Review: Kudos-enriched bass site Fat Kid On Fire follow up their Un/Known album earlier this year with their first full single release. With such a stamp of authority, and the fact it's been penned by the never-failing Dubfreq, this shouldn't need much of a hard sell. Each cut tickles a different corner of the dance; "Next To Me" shimmers with delicate vocal dynamics, "Selenky" offers the peaktime saw-tooth swagger-punch and both "Excuse Me Officer" and "MSH" leaning back on a funkier skank flex. Each cut really shines with same enthusiasm, clarity and wit as FKOF itself. This could be the start of something very special.
Review: Legendary dubstep innovator DJ Hatcha bangs out some new gear with this EP from the rising Dubfreq. The young bass soldier settles into these surroundings mightily well, and we're glad to hear some proper, old-school dubstep like the sort mama used to make. "Cepheus" is a fuzzy, subtly noxious little half-step banger that does, indeed, wobble but never goes to far into total oblivion - check those chords! "Last Night" is more sombre, a chilly dubstep lurker that recalls the early days of Skream and the rest of the Tempa crew. Speaking of Tempa, Hatcha himself teams up with Dubreq on "Merky", a bold, gunshot riddim with a bubbling bass, and the duo go into interstellar mode with the broken, disjointed beats and snares of the swampy "Untitled" tune. Badness.
Review: As one of the most consistent projects working in and around the thriving dubstep scene, we are always very excited to see what the latest Hatched release has in store, as we here see them introduce the underground sounds of RUFUS! to the table. We kick off with the super spacey arrangements and haunted vocal presence of 'How I', followed by the super swinging drum movements of 'Iboga', and the super gnarly bass twists of 'KTH'. This is then followed up by the regal horn structures and swerving sub dips of 'The Mighty', before RUFUS! gets into his remix back as he reworks Dubfreq's 'Back' into another more tearout masterpiece, led by crunchy bass designs and smooth harmonies throughout.