Review: LA badman 6Blocc has been given the keys to Phantom Hertz slimiest, dankest vaults and told to get wild on a remix flex. Fixing up some of the label's classic cuts with a drum & bass / halftime perspective, highlights include a sub-heavy twist on DayZero's "Unexplored", a rifle-like drum explosion on Fabricator's "Society" (one of the label's earliest releases) and the tribal shakedown of High Dude's "Abduct". Deep, dubby and dangerous, 6Blocc has smashed the dickens out of this remix project.
Review: Japanese freshman Dayzero makes his entrance with two unfathomably deep dubstep joints on Phantom Hertz. "100000" surges forward with iced-out, cosmic pads and a slow, swaggering kick/snare combo that's constantly evolving and pulling itself back. "Unexplored" is all about the densely weaved hand drums that double up over each other to create a hypnotic energy and pace that's not dissimilar to that of a Truth or Kenzo cut. Comparisons don't get much stronger. Neither do debut releases.
Review: Japanese bad man Dayzero made all the right moves with releases on Phantom Hertz, Zip Sound and a few others last year. His first drop of 2016 suggests Dayzero is still on a course set for the top, aligning with Fat Kid On Fire for a most impressive four track release that ends on a heavyweight collaboration with Karnage. Don't sleep on the preceding three solo cuts from Dayzero however, as collectively they really make this worthy of your time and attention. The heavily chopped vocals and superbly structured percussion sets opener "Allca" apart as our pick; the stuttering kicks really feel like they are bouncing off the bassline.
Review: Following his successful scene debut on Phantom Hertz, Dayzero takes a one way flight from his Japanese homestead to Atlanta, home of Zip Sound. And he's cooked up a trio of deep treats for the occasion: "The Limited City" is all about the kick pattern as we skitter and jitter through dense pads and outer-planetary bass tones, "Horrow" is an exercise in percussive textures as we're spellbound by a unique array of hand drums, timpani and shakers. Finally "Black River" takes us on dark, unsettling mood-cruise through a toxic river of mutated sonics. Keep your arms and legs well inside the boat.
Review: Fresh from his experimental endeavours on his and Karnage's Vomitspit, Dayzero makes his debut on Truth's Deep, Dark & Dangerous label with this powerful five track narrative. Humid skanks, heavy pressure and sludgy bass distortion pave the way on "Looming Shadow" while "Matador" winds up the bull in you with hard throttle 23rd century metallic funk and "Space Cartoon" takes us on an animated one-way trip on the saw tooth express. Need more wetness? Jump on the 2008 wobble homage "Magical Lamp" and give it a good old rub before "Puppet On The Stage" sends us all home packing via the sea of Arabia on a job lot of peyote. Sublime.
Review: Prepare to be thwacked with some serious expressive dubstep heat on this one as the futuristic groovemeister known as Dayzero teams up with Sentry for an awesome two track drop. We begin our journey on this one by sallying into 'Sunday On Spaceship', which as you can imagine from its title is a trippy dubstep expanse, alternating between colourful glitch-like arpeggiators and a bag of other super creative sounds, creating the perfect balance between madness and creativity. On the flip we land on 'Down By Law', another scattered embrace between the weird and wonderful, led by Asian-inspired string plucks and unpredictable bass splutters. Fire!
Review: Wheel & Deal are set to continue their impressive year here as they invite in the punchy production stylings of Dayzero for an official three track project, stuffed to the brim with organic dubstep goodness. The title track 'Dagger 3' is a stripped back glitch driven piece of magnificence, initially led by an offkey synth arpeggiation above scatty rolls and lethal sub shivers. Following this, we have 'The Lord Boy', which boasts it's perfect mix of glitchy lead melodics in a call and respond with tasty LFO movements. We finish up on 'Dinosaur Age', which combines stomping brass leads with subtle 808 stabs for a super shocker showdown, polishing off an exciting bag of originals.
Review: It was only a matter of time before Dayzero would appear among the rest of the Encrypted Audio crew, and number 36 in the catalogue feels like a winner from the very first bars. "Ahab Shell" is the name, and the vibe is pure dread-out from start to finish, with "Level 3" getting even dubbier on the drums and bass, making it a sick addition to any modern steppers stet. "R6Y", on the other hand, reminds us of early days Skream, where glitch half-steps are intertwined with deep, alien-like bass that can only come from London Town. Among the best of the week, in our opinion...
Review: It's time for some serious stepper vibes as Dayzero steps up upon the Hatched imprint for a weighty five track selection. We kick off with the super swingy subs of 'Frog Squash' before rolling further into the swamp with 'Gun Pop' which machine guns it's way through pulsating 808 bass tones and shuffling drum arrangements polished off with some well sliced vocal additions. Next up, the tripletted power of 'Ishval', which rolls out some unpredictable percussive lines before we hit 'Pluto', a dubwise spacey womper. We then finish up in style with 'Symbolic Meaning', a super swung journey into the unknown, packed with crunchy bass sounds and dubwise fx design.
DMVU & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Dem Fi Kno" - (4:13) 140 BPM
CITY1 & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Pomboo" - (4:36) 105 BPM
Ternion Sound & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Funky Shit" - (4:34) 140 BPM
LOST & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Hexagon" - (5:06) 140 BPM
Dank Frank & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Great Wall" - (2:57) 67 BPM
DayZero & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Submarine" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Computerbeats & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Arc" - (3:39) 140 BPM
SubDocta & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "The Spirit" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Review: Part three is upon us as Deep Dark & Dangerous unveil the final piece of the puzzle in their latest release line with 'Dangerous', showcasing the most rawcus sounds on their roster. The line up for this one is sublime, with heavyweight names such as CITY1, Ternion Sound, Lost, Dank Frank, DayZero and SubDocta all being drafted in to showcase their unique skill sets. The project as a whole bleeds creativity and musical innovation, with particular points of interest coming in DMVU's incredibly swampy 'Dem Fi Kno' original, which unleashes a wash of pungent synthesizer sweeps and impactful percussive inputs, alongside the unpredictable electronic brilliance of 'Arc' from Computerbeats. This compilation series has been truly magnificent to take in and is a real testament to the DD&D commitment to pushing dubstep forward.
Review: Sentry Records has put together some serious releases over the last few years, showcasing the latest and greatest in dubstep and its surrounding genres. We are therefore introduced to and absolutely storming compilation here as we reel off bangers from the likes of dubstep legends such as Caspa, Truth, Sukh Knight, Youngsta and more. For us, the highlights of this incredible compilation are quite clear, kicking off with the stunning production of 'Judas' from Nomine, who brings forward his uniquely metallic sound design on mass. Another absolute heater we couldn't forget is the spooky yet satisfying 'Crocodile' from Dayzero, packed with wicked drum flavours and haunted overtones.