Review: Boy oh boy what a year it has been for the Duploc family, who despite all the madness of 2020 have still kept up their incredible run of consistency, dropping nothing but bangers throughout the duration. This, presumably their final drop of the year sees them pull together a monstrous roster, featuring the likes of Cartridge, BunZer0, Ourman, Opus, Teffa, Sam Cosmic, Xakra and many more to give us one final celebratory look into dubstep in the modern era. The complete track listing is absolutely bonkers to tell you all the truth, with quality leaking out of every single original. Some favourites we have to mention however of course include the sizzling bass designs and spooky textures of Wraz's 'Ghost', alongside the fluttering flute melodies of Mani's 'Secret Forest' and 'Gibberish', a super smooth subby glider from Surreal & Somah.
Review: Following on from a fantastic selection of full length drops across 2020, the Duploc team continue their exciting run of form here, presenting the fourth chapter of their sumptuous 'Duploc Selects' series. They offer up another 10 system scorchers, with the likes of Rez, Oddkut, Hotcut, Nova and more all supplying the goods. The full tracklisting is pretty outstanding, but there are a couple of highlights we couldn't not mention, with Hella's spacey saxophone genius on 'Trinity Centre' being an instant hit. The sub-busting basslines and explosive reesey textures of 'Me N My Speakaz' from DRTY HBTZ is also an absolute bop, with the sizzling low end of Idioteque's 'Morality' also raising some eyebrows!
Review: We are huge fans of the Duploc movement here at Juno Download, especially when they continue to roll out projects as powerful as this one as they unveil twelve war-inspired remixes. The roster they boast is outstanding, with the likes of Pushloop, ENiGMA Dubz, Rygby, Ourman and more all getting involved with some tasty overhaul involvement. For us there are two clear standouts from this one, including Ternion Sounds subtle yet hard hitting refix of 'The Eyes' from ENiGMA Dubz, alongside Dalek One's glitch-driven reimagining of 'Seek War', originally put together by Ghostek. This is Duploc at their absolute best and we can't get enough!
Dalek One - "What Are You Saying" - (3:46) 140 BPM
Review: As ever with the Duploc team, they have assembled an EP of pure quality as they invite a cohort of their finest into the fray for the second chapter of 'Duploc Selects'. From the off highlights include the regal horn tones and catchy melodies of 'Cumulus' from Cartridge, before the gnarly bass tones and crispy drum slaps of 'What Are You Saying' land, courtesy of Dalek One. Drumterror also combines sharp drums and chiming patterns in 'Mineral' before Feonix fuses experimental drum arrangements and super-deep sub pressure on 'Lost & Direct', with the glitchy plucks and wavy leads of Ghostek's 'Seek War' putting the icing on the cake. A very strong selection indeed.
Review: This one is dedicated to all the giddy aunts out there! 30 tracks of forward-focussed bass innovation from one of the most influential shows to have emerged in recent years: Noisia Radio has helped to expose so much exciting new talent and here they bring together just some of the highlights. Ranging from super experimental to absolute gully gold, among the big hitters from Noisia themselves we have trippy, drunken freestyle bass from Bleep Bloop and Tsuruda, savage break wizardry from the likes of Howitzer, 23rd century spooky funk from Samba, beautiful glitched-out steppy funk from the mighty MRSA (AKA Mat Zo) and absolutely loads more. This is an immense package of tracks right here. Just like every Noisia Radio show.
Review: New World Audio have been on a fantastic run of late, showcasing some of the most forward-thinking dubstep available on the market. This latest release sees them link together the sounds of Ghostek, Head Space and Kercha over three tracks of lethal 140 music, kicking off with Ghostek's eastern inspired masterpiece in 'Confrontation'. This is followed rapidly by Head Space who combines enlarged LFO subs and expansive percussive movement with awesome results on 'North West'. Finally, we finish up with Solder, a super smooth, chord led creation from Kercha, who provides the perfect finishing touches to the project.
Review: Frosty beatwork galore as Ghostwork jumps from the Shipwrec to Dubporn for his third and arguably best EP to date. Immerse yourself in the opener "Barricades"; rolling with a smart poly-rhythm, ghostly pads and deep hollow bass gurgles, it's a stunning groove that should perk up any floor stuck on the halfstep loop. "The Pigs" follows; a darker, meaner piece of work, sprung a Burial-inspired two-step this one is all about deep, sultry sonic hypnosis. The title track, naturally, is the showpiece; sensibly epic and mournfully moody this will work just as well as a dramatic set opener as it will on your headphones on a foggy day. Vacumm: get sucked in.
Review: Having impressed us with his debut on Belgian Heights, Ghostek is back with more on Dutch label Shipwrec. This four-track EP is a stunning, Burial-esque exploration into a moody soundscape full of weighty underwater bass, subterranean subs, haunting vocals and atmospheric pressure. First up, "Easy Changes" is all warm synths, crackling white noise and gentle beats, whilst "My Lady" pairs a more pumping beat with thunderous bass and a sense of pulsing danger. "Someone" is the one most clearly resembling Burial, with fuzzy SFX, melancholy, blissed out atmospherics and a sense of beautiful unease. Finally, "Stolen Generation" rounds things off with terse beats, sweeping atmospherics and whispering vocals.