Review: Dedman is one of the best acts working on the more minimal side of the spectrum right now, with releases on a host of labels including Black Inferno and Lost Recordings, and now he's flying the flag on Monk Audio. This is a sweet single, featuring two cuts of pure futuristic dancefloor hedonism. 'Afraid' features Miso, and is grounded in a punishingly heavy sub bass note that sits beneath a wispy air of ambient fear, with a long, sharp tail of gravelly bass notes that oscillate through the range. The flip is a more direct cut, with razor sharp edges and a roughness to its textures that changes things up a bit, more car park illegal rave than hi-tech clubland. Big tunes.
Review: This latest selection from Incurzion Audio is yet another top quality project, this time welcoming Dedman inside for some incredibly well produced goodness. The title track 'My Heart' packs a serious subby punch, combining heavily effected vocals with epic bassline action, complete with a Myth's big room remix, adding an extra sense of depth to the original creation. From here, the glitchy bass designs and colourful percussive arrangements of 'Terri Chango' are let loose before we take in the neuro-inspired synth action and super choppy drum drops of 'Backbeat Steeze'. FInally, Kidsonic joins the party on 'Deep Down' for a futuristic roller, focussing on high ended synthesis and vibrant sub-bass below. Awesome work.
Review: Following the label's launch in February, Subconscious Audio slam down a deadly 002 release with Bristol lads Dedman and Sudley. Continuing the label's dark, driving theme, 'Kazuki' kicks off the EP on a Spectrasoul-style dark, tense feeling while 'Untouchable' signs out with a more introspective, mournful vibe. Deep rolling hypnosis with plenty of harmonics. Just how we like them.
Review: This VA EP from Subconscious Audio is a wicked showcase of what creative producers can do with the minimal template, as 1 moves between sub-genre influences as diverse as liquid to jump up. 'Dark Spice' is pure gas, as a loping, heavyweight bassline touches down again and again, a relentless monotony that grinds you down with its sheer size and heft. Female vocal samples are ever present on this release and they juxtapose with the black sparseness of their surroundings, something especially apparent on 'Nightshift Kru', which packs a fat set of drums, a sub-heavy low end and shining vocals in the tops. Unreal release and an unmissable album from Subconscious crew. Bigups.
Review: The first VA from new label Bare Necessity is here, and it's one of the techiest various LPs that has ever graced the doors of Juno. Featuring a slew of talented acts, all of whom deserve more recognition, Bare Necessities Volume 1 focuses on just that: the bare necessities. Drum & bass doesn't need more than top quality drums and dirty basses, and these are present in spades across all of these tunes. RumRolla's 'Whistle' is the highlight, with its juddered, jagged blend of moody techno force that spins and spins until you don't know which direction is up. Missledz gets super deep on 'Surveillance', B-Plexx gets choppy on 'The Devil' and there's plenty more on offer. Awesome stuff.