Review: Longstanding Uprise Audio family member DUBTEK lays down two treats that are deeper than watching b2b philosophy Ted Talks down a well. "Accident" is a deliciously sludgy piece of work as the beats stumble through treacle-thick subs and strange alien scrapes. "The Truth" takes us much deeper into the dance as a tubular bass tone warps and flexes fluidly, wrapping itself round anvil-level swaggering kicks. Can you handle it?
Review: What a cool way to celebrate half a decade of dark dance dynamics. Not just a cool reminder of Paradise Lost's contribution and dedication to the scene, but a subtle way of showing that their b-sides are just as important, timeless and essential as their A-sides. Highlights can be found in every direction across the 26 tracks but here are a few for starters: the demonic guitar chugs on "Titanium" (which actually sound like they could be from the metal band Paradise Lost!), the thick dream-weaving atmospheres and trippiness of "Elephant Walk", the jugular-slicing riff of "Cuttin" and the loopy vocal insanity of "Guardian"... we could go on all day here. Dig deep and you'll find many more highlights. Here's to another five years!
The SubDivision - "Pensieri Morbidi" - (6:21) 139 BPM
Review: Five years fly by, but make no mistake: it's a long time in the label game. Especially a game as crowded and competitive as dubstep. Paradise Lost's success can be attributed to their constant hunt for brand new talent and an ever-developing remit that embraces melody, emotion and organic elements. If you've missed out on any of their half-decade highlights, here's a great place to catch up. Highlights include the blissed out shimmers of Vesicle's "We Are Lost", Rrkk's LFO-style angular amen ruck-out "Treish" and the somnambulant sub sludge on Dubtek & The SubDivision's oppressive stomper "Mecca". Here's to another five years.
Review: Following an impeccable launch with a series of unavoidable singles, Seven's Uprise imprint consolidates its reputation and hugely broadens its scope with this far-reaching compilation. Tickling every possible corner of bass music's expansive underbelly, across the album we're treated to an array of vibes that stretch from slo-mo percussive cosmic bass (Wayfarer's "Reflections") to fractured, juddering beat experimentalism (Taiko's "Spray Can") Every track is a highlight but be sure to check out Truth's immensely demonic take on "Walter White" and the techno-minded riff aggression on Klax's "Link To The Past". Welcome to the future.