Review: Foundation Audio founder Chad Dubz steps up with his debut album. And, as you'd expect, it's a document of daring dark design. From the moment the anvil-like kicks of opener "Transcending" punctuate with precision, you know you're in for a treat. Deeper into the narrative, cuts such as a "Shaka" and "Dark Ones" tell ominous stories of minor key jungle-minded mischief while cuts such as "Stay" bellow with such a moodiness and such bulbous bass detail that you have to stop and catch your breathe. Further into the blend again we hit cuts like "Witnessed" where dungeon-destined spaciousness plays the lead role, showing the Chad knows the genre and his craft with an intimacy most artists dream of. Debut albums don't come any clearer. Any further questions should be directed to Chad directly...
Review: As one of the most prominent dubstep labels working in the UK today, we were super excited to see the heavyweight Boka imprint team up with Bristol's Chad Dubz for a full length project entitled '22 Ounces'. As an EP it's everything you could want, jam packed with stepper-inspired creativity. We start of with the swamped out rhythms of the title track, leading into the more dubwise eastern blends of 'Elephant'. Next up we have the sub-driven yet spacious arrangement of 'Under The Influence', rounding the EP off with the haunting woodwind leads and unpredictable percussive patterns of 'Flute Dem'. Overall this is a great project for both Boka and Chad Dubz to end the year with.
Review: We were extremely excited to see Chad Dubz's name appear in our recent sales section, as he unveils this band new project alongside the very well respected Dub Sector imprint. We kick this one of with the spooky lfo warblings of the title track 'Reptilian Bitch', before weaving our way into the more swingy bass circles of 'Wob'. Next, we explore the metallic arpeggiators and warm sub expanses of 'Rollin', before we take a step into the unknown as the unpredictable and spicy bass tones of LSN emerge with top draw recreation of 'Reptilian Bitch'. This one packs a real bite!
Review: There is no doubt in our minds that Bristol's own Chad Dubz is one of the leading forces in the modern dubstep movement, consistently filling the shelves with innovative dubwise creations. Here we see him touch down on Foundation Audio for another monster of a release, kicking off with the dungeon inspired flavours and earth shuddering subs of the title track 'Kingdom Dub'. Next up we dip into the wonky percussive madness of 'Space Cadet', before we then land on a hell of a finale in 'Drainpipe', which is driven by super creative revving subs and glitchy arpeggios.
Review: Chad steps aside from his Foundation imprint for a smouldering four piece on USV. As you'd expect from the Bristol young gun, it's a broad sonic smorgasbord than ranges from thick, mechanical grit ("Twisted") to a delightfully spacious, meditative freakery ("Blank") In between these two extremes we're immersed in deep dream depth plunges thanks to the delicate FX and penetrative bass on "Missing" and the crackling, pensive, score-like evocation of "Nothing". Progressive and wholly unique, Chad continues to push forward.
Review: 3 months on from their 5 year celebratory compilation, Indigo Movement are back with yet another high profile release, this time rolling out from Bristol?s own Chad Dubz. Built with intense, siren like drone synths and incredible electronic atmospherics, WW3 is more than a fitting name for this single. Along with this devastator of a composition we are blessed with two very creative remixes, the first coming from Zygo with dubwise rethink. The second comes courtesy of Gleb Choutov who rebuilds the track completely in a stunning piece of sound design. Great stuff!
Review: Now this most certainly is something special as Chad Dubz touches down in his home imprint of Foundation Audio for an extended LP, complete with skits and all. It's seemingly quite a rare occurrence to take in a fully planned out dubstep album and boy has Chad hit the nail on the head with this one, from the smooth LFO manoeuvres of 'Get Loose' and bubbly melodies of 'XOXO' to the more experimental drum structures and unpredictability of 'Tidal Waved', the project gives an excellent showcasing of dubstep music as a whole! We would have to recommend also taking in the sumptuous bass processing and glittering high end of 'Sorrow' alongside the swampy bass drives of 'Blocked Drain'!
Review: Next up from the Foundation Audio imprint, they continue their incredibly impressive run of form as founder: Chad Dubz links up the Manchester based powerhouse known as JFO for a weighty three track collection. We begin our dive into this one with the sizzling sub textures and smooth drum designs of the title track 'Insight', which really does set the tone for the rest of the project right from the off. From here, 'Flow' warbles into play with its super tight low-end bass explosions, topped with unbelievably well processed drum clicks and piano stabs, followed by the amphibian synthesizer smacks of 'Amnesia', which brings pulsating basslines and yet more sharpened snare work to the table to round the project off in style.
Review: The dubstep scene is looking as healthy as it has ever been as we draw towards the end of 2019, with high end releases such as this one from Subaltern dropping every week. They invite Ill K into the blend, who supplies us with four original heaters, kicking off the project with the breakbeat-steppers hybrid sounds within 'Warp 6'. This is then chased up quicktime by the big room drum smashes and colourful percussive influence of 'Mirage' before Chad Dubz touches down on collaboration duty across the dungeon-fueled sound design of 'Ninja Technique. Finally, 'Walking Home' sees Koobas enter the project as we are driven down a nostalgic, hardcore avenue.
Review: Unruly Bristol bass business: Paragon does the bad smell thing and hangs around Foundation Audio after his last release. Dropping the tempo for his brother Chad Dubz, the result is two slabs of toxic dub primed for the darkest corners of the night, the dance and, ultimately, your psyche. "Totem" takes shamanic Berghain-style minor key arpeggios and smelts and hammers them over a two-step anvil while "Sirens" is an even heavier piece of apocalyptic rave music. All horns and alarms over a concrete tribal beat, it's yet another reason to keep your peepers locked on Paragon, Chad, Foundation and Bristol itself. Need a little chilly down time? Calm your nerves with DTR's deeper classic dub remix.
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.
Review: Over two years of solid, low-end ploughman banquets, Krease's USV come correct with their debut compilation. Rather than bombard us with past echoes or unnecessary fluff, they've curated eight brand new originals from some of the label's (and the deeper side of the scene's) most respected players. Each contributor thinking, looking and behaving as future as possible, the whole collection is a document on dubstep's perennial creative potential when conjured in the right hands: Gaze Ill's rolling techno chimes on "Vertical", Chad Dubz's broad-drum spaciousness on "Class A", Krease's cosmic star-gazing synths and gutter-licking bassline on "TruStep" are just three examples of Under Surveillance's constant search for newness in the shadows
Review: Brand new label Nauseous Vibez flings themselves into thick of things with a huge 18-track launch release. Highlighting at a family-like tightness amongst their talent, Syndicate unites dubsteppers from across the globe with a consistent, well-polished range of depth, body and groove. Highlights include the soul-stirring piano tickles on "Coded", the muscular menace of UZZI's "Blackout" and the skippy slo-jungle breakism of Artroniks' "Hidden". A fine way to launch a new label... Nauseous Beats peddle in some seriously sick audio (literally).
Review: Foundation Audio welcome Bristolian newcomer Wonky for their first release of 2016. With a deep, paranoid spacey sound, he's the perfect fit. "Inertia" will bode well for fans of Critical and Samurai alike as we're switched and glitched between full-bodied rolls and sudden moments of cavernous isolation. Remix-wise long time Foundation affiliate Paragon adds more of an industrial clang to the drums in a way that wouldn't go amiss on Ingredients or Dispatch. Finally label boss man Chad Dubz strips the vibe back to its bare kickdrum spine, all halftime and mechanical, it bridges the gap between D&B, dubstep and techno perfectly.