Review: The debut long-one from London low end veteran Seven, this piece of work has been on the cards for a long time, and what a piece of work it is. From the paranoid arpeggios of the opener "Hypnotik" we know we're in for a treat. Each cut adding demonstrative drama from the last, we're teased by the industrial strength bass purrs of "Orbital", we're driven beyond levels of gut-churning hype on "Movie Scene" and taken directly into the heart of the dance on the big drum evangelism of "Future Flamenco" and the slo-mo jungle adventure "From The Sky". Elsewhere vocalists Jodie and Alys Be add a softer, human touch on smouldering cuts such as "Came To Play", "Lay Me Down" and "Resistance". And that's barely the half of it. Truly, Seven showcases exactly how creative and engaging a modern dubstep album can be when cooked by the right sub chef.
Review: Just in case you want to sample Seven's debut album before you make the big investment, Uprise Audio delivers two of the many exciting compositions the London producer has conjured during his creative process. "Retro Wave" is an undulating, rolling affair that oozes low-end treacle thanks to a bubbling LFO that won't sit still. "Orbital" is just pure drum thunder. From faraway rumbles the tension grows gradually and pensively by way of slo-mo arpeggios and layers of space. Both are incredible, and so is the entire album.
Review: It's been a while since Uprise chief Seven delivered some of his own special brews, having chiselled his platform's focus almost exclusively on the new talent such as Juss B, LSN and Indiji. While he appeared on the forward-thinking "7 Days" EP, this is his first full EP in a while. And it's working in all directions: "Shaker" is all about the loose funk, steel shaking sub drama and gangster clicks / claps. Further in we hit "Elevate", an Raygun-fronted piece where Seven lays down a crisp alien groove with more than enough space for Joe to deliver a savage sermon.
Eddy Seven & Polly Yates - "La Petite Mort" - (4:35) 112 BPM
The All Seeing Eye - (3:41) 140 BPM
Eddy Seven & JMan - "Deep In The Jungle" - (4:37) 140 BPM
Technology - (3:39) 140 BPM
Look To The Future - (5:42) 140 BPM
Junction - (5:03) 140 BPM
Negative To Positive - (5:02) 140 BPM
Roman Road - (4:10) 140 BPM
Trash Trap - (4:36) 140 BPM
Alladin - (4:36) 140 BPM
Delhi Trotter - (5:32) 140 BPM
Sahara - (4:08) 140 BPM
Violet - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: As far as dubstep labels go, there aren't many with the same infectious mindset as Hatched, who continue to pump incredibly high-quality music out there with impeccable speed. Their latest offering comes to us from Eddy Seven, who smashes together a stunning 13 track selection, showcasing just how varied and forward-thinking the dubstep sound can be in 2020. From the electronic blips of 'Technology' and swirling middle-eastern melodies of 'Delhi Trotter' to the minimal sub textures and percussive sub rumbles of 'Junction', this project covers the full spectrum with serious finesse. Our favourites have to include Look To The Future for its sinister tones, the big room bass slams of 'Ready For The Winter', alongside the sweeping vocal melodies and emotive harmonies of 'Violet'. Amazing work!
Review: Well, it appears that Uprise Audio have gone and done it again with the second part of Seven's extraordinary 'Rebellium' project. From the off we are blessed with explosive steppers flavour as the sharp, horn-like synthesizers and lethal bass oscillations of 'Happy Feet' kick us off. Next up Spec joins the party as the pair collaborate on the glitchy roller 'Scatter' before Seven moves back into some intense solo production work on the haunted sounds of 'Reactor'. Finally the EP is rounded up by 'Swamp Trap', an unpredictable spacy half time pressure bomb, packed with neurotic bass textures and smooth drum designs.
Review: And so it goes - Seven drops an LP on us like a ton of bricks and, unlike what he has put out up to this point, he seems to delve much deeper into the rest of what the enlarged 'bass' game has to offer. 11:11 is a vast, bottomless pit of gems, ranging from the more poppy side of two-step, all the way to the sort of gear that makes your head bounce up and down...not to mention that inevitable lock-jaw! However, it's important to note that this LP is not one for cheap thrills, and that Seven has done his very best to craft as much warmth and colour out of what are usually deemed to be cold and industrial sounds of dread. Through vast landscapes of low frequencies, typically UK vocal samples, and grainy beats, this dude has his shit on control!
Review: As a label, Uprise Audio are known for their marquee dubstep releases, always pushing the boundaries and yet always remaining as solid as can be. This latest helping comes from Markee Ledge, who brings four hard hitting steppers originals to the table here. The title track 'Space' kicks us off in good stead, as catchy percussive melodies lead the way about subtle sub jerks and tasty drum movements, before Seven gets involved with the party on the super moogy 'Thunder'. Following this, we dive into the deep and dark with 'Revolutionary', a skippy roller, packed with weighty bass energies from start to finish. We then finish up with the trap-style drum compositions of 'Kozan Ji', which provides some asian inspired twists to a wicked body of work.
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.
Review: Welcome to Planet VIP, an exclusive collection of brand new remixes, VIPs and classic unreleased reworks. This project includes contributions from the whole of the V family, with tracks from the full gamut of legendary producers V has to offer from Roni Size and Dillinja to Eveson, DJ Krust, MC Fats & Kabuki. On remix duties are some of the scene's finest producers including Nu:Tone, TC & Need For Mirrors, alongside some of the most exciting new artists to hit the scene in years like Unreal, Command Strange, DJ Chap, Dr Meaker and many more - this compilation fuses together the new and old with scintillating results! All mixed together by the Jumpin Jack Frost, this LP ventures into the full spectrum of D&B. No matter what you love, you'll find it here.
Review: In just a few short years, London's Uprise Audio has made quite an impact as a label that explores the deeper, more textured side of dubstep and bass productions. Here label boss Seven collects 13 of the dopest new jams by the label's impressive roster. Highlights include Seven's own "Get Down", which features squelchy, metallic bass and stop/start trappy beats, the creepy mechanical tribal cacophony of "Herd" by Feonix and the retro horror synths meets digi dub grooves of "Arcade Dub" by Markee Ledge.