Review: Thou shalt covet thine mysterious Fiend as he steps up to Dubtribu with his debut album Seven Deadly Dubs. Digging deep into the roots of dubstep and what the dynamics truly mean, each track takes us back to the earliest incarnations of the genre with pensive, meditative weight, flow and arrangements. Highlights include the soft-but-firm doubled kick pummels of "Chernobyl", the organic drum rattles and weaves of "Devil's Lettuce", the pneumatic mechanical drum funk of "Wrath" and the deep space soul of "Venus". Thou shalt not sleep on this.
Provoke & Quintana - "The Kingdom" - (4:32) 140 BPM
Review: The Dubtribu crew know how to cap off a year in fine style, especially seeing as they've had a pretty good one themselves throughout this unpredictable 2016. We now know them as the label who produce consistently excellent levels of low frequencies, and who are also kind of experts in spotting new talent from the streets. Deep Dub Inside 2016 features all of their best names, and then some. This badboy is twenty-eight tunes long, and mean as motherfu**** - inside, you'll find dark, brooding, ominously constructed bass cuts from the likes of Fiend, Mr Tetris, Krease, Yin Yang Audio, and plenty more bass scientists. From two-step to bro-step and back to garage, this will surely satisfy even the most ravenous of DJs and dancers.
Review: For the uninitiated, Low Voltage is the moniker given to a series of sparse, atmospheric deep dubstep releases from the Phantom Hertz label. Here, they offer a neat overview of the series to date, picking 25 of their favourites. For those seeking clandestine, subterranean thrills, it should be essential listening. Opening with the sub-heavy minimalism of Lysergene's "Hammer Fall", Best of Low Voltage flickers between stoned paranoia, spooky intensity and off-kilter bass pressure. Picking highlights is tricky - Reamz's intoxicating "Tapeworm" aside - but there's more than enough goodness to warrant further investigation.