Review: Dubstomp 2 Bass are the Birmingham based imprint of madmen who, day-in-day-out, push forth some of the vilest beats known to both the Midlands and the UK more broadly. Falco is their latest alumni and, judging from this EP, he's graduating with a first in D&B studies. 'Notification' is the standout tune from the album, a deep and dark roller that sits comfortably within current D&B trends and which hits harder than a train that's just gone off the rails, its knockout snare drum and monochromatic bassline effortlessly moving about the arrangement. 'Overthinking' gets light and 'Colliision' is the naughty kid of the groups and knows it, whilst 'Declared Hostile' is another vicious rolling little number. Cop this one.
Review: Falco's Deadlight's single on Raw Motion isn't one of those releases for people who like to sit back, sip on a mug of matured whisky and debate the stylistic evolution of music. It's not about pretention, it's about having a good time and for that purpose it's ideally suited. Two tracks full of dancefloor vigour, Falco has achieved his presumed goal of making music that'll get people moving. 'Deadlights' has that Souped Up-esque forcefulness to its bass lines, that torn, ripping feel that only a proper foghorn will get you; 'Surprised' hits that suspense in the build perfectly, leading in the snapping drums underneath something very special.
Review: It's clear what vibe Falco and Skamm are going for when you see the artwork for this release: a medieval scene with ravens in the foreboding, stormy sky and a pitiful peasant hanging by his arms, waiting to die. That's the vibe here: mortal, scary and pitiless. You can hear it in the tunes, too, with the title track pulsating out the murky vibes faster than you can say 'lets ave it'. The other three tracks lie in similar territory, the grating injection of force on 'Vitalized' sitting up there with the best of them. Another EP worth picking up from the Dubstomp crew.
Review: Midst has handed a big release to fans of the dirty jump-up sound over on Audio Overload. From the beginning, you can tell 'Shirley' is going to be heavy and as menacing bass strabs build up into preparatory drum skits, your feelings are confirmed. A growling hurry rushes out to meet you; powerful and more than willing to shove you around. 'Toga' is the next offering, a glitchy mash of jump-up, permeated by rattling arrays of bassy synths and an ever-present sense of movement. Nice and solid, this release is a statement of intent from Midst.