Review: Reading UK: Taking the mantel from Croydon as a concrete-clad hotbed of low end creativity, both DyAD and Lifesines have enjoyed great releases runs in their own rights. Having teamed together for "Scarlette" over a year ago, its pulsating, physical, molten metal sounds are finally available for us common DJ folk. It's not alone; DyAD's "Mesian" takes us down a spooked out late night graveyard stroll before inviting us into the ring on his Basscatz & Balkansky remix... Watch out for the kick drum rabbit punches and sweeping roundhouse atmosphere licks. It's a knock out.
Review: Nottingham's Outbound tends to leapfrog from label to label but here he returns to his place of origin, Sub:Conscious. It's his biggest EP for a while too, boasting four tracks bursting with cinematic menace. Highlights include the growling dark alley vibes of the title track (a collaboration with DyAD & Lifesines), the dubbed out reggae haze of "24" and the twitchy, percussive "Ghifasy' - a collaboration with Karnage & Mark IV, which combines breathy synth pads and shimmering piano tinkles.
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.