Review: There's no question that Plastician's 'Terrorhythm' imprint has become one of the UK's stand out projects in regards to pushing musical boundaries, so when we saw they had teamed up with the likes of Compa we couldn't wait to hear what had been bubbling. The 'Avow' EP shows us a completely different side to the bristol native, showcasing a more colourful, emotive production style, with tracks like 'Never Gonna' and the title track delving deep into the newly formed "Wave" movement. Even with these incredible compositions we still get a slice of classic compa with the droned out weighty arrangements of 'Crystal Gaze' and 'Send Nudes'.
Review: Manchester bass-smith Compa takes control once again and launches his very own CPA imprint. Launching with demonstrative low-end clarity, both "No Hype" and "In Check" swagger with his signature trap/grime fusion. The former is a straight knock out thanks to some devil-dealing production and venom bars from General Footsie while the latter is a more brooding, dangerous construction laced with subtle orchestra drama.
Review: Compa hails from Manchester, but his productions and his sound are quite deeply imbedded into London's rich dubstep dynasty. The young bass wizard is back on Mala's Deep Medi Muzik, starting off with the murky stepper riddim called "Truth In Sound", a wreckage of beats and sonics that is dissolved by the mutant waves of "Noctule". "Tibetan Chant" is more of a tribal dance ritual to the Gods, and "Four Four Claps" turns things nastier and away from the deeper waters that we're used to hearing Compa sail on.
Review: Inna Riddim is a record label and sound system that personally claims it is 'bringing the ruckus from Brighton to Bondi (that's in Sydney, Australia, by the way people) and are trying to push the boundaries of bass music. An ambitious mission statement but all the best to them; they're having a good innings on the Spectrum Yellow EP. Starting out with the deep and dark side roll of Ritual's "Rush2AD", Cykotek pitches "Neofunk" at us and as the name suggests: he certainly does take his cues from Ed Rush & Optical's Virus style of techstep. Compa's contribution is "Them Dogs" which features the most razor sharp bassline we've heard all year hands down while LUPR presents the sinister, Crystal Waters sampling bass house of "Guided".
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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: Moonshine's manoeuvres in the deep continue to impress with this highly accomplished collaborative remix album. A throwback to their original Steppin' Forward album - released March 2014 - the Jamaican label have given each contributor the parts to a fellow label mate's tune and asked them to get creative. The results are as consistent and progressive as the original. Every track is a highlight but stand-out essentials include the bubblesome digidub of Bukkha's juicy switch on Tuff & Powa's "Outlaw Music", Adam Prescott's sinewy shakedown of RSD's "Know U 2" and the foamy subs and wriggling melodica on Roommate's version of Alpha Steppa's "Shinkansen".
Review: Dub Police's MyStyle mix series has become a force to be reckoned with in dubstep, an annual showcase from some of their most exciting artists, each outing appears deeper, more involving and widescreen than the last. The Others has clearly gone to town here with a whole heap of his productions and collaborations. For mix lovers this is a must; 28 tracks all seamed together tightly, it explores the darkest corners of the scene with a brave boldness. Those looking for individual tracks will also be pleased to see the likes of Icicle's techno-like industrial VIP "Need A Job", Sleeper's disturbing "Civil War" and Thelem's tripped out mind-twister "Haunted Harmonics". Stylish, sonically arresting and consummately accomplished, The Others has represented himself with serious skills right here.
Review: Bubbling from the dub motherland, Kingston Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings deliver a 15-track heavy adventure into the finest contemporary dub sounds. Uniting artists from all sides of the oceanic dub pool, Steppin' Forward documents bass music and dub culture's furthest, most expansive potential. From Compa's undulating bass wriggles and reverb synth shots on "One Lion" to the heavy, gurgling low-end menace of Violinbwoy's "Echo Park" this is guaranteed to resonate with all sides of the dub spectrum.