Review: Following on from a pretty outstanding run of releases, the Sentry team are back at it again, this time blessing us with two brand new heaters from the one and only Cimm. We kick off with the creaky bass slides and unpredictable drum switches of 'Conman', which takes us back to a nostalgic place in dubstep, reminiscent of early Matt-U & Benga sound warblers. On the flip, we enter a more stripped back landscape of hypnotic high end pads and warbling LFO's below give 'So' a uniquely melancholy feel. It's a wicked two-tracker that fits perfectly among the rest of the Sentry catalogue.
Review: Now if you were looking for an allstar 140 lineup, It's hard to look at this new single and not see it as one of the strongest drops of the year. Trends & Boylan are a dangerous duo at the best of times, but when you then combine the majesty and power of their unique approaches to production with the likes of Cimm, Youngsta and the untouchable vocals of Riko Dan, you are always going to end up with something special. The track takes the title 'Hear That', which Trends & Boylan tear to pieces, reformatting it into a rave-ready smash, layering Riko's catchy vocal line over the top of a cascade of lethal horn lines, powerful bass pushes and eerie piano melodies. This is one for the dances, make no mistake about that!
Review: The thing we have come to love about the Sentry Records selections over the past few years is that no matter what direction they decide to take it, we just know they are going to deliver quality with whatever they do. This second edition of their 'Syndicate' series is a perfect example of that as they unleash twelve potent dubstep originals, with the likes of Muttley, CITY1, Youngsta, Substance, CIMM and more all getting involved with some pretty incredible work. The project gives us a fabulous listing of the pure expansive nature of dubstep's sound in today's setting, with a couple of favourites including the constantly evolving, eastern-inspired sounds of Saraphim on 'The Fallen', alongside the reecey rumbles of 'Shotta Kush', which sees the super consistent LSN at it once again.
Review: It's been a brief minute since we heard from the forward thinking Cimm, with his recent LP drop being one of our recent steppers highlights. This latest four tracker continues in the same reign of form, with 'Endo' providing us with a haunted yet wonderfully wonky introduction, packed with creepy percussive inputs and grizzly electronic leads. Next, Cimm shows his elegance with sampling as 'Grape Lime Ricky' gives us a more mellow dive into the dubstep depths, followed by the dungeon ready delay designs of 'Endless Sky' and dubwise influenced compositional structure of 'Space Queen' to round off the release with real finesse. Amazing work.
Review: When we heard the news that Cimm had an album on the way, we could barely contain our excitement. When we then learnt it was to be featured on Sentry, our expectations tripled, and boy does Cimm deliver! The project takes the name 'Unknown Caller!!' and is a perfect embodiment of what today's deep dubstep scene represents, from the irresistible sub pressures of 'The Corner' alongside Rider Shafique to eastern-dub hybrids of 'Blue Sapphire' and lower tempo bass quakes of 'I Am Jack Travis'. The collaborations are fruitful on this one, as Cimm also invites Youngsta, Mr K, SGT Pokes, Riko Dan and Animai to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the strongest dubstep projects of the year.
Review: First he links us up, now LX One is spinning us out and darking us up on the second outing for exciting new label Vantage. As you'd expect, it's a broad vista as LX One rolls out more soundscapes from his viewpoint. "Get Head Spun", a collaboration with man-of-the-moment Cimm, lives up to its title; swampy and just on the right side of savage, rather than going for the jugular it tickles before it slaps you with toxic bassweight. "Darker Ground" also boasts a fitting moniker as we're body slammed with symphonic stabs, trippy textures and stark moments of chilling minimalism. Serious dancefloor advantage.
Review: It's been a fantastic 2019 for dubstep, as we have seen the newer breed of artists become seriously established and flourish. We see one of those flourishing artists here, as Cimm steps out on Artikal music with three absolute heaters, kicking off with the long awaited percussive switches and glittering plucks of 'Godsmack'. This is then followed by this bubblin synths and lethal reesey extensions of 'Stonebridge', which leads into the more unusual rhythmic persuasions and expansive LFO movements of 'Wolf Council', rounding off this project nicely.
Review: For us, this is without a doubt one of the hardest 140 two track drops we have seen on the platform this year as the team at Sentry unveil an eastern inspired work of brilliance from North London's Cimm. We kick off with Eagle Eye, which takes vibrant, organic eastern style string melodies and layers them demonically with gritty bass notation with incredible affect. We are also gifted 'Old Scratch', which switches the motive to a more dubwise arrangement, without losing that eastern melodic tint. This one brings out more typical dub elements such as super wavy delayed chord progressions, lazers and crunchy drum creations.
Review: Having previous collaborated with Youngsta (both individually and his and Truth's Shadow Project), Cimm makes his official Artikal debut with an ice cold 85BPM strutter. Lean elements, each one crisper than a frosty night at the cracker factory, fuse to create a spacious space-age funk groove that's sprinkled with a woozy but pristine triplet cascade and a melodic fluidity that really comes into its own after the breakdown. The vibe might be frozen but Cimm is just warming up.