Review: It's clear to see that after a string of very well received compilations towards the tail end of 2018 that the LW Recordings camp are back on the road meaning business. They therefore kick off the new year in like minded fashion, presenting us with this treasure trove of beauties as the 15th edition of their celebrated 'Sublime Bass' series. We here a range of styles involved, from the rolling post dubstep vibes of DGGZ's remix of 'Silked', to the more big room flavours of 'Fumble' by SP3CTRUM. Our highlights are without are the masterful future garage processings of Disperto Certain's 'Sudden Flames', along with the super groovy 'Archiva' from Soxx.
Review: It would seem that the team at Ruffneck Ting have pulled out all the stocks here as they put together their 'The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists 2 (Level 1)' compilation, collecting up fifteen original dynamite sticks as they do so. The line-up contains a collection of high profile drums specialists, including DJ Hybrid, Erbman, Jinx, Bass Antics, Genetix and a host more. For us the highlights of this quite frankly super stacked project include Lion UK's dubwise roller in 'Hova Nova', alongside Flat T's scatty driver 'The Dragon' and Verdikt's super subby outing on 'Enemies'.
Review: After a brief break, the LW Recordings flagship is back in full effect as they release the tenth edition of their infamous 'Breaks & Beats' compilation. They have packed the rafters out for this one with solid contributions from the likes of Sekt-87, Le Duke, Twin & Peaks, Danny Blaze and a host of other hot shot faces. The compilation oozes diversity from start to finish, which is why our favourites include the dubstyle vibes of 'Confusion Dub' from Mr Mt, the reesey grittiness of Tchicaya's 'Fire Spitter' and of course the funk infused breaksy flavours of Devastate's 'Let It Roll'.
DJ Phlex & Bassface Sascha - "New Dawn" - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: Junglist superheroes Ruffneck Ting return with the second sampler from their extraordinary new edition to their on-point album series. As always it's pure foundation business with some exceptional examples of contemporary roughage and choppage. Genetix twists up a fat riff and prods it from every corner on "Something's Brewing", Bristol OGs and label founders Substance & Dazee get serious busy with a shattering dubbed out roller while Jinx & The Force get deep, dark and dangerous with a purring, deep-breath bass that suddenly rises from nowhere in a techno-informed style. Need a little vocal pressure? Jump on Bassface Sascha and Phlex's "New Dawn" and trust us, you'll be feeling good...
Review: Habitat and Genetix return to Ruffneck Ting to present their latest world-conquering beats and this time, they might just manage their mission. Soulful and packed with attitude, Habitat's opener "Power moves" sets the scene ready for the pair to work together on the old school influenced "Back In The Day" where breaks fly fast and loose, crashing all over a minimal backdrop of thick bass. "Monster" rolls out hard, offering the most straightforward of the tunes, the perfect club uniting track. Finally "Habitat" seeks truth in De La Soul's "Rock Co. Kane Flow", adding huge wobbling bass and double time percussion. The perfect mix of hard and fast.
Review: Genetix's monthly three-track "Low Tide" series continues with a fresh clutch of widescreen modern dubstep documents. "For Real" is subtly barbed with a dark underbelly that's soothed by the gorgeous heritage rave vocal from Valerie M. "Slipstream" is straight out of the Proxima playbook where palpitating fluctuations between the bass and kicks ensure the full physical experience on the floor. "Inside" closes the show with a tightly-knitted tribal drum roll and guest vocals from devil himself. Demonic.
Review: Genetix are smashing out the sounds at a rate of knots of late; hot on the heels of the inaugural "Low Tide" EP and the filth-fuelled "Do 1" comes this far-reaching trio. We ignite with "Your Alive", a swaggering, dungeon-minded mesh of molten bass and concrete kicks. "Headrush", meanwhile, is more techno that dubstep as it ploughs with a relentless thunder-minded 4/4 that's coated in eerie space-gazing paranoid elements and textures. Finally we hit "Inner Sanctum". A cavernous-yet-muscular halfstepper that's as foggy and stench-like as Cthulhu's breath. Each one repping a wholly different side of Genetix's multifarious repertoire, whatever shade of low-end naughty you enjoy peddling to your floor, this has something for you.
Review: A hardcore slice of nasty from Bournemouth bass barons Genetix on their Big Tuna imprint... "Do 1" punches so hard it thrusts us right back to the late zeros with its aggy drops and drums so heavy they could crush a tank. With all sorts of trippy, mangled samples (including Ms Dynamite), it's an instant shock out that has potential to cause genuine riots. Handle with care.
Review: Having fought off not one but two giant squid attacks, Genetix are fresh from the fight and ready for more fishy action... "Dreadbomb" is cloaked in classic dubstep hallmarks, all halftime, nasty and paranoid. "Passenger" switches the vibe with an ace rolling tech dynamic that the likes of Killawatt has championed so well. Finally "Feelings" sees the south coast duo get all emotional, acoustic and ballad-like. Only kidding; "Feelings" is actually a guttural half-stepper laced in dark-alley pads and bass tones so abrasive a recent Kickstarter campaign has already raised over half a milli for them to be taught some manners. If this is low tide, we can't wait to see high tide.
Review: Dub Police's MyStyle mix series has become a force to be reckoned with in dubstep, an annual showcase from some of their most exciting artists, each outing appears deeper, more involving and widescreen than the last. The Others has clearly gone to town here with a whole heap of his productions and collaborations. For mix lovers this is a must; 28 tracks all seamed together tightly, it explores the darkest corners of the scene with a brave boldness. Those looking for individual tracks will also be pleased to see the likes of Icicle's techno-like industrial VIP "Need A Job", Sleeper's disturbing "Civil War" and Thelem's tripped out mind-twister "Haunted Harmonics". Stylish, sonically arresting and consummately accomplished, The Others has represented himself with serious skills right here.