Well, where do we start with this one. You want heavy dubstep? You have it all right here right now. Rampage Recordings have served us up an absolute feast, kicking off with Lifecycle?s glitchy monster of a riddim entitled "Brain Thrilla". From here we move into a four way collaboration from Barely Alive, Virtual Riot, Phaseone and Myro named "Rampage" and it's an absolute corker. Next up we have the riddim anthem that is "Jump Up" from Leiden's own Franky Nuts. The EP is then finished off perfectly with Bloodline's "Street Gangs" anthem, which works bubbling subs and spooky synths together seamlessly.
Flux Pavilion and Doctor P aren't messing around with Circus this year. Now flanked by a whole new league of exciting talent, while its main protagonists remain as innovative as ever, "Beats & Pieces Vol 2" is the latest premium dispatch: Dutch demon Frankie Nuts adds a little funk to his angular dubstep operations, Yultron switches up the halftime drama with an energy and playfulness that will slay dubstep and D&B floors while CRaymak gets busy on a contemporised 16 Bit style riff dynamic with added piano evangelism. Elsewhere Crissy Criss's Dead Exit revitalised "Soundboy Killer" with added skank VIP fun and up-and-coming Bristol badman Orby fuses Bobby Tank-style rainbow electro musicality with hair-raising bass gulliness. What a package.
In truth, the Netherlands has rarely been considered a dubstep hotbed. While the country's electronic music pedigree is impressive - from deep house and techno to trance and instrumental hip-hop - dubstep seems to have largely passed it by. The Dubstep Rotterdam crew wants to change all that. Here, they deliver three solid cuts to attract the heads. Le Lion kicks things off with "Battleship", a pan-fried fusion of sparse, tech-tinged beats and rumbling low-end pressure. Curifex impresses with "Toy Box", a delightful fusion of cascading electronic melodies and classic dubstep percussion. Franky Nuts, meanwhile, brings the skank on his heavy trip into electro-step territory.
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