Review: 18 months have passed since Bristol beatcamp Durkle Disco last compiled a "Definitions" EP. Once again the quality and levels of talent are high as Boycott busses up the best dynamics of trap, grime and dubstep for a lean, mean slaying machine they call "HK '87", Daffy & Gundam's "Bio Schematics" continues the stripped back prangish tones Durkle have made their signature with the equally alarming "Bio Schematics". Deeper into the EP we hit purring 808 soul from Denham Audio before getting the chop from Unkey on the icy stepper "Karate Club". Black belt business.
Review: When it comes to high-powered, contemporary post-dubstep - if there even is such a thing - Denham Audio is one of the finest in the game. This new EP on Heretic is probably amongst his best work, and the opener "Undulate" is pretty much all you need to be sold; it's mean fist of a groove is wrapped so tightly around the bassline that they sound inseparable. "Fractal itself is deeper, more swollen and a bit of a corner-dweller kind of lick, while "Phalanx" strides onto house territories with its 4/4 beat and pounding groove. Dirty remixes to boot from Silas & Snare, and Cloaka & Boxwork - nasty!
Review: Nu-dubstep spcialist Durkham Audio returns to Durkle Disco with some grimey disco-leaning vibes that blend just about all of the UK's best and more cut-throat sounds. "Masta Blastah" is a dirty, broken arrangement of hefty bass, stripped-back percussion, and bashment vocals, served to you on one fat groove! There's remixes, too, with Caski, Bromley and Mani Festo all dropping their own, bass-heavy, reinterpretations. Killah style!
Review: For this latest outing from the E-Beamz team, we see them welcome the combined powers of Denham Audio & Borai for a seriously heavy breakbeat adventure, kicking off with the relentless rhythms and scattered ditherings of 'Skrrrrt'. Next, we dive into the techier stylings of 'Oldboy', before the phasing synthesizer lines of 'Euphoria' and cloudy atmospheric pads of 'Intraleks' move into play. Finally, we engage with the shimmering chord movements and bouncy rhythmic layout of the title track 'Clouds Across The Stars', bringing a very well laid out EP full circle. Excellent work!
Review: Tessier Ashpool is label mainstay Liar's "boutique label, focusing on technical rigour & precision, synergistic structure, and a sci-fi heritage". And according to their own PR "we are proud to showcase four new rising stars that have wisely aligned themselves under the Tessier-Ashpool banner". Starting out with the lush ambience of TryTryDieDown's "Romance Guise" they're then straight into the tough stuff with Rejig's absolutely brutal "Agility Test" an expedition in future-bass-industrial crossover. Sheffield trio Denham Audio deliver some dusty breaks that sound like early 90's UK hardcore on the wrong vinyl speed; this one's wicked! Finally "Ricochet" by Malaysian bass exorcist Moslem Priest is another tough as nails experiment in low-end therapy that will throw you against the wall with its intensity.