Review: Everybody loves a good VA, it's just wicked getting a whole big album full of tracks from different artists - the definition of a kid in a candy shop. This one from Uncommon has a cool combination of bigger and smaller acts, from the mighty Kasra to lesser known quantities like Resist. Kasra's 'Needles' is a standout, a fiercely minimal slapper that gargles and gurgles its way straight into your brain, and for anyone that is into the Critical sound: this is the tune for you. Kanine, another rising star, hits hard on 'Searching', a tune that reminds us of the recent Klippee tracks over on Lifestyle Music. All in all, this is a very solid little VA - yes yes!
Review: Second time around for Foreign Beggars and Alix Perez's Modus EP, with tracks from the original release - on which the veteran UK hip-hop crew made their presence felt over a variety of bass-heavy rhythms - getting the remix treatment. Calyx and Teebee take top billing, turning in a heavyweight remake of "Modus" that begins in half-time tempo before spiraling into a pounding D&B roller midway through. On the virtual flip, Nevermind weighs in with a typically murky, sub-heavy, string-laden dubstep remix of the ragga-flavoured "Deng". Both remixes get the perfect balance between dancefloor heaviness and original UK hip hop.
DJ Madd - "The Life You Chose" (Distance remix) - (4:38) 140 BPM
Stinkahbell - "Film Noir" - (5:37) 140 BPM
Sleeper & Thelem - "Arrakis" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Kryptic Minds - "The Divide" - (5:32)
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 1) - (1:13:24) 140 BPM
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 2) - (1:09:30) 140 BPM
Review: Sixth in the series, This Is Dubstep is one of the more comprehensive, on-point series the scene has given us (ie: many!) Across the 40 tracks every single shade is covered; from rave-tinged (Noisia's remix of "Smack My Bitch Up") to all-out technicolour bass (Drumsound & Bassline Smith), This Is Dubstep 2013 pays respect to all corners of the dance - including the really far-out experimentations of Mala and his Cuban project. With exclusives such as V.I.V.E.K's "Barcelona" and Killawatt's "Single Entity" thrown in for good measure, this isn't just a summary of today's dubstep; it's a slice of the future too.
Various - "Various Artists" (continuous DJ mix 2 by UKF Bass Culture 2) - (1:17:09)
Various - "Various Artists" (continuous DJ mix 2 by UKF Bass Culture 2) - (1:19:01)
Review: Bass is all over the place in the UK at the moment, so much so that this is already the second instalment in this recent compilation series. Boasting some heavy hitters including number one hit "Feel The Love" by Rudimental feat John Newman, we get 40 tracks spanning drum and bass, dupstep and electro house. Highlights include the fluffy pop meets dubstep of Netsky's "Come Alive", the wobble-hop of Foreign Beggars' "Flying To Mars", the future drum and bass of "I Remember" by Culture Shock and the epic synths of Camo & Krooked's "Further Away".
Review: This huge collaboration for dubstep aficionados sees Circus co-founder and dirty bass god Flux Pavilion hook up with one of 2011's breakout stars, Skism, on the mighty "Jump Back". After an unholy build, the pair drop a smooth bass rhythm over half-step beats and allow London MCs Foreign Beggars to tear up the track with some typically intense rhymes. A huge tune, guaranteed to get some heavy rotation over the next few months, we urge you to get involved asap.