Various - "Chronicles Mixed By" (continuous DJ mix by Jakes) - (22:13) 140 BPM
Review: Joining the dots between dubstep's most exciting formative period and the present day, Jakes dons a protective glove and digs deep amongst the glass shards in the Hench vaults to grasp some of the sharpest sounds he's ever delivered. From 2007's wobble-muncher "2 Steps Back" and MRK1's 2012 sleazy robo-gangster jam "Dirty Dubstep Music" with brand new cuts such as "H.U.D", a futuristic teeth-baring tech-bass stampede soundtrack via cuts from luminaries such as Mensah, Sukh Knight, Komonazmuk and Vodex. This brings some of Hench's boldest moments together with murky clarity and molten consistency. Heavy doesn't even begin to describe it.
Review: The creative genius that is Joker is at it again and ever, it's weird, wonderful and completely unpredictable. This two tracker comes to us courtesy of kapsize and kicks off with the incredible sound design and rhythmic presence of 'Boat'. We hear evil reese-like leads shimmering away amidst sharp percussive stabs and subtle melodies. On the flip side we hear 'Deploy' which is a throwback to early Dub Police styles with it's gritty leads oscillating alongside intense pitch bends and emotive chord progressions. Joker has shown once again why he is rated so very highly!
Review: Bristol's Joker is without a doubt one of the most respected 140 based producers in UK dance music, constantly bringing fresh flavours to the forefront of the scene with his unique ability to sniff out a quirky melody. Here we see him team up with Newham Generals' own: Footsie for a dubstep driven tearout with beefy lead synths and super crunchy drums topped with trapstyle lyricism. We are also treated to 'Polka Dot', a shuffling gem of melodic genius, made up of experimental chord progressions and skylined synthesis.
Review: Sophomore session heaviness: Joker returns with his long-awaited second album The Mainframe, and it's clear his purple shades are still hooked on tight. Developing his distinctive brew of bass and rich synth funk, Joker's unique signature is scribbled across the whole piece of work; from the epic, orchestral dubstep drama of "Boss Mode" to the gritty, widescreen R&B of "Wise Enough" via the Swindle-style jazz of "An Intervening Episode" and the concept-style three-piece "Scene" narrative where the real tale of album unfolds. Second album cliches are ten a penny... The Mainframe sees Joker shoving his purple-gloved finger up at them all. Essential.
Review: Iconic, genre-defining business from the one like Joker, and undoubtedly amongst the purple wow pioneer's best productions to date. Originally released in 2008 on Plastician's Terrorhythm, this now sees the light of day as a digital release. If you've not heard the ubiquitous sounds of Bristol referencing anthem "Gully Brook Lane" in the past few years, then just where, exactly, have you been!? That idosyncractic synth riff has "Joker" written all over it, with rippling melody, stepping b-line and buckets of grime infused flavour. "Retro Racer" tunes into an 80s vibe, taking its name from an old arcade game and using the same memorable melody in the sonic infrastructure of the tune, with smacking beats and low end pressure underpinning it.