Review: Savagely on-point Encrypted welcome a key contributor to Denver's rich dubstep scene: Ether. It was only a matter of time as both artist and label appreciate the same inventiveness and risk in tracks. As proved by "Da Funk" which has enough space to fit entire universes between the beats and is coated in unique, beguiling designs. This futurist theme is maintained throughout: be it in the devilish voice and ball-and-chain, bone-dragging beats of "Spawn", the freaky kick-skips of "Trigger" or the pure machine funk of "VuFlex", Ether is giving us a glimpse into time beyond now.
Review: Next up on the listings for the ever-ready Encrypted Audio we see them welcome a fabulous array of dubstep talent as Ether, Samba and Chokez arrive for two cracking heaters. First of all, we hear Samba & Chokez join forces to provide a dungeon-ready rethink of Ether's 'Dafunk', lining it with glistening melodic chimes and high energy hi-hat lines. On the flipside, we hear the two go out on original duty with the haunted synthesizer designs and spooky atmospheric pressings of '2', which gives us a great example of just how lethal Samba & Chokez can be. Overall these are two fabulous additions to the incredibly reliable Encrypted Audio catalogue!
Dead Noise System - "Deus Ex Machina" - (5:42) 140 BPM
Ether - "Where The Wicked Swarm" - (4:36) 93 BPM
Review: Portland, Oregon's Phantom Hertz label wheels out its first in a new series of compilations brimming with digi dub badness. It follows other long players from L Nix, FJH and a collection of High Dude remixes, with this collection presenting a 10-track heavy cartridge of bass-weighted ammunition. Lowryder, Repulsion's bit-graded "Teleport" and Ether's torn and chewed "Where The Wicked Storm" deliver some techier-stepped tunes, while heavier, lurching dubs comes from L Nix's "Wormhole", Dead Noise System's "Deus Ex Machina" and Hashkey's "D MA" with its post-dubstep vibe. Dark and snarling.