Review: Celebrating three years of deep consummate beatsmithery, MindStep curate the inaugural MusicForYourMindStep compendium. Fifteen exclusives, baked by the label's family and close affiliates, each track surges at the very forefront of sub science, pushing the label's remit further and further into the future. Highlights include the sodden slo-mo tribalism of Feonix's "Cafeweiss", the overwhelming sense of atmospheric oppression on 11th Hour's "Ishwara" and the muffled jazz and scratchy dub drums of Trashbat's "Arrowhead". And that's only a fifth of the stark sonic soliloquies MindStep have commissioned and compiled. Dig deep and discover your own highlights.
Review: Fat Kid On Fire starts off the new year with a handpicked selection of deep, sweltering dub licks from Vienna's rising Dubapes outfit. The label had a promising start last year and their signature sound just keeps on evolving with these four, chubby-as-hell floor monsters; starting with "The City", a mutant-like bundle of electrolite bass infusions dominating its core, with a broken artillery of kicks and snares. "Feel The Tribe" goes for a more D&B approach with breaks galore at the helm, whilst "Jah No Dead" is one for the heads - cerebral, hazy pads wailing gently above the rickety percussion sway. Finally, "Endangered Dreams" heads straight into the orbit thanks to a sinister but seductive gravitational pull consisting of emotive strings, crystal-like synths and seductive vocals. Get involved.