam's 'Qanum Fodder', before falling into lethal bass rolls of Causa's 'Are We'. Following this, Sleeper comes through in storming form with the subtle beastings of 'Ginger Root', before Opus sends the dance into pandemonium with his super glitchy expanse in 'People'.
Review: What a year the guys at Infernal Sounds are having eh? This release serves as a testament to the momentum the team's release roster has build up as 'Origin' lets us explore the deepest and darkest corners of the dubstep phenomenon. We are blessed with a top draw line up, with original recordings coming from the likes of DE-TU, Perverse, Saule and many more heavyweight faces. For us, one of the standouts has to come with Von D's return, on the laid back LFO rolls and glitchy chord stabs of 'Finis Gloriae Mundi'. Other highlights include stepper's favourite Sepia with his two potent originals in 'Remember' and 'Awaken', along with Karnage's smooth collaboration with Rider Shafique on 'Realise'.
Review: Reviewed By Duploc:
Today we're inspecting the construction site of Artikal Music UK's next project. Founder J:Kenzo employed eleven professional and highly skilled architects to carefully design, build and create a handcrafted compilation full of music he admires. As J:Kenzo explains: "The tracks included were filtered through from artists that have previously released on Artikal or have some connection with myself either being played on my Rinse FM shows or live sets". Considering the quality of each and every track, only two years of fabrication to finish off this product is remarkably short. Volume One of "The Architects" reflects J:Kenzo's refined taste in dubstep and drum and bass. On the 2 x 12" record, you'll find some absolute masterpieces from amongst others D-Operation Drop, Causa, Compa, Argo, DubDiggerz and J:Kenzo himself. The Architects' series, a yearly showcase filled with content from the label's artists plus VIP and remixes as well as bringing through new talent, will make the foundations of dubstep shake undoubtedly.
Review: Foundation celebrate three years and 20 releases with this supersized clutch of deep, dark and forward-thinking exclusives. Painting a picture of dubstep's most exciting frontiers, highlights hang, slide and oozes from every cavernous corner: Drew's Theory provides meditative intensity on "Harmony", Deafblind & Darkimh twist up the drums in the sludge-packing "Concrete Groove", Krease soundtracks your next nightmares with his late night graveyard romp "Hindsight" while Dillard digs deep into the proper roots with its shimmering classical dub designs. Weighing at 24 tracks, Foundation have pulled out all the stops here... A seriously detailed piece of bass music futurism.
Causa - "Alji" (Young Marco remix) - (6:06) 118 BPM
HNNY - "Mys" (Young Marco remix) - (7:11) 124 BPM
Zulu Pearls - "Not Like The Others" (Young Marco remix) - (5:03) 70 BPM
Tony G - "Simple Dreams" (Young Marco dub remix) - (4:37) 122 BPM
Review: From behind the counter of Amsterdam's Rush Hour record store, Young Marco has quietly amassed a worldwide reputation as seriously happening producer. Now he launches his own label, Sorry For The Late Reply, with a compilation that features all his best remixes. The mood is deep, percussive enchantment, with highlights including the spacey Latin shuffle of "Coffee Cola", the haunting fizz of "Snowball" and the new wave pop gem "Mys" by HNNY.
Review: Danish dub dons Surfase celebrate their 25th release with a walloping 24-track refresh session that brings everyone up to speed on two years of monthly dispatches. All their decorated contributors are present and correct: RDG, G Double, Gaze Ill, Subtle Mind and many more. Highlights include the swooning strings and rattling drums of Server's "Boxing", Subreacher's chest-crushing bass wobbler "The Machine" and RDG's insanity work out "It's All In Your Mind". It's not in your mind, though... This is as real as it gets. Here's to another 25 killer releases.
Review: More sumptuous house moves from the Bind Jack's Journey crew on this third round of The Return Trip series which features contributions from a cast of lesser known production talents. There's something immediately gratifying about the emotive weight to opener "Dul Doen" from Yrd, the manner in which the synth lines seem to sear out of the channels grabs you willingly. From here Thom Brooke discards with drums in favour of toying playfully with vast clouds of synthesized texture which still emit a rhythmic pulse making "Penway" a good way to bridge a set. If you buy house music on wax you will probably recognise Ian Blevins from his work as part of Al Gobi; present here in a solo capacity, "AA" finds Blevins laying down a dreamy, loose little jacking number which contrasts nicely with the stripped back icy melodic electro of "Lacanau" by Causa.